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Columbia, Maryland’s new downtown is alive with activity. You’ll find new shops and eateries, an expanded Lakefront experience, and new paths and walkways that tie it all together. And that’s just the beginning. New construction is a sign of things to come as Downtown Columbia transforms into a special place to live and work, or to visit with friends and family.

What's now

There’s a lot to see and do in Downtown Columbia. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening right now. View all that's happening.

  • The Pointsettia Tree Marks the Season


    Hallmark of the holdays at The Mall.

    The Pointsettia Tree Marks the Season


    Hallmark of the holdays at The Mall.

    The famous Poinsettia Tree, a hallmark of the holiday season, has returned to ‘center court’ at The Mall In Columbia to the delight of all. Whether you are out shopping for staples, just starting your gift list, or meeting friends for lunch or a coffee, be sure to take a moment to enjoy the splendor …

  • It’s the Symphony of Lights


    Annual fundraiser for Howard County General Hospital

    It’s the Symphony of Lights


    Annual fundraiser for Howard County General Hospital

    It’s that wonderful time of year again. There’s a chill to the air. The days have gotten shorter and shorter and the woods around Merriweather are aglow with the annual Symphony of Lights announcing it’s holiday season. Drive on in! A regional tradition now for more than two decades, seventy ‘larger than life’ holiday light …

  • Metropolitan now pre-leasing


    Downtown Columbia’s exciting new residence.

    Metropolitan now pre-leasing


    Downtown Columbia’s exciting new residence.

    The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia will open to residents in this fall. The luxury six-story residence, touting the largest resident clubhouse in town and a relaxing public promenade, is just steps from The Mall and AMC’s Columbia 14 Theater.

  • Whole Foods a Welcome Neighbor


    A part of the community from the get go.

    Whole Foods a Welcome Neighbor


    A part of the community from the get go.

    Designed specifically for the Columbia shopper in Frank Gehry’s iconic Rouse Company Building, Whole Foods opened this much-anticipated location on August 20th.

What's next

Downtown Columbia is alive with opportunities. Here’s a snapshot of what’s around the corner. View all that's happening.

  • Arts Festival Launches Future Format


    Seasonal mini-festivals throughout the year

    Arts Festival Launches Future Format


    Seasonal mini-festivals throughout the year

    For nearly three decades the Columbia Festival of the Arts (CFA) has anchored itself to the beginning of summer with sixteen days of arts activities and performances from its popular free Lakefest weekend on. It has brought stunning performances to Columbia stages delighting audiences year after year, a true and valued amenity for the community. …

  • Next Up: Science, Engeneering and Technology.


    HCC's SET building to open in 2017.

    Next Up: Science, Engeneering and Technology.


    HCC's SET building to open in 2017.

    Science, Engineering and Technology or SET will soon have its own, highly specialized building on the campus of Howard Community College. Ground was recently broken on the four story, 145,300 square foot project expected to open to students in 2017 after being completed later the prior year. The project, a $77 million dollar venture, is …

  • Mind body spa accepting memberships


    Haven On The Lake opens this fall

    Mind body spa accepting memberships


    Haven On The Lake opens this fall

    Overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi from the Frank Gehry-designed Rouse Company Building, the Columbia Association’s new mind-body wellness retreat is opening this autumn. Is there a better place to relax and revitalize?

  • Pathway to connect Columbia


    Muti-use pathway will connect Hospital to Blandair

    Pathway to connect Columbia


    Muti-use pathway will connect Hospital to Blandair

    Once complete, the three stages of the multi-use pathway will provide pedestrians and bikers a way to get from one side of Columbia to the other.