Downtown Towson Springs to Life

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

With cherry blossoms blooming and daffodils spreading their bright yellow petals, spring has sprung in downtown Towson. This is a fun season for this college town, with plenty of events in store for Hampton Plaza Apartments residents and locals of all ages. Here’s a look at what’s coming up over the next few months:

At the Schools

Spring sports seasons are in full swing at Towson University and Goucher College.

Towson Lacrosse

Sports in season this spring include baseball, softball, gymnastics, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, plus swimming and diving championship events.

Bonus: during Towson men’s lacrosse games, you can visit with your favorite Barley’s Backyard Uptown employees at their beer tent.

Goucher’s sports teams include men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis and track and field.

This semester is also a terrific time to check out 


arts events at local schools, including exhibitions by current MFA candidates at Towson, presented in the Holtzman MFA Gallery, and performances like a concert by Greek vocalists Alkistis Protopsalti and Dmitris Mpasis at Goucher’s Kraushaar Auditorium on May 6.

For more information about what’s happening at both schools, check out their events calendars:

What’s Happening at The Recher

img-7 Recher’s lineup this spring is eclectic and amazing, just like always.

March includes performances from The Ocean Blue (March 18), Biff with Idleminds and Subtastics (March 24) and Joywave (March 30).

April kicks off with a show from Kind Hearted Strangers on April 7 followed by Grateful Dead for Kids, a 10 a.m. show organized by WTMD, featuring performances from multiple artists. More April artists include Boat House Row (April 15 in the evening), The Summer Set (April 19), Cabinet (April 22) and The Gathering Gloom and Caligula Bloodshed (April 29).

On Saturday, May 6, Better Off Dead takes the stage and the following week, Emma White performs on May 12 and Kings of the Wild Things and STMNTS host a dual album release event on May 13.

Restaurant News

Friends Enjoying Meal In Restaurant

Towson has a handful of new and new-ish restaurants, including Raising Cane’s, which is beloved for its fried chicken and sauces, and Kung Fu 12 Sushi at 416 York Rd. Also, the bakery Roggenart, which has a couple Howard County locations and was formerly located on Falls Rd. in Mt. Washington, has opened in Towson.

St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks DayGreen Beer Toast

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Towson Hot Bagel is bringing back its popular green, white and orange bagels; they are available in-store on March 17 and can be pre-ordered online starting March 15.

CVP’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start off sweet on March 14, when the pub hosts a kid’s craft event starting at 5:30 p.m.

During St. Pat’s weekend, the pub will also have deals on drinks, like $3.17 domestic bottles and green and white tea shots.

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has multiple events during the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, including a kegs and eggs brunch on March 12, karaoke on Wednesday, and Irish specials all week long.

At C&R, St. Patrick’s Day specials include drinks like $6 Guinness pints and $6 Jameson shots.

World of Beer specials includes $6 pints of Guinness and Smithwick’s and $6 shots of Jameson.

The Point in Towson will be bustling on St. Patrick’s Day with live music starting at 5 p.m. followed by a DJ from 10 p.m. to close. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and throughout the day and night, there will be a “beat the clock” tiered pricing system, so the earlier you get there, the less expensive the drinks will be. The clock starts at 11 a.m. and then resets at 6 p.m. Plus, the first 30 people in will receive a free Irish coffee.

Nacho Mama’s has a twist on standard Irish fare with dishes like a corned beef quesadilla and a brilliant green asparagus jalapeno soup on the menu through the month of March. The Mexican spot will also offer traditional corned beef and cabbage and corned beef sandwiches, plus drink specials including $3 Guinness cans.

More Spring Restaurant & Bar Fun

Adult couples enjoying a night out

During Lent, Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro has meatless Fridays covered. The Chinese restaurant has been featuring different meatless dishes, including a deep-fried squirrel fish in bright orange sauce.

For Maryland Day, starting March 24, C&R will offer special deals on Old Line State drinks, including $4 Guinness Blondes and $2 Natty Bohs.

The pub also welcomes musician Jon Zorn that night to entertain the crowd.

THB also gets into the Maryland Day spirit with red, black and yellow bagels, which are available for pre-order ahead of the holiday.

Barley’s also has live music scheduled for Friday, March 31, when the Midlife Crisis Band will perform.

