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