The 31st annual Columbia Festival of the Arts: June 14 – 30, 2018.
The free 3-day LakeFest at the Downtown Columbia Lake Front will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 15 – 17.
LakeFest will feature an international spectacle performance, more than 50 visual artists from up and down the east coast, festive foods, and Clyde’s Howard on Tap Beer Festival featuring a Manor Hill summer ale brewed just for the Festival!
KidzART will provide fun Children’s art making activities in the Simon Decker Arts Tent and there will be participatory children’s music activities with the Olenka School of Music.
Bands on the lake stage will include mid-Atlantic favorites such as Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band and Los Gaiteros de Sanguashington. Last year’s favorites return – the US Navy Band Cruisers, along with the Bullbuckers, Nelly’s Echo, and The Sidleys. Home-grown stars will include the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble, the Columbia Jazz Band, the Centennial Jazz Band, and the Columbia School of Rock.
Check back for announcements of events that will include, films, adventuresome theatre, the Stoop Storytelling Series, and a Grammy and Tony Award winning jazz artist you won’t want to miss! Festival Donors will have first access to ticket purchases.
Our juried, Invitational Fine Arts & Crafts Show is currently seeking artisans with original work, representing a breadth of media including functional and wearable art to participate in this June 15-17, 2018, free outdoor weekend at LakeFest. DON’T MISS this opportunity to showcase your original artwork. Deadline to submit your entry is Monday, March 5, 2018. Apply Now!
With performances, free events, and unique art experiences, the Columbia Festival of the Arts has a little something for the whole family.
“We believe that the one of the most important aspects that makes Howard County an attractive place for business expansion and attraction is our quality of life. The Festival plays an important role adding to that lifestyle by providing rich and diverse programming that enriches our community”
Larry Twele Chief Executive Officer
Howard County Economic Development Authority
"The Columbia Festival of the Arts is an important cultural experience for visitors and residents alike. The Festival inspires creativity in children and adults through interactive exhibits and programming all while contributing to the positive atmosphere around the redeveloping Columbia Lakefront. This family friendly event is a certain boost tothe quality of living in our county"
Tony Cordo Executive Director
Visit Howard County