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Not looking forward to cooking a big meal on Thanksgiving or Christmas? We totally understand. Here are some options for dining in this holiday season:

11Eleven | The Broadway Hotel
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Applebee’s | 2010 I-70 Dr. SW
Thanksgiving open 4-10 PM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 4-10 PM

Bob Evans | 3000 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 8 AM – 8 PM
Christmas Eve open until 6 PM

Cheddar’s | 1010 I-70 Dr. SW
Christmas Eve open until 9 PM

Churchill’s | Holiday Inn Executive Center
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Cracker Barrel | 3304 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open regular hours
Christmas Eve open until 2 PM

Garden Grille | Hilton Garden Inn
Open regular hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Glenn’s Cafe | The Tiger Hotel
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (hours have not yet been set)

Golden Corral | 3421 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 10:30 AM – 5 PM
Christmas Eve open 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Grand Cru | 2600 S. Providence
Thanksgiving open 11-3 PM

McDonald’s | 415 N. Stadium Blvd.
Thanksgiving open regular hours
Christmas Eve open until 7 PM

Texas Roadhouse | 2005 W. Worley
Christmas Eve 11 AM – 8 PM

TGI Fridays | 3030 I-70 Dr. SE
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (hours have not yet been set)

Truman’s | 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.
Thanksgiving open 2 PM – 1:30 AM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 2 PM – 1:30 AM

Upper Crust | 3919 S. Providence
Thanksgiving open 11 AM – 5 PM with reservations

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Looking for a great shopping experience, a free holiday event for the family, or a musical on-stage performance? Columbia has it all! Find details below on shopping, free holiday events, holiday celebrations, music and on-stage performances, and more. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!


SHOPPINGgold wrapped gift with red bow under a tree

Columbia Holiday Festival November 17-19
Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM 
Holiday Inn Executive Center
The Holiday Festival provides unique items every year including stained glass, custom pottery, specialty food and beverages, custom jewelry, fur accessories, Christmas décor, children’s clothing, books, toys and much more.

Sip and Shop November 18
Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM
Columbia Country Club
During brunch, sip complimentary wine, and browse over 40 vendors including Scentsy, LuLaRoe and It Works!

Fall into Art November 18-19
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM 
Parkade Plaza
Fall Into Art blends art, music, and education to provide a weekend destination for the entire family.

Kings Daughters Holiday Shopping Mart November 18
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Country Club of Missouri
Shopping event with local stores and craftspeople.

Shop Small Business Saturday November 25
Saturday
Local shops and businesses

2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt December 1
Friday 5:30-8:30 PM 
Gunter Hans
We’ll be going all out with Christmas themed booths from Columbia favorites like Koeze Nuts, Mid-Missouri Wood Carvers, Optimist Club (Christmas Trees), Noonday and Senza Gluten Free Foods (Christmas cookies).

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair December 9 
Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM
Battle High School
Admission fee is $2, which includes a raffle ticket for a door prize. Great place to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping.


FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro through December 24
Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free. See schedule of events at BassPro.com.

Santa’s Welcome Party November 18
Saturday 9 AM 
Columbia Mall
Bring the whole family to greet Santa as he arrives from the North Pole. Enjoy balloon art & crafts for the little ones, treats, and a special gift from Santa.

38th Annual Holiday Parade November 19
Sunday 3 PM
The District

Black Friday Wassail Walk November 24
Friday 12-5 PM 
Rocheport
Escape the madness of Black Friday and stroll through town, shop, and enjoy this free event as merchants participate in a friendly competition to see who has the best wassail recipe.

Magic Tree Lighting November 30
Thursday 5 PM
Village of Cherry Hill

Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting November 30 
Thursday 6 PM 
Shelter Insurance, West Broadway

Living Windows December 1
Friday 6 PM
The District
Shopkeepers throughout The District move all the merchandise out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers.

Centralia Tractor Parade December 15
Friday 7 PM
Downtown Centralia
The annual Young Farmers Tractor Parade will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 7 p.m. in downtown Centralia.


HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONSholiday gift with pine cones and hot chocolate

City Kwanzaa Celebration December 2
Saturday 2-5 PM
Progressive Missionary Baptist
Come celebrate this African-American holiday which is based around developing positive families and communities.  There will be community awards given, entertainment and a holiday feast.

March Family Christmas December 3-6
Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 PM 
Historic Senior Hall, Stephens College
This annual Victorian holiday celebration will include lovely Christmas carols, dancing and treats, as enjoyed every year. Join Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they try to keep up their spirits during the holidays while their father is away at war.


MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTSnutcracker ornament on a tree

Joyeux Noel: Chamber Music of Ravel and Faure December 1
Friday 7 PM
First Baptist Church of Columbia
This program indulges in all-French chamber music, prominently featuring Maurice Ravel’s piano trio, violin sonata and Chansons madécasses for exotic combination of voice, piano, flute and cello. Last half will feature Gabriel Faure’s gorgeous piano quartet No. 1 with musicians from the University of Missouri.

