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.
Columbia Association’s Columbia Archives Lakefront Walking Tours
All 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 Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.com or calling 410-715-3103.
Columbia Festival of the Arts
This signature event has taken place on Columbia’s Lakefront for more than 20 years. Columbia Festival of the Arts presents a host of top-flight artists and performers for two weeks every June. While many of the events require tickets, the opening LakeFest weekend is a free event featuring popular live bands, artists and vendors, and a sidewalk chalk drawing contest. For more information visit, www.columbiafestival.org 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, www.columbiavillagecenters.com or call 443-367-5123.
Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Photo Contest Exhibit
Get an artist’s perspective of Historical Ellicott City at Ellicott City Restoration Foundation’s annual Photo Contest Exhibit and Reception. All photos are taken within the Ellicott City Historic District and remain on exhibit for two months. The reception takes place annually on the first Friday in June at the Howard County Historical Society in Ellicott City. There is no entry fee and cash prizes are awarded. For more information call, 410-247-9252.
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, www.ColumbiaAssociation.org 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 www.lakefrontfestival.com 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 Historic Ellicott City. Popcorn and candy sold to benefit local charities. Other activities include, wine tastings and shopping. For dates and more information visit, www.winebinec.com 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 Historic 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 www.hocoarts.org 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, www.pickyourown.com or call 410-442-2605.
Sunset Serenades at Centennial Park
Bring 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, www.howardcountymd.gov/rap/ 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, www.howardcountymd.gov/rap/ or call 410-313-4700.