As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, June beckons with an irresistible array of events and activities across Howard County, Maryland. From electrifying music festivals to immersive cultural celebrations, there's no shortage of excitement to fill your days. Let's explore the highlights of this month's offerings:

Community Events

OEC Pride Festival

Date: June 1, 2024 (Saturday, 1-8 pm)
Location: Old Ellicott City
Experience the vibrant spirit of inclusion and celebration at the OEC Pride Festival. With live music, captivating DJ sets, dazzling drag performances, and the iconic Mascara Run, this event promises a day of joy and unity in Old Ellicott City. Read more about Pride in Howard County.

Primitive Beginnings & Lotus Pride Historic Ellicott City

Ellicott City


2024 Downtown Columbia Maker Fair

Date: June 1, 2024 (1-4 pm)
Location: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
Unleash your creativity at the 2024 Downtown Columbia Maker Fair, a gathering of innovators and artisans showcasing their talents. From engineering marvels to artistic creations, explore the endless possibilities of human ingenuity at this family-friendly event.


Pollinator Fest:

Date: June 30th 2024
Location: Howard County Conservancy
Connect with nature and learn about the importance of pollinators at the Pollinator Fest. Engage in informative activities, games, and seed giveaways while gaining a deeper understanding of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.


Live Music

Merriweather Post Pavilion: Where Music Comes Alive All Summer Long

Date: All summer long
Location: Merriweather Post Pavilion amphitheater
Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of live music as concert season kicks off at the iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion amphitheater, which boasts a legendary status among music lovers. With concerts happening all summer long, there's something for everyone on our event calendar. From chart-topping artists to emerging talents, our lineup promises unforgettable performances under the starlit sky.

Make the most of your experience by booking a hotel stay and extending your visit. Catch additional concerts, go shopping for concert outfits, and explore the vibrant culture of Columbia, Maryland with fun things to do nearby.


Fall concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Free Live Music All Summer Long at the Columbia Lakefront

Date: June 1, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Lakefront
Don't miss the electrifying performances at the Columbia Lakefront Stage, where free live music sets the stage for unforgettable evenings. Join as The Boneshakers w/ Deanna Bogart ignite the stage with their soulful tunes.


AMPed in the Park Returns (Part of the Merriweather District Summer Series)

Date: Select Thursdays throughout the summer
Location: Color Burst Park
Delight in free concerts at AMPED in the Park that will enliven your Thursdays every other week at Color Burst Park, creating an atmosphere of musical enchantment. Mark your calendars for performances by Jackie Venson on June 6, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, and Lola Kirke on June 20, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, promising evenings filled with music and magic.


Destination Downtown Columbia - Color Burst Park

AMPed in the Park at Color Burst Park


Capital Jazz Fest 3-Day Festival

Date: June 7-9, 2024
Location: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Get ready for a soulful journey at the Capital Jazz Fest, where world-class musicians gather to serenade audiences with smooth jazz melodies. From Anthony Hamilton to India.Arie, immerse yourself in the captivating rhythms of jazz at Merriweather Post Pavilion.


Free Lakefest Weekend

Date: June 14-16, 2024 (Friday 5 pm - Sunday 7 pm)
Location: Columbia Lakefront
Don't miss the free-spirited revelry at Lakefest Weekend, a three-day extravaganza of music, arts, and entertainment. With live performances, an invitational fine arts & crafts show, and a variety of family-friendly activities, this event is a highlight of the summer season.


Savage Bluegrass Festival

Date: June 15, 2024 (Saturday, 12 pm - 5 pm)
Location: Savage Mill
Experience the toe-tapping tunes of Maryland's top bluegrass bands at the Savage Bluegrass Festival. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a day of music, food, and family fun at Savage Mill.



Date: June 19, 2024, 7 pm to 10 pm
Location: Columbia Lakefront
Celebrate freedom and community at Juneteenth, featuring performances by DuPont Brass, B.Funk Dance, WLHS Step Team, and Line Dancing w/ April at the Columbia Lakefront Stage.


Ladybug Music Festival

Date: June 29, 2024
Location: Old Ellicott City
Celebrate the talent and creativity of women in music at the Ladybug Music Festival. Featuring a lineup of female-fronted acts, this event showcases the power and artistry of women musicians, making it the largest free celebration of its kind in the United States.



Merriweather Fit Series

Date: Thursdays 4 pm - 5 pm
Location: Merriweather Row Plaza
Join free fitness classes in the welcoming community of Columbia, MD! Classes included yoga, led by THE Pearl Wellness Spa + Boutique, and boxing, led by Title Boxing.

Poolside Pilates at The Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel

Date: Every Sunday Morning in June (8 am - 9 am)
Location: The Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel
Rejuvenate your mind and body with poolside Pilates at The Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel. Led by experienced instructors from THE Pearl Wellness Spa + Boutique, these morning sessions offer a refreshing way to start your day amidst the serene surroundings of Lake Kittamaqundi.


Poolside Views

Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel


Age-Friendly Outdoor Fitness Lot Ribbon Cutting

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 11 am - 12 pm
Location: Centennial Park North
Join the celebration of Howard County's first Age-Friendly Outdoor Fitness Lot at Centennial Park North. Improve your health and enjoy recreational opportunities at this ADA-accessible park. Free; registration required. Read more about accessibility in Howard County, Maryland.


Farm Stay Immersion Program

Date: June 14, 2024 (3 pm) - June 16, 2024 (12 pm)
Location: Mary's Land Farm
Embark on a unique retreat with the Farm Stay Immersion Program at Mary's Land Farm. Immerse yourself in farm life, enjoy hands-on activities, and savor farm-fresh meals amidst the picturesque beauty of rural Maryland.

Farmer’s Markets

Date: Throughout summer
Location: Various locations around the county
Shop for fresh, local produce from neighborhood farms at Howard County's farmers' markets.


Stay & Play

June in Maryland is a time of celebration, creativity, and community. Whether you're dancing to tunes at the Merriweather Post Pavilion or embracing the creativity at Columbia Festival of the Arts FREE Lakefest Weekend, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and embark on a journey of discovery and delight in the heart of Maryland's summer festivities.