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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 3 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Purdue Boilermakers. This is the third of four home games in a row.

89 degrees, wear 30 SPF or higher; 3,848 hotel rooms; 200+ restaurants; 71,168 capacity of memorial stadium

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:
– Park downtown [parking garages are free on Saturdays] and walk to the stadium
– Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
– Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

interior of main squeeze in downtown columbia

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch before the game.

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Wilder in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

tiger walk route

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Make this: “The Best Party Punch Ever”

party punch

It’s going to be hot this weekend! Be sure to have plenty of water and drinks available while you’re tailgating.

Our Tiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

ON STAGE:

photos of Grant and Mark Twain“Memoirs” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions, 210 Saint James St.
Two American legends, Mark Twain and Ulysses Grant, sit on the front porch and try to make sense out of their lives as Twain urges Grant to write his memoirs to make up for Grant’s lost fortune through bad investments before he succumbs to cancer.

Family Weekend Comedian: Buzz Sutherland Friday 7 PM
Jesse Auditorium
Bring your family for a great night full of laughs!

“Intimate Apparel” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM
Macklanburg Playhouse
A personal story of confronting adversity through artistry. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s classic story is set in 1904 New York City and told through a contemporary lens. We follow the biographical story of her grandmother, Esther, an African- American seamstress with career and personal aspirations.

LIVE MUSIC:

The Kay Brothers Friday 6:30 PM
Cooper’s Landing

9th Street Summerfest: Eli Young Band Friday 7 PM 
The Blue Note
With LOCASH and Murphy’s Ford

The ShotGunBillys Friday 8 PM
Nash Vegas

Mocklove + Conman Economy Friday 9:30 PM
Rose Music Hall"summerfest" with photo of band Turnpike Troubadours

9th Street Summerfest: Turnpike Troubadours Saturday 7 PM
The Blue Note
With Charley Crockett

Cara Louise Band, The Burney Sisters, Sunshine Mamas Saturday 8 PM
Cafe Berlin

Metal Meltdown ft. Mercurial Sunday 8 PM
Rose Music Hall

OTHER EVENTS:

Mizzou Soccer vs. Georgia Friday 6:30 PM
Walton Stadium 

Family Weekend Film: Despicable Me 3 Friday 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Wrench Auditorium, MU
Gru reunites with his twin brother to take on bad guy, Balthazar Bratt from taking over the world. $1 with MU student ID, $2 for others.

Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show Saturday-Sunday 10-5 PM
Nifong Park
See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured. Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9-1 PM
Wabash Station


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo!

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 6 PM at Memorial Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks. This is the second of four home games in a row!

84 degrees, wear 30 spf or higher. shuttles are $1.50 each way, exact change. Columbia has 3,848 hotel rooms and 200+ restaurants. Memorial stadium holds 71,168 people and has 5 ATMs.

Pre-Game Information

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:
– Park downtown [parking garages are free on Saturdays] and walk to the stadium
– Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
– Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

photo taken outside of Glenn's Cafe, looking north on 8th Street

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner before the game.

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

SEC Nation: SEC Nation, a traveling, pregame show, will be here on Saturday! Make sure to be at Francis Quadrangle from 9 AM – 11 AM to show your support for Mizzou!

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Lauren Jenkins in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

route of tiger walk in 2017

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Make this: 5-Ingredient White Queso

chip being dipped into white queso dip{From The Baking Fairy}

Our Tiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

While you’re here

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

On Stage:

“Little Shop of Horrors”drawing of potted venus fly trap with 'little shop of horrors' 'the musical'  Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM | Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Dr.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant during a total eclipse, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his coworker for whom he pines. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

“An Ideal Husband” Friday-Sunday 8 PM
Maplewood Barn Theatre, Nifong Park
This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal.

“Memoirs” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions, 210 Saint James St.
Two American legends, Mark Twain and Ulysses Grant, sit on the front porch and try to make sense out of their lives as Twain urges Grant to write his memoirs to make up for Grant’s lost fortune through bad investments before he succumbs to cancer.

Pints and Punchlines Friday 9:30 PM | Rose Music Hall
This monthly comedy showcase features host Michael Yetman and some of the area’s finest comedians.

