Start 2020 Right in Downtown Towson


As the holidays – and the decade – wind down, it’s time to start thinking about how to say goodbye to the teens and hello to the (roaring) twenties. For residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments, ringing in the new year with a bang is as easy as strolling out the door.

Downtown Towson hotspots will be hopping on New Year’s Eve, which falls on a Tuesday this year. There are also plenty of opportunities to start the new year off with a fun brunch or lunch before truly committing to your 2020 resolutions.

But once it’s time to embrace those resolutions, the area also offers some convenient and easy ways to get healthy and fit. This January, downtown Towson has it all.

New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate all the great things about the year behind and get excited about what’s coming up during the year ahead. There are many ways to do that, from a quiet dinner to a raucous party – and no matter which you prefer, a downtown Towson spot has you covered.

The celebrations start early, with Noon Year’s Eve at the library. The party is perfect for kids, with music, dancing, crafts, and a ball drop…all well before midnight.

At Cunningham’s, the New Year’s Eve menu is a terrific one: Chef Jay Rohlfing’s three-course prix fixe menu (with optional wine pairings) includes dishes like lobster with Israeli couscous, asparagus, chives and saffron, and filet mignon with duck fat potatoes and house-made steak sauce. Diners will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for toasting at midnight. Plus, bottles of Veuve Cliquot will be half off all night.


Café Troia will be open late for dinners on New Year’s Eve and will offer its regular menu plus luxe specials. At midnight, complimentary prosecco will be served and guests will light sparklers on the front sidewalk to celebrate.


Torrent nightclub will have a $15 cover which includes one free drink and an all you can eat buffet.


Nacho Mama’s hosts its “typical New Year’s Eve” party, with dinner specials and a Natty Boh toast at midnight.


CVP’s New Year’s Eve party requires tickets; they include everything from drink packages to a buffet. There will also be a free champagne toast at midnight.


At The Point, admission is free and there will be cash bar all night but you can also buy drink packages including open bar options. DJ The Show will be on hand for music from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. – so be sure to rest up early in the day!

New Year’s Day
Whether you stayed up long after the ball dropped over Time Square or turned in well before the countdown, New Year’s Day is a good time to get outside and head to brunch.


No need to get dressed to brunch it up at Nacho Mama’s. The Mexican joint will host a pajama brunch starting at 11 a.m.


If you’re still up for it later in the day, The Greene Turtle hosts its weekly Wednesday night karaoke on the rooftop, starting at 8 p.m.

Starting Fresh in the New Year
With New Year’s Eve revelry – and New Year’s Day recovery – behind you, January is the prime time to start fresh.


You might remember Zia’s, the juice café right downtown. It’s still under the same ownership but is now Plantbar – the newest location of the small local chain of cafés serving fresh juices and healthy foods.


Yogaworks, which is located on Allegheny Ave., is running a new student offer that includes a free week of unlimited yoga classes. The studio offers classes for everyone from beginners to advanced yogis, with many times available and styles of yoga featured.


LA Fitness, located in Towson Commons, has a $0 initiation fee and $34.99-$39.99 monthly fee deal right now. The club includes numerous amenities, including indoor cycling, a kids’ club and basketball.

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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:


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 



Specials at CVP include $6 Ravens bombs and $11.99 Bud Light, Mich Ultra and Natural Light buckets. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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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