Upcoming Group Events

Every season there’s a reason to visit Columbia/Ellicott City, MD!


Enjoy 1,500+ Blossoms of Hope cherry trees as they turn Columbia into a panorama of pink. (April)See 22,000 mature azalea bushes in shades of red, purple & orange bloom at Brighton Dam Azalea Garden. (April)

Feel the warmth at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. (May)

Sample the region’s finest wines as music fills the air atWine in the Woods – Maryland’s largest wine festival. (May)


The beautiful Patapsco River Valley and State Park is at its finest this time of year and the serene waters of Centennial Lake and Lake Kittamquandi reflect colorful tree-lined shores.The Robinson Nature Center offers educational opportunities both outdoors and indoors with interactive and interpretive displays and trails.

Orange pumpkins and ripe, red apples ready for picking bring the season’s vibrant palette to a multitude of local farms where family fun festivals are plentiful.


Discover the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in the ruins of Ellicott City’s historic Victorian girls’ school as they perform The Bard’s beloved works under the stars!Witness the extravaganza of performing and visual arts at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. (June)

Take in a show under the stars and see the stars at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the legendary outdoor concert venue.

Stroll along Main Street in Ellicott City and watch as plein air artists paint the town al fresco. (July)


Beautifully decorated shop windows and special shopping weekends set the mood on Main Street in Ellicott City and at the Historic Savage Mill.A sparkling drive-thru wonderland dazzles both young and old at the annual Symphony of Lights animated light display.

Year-round attraction, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, offers audiences an especially warm welcome this time of year as Broadway favorites come to life in an intimate setting.

A few upcoming events:

Howard County Fairgrounds - 

POW WOW - July 21-22, 2018

72th Annual Howard County Fair - August 4th - 11th, 2018