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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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This year, treat your mom to a delicious brunch and some awesome gifts from Columbia.

Where to Brunch

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

The Roof and Eleven Eleven – reservations: 573-818-6207

Holiday Inn Executive Center – brunch in the Windsor Ballroom 11 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-445-8531 or email tthompson@holidaycolumbia.com

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Glenn’s Cafe – brunch available from 10:30 AM-3 PM

The Upper Crust – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations online or by calling 573-874-3033

Grand Cru – buffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600

The Tiger Hotel – brunch buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888 or email frontdesk@thetigerhotel.com

The Heidelberg – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

 

Poppy | 920 E. Broadway
Locally made gifts, beautiful jewelry, cute paper products, candles, and so much more to choose from. You can find something that any mom would love at Poppy.

Strawberry Hill Farms | 3770 E. Highway 163
If your mom has a green thumb, check out Strawberry Hill Farms. Pick out something you know she’ll love or head over together after brunch and offer to buy her favorite.

The Candy Factory | 701 Cherry St
So many chocolatey options! Even if chocolate isn’t really your mom’s favorite, there’s other candy choices, plus great candles and cute home accessories.

Makes Scents | 19 S. 9th St
Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

Columbia Culinary Tours
For the foodie mom! Purchase a gift certificate if your mom has a busy schedule, or you can pick out the best time for you to take the tour together.

Fringe Boutique | 914 E. Broadway
Does your mom love cowboy boots or clothes with a western edge? Check out this brand new boutique, owned by a local mom and daughter trio!

Roots N Blues N BBQ
Advanced admission tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


Enjoy your time with mom! Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo to share your experience with us.

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Festivals and Events

First Friday | May 5, 6-9 PMNorth Village Arts District

Each first Friday of the month, head to the North Village Arts District for a free gallery crawl – Galleries, shops and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more.

Heritage Weekend | May 13-14, 4-8 PM | Douglass Park

The unofficial opening of the park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Gospel in the Park will be featured on Saturday and Annette Driver will entertain on Sunday.

Bike, Walk and Wheel Week | May 13-21st | Columbia

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week is a week-long celebration designed to encourage Columbians to use active modes of transportation to get around town. There will be activities for everyone, whether you’re on a bike, on your feet, or in a wheelchair.

Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration | May 27-29th | Columbia Regional Airport and The District

Don’t miss this annual, free airshow, featuring WWI, WWII, and present-day military aircraft, both on display and performing stunning aerobatic shows. The parade will begin at 10 AM Monday in the District, ending with a mass jump by the US Army Golden Knights and the Canadian Skyhawks into the Columbia College Athletic Field on Rangeline and Wilkes.

Pedaler’s Jamboree IX | May 27-28th | Leaving from Flat Branch Park 

Bicyclists will ride the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail, which they will follow into Boonville. Along the way will be stops with live music and entertainment. Bicyclists will end up at Kemper Park in Boonville, where there will be live music, food vendors, and camping overnight.

Family Fun

Tons of Trucks | May 10th, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall Parking Lot

Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

Fishing Night | May 12th, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring the family for a fun night of fishing! $5 will get you a rental pole and bait, a s’more, and a drink; children 4 and younger are free.

Movies in the Park | May 12th, 8:30 PM | Cosmo Park

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. May’s movie is Zootopia.

Family Fun Fest | May 17th, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. This month’s theme is ‘Kindness is Contagious.’ Join Parks and Rec for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

On Stage

“Dark Creation, The Mary Shelley Project” | May 5-7th at 8 PM | Muse Clothing

“Violet” | May 5-6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2 PM | Talking Horse Productions

“Commedia Tonight!” | May 19th at 7:30 PM | Warehouse Theatre

“Pump Boys & Dinettes” | May 25-28th at 8 PM | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Orchard Fire | May 13th at 9 PM | Rose Music Hall

Bonobo | May 15th at 8 PM | The Blue Note

Live music at Les Bourgeois | Saturdays starting May 20th, 4PM – sunset | The A-Frame

‘Blind’ Boone Piano Concert with Audra Sergel | May 22nd at 7:30 PM | Boone County Historical Museum

Shooter Jennings | May 27th at 8:30 PM | The Blue Note

Tech N9ne | May 30th at 8 PM | The Blue Note


Keep an eye on our calendar of events and social media for updates on May events.