Live Music:

Cody Johnson wearing cowboy hat

The Banastre Tarlton Band | Friday, 6 PM at The Station House

9th Street Summerfest: Cody Johnson | Friday, 7 PM at The Blue Note

9th Street Summerfest: Kip Moore | Saturday, 7 PM at The Blue Note

Don’t Mind Dying, The Many Colored Death, The Flood Brothers | Saturday 9 PM at Rose Music Hall

Other Events:

yellow, orange, and pink flowersBoone County Farmers Market | Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at the Columbia Mall

Columbia Farmers Market | Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at The ARC

Outdoor Flea Market | Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM at Midway Antique Mall

12th Annual MoRivCC EcoArt Fest | Saturday-Sunday 2 PM – sunset at Cooper’s Landing
14 music acts over two days, food, crafts, hand made soaps and other goodies, clothing, and boat rides by Missouri River Relief make this a spectacular river community event.

3rd Annual Berlin Bazaar | Saturday 12-6 PM at Cafe Berlin
This year’s event will feature over 40 of Missouri’s most innovative makers, a pop up food event from BirdHouse Fried Chicken, drinks from Cafe Berlin, music from KCOU, an entire area devoted to kids art and activities, art installations and so much more.

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market | Sunday 9 AM – 1 PM at Wabash Bus Station


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo!

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It’s officially FOOTBALL SEASON! The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 11 AM at Memorial Stadium against the Missouri State Bears. This is the first of four home games in a row!

Pre-Game Information

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

– Park downtown [parking garages are free on Saturdays] and walk to the stadium

– Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium

– Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, and beverages/coolers are not allowed, so be mindful of that before boarding}

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for breakfast before the game or a late lunch/dinner afterward.

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Ocean Park Standoff in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Make this: Breakfast Burritos

Prepare these burritos ahead of time for the perfect tailgate breakfast!

Our Tiger Tailgating Pinterest board has ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

While You’re Here

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

On Stage:

“Little Shop of Horrors” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Dr.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant during a total eclipse, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his coworker for whom he pines. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

“An Ideal Husband” Friday-Sunday 8 AM
Maplewood Barn Theatre, Nifong Park
This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal.

Live Music:

Naked Dave Friday 7 PM 
Cooper’s Landing

Tidal Volume Friday 9 PM
Rose Music Hall

Yappy Hour in the Park with Bruce Poe Band Saturday 5 PM
Rose Park

Rage Against the Machine tribute by Decadent Nation Saturday 9:30 PM
The Blue Note

The Blues Jam Sunday 1:30 PM
The Station House

Simon Joyner, The David Nance Group, Nevada Greene Sunday 8 PM
Cafe Berlin

Other Events:

First Friday in the North Village Arts District 6-9 PM
The first Friday of each month, the North Village Arts District will collectively open its doors, encouraging residents, visitors and tourists to explore and appreciate the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify and energize our community.

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9AM-1 PM


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo!

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by Beth Kotz

Columbia, MO is a can’t-miss stop for budget-minded travelers of all ages, whether they’re coming from down the block or all the way across the country. Without putting a hole in your wallet, CoMo fun – from inexpensive eats to this summer’s total solar eclipse – offers plenty for everyone. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy this beautiful city on a shoestring.

pastries at uprise bakery

Eats on the Cheap

Try to manage how often your family eats out – fix snacks, and shoot for one meal a day outside of restaurants. Farmers markets are a great way to enjoy the city and grub without breaking your budget. On Sunday from 9AM-1PM you could check out Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market in the North Village Arts District – they’ve got fresh produce, food trucks, interesting creations and entertainment, which means fun for the whole family.

Although it’s important to not break the budget on dining out, doing so is nevertheless arguably one of the best ways to explore a new city. And there are several wonderful spots to check out for food, drink and unique ambiance in Columbia. Uprise Bakery is a local favorite that makes all their ingredients in-house – it’s also conveniently located in the same building as Ragtag Cinema, so you could grab a bite to eat (they allow you to bring it into the actual theater) and catch an interesting movie all in the same area.

railing with painting that says north village arts district

Finding Free Arts and Culture

Looking for art exhibits, museums and more? Columbia is a cultured city that offers a buffet of free thought-provoking collections for visitors. The North Village Arts District is home to a variety of creative venues as well as an artisan market with over 150 artists. The Museum of Art and Archaeology is part of the University of Missouri, and a great place to revisit the state’s rich artistic heritage. For a glimpse of up-and-coming artists, the Art Department Galleries display new work by the best and brightest Columbia College students.