An Antique Carol December 1-3, 7-10
Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions
Titus Canby is the name of this version of Ebenezer Scrooge, and he is taken to task by the ghosts of past, present, and future to discover the true joys of life!

Danú: A Christmas Gathering ‘Féile Na Nollag’ December 2
Saturday 7 PM
Missouri Theatre
Danú’s Christmas Gathering offers a taste of these extraordinary events, which have been held across Ireland for hundreds of years. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by their virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín along with top notch guest dancers.

Sounds of the Season December 3
Sunday 4 PM
Hickman High School
This Columbia Community Band concert will feature some well-known composers, including Mozart and Holst, along with familiar holiday pieces including Auld Lange Syne, March of the Toys, and Dreidel Dance.

The Great Russian Nutcracker December 4
Monday 7 PM
Jesse Auditorium
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes.

A Time for Christmas December 9-10
Saturday-Sunday 7 PM
Memorial Baptist Church
See the Memorial Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra perform this Broadway-style musical, an imaginative adventure through 2000 Christmases of hope and changed lives.

Symphony of Toys December 17
Sunday 3 PM
Missouri Theatre
Members of Columbia Chorale team up with the Missouri Symphony Society to perform selections during the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert.


MORE HOLIDAY EVENTSthanksgiving dinner on the table

Turkey Trax 5K November 23
Thursday 8:30 AM 
Ultramax Sports
The Boone Hospital Turkey Trax Run provides friends and family a chance to do something active before they start their traditional celebration while benefiting a local charity.

Christmas Brew ‘n View: Christmas Vacation November 25
Saturday 8:30 PM

The Blue Note
A very special Christmas Brew ‘n View featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation complete with Christmas themed drink specials and free candy canes.

Holiday Home Tour December 1-3 
Friday 1-4 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 1-4 PM
Women’s Symphony League’s 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Tour the homes of: Mary Phillips & Brian Treece; Jane Mandel; Julie & Scott Swain; and Lili Vianello & John Shrum – all in the Grasslands.

Jingle Bell Run December 2
Saturday 8 AM 
Stephens Lake Park
Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit.

Caroling for Cocktails & Cash December 2
Saturday 2-5 PM
Rocheport
For $5 we will provide commemorative cup to sample a variety of cocktails as you stroll through the shops and sing for your sips from 2-4 PM. Be sure to enter the Caroling Sing-Off to be held 4-5 PM followed by a live band playing Christmas tunes with a twist.

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour December 8
Friday 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Leaving from The ARC
Enjoy some of the City’s most beautiful holiday lights from the comfort of a Parks and Recreation mini-bus.

Winter Wonderland at Maplewood House December 10, 17 
Sunday 1-4 PM
Boone County History & Culture Center
The Historic 1877 Maplewood House is decorated for the holidays by professional local designers and florists for a beautiful walking tour. For a single ticket price, everyone also gains admission to the History & Culture Center and its holiday-themed model train exhibit.

Columbia Holiday Soiree December 16
Saturday 8 PM
The Blue Note
Break out your swankiest 60s garb and head down to Columbia’s oldest and classiest theatre for an unforgettable night of style, sophistication, and pure fantasy.


Happy Holidays from the CVB!blue lights on a large tree

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, 6:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Tennessee Volunteers.

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}

Don’t forget to wear gold Find new game day gear here:

nachos bianco on a plate at Addison's

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

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 Shane Smith and the Saints 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: Slow Cooker Chili

chili being made in a crockpot

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:

“Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3”
Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM 
Rhynsburger Theatre
A story from America’s past with profound contemporary relevance, this poetic, irreverent, blues and hip-hop infused riff on Homer’s Odyssey from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright follows a brave young slave named Hero who journeys with his master to the battlefields of America’s Civil War.

“12 Angry Jurors”
Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM

Columbia Entertainment Company
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen people try to reach a unanimous decision, while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case.

“A Gulag Mouse”
Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Warehouse Theatre
When privileged and pretty Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse.

