The FREE LakeFest Weekend includes three days of live music, an invitational arts and crafts show, strolling performers, festival food, a HowardOnTap Beer Garden provided by Clyde's and an array of activities and entertainment for all ages.
Hours are as follows:
Friday, June 15: 5 pm — 11 pm
Saturday, June 16: Noon — 10 pm
Sunday, June 17: Noon — 7 pm
eVenti Verticali: Wanted
Sponsored by Lupa Trattoria Romana
A Major highlight of LakeFest this year will be evening performance(s) of eVenti Verticali's Wanted. eVenti Verticali is a performance duo from Italy who bring together different art forms, including theatre, circus, graphic design, acrobatics, dance, music, visual comedy and new technologies. The two… characters go on an adventurous trip teetering between the fictitious nature of animated drawings and the pseudo-reality of a computer screen. They are on the run- they traverse the globe, jump tall buildings, and tunnel their way into safes! The computer itself becomes a character, intervening and interacting with the two heroes on its desktop, transforming them into 1980's videogame characters.
Friday, June 15, 8:30 pm — 9:00 pm & 10:30 pm — 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 16, 9:00 pm — 9:30 pm
Invitational Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Our juried, invitational show returns with more than 55 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. Friday, June 16, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm, Saturday, June 17, Noon–8:00 pm, Sunday, June 18, Noon–7 pm
Friday, June 15
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – School of Rock Columbia
A fixture in Columbia that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Columbia is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.
6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. – Nelly’s Echo
At age 15, Nelson Emokpae, a.k.a. Nelly’s Echo, moved from his home country of Nigeria to the United States with his entire family, ultimately settling in Baltimore. After self-releasing two successful albums, Nelson appeared on Season 3 of The Voice,winning over fans and judges with his live performance of “Amazing Grace.”His Music and live shows have been compared to the likes of Jason Mraz and John Mayer, sharing positive messages of life, hope, and love.
8:00 pm.-8:30 p.m.& 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. – Chopteeth Afro Funk Big Band
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by FelaKuti in 1970s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of thirteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last nine years in a row).
Saturday, June 16
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. – Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All-Stars
A danceable mix of singalongs, family-friendly pop songs and award-winning originals. Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars have been delighting young audiences throughout the DC area for the past five years. They perform an interactive mix of traditional songs and modern favorites such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba.” Their 2015 CD, Metro Train, consisting of mostly original songs, won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. “Listening to Mr. Gabe sing is like hearing an old friend telling stories on the front porch swing.” —Ashley Jo Farmer, Parents’ Choice Foundation
1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – The Sidleys
The Sidleys have created a unique, yet universal, sound that has been described as high-energy, melodic, soul-influenced indie rock. They have performed at venues and festivals all over the U.S. including the The Kennedy Center, The State Theater, Blues Alley, The Atlas Theater, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Arena Stage and the Hamilton. The Sidleys last appeared on the LakeStage as part of the 2013 LakeFest Lineup.
2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m. –Gaiteros De Sanguashinton
Gaiteros de Sanguashington has emerged as one of the premier Colombian bands in the Washington, D.C. area, recognized and beloved by the Colombian and Latino community and those who enjoy international music. The band plays a variety of Colombian rhythms including vallenato, cumbia (popular folk music from Colombia’s Caribbean region), and tropi-pop (a blend of traditional musical forms with foreign Latin genres, such as salsa and merengue)
4:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. – The Bullbuckers
Bullbuckers is a band with a big sound from the small wonder known as Delaware. They rock the party blending early ska, soul, reggae, dub, rock and New Orleans’ horn arrangements with twinges of funk and hip-hop. The band has melded its bold, real gritty music into a cauldron of boiling sounds that are familiar, yet distinctly their own. “A fusion of soul-searching and foot-stomping music.” – Joan Davis, The Examiner.
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – United States Navy Band Cruisers
As the U.S. Navy's premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy's most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to its versatile namesake by playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances.
