From the Annapolis area: Take I-97 North towards Baltimore. Merge onto MD-32 West exit 7 toward MD-3 South Columbia/Bowie. Exit onto Route 29 North, exit 16A. Take the Broken Land Parkway North exit towards Merriweather. Do not take the Broken Land Parkway exit you see earlier while on MD-32 West. Merge onto Broken Land Parkway. Turn right at first stoplight into Main Parking Area.
Surrounding Area Merriweather Post Pavilion is located in Columbia, Maryland, just under an hour from Washington, DC and a half hour from Baltimore Maryland. Columbia, Maryland is a planned community that is pretty much ruled by Homeowners Associations so do not expect to find much to do nearby after the event. If you enjoy shopping, Columbia, Maryland does have a lot of that to offer as something to do before hand. Columbia Mall offers over 200 stores and restaurants as well as an AMT Theater. There are also a number of large major shopping centers in the area.
If you are looking for a nightclub, bar or even a Hooters for after the event you will have to venture into Baltimore or Washington DC.
There are three nearby hotels if you are looking for a place to say close to the venue.
Sheraton Hotel 10207 Wincopin Circle Columbia, MD 21044 877-207-9358
Columbia Hilton 5485 Twin Knolls Road Columbia, MD 21045 410-997-1060
Columbia Courtyard by Marriott 8910 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045 410-290-0002
Events take place rain or shine so make sure you always check the weather report and plan accordingly. As I said, this was my first trip out to Merriweather and had no idea what to expect. Despite sitting on the bare ground we had a good time and I can’t give enough praise to the 9:30 Club staff for patrolling the area and checking IDs.
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