Columbia Festival of the Arts FREE Lakefest Weekend

The Columbia Festival returns to the Downtown Columbia Lakefront with its FREE LakeFest Weekend featuring three days of live music, an invitational fine arts & crafts show, kids’ entertainment and crafts, a variety of activities for all ages, and fabulous festival food fare.

LAKEFEST HOURS

Friday, June 14: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, June 15: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday, June 16: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

LAKEFEST HOURS

Friday, June 14:

5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15:

11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 16:

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m..

Lakefest Weekend At a Glance

LakeStage Music Lineup

LJR DeerLady Telmary y Habasana Bette Smith Wilde Lake Steel Drum Band Patuxent Jazz Ensemble Discussion Percussion Africa Tap Band Brass Queens Everyday Everybody Bywater Call Oh He Dead Song Riot Washington Chinese Traditional Orchestra Swampdog Clark Po’ Ramblin’ Boys Glenelg Jazz Ensemble

Invitational Fine Arts & Crafts Show

Friday, June 14: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Saturday, June 15: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Sunday, June 16: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our juried, invitational show returns with more than 50 extraordinary artisans displaying and selling their one-of-a-kind artwork representing a breadth of media including functional and wearable art at a wide range of prices. Booths located throughout the Festival grounds.

INVITATIONAL FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Friday, June 14: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 15: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 16: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our juried, invitational show returns with more than 50 extraordinary artisans displaying and selling their one-of-a-kind artwork representing a breadth of media including functional and wearable art at a wide range of prices. Booths located throughout the Festival grounds.

Interactive Art Activities & Performances for All Ages

Throughout the weekend, enjoy a wide variety of interactive arts activities including coloring our Monster Mural, as well as hands on projects from KidzArt Howard County, Pinot’s Palette, and Roll up & Dye. Other highlights include the return of the Columbia Association Art Center’s Painted Umbrella Exhibit along the lake and Black Cherry Puppet Theater.

Food Trucks & Specialty Foods

If you’ve already started daydreaming about eating your festival food favorites during LakeFest Free Weekend, it’s completely normal – we have too! We will have a variety of delicious packaged and made-to-order options. Check out the complete list of food trucks and specialty foods available!

Lakefest Schedule

SWAY: Bloom

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm LakeStage: LJR
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Painted Umbrellas Exhibit
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Fine Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Create Your Own Reusable Napkin!
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Color Monster Mural
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm LakeStage: Deerlady
7:15 pm – 8:45 pm LakeStage: Telmary Y Habasana
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm LakeStage: Bette Smith
   
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm LakeStage: LJR
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Painted Umbrellas Exhibit
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Fine Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Create Your Own Reusable Napkin!
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Color Monster Mural
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm LakeStage: Deerlady
7:15 pm – 8:45 pm LakeStage: Telmary Y Habasana
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm LakeStage: Bette Smith
   

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Noon–12:45 pm Wilde Lake Steel Drum Band
Noon–8:00 pm Color the Monster Mural
Noon–8:00 pm Fine Arts and Crafts Show & Sales
Noon–8:00 pm Painted Umbrellas Exhibit
Noon–8:00 pm KidzArt - Arts & Crafts Activities
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm LakeStage: Patuxent Jazz Ensemble
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Black Cherry Puppet Theater
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm LakeStage: Discuss Percussion Africa
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm LakeStage: TAP Band
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Black Cherry Puppet Theater
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm LakeStage: Brass Queens
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm LakeStage: Everyday Everybody
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm LakeStage: Bywater Call
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm LakeStage: Oh He Dead

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Noon - 7:00 pm Fine Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
Noon - 5:00 pm Color the Monster Mural
Noon - 5:00 pm Painted Umbrellas Exhibit
Noon - 1:00 pm LakeStage: Song Riot
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm KidzArt - Arts & Crafts Activities
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm Black Cherry Puppet Theater
1:15 pm - 2:10 pm LakeStage: Washington Chinese Traditional Orchestra
2:05 pm– 3:45 pm LakeStage: Swampdog Clark
3:45 pm– 4:00 pm Black Cherry Puppet Theater
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm LakeStage: Po' Ramblin' Boys
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm LakeStage: Glenelg Jazz Ensemble

What is The Columbia Festival of the Arts?

The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a multi-weekend event that celebrates music, art, and entertainment. Each Festival kicks off in June with Lakefest, a free, three-day outdoor celebration at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Lakefest includes live performances, children's creative activities, a juried fine arts and crafts show, a variety of hands-on workshops for all ages and outdoor festival food fare.

The days following LakeFest are comprised of a variety of free and ticketed events, including performances in multiple disciplines, master classes, workshops, fine art exhibitions, literary offerings, film and frequent opportunities to interact directly with artists.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET.