Spring is here, and so is the annual downtown celebration [Ellicott City]

Enjoy a taste of Ellicott City at the annual Historic Ellicott City Spring Celebration, Saturday, April 20, from noon to 7 pm.

The streets of downtown Ellicott City will be filled with activities for all ages — live music and comedy acts on three outdoor stages, a children's area including Earth Day family activities, craft beer gardens featuring Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. beverages and food samples for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association, in conjunction with local partners and sponsors.

The Shrine of St. Anthony will host a concert with famed singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson on Friday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Shrine Chapel.

For over a decade, Peterson has written and recorded Christian music and is best known for his "Behold the Lamb of God" Christmas album. USA Today music critic Brian Mansfield named Peterson's latest album, "Light for the Lost Boy" one of his top albums of 2012. Recently, Peterson made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 6 pm. Seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. To buy advance tickets, go to the Shrine's website at http://www.shrineofstanthony.org or call 410-531-2800. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment in a relaxed, club-like atmosphere at Silhouette Stages' popular Cabaret Night on Saturday, April 20, at 8 pm at Slayton House. The event features local talent performing song, dance, comedy routines and more.

Tickets are $10, including light refreshments. Wine, beer, and snack plates are available for purchase. For tickets, go to Silhouette Stages website at http://www.silhouettestages.com.

Historic Ellicott City's Girls Night Out is back. On Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 9 p.m., the downtown Ellicott City district is rolling out the red carpet for the ladies — a fun night of eating, drinking and shopping.

Come alone or bring a group of friends to this party that starts at the Wine Bin between 5 and 7 p.m. with wine samplings and a free tote bag that includes a 20 percent off coupon for one item at 22 participating merchants. The party continues along Main Street, where participating shops and restaurants will offer free snacks, drinks and desserts to complement live musical performances.

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