Clark’s Elioak FarmCastle Entrance at Clarks Elioak Farm Credit Erica Kavadias

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, or call 410-730-4049.

Columbia Association’s Columbia Archives Lakefront Walking Tours

Courtesy of Howard County Rec and Parks Fireworks ColumbiaAll you need is your feet and the Columbia Association’s Lakefront Walking Tour brochure to discover fascinating facts and folklore about the public art, architecture and design of Columbia’s core. Also see connections between Jim Rouse, the goals he set for Columbia and the public art that expresses that vision. Pick up or have a copy sent to you by emailing or calling 410-715-3103.

Columbia Festival of the Arts

This signature event has taken place in Columbia for more than 20 years. Columbia Festival of the Arts presents a seasonal, weekend-long celebration of the arts in a broad spectrum of art forms and cultures, encouraging interaction among artists and audiences, and featuring local and national artists. Check out the FREE Weekend in the Woods Festival, June 18 & 19. For more information visit, or call 410-715-3044.

Courtyard Concert Series

Columbia Village Centers offer more than just shopping. Catch great outdoor concerts and various other acts of entertainment at the Dorsey’s Search, Hickory Ridge, River Hill, Harper’s Choice, Kings Contrivance and Wilde Lake village centers. Days and hours vary; events occur mid-June through mid-August. For a complete schedule or additional information visit, or call 443-367-5123.

Old Ellicott City Photo Contest Exhibit

Get an artist’s perspective of Old Ellicott City at the reception for the Old Ellicott City Photo Contest. All photos are taken within the Ellicott City Historic District and will be displayed at the Howard County Welcome Center starting June 3. For more information visit

Lakefront Lunchtime Concerts at Lake Kittamaqundi

Get out of the office and lunch on the banks of beautiful Lake Kittamaqundi at Columbia Town Center while enjoying live music, free cold beverages, give-aways and more. Concerts occur weekly on Wednesdays, May through July. For an entertainment schedule or more information visit, or call 410-730-1801.

Lakefront Summer Festival

The festival provides outdoor entertainment every night of the week, mid-June through mid-August. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy live performances and movies on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront. For a complete schedule or additional information, visit or call 410-715-3161.

Movie Nights at the Wine Bin, Saturday nights in Spring, Summer and Fall

Bring your chairs and a picnic…it’s Movie Time! Enjoy your favorite classics outdoors in Old Ellicott City. Popcorn and candy sold to benefit local charities. Other activities include, wine tastings and shopping. For dates and more information visit, or call 410- 465-7802.

Paint It: Ellicott City, A Juried Plein Air Paint-Out

Artists are invited annually each summer to an organized “paint out” in Old Ellicott City over two days. Festivities include street walking to see the artists at work, a welcome reception and gallery reception at the Howard County Arts Council. Receptions and sightseeing are free; however, fees apply to register as an artist. For more information visit or call 410-313-2787.

Pick Your Own at Larriland Farm

Situated in beautiful western Howard County, this family-favorite offers acres of pick-your-own produce and flowers. Other attractions include hay rides, animals, seasonal fruits & vegetables, flowers and herbs and a country store! Admission is free; however, small fees may apply to activities. For more information visit, or call 410-442-2605.

Sunset Serenades at Centennial Park

Summer Concert Photo Credit Howard County Recreation & ParksBring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy an evening performance in scenic Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Modestly priced concession menu items are available. Concerts occur weekly over the summer months. Parking donations are appreciated but not required. For a schedule of events or more information visit, or call 410-313-4700.

Travelin’ Bands Summer Time Concert Series

Grab a blanket, bring the family and enjoy the sounds of summer and free ice cream. Events are presented by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and sponsored by Edy’s Grand Ice Cream. Parking donations are appreciated; locations and dates vary. For a schedule of events or additional information visit, or call 410-313-4700.