LIVE MUSIC:

Jane Froman Era Cabaret
Friday 7 PM
Launer Auditorium, Columbia College

Show-Me Opera Scenes: A Weekend in the Country 
Friday 7 PM
Missouri Theatre

Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag
Saturday 9 PM
The Blue Note

Susto
Saturday 9:30 PM
Rose Music Hall

Missouri Symphony Conservatory Concert
Sunday 7 PM
Missouri Theatre

OTHER EVENTS:

Les Bourgeois Holiday Open House
Friday-Sunday 10 AM 
Les Bourgeois Tasting Room and Gift Shop

Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild Holiday Exhibitions and Sale
Friday 5:30-8 PM, Saturday 9-4 PM, Sunday 11-3 PM
Boone County History & Culture Center

1st Annual Cider Festival
Friday-Saturday 5 PM 
Gunter Hans

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State
Friday 8 PM
Mizzou Arena


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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When it comes to planning your next meeting or conference take a closer look at Columbia, Missouri. Located right in the center of the state, Columbia has over 3,800 hotel rooms, with accommodations that can fit any budget. Columbia also offers the convenience, choices and value that will make any event a success, but the city also has that little something extra (hint: it’s fun!) that makes your attendees’ experiences memorable. So see if you can find what you’ve been missing here in Columbia…

bar at Logboat Brewing Co. with sign of brews currently on tap4 Breweries:

A testament to Columbia’s entrepreneurial spirit, four delicious breweries call the city home. Both Flat Branch Pub & Brewing and Broadway Brewery have excellent food along with their craft brews, but if you really want to go all-out for your event, check out the event space at Logboat Brewery or Bur Oak Brewery. Boasting a relaxed industrial tasting room, Logboat also has ample outdoor space, a great space to rent for a casual reception with games and good times. Bur Oak has ample parking and you can host an event inside the brewery and taproom! Talk about an unforgettable event.

Shrimp and grits, steak, and lobster mac n cheese at Room 38300 Restaurants:

Having so many restaurants makes it difficult to choose, but the Columbia CVB sales and service staff is ready to help you pick the perfect spot! From pizza to pierogies to paella, every price point and palate can be accommodated. Find an intimate room to treat your board to a special meal or find a uniquely Columbia spot to cater for everyone attending your conference.

Artwork at Poppy, a boutique in Columbia60 Unique Shops:

Family vacations aren’t the only time you want to pick up a souvenir! In Columbia, nearly everywhere you turn, there’s a unique option to take home. Prints by local artists, locally produced chocolates or preserves, or even a fun piece of jewelry will be a lasting reminder of your time here in CoMo. Plus, don’t you already have enough coffee mugs?

people waiting in line at the Ozark Mountain Biscuit food truck12 Food Trucks:

When you want something to be the unexpected hit of your meeting or conference, think food on wheels! The food truck trend has rolled out in Columbia in a big way. Lily’s Cantina has fresh, authentic Mexican dishes, The Big Cheese will put pulled pork on your grilled cheese sandwich, and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company uses fantastic local ingredients to make their homemade biscuits even more delicious. Food trucks take the restaurant on the road and are a fun break from the usual conference fare.

20 Entertainment Hot Spots:

A fun night out can be the icing on the cake for a successful conference. From low-key to fast-paced, Columbia offers it all. Gather your group for a world-class performance at the University Concert Series. Enjoy the lawn and local music at Rose Music Hall. Or let the CVB help you find options that your attendees can choose from! If you’re looking for great team-building activities, the CVB also can help you find a custom option just for your group.

64.5 Miles of Nature Trails:

Who says work can’t also be a little bit of an escape? One of the things people are impressed with over and over again is Columbia’s commitment to green spaces, including our extensive trail system. Whether you brought your bike along and want to take a ride or if a simple stroll is more your style, Columbia’s trails deliver both beauty and serenity. Trails wind through neighborhoods, across campuses and even down by the Missouri River. Check out Columbia at its most picturesque with a break on the trails.


We think when you take all of these great amenities together with the CVB’s incredible sales and service team, Columbia really adds up. Ready to explore and learn more? Contact our sales team or submit your RFP today!

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 11 AM at Memorial Stadium against the Florida Gators.

game day and columbia stats

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}

This weekend’s game is BLACKOUT Find new game day gear here:

bowl of food from Bangkok Gardens

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner after 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 Josh Abbott Band 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: Pumpkin Churro French Toast Sticks

pumpkin churro french toast sticks with syrup

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:

“12 Angry Jurors” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM
Columbia Entertainment Company
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen people try to reach a unanimous decision, while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

LIVE MUSIC:

Funky Butt Brass Band Friday 8:30 PM
Rose Music Hall
Don’t be surprised if you also hear a little Motown, Southern rock, blues and some straight-ahead ’70s funk. The Funky Butt Brass Band is guaranteed to get your toes tapping, your feet marching and kick any party into overdrive!

Whiskey Myers Saturday 8:30 PM
The Blue Note

“Stephens Sings” Choral Concert Sunday 7 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Choral music for lovers of song. Join the Stephens Concert Choir for an evening of choral music. Free and open to the public.

OTHER EVENTS:

First Friday 6-9 PM 
North Village Arts District
Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment! 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.

Mizzou Volleyball vs. Texas A&M Friday 6:30 PM
Hearnes Center

Dr. Zhivegas Friday 8:30 PM
The Blue Note
A Dr. Zhivegas show is a multimedia nonstop dance party event. Using the latest technology, incorporating (optional) video back drops, lighting and pyro effects, Dr. Zhivegas brings a larger than life concert experience.


