Merriweather Post Pavilion is actually an outdoor park-cum concert venue situated in downtown Columbia. It is one of the most happening venues for concerts and music festivals not only in Columbia but also in the entire Maryland area. This is not just a venue for the usual rock and roll bands but also for operas and local bands; indie band Animal Collective, named their 2009 hit album after this venue. The Summer Concerts are a big hit, so make sure to book well in advance. Tickets for most concerts can be purchased on line. Visit website for event schedule.