Celebrate Fall in Downtown Towson


October is a great time to be a resident of Hampton Plaza Apartments. The air is crisp, the apples are fresh and there’s plenty to (safely) do in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the neighborhood this month:

Dining Out in Towson

Dining out continues to look a little different than normal, with more masks, more outdoor seating, and fewer patrons inside restaurants. But the Towson food scene is as terrific as ever, with fun events and great opportunities to get out of the kitchen.

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Towson Tavern

At Towson Tavern, the menu is changing with the season; it’s now showcasing the best fall produce and other harvest season goodies, in dishes like an apple craisin crumb with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel.


Cunningham’s Café

Cunningham’s Café is also celebrating the season with specials, like a cinnamon maple brioche. 


Café Troia

Café Troia is breaking out the heaters to get its al fresco space ready for cooler weather. Even as the temperature drops, dining on the restaurant’s pretty, covered deck will remain comfortable. 


So Good Barbeque

The So Good Barbeque truck will pop-up behind The Point on Monday, Oct. 5. You can sit on the patio at The Point and enjoy half-priced select whiskeys and bourbons, among other specials, and grab food from the truck. 


Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill

Unfortunately, this past month has brought some sad news on the restaurant front: Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill has closed permanently. 


M&T Stadium might not be open for fans this season, but the Ravens are still making things happen on the field. In Towson, local bars and restaurants have terrific game day specials and tons of TVs for a great viewing experience.

Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s has outdoor seating with big screens plus tons of specials, including deals on their fantastic margaritas. 


The Point

When you reserve a table at The Point, $50 gets you the table, a bucket of Bud Light, a platter of wings, fries and dips. 


C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, gameday specials include $5, $8 and $10 plates, 99-cent wings and drink specials including $10 Miller Lite pitchers.



CVP’s deals include $9.99 buckets of Corona products and $19.99 party tubs. 



Even if you’re watching the game at home, you can do it in tasty style with purple bagels from THB. The Ravens-inspired bagels are available each weekend, starting on Fridays. 


The Point

Live Music: The Point in Towson will host the Jules Riser Band on Oct. 4 and Bread & Cheese on Oct. 23 – get there early for both! 

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, Chris Diller will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 16 – get there for happy hour, which starts at 3 p.m. and settle in for dinner and tunes.

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Art at the Mall

From now through Oct. 20, check out the work of Dan Keplinger in storefront displays on levels two and four of Towson Town Center. The mall and Towson University are partnering on this exhibit showcasing the work of Keplinger, the Towson MFA grad who rose to national fame as the central character in the short film “King Gimp,” which won an Oscar.

The exhibit has been created in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Farmers’ Market Is Still in the Swing of Thing

Every Thursday, the Towson Farmers’ Market pops up on Allegheny Ave. from 10: 45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market features tons of great food, beverage, craft and art vendors and continues through October and November. 

New Shop Alert

Taken, the fun pop-up shop featuring cool art, furniture and other items from local artisans, will open in Dulaney Plaza shopping center, in the back building near Towne Barre, The Rellim Collection and FORM Salon

Taken is an excellent place for holiday shopping…or shopping for yourself. 

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Spring in Downtown Towson

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (most of the time) and Towsonites are out and about, enjoying the springtime. This time of year, the streets outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments are bustling and there’s always something to do.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in downtown Towson this spring:


Madison Reed opens

A new hair color bar – Madison Reed – has opened at 1 East Joppa Road. The salon offers multiple services, including glosses and root touch-ups.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week

Baltimore County Restaurant Week is underway and lasts through May 2. Towson restaurants are offering a variety of different menus and pricing options.

Café Troia’s

Café Troia’s dinner menu, for example, includes some gorgeous options, like a fettucine, Swiss chard and shrimp dish that looks terrific. 



Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s Restaurant Week menu is fun and creative, with dishes like mole cordito and elotes locos – crazy corn that includes Flaming Hot Cheetos as one of its ingredients. 

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown – which celebrated one year in business on April 20 – is featuring dishes like a sliced ribeye cheesesteak during Restaurant Week. 


C&R Pub

C&R Pub’s menu includes favorites like a Southern cobb salad and a shrimp po’boy. 

Seats on the Street

Outdoor dining on Pennsylvania Ave. is back, along with warmer weather. Participating restaurants include Nacho Mama’s, C&R Pub and CVP. Weather permitting, Pennsylvania will be shut down to traffic, but open for dining, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Towson Gardens Day

On April 29, head to central Towson for Towson Gardens Day, a celebration of all things spring. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include food trucks, live music and vendors including art, jewelry, produce and – of course – plants. 


