Back to School – and Autumn Fun – in Downtown Towson

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As the leaves begin to fall and Towson locals gear up for Halloween and the holidays beyond, there’s a fun vibe in the air. October is a busy time in downtown Towson, with plenty of reasons to head out and enjoy the neighborhood.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around town this month:

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Café Troia says goodbye – but Bandito’s will open

Cafe Troia, the Italian restaurant that has been beloved by Towsonites for decades, served its last meal in late September. While that’s disappointing news, its space won’t be empty for long. Locally-owned Mexican food spot, Banditos Bar & Kitchen, has plans to open in the space. 

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Pinktober at THB

All month long, a portion of all Bagel Boxes, pink gear, and pink bagels purchased by the dozen at THB will be donated to LifeBridge Health Hospitals, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

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Towson Fall Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 10, Patriot Plaza and the blocks of Pennsylvania and Washington will light up with fun during the Towson Fall Festival. The festival, which starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m., features food trucks, local vendors, fun activities for kids, including moon bounces and face painting, and beer, wine and cocktails (drinks in the plaza itself).

There will also be live music from That’s What She Said and Crushing Day. 

Fun at the Library

All month long, the Towson library hosts outdoor story times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The 30-minute story times are designed for preschool-aged children.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the library hosts “Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance,” a fun performance that’s great for elementary school-aged kids and more. The hour-long show starts at 11 a.m.

Party on Penn

On Friday, Oct. 15, head to West Pennsylvania Ave. for the “Uptown Roar” Party on Penn. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature food and drinks from CVP, The Point, Nacho Mama’s, Coffee Talk Café, Kyodai Sushi, and Slice Pizza, plus live music from the Sundogs and appearances by Towson University’s cheerleaders, pom squad and mascot. 

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Spooky Sips at Papi’s

The brand new Papi’s Tacos in Towson has a fun cocktail menu for the month of October. Choices include drinks like Ghostbusters’ Slimer (orange vodka, sour apple and melon liqueur and lemonade) and the Dracula (tequila, ancho chili liqueur, strawberry puree and housemade sour mix). Scary – but sounds delicious!

Gameday Specials

We’re in the thick of football season and whether you’re a diehard Ravens fan, cheer for another team, or just like the camaraderie of gameday, local bars and restaurants have you covered in terms of football specials.

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, specials include a $21.99 pitcher and wings deal and $10 loaded nachos. 

 

Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s has a full menu and $5 20-ounce Miller Lite drafts on game days. 

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CVP

Specials at CVP include $6 Ravens bombs and $11.99 Bud Light, Mich Ultra and Natural Light buckets. 

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Barley’s

Barley’s deals include $20 and $25 shareable boards and buckets of Twisted Tea, White Claw and Mich Ultra for $15. 

Live music around Towson

This month is a great one for local fans of live music

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

On Friday, Oct. 8, Chris Montcalmo will perform acoustic favorites on the rooftop at Barley’s Backyard Uptown. 

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The Recher

If emo is more your style, head to The Recher on Oct. 8 for Emo Night Baltimore with Tickle Me Emo. 

Sunday, Oct. 10, Black Stone Cherry plays The Recher, along with Jared James Nichols and Georgia Thunderbolts. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show. 

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub has live music on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Luvable Idiots) and Friday, Oct. 22 (T. Hayes & John Love). Both days, the acts begin at 9 p.m. 

 

Newcomer Perennial hosts live music outside on the patio every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point in Towson has a strong music lineup all month long, starting with Jim Wockenfuss on Friday, Oct. 8 and Jimmy Solesky on Saturday, Oct. 9. Later in the month, check out the Luvable Idiots on Oct. 15, Chad Grey and John Love on Oct. 22, Chris Diller followed by The StarrFinn Trio on Oct. 23, Carlos Cubas on Oct. 29 and a reprise of both Chris Diller and Chad Grey and John Love on Oct. 30. Chris Diller will be back for one more show, too, on Halloween afternoon. 

Even more at The Point

The Point has more than music happening this month, too.

