Howard Magazine - Page 29 - 10 Events For 2019

Howard Magazine
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10 Events For 2019

Do you ever find yourself saying you have nowhere to go or nothing to do? Not this year. Whether you like the arts or something more active, Howard County will host a year full of events that are sure to get you out of the house.



Daffodil Day


On April 6, flex those green thumbs with a day of horticultural presentations by master gardeners at Whipps Garden Cemetery (3651 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City). The one-acre, 19th-century cemetery welcomes spring with dazzling displays of daffodils, bluebells and other blooms, while the garden’s stewards sell potted plants to support its upkeep. 410-274-7795 or


Ellicott City SpringFest


With three stages featuring more than 25 musical acts, the music alone is a draw to the April 27 festival on historic Ellicott City’s Main Street. The craft beer gardens, the wine, food and kids’ area with free arts and crafts are added bonuses. Noon to 8 p.m.




Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival


May 4 and 5 at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship) are packed with activities ranging from art competitions and displays, to a lamb cook-off and the Sheep-to-Shawl contest, where teams shear a sheep, spin the fleece and weave it into a shawl. 410-531-3647 or


Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival


Watch 20 hot air balloons float through the sky during the free family-friendly event on May 10 and 11 at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship). The festival, which offers specialty crafts and food vendors, has been going strong since 1973.


Wine in the Woods


The wine-centric weekend regularly attracts more than 25,000 people, close to 30 wineries and an equal number of food vendors. In addition to all the grapey goodness on May 18 and 19 at Symphony Woods (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia), there are wine education seminars to help you master your appreciation.




Capital Jazz Fest


With around 30 artists that have included the likes of Charlie Wilson and Faith Evans, Capital Jazz Fest has become a must-attend event for music fans in the region. Although the 27th annual festival on June 7 through 9 has not announced its lineup, guests at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia) can expect big names. 877-619- 2929 or