Family Fun

Whether you want family-friendly trick-or-treating or you’re more into walking through a ‘haunted house’ while scary things pop out at you, Columbia has what you’re looking for. Celebrate Halloween with us!

Halloween Special Events

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Family Events:

BYOBW ‘Track’ or Treat
October 22nd, 9 AM – 10:30 AM at The ARC 
Take your 2-6 year olds to The ARC where they can ride their Big Wheels, tricycles, and other pedal-powered vehicles (no bikes) on a ‘haunted’ ride around the track.

Spooktacular
October 26th, 7-11 PM at MU Student Center
Free for students and only $5 for general public – check out the haunted house, the Great Pumpkin Carving, costume contest, and Halloween treats.

(Not so) Frightening Friday
October 28th, 4-6 PM in The District 
Free trick or treating in The District.

Trunk or Treat
October 28th, 3-7 PM at Ascenisa Spa (Cherry Hill)
Join Ascenisa Spa for their Trunk or Treat – games, a fire truck, hot dogs, popcorn and candy are all included in the event.

Spine-Tingling Tales and Crafts
October 28th, 4:30-5:30 PM at Columbia Public Library
Gather ’round, little witches, goblins and ghouls! Get the whole family into the Halloween spirit with spooky stories and creepy crafts. The event is ages 9 and up, and registration beforehand is encouraged.

Halloween & Hoops
October 28th, 5:30 PM at Mizzou Arena
To kick off Halloween weekend, put on that crazy costume and catch some Mizzou hoops. Both the men’s and women’s programs will be passing out candy, socializing with fans and taking photos before playing in the Black & Gold scrimmage games. Halloween-themed entertainment will be provided in between the scrimmages.

Trick or Treat at The Creek
October 31st, 4-7 PM at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
All ages are invited to join us in this safe, family-friendly trick-or-treating community event. Rain or shine, you and your kids can enjoy games, crafts, treats, contests, and prizes.

Grown-Up Events:

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Halloween Brew ‘n View: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 20th, 8:30 PM at The Blue Note
Kick off your Halloween by experiencing the chaos and delight of the world’s greatest rock & roll audience participation film, hosted by Mark “The Master” Chambers.

Tri-Sigma’s Haunted Tour
October 26th, 7-11 PM at Stephens College
Join Tri Sigma for their 11th Annual Haunted Tour of Stephens. The tour will begin at the basement of Roblee Hall.

90s Halloween Party with The Lone Rangers
October 28th, 9:30 PM at The Social Room
Get hyped for Halloween with a night full of hits from the decade with this ’90s cover band. Relive the prime of Third Eye Blind, Britney Spears, OutKast and the like.

The Zombie Run
October 29th, 8:30 AM on MKT Trail at Twin Lakes
Run for the kids at this 5k through part of the MKT trail that benefits St. Jude’s.

80s vs. 90s Costume Ball
October 29th, 8 PM at The Blue Note
Costume contest at midnight for 80s/90s TV Character and Music Icon. Music videos will be shown on the big screen – dance the night away!

Rocheport Oktoberfest II: Monster Mash
October 29th, 12 PM – 10:30 PM in Rocheport, MO
Celebrate Missouri’s Rock and Blues music scene and enter the costume contest for a chance to win $250! Join the Monster Bike Mash to Rocheport and catch the shuttle back to Columbia.

Halloween with Tech N9ne
October 31st, 9 PM at The Blue Note
As if Halloween wasn’t scary enough, Kansas City native Tech N9ne will take the stage for a night of intense, focused rap. Prep the Caribou Lou and your costume.

Creepy Places

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FearFest Haunted House
6399 US 40
FearFest is under new management this year and features two brand new attractions: Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary.

NecroPlanet
1207 Rogers St.
Featuring two interactive haunted attractions, The Pit and the legendary Necropolis, now in its 12th year.

Costume

Halloween makeup workshop
October 27th, 3-5 PM at MU’s Craft Studio
Need some help getting that perfect Halloween makeup effect? Our makeup artist will go over the basics of Halloween makeup and be on hand to give you specific tips for your own costume. Bring your own makeup kit. Cost is: MU Students $10 / Non-Students: $20.

Gotcha Costumes
819 E. Walnut St.
Monday-Saturday 11 AM-8 PM; Sunday 12 -5 PM

Party City
Broadway Market Place, 21 Conley Rd.
Monday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM-9 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM

Maude Vintage
818 E. Broadway
Monday-Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM

Leo’s Old Clothes
9 N. 9th St.
Monday-Friday 12-6 PM


Have a happy Halloween! Tag your Columbia photos – #ShowMeCoMo.

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October is one of our busiest months of the year – there’s no way we could include everything but you can see the whole schedule on our calendar of events.