Inexpensive Entertainment

It’s always fun to check out some entertainment when exploring a new city and they don’t always cost you an extensive amount of money. The University of Missouri Department of Theatre offers shows at Rhynsburger Theatre, where tickets are $15 for adults. Or catch a show at Rose Music Hall, which puts on events in Rose Park, Columbia’s largest outdoor beer garden, in the summer.

Free CoMo Fun

The Columbia area has several parks and trails – the city itself has 3,300 acres of City park land, as well as several state parks and conservation areas nearby. You may want to check out Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, which contains some of the most popular trails in the state. Columbia is a historic city – explore some of its many historical sites and landmarks, such as the Centralia Battlefield, upon which one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War took place. Also something to keep in mind is that on August 21st, 2017, Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse!

Little Savings Add Up

It’s always important to do your research before traveling – if you’ve familiarized yourself a bit with the city prior to arriving, knowing where you’re going and having activities planned will help you mediate against unexpected costs. Little savings add up, so plan to pay for as much as possible with cash and try to stick to what you can afford. It’s nevertheless reasonable to use your credit cards to book things here and there along the way, especially if there are any rewards you can gain or use through them – airline miles, fuel benefits, and so on. Use apps or websites that tell you which local gas station is cheapest. Over 50? Check out AARP and senior discounts. Every little bit helps!

A trip to CoMo in the summer should be relaxing, fun, and affordable too. Without breaking the bank, you can see the best parts of this beautiful city and kick back in style.


Beth Kotz is a contributing writer to Credit.com. She specializes in covering financial advice for female entrepreneurs, college students and recent graduates. She earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where she continues to live and work.

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Taking a road trip for a day can be a great way to learn more about the communities surrounding your home, and my first suggestion for a day trip outside of Columbia is to our state capitol, Jefferson City. My dad and his brothers grew up in Jefferson City and many of my family members still live in the area so I’m excited to talk about a place I have fond memories of.

Distance: 30 miles south of Columbia

How to get there: Take Highway 63 South and exit to merge onto Highway 54 West

photo of fountain at the Missouri State capitol, statues in the water of children holding fish which have the water sprouting from their mouthsPhoto from the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jefferson City was commissioned to be the capitol of Missouri in 1821, and members of the general assembly officially moved in 1826. The city holds quite a bit of history within its roots and continues to grow. Built along the Missouri River, and a stop along the Pacific Railroad line, it has been a hub for transportation and progress.

Columbia and Jefferson City are so close that many families commute to work in the other city depending on industry and family structure. Only a 30 minute drive apart, Columbia and Jefferson City share a love for coffee shops, local foods, and Missouri history.


Must-Try and Must-See:

Coffee

I’m told from the locals that the best place to find a coffee in Jefferson City is Three Story Coffee in Millbottom, though they have two locations in Jefferson City so you can be the judge of that. Less than a 5 minute walk from the Missouri State Capitol building, it is a small shop with a huge passion for change in the coffee industry. Not only is the best quality beverage something they strive for but they also want to connect the consumer with the stories and faces behind the bean, the farmer. They feature their farmers and stories to go beyond fair trade to showcase a community of love put into the process.

Left, Three Story Coffee Instagram; Right, Benjamin Bommel at Three Story Coffee – Millbottom

History to Explore

With a fresh drink in your hand, take that quick walk over to the Missouri State Capitol and Missouri State Museum. The capitol grounds are beautiful to explore and feature a great deal of statues, fountains, and memorials. Some favorites are the Lewis and Clark monument, the Missouri Law Enforcement memorial, the Missouri Veterans Memorial, and the Fountain of Centaurs. For a tour of the inside of the capitol building, visit the tour desk on the first floor between 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm at the top of the hour.

Photo of state capitol on a sunny day with yellow and red tulips in frontPhoto from Missouri State Capitol Commission Facebook

Another short walk and you can find the Governor’s Mansion and Garden. Home of Missouri’s first family and a beautiful piece of architecture, the site is a must see when visiting. Guided tours can range from 15-45 minutes depending on the time of year and require a 24-hour advance reservation that can be made online.