7:45-9:00 p.m. – All Our Exes Live in Texas
Sydney, Australia's all-female folk foursome All Our Exes Live In Texas released their debut full-length When We Fall last year just before their SXSW appearances which garnered praise from NPR, CNN and more. All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney's finest singer-songwriters — Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, who have toured with Midnight Oil, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Boy & Bear and Passenger. When We Fall received accolades from NPR, The Bluegrass Situation, COLLiDE, Impose Magazine, American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine and many more. A collection of songs rich with sweet, potent harmonies and lamentations of twisted love tales, heartbreak and bad tattoos, told by four witty and outspoken feminists, their live show is not to be missed!
*Ticketed Event at the Soundry, TBA.
Sunday, June 17
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.—Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band
The Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band is one of many performing ensembles that make up the Wilde Lake Band Program. Since its inception seven years ago, this ensemble’s students have presented concerts that have been well received by audiences in our school and local community. The Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band is well known for its performances of a variety of music, from Calypso to Soca, as well as jazz.
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – Centennial Jazz Ensemble
The Centennial High School Jazz Band, under the direction of David Matchim, has earned high-praise in local, state, and national performances. Most recently, the ensemble won fourth place at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival and Competition, the largest high school jazz competition in the country. They are honored to participate in this year's Columbia Festival and appreciate the opportunity to share their love of jazz music with the community.
2:30 p.m.-3:45 pm. – Maryland Winds
Maryland Winds is a new ensemble featuring some of the finest professional musicians in the greater Baltimore–Washington, DC, area. Its members are current or past performers with major symphony orchestras, premier military bands, music educators, or active freelance musicians. The ensemble is under the direction ofTimothy J. Holtan, conductor Colonel, U.S. Army, who retired in 2017 as the senior military musician in the Department of Defense.Col. Holtan’s final command was as the 10th Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He holds the distinction of being the only officer to command all three of the Army’s premier bands, which include the U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. Col. Holtan received numerous military awards and honors during his 28½-year career, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal.
4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. – Columbia Jazz Band
The 26 member Columbia Jazz Band consists of musicians from all over Howard County. In their non-musical lives, they work in varied professional fields such as medicine, social work, engineering, computer science, education, law, and more. This accomplished group has performed at the Blues Alley in Georgetown and international jazz festivals in Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, and France.
5:30 p.m- 7:00 p.m. – Glenelg Jazz Ensemble
The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble has received more than 60 awards over the last 15 years, including the highest rating at the Maryland state Jazz Festival. Consistently known for their high energy and professionalism, the group has been selected seven times to perform at such prestigious international festivals such as the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Jazz a Vienne in Lyon, France and the World Jazz Festival in Freiburg, Germany. Over the years, many national and regional jazz artists have shared the stage with the Ensemble, including Maynard Ferguson, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carl Fischer, Chris Vadala, and Deanna Bogart. Chris Winters, from the Glenelg Class of 1994, has been the Band’s Director since the fall of 2015.
KidzArt – FREE Arts and Crafts
Presented in Partnership with KidzArt.
Children are invited to explore the visual arts with “artrageously” fun projects led by KidzArt, Howard County’s celebrated advocates of child creativity. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes, and parents must remain with children. Permanent, non-washable materials may be used. Crayons and paper will be available for younger children.
On-site registration is required as space is limited. Don't miss our special Father's Day project for dad and child at 12:30 and 3:30 pm on Sunday! Saturday, June 16, 12:30 pm-5:30 pm | Sunday, June 17, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm
Discover Your Rhythm with Olenka School of Music
Interactive Music for the WHOLE Family
Everyone has the potential to be musical! Come join Olenka School of Music and discover the joy of making Music Together® with your family and friends. We can help your child grow into a confident music-maker while tapping into all the developmental benefits of music. You’ll have so much fun singing, dancing, shaking, drumming, wiggling and giggling, you won’t even realize how much learning is taking place! Each session will last approximately 30 minutes. On-site registration is required as space is limited.Presented in Partnership with Olenka School of Music: The Home of Music Immersion for Infants to Adults (Columbia & Ellicott City). Friday, June 15, 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm | Saturday, June 16, Noon- pm-6:00 pm | Sunday, June 17, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Vertical Dance Workshop with Eventi Verticali
This vertical dance workshop aims to help you face and overcome your fear of heights, and also helps you become familiar with the materials and techniques involved in operating at heights, with particular regard to rescue operations. Andrea and Luca Piallini of eVenti Verticali will accompany you step-by-step to knowledge of equipment and materials (knots, harnesses, ascent devices and rope descent) and to the awareness of the body in suspension. Saturday, June 16, 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Art Projects with the Columbia Arts Center
Using plastic bags to make expressive artwork as a community.