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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Whether you want family-friendly trick-or-treating or a Zombie Pub Crawl, Columbia has what you’re looking for. Celebrate Halloween with us!

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENTStrick-or-treating with a small jack 'o lantern

FAMILY EVENTS:

Haunted Observatory
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 6-8 PM at Laws Observatory
With the magical help of colleagues from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Laws Observatory is haunted by the ghosts of dead astronomers, including Galileo and Newton. Come and visit with these long dead astronomers and get a tour of the sky from the ghost of Professor Dumbledore.

(Not So) Frightening Friday
Friday, Oct. 27th 4-6 PM in The District
Take the kiddos trick-or-treating in The District for free.

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 28th 4-6 PM at Columbia Orthopaedic Group 
Bring your kids in costume for some trunk-or-treating.

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, Oct. 29th 1-3 PM at Columbia Independent School
Dress up in your costume, grab a candy collector and join other families in the cafeteria. There will be sweet treats to share, a parade at 2:30 and games and fun activities. This event is open to the public.

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, Oct. 29th 6-8 PM at Faith Baptist Church
Bring the whole family out to Faith Baptist Church for a night everyone can enjoy. This kid-friendly Halloween celebration is filled with candy, hot chocolate and family photo ops.

GROWN-UP EVENTS:the three witches from movie Hocus Pocus

Brew ‘n View: Hocus Pocus
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 8 PM at The Blue Note
300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-virgin-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.

Zombie Pub Crawl
Friday, Oct. 27th 6 PM in The District
Take a tour of downtown Columbia, find the cure for the Zombie Outbreak or help spread the plague. The crawl begins at 6:00 pm in the District at participating locations and goes until bars close. Your $10 wristband gets you FREE COVER at all participating locations, drink specials while you’re there, access to the secret scavenger crawl with a chance to win some cool prizes!

Monster Bike Bash
Saturday, Oct. 28th 10AM-8PM leaving from Flat Branch Park
Trail goons reunite for this FREE ghoulish ride back from the grave! The Monster Bike Bash is a Halloween inspired bicycle party on the Katy Trail! Bring out your alter ego and be sure to dress for the occasion.

Rocheport Oktoberfest IV: Monster Mash Edition
Saturday, Oct. 28th 12-9 PM in Rocheport
Free live music all day long from Noon – 9 pm! More beer variety, more vendors, more fun – plus a $250 grand prize for the best Halloween costume.

Brew ‘n View: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Monday, Oct. 30th 8:30 PM 
Kick off your Halloween by experiencing the chaos and delight of the world’s greatest (and only) rock & roll audience participation film, hosted (as always) by Mark “The Master” Chambers!

A Very Decadent Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 31st 8:30 PM at Rose Music Hall
It is no secret: Halloween is DECADENT NATION‘s favorite holiday. For year’s DN has made an annual tradition of throwing the most festive Halloween parties in Mid-Missouri. $100 prize to the best Halloween costume.

Fear Fest
Thursday, Oct. 26th 8-11 PM 
Friday-Saturday  Oct. 27-28th 8 PM – 12 AM 
Sunday-Tuesday Oct. 29-31st 8-11 PM
Located at the Midway exit,  6399 US-40
FearFest is now in its 15th year of terror and features 4 amazing attractions at one location! Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary (Haunted houses), Terror in the Woods (Haunted trail) and Zombie Safari Paintball (Shoot zombies while riding on our custom trailers!). Also new this year is the ability to customize your scare level.

Have a happy Halloween!


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 Katie Jackson

table of food at Glenn's Cafe in Columbia MO“Who’s in Columbia?” my co-worker Aubrey asked. It was a valid question. I’d just told her where Evan and I were spending the weekend. Many people travel to visit the two customary “f’s”—friends and family. But for my husband and I, there’s a third “f” worth traveling for. The reason we were driving to the heart of the Show-Me State? Food.

First tastes, lasting impressions

“Is this a park or a brewery?” Evan asked, more in amusement than confusion. “It’s both,” I answered. Logboat Brewing Company was our first stop in Columbia. A grassy sea of green surrounded the industrial building housing the brewing facilities and taproom. The outside picnic tables were full of patrons nursing their frothy pints. It was sweater weather so blankets and lawn chairs accommodated the rest of the crowd playing corn hole and bocce ball or standing in line at the food truck. It wasn’t a festival. It was just another day at Logboat Park—aptly named for its centerpiece, a wooden carved canoe.list of beers on tap at Logboat Brewing Co. listed out on separate wooden boardsInside, the wood craftsmanship struck us as much as the earthy aroma of hops. Reclaimed Missouri heart pine made up the exposed beams, table tops and wraparound bar where the bartender gave us a condensed version of the brewery’s history. Behind her, a glass wall provided a peek into the beer-making process. The ginger wheat brews she poured into our glasses had logged many hours in those stainless-steel cylinders.

