Free LakeFest Weekend 2023 Presented by Columbia Festival of the Arts

  • Presented By: Columbia Festival of the Arts
  • Dates: June 17, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM
  • Price: Free! (All Access Film Festival Pass is $25)

Columbia Festival of the Arts’ LakeFest returns to the Downtown Columbia Lakefront from June 16- 18, 2023 with a fun and inclusive FREE weekend event that has become synonymous with the arts and culture of Howard County. Highlights of the 36th annual LakeFest weekend include a performance from GRAMMY award winning artist Judith Hill on Friday evening, a Juneteenth celebration and cookout hosted by The 3rd, along with a variety of live music and arts performances, an Invitational Fine Arts and Crafts Show with more than 50 artists, entertainment for all ages, food trucks and a beer and wine garden sponsored by the Collective Offshore. See what it's all about in the video below!

Saturday, June 17 Schedule of Events

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fine Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
Noon – 12:45 p.m. LakeStage: Howard County Chinese School
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Color the Monster Mural
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Painted Umbrellas Exhibit
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. KidzArt – Arts & Crafts Activities
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. LakeStage: Wilde Lake Steel Drum Band
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Black Cherry Puppet Theater
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. LakeStage: Tray Wellington Band
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. LakeStage: Buffalo Nichols
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Black Cherry Puppet Theater
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. LakeStage: Glenelg Jazz Ensemble
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. LakeStage: The Sidley’s
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. LakeStage: Quitapenas
9:05 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. LakeStage: Garifuna Collective

Columbia Film Festival

The Columbia Film Festival takes place from June 20-24th, with mostly virtual events and screenings. You can check out the trailer below.

The Saturday June 24th Columbia Film Festival 5th Anniversary Celebration and Maryland Filmmaker presentation with talk back will be open to the public at at Monteabaro Hall at Howard Community College. However, admission is only by purchasing an All Festival Pass for $25  (which also gives access to all 40+ films online).  Anyone who has purchased the All Access Festival Pass will also be able to attend the Celebration! Registration will be required, and it will open soon! Check back regularly for updates. There is limited capacity, so registration will be required. The Celebration Reception will start at 6pm with the screenings and talk back to begin at 7PM. 

Learn more about the fun arts and cultural events taking place in Downtown Columbia over LakeFest Weekend. With so much to do, you should make it an overnight stay and enjoy nearby shopping and dining!


Free LakeFest Weekend 2023 Presented by Columbia Festival of the Arts