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Welcome to town, basketball players, coaches, and fans! We hope you enjoy your time in Columbia. You can find helpful information below, on our website, or by calling us at 573-875-1231.

Everything you need to know about schedule, admission/tickets, and more can be found on the MSHSAA website.

Wondering what else is going on while you’re here? Head over to our calendar of events.

Hungry? Here is our list of group-friendly restaurants.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the basketball action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Regal Stadium 14, and Ragtag Cinema, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility.


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14th year of True/False = 37 feature films, 22 short films, 12 concerts, 5 parties, 52400 tickets sold, 72 filmmakers, 142 musicians, and 1 parade

Movies and music: It’s time for the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, MO | Kevin Wierzbicki | AXS.com

Five Reasons You Can’t Miss True/False | Megan McConachie | CoMO Living

True/False art ‘sparks an interaction’ | Gracie Sands | MOVE Magazine

Three Genre-Expanding Documentaries about Racist Crimes of the Past | Richard Brody | The New Yorker

True/False Film Fest: Ferguson film ‘Whose Streets?,’ from the people who filled them | Steven Zeitchik | Los Angeles Times

True/False 2017 in photos | Vox Staff | Vox Magazine 

True/False Film Festival 2017 | Vikram Murthi | RogerEbert.com

The True/False Film Fest 2017 | Kevin Wierzbicki | rocknworld.com

Release dates for the True/False films you missed | Zach Van Epps | Vox Magazine

7 documentaries from the True/False Film Festival that challenge how we perceive reality | Alissa Wilkinson | Vox

True/False Film Fest reels in bigger audience | Lauren Lombardo | Columbia Missourian 

True/False Film Fest 2017: The Complete Vox Guide | Jenna Allen | Vox Magazine 

True/False 2017 Critic’s Notebook 1: Resistance and Futility | Vadim Rizov | FilmmakerMagazine.com

Heart and Form in the Midwest: The Best of the 2017 True/False Film Festival | Jordan M. Smith | Nonfics.com


Don’t miss next year’s True/False Film Fest  – March 1-4, 2018

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Don’t forget about the buskers and the awesome art installations One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performances before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world. The art installations contribute to the eccentric overall atmosphere of the festival, and it’s always fun to snap a photo [or selfie, no one is judging you at this fest] of the unique displays. Also check out the Synapses, including Field Sessions with special guests, a unique escape room called Elemental, Transmedia at Columbia Art League, and more.

Speak up at a screening One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.

Join the parade Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the March March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join. Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.True False parade1 2014 Photos-3 -Elise

Take time to explore Use that time between films to grab a bite to eat at one of our many amazing local restaurants in The District. You can also browse the downtown shops, take yourself on a public art tour, check out the University of Missouri campus, or discover a new art gallery.

Don’t be afraid to change it up If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line. Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show.

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Remember to share your experience with us – tag your Instagram photos and tweets: #ShowMeCoMo #TrueFalse and let us know what you’re most excited to see!
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Happy Friday! 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.


Picking up where January left off, there was no shortage of fireworks from the Columbia music scene in February. The second month of 2017 provided amazing talent ranging from locally-established bands and DJs to nationally known artists – from underground hip-hop all the way to Ben Folds and his piano and everything in between. The Blue Note alone sold out six shows.

Ben Folds & piano at The Blue Note

Mega-artist, Florida Georgia Line, kicked off this month by rocking the crowd at Mizzou Arena. Back-to-back sold out shows at The Blue Note from producer/DJ Datsik and country artist, Dylan Scott, started a trend of peak attendance shows in the middle of the month. Boston-based rapper, Sammy Adams, capped off an amazing month of music with his Senioritis Tour, which had the crowd bobbing up and down like they had just gotten off a cruise ship.  

I was able to attend four performances in Columbia this month, hearing four different types of music. My month of live music started off by witnessing my personal favorite artist, Atmosphere, at The Blue Note. This hip-hop duo, who hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota, have brought their tours to Columbia nearly every year since their formation 20+ years ago. They tour with artists from their self-created, independent record label, Rhymesayers, spreading positive and relatable lyrics and creating an energetic atmosphere that has the crowd engaged from the opening acts. Next up was a band I had never heard of but has a loyal following since forming in Portland in 2008. STRFKR is an alternative rock/dance band known for their energetic live performances, putting meaning behind dance beats.

