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Downtown Columbia is the home of Merriweather Post Pavilion, which Rolling Stone magazine ranked as one of the best outdoor concert venues in the country. The pavilion is undergoing a $55 million expansion and renovation as part of the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia.

Other cultural amenities are being planned for the adjacent Symphony Woods Park, home of popular festivals and fairs, and for public art displays throughout Downtown.

The Chrysalis, an outdoors performing arts venue, opened in Symphony Woods Park in April 2017 and hosts a multitude of events throughout the year including OPUS 1, a music, art, light and sound festival, the Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire and an assortment of community concerts and activities for all ages.

Adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Merriweather District’s first restaurant opened in 2018 to rave reviews. Cured, along with its Speakeasy 18th and 21st, occupy space on the street level of the One Merriweather Building.

Downtown Columbia also includes extensive pathways for walkers and bicyclists. A spa, Haven on the Lake, overlooks the lake, where families paddle boat in warm weather. In the summer months, free concerts, movies and festivals are held at the Lakefront, where some of the city’s best restaurants are located: Clyde’s, Lupa Trattoria Romana and Sushi Sono. New to the Lakefront is The Soundry, a live music venue that attracts national performing artists.

As development progresses, Downtown Columbia will become even more of a destination for dining with an array of new and unique restaurants and cafés.

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