Our Downtown Columbia Lakefest is three days of fun-filled FREE events for the whole family located on the Columbia Lakefront.
Live music, arts and crafts, and festive food and drink are just a few of the many entertainment experiences that you can enjoy. Each year, we include one special event that is a unique experience for the whole family.
Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium
The highlight of the 2017 Lakefest was the Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium, presented in partnership with Columbia’s 50th Birthday. A luminarium is an inflatable multi-room lighted sculpture that people enter for an encounter with the phenomenon of light.
Those who enter the structure experience a spectacular and surreal world, touring visually stunning interiors. The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages.
Visitors are transported and immersed in an amazing world of architectural beauty with subtle and saturated hues, creating a unique visual arts sensory experience, in ways you wouldn’t expect.
The LakeStage showcases some of the best regional music acts, with a wide assortment of musical groups and genres. Grab a chair or get up and dance! Fun for the whole family.
Invitational Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Our juried, Invitational Fine Arts & Crafts Show returns featuring artists with original work, representing a breadth of media including functional and wearable art.
Interactive Children’s Activities
Children are invited to explore the visual and performing arts with unique learning activities throughout the weekend.