“You can find our brews in many local restaurants like Flyover,” the bartender said when we settled our tab and prepared to find food. She mentioned that Flyover—a tongue-in-cheek reference to what many people mistake states like Missouri for—boasted a wood-fired stone oven. We already had dinner plans, but I decided it might be a good après-supper stop after learning the kitchen was open until midnight. Evan and I were no strangers to progressive dinners.exterior of Flyover restaurantAn hour and a mile later, we were seated at the bar belonging to Barred Owl Butcher & Table. At least five shelves high and reachable by a sliding ladder on a track, it was pretty much a library of libations. But we weren’t at Barred Owl for its craft cocktails. Like Logboat, the establishment had a glass partition providing a behind-the-scenes look at its menu. In this case, it was carcasses artfully hanging from hooks.

“Butcher Board, extra bresaola.”

Our waiter set down a thick wooden cutting board piled high with paper-thin slices of salchicon, salami Calabrese, ham hock terrine and Evan’s favorite—bresaola. “It’s an epicurean adult Lunchable,” I noted, reaching for a piece of baguette and cheese to pair with the sustainably-sourced meat. The waiter explained how the spread came from local purveyors. Ironically, our next dish—a mix of Gaeta, Cerignola and Castelvetrano olives—came from obscure regions in Italy. “I can’t tell if this place highlights food from local farms or foreign countries,” I said.

“It does both,” Evan remarked, popping an olive into his smiling mouth.

All’s well that eats well

“Romano, Romano, wherefore art thou Romano?” I inquired dramatically the next day at lunch. Covered in flour and smelling of garlic, we were in downtown Columbia’s most popular pizza joint: Shakespeare’s. But, instead of sitting in the dining room, devouring signature pizzas like the Darwin—a healthy pie named for Columbia’s athletic former mayor—we were creating our own concoctions in the restaurant’s kitchen. Evan had booked us a “Shakespearience”— a cooking class complete with a tour of Shakespeare’s “Secret Room” where they mix 4,000 pounds of dough per week. In fact, the package was so thorough that after eating our eight-inch pies, we got to do the dishes.veggie pizza at Shakespeare's PizzaSeveral hours of shopping later, it was time to refuel. Columbia’s downtown area—The District—has an equal shop-to-restaurant ratio, so there was certainly no shortage of dinner options. Ultimately, we succumbed to my taco craving, finding ourselves a coveted corner table at 44 Canteen. It seemed fitting we’d end the day enjoying another finger food heaped with toppings. Pickled red onion spirals, shaved cabbage, jalapeño coins and a generous dusting of Cotija adorned my chicken tacos. Local cucumber kimchi, ssamjang mayo, pickled mustard seeds and cilantro sprigs topped Evan’s caramelized Berkshire porkbelly on steamed buns—44 Canteen’s taco de jour.

“How is it?” I asked.

“A dish fit for the gods,” he replied, doing his best impersonation of Brutus. I suppose if I could start the day referencing Romeo and Juliet, he had every right to end it reciting Julius Caesar.

Sunday is brunch, Bangkok and beer

“It’s BYOI,” our waiter at Broadway Brewery said the next morning. The bluegrass band began playing an hour ago but it was growing by the minute. Locals kept walking in carrying guitars, fiddles and banjos—ready to jam for the Sunday brunch crowd. I grabbed the celery stalk out of my Bloody Mary and played it like a harmonica. Evan laughed and used the opportunity to poach another fork-full of Missouri trout and eggs off my plate. The food at Broadway Brewery is all farm to table and many of the beers come from the in-house brewery. The entire menu needed a “Made in Columbia” sticker.bowl of food from Bangkok GardensThe day’s next meal was a little less Columbia-esque. The neon sign looked like something you’d see on the streets of Bangkok. The food—battered frog legs and steamed pork dumplings—brought me back to our honeymoon. When Evan suggested we get a late lunch/early dinner at Bangkok Gardens, I didn’t anticipate complete authenticity. I was never so happy to be so wrong. The flavors were absolutely intoxicating. I hovered around the comforting basil end of the spectrum and Evan perched on the end resembling swallowing a blowtorch. Our waiter even commented that the chef was impressed (after the second time Evan sent his curry back to add more heat).

