Memorial Day brings the unofficial start to summer! If you are planning a getaway over the holiday, look no further. You can take advantage of the three-day weekend, and enjoy everything Howard County has to offer. Check out five things you can do over Memorial Day weekend. 

Tour Ellicott City

Historic Ellicott City 2020

Ellicott City

Step back in time as you tour the historic Mill Town, home to some of the oldest historical sites in the nation. After a day of exploration, indulge in a refreshing frozen treat at Park Ridge Creamy to beat the heat and unwind. For a taste of local flavor, stop by Phoenix Upper Main for a drink. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Pop-Up Korean Art Museum and the Plein Air to Prepare cherry blossom-inspired art exhibit at the Welcome Center for a unique cultural experience.

Visit the Parks

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Patapsco Valley State Park

Embrace the beauty of nature this Memorial Day by visiting one of Howard County, Maryland's scenic parks. For a peaceful retreat, head to Scott's Cove in Scaggsville. This hidden gem offers a tranquil escape with its serene reservoir views, playgrounds, picnic areas, and excellent fishing spots, all away from the crowds.

If you're in the mood for hiking and sightseeing, venture to Patapsco Valley State Park. With over 200 miles of trails catering to various difficulty levels, it's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're picnicking, camping, fishing, or canoeing, Patapsco State Park promises unforgettable outdoor adventures for the whole family.

Memorial Day Kick-Off at the Columbia Lakefront

The Collective is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a free cookout event! Join the fun at the Columbia Lakefront on Saturday May 25th for beer & BBQ, a cash bar and live music from The 8TRAX band. 

Columbia Lakefront View

Columbia Lakefront

Enjoy Howard On Tap

Ellicott City Distilling

Howard on Tap

Howard County, Maryland boasts an impressive array of breweries and distilleries, making it the perfect destination for beverage enthusiasts. Whether you prefer the ambiance of a taproom or want to stock up on craft beverages for your Memorial Day BBQ, Howard County has something for everyone. Savor the flavors of locally crafted drinks and elevate your celebrations with unique and delicious beverages.

Explore Destination Downtown Columbia

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The Chrysalis in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Columbia this Memorial Day weekend! Wander through the scenic Symphony Woods or enjoy the serene beauty of the Lakefront at Lake Kittamaqundi. For a memorable evening, indulge in a late-night jazz performance at 18th & 21st. Beat the heat by stopping at Tapville Social inside the Mall in Columbia for some refreshing drinks and a shopping spree. Downtown Columbia offers a delightful blend of entertainment, relaxation, and shopping experiences for all to enjoy.

For family fun and a Memorial Day Weekend filled with entertainment check out the DoodleHATCH FESTIVAL! The DoodleHATCH FESTIVAL is a 3 day family-friendly celebration held during Memorial Day Weekend at the DoodleHATCH Interactive Art Museum. Enjoy a variety of specialty vendors, themed areas, arts and crafts, amazing entertainers, and loads of kid-friendly activities.

Shop at Farms and Farmer's Markets

Old Ellicott City Farmer's Market Vendor

Farms and Farmer's Markets

Indulge in the bounty of local agriculture at the The Farmers Markets at Clarksville Commons and Maple Lawn this Memorial Day weekend. Discover an abundance of fresh produce alongside a delightful selection of beer, wine, desserts, baked goods, pickles, and ice cream, perfect for crafting a sensational holiday feast. For over two decades, Jenny's Market in West Friendship has been a beloved destination, offering an array of high-quality produce and Nana's renowned canned goods.

For a charming family outing, visit Clark's Elioak Farm, where you can bond with adorable baby goats and explore the farm store's offerings of fresh produce, meat, and artisanal canned goods. Nearby, Breezy Willow Country Market awaits with an array of foodstuffs and produce, conveniently situated near Historic Ellicott City. Celebrate Memorial Day with the finest offerings from Howard County's farms and markets, ensuring a culinary experience to remember.

Larriland Farm Strawberry Festival

Larriland Farm Strawberry Slush at the Strawberry Festival

Enjoy the sweetest of treats with a special Strawberry Festival at Larriland Farms, where they are now open for pick-your-own strawberry season! On Memorial Day Weekend they'll have live music, food trucks and "berry" fun activities for the whole family. Kick off the summer season with fresh fruit and fun at this special event you won't want to miss.

Extend Your Stay!

After exploring the diverse array of activities and attractions Howard County has to offer this Memorial Day weekend, you'll find yourself longing to linger a little longer. Fortunately, Howard County boasts a variety of hotels and accommodations to suit every traveler's needs. Whether you prefer a cozy bed and breakfast, a luxurious hotel, or a charming inn, you're sure to find the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of adventure. Extend your stay and immerse yourself fully in the charm and hospitality of Howard County. Check out our selection of hotels to find the ideal accommodations for your Memorial Day getaway.