Celebrate Summer in Downtown Towson

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It’s summertime in Towson, which means warm evenings, ripe local produce, and lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the town.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in downtown Towson for the rest of the summer:

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Perennial opens

Perennial is now open in the former Cunningham’s space. The restaurant, which is helmed by Chef Jay Rohlfing, is gorgeous both inside and out. According to the first wave of diners, the experience is luxe and excellent.


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Dulaney Plaza action

Speaking of openings…taco favorite Papi’s is opening a new outpost in the old Razorback’s spot in Dulaney Plaza. This will be the third Papi’s; other locations are in Fells Point and Hampden. Its terrific tacos and margs make it a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

Dulaney Plaza also recently welcomed ubreakifix, an electronics repair shop. Plus, the cute shop Taken recently won a coveted “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore magazine.

 


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Wine dinner at Café Troia

Thursday, July 29, the team at Café Troia hosts a wine dinner featuring the dishes and wines of Emilia Romagna. The event is part of a series of wine dinners based on the regions and dishes showcased in Stanley Tucci’s television show.


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Library events

After a long pandemic hiatus, events are back at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. The library is hosting regular family and preschool-targeted storytimes in the library’s outdoor space. Bring a blanket and chairs and come early – space is first-come, first-served. Also, keep an eye on the weather; the storytimes will be canceled in the event of bad conditions.

 


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Feet on the Street

Feet on the Street, the weekly celebration of food, music, and fun, is going strong this summer. This year, the party takes place in Patriot Plaza (401 Bosley) and happens every Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., from now through the end of August.

 


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Music Bingo Thursdays at The Point

Starting August 5, The Point will host Music Bingo Trivia each Thursday night. Come out to eat, drink, and test your knowledge of tunes – for prizes.


Live Music around Towson

This summer, there are tons of opportunities to see music live at different venues around downtown Towson.

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The Recher Theater has a wide variety of upcoming acts, including EMO Night on July 31, classic Jerry Garcia with The Garcia Project on August 6, and a dual album release party for The Henchmen and Ebb & Nova on August 14.

Barley’s Backyard Uptown welcomes Tony Lardieri on Sunday, August 8 and Thomas Starr on August 22. Both acts will perform on the Barley’s rooftop.

 

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Wednesday, August 11, Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro presents Live at the Red Pepper: A Night at the Opera, featuring live performances of two popular Beijing operas.

 

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And on Friday, August 13, Casey Walton will play at C&R Pub.

 


Small Business Saturday at Towson Town Center

Head to the mall to shop local small businesses on Saturday, August 14. You’ll find local vendors popping up in the Level 3 Rotunda during the day.

 


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Sinister Speakeasy at Towson Tavern

On Thursday, August 26, Towson Tavern gets scary with a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner party. The event requires tickets (purchased in advanced) and sounds like a fun evening.

 


Farmers Market fun

The Towson Farmers’ Market is in full swing and late summer is an amazing time for local produce. The market takes plc on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stop by to check out the great selection of fruits and veggies, prepared foods, flowers and more.

 

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Back to School – and Autumn Fun – in Downtown Towson

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. 

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

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. 

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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