Fittingly, the day ended with a cold beer. Located right off I-70, Bur Oak Brewing Co. was a convenient last hurrah before leaving Columbia. Normally only open on Fridays and Saturdays, we lucked out that it was open for a community event.photo of 'The Big Tree' south of Columbia, which Bur Oak Brewing is named after“Our Big Tree IPA is modeled after the Columbia Bur Oak tree,” explained Craig, the brewery owner. “Its ABV is 7.6% because the tree’s diameter is 7.6 feet and its IBU is 90 because the tree is 90 feet tall.” As he guided us through the 15,000-square-foot production facility, I was also impressed with the size of the fermenters. Chalkboard signs next to each revealed which beer was inside. The tour’s biggest mystery was the source of the occasional meowing. When the black furball finally brushed past my leg and revealed himself, Craig introduced us to Clyde—the brewery’s rescue cat and the inspiration behind Clyde’s Caramel Cream Ale.

Critical questions, obvious answers

“So, how was Columbia?” my co-worker Aubrey asked on Monday. “Well,” I started, “we certainly didn’t go hungry.” Just as I was about to elaborate she interrupted with an even more important question

“Did you leave hungry?”

I laughed. No one leaves Columbia hungry.


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Celebrate Mizzou’s 106th Homecoming this weekend as the Tigers take on the Idaho Vandals, Saturday at 11 AM.

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}

Wear Gold: Find new game day gear here:

Pizza Tree canopy

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

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 The Gin Blossoms 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: Sausage and Cream Cheese Biscuit Bitessausage and cream cheese biscuit cups

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

HOMECOMING EVENTS

Decorate the District: Mosey downtown to see how good Tiger Pride looks on Columbia.

Campus Decorations: Enjoy delicious food from local Columbia vendors while checking out fraternities’ and sororities’ 2017 Campus Decs.

Step Show: See the NPHC fraternities and sororities as they host the annual Homecoming Step Show.

Spirit Rally: Rev up for the big game with Truman the Tiger, the Mizzou Spirit Squads, and Marching Mizzou.

Parade: Find a spot on the parade route to see flashy floats, fancy cars, and band music.

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

“Blithe Spirit” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM
Macklanburg Playhouse
Charles Condomine, a fussy and cantankerous novelist, encounters the ghost of his late first wife through the happy medium of Madame Arcati. Personalities clash, humor ensues and blithe spirits haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

“The Gin Game” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions
Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey discover they both dislike their nursing home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Soon their secrets become weapons used against one another.

LIVE MUSIC

tom petty

Celebration of the Life and Music of Tom Petty Friday 9 PM 
Rose Music Hall

The Flood Brothers Saturday 6 PM 
The Station House

SPECIAL EVENTS

rocheport oktoberfest III

Rocheport Oktoberfest III: A Free Music and Beer Fest Saturday 12-9 PM
Rocheport
Rocheport Oktoberfest returns! This year there will be more beer variety, more vendors, and more fun! This FREE event will feature live music from noon until 9pm!

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9-1 PM
Wabash Station Parking Lot
Produce, art, jewelry, crafts, music by Austin Jones and the Bootheel Boys, and Ozark Mountain Biscuit Food Truck.

Rocheport Fall Colors Trail Ride Sunday 10 AM
MKT Trail at Scott Blvd
Wrap up your weekend with a scenic 26-mile trail ride along the Missouri River to Rocheport. Plan to bring or purchase lunch on your own at a Rocheport restaurant. Return with the group or at your own pace. Trail side support will be provided for minor maintenance issues.


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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Get lost in a corn maze

Katfish Katy’s offers a corn maze this year with a focus on music. The maze covers 15 acres and includes 6.8 miles of trails! Admission is $10 (children 4 and under are free). The maze is open Friday 5-9 PM and Saturday-Sunday 11 AM-9 PM.corn maze at Katfish Katy's from a bird's eye view

Attend a fall festival

Columbia is home to several annual fall festivals including the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, Crush Festival, Paws in the Park, and Citizen Jane Film Festival.nighttime performance by Shovels and Rope at Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
September 29-October 1 | Stephens Lake Park

The festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk and soul. This year’s lineup includes Gary Clark Jr, The Steeldrivers, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses, Emmylou Harris, and Ryan Adams. As well as live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and national vendors. Included in the festival is a 1/2 marathon and 10K on Saturday morning and the Sunday Gospel Celebration. The festival is a fun, true, and unique celebration of music, food and culture.

Crush Festival
October 7-9 | Les Bourgeois A-Frame

The 25th annual Crush Festival will kick off harvest season at Les Bourgeois Vineyards! To celebrate this milestone of 25 years the festival has been extended to two days this year where you can enjoy live music, kids games, pumpkin painting, and of course GRAPE-STOMPING FUN for the whole family!

Paws in the Park
October 7 | Stephens Lake Parklittle girl with painted face petting a pony

This year’s festival will once again feature the Dock Dog Diving completion, along with a Canine Carnival with games and prizes for your dog and a community-supported silent auction. Local business vendors and food trucks will be on site throughout the day. Second Chance will be featuring many of their adoptable animals so bring the family if you’re looking for a new pet!

