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Feel Festive in Downtown Towson this Fall

As the leaves start to fall and our thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, and even candy canes, there are plenty of ways to celebrate autumn and upcoming holidays in downtown Towson.

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Flower Box Fun

Keep an eye out for vibrant flower boxes, painted by six female artists and funded by a Community Legacy Grant given to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the colorful boxes, check out this article in Towson University’s paper The Towerlight: https://thetowerlight.com/more-than-flower-boxes/

 

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New Café

Keep an eye on the space at 215 Washington Ave. A new café – Hannah’s – is just about to open. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will serve breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, bagels, sandwiches and salads. 

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Farmers Market Winds Down

This month is your last chance to hit the Towson Farmers’ Market until next year. The market, which takes place on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lasts through November 18 – the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It typically returns in early June.

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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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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

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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C&R Pub

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

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CVP

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. 

Thanksgiving Day

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.

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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

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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

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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. 

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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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