Music, Fine Arts & Crafts, Children’s Activities, and Festive Fare

Long Reach Village 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fri. Oct. 15th (5PM-9PM) & Sat. Oct. 16th (11AM – 9PM)

Presented by

Join Us In October for the Long Reach Village 50th Anniversary

A Free Outdoor Festival For The Entire Family

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 to celebrate the 50th Birthday of Long Reach Village in Columbia, Maryland.  Hosted by The Columbia Festival of the Arts, this FREE Outdoor Festival features Live Music, a Fine Arts & Crafts Show, great festival food and plenty of family-friendly programing.  The Long Reach Stage includes a fantastic lineup of international and local music performances. There is even a magic show and comedy show for the kids.  

Renowned multimedia troupe Squonk Opera’s new project “Hand to Hand” takes center stage both days and promises to thrill audiences with two large hands the size of houses incorporating music, design and staging.  Musical performers include internationally acclaimed instrumentalist Vanessa Collier and LADAMA, a Latin alternative band that has performed at the Lincoln Center.  Other performances touch every music genre from Pop, Rock, Country, and Hip Hop.

The entire Free outdoor festival takes place at Long Reach Village Center located at 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, MD 21045.

Long Reach Stage Lineup

Friday, October 15 Line-Up

Damon Foreman – 5:00 PM

Squonk Opera – 6:30 PM

Baltimore Salsa Dance Company – 7:00 PM

LADAMA – 7:15 PM

Saturday, October 16 Line-Up

Las Hermanas Gonzalez – 11:00 AM

Dogo Du Togo  – 11:45 AM

Chris Pierce – 1:00 PM

Squonk Opera – 2:15 PM

Marielle Kraft – 3:00 PM

African Drum Circle (Courtyard Stage) – 3:00 PM

Poet Gayle Danley – 4:00 PM

The JoGo Project – 4:15 PM

Squonk Opera – 5:30 PM

 The 19th Street Band – 6:15 PM

Vanessa Collier – 7:30 PM


Fine Arts & Crafts Show

Come see and shop some of your favorite LakeFest artists at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Long Reach Village! The Fine Arts & Crafts Show and Sale represents a variety of mediums, as well as functional and wearable art.

Alan Rhody Arts – Sculpture

Art for the Soul  – Painting

Easel Treks – Painting

Erin Draper – Textile

Jimmy Potters Ceramics – Ceramics

Lorraine Doo – Mixed Media

Michelle Davis Petelinz | Kindred Spirit Studios – Mixed Media

Moonlighting Pens – Wood

Robyn Holl Art – Painting

Silk Reincarnations – Textile

The Art of Karen Y. Buster – Mixed Media

Vic Gladstone Photography – Photography

Z Designs Fine Art – Painting

Village Center Events & Activities

Columbia Festival of the Arts is hosting this outdoor festival to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Long Reach Village on Friday, October 15 from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, October 16 from 11 am to 9 pm in the Long Reach Village Center in Columbia, Maryland. This not-to-be-missed weekend celebration will bring together acclaimed music and performing arts entertainment, an arts and crafts show and sale, food trucks, family friendly programming, and more. The Long Reach 50th Anniversary Celebration is presented in partnership with Howard County Government with additional support from the Columbia Association. This event will follow all federal, state, and county guidelines for COVID safety and social distancing.

Family-friendly craft projects from Doodle Hatch including creating upcycled dangles for “The Magic Wishing Tree” art installation, which will remain in the Village Center until Spring 2022, mural painting for the “Above the Sea” permanent public art installation sponsored by the United Way of Maryland, and oversized games to play. – Friday, Oct 15th 5 PM-9 PM & Saturday, Oct 16th 11 AM-9 PM

Kids Comedy and Magic Show featuring Elizabeth Normand and Magician Charlie Ross. Kid Comics can sign up online to tell their joke(s) into a live mic on stage for all to enjoy by clicking the following link:  Kids Say the Goofiest Things, Too at Long Reach Village 50th Celebration  Saturday, Oct 16th 1:30 PM

Participation from merchants and arts organizations inside the Village Center including the African Art Museum, Roll Up n Dye, Columbia Arts Center’s outdoor ceramic arts sale featuring hand-crafted functional pottery,  Charlotte Mann Lee Art,  Every Kid Can Cook, Power 52, Community Action Council of Howard County and more. Friday, Oct 15th 5 PM-9 PM & Saturday, Oct 16th 11 AM-9 PM

Local food trucks rotating throughout the two days offering a variety of food choices. Friday, Oct 15th 5 PM-9 PM & Saturday, Oct 16th 11 AM-9 PM

The Columbia Archives will present a walk-along exhibit to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Village of Long Reach. Through items found in the Columbia Archives’ collections, visitors can explore how the village has changed and grown over time, and how the community has come together and flourished. Friday, Oct 15th 5 PM-9 PM & Saturday, Oct 16th 11 AM-9 PM

FREE Long Reach Village 50th Logo T-Shirts & Support Howard County Food Bank –  Heading into the holiday season, pay it forward by bringing non-perishable food items with you to the Long Reach 50thAnniversary Celebration to benefit the Howard County Food Bank and we’ll give you a FREE commemorative t-shirt to say thanks! T-shirts are limited so plan to stop by Friday night or early Saturday to snag yours! Limit 1 t-shirt per person (while supplies last).


Location Information & Parking

The Long Reach 50th Anniversary Celebration in Columbia, Maryland will take place at Long Reach Village Center located at 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, MD 21045.

Parking and shuttle service available from Long Reach High School. (Click Here Or On Map To Download a PDF)

Long Reach Village

Developed in the 70’s, Long Reach Village Center (LRVC) is the largest and one of the oldest villages that make up Columbia, Maryland. The Village includes four neighborhoods: Jeffers Hill, Kendall Ridge, Locust Park and Phelps Luck.  The Village has evolved over the last fifty years but remains home to more than 15 thousand residents in Howard County.  The Village is home to a mix of community and arts organizations, merchants, and open space for community recreation, neighborhood gathering spaces, senior resources and more.  The Howard County Government recently committed to the future of Long Reach with a sizeable redevelopment plan to ensure the longevity of the Village continues

We Need Volunteers

If you may be interested in volunteering for this great event, please click on the following link Become A Volunteer and submit an application.

Press Release

Click Here or on image below to Download a PDF copy of our Press Release.

Our Sponsors & Participants


Web Design & Hosting by Mays & Associates