Oct. 16, Robyn Ya’Men pops up at The Point to host a spooky drag brunch with a bottomless drink option. 

On Thursday, Oct. 21, bring your favorite furry friend to the restaurant for a HOWLoween Yappy Hour on the patio. 

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Farmers Market Fun

Best place around to pick up cider, pumpkins, apples, and other fall goodies. The market is every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue. 

 

Shop & Win at Towson Town Center

Shop at the mall and enter to win great prizes worth over $20,000 – and a grand prize of a two-night trip to Las Vegas.

To enter, head to the mall and find a Gold Mall Together Sweepstakes sign. Scan the sign’s QR code and enter to try to win – and keep going back. You can enter to win once a week. 

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Downtown Towson: What’s New in 2022

Out with the old and in with the new – it’s a new year and time for a fresh start in downtown Towson. The year is already looking like a fun and busy one for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments, with plenty of events planned and good news on the horizon. 

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Whole Foods Opens

After years of anticipation, the opening of the new Whole Foods Market in Towson is finally here. The popular grocery store opens its Towson outpost on January 14.

The store is located at 300 Towson Row and is visible from York Road. In addition to a wide selection of high quality foods and beverages – including many local products – the new Whole Foods will include a full-service coffee bar and an upstairs mezzanine with a lounge, arcade and local seating. There will also be a community room available for meetings.

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The Loop

The Towson Loop, the new circulator bus that debuted last year, is still going strong in the downtown Towson area. 

The Loop has two routes, both of which are convenient for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments. 

The Purple line, which runs north to south, travels through GBMC and St. Joseph Medical Center on the south side, to just past Fairmount Ave. to the north.

The east-west Orange line stretches from The Exchange on Kenilworth Drive in the east all the way to Towson Place, where Target and Walmart are located, in the west.

Both lines have stops along Joppa Road, near Hampton Plaza

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National Bagel Day

January 15 is National Bagel Day and Towson Hot Bagel has big plans to help locals celebrate. All THB guests will receive a free bagel and cream cheese on the 15th. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the day will be donated to the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

For a limited time, you can also wash that down with an Old Bay hot chocolate. THB has partnered with the crew at McCormick to create a spicy-sweet seasonal beverage designed to keep you warm.

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What’s Happening at The Recher

The Recher Theater has been a busy spot for live music for the past few months – and that will continue moving forward. However, given the current rise in COVID cases, some shows may be rescheduled or cancelled.

The theater has several shows scheduled during January, including Relentless Souls, Echo 2 Locate, The Stifled, KOTWT and No Promises on January 14, local favorites Crack the Sky on January 15 and Yutzie with The Luvable Idiots and Jordan Gillis Band on January 21.

However, they have also announced that the Grateful Dead tribute show by the Dancing Bears will no longer take place on January 8. The show has been rescheduled for May. 

Downtown Fun

Downtown Towson bars and restaurants are kicking off the new year with fun activities.

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The Point

On January 15, The Point in Towson will honor America’s beloved, recently departed sweetheart, Betty White, with a brunch celebration. The event will feature food and drink brunch specials inspired by White and proceeds will be donated to two local animal rescues, in honor of her commitment to similar causes.

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub has a regular line up of Friday night musical guests, including Jon Zorn on January 7 and WhiskerFish Band on January 28. 

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Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro is planning a Lunar New Year celebration featuring members of the Beauty of Beijing Opera Company and members of the Traditional Chinese Orchestra of DC, along with dancers from the Dongfang Dance Group.

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Perennial

Perennial continues to have live daily music on its patio every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lineup changes regularly.

Dine & Delight at the Mall

From now through February 28, Towson Town Center has a Dine & Delight promotion, offering a $20 reward when you spend $50 or more at mall restaurants. 

Mark Your Calendars

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Towson Town Spring Festival. This year’s festival will take place on April 30 and May 1, 2022, with Gardens Day on April 28.

Applications to be a festival vendor are now available on the organization’s website.

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