Annual Events

Howard County Summer & Winter Restaurant Weeks

Winter and Summer

Howard County’s top chefs are serving up savings and local dining experiences at fabulous prix fixe chef’s menus during Summer and Winter Restaurant Weeks.  Check back soon for a list of  restaurants.

Location Info:

Throughout Howard County Ellicott City, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-1900 Visit Website »

Blossoms of Hope Cherrybration Days

April

April is cherry blossom time in Howard County and Blossoms of Hope’s annual pink season brings a month-long celebration of activities that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness. With more than 1,700 beautiful pink Kwanzan cherry trees blossoming in parks, along roadways and at attractions county-wide, spring in Howard County awakens the human spirit filling it with hope, happiness and health.

Learn all about Cherrybration Days  here.

Location Info:

Throughout Howard County Ellicott City, MD

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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Always the First Full Weekend in May

Discover the beauty of sheep, the warmth of wool and the delicious taste of lamb during a fun-filled weekend celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven. Featuring over 800 sheep, sheep shows, sheep breeds display, parade of breeds, all kinds of demonstrations (including working sheepdogs, sheep shearing, spinning and weaving), sheep to shawl contest, fleece show and sale, workshops and seminars, special activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, food booths, musical entertainment, over 275 vendors, and much, much more! Presented by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc. Free parking. Suggested donation at the gate: $5.00. No pets, please.

Location Info:

Howard County Fairgrounds West Friendship, MD

Contact Info:

410-531-3647 Email » Visit Website »

Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley

May

Turf Valley in Ellicott City brightens the skies and illuminates the night as the centerpiece venue and host of the long running Preakness® Balloon Festival. This three-day long festival offers spectators the chance to enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this fun, family-friendly event. Admission is free!

Location Info:

Turf Valley Ellicott City, MD

Contact Info:

410-465-1500 Visit Website »

Wine in the Woods

Mid May

One of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County for over 20 years. Voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine in 2009. Live Music, food and samples from over 30 Maryland wineries.

Location Info:

Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-4700 Visit Website »

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