1. Love Your Craft Fest

What: The fest is a family-friendly block party that will feature live music, lots of doughnuts and food vendors, and thousands of dollars worth of giveaway prizes.

When: October 7, from 3-11 PM

Where: 9th Street in front of Shakespeare’s Pizza

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Photo from Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Facebook page

2. Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

What: The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential fall fest. There’s a petting zoo, craft vendors, food, live music, activities for the kids, and so many pumpkins.

When: October 8-9, from 9AM-5PM both days

Where: Hartsburg, MO – find the route into town here

3. 7th Annual Harvest Hootenanny

What: The Hootenanny is an afternoon of celebrating agriculture with Missouri-grown food, local beer, live music, and games. The event IS kid-friendly but no fur babies.

When: October 8, from 3-8 PM

Where: Smith Street, in front of the Urban Farm

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4. South East Craft Beer Fest

What: The SEC Beer Fest is a festival for beer lovers (duh). There will be about 75 breweries, along with food, music, and more.

When: October 14-15

Where: NH Scheppers Distributing Co., 1306 Hathman Place

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Map for Artrageous Weekend 2016

5. Artrageous Weekend

What: This free art-filled weekend includes a self-guided art crawl, educational and hands-on activities, artistic brunches, and more art-filled activities. Check out their Facebook page to get an idea of who will be participating.

When: October 14-16

Where: Various locations in downtown Columbia

6. Paws in the Park

What: This annual event is held by Second Chance for people and their fur babies – check out the Dock Dog Diving Competition, Canine Carnival, games for people who don’t bring a pup along, 5K on Sunday morning, food and craft vendors, and live auction on Sunday.

When: October 15-16, 9AM-4PM Saturday and 9AM-3PM Sunday

Where: Stephens Lake Park

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7. Mizzou Homecoming

What: Homecoming is MU’s favorite and most well-known tradition (we’re known as the birthplace of ‘homecoming’), and the celebration is more than just a football game – the weekend includes campus decorations, a spirit rally, the ‘stroll off,’ parade, and revisiting favorite Columbia spots.

When: October 21-22

Where: University of Missouri

8. Rocheport Oktoberfest

What: This free fest will include live music (folk, traditional, Americana) and lots of beer and food.

When: October 22, from 12-10:30 PM

Where: Rocheport, MO

9. (Not so) Frightening Friday

What: Take the kiddos trick-or-treating in The District!

When: October 28, from 4-6 PM

Where: The District

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10. Rocheport Fall Colors Trail Ride

What: Join Parks and Rec on a 26-mile (round-trip) bike ride on the Katy Trail to Rocheport and back. This is the perfect way to see the fall colors!

When: October 30, 10AM-3PM

Where: Leaving from the Jay Dix Station off of Scott Blvd


Happy October! Remember to tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo.

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How is it September already?! We’re not sure but, like everybody else, we love fall so we aren’t complaining. Our calendar of events is jam-packed this month; here are the events you shouldn’t miss out on:

1. Show ‘Em Comedy Festival

What: Two days of stand-up comedy featuring acts like Comedy Wars, Bill Chott, Sam Losco from The Trailer Park Boys, and Kevin Farley

When: September 2-3

Where: Various locations in Columbia – see the schedule

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2. Crush Festival 

What: Free, family-friendly festival to kick off harvest season with live music, pumpkin-painting, games, and grape-stomping

When: September 3, from 2-6 PM

Where: Les Bourgeois A-Frame, Rocheport

3. Hallsville Fall Festival

What: Festival fun including pony pull, garden tractor pull, parade, and horse show along with food trucks, beer garden, live music, and a fish fry

When: September 9-10, starting at 6 PM Friday and all day Saturday

Where: Hallsville Fairgrounds

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4. Mizzou Football vs. Eastern Michigan

What: The return of Mizzou football, ’nuff said

When: September 10, kickoff at 6:30 PM

Where: Faurot Field

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5. Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge

What: 10K challenge – 5K kayak and 5K run through a water trail and mountain bike trail

When: September 10, beginning at 9 AM

Where: Finger Lakes State Park

6. 2nd Annual Berlin Bazaar

What: Over 40 Missouri artisans, 6 musical acts, 2 incredible kids booths, 1 cupcake vendor, 1 dessert vendor, 1 burger pop up, 3 henna artists, and 1 chakra card reader

When: September 10, from 5-9 PM

Where: Cafe Berlin

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7. Heritage Festival & Craft Show

What: Step back in time with vendors and crafts, tradesmen, music, dancing, storytelling, and tours through the Maplewood Home and Boone Junction Village

When: September 17-18, from 10-5 PM

Where: Nifong Park

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8. Rocheport Wine Stroll

What: Sample wines from a dozen Missouri wineries and stay for live music after the stroll

When: September 17, from 4-8 PM

Where: Downtown Rocheport

9. Family Fun Fest: Creative Kids

What: The final festival focuses on creativity and will include hands-on art activities, musical performances, theater, and dance, along with food trucks

When: September 21, from 6-8 PM

Where: Cosmo Park

10. Best of the Year Student Films

What: See works from Stephens College digital filmmaking students

When: September 23, at 7 PM

Where: Charters Lecture Hall, Stephens College

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You may associate 5Ks with getting up way too early and digging out that active-wear you use, well, not as often as you should. No more. The growing popularity of themed runs such as The Color Run, Diva Dash, Superhero 5K, FroYo Run, and many more are changing the face of fun runs.

