Spring in Downtown Towson

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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:

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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. 

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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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