January is a month of new beginnings in Howard County, to slow down and relax after the holiday hustle and bustle. However you’ll find there are still plenty of events going on throughout the month. 

Jan 17th - Jan 30th - Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages 

Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages is a two week celebration of local food, drink, and community where you can discover our prized culinary and craft beverage scene. Catch up with loved ones and old friends over a meal while supporting local businesses! Participating locations will be offering unique meals and menus for every taste and budget.  

Colorburst Ice Rink 

The Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District is back for the 2021 – 2022 season! There will be plenty of celebrations and themed events throughout the season, as well as music and pop-up food and beverage. Skate up an appetite? Head over to one of our nearby restaurants to satisfy any craving.

HoCo Open @ Howard County Arts Council

HoCo Open is an annual, non-juried exhibit showcasing local artists. Presented in a salon-style format, this crowd-pleasing show is open to artists of all skill levels who live, work, or study in Howard County. 

Wildlake High School Visual Art - 50 Years as a Creative Catalyst @ Slayton House

Celebrate Wilde Lake High School's 50th birthday with this exhibit showcasing the art of alumni and former/current staff. This collaboration will feature 2 and 3-dimensional art of various mediums. Help us commemorate our community's journey over the years. Exhibit will be available Jan 6-Feb 4 with reception on Jan 9.

Abstraction - Contraption @ Howard County Arts Council

Abstraction•Contraption showcases local artists Stanley Wenocur and Andrew Flanders. Wenocur’s abstract, mixed media works capture the fleeting feelings, emotional struggles, and visual and mental images that people experience. Andrew Flanders, a mixed media sculptor and fabricator, investigates the relationships between craftsmen, the body, and the contraption in his works through utilitarian and abstract dialogues.

Jan 7th - First Friday @ Manor Hill Brewing

On the First Friday of every month at 4 pm. Limited release cans will be available at the Manor Hill Brewing Tap Room. Beers will vary from month to month and will be sold exclusively at the taproom throughout the weekend during regular Tap Room Hours (while supplies last).

Jan 13th - Spirits Pub Tour @ Historic Ellicott City

Enjoy a special drink or special pricing on selected drinks as we take you inside for a taste at some of Ellicott City's favorite haunts.

Jan 14th - Winter Challenge : Let’s go, let it snow! @ Howard County Conservancy

It’s time for our Winter challenge, when we encourage you to spend time outdoors at a park or in your neighborhood while helping to raise $10,000  to keep the Conservancy’s 232 acres green, FREE and open to all! Participants will receive a limited edition owl mask (while supplies last) and will be entered to win awesome raffle prizes throughout the challenge! So go explore the beauty and wonder of winter, complete challenges and enter to win fun prizes!

Jan 15th & 16th - 14th Annual Winter Bead and Jewelry Show @ Howard County Fairgrounds

Featuring a wide variety of vendors, the 2022 Winter Bead & Jewelry Show becomes the place for beading artists to gather. Engage in one of our classes and spend the day with other creative artists.  Shop for your favorite beads at discounted show prices. Enjoy collections of handcrafted jewelry by some of the best artisans in the country. 

Jan 22nd - Concert: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih @ Smith Theatre

Their program of pieces by Russian master composers features luxurious melodies rooted in the Russian folk song tradition. When each piece received its premiere performance, the composers themselves were at the piano to accompany their friends and colleagues on the cello.

Jan 22nd - Winter Bird Walk @ Howard County Conservancy

Join expert birder Mike Kerwin and volunteer naturalist Woody Merkle on a walk around Mt. Pleasant’s trails to see and learn how to identify Winter birds! This is a beginning level walk, great for adults and interested children over 8 years old (accompanied by an adult). Binoculars are not required but are helpful.

See a full list of Events HERE