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June/July Save the Date

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. This popular  annual Howard County event showcases music, dance, theater, visual arts, film and outdoor activities for the entire family. The event runs from June 15 through June 30. Some of the events appear on the Calendar of Events pages and are labeled “Columbia Festival of the Arts”. For a complete listing of events, go to



June 2
Columbia Orchestra: Orchestral Fireworks. Classics by Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov paired with new works, Young Artist Competition winners. Jim Rouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

June 2
5K and Family Fun Run: Howard County Library East Columbia Branch. 8 a.m.

June 2
Summer Reading Kickoff: Howard County Library Miller Branch. 10 a.m-2 p.m. Prizes.

June 3
Sundays At Three: Monarch Brass Quintet (BSO & Washington Brass Members). 3

June 5 Through August 9
Clark’s Elioak Farm: Lunch Time with Mother Goose with story and crafts. BYO lunch. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 12:30 p.m.

June 8 through July 29
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: “Romeo and Juliet” and “Pride & Prejudice. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.  410-313-8661 or

June 9-10
Backstage Dance Studio 25th anniversary recital., 410-312-0900

June 15-17
Columbia Festival of the Arts: ArtPark. Juried invitational show. Lakefront. Friday, 5-9 p.m.;  Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m.

June 16
WomenFest: Gary J. Arthur Community Center, Cooksville. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 410-313-6410

June 18
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Meet author: Tayari Jones presenting her latest “Silver Sparrow.” Howard County Library Miller Branch & Historical Center. 7-9 p.m.

June 19
Columbia Festival of the Arts: The Stoop Storytelling Series. Unforgiveable/Unforgettable. Stories of the worst/best thing someone ever did to/for you. In partnership with Howard Community College. Monteabaro Hall @ HCC. 7:30 p.m. $15.

June 20
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Documentary screening of “Breaking Through The Clouds,” a story of the first women’s national air derby (1929). In partnership with Howard Community College. Monteabaro Hall @ HCC. 7:30 p.m. Q&A to follow. Free. 

June 21
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Exhibits, reception and improv with wine and cheese reception. In partnership with Howard County Center for the Arts (also venue). 6-8 p.m. Free. 

June 22-July 28
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: “Pride and Prejudice”. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City.

June 23
Columbia Festival of the Arts: A literary reading with Little Patuxent Review poets and prose writers. In partnership with Little Patuxent Review. Oliver’s Carriage House. 2-4 p.m. Free.

June 23
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Flying Karamazov Brothers. Rouse Theatre. 8 p.m. $20-$45.

June 24
Celebrating Heroes Triathlon: .62-mile swim, 17.5-mile bike, 3.4-mile run, Columbia Triathlon. 410-964-1246 or

June 26
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo. From “Down Under.” Feed, water and care for prehistoric creatures. In partnership with Howard County Conservancy (venue, too). 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15 and 

June 27
Columbia Festival of the Arts: A reading & conversation with Edith Pearlman discussing her newest, “Binocular Vision.” In partnership with HoCoPoLitSo and Town Center Community Association. Historic Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $20.

June 28
Columbia Festival of the Arts: The Teacher Behind the Work. Celebrating Howard County Art Teachers exhibit with wine and cheese reception. Columbia Arts Center Galleries, 5-7 p.m.; HCC Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Free.

June 28
Howard County Conservancy: What’s Bugging Your Yards? Learn how plants and insects interact — in a good way. 7 p.m. Register. $10/family; $12 after June 26. Hccconservancy 

June 29
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Columbia Orchestra does Broadway, film & classical. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

June 30
Columbia Festival of the Arts: 25th Anniversary Finale. MOMIX BOTANICA presents dance to a score from birdsong to Vivaldi. Rouse Theatre. 8 p.m. $35-$55.



Through June 10
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” directed by Aaron Posner. Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre. 201 E. Capitol St. SE,Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077 or

June 1-2
Classical Concert. Shepherd’s Blue Blazes; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, in A major, Op. 92, and Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or

June 1-2
Riverdance. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. 110 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore.  410-547-SEAT or

June 2
Tommy Tune in “Steps in Time”: Nine-time Tony Award winner celebrates 50 years on the Great White Way. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $28-$58. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or

June 3
Walk-In Tour: The Arts of Asia. Walters Museum of Art. 1-2 p.m. Free. No reservations; just walk in. 600 N.Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000 or

June 5
Karen Colins and The Backroad Band. Retro honky-tonk and classic country. Mansion at Strathmore.  7:30 p.m. $15. 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or

June 7-9
Classical Concert, Lalo performed on cello by Claudio Bohorques. Also Berlioz’s Overture, The Roman Carnival, Op. 9, and Tchaikovsky’s Syphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or

June 8, 12 and 15
2012 June Chamber Festival: The American Chamber Players. 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). The Kreeger Museum. 2401 Foxhall Road NW, Washington D.C. 202-338-3552, or

June 13-19
Star-Spangled Sailabration: The National War of 1812 Bicentennial Launch. International parade of ships sail into Baltimore. More than three dozen ships, including U.S. Navy, British and Canadian “grey hulls” and tall ships. Public tours, activities for land-lubbers, too. Air show, featuring the Blue Angels. Ships located in the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, Canton and Locust Point.

June 13
Strathmore Art After Hours: Veronneau, World Music. Latin jazz, gypsy swing, American song and world music performed in English, French and Spanish. 7:30 p.m. $15. Mansion at Strathmore. 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or

June 23
Solstice: Maryland Science Center 35th annual fundraising gala. Gourmet foods, signature cocktails and live dance floor-filling pop hits from Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves. 8-midnight. $105, members; $125, non-members. Proceeds support the center’s educational programs and outreach to Maryland schools and community. 601 Science Center. 601 Light St., Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 410-545-5894 or 



July 8  
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Uncle Jack, Classic Rock. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 13
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Drew Stevyns, America’s Got Talent top 10 finalist on acoustic guitar. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 14
Howard County Maryland Pow-Wow: Arts, crafts, food and entertainment.Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. Begins at 10 a.m.

July 20
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Rocknoceros — Kids’ concert.7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 22
Kidz Triathlon: Columbia Triathlon. Ages 7-14. 410-964-1246 or 

July 27
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. David Bach Consort — Contemporary Jazz. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic



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