Two photos - one of the governor's mansion at dusk with the fountain in front, and the other is a black and white photo of the governor's mansionPhotos from the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion Facebook

Now you’re in the heart of Downtown Jefferson City so if you have the time to keep exploring, I’d highly recommend it. Don’t forget that some of the best treasures are the ones you find while wandering aimlessly.

Outdoor Adventures

Photo of a box turtle on the overlook at Clark's HillPhoto from Will Haenni – IG @willkrcg13

If you’re not tired of walking just yet, take time to visit Clark’s Hill/Norton State Historic Site. The area features the short, half-mile Osage trail that leads to an overlook and features several items William Clark wrote about in his journal during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Sweet Treats

Photo of a hand holding a cup of ice cream in front of the Central Dairy sign with the red and white striped awning

When it comes to a good dessert, my favorites are the frozen kind. From ice cream to frozen yogurt, there is no way to go wrong with these two classics. Central Dairy is a historic business in Jefferson City and the setting for many a story from my childhood and my father’s. Originally from Columbia in the 1920s, the Jefferson City location was opened in 1934 where it remains today. Caramel Caribou is a personal favorite of mine, and I would strongly suggest bringing cash to pay.

For frozen yogurt, check out Yo Yums. They are located downtown near the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol Building. Family-owned with a variety of flavor and topping options, this is a sweet treat you won’t want to miss.

Bites to Eat

The older brother of a downtown favorite in Columbia is West Main Pizza. Hand-tossed pizzas and a local Italian restaurant feel makes patrons feel welcome when they arrive and satisfied when they leave.

Photo of a burger from Prison Brews with cheese and avacadoPhoto from Prison Brews Facebook

If burgers are what you’re craving then head to Prison Brews, a microbrewery sporting what I’m told are the best burgers in town.

Nighttime Entertainment

Your first option for evening entertainment is a stop by Capitol City CORK & Provisions. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, CORK features a seasonal menu to pair with its wines.

3 photos from CORK - breakfast dish, bagel sandwich with salmon, and mimosaPhotos from Capitol City CORK and Provisions Facebook

For the lovers of the theater, stop by Capital City Productions to catch a show with the Capital City Players. This summer and fall they will be putting on two different productions: Beauty & the Beast (August) and Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (October). Check out their website for updated showtimes.

Spooky photo at the Missouri Penitentiary of the welcome sign and a barred gate

My final suggestion for a late night thrill is a stop at the Missouri State Penitentiary for a ghost tour. The penitentiary was built in the 1830s to ensure that Jefferson City remained the best option for the state capitol and remained in operation until 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary was home to several infamous convicts. History tours are held in the afternoons and early evenings, and ghost tours are held in evenings and late into the night. You can choose the tour that is just right for you or reserve a time for a private tour for your group.

Photo of the exterior of the Missouri Penitentiary on a cloudy day It’s a lot to take in but a day (or two) in Jefferson City can be full of good eats and a variety of entertainment to brush up on your history or even give you a good scare. For more information on where to stay or what to do in Jefferson City during your visit check out our friends at Visit Jefferson City.


Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel

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It’s today! (June 21st) The day we take fun (and sometimes awkward!) public photos because it’ll look perfect on our Snapchat story or Instagram timeline. It’s NATIONAL SELFIE DAY! So throw caution to the wind and take those selfies all day long. Here is a list of the must-have selfies to snag when visiting Columbia throughout the year.

The Columns

Photo from Mallory Scherer, Mizzou Class of 2020

Destroyed by a fire in 1892, Academic Hall left behind six symbols of strength on the David R. Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri. The columns are a favorite of locals, Mizzou students & alumni, and visiting families as they stop through Columbia. More history can be found here.

The Pinnacles or Rock Bridge State Park

Photo from Instagram user @pharmagal

Located in Boone County, The Pinnacles is a great way to explore Missouri’s diverse geological formations. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is also a favorite of many because of its family-friendly trails and Devil’s Ice Box rock formation.

With a Slice of Pizza

Photo from Pizza Tree Facebook

Columbia has plenty of options for a great slice, and a must-have selfie is a picture of you just before you devour yours! Looking for your next great slice? Check out this list.

The Roof on top of The Broadway

Photo from Instagram user @gaby1b

This establishment is a nice place to stop by with friends or a special someone for a drink and a bite to eat. It’s the perfect spot to snap a sunset selfie as you watch the Columbia sky change colors.

Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field on Gameday or with Truman the Tiger

An iconic pair that are favorites of many. If you’re in town catching the game or see Truman on one of his many adventures around town, make sure to snap a quick picture to share.

The Keyhole at City Hall

Photo from City of Columbia, Missouri (Gov’t. Page) Facebook

Surely to be the ‘key to your heart,’ stop by City Hall for this iconic selfie located in The District.

Harlan the Big White Dog

Photo from Steven Ziegler, Mizzou class of 2018

You might think you’d stepped into another region when you see this smiling creature as many compare his appearance to a polar bear. Harlan is the remaining half of an iconic pair that greets people with gentle love. Harlan and Cris, his owner, can be spotted walking in The District or sitting in Speakers Circle, and Harlan welcomes hugs and scratches behind the ear. More information about Harlan can be found on his Facebook profile.

Share your CoMo selfies with us by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter, and use #ShowMeCoMo!


Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel

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The warm weather in Columbia is what many, like myself, anticipate all year and for a really good reason. Now that June is underway and the days are getting longer, I’m here to let you know just where you can breathe in fresh air and experience Columbia from some of my favorite spots: the patios.

There are several patios to enjoy across Columbia and even more open up every year, but no two patios are the same. They each take on their own character, feeding off the energy of the staff and guests to build an atmosphere that is unique. Although not a comprehensive list, I’ve brought together some ideas of where to find just what kind of patio you’re looking for.


For a Quick Relaxing Drink

If you’re looking for a place to stop after work or between boutiques in The District, these two have you covered:

Tropical Liqueurs

Photo from Tropical Liqueurs Facebook

With two locations in Columbia and two decades of experience under their belt, Tropical Liqueurs knows how to treat patrons to the ultimate patio experience. The modest patio tables have shade umbrellas to protect you from the hot summer sun while you take in a cold drink. No food is served at the locations so this is a good place to spend an hour or two with friends or colleagues after work before heading home or to dinner.

Günter Hans- Artisan Café

Photo from Günter Hans- Artisan Café Facebook

Started by a female entrepreneur, Günter Hans- Artisan Café sports a traditional European flare that welcomes customers. Günter Hans is Columbia’s only full wine tap, which offers customers a unique experience coupled with a beautiful patio. The wine tap means the product arrives in barrels and is then served directly into the glass without being exposed to oxygen. European favorites such as bretzels, bratwursts, and waffles are featured on the limited menu to beat any snack craving you might have.

For Appetizers and Catching Up with Friends

These two are drastically different from each other but can both meet the need for quick food and good conversation with friends while relaxing on an outdoor patio:

Las Margaritas

Photo from Las Margaritas on Corporate Lake Facebook

Known for its location on Corporate Lake, Las Margaritas is a great spot for catching up with friends over delicious queso fundido or nachos Margaritas from their appetizer menu. The friendly personalities of the staff and quick service make your trip even more enjoyable and offers the potential to be a memorable meal.

Barred Owl Butcher & Table

Photo from Barred Own Butcher Facebook

This pick is a newcomer to the Columbia scene and is taking strides to be a must-try for residents and visitors. While you’re there learn more about the made-from-scratch, ingredient-first culture they are so proud of. The staff from the front door to the table are friendly, passionate and ready to answer any questions. The charcuterie and spreads menu offers a variety of options, from a Butcher Board to a whipped ricotta served with pita breads that pair perfectly with good people, memorable stories, and hand-crafted drinks.

For the Lover of Art & Music

These two are known for their quirky styles and exceptional food:

Cafe Berlin

Saturday and Sunday mornings year-round are busy with excited patrons ready for locally sourced comfort food but the onset of warm weather opens up new possibilities for Cafe Berlin-lovers. The patio is a great place to enjoy warm weather during the day and into the afternoon while night is a time to support local bands playing. Cafe Berlin is known for being vegetarian-friendly and a great place to eat out if you’re looking to please a variety of food lifestyles.

Tellers

Although outdoor seating is limited, Tellers is a wonderful place to eat if you’re interested in watching The District’s nightlife or catch a street performer playing. Inside, if you venture in, is home to several pieces of local artwork. Each piece is unique and adds to the artistry of the atmosphere.

