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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 Districtopens in a new window 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!

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pumpkin churro french toast sticks with syrup

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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

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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)
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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.'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 Districtopens in a new window 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 Tailgatingopens in a new window 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

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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 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

'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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Thanks to our friends at VisitLEXopens in a new window and Patti Nickell, travel writer for the Lexington Herald Leader, for the insider tips!


We know the primary reason Show-me-Staters are coming to the Bluegrass October 7th is to watch the Tigers collide with the Wildcats on the gridiron. But there’s no reason they can’t take advantage of what else our beautiful city has to offer.

Lexington skyline at duskJeff Rogers, courtesy VisitLEX

Let’s start with horses as this is the Horse Capital of the World. Book a tour through Horse Country, and you’ll be able to visit a number of the 450 Thoroughbred farms that surround Lexington.

The 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park is the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to the horse. Watch a parade of breeds – from the stately Arabian to the stalwart Appaloosa; visit retired equine superstars in the Hall of Champions, or learn all about these magnificent creatures at the International Museum of the Horse.

horses and riders at Keeneland fall meetKeeneland Fall Meet, courtesy Cornett

You’ll be here during the fall race meet at Keeneland Race Course, often described as America’s most beautiful race track. If you’re lucky enough to score tickets, and you can work it in, dress up in your finest, order a mint julep and learn the difference between an exacta, a trifecta and a superfecta.

exterior of Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, KYPaul Atkinson, courtesy VisitLEX

Okay, a history lesson may not top your “to-do” list for the weekend, but just in case it was your favorite subject in college, take time to visit one (or all) of the four historic homes in the city: Mary Todd Lincoln House (the 16th president’s wife was a Lexington native); Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate (pictured); John Hunt Morgan House and Waveland, a plantation built by a descendent of Daniel Boone who, as you already know, has a Missouri connection.

Feeling a bit dry after all that history? Wanting to celebrate your victory or drown your sorrows after a defeat? That brings us to the “hooch” part. This is not just Horse Country; it’s also Bourbon Country.

There is no shortage of places to sample the commonwealth’s native spirit. Town Branch Tavern in downtown Lexington offers tours and tastings, or take a short drive through rolling horse country to Woodford Reserve Distillery. Situated on the banks of picturesque Glenn’s Creek, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest and smallest distillery in Kentucky.

5 women sitting in visitors center lounge at Woodford ReserveSarah Jane Sanders, courtesy VisitLEX

Savvy a sample, but don’t have time for a tour? Check out one of the bars in Lexington’s Distillery District; head to the rooftop bar at Belle’s Cocktail House, or indulge in a few of the 200 bourbons (bet you didn’t know there were that many) at Bluegrass Tavern, named one of the 10 Best Bourbon Bars in America by Men’s Journal Magazine.

One more tip: If you have time before or after the game, you can wander over to the Arboretum, located just across from the football stadium. Kentucky’s state botanical garden is a 100-acre paradise offering year-round color.

Finally, while we won’t welcome a Tiger victory, we will happily welcome all Tiger fans.

thoroughbred farm with three horses running, autumn treesBrett Hait, courtesy VisitLEX

For help with planning your trip, go to www.visitlex.com.

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We’re only a few days away from the 11th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of food vendorsopens in a new window on hand including Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers, and, of course, lots of BBQ. Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park; check out the map below to see the setup:

map of the 2017 roots n blues n bbq festival at stephens lake park

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Don’t have tickets for the fest? Don’t worry, they’re still available!

Prices:

General Admission Friday – $55
General Admission Saturday – $70
General Admission Sunday $55
General Admission Weekend Pass – $135

Whole Hog VIP – $295
This pass grants you access to two lounge areas, private restrooms, and upfront viewing areas at both stages, along with small plate meals, appetizers, and snacks served in the lounges.

Tickets can be purchased:

  •  online
  • over the phone at 877-987-6487
  • at the Box Office located at Vinyl Renaissance of Columbia, 111 S 9th in The District
  • at the MSA/GPC Student Box Office located at the MU Student Center

Children 12 and under get free general admission with an adult.

HOW TO GET THERE

Festival Shuttle: free shuttles will be running from downtown parking garagesopens in a new window (which are free after 6 PM on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday)

GoCOMO Transit: City transit will be free all weekend – check the map to find out which route will work best for you

Ride a bike: there will be secure bike parking at the entrance to the festival

Walk: park downtown and walk to the park – it’s about 15 minutes and a straight shot down Walnut Street

nighttime performance by Shovels and Rope at Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

Below is the artist schedule. We suggest following Roots N Bluesopens in a new window on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend. Learn more about each artist at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

FRIDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
5 PM – Paul Weber & The Scrappers
6 PM – The Suffers
7:30 PM – Old 97’s
9:15 PM – Gary Clark Jr.

