June 14, 15, & 16 – FREE
Featuring live entertainment throughout the weekend, including Squonk Opera residency and Son Tropical finale, LakeFest is a jam-packed event that kicks off the annual 16-day Festival. Come on down with the whole family to enjoy the entertainment, interactive activities and, of course, the fabulous festival food fare!
ArtPark – Fine Art & Crafts Show & Sale
Our juried invitational show returns with 60 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 LakeFest grounds.
Located along LakeFest grounds
Friday, June 14, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, Noon – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 16, Noon – 7:00 p.m.
|”Talbot River” Nancy Davis (oil)|
ArtWorks – A Fine Art Exhibit
Something for Everyone
Artwork, Books, Sidewalk Sale & Demonstrations
Artists’ Gallery – American City Building
Opening Wine & Cheese Reception Friday
Friday, June 14, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. – Dusk
Sunday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Enter the 9th annual Chalk-It-Up street painting contest to win cash prizes — $750 First / $500 Second / $250 Third – plus two “Best of Day” Awards $100 each!
Registration Fee: $12 includes chalk.
Squonk Opera GO Roadshow
Drawing from the great American history of traveling circuses, holiday parades and medicine shows, GO Roadshow is a musical street spectacle on wheels that opens up like a mechanical blossom – a music and art mobile with truck-horn calliope, a wall of rotors, and a spinning grand piano. Multiple performances throughout the weekend!
KidzArt – FREE Arts and Crafts
Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16
Children are invited to explore the visual arts with unique activities led by KidzArt, Howard County’s celebrated advocates of child creativity. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. On-site registration is required as space is limited. Don’t miss our special father and child Hats off to Dad project at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday!
Silk Sharpie Scarves – Friends’ Night Out!
Bring a friend, or group of friends, and let your creativity flow while enjoying, if you wish, a glass of Walla Walla, Washington, wine in the Art for Adults tent. While sipping a glass of Radius served in a “vintage” Wine in the Woods glass, learn how to make a one-of-a-kind, beautiful and colorful silk scarf.
All Materials Included: One scarf $15 or two scarves for $25. Optional $3 per glass of wine and souvenir wine glass.
Friday, June 14, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Center Ring Circus School,
Saturday, June 15, 12 noon – 8:30 p.m. & Sunday, June 16, 12 noon – 7:00 p.m.
Run away and join the circus without leaving home at the Columbia Festival of the Arts! Children, teens, and adults will catch the circus bug in the CiRCuS Juggle Zone! Try your hand at scarf and ball juggling, plate spinning, devil stick tossing, diabolo whirling, poi spinning, cigar box juggling, and more. Teachers and students from the school will be on hand to show you the ropes and to demonstrate some of the bigger tricks, including tightrope balancing, stilt walking, unicycle riding, and rolling globe dancing. Watch out, though, there may be a few pies fling through the air as well!
Live music all weekend long on the LakeStage.