For Dinner with Someone Special

If you’re looking for a great date-night patio, these spots are tried-and-true:

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

With specialty pizzas and craft beer from its in-house brewery, a night out at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is sure to be a special one. The outdoor patio is surrounded by trees so that the area is more intimate and cozy. Smiling faces from the servers and a wide variety of food options for all kinds of eaters makes this a nice location to spend time with a special someone or for a comfortable night with dear friends.

The Roof

Photo from The Roof Facebook

Located at the top of The Broadway Hotel in The District is the perfect place for a romantic night. The Roof offers a beautiful view of the Columbia skyline accompanied by a lavish and diverse menu. The seating options and fire pits create a fun atmosphere to share that special somewhere.

For a Columbia Tradition-Seeker

Looking for a patio that is uniquely ‘Columbia?’ Try one of these:

The Heidelberg

Photo from The Heidelberg Facebook

A staple for visiting parents and prospective students, this is also a must try for anyone visiting Columbia. The Heidelberg’s upper patio offers a view looking towards the University of Missouri and offers both covered and uncovered tables in case you need to get out of the hot sun. From appetizers to drinks to burgers, you’ll be sure to find a favorite to add to your list of traditions when visiting.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

Photo from Shakespeare’s Pizza Facebook

Each Shakespeare’s location has a traditional patio where individuals (and their pups) can enjoy a slice and a cold beer. If you’re looking for something a little different, Shakespeare’s Downtown v2.0, as they call it, has a garage door to give you an indoor/outdoor feel along the side of the building for a more private eating experience.

Whatever your patio needs are, Columbia has you covered. Try them out and share your favorite patio stories and photos with us on Instagram (@visitcolumbiamo) and Twitter (@ColumbiaMOCVB).


Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel

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Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so we’ve put together some ideas on how you can celebrate with your dad in Columbia: 

For the Competitive Dad

Is your dad always trying to win? Let him show off his skills this weekend (we won’t tell you to let him win but it IS his day). Hit Lazer Lanes for bowling and laser tag or Midway Golf Complex for mini golf and go-karts. Another option is disc golf: Columbia is home to Harmony Bends, a course designed by renowned disc golf course designer, John Houck. This course is sure to get the competition going, but easy on the trash talk – it’s a special occasion.

Gift: Pick something out at Rally House that represents dad’s favorite team or gift him with some locally-brewed beer. (It works in this category because then he can brag to his friends about how his daughter/son is the best. Win-win.)

For the Art-Loving Dad

For the art-lover, schedule a time at Paint the Canvas to create your own masterpiece together. Even the least creative person can follow along with the instructor! If your dad is more into performing arts, catch “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” this weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company.

Gift: Take dad to one of our many fantastic art galleries and let him pick out a piece of art to own.

For the Foodie Dad

Father’s Day weekend is timed perfectly for foodies this year. Design your own ‘culinary tour’ downtown to take advantage of Restaurant Week (June 12-18). You can also check out the Savory Summer Kickoff on Saturday at Bur Oak Brewing, which will include food samples from 30+ local chefs, live music, and drinks.

Gift: Buy dad a pair of SEC Beer Fest passes or order gourmet popcorn and a cute ‘Pop’ mug from Gopo (pictured).

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Of course, Columbia offers tons of options for outdoor activities. You and dad can go hiking, fishing, bird-watching, or rent a canoe/kayak at Finger Lakes State Park.

Gift: Pick up something for dad to use in the great outdoors at Alpine Shop (spend $150 on dad and get $25 back for yourself) or Bass Pro – we’re a fan of this folding hammock and Bug-A-Salt Salt Gun, both currently available at the Columbia location.


If none of the above ideas are your thing, you can always go with the tried-and-true dinner and a movie:

Grab a bite to eat:

Where to go to get the best:

What to see:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The team unravels the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy. (PG-13)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. (PG-13)

Baywatch – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (R)

All Eyez On Me – The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (R)

Cars 3 – To get back in the game, Lightning McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. (G)

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Festivals and Events

Restaurant Week | June 12-18 | The District

Enjoy exclusive Restaurant Week menus and specials offers at any of the participating eateries. In addition to enjoying special menus during Restaurant Week, you can also be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to various downtown locations. Just pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any participating restaurant, beginning June 12. To complete your passport, you must dine at three or more locations, and turn your completed passport in to any of the participating restaurants by June 18.

