June 14-30, 2018

Experience Lakefest

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 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.
DON’T MISS this opportunity to showcase your original artwork. Deadline to
submit your entry is Monday, March 5, 2018. Apply Now!

Interactive Children’s Activities

Children are invited to explore the visual and performing arts with unique learning activities throughout the weekend.