This activity takes one of our biggest environmental polluters, and turns it into an art medium. Festival guests will fuse plastic bags together to create a variety of colors. These colors will be cut into a collage with a landscape theme. The finished product will be a low relief image that incorporates the work of many people. These creations will be displayed on a 3 dimensional framework creating a collaborative masterpiece for the festival goers to observe and enjoy! Friday, June 15, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, Saturday June 16, Noon-5:00 pm, Sunday June 17, Noon-5:00 pm.
Freestyle Painting Techniques
Stop by the Columbia Arts Center booth to participate in and learn more about experimental painting processes on alternative surfaces! Friday, June 15, 7-8 pm, Saturday June 16, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm, Sunday, June 17, 2:00-3:00 pm
You are invited to the table!
We provide the dinner; you provide the conversation.
Save the date for the second annual Longest Table. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don’t know, exchange stories about life in Howard County, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The dialogue starts when you come to the table. Those who attend can also take the free shuttle from Howard Community College to LakeFest. Tickets available at the-longest-table-2018.eventbrite.com/
Saturday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
The Writers’ Perch
Birds of a feather … write together. Join HoCoPoLitSo and other local literary organizations for an afternoon of playing with words at LakeFest. Visit the HoCoPoLitSo booth for writing activities, chatting with local authors, learning about local writing resources and browsing literary journals and books. Activities for kids, teens, families and adults. Sponsored by HoCoPoLitSo (the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society), Wilde Readings and the Little Patuxent Review. Saturday, June 16, Noon-4:00 pm.
Explore the Wonder of ManneqART
Throughout the weekend, meet unique characters wearing ManneqART costumes and learn more about the Sixth Annual ManneqART Sculptural Artworks Competition, which is underway. The Competition features exciting and unique artworks received from artists of all ages and skill levels from around the country. $10,000 in prizes awarded each year. 2018 themes are Love/Fantasy/Metro/Mechanics. A Bra Art Competition is also part of this year's competition. More information and an application are available at manneqart.org.
Create Your Own Reusable Napkin
Do you want to add some color to your lunchbox? Give cloth napkins a try! Come create useful art that the whole family can enjoy! Come tie dye a cloth napkin for free. Local tie-dye company Roll Up N Dye wants to encourage you to cut down on your family's use of paper products. Onsite registration is required. Napkins are provided but limited in number. Each session will last approximately 25 minutes. Sign-up begins at 12:30 pm each day. First group tie dyes at 1:00 pm. Saturday, June 16, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm | Sunday, June 17, 1:00 pm -3:30 pm
Avoid the Fuss, Just Hop on the Bus, Gus! Take the Shuttle to the Festival!
On Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, departing every 15 minutes, FREE shuttle service is being provided by Howard Transit between parking lot A at Howard Community College (located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, Maryland 21044) and the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.
LakeFest Shuttle Schedule:
Saturday, June 16
Departures from Howard Community College: starting at 11:45 am; last departure at 11:00 pm.
Departures from Columbia LakeFront, Wincopin Circle: starting at 12:15 pm; last departure at 11:30 pm.
Sunday, June 17
Departures from Howard Community College: starting at 11:45 am; last departure at 7:00 pm.
Departures from Columbia LakeFront, Wincopin Circle: starting at 12:15 pm; last departure at 7:30 pm.