Twenty or so years ago I used to keep track of when peak was in this area to the day. Mind you, my method wasn’t very scientific.
“Today looks better than yesterday, so not yet.”
“Today looks worse than yesterday, so it was yesterday.”
But it was always from October 25 to November 1, so things haven’t changed much in that regard. Also, I think you’re fortunate because some of the older neighborhoods in Columbia have what I think is some of the best color in the area. I used to work in the Oakland Mills area and I’m still down that way often, and it can be pretty vibrant