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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February Fun in Downtown Towson

The air might be chilly but downtown Towson is hot this month. From football deals to Valentine’s celebrations, there’s plenty for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments to enjoy, right downtown.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around Towson:

Super Bowl Specials

The Super Bowl is late this year – Sunday, Feb. 13 – and while the Ravens are, sadly, not contenders, the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams should be a good one.

Spots all over Towson will be showing the game on multiple screens – and offering fun deals while you watch.



CVP has tons of deals available during the game, from $9.99 32-ounce orange crushes to $9.99 crab pretzels. The restaurant is offering carryout deals, too, if you’d rather watch from the comfort of your apartment. 


World of Beer

At World of Beer, enjoy $6 appetizers, including loaded tots and burger or chicken sliders, and $4 White Claws, Michelob Ultras or Bud Lights during the game. 

Towson Valentine's Day

The Point

Before Valentine’s Day…comes Galentine’s Day. On Saturday, Feb. 12, The Point in Towson will celebrate the day for the ladies with a fun drag brunch, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men. 


Papi’s Tacos

Papi’s Tacos has a fun taco date package available between Friday, Feb. 11 and (Taco) Tuesday, Feb. 15. The deal, which is available to order online, includes tacos (served in a heart-shaped container), salsa, guacamole, rice and beans, chile toreado, margaritas, dessert (tres leches cake or churros) and conversation hearts. It’s available for two or four people. 




Whole Foods

The brand new Whole Foods has a bunch of Valentine’s Day deals, including a double dozen bunch of roses for just $19.99 for Amazon Prime members. The flower deal is available from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 (so even if you’re a day late, you can still take advantage of it). 


THB Bagelry & Deli

Does your loved one love bagels? From now through Feb. 14, THB Bagelry & Deli is offering free shipping on a Valentine’s merch combo: a travel mug and bagel long-sleeve t-shirt. Plus, THB’s sweet cinnamon bagels are back for the season – they just might be better than Valentine’s chocolate.

New Menus

Local spots are busy updating their menus for the season.


Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a few new items on the menu, including spaghetti and meatballs with a side Caesar salad, which looks perfect for cold February days and nights.

The Point

Check out The Point in Towson’s hoisin turkey smash burger, plus other items from the updated February menu. 

Live Music Downtown


The Recher

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the rock band Kix will perform at The Recher for the first time ever. Local rockers Last Kiss Goodnight will open.

Now is the time to grab tickets for some of the venue’s big upcoming shows, too, including Carbon Leaf on Friday, March 18, Cowboy Mouth on Saturday, March 19, and Better Off Dead on Friday, April 1.


C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, acoustic musician Tony Lardieri will play on Friday, Feb. 18, starting at 9 p.m., and on Saturday, March 5, the Carlos Cubas Band will perform. 

Nacho Mama’s

On Saturday evenings, Nacho Mama’s hosts live music – usually more than one act – from happy hour through 11 p.m. 



Perennial continues to host happy hour music every single day – both weekdays and weekends – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sam Cochran will perform at The Point in Towson on Friday, Feb. 11.

Towson Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Several local spots are participating in the Towson Chamber’s “Year of the Tiger” extended Lunar New Year celebration (which is also a nod to the Towson Tiger). , including Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro, Coffee Talk Café and Towson Best.

Coffee Talk Café

At Coffee Talk Café, from now through Feb. 15, check out the Year of the Tiger sandwich and at Towson Best Chinese & Sushi, you’ll receive 10% off all menu items from now through Feb. 15.

Paradise Spa

Plus, from now through Feb. 15, Paradise Spa is offering a 10% discount on expenditures of $30 and more and a gift card deal – buy two 60-minute gift cards and get a 30-minute gift card free. 


Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Year of the Tiger events and deals will continue throughout the year – mark you calendar now for March cultural events at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro.

Dine & Delight at the Mall

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Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion, offering a $20 reward when you spend $50 or more at mall restaurants, is going strong, now through the end of February. 

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