Festival of the Arts

Columbia’s Festival of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, presenting four weekend-long arts festivals throughout the year featuring world-class performances, exhibitions, concerts, theatre, music, family activities, master classes, workshops, community dialogues and more.

Howard Community College’s 5k Challenge Race                

HCC’s 5k Challenge Race incorporates running up parking garages, climbing over high-jump mats, low crawling and navigating a tire drill. This unique challenge race promotes community wellness and supports student scholarships. Columbia Association is a proud sponsor of this event, held each year in October.

July 4th Celebration

Columbia, Maryland celebrates the fourth of July with a family fireworks extravaganza along the Columbia Lakefront. The event is sponsored by the Howard County Government with support from the Columbia Association. Entertainment includes live bands on 2 stages and a variety of children’s entertainment. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic. Food is for sale onsite.

Wine in the Woods

Wine in the Woods, held in Columbia’s Symphony Woods, has become a tradition for the local community and beyond. It has grown since its inception in the early 1990s to become a sparkling tourist attraction that brings visitors from far and wide each year. Approximately 35 wineries participate in this flagship event, which also attracts almost fifty artisans, musicians on two stages and over twenty food vendors.