Banditos has a new happy hour menu with great deals on tacos, chips and salsa, margaritas and Mexican beers between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Nacho Mama’s is planning ahead for Easter season, already taking reservations for its Easter Bunny Brunch, during which kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Towsontown Spring Festival

One of downtown Towson’s most fun weekends of the year returns this year on May 6 and 7: the Towsontown Spring Festival. With everything from live music and carnival rides, a garden day preview event, and fun vendors, the festival has a little something for Towsonites of all ages and interests.

Historic Walking Tour

When you’re out and about walking around Towson, keep an eye out for new signs that provide information about historic locations throughout the town. The signs tell the story of locations like the Schmuck House at 617 York Road, which is the oldest still-standing building in Towson, and Prospect Hill Cemetery.

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February Fun in Downtown Towson

The air might be chilly but downtown Towson is hot this month. From football deals to Valentine’s celebrations, there’s plenty for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments to enjoy, right downtown.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around Towson:

Super Bowl Specials

The Super Bowl is late this year – Sunday, Feb. 13 – and while the Ravens are, sadly, not contenders, the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams should be a good one.

Spots all over Towson will be showing the game on multiple screens – and offering fun deals while you watch.



CVP has tons of deals available during the game, from $9.99 32-ounce orange crushes to $9.99 crab pretzels. The restaurant is offering carryout deals, too, if you’d rather watch from the comfort of your apartment. 


World of Beer

At World of Beer, enjoy $6 appetizers, including loaded tots and burger or chicken sliders, and $4 White Claws, Michelob Ultras or Bud Lights during the game. 

Towson Valentine's Day

The Point

Before Valentine’s Day…comes Galentine’s Day. On Saturday, Feb. 12, The Point in Towson will celebrate the day for the ladies with a fun drag brunch, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men. 


Papi’s Tacos

Papi’s Tacos has a fun taco date package available between Friday, Feb. 11 and (Taco) Tuesday, Feb. 15. The deal, which is available to order online, includes tacos (served in a heart-shaped container), salsa, guacamole, rice and beans, chile toreado, margaritas, dessert (tres leches cake or churros) and conversation hearts. It’s available for two or four people. 




Whole Foods

The brand new Whole Foods has a bunch of Valentine’s Day deals, including a double dozen bunch of roses for just $19.99 for Amazon Prime members. The flower deal is available from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 (so even if you’re a day late, you can still take advantage of it). 


THB Bagelry & Deli

Does your loved one love bagels? From now through Feb. 14, THB Bagelry & Deli is offering free shipping on a Valentine’s merch combo: a travel mug and bagel long-sleeve t-shirt. Plus, THB’s sweet cinnamon bagels are back for the season – they just might be better than Valentine’s chocolate.

New Menus

Local spots are busy updating their menus for the season.


Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a few new items on the menu, including spaghetti and meatballs with a side Caesar salad, which looks perfect for cold February days and nights.

The Point

Check out The Point in Towson’s hoisin turkey smash burger, plus other items from the updated February menu. 

Live Music Downtown


The Recher

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the rock band Kix will perform at The Recher for the first time ever. Local rockers Last Kiss Goodnight will open.

Now is the time to grab tickets for some of the venue’s big upcoming shows, too, including Carbon Leaf on Friday, March 18, Cowboy Mouth on Saturday, March 19, and Better Off Dead on Friday, April 1.


C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, acoustic musician Tony Lardieri will play on Friday, Feb. 18, starting at 9 p.m., and on Saturday, March 5, the Carlos Cubas Band will perform. 


Nacho Mama’s

On Saturday evenings, Nacho Mama’s hosts live music – usually more than one act – from happy hour through 11 p.m. 



Perennial continues to host happy hour music every single day – both weekdays and weekends – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sam Cochran will perform at The Point in Towson on Friday, Feb. 11.

Towson Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Several local spots are participating in the Towson Chamber’s “Year of the Tiger” extended Lunar New Year celebration (which is also a nod to the Towson Tiger). , including Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro, Coffee Talk Café and Towson Best.

Coffee Talk Café

At Coffee Talk Café, from now through Feb. 15, check out the Year of the Tiger sandwich and at Towson Best Chinese & Sushi, you’ll receive 10% off all menu items from now through Feb. 15.

Paradise Spa

Plus, from now through Feb. 15, Paradise Spa is offering a 10% discount on expenditures of $30 and more and a gift card deal – buy two 60-minute gift cards and get a 30-minute gift card free. 


Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Year of the Tiger events and deals will continue throughout the year – mark you calendar now for March cultural events at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro.

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