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June 2019 Tip Sheet

May 31, 2019         
Media Contacts:  
Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-277-9412
Mark S. Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

Savage Fest 2019
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Baldwin Common and Carroll Baldwin Hall, Corner of Foundry and Baltimore Streets, 9035 Baltimore Street, Savage

The Savage Community Association’s 32nd annual Savage Fest conveys the charm and vibrancy of the small town of Savage. This year’s event features live music, dance performances, pony rides, a petting zoo, an antique car show, games, crafts, vendors, food and new this year, a pet parade. Carroll Baldwin Hall will debut as the newest Patuxent Challenge site. For more information about this year’s event and for volunteer opportunities, visit

Contact:  Savage Community Association, 

Howard County Family Wellness Day
Sunday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike (MD 108), Ellicott City

This free event for the entire family will offer wellness and health screenings, integrative health and wellness information, an alternative medicine area, an active senior area, a kids’ action zone, a community area and the 8th annual pump-a-thon. For information visit

Contact: Melba Phipps, Executive Director, We Promote Health, 410-715-1611, 

3rd Annual Books in Bloom Festival Featuring Chef José Andrés
Sunday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

The Downtown Columbia Partnership proudly announces its 3rd annual Books In Bloom book festival, Columbia’s ultimate celebration of the joys of books and reading. This free event brings together some of our country’s best and brightest authors for a daylong festival featuring readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, a pop-up bookstore and more. This year’s festival will also feature award-winning chef and globally-renowned humanitarian, Chef José Andrés, who will be joined by an incredible lineup of bestselling authors. To learn more about this annual festival, visit

Contact: Downtown Columbia Partnership, 410-964-4984,

Pride Month Recognition Ceremony
Monday, June 3, 8:00 p.m.

George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City

Join Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and LGBTQ+ advocates as together, they light the County’s George Howard Building purple in recognition of Pride Month.

Contact: Office of Howard County Executive, 410-313-2013

First Meeting of the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund Commission 
Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    

George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City

The Howard County Citizen’s Election Fund Commission will hold its first official meeting on June 4th to discuss the Commission’s path forward. Established through legislation in 2017, the Citizens’ Election Fund Commission is responsible for overseeing and administering Howard County’s Citizens’ Election Fund. The fund is a voluntary program for small donor financing of local campaigns. For more information about the Citizens’ Election Fund and commission, visit

Contact: Charmaine Wilson, Citizens’ Election Fund Liaison, 410-313-2061,

Main Event Spirit Night for Summer Concerts
Wednesday, June 5, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 1615, Columbia

Come support the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks’ Summer Concert series, which is presented free to the public each year. Bring the family for dinner and fun, and then stop by the Department’s table afterwards to drop off your itemized check. Twenty percent of all purchases will support the Department’s Summer Concert series.

Contact: Karen Ehler, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4635,  

27th Annual Capital Jazz Fest 
Friday, June 7 thru Sunday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Every June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to Merriweather Post Pavilion to attend “the jazz festival with soul”: The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, is more than just a concert, it's an event! Featuring Gladys Knight and Babyface, the Capital Jazz Fest is a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and of course hear some cool jazz and soul music. Visit for more information. 

Contact: Capital Jazz Fest, 1-877-619-2929 

KidsDay 2019
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Columbia SportsPark, 5453 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia 

KidsDay, the fun, annual welcome-to-summer event for kids hosted by Columbia Association, returns on Saturday, June 8. To learn more, visit

Contact:  Columbia Association, 410-715-3000 

Star Party at Alpha Ridge Park
Saturday, June 8, Dusk (Sundown)

Alpha Ridge Park, 1165 Old Frederick Road, Marriottsvile

Come enjoy the night sky through telescopes set up by The Howard Astronomical League (HAL). At this relaxed, casual, family event, view live images on a big screen as seen through the Watson Telescope in HAL’s observatory at Alpha Ridge Park. For further information and/or weather updates, visit

Contact:  Danielle Bassett, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4634,

LakeFest Weekend
Friday, June 14 thru Sunday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

Downtown Columbia Lakefront

For three days straight, the Columbia Festival of the Arts’ free LakeFest Weekend will feature live music, performers, activities, arts and crafts show, food and more for all ages. One of the highlights of this year’s LakeFest will be performances by the Bridgman|Packer Dance Company. Critically acclaimed for their innovative integration of choreography and video technology, Bridgman Packer Dance’s piece Truck is performed inside the bed of a 17-foot box truck, brining performance to non-traditional public spaces. For more information about this year’s LakeFest, including a schedule of events, visit

Contact: Columbia Festival of the Arts, 410-715-3044   

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia

In commemoration of when Union General Gordon Granger stood upon the balcony of the historic Ashton Villa in Texas and read aloud “General Order No. 3,” declaring all slaves to be free, Howard County Government proudly joins the Howard County Center of African American Culture, Inc. and The Columbia Town Center Community Association in recognition of Juneteenth, the oldest known commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 

Contact:  Howard County Center of African American Culture, 410-715-1921

Roger Carter Community Center 6th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 15, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City

Come celebrate the Roger Carter Community Center’s 6th anniversary with giveaways, music, snowballs and of course, birthday cake. 

