Books in Bloom Literary Festival

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Color Burst Park
6000 Merriweather Drive
Columbia, MD 21044
Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Types: Fair/Festival
Price Ranges: Free

Books in Bloom Literary Festival returns to Columbia with an in-person experience at Color Burst Park!


About this event

Books in Bloom is returning to Columbia, MD for its fifth year! This year, the progressive book festival will be headlined by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones.


Register to join us for the free one-day outdoor festival full of author readings, children's activities, a pop-up bookstore by Busboys & Poets, and more.



  • DATE: October 10, 2021
  • TIME: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Color Burst Park 6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
  • All guests will be required to be masked regardless of vaccination status.


About the Festival

In celebration of the city's 50th anniversary, the Downtown Columbia Partnership wanted to host an event that captured the community's character. Imagined as an extension of Columbia itself and its founder James Rouse's vision for a diverse, inclusive, and progressive city, Books in Bloom was born. Since its inception in 2017, the festival has hosted renowned authors, chefs, activists, poets, and more, with interactive programming around salient themes including race, feminism, equality, and culture. Books in Bloom has served as an enduring expression of Columbia's love of literature and venue for meaningful dialogue since its inaugural year, and will continue to do so for years to come.


About the Downtown Columbia Partnership

The Downtown Columbia Partnership leads the promotion and advances the growth of Downtown Columbia as a vibrant, economically robust, and desirable place for employment, entertainment, living, and learning. The Partnership’s functions also include supporting transportation initiatives; initiating and sponsoring cultural arts and sustainability programs; implementing downtown beautification and maintenance projects; and promoting public safety. For information, visit


About the Howard Hughes Corporation

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country's preeminent portfolio of master-planned cities and communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation's portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit


Downtown Columbia®

A development of The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Downtown Columbia is located at the center of Columbia, MD, one of the first master-planned communities in the U.S. founded by legendary developer James W. Rouse in 1967. Conveniently located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Columbia is composed of 14,000 acres including ten completed residential villages and a deep pipeline of commercial development opportunities within its Downtown. At full buildout, the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia will include three new and reconfigured neighborhoods – Merriweather District®, Lakefront District and Central District featuring more than 14 million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including public parks, trails and more.