Lineup at The Recher

Now that live acts are back at The Recher, there’s always something to do in Towson. Upcoming shows include comedy from 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel on April 24 and a show from Kurt Deemer Band on April 30.



Drag Brunches

CVP and Simply Sinful Events host a Drag N Games brunch on Sunday, April 25. The party will include a show, games and baskets to win.


The Point

The Point’s drag brunches, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men, are back for May, with multiple seatings on Saturday, May 15. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

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Showtime Trivia at World of Beer

Trivia is back at World of Beer – starting on April 27. Every Tuesday night, sip a brew or two while you show off your knowledge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Small Business Saturday at the mall

Shop local at Towson Town Center on Saturday, May 8, during Small Business Saturday – a pop-up market featuring all sorts of local businesses.

The pop-up will take place in the Level 3 Rotunda. It’s a great way to support local makers and home-based businesses.

Mother’s Day Plans

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9 and Towson restaurants are already making plans to help you treat your moms right.


The Point

At The Point, Mother’s Day brunch includes food specials and $20 bottomless brunch drinks.

Donating Blood

On Wednesday, May 12, the American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Towson Town Center. The drive takes place on Level 2 of the mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Yappy Hour at The Point

On May 20, grab your favorite pup and head to the restaurant’s patio for Yappy Hour benefiting the Baltimore Humane Society. The event will feature drink and food specials for humans and dogs, with 15% of sales going to the Humane Society and other ways to give back. 


Music at Red Pepper

Lovers of jazz, blues and American classics should stay abreast of happenings at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro. The downtown Towson restaurant has plans to showcase local vocalists performing classic tunes. 


Perennial Opening

Keep your eyes on Perennial, the new restaurant in the old Cunningham’s space at 1 Olympic Place. The restaurant, helmed by former Cunningham’s chef (and Food Network “Chopped” winner) Jay Rohlfing, is slated to open in May.

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Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

With the weather warming up and restaurant and gym capacity restrictions lifted in Baltimore County (as of 5 p.m. on March 12), spirits are high in the Towson community. Local spots have many plans in the works to celebrate the new season. Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:


Perennial News

Olympic Place restaurant Cunningham’s closed last year, during the pandemic. This year, the space has received a refresh by celebrated local designer Patrick Sutton and when the restaurant inside reopens this spring, it will be called Perennial

Cunningham’s chef Jay Rohlfing – who is terrific – remains at the helm and Perennial will also carry on Cunningham’s commitment to work with local farmers and purveyors.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Wednesday, March 17, but at many Towson eateries, the celebration of the Irish lasts all month long. Keep an eye out for specials (like Reuben sandwiches at Barley’s, Guinness beef stew at CVP, and Guinness Blonde deals at C&R) and fun events, like kegs and eggs at The Point. 

Plus, Towson restaurants and bars are banding together the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, hosting an Irish stroll on Saturday March 13. There will be fun specials and entertainment at several downtown Towson spots, including Nacho Mama’s, The Point, Rec Room, Barley’s Backyard Uptown, and CVP.


Pop-ups at The Point

The Point is continuing its pop-up series, welcoming chefs from different spots around the city for kitchen takeovers. On Monday, March 22, Chef Jonny Lease will offer a fun BBQ menu – and there are more pop-ups to come, too.


Maryland Day at THB

Maryland Day is March 25 and Towson Hot Bagel has fun plans in store for the holiday. The Towson bagelry is serving fun Maryland flag themed bagels that day (they’re available for pre-order, too) and will host a “Feed the Industry” event in partnership with the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund

During the event, THB will provide a meal to unemployed/underemployed members of Baltimore’s restaurant community who sign up via the BRRF website.


Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.


Live Music Returns to the Recher

After an 8-year hiatus, live music returns this month to The Recher Theater.

Opening night is March 19 – local icons Kelly Bell Band will take the stage for the first show. That concert is sold out already but there will be plenty more to follow, including a comedy show hosted by Mickey Cucchiella on March 20 and The Dirty Grass Players on March 26.

The Recher isn’t the only live music venue in town, either – keep an eye on social media for spots like C&R, The Point and Barley’s. They frequently host smaller acts, both on weekends and weeknights.


Upcoming Events

There’s much to look forward to over the next several months, including the return of Towson Gardens Day on April 29, a new season of Feet on the Street starting May 7, and the renewal of the Towson Farmer’s Market on June 3. 

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