Turning to the local scene, Rose Music Hall hosted three of Columbia’s best artists. Don’t Mind Dying, Decadent Nation, and The Royal Furs put on an amazing performance of rock and blues, and the entrance fee was only $5! With the well established talent in Columbia, that price is hard to beat anywhere. Capping off my month of February music, The Blue Note took us back to the original emcees of the hip-hop scene. DJ Requiem hosted a great show, playing 80s and 90s hip-hop from the pioneers who helped build the genre.

Here are some highlights for next month:

  • Kicking off the month, on March 1st, is some soulful, indie, alternative rock by Lotus.
  • On March 2-5, The Blue Note will host a number of films during the True/False Film Fest. I’ll be attending the festival for the first time and have heard nothing but greatness from those who have been before.
  • Fans of 80s rock ‘n’ roll, including Journey, Def Leppard, Blondie, and more, will enjoy The Cherry Pistols, Missouri’s premier 80s tribute band, on March 10th.
  • The Revivalists will bring their New Orleans funk to town on March 14th.
  • Louis the Child, an electronic duo who make music that makes people happy, will grace the stage on March 16th.
  • Maybe the biggest band to come to Columbia on March 17th is an alternative rock band, the Cold War Kids, whose hit single “First” was #1 for eight weeks on the Alternative radio charts.  
  • On March 31st, four Missouri bands (in parentheses) will perform a tribute to four of Seattle’s best rock bands, Alice in Chains (The Hipnecks), Soundgarden (The Many Colored Death), Pearl Jam (Decadent Nation), and Nirvana (Madora/Down Side Up). Seattle Royal III, returning for the third time as the name implies, is sure to rock the house to close out a great month of shows.

Check out The Blue Note’s website, Rose Music Hall’s website, or Visit Columbia MO for all your upcoming music needs!

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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


It’s easy to think you know CoMo. I mean Mizzou, Shakespeare’s, Homecoming, Booches…that pretty much covers it, right? Wrong! One of the best things about Columbia is that it’s always growing and changing. Even if you’ve visited recently, come on back and check out some of these new spots sure to help you make memories.

Barred Owl Butcher & Table

Photo from Barred Owl Butcher Facebook

Just a couple of blocks outside of downtown proper, Barred Owl Butcher and Table is quickly becoming one of CoMo’s favorite dining spots. The open space with vaulted ceilings still feels warm and welcoming with an incredibly attentive staff and a beautiful bar complete with library ladder. Definitely try a charcuterie board, the daily breads to start and the ricotta gnudi, which is one of my new favorite CoMo dishes.

Confetti Craft Co.

Photo from Confetti Craft Co. Facebook

If you love crafting, but maybe don’t have the space or the creative mind to come up with your own projects, Confetti Craft is now open! Hop online and make your reservation and pick a craft from their project bar, which runs from a wooden beer caddy to felt pillows to jewelry. You and your friends can enjoy drinks from their bar while you create your very own custom CoMo souvenir.

Unbound Book Festival

Photo from Unbound Book Festival Facebook

Columbia’s newest festival, the Unbound Book Festival began in 2016 and was an instant hit. This year’s festival is on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd here in Columbia. Programs for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature will take place, with the highlight being special guest Salman Rushdie. New authors are being added all the time, so come to CoMo for Unbound and leave with an even longer to-read list!

Craft Beer Cellar

Photo from Craft Beer Cellar Columbia Instagram

Not looking for beer snobs? Good. Because Craft Beer Cellar is home to beer geeks! They can help you find the perfect beer, whether it’s from around the world or just down the street. It’s the perfect place to hang out and sip on something new or to find your favorites. If you’re feeling competitive, Tuesday night trivia is always a hit.

Strawn Park

The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but we’re still holding out for spring showing up early. That means enjoying one of CoMo’s picturesque parks. Our newest, Strawn Park, is home to the Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course. Designed by renowned disc golf course designer John Houck, Harmony Bends features big hills, creeks and plenty of trees. Everyone from beginners to pros can enjoy this addition to Columbia’s already impressive parks portfolio.

So now you know: there’s always something new and different in CoMo. Start planning your next trip now to check everything out. Need help? Order your Visitor Guide here.

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Happy Friday! 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.


January kicked off the new year with a fantastic lineup of shows. The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall bring in all types of genres each month for your listening pleasure. No matter what your favorite type of music is, you can always find it in Columbia. This month featured reggae, both up-and-coming and established country, a tribute band with a loyal following, and blues and jazz acts.