Contact:  Julija Sajauskas, Director, Roger Carter Community Center, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-2722, 

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum “Summer Fest”
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Rd. West Friendship

Come support the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum at its “Summer Fest” featuring the museum’s antique construction equipment be putting through the paces. There will be cranes, track loaders, crawlers and graders from the early 1900s to the 1960s, as well as a petting zoo, blackingsmith presentations, museum tours, live bands and more. To learn more, visit

Contact: Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 410-489-2345

Lakeside Movies @ Centennial Lake – The Sandlot (PG)
Wednesday, June 26, 8:15 p.m. (approximate start time)

Centennial Park South Lawn Area, 10000 MD 108, Ellicott City

This summer, the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks will host two movie nights as part of its Sunset Serenades Summer Concert series on the south lawn area in front of the concert stage at Centennial Park. So, grab your blanket or lawn chair, bring your family and friends, and come enjoy a movie outdoors by the lake at Centennial Park! Attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier and carpool if possible as these events typically draw large crowds. Also, don’t forget your flashlight to help you navigate your way to your seats and car. The Adventure Shack Concessions will also be open until the end of the movie, serving movie night food and refreshment specials. For more information, call 410-313-4700. In the case of inclmenetn weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Contact: Karen Bradley Ehler, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4635,
Belmont Blockbusters: Wreck It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet
Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m., movie begins shortly after dusk (sundown)

Belmont Manor & Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge

Experience the beautiful setting of Belmont Manor & Historic Park, while enjoying a free showing of Wreck It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) with your family and friends on Belmont’s outdoor screen. The park opens at 7:00 p.m. so that you may enjoy the gardens and set up your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic basket before the show starts shortly after sundown (dusk). For more information and/or in the case of inclement weather, visit or call 410-313-0200.

Contact:  Belmont Manor & Historic Park, Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-313-0200

Columbia Film Festival
Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. 

Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City

Presented by the Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Columbia Film Festival is a three-day cinema celebration featuring a diverse selection of juried films from Feature and Documentary productions, to Independent and Student Shorts, as well as a growing new category of Web Series. To learn more, visit

Contact: Columbia Film Festival, 410-715-3044

Paint-It! Ellicott City 2019 Plein Art Paint-Out & Exhibition
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, recurring daily

Main Street, Historic Ellicott City

Artists from around the region will gather in Historic Ellicott City to participate in Paint It! Ellicott City, an annual plein air painting event. Spectators are invited to spend the summer weekend strolling the streets and shops of the picturesque mill town and watching the artists at work. Community artists are encouraged to grab their easel and brushes and join the fun as Open Paint-Out participants.

Contact: Howard County Arts Council, 410-313-2787, 
Howard County’s Inaugural LGBTQ PRIDE Festival 
Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City

Join Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) for Howard County’s inaugural LGBTQ PRIDE Festival, a celebration of sexual and gender minorities in Howard County. For information, visit  

Contact: Office of Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, 410-313-2013

Joint Anniversary Celebration: HoCoPoLitSo and Columbia Film Society
Sunday, June 30, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Howard Community College, Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Join in saluting the founding of the Columbia Film Society and HoCoPoLitSo with an afternoon that celebrates the education of girls, the beauty of story and the power of collective action. This joint anniversary event features a talk by one of the writers of Girl Rising and a showing of the documentary film that inspired global awareness about the importance of education for girls. For more information, visit

Contact: Columbia Film Society,, or HoCoPoLitSo, 443-518-4568, 

Columbia Orchestra Summer Pops Concert
Sunday, June 30, Doors open: 4:00 p.m.; Concert begins: 5:00 p.m.

Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Join the Columbia Orchestra for a FREE Summer Pops Concert at the Chrysalis on the grounds of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and picnic dinner, family and friend and come enjoy the sounds from your favorites films, including Superman, Magnificent Seven, and The Lion King, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, patriotic songs, and the ultimate outdoor classic: The 1812 Overture. To learn more, visit

Contact: Columbia Orchestra, 410-465-8777,