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys
6:30 PM – Lee Fields & The Expressions
8:15 PM – Booker T’s Stax Revue

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Ben Miller Band

SATURDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – Kent Burnside & The Flood Brothers
12:30 PM – The Hooten Hallers
2:15 PM – Untamed Youth
4 PM – Nikki Lane
5:45 PM – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
7:30 PM – The Mavericks
9:30 PM – Leon Bridges

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – King of the Roots Winner
12:15 PM – The Bel Airs
1:30 PM – Nikki Hill
3:15 PM – Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets
5 PM – The Steeldrivers
6:45 PM – Pokey LaFarge
8:30 PM – Band of Horses

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Dirtfoot

SUNDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – Norm Ruebling Band
12:45 PM – Chump Change
2:15 PM – Music Maker Blues Revue
4 PM – Ana Popovic
5:45 PM – Margo Price
7:30 PM – Ryan Adams

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – Broadway Blues
1 PM – The Fairfield Four
2:45 PM – Amanda Shires
4:30 PM – Emmylou Harris
6 PM – John Prine

9 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with The Kay Brothers & The Driftaways

Take a look at our calendar of eventsopens in a new window to find out what else is going on in town while you’re here.

Columbia MO What you unexpect

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG IF YOU AREN’T ATTENDING

instagram logoWe will be at the festival so even if you aren’t able to go, you can still take in the sights and sounds! Follow us on Instagram (@VisitColumbiaMOopens in a new window) and Roots N Blues on Instagram (@rootsnbluesnbbq) to see photos and stories from the fest.

The Blues in the Schools performance will be free to the public. The performance will be on Saturday, September 30 beginning at noon at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.

HOW TO GO CASHLESS

The only form of payment accepted by vendors at the fest this year will be your RFID wristband, which will need to be loaded like a pre-paid account. You’ll be able to load money to your cashless account through the Cashless Website or the ‘top-up stations’ located throughout the festival grounds (see map). All you have to do is double-tap your wristband at vendor locations to make a purchase!

We recommend registering and topping-up your wristband before getting to the festival. Attend Swap Night at Academy Sports on Thursday from 4-7 PM to swap your paper ticket for a wristband (or bring your order confirmation and ID). You may also ‘swap’ at the Festival Box Office over the weekend.

Find out more about going cashless at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO EAT

Honestly, we can’t really help you here because we want to eat everything. Take a look at the vendors and what they’ll be offering, and tag us in your Instagram photos over the weekend to help US decide what to eat.

bacon on a stick sugarfire bbq sign pumpkin flavored honey ice cream

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO:
– Recycle and keep the park clean
– Bring a re-fillable water bottle (make sure it’s empty at the entrance – there will be fill stations inside)
– Be respectful of the people around you
– Try the food and check out the merchandise and art installations

DON’T:
– Forget a blanket/chair and sunscreen
– Bring outside beverages or food
– Bring your pet, glass containers, professional recording equipment, or weapons
– Forget about the Betsy Farris Memorial 1/2 Marathon and 10K

sunset at roots n blues n bbq festival

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 6:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Auburn Tigers. This is the fourth of four home games in a row.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

shrimp and grits, drinks and menu at restaurant Room 38

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The Districtopens in a new window 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 David Nail 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: Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole 

guacamole in a bowl with a plate of tortilla chips[From Noshing with the Nolands blog]

It’s going to be another hot weekend so be sure to stay hydrated while tailgating. Our Tiger Tailgatingopens in a new window 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:

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

Live music:

band Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas Friday 8:30 PM
Rose Music Hall, $12
Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have all the qualities that relates them, to the city that birth them but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being “One of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “A gospel tent in Mississippi.”

Lucero, Adam Lee Friday 9 PM
The Blue Note, $18 

Rock ‘n Roll River Festival 2017 Saturday 1-9 PM
Cooper’s Landing
Featuring: Monte Carlos, Money for Guns, River Ghost Revue, The Ridgerunners, st. gnome and Burney Sisters.

Other events:

Fall Flea Market Friday-Saturday 6 AM 
Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall

Weekend Film: Logan Friday-Saturday 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Wrench Auditorium, MU
Logan meets a young mutant who he has to protect from the bad guys trying to capture her. $1 with MU student ID, $2 for others.

closeup of a tiger

D&D Farm Fall Open House Sunday 12-4 PM
6000 N. Creasy Springs Rd.
Now is your chance to visit Farm Animal Sanctuary before it closes its doors to the public for the rest of the year. All proceeds go toward caring for the animals.

Walk for the Climate Sunday 1 PM 
Gather at Courthouse Square – 8th and Walnut

Mizzou Soccer vs. Texas A&M Sunday 5 PM
Walton Stadium


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

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

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

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

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

interior of main squeeze in downtown columbia

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

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

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

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

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

tiger walk route

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

Make this: “The Best Party Punch Ever”

party punch

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

Our Tiger Tailgatingopens in a new window Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

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

ON STAGE:

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

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

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

LIVE MUSIC:

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

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

The ShotGunBillys Friday 8 PM
Nash Vegas

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

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

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

Metal Meltdown ft. Mercurial Sunday 8 PM
Rose Music Hall

OTHER EVENTS:

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

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

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

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


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

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

Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMoopens in a new window!

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