Free movies, concerts and more nearly every night this summer at CA’s Lakefront Summer Festival

JUNE 7, 2019 — Great family entertainment is at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront all summer long — and best of all, it’s free. With a packed schedule of 25 movies and 53 concerts, Columbia Association’s Lakefront Summer Festival includes family-friendly options nearly every day of the week. The festival begins Monday, June 17 and continues into September. A complete schedule can be found at ColumbiaAssociation.org/lakefrontfestival.

Movies will be screened at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront on Mondays and Fridays from Monday, June 17 through Monday, August 26 (there will be no movie on Friday, July 5, the designated rain date for the annual fireworks show). All films are closed-captioned. Films shown on Mondays are rated G and PG, while Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. From August 31 through September 7, CA will show Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on Fridays, Saturdays and one Sunday. The schedule is below.

Mon, June 17Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (G)Fri, August 2Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13)
Fri, June 21Wonder (PG)Mon, August 5Disney’s Tangled (PG)
Mon, June 24How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)Fri, August 9Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)
Fri, June 28Lakefront Classic: The Goonies (PG)Mon, August 12Disney’s Frozen (PG) — preceded by award-winning family short “The Red Balloon”
Mon, July 1Secret Life Of Pets: Part One (PG)Fri, August 16Marvel’s Doctor Strange (PG-13)
Mon, July 8Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)Mon, August 19Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) (PG)
Fri, July 12Green Book (PG-13)Fri, August 23Shazam! (PG-13)
Mon, July 15The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)Mon, August 26Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 (PG)
Fri, July 19Aquaman (PG-13)Fri, August 30Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. One (PG-13)
Mon, July 22Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)Sat, August 31Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. Two (PG-13)
Fri, July 26Bumblebee (PG-13)Sun, September 1Captain Marvel (PG-13)
Mon, July 29Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (PG)Fri, September 6Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
Sat, September 7Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame (PG-13)

All showings will begin at dusk, about 8:30pm. Movie nights have been hosted by Tom “Mr. B” Brzezinski for the past 48 years and are sponsored by Columbia Association, with a generous grant from the Columbia Film Society.

Also, 47 nights and six afternoons of music are scheduled from June 18 through September. Concerts and performances are held on almost every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through August 17, with additional concerts on four Sundays in September.

Start times are as follows:

  • Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm.
  • Wednesday afternoons from June 26-July 31, noon.
  • Wednesday evenings from June 19-August 14, 7:30pm.
  • Thursday evenings, 7:30pm. No concert on July 4.
  • Saturday evenings, 7:30pm
  • Sunday evenings through August 11, 6:30pm
  • Sunday afternoons from September 8-29, 3pm

Five Tuesdays in July — July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30 — will feature talented youth musicians performing at CA’s Teen Open Mic nights. Sign-up begins at 6:45pm and performances are first-come, first-served. No bands with drum sets will be allowed. For more information, please email CALakefrontFestival@gmail.com.

And, finally, CA’s annual “Dancin’ Under the People Tree” free dance lessons will be hosted every Friday from June 21 through September 6. Instruction with music will be held under the People Tree from 7-8pm, with dances that are fun both for beginners and those with experience. And when the dance session ends, the movie begins. In case of inclement weather, we’ll dance inside nearby at Haven on the Lake.

No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Events may be canceled due to inclement weather. The Lakefront Summer Festival Inclement Weather Hotline is 410-715-3127.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) manages Columbia, Maryland, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses — and was named the No. 1 small city to live in by Money Magazine in 2016. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.