Chill Out or Thrill Out: Fun Summer Events in Columbia, MD

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There are plenty of reasons to enjoy the end of the summer, even if you still have to go to work every day! Take advantage of the warm nights and sunny days—there’s much to do in Columbia to keep you entertained all the way into fall. Check out these fun summer events in Columbia, MD, just a 15-minute drive from Woodfield Oxford Square.


Enjoy Nature

Nothing like a day spent outdoors to lighten your workweek mood. Pack up lunch and slather on sunscreen, then head out with your favorite honey, pet, or kids—or all three. Turn off your phone if you can, and listen to the birds, the breeze blowing through the trees, and the buzz of insects. There’s plenty of green space to soak up at any one of these green spaces in Columbia:


Get Active

Sometimes you just need to relax and nap—other days, you want to get out, have fun, and use muscles you didn’t know you had! Whether you’re an avid golfer, love to dance, or like working out for a good cause, there are plenty of active events to participate in this summer.

Check out the Fairway Hills Golf Course or whimsically-named Hobbits Glen Golf Course to perfect your swing. Check out the events at Steven’s Forest Fitness Pavilion & Pool, or get zen at Outdoor Yoga (also at Steven’s Forest Fitness Pavilion & Pool).


Jam Out to Live Music

The famous outdoor music venue, the Merriweather Post Pavilion, is hosting acts ranging from Darius Rucker to Phish this summer–and into the fall! Get out there and enjoy some of the best musical acts. See slightly lesser known acts at Karaoke Night at Nottingham’s Tavern, where you can be Mariah Carey for the night. Check out this Yelp list of best bars with live music, and keep tabs on rising musicians and old favorites all summer long.


Chill Out and Be Entertained

Shopping day, anyone? There’s no better time to head to the mall or movies than when temperatures are soaring. Check out The Mall in Columbia, and refresh your wardrobe with purchases from Aldo to William’s Sonoma. When you’re beat from power walking, stop at the Starbucks inside and grab a refreshing iced latte before you head into AMC Columbia 14 for an entertaining summer flick and a comfy seat.

Want to mix it up? Laugh hard at Sonoma’s Bar and Grill Comedy Night or cultivate your artistic sensibilities at the “Local Color Exhibit” at Artists Gallery of Columbia.


Eat Well

You don’t have to settle on fast food! Take a moment to think about the last time you relaxed at a sit-down meal. Really relaxed—sans phone, book, mail, or other distractions? The summer is a perfect time to explore new cultures via your fork and really enjoy your meal. If you’re feeling ambitious, check out Howard County Restaurant Weeks (Jul. 20-Aug. 3). Otherwise, enjoy a fantastic meal at one of these Columbia, MD favorites:


Eat, shop, enjoy music, go for a run—and at the end of the day, head home to your cool home and sparkling pool at Woodfield Oxford Square. Marylanders, end the summer right. Looking for a new apartment that’s tailored to fit you perfectly? Get in touch with us at Woodfield Oxford Square, and get ready for the adventures that await.


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