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Happy Family Weekend, Tigers!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

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}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: 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

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • 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.

  • 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!

Food for Thought

Give these Sausage and Cream Cheese Biscuit Bites a try this weekend!

Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, 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:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

Greg Warren at The Blue Note @ 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Goose Island Reggae Beach Party at Rose Park @ 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

100% That Tiger: Lizzo Dance Party at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Son Little at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

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Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze September 13 – 15 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market September 14 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Football is coming back to Columbia, Tiger fans!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off their first home game of the season this Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: 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

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • 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.

  • 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!

Food for Thought

Give these Ham & Cheese Tailgate Sliders a try this weekend!

Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, 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

RumorsSeptember 5 – 8 from 8 – 11 p.m. at Maplewood Barn. Rumors is a fast paced farcical comedy by Neil Simon. In the story the Deputy Mayor of New York has shot himself and lies bleeding in the next room. The Deputy Mayor’s lawyer Ken and his wife Chris are left to get their story straight before guests soon arrive for a party.

Live Music:

FRIDAY

Alec Davis at The Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Listen Like Thieves: A Tribute to INXS at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

MO Jazz Music Festival 2019 at Rose Park @ 3 p.m.

Grateful Dead Tribute with Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Other Events:

Columbia Farmers MarketSeptember 7 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market.

Fall Bridal ShowcaseSeptember 8 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The Fall Bridal Showcase is a bridal tradition in Mid-Missouri, perfect for brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, and anyone else seeking wedding inspiration! Attendees will have opportunities to meet face to face with wedding professionals who are located right here in mid-Missouri. These professionals will be on hand to provide information, answer any questions, and offer their advice for your dream wedding day.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Shop Local Summer

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This summer, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer, and now that school is back in session, it is coming to a close.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer, we’ll be back soon!

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The Black and White Ball is an event like no other. Every three years, beginning in 1960, alumni from Douglass High School and other local high schools come together for a fun-filled weekend that includes a parade through downtown Columbia, live music and dancing at a ball and a family picnic. It’s time for this year’s celebration, and the theme is “The Dream Lives On”.

Here is all that is happening at this year’s celebration:

The festivities begin Friday, August 3. Nora Stewart will have an open house at the Early Learning Center for Alums and their families from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be a Welcome Reception and tour of Douglass High School from 6 – 8 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a parade beginning at 10:15 a.m. that will start and finish at The Armory and go to 7th and Ash. Following the parade from 12 – 3 p.m., The Blind Boone home will be open for tours. The Black and White Ball will begin at 8 p.m. at the Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College. Nora Stewart will have an open house for Alums and their families on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

There will be a picnic Sunday at 1 p.m. at Douglass Park, and food will be served until 4 p.m. Please remember to bring your Ball tickets.

Tickets can be purchased from May Hall, Frank Gardner, Dave Turner, Fran Tibbs, Velma Buckner, Bill Thompson and Alma Tapp.  The cost is $60.00 and covers the Friday reception at Douglass High School, the Black and White Ball Saturday night and the Family Picnic in Douglass Park on Sunday.

The Black & White Ball Ball and all the other events tied to this weekend celebration are marked with history and tradition. This historic event is a homecoming for families and friends to come back to Columbia and share memories and stories from their past. It’s a chance to look back and see how much and how little has changed over the years, all while taking part in fun-filled events that go on throughout the weekend.

People come from all over to attend this weekend celebration, and it proves to be a wonderful homecoming every time.

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The summer heat is here to stay, and that mean it’s important to find places in town where you can beat the heat and have some fun in a pool. Luckily, Columbia has several places to cool off and relax. Whether it’s a public pool or sprayground, people of all ages are bound to enjoy themselves.

Public Pools

Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center is Columbia’s largest outdoor municipal pool. With a play area for the kids and diving boards for the more adventurous, a great time will be had by all.

ARC Water Zone

With a leisure pool, lazy river, vortex and more, the ARC Water Zone is an incredible indoor way to have fun this summer.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center

A double loop slide, climbing wall and spraygrounds are some of what you’ll find at the Douglass Family Aquatic Center. It’s a wonderful place to

Lake of the Woods Pool

Relaxation is close to home. Located on the east side of Columbia by the Lake of the Woods Golf Course, this pool offers slides lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Little Mates Cove

This pirate-themed water play area features waterfalls, slides and sprinklers. You’re guaranteed to have fun in the sun.

Spraygrounds

Flat Branch Spraygrounds

The spraygrounds at Flat Branch Park sits in downtown Columbia and is free and open to the public. it’s a great pace to cool off and enjoy a beautiful park.

Douglass Spraygrounds

Part of the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, the spraygrounds play the role of the kiddie pool. It is perfectly suited for those looking to splash around this summer.

Stephens Lake Beach & Spraygrounds

The beach is closer than you think. Stephens Lake Park offers a place to swim in the lake and soak up the sun by the spraygrounds.

Photos courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department

 

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Happy Parks and Recreation Month!

Throughout the month of July, we will be spotlighting some of the beautiful places and exciting activities you can see and do outdoors in Columbia. Not so surprisingly, many of those places are parks managed by the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation department.

Check out these hidden gems the next time you plan to go on an outdoor adventure.

