Where: Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia
When: Friday, Aug. 24, Noon-3 p.m.
Why to go: Long Reach High School will celebrate the opening of school with a community carnival, featuring food, games and entertainment.
Where: Diamondback Tavern, 3733 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City
When: Saturday, Aug. 25
Why to go: In celebration of summer, enjoy a crab bucket, corn on the cob and Irish bangers.
Pricing: $40 per person
Where: Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry St., Savage
When: Sunday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m.
Why to go: Join Terrapin Adventures and the Rams Head Tavern for a Beer and Fear Tour. Spend two hours taking the Terrapin Challenge. Scale the 43' tower, traverse all 18 crossings on the High Ropes Challenge Course, glide through the forest on a 330' zip line and experience 2G's of force on the Giant Swing. Then go to Rams Head and choose from six entrees paired with samples of six different Rams Head Tavern Beers or wine.
Pricing: $69.95 plus tax
Where: , 10221 Wincopin Cir Ste 100, Columbia
When: Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Free Dance Instruction then a free movie.
Sunday, Aug. 26, concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (concerts end by 10 p.m.)
Why to go: Enjoy free entertainment sponsored by the Columbia Association.
Every Friday there will be free dance instruction with music held under the People Tree at Town Center Lakefront, from 6:30-8pm. When the dance session ends — a movie begins. Movies begin at dusk (about 8:30 pm). All films are rated (G) unless otherwise noted. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Where: , 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia
When: Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Why to go: Come out and play live trivia. Individuals and teams are welcome. Light refreshments served. Register by contacting 410-730-4744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 8601 Robert Fulton Dr., Columbia
When: Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, 2 p.m.-2 p.m.
Why to go: Held on a traffic-free loop, 24 Hours of Booty raises money for local and national cancer charities. Since its inception in 2002, more than $7 million has been raised. Join 24 Hours of Booty event as a rider, sponsor or volunteer.
Pricing: Each rider will raise $200 to benefit national beneficiary, LIVESTRONG™ and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Where: University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Softball Stadium, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore
When: Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, 1 p.m.
Why to go: The ASA/USA Softball National Identification Program, powered by Softball Factory, encourages all athletes ages 13-18 to attend. Players are asked to report to the field at noon for registration, and the event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Where: 6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore
When: Friday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Why to go: Cricket Crawl 2012 is an evening sound census of the late summer crickets and katydids singing throughout the Baltimore/DC metro areas.