Back to School – and Autumn Fun – in Downtown Towson

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Students are back, temperatures are cooling and soon, the leaves will start to change. September is a gorgeous time in Maryland – and it’s always fun in downtown Towson.

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

The Loop Is Coming

Have you heard about Towson Loop? It’s a new, free circulator bus service that will begin operating in the Towson area on Oc. 12. 

The Loop’s 12 buses will run from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays (no Sunday service). There will be two loops – the north and southbound purple loop and east and westbound orange loop. 

Both are very easily accessible from Hampton Plaza Apartments. There are orange and purple loop stops just outside the apartments’ doors – making it easier than ever to quickly (and inexpensively) reach destinations around Towson.

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Storytime at the Library

All month long, the Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library will host outdoor family story times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30. The story times are geared towards preschool-aged children (3-5 years old) and take place outdoors, so they will be as safe and COVID-friendly as possible

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One more Feet on the Street

Feet on the Street, the outdoor concert series put on by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, was supposed to end on Aug. 27. However, thanks to thunderstorms that evening, the event was canceled. There is good news, though – it will be rescheduled for Sept. 10. Crushing Day is set to perform. 

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Drag at The Point

The Point in Towson has a pair of fun drag events coming up this month:  brunch on Sept. 18 and a comedy show on Sept. 23.

 

Live music around Towson

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Friday, Sept. 3, Ebb & Nova will pop up at C&R Pub. The band just released an album, Night Sounds – the album release party was at The Recher in mid-August. 

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Speaking of The Recher – the venue will host lots of great music this month

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the beloved Talking Heads tribute Band Psycho Killers takes the stage. 

 

On Sunday, Sept. 12, The Recher will host Beutler’s ALS Band Bash, a benefit raising funds for the Brigance Brigade Foundation. The event features tons of great acts, including Caleb Stine and a performance by magician Adam Stone. 

 

And on Friday, Sept. 17, RUSH tribute band Sun Dogs will return to The Recher. The band played two sold out shows there last May – so grab tickets early. 

 

 

Back to Barre

Towne Barre is running a fall back-to-barre special. Now through Labor Day, you can purchase unlimited group classes for three months for $300. 

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Bend, Brew & Brunch at CVP

Speaking of workouts…on Sept. 12, head to CVP for a yoga and brunch event. Tickets, which are $10, include the hour-long, all-levels yoga class plus one beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to enjoy along with whatever brunch you choose to order. 

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Kenyan-Italian Fusion at Café Troia

On Sept. 16, Café Troia will host a special Kenyan-Italian fusion meal to raise funds to support the education of at-risk Kenyan children. 

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Farmers Market Fun

If you haven’t made it to the Towson Farmer’s Market yet, you still have time – and September is a terrific time for local produce and other goods. The market is every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue. 

Shop & Win at Towson Town Center

During Sept. and Oct., shop at Towson Town Center and you can enter to win fashion, food and beauty prizes totaling over $20,000 – and  grand prize of a two-night trip to Las Vegas.

To enter, head to the mall and find one of the gold Mall Together Sweepstakes signs. Scan the sign’s QR code and enter to try to win. You can enter once a week – so there’s motivation to drop back into the mall frequently. 

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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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