Explore Lakefest About the Columbia Festival of the Arts The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Founded in 1987, the Festival’s popularity and growth has transformed it into one of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor’s premiere arts events. The Festival present both free and ticketed events, featuring world-class performances, exhibitions, film programs, concerts, family activities, master classes, workshops and community dialogues. Columbia Festival of the Arts brings together the arts community, businesses, local schools, and individuals to create events that shine a spotlight, not only on the arts, but on the Howard County community as a Maryland showplace. History of the Festival Support Our Cause During these extremely difficult times we are striving to help support the Arts, give back to our community and, on a personal level so many have shared, to help give us all something special to look forward to. A simple donation, volunteering your time, or becoming a business sponsor are just a few ways that you can help CFA entertain, engage, and inspire our community.