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 14-15 | Hartsburg, MO

The charming river town of Hartsburg hosts thousands of visitors during this annual festival on the second weekend in October, which features 150 craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, food booths, pumpkins galore, and a variety of pumpkin activities for the whole family.

Citizen Jane Film Festival
October 26-29 | Stephens College

The festival celebrates women in film and screens narrative, documentary and short films, hosting panel discussions with the filmmakers. The fest is a mix of experienced professionals, up-and-coming talent and beginning filmmakers who are forgoing expectations and testing social norms. They come in person to discuss their films and help strengthen the community of female filmmakers. This year, the festival will be giving the Frances award to Linda Woolverton, screenwriter of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland.

Grab a caramel apple from The Candy Factory

A caramel apple is the perfect fall treat, and The Candy Factory has several delicious options to choose from – whether you like your caramel apple plain, covered in sprinkles, or with a candy corn Jack ‘O Lantern face, you won’t leave disappointed.case of caramel apples with toppings like m&ms, candy corn, sprinkles, and nuts

Check out the leaves

Columbia has no shortage of parks and trails with beautiful views but here are some of our top spots for fall colors:fall photo of boardwalk trail at Rock Bridge State ParkRock Bridge Memorial State Park
view of river from les bourgeois wineryLes Bourgeois Vineyards
katy trail along the river and bluffs with fall colorsKaty Trail State Park
orange fall leaves in front of memorial union at university of missouriMizzou Botanic Garden/University of Missouri

Find a Farmers Market

Support local farmers and vendors while shopping for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and more. Seasonal produce you may find at our farmers markets include broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, garlic, peas, and sweet potatoes. 'see you at the market' - Columbia Farmers Market sign and tents

Boone County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM through October 28th
Columbia Mall Parking Lot (Sears)

Columbia Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM through November 18th
The ARC, 1701 W. Ash
Tuesday, November 21st, 3-6 PM
Parkade Plaza, 601 W. Business Loop

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market
Sundays, 9 AM – 1 PM through October 29th
Wabash Station, 126 N. 10th St.

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Columbia doesn’t have a traditional Oktoberfest celebration but there are several events you can take part in:

interior of Gunter Hans restaurant Oktoberfest at Gunter Hans
October 9-14 

Oktoberfest beers will be served throughout the week along with fun activities:

  • Oktoberfest Trivia
  • Flight Night in the Biergarten
  • Das Boot and Liter Holding Contest
  • Brat & Bier Special

Rocheport Oktoberfest III and IV: Monster Mash Edition
October 21, 12-9 PM | October 28, 12-9 PM

2017 is the second year of the Rocheport Oktoberfests – free music and beer festivals in the small town of Rocheport, MO. Oktoberfest IV: Monster Mash Edition will include a contest for best Halloween costume, with a $250 prize!

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Traveling to Athens, GA to cheer on the Tigers? Why not take the time to explore the city while you’re there? Thanks to our friends at VisitAthensGA for sharing their suggestions and insider tips!


Whether you’ve been to Athens several times or this is your first visit, all you Mizzou Tiger fans who are heading to Athens, GA in October should move beyond Sanford Stadium and enjoy the inspiring culture that Athens has to offer. A road trip to Athens is a special experience for those who are following the visiting team. So our team at VisitAthensGA.com has compiled a list of can’t-miss things to do in Athens just for Tiger travelers.

Come Friday for the UGA Homecoming Parade, headed right through downtown Athens.  You don’t have to be a Bulldog fan to enjoy the ornate floats, Redcoat band, cheerleaders, carnival, concert, and more.

1) Explore Vibrant Downtown

Every visitor should explore Athens’ vibrant downtown located just across Broad Street from the University of Georgia’s historic north campus. UGA is the birthplace of public higher education in America, with buildings dating back to 1806 and picturesque quads modeled after Yale University.  Cross through the Arch (one of the most instagrammable spots in Athens), wander the streets and explore inside vintage stores, record shops and boutiques with the latest trends and locally made items. You will feel the creative energy within downtown’s restored historic setting. Downtown Athens is known for a wide range of acclaimed restaurants offering everything from an amazing burger at The Grill or Clocked, to Kalbi Steak at Iron Factory and authentic Mediterranean flavors at The National with world-renowned Chef Peter Dale.

downtown street at night time with people walking

Courtesy VisitAthensGA

2) Catch Live Music

No visit to Athens would be complete without sampling a bit of Athens’ renowned music scene. Known worldwide as the birthplace of R.E.M., Widespread Panic and the B-52’s, hundreds of bands still call Athens home. Venues throughout downtown like the famous 40 Watt Club attract rising stars and old favorites. Between famous Athens venues such as the Georgia Theatre, The Foundry, and 40 Watt Club, and intimate venues such as Caledonia Lounge and Live Wire, there is always a great show to be seen.  Don’t miss out on the Music History Walking Tour with Paul Butchart; Download a self-guided copy or reserve a guided tour with Classic City Tours.  Guarantee your spot by reservation at 866.455.1820 for groups of 5 or more.

