Featured Events

May 15-17

Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival

Enjoy our annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, perfect for young children and those young at heart. There will be family activities, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment. Balloon related activities will include tethered hot air balloon rides, a walk-through of an inflated hot air balloon, pilot demonstrations, balloon launches and the nightly Balloon Glow at dusk. On Saturday, the Balloon Festival will culminate with the launching of the balloons at 6:30 am. Admission to the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival is free and open to the public. Balloon rides and flights will be fee-based.

Location Info:

Turf Valley 2700 Turf Valley Rd Ellicott City, MD 21042

Contact Info:

410-423-0812 Visit Website »

May 16

Ponds, Puddles, & Creeks Open House

Take a hayride to Cattail Creek. Wear water shoes & catch creek critters. Identify & learn habitats & life cycles. Feed the farm animals Must register by May 5, $7.50/child, Adults free.

Time:

12-1:30pm

Location Info:

Sharp's at Waterford Farm 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd Brookeville, MD 20833

Contact Info:

410-489-2572 Email » Visit Website »

May 17

Hills of Milltown 5k Challenge

boh eventPresented by the Historic Ellicott City Downtown Partnership, the “Hills of Milltown 5K” is scheduled to kick off in Parking Lot F at the corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Road. Even the down hill is up hill on this scenic race route through the hills of the historic district and past several significant historic sites in town, including a dash through the Patapsco Female Institute! Cash and gift certificate prizes totaling over $500 will be awarded to the top finishers in several categories. Post race party with Food & LIVE music on Tonge Row during the new Ellicott City Old Town Farmer Market in Parking Lot D at the Little French Market Café!

Time:

8:30am

Location Info:

Parking Lot F: Historic Ellicott City The Corner of Main St & Ellicott Mills Rd Ellicott City, MD 21043

Contact Info:

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May 17&18

Wine in the Woods

Join us for the 22nd year and celebrate the charm and character of an event that has aged to perfection! Sample a variety of Maryland’s finest wineries from a souvenir glass; purchase food from an abundance of high quality, distinctive restaurants and caterers; sharpen your palate by attending wine education seminars; purchase exceptional works of art and specialty crafts; and revel in continuous live entertainment. Ask about our designated driver program. While we welcome all patrons, this is not intended as an event for children. The event is held rain or shine. Saturday: $32 advance; $40 at gate; $25 designated driver; youth 3-20 yrs $25. Sunday: $27 advance; $35 at gate; designated driver $20; youth 3-20 yrs $20.

Time:

Sat: 11am - 6pm, Sun: 11am - 5pm

Location Info:

Symphony Woods Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-7275 Visit Website »

May 31

Grits & Glamour Gala: A Southern Soirée

Presented by the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Welcome to the elegant South, where arts and culture mix with a heaping helping of southern hospitality. Enjoy a variety of libations or our evening’s signature Planter’s Punch cocktail and an array of tasty hors d’oeuvres while bidding on a unique collection of silent auction items. Savor southern-inspired fine dining featuring Linwood’s shrimp and grits and then be entertained by southern-born, stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze as he takes center stage. $150 per person, $1500 per table, Black Tie Optional. Please call for reservations.

Time:

6-10pm

Location Info:

The Horowitz Center in Howard Community College 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044

Contact Info:

410-715-3044 Visit Website »

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