June/July Events in Howard County

June 26: Columbia Festival of the Arts, Erth¿s Dinosaur Petting Zoo From ¿Down Under¿: In partnership with Howard County Conservancy 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15, columbiafestival.com and hcconservancy.org. (Photo courtesy Columbia Festival of the Arts / June 4, 2012)

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 columbiafestival.com.



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. columbiaorchestra.org

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

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

June 3
Sundays At Three: Monarch Brass Quintet (BSO & Washington Brass Members). 3 p.m.www.sundaysatthree.org

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. clarklandfarm.com

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 chesapeakeshakespear.com

June 9-10
Backstage Dance Studio 25th anniversary recital. www.TheBackstageDanceStudio.com, 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. columbiafestival.com

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. hclibrary.org

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. columbiafestival.com

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. columbiafestival.com 

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. columbiafestival.com 

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

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. columbiafestival.com

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