These production style events are drawing crowds in the thousands. Runners are, in some cases, traveling across the country and signing up sometimes 10 months in advance to participate. Almost all of the races give back to local charities but the events are becoming big business. The Color Run, in it’s 4th year coming to Columbia is continuing to attract participants, add more cities to their tours, and increase the size of their courses each year.

If you are coming out to join in the madness at the Columbia Color Run, here’s what to expect on race day.

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The Vibe

Each of these themed 5K races puts fun first and fitness second by offering plenty of distractions and attractions throughout the race course and hosting elaborate pre and post-race parties. The atmosphere at these events is electric and fast-paced but you don’t necessarily need to bring your Nike’s to keep up.

For example, The Color Run, coming to Cosmo Park in Columbia on August 27th, does not post race times. Its focus is on happiness, health, and individuality. The theme must be resonating with runners and fun runners alike because, according to its website, The Color Run is now the single largest event series in the world, offering races in over 35 countries in 2015 and growing in 2016.

Normal races encourage a basic level of runners’ etiquette but at The Color Run, participants come armed with colored powder and navigate a course filled with volunteers who are out to get them. The course has different color “zones” and introduces a new color of powder at each 1K checkpoint. Runners start the race shiny white and end looking like an art project gone awry. It’s all in good fun, though and has marketed itself as the “5K Vacay” or “The Happiest 5K on Earth.”

Happiest 5K on Earth may be a bold claim but The Color Run backs it up on their website with this fun fact: “Color runners have found love! TCR has witnessed 87,410 love at first sightings, 9,607 first dates, 654 proposals, and 35 weddings!”

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The Gear

Part of the fun that comes with the new wave of fun runs, like The Color Run and The Blacklight Run, is the opportunity for participants to rally around a theme or create their own for their team or group. The Color Run gets you started by equipping each participant with a Tropicolor themed kit. There are 3 tiers of registration for The Color Run: Classic, Classic Plus, and Deluxe. The main difference besides price is the amount of swag that comes in your registration kit and whether or not you want your kit mailed to you.

Classic registration is $34.99 and you’ll need to come to packet pickup either the day before or the day of the race. Classic Plus is $42.99 and ships your packet to your door. Deluxe registration is $54.99. It’s shipped to your door and includes extra goodies like wayfarer style sunglasses and trucker hats.

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If you really want to stand out, take your outfit to the next level by choosing a specific neon color for your team or creating a character. Coordinating funky costumes with your teammates is not required but it certainly adds to the fun. You are sure to see people skipping around in tutus, capes, glowing bodysuits and more. While technically the powders being hurled around during the race are washable, expect to leave the race with more than a few colorful souvenirs on your official Color Run t-­shirt.

The Big Day

Because The Color Run is focused more on the overall experience rather than on speed, the race is a good fit for every age and ability. Avid runners can enjoy themselves alongside families and park walkers. Children and strollers are allowed to run the race with a paying adult participant – pets are not. Small lockers will be available on site at Cosmo Park for $5 and large lockers for $10.

Pre-race packet pickup is from 10:00am to 6:00pm Friday the 26th at Kohl’s on Green Meadow Drive. Check in starts at 8:00am on Saturday the 27th at Cosmo Park. If you chose to have your packet mailed to you, you do not have to check in. Just put on your race bib and head to the starting line. All registered participants receive a t­-shirt, headband, tattoos, and race bib. Medals and additional color packs for the after-party are handed out at the finish line.

Pre-­race festivities start at 9:00 am with waves going every few minutes, and the skipping, dancing, and smiling continues throughout the brightly colored race course, ending with the finish festival at the brand new Rainbow Beach. Fair warning that there is actual sand at this beach, so if you are bringing kids, be prepared to hose them down when you get home.

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The Cause

Each Color Run event contributes to a local charity partner as well as cancer research and encourages race participants to share their stories about using this event as a platform to find hope, health, and happiness in the fight against cancer. This year the Color Run is partnered with The Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Sigma Chi International Fraternity to be the generation to end cancer.

A themed 5K may not be a serious runner’s cup of tea, but that is kind of the point. It’s a race for people who may not love running, but they love fun. If that’s you, get yourself to Columbia next month, and see what they hype is all about. You may not leave with an engagement ring, but you are sure to leave with a smile, a messy t-­shirt, and some great memories.


