Thankful & Festive in Downtown Towson


Over the next few weeks, we’ll think of all we have to be grateful for on Thanksgiving, then turn our thoughts to the holiday season, as the Towson tree lights flicker on and local shops and restaurants deck their halls in festive colors. 

Though this year looks different this year for Hampton Plaza Apartments residents and people all over the country and world, we still have plenty to celebrate – and many ways to do that in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at what’s happening over the next few weeks just outside the doors of Hampton Plaza:

Restaurant News

Given the rapidly changing COVID landscape, restaurant guidelines are a moving target. In mid-November, downtown Towson restaurants are still open for both indoor and outdoor dining, but at reduced capacity. Many are also still offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Even with the restrictions, local spots are getting creative and keeping the energy high to offer fun, satisfying and safe dining experiences.


Café Troia

In addition to patio heaters, Café Troia has invested in air purification systems to keep the indoor dining rooms safe. 

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Towson Tavern

Towson Tavern has a newly updated fall menu – including a bunch of seasonal cocktails that sound terrific.  


The Point

On Saturday, Nov. 21, The Point hosts a drag brunch featuring Robyn Ya’Men, Candi Fuentes and Sue Nami. Given current restrictions and the need for safe social distance, seats are limited for the event – so grab your ticket while you still can. 

Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s has a Thanksgiving quesadilla on the menu – just in time to get you ready for the big turkey day.  

Thanksgiving Plans

From carryout turkeys to Turkey Bowl viewing parties, Towson restaurants are giving thanks in style.


Charles Village Pub

Charles Village Pub will open early on Thanksgiving Day for a Turkey Bowl viewing party. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. and kickoff is at 10 a.m. This is the 101st Turkey Bowl meeting between Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall – it’s a Baltimore tradition that defines the holiday for many.


Cunningham’s Café and Bakery


Cunningham’s Café and Bakery will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The centrally-located café also has a terrific holiday takeaway menu available, with options including a whole roasted turkey, brioche cider stuffing, sauerkraut, and classic pumpkin pie. You can either purchase individual items a la carte or simplify with the purchase of family-style meals including proteins and sides.  


Café Troia

Café Troia is open on Thanksgiving and will offer its regular menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving menu. 

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a carryout Thanksgiving feast available now through Christmas. 

Giving Back

From Nov. 20 through Dec. 11, Towson Town Center is partnering with Volunteers of America on a winter clothing drive benefiting those in our community. Donate new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves at the mall to help out your neighbors in need.


Gearing Up for the Holidays

Holiday season starts promptly after the Thanksgiving dishes are done though this year, options to celebrate in Towson look a little different than they did in the past.

Santa will be available for in-person photos at Towson Town Center, starting on Friday, Nov.27. Unlike years past, when North Pole visitors could line up at the mall, this year, reservations are required for Santa visits, and numerous safety precautions will be in place.

The mall also has a virtual Santa visit option in place, if you’d rather see the big guy from the comfort and safety of your apartment. 

The mall will host a holiday expo, featuring goods from Maryland small businesses, on Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 5 and 6 and a holiday market for local makers on Saturday, Dec. 12. 



CVP has a fun lineup of holiday events planned, including a shopping event on Dec. 5, brunch with the Grinch on Dec.12 and a pet brunch with Santa on Dec. 13.

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Spring in Downtown Towson

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:


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. 



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. 


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. 


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.



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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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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Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

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:


Perennial News

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

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.


Pop-ups at The Point

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 at THB

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.


Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.


Live Music Returns to the Recher

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.


Upcoming Events

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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