marquee sign for Georgia Theatre

Courtesy Chelsea Kornse

3) Indulge in Local Food

No football fan will be underfed this season with dozens of delectable restaurants lining the streets of downtown Athens, in walking distance of Sanford Stadium. The Classic City’s food scene is booming and has caught the attention of national media in recent years. Among the most recognized eateries are Five and Ten, James Beard award winner Hugh Acheson’s restaurant, and The Last Resort Grill, which is always a family favorite. Mama’s Boy, Heirloom Cafe, Five Bar and Porterhouse Grill are also popular choices for weekend brunch. A complete list of Athens restaurants, (plus foodie itineraries!), can be found at VisitAthensGA.com/restaurants.

Don’t be afraid to venture out of downtown for amazing eateries – Athens has no shortage of can’t-miss restaurants.  Looking for a vegetarian option?  The Grit has been recognized by GoVeg.com, Peta, and GoDairyFree, and no, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love it!  Want to be transported to the coast?  Try Marker 7 Grill or home.made.  But don’t take our word for it, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, The Local Palate, Eater Atlanta, the AJC, and others have a lot to say about the Athens food scene too.

downtown sidewalk with people walking and sitting at tables

Courtesy VisitAthensGA

4) Taste and Tour Award Winning Craft Breweries

Athens is also a growing star on the craft brewery scene. Terrapin Beer Company is one of Georgia’s largest craft breweries, now pouring in 15 states.   Voted Top Brewer in Georgia from RateBeer Best Awards in 2016 & 2017 and as the Official Beer of the The Walking Dead, Terrapin offers year round and seasonal brews like Hopsecutioner, Luau Krunkles, and White Chocolate Moo-Hoo.

Downtown Athens is home to Creature Comforts, who has recently garnered national attention from USA Today and the Local Palate.  Creature Comforts offers a range of styles, including IPA, pilsner, and their award-winning Berliner Weisse, Athena.

Southern Brewing Company is the most recent brewery to open and sources local ingredients whenever possible.  They are one of less than 50 breweries in the nation to preserve and recultivate a yeast strain that is used to brew the beer onsite.  They offer a large dog-friendly yard, giant Jenga, cornhole, and two stages which host live music on the weekends.

Visit one or all three breweries during a weekend in Athens for tours and tastings.  Want to learn all about how your beer is created?  Ask for a free tour and wow all your friends back home with your new-found knowledge and behind the scenes photos!

interior of creature comforts tasting room with bar and empty tables

Courtesy Creature Comforts

5)  Explore a Uniquely-Athens Neighborhood

No matter your personality, you can find your niche in Athens.  Are you a creative sort that loves art and innovation?  Check out the Chase Park Warehouses, home to Canopy, which boasts trapeze and movement arts, Athica, a nonprofit gallery that focuses solely on local art, and the Tree Room, which you guessed it, brings the outside in.

Do you love the finest of everything?  Head to Five Points, just 1.5 miles away from Sorority Row and UGA campus, take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the historic architecture.  Acclaimed eateries like Condor Chocolates and Marker 7 Coastal Grill will not leave you hungry.  Enjoy a day of retail therapy at upscale boutiques like BMA at home and Andree’s Essential Soaps that offer the newest fashions and luxury cosmetics.

Want a hipster experience?  Be sure to visit Normaltown, complete with neighborhood bakery Ike & Jane and townie bars The Old Pal and Normal Bar.  Stop by Normal Hardware Company, Inc. and P&M Army Surplus Store for a unique souvenir that is sure to start a conversation.

6) Enjoy an Athens Attraction or Tour

photo of 'tree that owns itself' in Athens, GAThere is a quiet side to Athens as well. Athens is home to Georgia’s official museum, the Georgia Museum of Art.  But you don’t have to be an art-expert to enjoy the over 10,000 pieces in the permanent collection, 20-25 temporary exhibitions, and the Jane and Harry Willson Structure Garden. Athens also boasts the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, which includes five miles of trails and has been designated an Important Birding Area by the Georgia Audubon Society. The Special Collections Libraries, located on the University of Georgia campus, house impressive exhibits including the Peabody Awards and Georgia History artifacts.  The Sandy Creek Nature Center is a local family favorite attraction with interactive exhibits as well as outdoor areas.  Athens’ 17 historic districts are a pleasure to drive through.  Roadside wonders include the Tree that Owns Itself and the Double Barreled Cannon.


For more ideas and itineraries to make your road trip to Athens unforgettable, please check out the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, VisitAthensGA.com.

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