Capen Park

 

The scenic overlooks should never be overlooked at Capen Park. With bridge connections to Grindstone Nature Area and the Hinkson Creek Trail, the park covers 31.9 acres.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Memorial Garden

  

“Breathtaking” does not do this garden justice. Featuring a stunning sculpture by Barbara Grygutis, this hidden gem hosts outdoor weddings and is a trail head for the MKT Trail.

Nifong Park

  

History is a major component of Nifong Park. It is home to the Boone County History & Culture Center, the Village at Boone Junction, the Maplewood Home and grounds as well as the Maplewood Barn Theatre.

Philips Park

 

Home to a 40-acre fishing lake and fish from the Missouri Department of Conservation, this park is a sight to see. There is a 1.4-mile gravel trail that surrounds the lake and beautiful scenery wherever you look.

Rock Quarry Park

  

Rock Quarry Park is an excellent place to go out and play. With a playground, tennis courts with pickleball lines and baseball and soccer practice fields, there is so much fun to be had.

Go outside this month and celebrate the phenomenal outdoors we are fortunate to live near. Be sure to tag your photos with #ShowMeCoMo.

Photos Courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreations Department

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Some of our favorite childhood memories come from family vacations. From day trips to week-long adventures, those memories stay with us.

“The majority of adults (62%) say their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10 which goes to show the lasting impact of vacations.”

As a destination, Columbia offers a variety of opportunities to make lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite places to experience family fun!

Parks

Columbia is home to several parks and trails, and all of them are sure to bring excitement to any family outing. Whether you’re enjoying the playground at Cosmo Park, hiking through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park or taking in the beauty of Stephens Lake at Stephens Lake Park, you’re bound to have enjoyable time.

Fun & Games

There are places in Columbia that offer fun and games for the entire family. Midway Golf & Games offers a miniature golf course, an electric go-kart track, batting cages and even more activities for the family to take part in. Lazer Lanes is a bowling alley that also has a large variety of arcade games. Sky Zone gives its patrons the adventure they crave. From a ninja warrior course to freestyle jumping to a toddler zone, all ages are sure to have a marvelous time.

The Arts

For those who love to create, The Mud Room gives you the chance to paint your own pottery. Paining with guidance can be found at The Canvas on Broadway. No matter where you go, your masterpieces will be souvenirs of your trip that you can look back on in the years to come.

No matter you choose to make your family memories in Columbia, they will be long-lasting. We look forward to helping make your memories last a lifetime!

 

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Happy National Travel and Tourism Week!

Travel and Tourism are major parts of everyone’s everyday life, whether they realize it or not. When you think about travel in your own life, you may recall adventures and experiences you had on a vacation to a new place or even a staycation in your own city. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s still so important!

76 percent of employed Americans say a firsthand experience is instrumental in forming impressions of a community. 

In Columbia, we pride ourselves on being “what you unexpect” because we know how important it is to offer something different to visitors and locals alike. New Experiences can be anything from trying a new restaurant in town to throwing an ax at a target to watching 15 films at the True/False Film Fest. What’s wonderful is all these experiences (and countless others) can happen in Columbia.

Parks, trails, recreational activities, Columbia has it all! Stay tuned this week to see some of the unique experiences you can find in Columbia.

All wise adventurers know the importance of surrounding oneself with good people when looking for new experiences. Columbia is filled with the best people, and they know how to make magical experiences happen! We encourage everyone to Meet Columbia and put some names to faces of the people that make Columbia experiences so positively memorable.

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Rainy weather brings out the tired in all of us, and this week has been particularly dreary. Luckily, we know that the best cure for rain-induced exhaustion is coffee, especially when it’s from one of the many local coffee shops around town! Check out these coffee shop favorites as you’re out dodging puddles and huddling under your umbrella.

Shortwave Coffee

Duck into Alley A for coffee at Shortwave Coffee! You can even order their coffee beans online or in various places downtown.

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Kaldi’s Coffeehouse

Kaldi’s Coffeehouse has won city-wide awards for its quality coffee, and it has delicious smoothies as well.

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Coffee Zone

Espresso drinks and light Mediterranean food can be found at Coffee Zone.

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Lakota Coffee Company

Coffee is an art at Lakota, and each drink is completely unique!

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The Grind Coffeehouse

There is something for everyone at The Grind Coffeehouse!

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Fretboard Coffee

Coffee and music collide at Fretboard Coffee! With live music and a great menu, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to find a excellent cup of coffee in Columbia!

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If you’re celebrating Easter this weekend, or if you’re just in the mood for a fabulous Sunday brunch, there are fantastic places to brunch and lunch around town!

Holiday Inn Executive Center Easter Buffet

Make your reservation for a seating in the Elegant Windsor Ballroom! Buffet service will be from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Glenn’s Cafe

Come to the Tiger Hotel for Sunday Brunch! It will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with regular breakfast starting at 7 a.m.

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Sophia’s

Sunday Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Make a reservation to enjoy a vineyard brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Les Bourgeois Vineyards

11Eleven

Visit 11Eleven inside the Broadway Hotel for brunch from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.

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Cafe Berlin

Weekend Brunch will be served from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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44 Stone

Sunday Brunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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The Heidelberg

Take part in an Easter Buffet from 10 a.m – 1:30 p.m.

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Bleu Market and Bakery

Make your reservation to dine at Bleu  this Sunday! Seatings will be available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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