Whiskey Myers – Photo from The Blue Note Facebook.

I had friends see Junior Brown, a well-established country artist with that old school, western feel and Whiskey Myers, an up-and coming-band known for their “larger than life” performances. They were blown away by the quality of these two distinctly different performances.

I was fortunate enough to attend three shows this month. First, I attended the MO Reggae Fest, part of the third annual “MO Fest 2017,” a two-weekend event highlighting all genres. MO Reggae Fest brought in bands from St. Louis, Kansas City, and local bands from right here in Columbia. After a week and a half absence I went to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform. The band’s infusion of jazz, blues, rock ‘n roll, and hip-hop elements makes for a phenomenal show! My third show was a tribute band. Badfish – Tribute to Sublime has gained a loyal following of fans with their electrifying performances that nearly replicate the original band’s concert scene by channeling the spirit of Sublime’s encompassing sense of place and purpose.

Trombone Shorty – Photo from The Blue Note Facebook; taken by Bryan Pitman.

February will keep the party going at The Blue Note and Columbia with many acclaimed artists hitting the stage. Florida Georgia Line, ever heard of ‘em? They’ll be bringing their “Dig Your Roots” tour to Mizzou Arena tonight. On February 9th, hip-hop duo Atmosphere will bring their “Freshwater Fly Fisherman Tour” to The Blue Note. This is my favorite artist to listen to and watch perform. They bring an exciting and uplifting concert to each venue. Feel free to ask me all about them, I can tell you everything. Dylan Scott, only 24, will bring his up and coming country band to The Blue Note on February 16th. Two days later on February 18th, the Randy Rogers Band hits the stage. On February 21st, the musically gifted Ben Folds will grace the stage with his piano. And the kid from Boston, Sammy Adams, will bring his “Senioritis” tour to town on February 28th.

These are just a few of my personal highlights for February, check out The Blue Note or Visit Columbia MO for more upcoming events!

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Work hard AND play hard in Columbia! Check out how your meeting can be better here in CoMo:

Convenience

Columbia is located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis on Interstate 70 and is 30 minutes from Missouri’s state Capitol, Jefferson City. Our central location means higher attendance for your meetings.

Columbia is easy to navigate with relatively low traffic and plenty of parking. If your attendees prefer not to drive, we have a variety of taxi companies and a convenient public transit system, COMO Connect, to take them wherever they need to go.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help your Columbia meeting run smoothly. Here are some things we can do for you:

  • Arrange site visits of meeting spaces and hotels
  • Assist with date selection to avoid conflicts with other events
  • Obtain proposals and room blocks from hotels
  • Identify group-friendly restaurants
  • Assist with choice of event venue, speakers, entertainment and more
  • Provide a welcoming complimentary services package customized to meet the needs of the group
  • Help arrange transportation for off-site events
  • Assist with press release distribution as well as promotion on our website and social media

Value

With 36 hotels representing more than 3600 rooms, our lodging options and meeting spaces can accommodate any budget and are typically priced lower than larger cities.

Fun

Our unique blend of small town and big city offers a small-town feel and friendliness with big-city service and amenities – more than 200 restaurants (many of them uniquely local), shopping, galleries, entertainment, and more. You can almost always find live music playing in The District, where you can also catch an independent film, hop on the MKT Trail, and sample local beer.

Free-time activities: Make your attendees say “that was the best conference ever!”

  1. Grab a cup of homemade ice cream at Sparky’s (alcoholic flavors included)
  2. Listen to live music at The Blue Note or Rose Music Hall
  3. Shop for local gifts and products at Poppy or The Candy Factory
  4. Explore caves and trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
  5. Choose from locally brewed beers at Flat Branch or Logboat Brewing Co.
  6. Snap a photo at The Columns, Columbia’s most-photographed spot, and wander through Mizzou’s Botanic Garden
  7. Have a slice at Shakespeare’s Pizza, named “Best College Hangout” in the nation by Good Morning America
  8. Take a look through current exhibits at Sager | Braudis Gallery and Stephens College’s Historic Costume Gallery
  9. Catch an independent film at Ragtag Cinema – on a couch, with a beer!
  10. Sample Missouri wines at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Are you ready to start planning your CoMo meeting? Request a meeting proposal here.

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