Autumn

Choose Civility Symposium

Inspired by the book Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct, by Johns Hopkins University Professor Dr. P.M. Forni, Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative, led by Howard County Library. The Symposium is a free annual event, usually in October, that explores the role of civility with notable key note speakers. For more information visit, www.choosecivility.org.

Clark’s Elioak Farm

Offers families a fun outing while being easy on the budget with modest admission fees; infants 12 months and younger are free. Stop by and explore their newest attraction- The Enchanted Forest Pine Tree Maze. While there, also visit the petting farm and feed the goats and sheep. Enjoy a pony ride or hay ride for an additional nominal charge. Be sure to ask about the Frequent Visitors Program and save a bundle. Admission fee applies except for infants 12 months of age and younger. For hours of operation or more information visit, www.clarklandfarm.com or call 410-730-4049.

Farm City-Celebration

Don’t miss this county wide celebration that highlights Howard County’s farm/city interdependence. A two-week itinerary of activities takes place all over the county at farms, museums, heritage, sites, community centers and libraries. Happens annually near the end of September through the beginning of October. Some fees and admissions may apply. For a listing of events or more information visit, www.farmheritage.org.

Ellicott City Fall Festival

Enjoy a day in 236-year-old downtown Ellicott City. This family friendly event happens annually the last Saturday in September and features entertainment, kids’ activities, side-walk sales and community displays. For more information visit, www.visitellicottcity.com or call 410-313-1900.

Larriland Farm

Situated in beautiful western Howard County, this family favorite offers Acres of Pumpkins, pick-your-own produce, the Boo Barn, famous apple fritters and delicious treats, corn mazes, farm animals, hay rides and a country store overflowing with the season’s bounty. Admission is free; however, small fees may apply to activities. For more information visit, www.pickyourown.com or call 410-442-2605.

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm

Located in beautiful western Howard County. This 530 acre working farm offers fun, educational activities to children and adults. Autumn highlights include traditional favorites plus a 10+ acre corn maze & mini maze. While there is no admission, some charges for activities may apply. Also, be sure to check out the Country Store that is overflowing with seasonal home-grown home and eatable goods. For hours or additional information visit, www.sharpfarm.com or call 410-489-2572.

Rail-Trail’s Fall Foliage Romantic Hike or Bike

Lovely fall foliage awaits along a 20-mile rail-trail that follows a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line under a canopy of red maple leaves along the Patuxent River. Beginning at Savage Park, the rail-trail crosses ten bridges, including, the 1902 Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge then through the grounds of a quarry that operated until 1928. The rail-trail ends at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, great for picnicking. Savage Park directions: 8400 Fair Street, Savage, MD, From Rt 32, exit onto Route 1 southbound. Immediately turn right onto Howard St., Howard Street becomes Baltimore St., Proceed 0.8 miles to park on right.

50+EXPO

This not-to-be-missed annual event takes place in the middle of each October at Wild Lake High School in Columbia. Highlights include fun activities and more than 140 exhibitors. Free parking is located at The Mall in Columbia with shuttle service to and from the main entrance of the event. For a listing programs and exhibitors or for more information visit, www.co.ho.md.us/OA/CS_OfficeAging.htm or call 410-313-6410.