Missouri State Senior Games and June Show-Me State Games | June 14-18 

The Missouri State Senior Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for individuals age 50 and older. June’s Show-Me State Games will include the following sports: Archery (NASP), High School Basketball, Lacrosse, Par 3 Golf, Pickleball, Soccer, Swimming, and High School Volleyball.

Savory Summer Kickoff | June 17, 12-4 PM | Bur Oak Brewing Co.

This event will bring together fine food, contests, local artisans, and entertainment. 30+ chefs and restaurants will serve up their best dishes to judges and the community to be chosen for our final top six cook off challenge!

Family Fun

Movies in the Park:

(PG-13) Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order.

(PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

(PG-13) After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Family Fishing Night | June 16, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring your family and friends to fish in the seven-acre stocked fishing pond, enjoy s’mores by the bonfire or just sit back and relax with a cold drink. Cost is $5 per person (children 4 years and younger free) and includes the rental of a fishing pole, bait, one s’more and one drink. Fishing is catch and release only and a fishing license is not required. Please register by calling Amy Dooley at (573) 239-6134 or emailing dooleyam@missouri.edu.

Family Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors | June 21, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. The outdoors has so much to offer. Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts.

On-Stage

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” | June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 | Columbia Entertainment Company

“Stage Kiss” | June 9-11, 15-18 | Talking Horse Productions

“Peer Gynt” | June 21-25 | Artlandish Gallery

“Red, White, and Tuna” | June 22-25, June 28-30 | Corner Playhouse

“Laughing Stock” | June 29-30 | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Music of Prince & The Revolution: Dr. Zhivegas | June 17 | Rose Park

Jelly Roll | June 20 | Rose Music Hall 

Jonny Lang | June 22 | The Blue Note

Summerfest: William Elliott Whitmore | June 24 | Rose Park

The Voice finalist, Barrett Baber | June 29 | Rose Music Hall

Hot Summer Nights | events throughout the month of June

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I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


The month of April was filled with quite the array of music. Genres ranging from alternate rock and country to tribute bands honoring some of the greats like Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, and the Beastie Boys.  Attending concerts at The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall has become a monthly priority for myself and many others. Experiencing live music from local artists, national artists, or even tribute bands is entirely different than listening to them on your device. The atmosphere created during a live concert between the musicians and the audience is electric, no matter what the genre.

Interstellar Overdrive (credit: Scott Peterson “That Guy with the Camera”)

While I was only able to attend two of the fifteen concerts at The Blue Note in the month of April, the lineup of artists was amazing. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band, Local Natives kicked off the month, bringing their Sunlit Youth tour to Columbia. Following them were two recognizable country concerts, the Josh Abbott Band and a sold out show for Chase Rice. A Salute to Chuck Berry, and Interstellar Overdrive kept the middle of the month rocking with phenomenal tributes to two of rock and roll’s best artists. Closing out the month was yet another tribute to a legendary band. My Posse In Effect honored legendary New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. If you closed your eyes and just listened you would have thought it was the real thing! Established country artist, Chris Stapleton, also filled Mizzou Arena to close out a great month of music.

Chase Rice and his sold out trophy (credit: The Blue Note)

Columbia is known for bringing in artists of all genres and decades. One thing that has become a constant lately has been the infatuation with old school hip-hop from the 80s and 90s. Coming up on Saturday, May 13th is the third installment of this type of event at The Blue Note. 80s vs. 90s Old School  Hip-Hop Edition will feature two of Columbia’s finest DJs, taking you on a musical journey through the greatest decades of hip-hop. You don’t want to miss this battle of hip-hop music!

Other highlights for May:

  • 80s vs. 90s Old School Hip-Hop Edition will get you groovin’ on May 13th
  • Bonobo will bring his Los Angeles DJ talent to the stage on May 15th
  • Swedish heavy metal band Amon Amarth is sure get you moving with their arsenal of heroic hymns and building song structure on May 19th
  • Closing out the month, on May 30th, is Kansas City rapper, Tech N9ne. Tech N9ne has been around since the mid-90s and has formed rap’s number one independent music label, Strange Music, thanks to his innovation, amazingly fast lyricism, and a high standard for excellence for himself and those on his label.  Make sure to come out, grab a KC Tea, and take in some midwest hip-hop!

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