Last year more than 768 million vacation days went unused. There is no time like today to get a jumpstart on your next trip, and Visit Howard County is here to help. Signature events take place throughout the year are perfect to plan your vacation around. 

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  1. Wine in the Woods

One of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County for over 20 years. Voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine in 2009. Live Music, food and samples from over 30 Maryland wineries. Jazzfest

Tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! A place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and, of course, hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.

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  1. Merriweather Summer Concerts

Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheaters nestled in 40 acres of forest, smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. If the backstage walls could talk, they’d echo Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant trading some wicked  The calendar of concerts at Merriweather features the best in rock, country, rhythm and blues, pop, jazz, hip hop, alternative, electronica and classical. Originally built to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra, Merriweather was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, who is best known for defying architectural conventions. The natural outdoor setting is one that can’t be matched. The fantastic sound system and large video screens make this amphitheater a favorite for bands and fans.stories about when the Who and Led Zeppelin played here in the ‘70s. Concerts are announced throughout the year, but with a line up already featuring Alanis Morissette, Halsey, Hall & Oates, and Dave Matthews Band, there is sure to be an artist or band you'll love to see. 

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  1. Cherry Blossoms

April is Cherry Blossom time in Howard County and Blossoms of Hope’s annual pink season brings a month-long celebration of activities that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness. With more than 1,700 beautiful pink Kwanzan cherry trees blossoming in parks, along roadways and at attractions county-wide, spring in Howard County awakens the human spirit filling it with hope, happiness and health.

  1. Jazzfest

Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend “the jazz festival with soul”: The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers nationwide, is more than just a concert, it's an event! It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and of course hear some of the coolest jazz and soul music on the planet!

  1. Korean Festival and Korean Way

Howard County’s Annual Korean Festival brings together diverse, authentic, living traditions from Korea. It's the ultimate Korean American experience, featuring unique food, music, craft demonstrations, dance performances, K-pop stars, dancing  groups, taekwondo, face painting, kids zone and much more.

Korean Way, located on Route 40 in Ellicott City features more than 166 Korean-owned businesses that are largely concentrated in this corridor, many offer authentic Korean cuisine, goods, services and cultural and recreational activities.