The 2019 Columbia Festival of the Arts was tremendously fun and successful for all who attended, exhibited, and performed, showing once again that Columbia’s arts makes this one of America’s most welcoming places for people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds!
The free 3 days at LakeFest brought over 17,000 people to our beautiful downtown to enjoy the terrific weather, music, artists’ tents and fabulous food.
The Second City from Chicago was sold out, and everyone laughed all the way through L’homme Cirque, the one-man circus. Rene Marie’s concert at HCC was everything we had hoped for, and singer Sara Jones delighted us at the Festival’s Brunch at 18th & 21st. People came from far and wide to enjoy Soulful Symphony at Merriweather Post. The Columbia Orchestra celebrated summer with a delightful pops concert at the Chrysalis, marking the largest audience ever at that wonderful new stage. County Executive Calvin Ball conducted Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever in a stirring rendition.
The 2019 Columbia Festival of the Arts ended June 30, but be sure to enjoy Merriweather Movie Nights on July 7 and August 16….. (http://www.dcacc.info/mppmovies), Soulful Symphony at Merriweather on July 28 and September 14 . ( http://www.dcacc.info/) and the many programs coming to the Chrysalis between now and October: http://innerarbortrust.org/events-2019. Of course, remember the hugely popular concerts at Merriweather Post: https://www.merriweathermusic.com/
2019 Festival Events
“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