Downtown Towson is the Place to be this Fall

Downtown Towson is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the Baltimore region – and this fall, a wide array of events proves it. Hampton Plaza residents are right in the thick of things, too; this month and next, there are tons of fun events within walking distance of the apartment building.

Here are a few items to put on your calendar for this week and beyond:

Final Feet on the Street

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Friday, Sept. 27 is the final “Feet on the Street” party of 2019. Feet on the Street is a weekly Friday night party and concert held on Allegheny Ave., which is shut down to traffic. The event, which lasts from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., happens every Friday from late May through the end of September.

Feet on the Street is free to attend and while there, you can buy beer, wine and cocktails from an outdoor bar and enjoy food from local restaurants. People bring lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for the evening. There’s a moon bounce and face painting for kids and – for everyone – live music from a different band each week. 

Friday’s act is The Jury, a local rock band that cites Steely Dan, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder as influences.

Murder Mystery at Cunningham’s

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On Sunday, Sept. 29, Cunningham’s gets spooky with a Clue-themed murder mystery dinner hosted by Whodunnit for Hire.

The dinner is a fun, interactive murder mystery experience, a takeoff on the board game Clue. It starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. and the $75 ticket includes a three-course dinner (with entrée options), downloadable photos, and all kinds of fun as you try to figure out who committed the “crime.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance and this is a 21+ event.

If you can’t make the September dinner, don’t worry: a similar event will be back on Oct. 27 and again Nov. 24.

Farmers’ Market Is Going Strong

The Towson Farmer’s Market, which started in early June this year, is still going strong and will continue to operate until Nov. 21. Every Thursday morning, the market takes over Allegheny Ave., (which, as with Feet on the Street, is shut down to traffic for the event).

The market starts around 10:45 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. This year, about three dozen vendors are participating, including farm stands like Jones Organic, Lohr’s Orchard and Richfield Farm, food trucks like Mexican on the Run and From the Heart, and food makers like Lancaster Honey, Pat’s Pickles and Ray’s Pork Rinds. Plus, don’t miss Boordy Vineyards and Slate Farm Brewery, among other great options.

WTMD Concert in Olympic Park

Start making your plans now for Oct. 19, when Towson University radio station WTMD hosts its 3rd Annual Rock Block concert in Olympic Park – right in downtown Towson, in front of the station’s building.

The area in front of the WTMD building will be closed to traffic during the event, which is free and is also much more than just a concert. The event features food from several local favorites, including Cunningham’s, The Point in Towson and fun food trucks like Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, Pasta La Vista Baby and the Taco Bar Food Truck.

There will also be an Art Village, featuring works for sale by local artists, and a Kids Block, with face painting and hair coloring, and bike rides from Race Pace Bicycles.

On the stage, you can catch the DC rock band EX HEX and indie act Jealous of the Birds, among other performances. It’s a big day, with a lot to offer everyone.

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Farmers Market Winds Down

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Library Story Time

The Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library has a strong story time schedule this month, including a special surprise: a Pizza and Taco story time on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event starts at 10:30 and is geared towards preschoolers.

Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 this year – is always one of the biggest and best in Towson. Local spots have plans in the works to make it extra fun this year.

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At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, the heaters will be on upstairs on the deck and happy hour will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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At C&R Pub, Sophomore will perform at 9 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving.

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CVP’s crowd will be entertained by Sydney Smith and Nate Finn starting at 6 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point is throwing a Throwback Thanksgiving Eve party with food and drink specials and ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s tunes from DJ Al.

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The Recher

If a live music show is more your speed, The Recher has you covered with a 20th year anniversary show from Baltimore’s own The Bridge. 

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Barley’s and CVP both open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, welcoming all Turkey Bowl-goers for pregame festivities.

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Barley’s

Speaking of Barley’s and Thanksgiving, the restaurant is also bringing back last year’s take home or delivered Thanksgiving feast options, including baked turkey or ham, sausage lasagna, and family-sized side dishes.

Weekend Plans

The weekend starting Friday Nov. 19 is shaping up to be a great one around Towson, with music from iconic bands and a big brunch party.

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The Recher

It starts Friday night, when ‘90s stars The Samples perform at The Recher.

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The Point

Saturday morning, The Point is hosting a “Basic B**** Brunch” starting at 10 a.m. That means pumpkin spice cocktails, “basic” brunch bites, bottomless brunch cocktails and more. 

New social recommendations and restrictions put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” of the disease have changed life as we know it – both inside the walls of Hampton Plaza and all over the world. We’re all taking life one day at a time right now – and we’re all in this together. 

Social distancing is strange but it’s also an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether you’re a parent with an apartment full of young, active children, a retiree living on your own, or anyone in between, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. In addition to the usual suspects – watching movies, reading books, cleaning out your pantry, trying to teach your child 4th grade math – we’ve compiled some fun ways to pass the time while you are home:

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C&R Pub

Later in the day, local fave Chris Diller will take over the mic at C&R Pub

Black Friday Brunch

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The Point

Instead of braving the stores on Black Friday, head to The Point for a fun day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes bottomless drink specials and more. 

Santa!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and Towson Town Center is ready for it.

Santa makes his debut on November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – and will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve. The mall is also hosting special pet nights with Santa, Monday evenings from November 29 through December 20.

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar now for December holiday events, including the Baltimore County Christmas tree lighting – with special appearances from Santa, the Grinch and Olaf. The lighting takes place in Olympic Park, on Alleghany Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. 

Several local spots already have Breakfast with Santa plans in the works, as well – so now is the time to buy tickets and make reservations. CVP’s breakfast is on Dec. 4 and Barley’s Backyard Uptown’s breakfast is Dec. 12.

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