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It’s only mid-June and we’re already seeing temperatures in the 90s – it looks like it’s going to be a hot summer! From pools to indoor fun, here’s how you can stay cool in Columbia:

Pools

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Albert Oakland Family Aquatic Center | 1900 Blue Ridge Rd.

June – August hours: M-F 12-7 PM | Sa 11-5 PM | Su 12-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last weekday: August 12th | open weekends 12-5 PM (Aug 13-14 | 20-21 | 27-28 | Sept 5-7)

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $3.75
Ages 2-15: $2.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor 50-meter pool with double-loop enclosed flume water slide. Includes a children’s play area with sprinklers and a slide. Concessions, shade umbrellas, and lounge chairs are available.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center | 400 N. Providence Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F 1-7 PM | Tu,Th,Su 12-5 PM | Sa 11-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Ages 2+: $1
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor facility with water slide and climbing wall. Includes concessions, a shaded shelter, and spraygrounds.

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Flat Branch Park Spraygrounds | 400 Locust St.

Open until September 30th | free

Spraygrounds activated by push button.

Lake of the Woods Pool | 6700 St. Charles Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F 1-7 PM | Tu,Th,Su 12-5 PM | Sa 11-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $2.75
Ages 2-15: $1.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor facility with a country club setting. Includes a water slide, shade umbrellas, and a concession stand in the clubhouse.

Little Mates Cove | 2500 Chapel Hill Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F,Sa 11-5 PM | Tu,Th 12-7 PM | Su 12-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $2.75
Ages 2-15: $1.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor children’s water park with slides, sprinklers, water cannons, and falls. Concessions are available.

Stephens Lake Park

Stephens Lake Park | 100 Old 63 N.

Open until September 30th from dawn-dusk | free

Unguarded sand beach with spraygrounds and restrooms.


Indoor Fun

Empire Roller Rink | 1305 Business Loop 70 E.

You can still get some exercise without being out in the heat! Head to Empire to roller skate during their public sessions:

Wednesdays: 12-3 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursdays: 12-3 PM
Fridays: 7-10 PM (Family Fun Fridays)
Saturdays: 9-11 AM (9 years and younger), 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM
Sundays: 1:30-3:30 PM

Columbia Public Library

Columbia Public Library | 100 W. Broadway

While you do need a library card in order to check out the materials, anyone can stop by and look through the books. Have your kids pick out something to read quietly to themselves for a bit, and then grab a snack at The Perk Desk.

Lazer Lanes | 3412 Grindstone Parkway

Bowling, lazer tag, bumper cars, snacks, an arcade… you can keep your family busy for hours at Lazer Lanes.

Going Bonkers | 3812 Buttonwood Dr.

Going Bonkers is a great option if you have young children – there is a multi-level ‘playground,’ arcade, food, and even a quiet room for you with WiFi where you can keep an eye on the kids.

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Catch a movie: 

Forum 8 Theater | 1209 Forum Katy Parkway
Ragtag Cinema | 10 Hitt Street
Regal Stadium 14 | 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.

Yogoluv | 201 S. 9th Street

If you’ve never been to Yogoluv, here’s how it works: grab a bowl, fill it with your favorite flavors of frozen yogurt, and then head over to the toppings and go crazy. Maybe not too crazy, though – the cost depends on how much your bowl weighs.


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Warmer weather means more great activities and events going on in Columbia! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up this month – check our calendar of events for more.

Family

Xtreme Force Live Action Show | May 13th, 6 PM at Missouri Theatre
World Champion Black Belt Martial Artists featured as “The Turtles” perform stunts, kicks, flips, and more while promoting a positive anti bullying awareness message that is FUN for the entire family!

Movies in the Park: Frozen | May 13th, 8:30 PM at Cosmo Park
These films are shown on a giant inflatable screen; grab a blanket or low lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema. Pre-show activities and entertainment begin one hour prior to the movie start time. Concessions are available. This year, all movies are free of charge, thanks to Missouri Care.

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Youth Fishing Day | May 14th, 10-12 PM at Finger Lakes State Park
Learn basic fishing skills and receive a prize for biggest fish, most fish and first fish caught. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for the first 25 that sign up. Meet at the lake located near the beach parking lot. This event is free for all ages and no fishing permit is required for all that attend. Prizes will be awarded to those 12 years of age and under. For more information and to sign up, call the park at 573 443-5315.

Heritage Weekend | May 14-15th, 4-8 PM at Douglass Park
The unofficial opening of Douglass Park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Sunday will feature a domino tournament, single elimination, for individuals and partners. Starts at 4 PM, free for all ages. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy your neighborhood park!

Family Fun Fest: Be Kind, Be Healthy | May 18th, 6-8 PM at Cosmo Park
Entertainment for the whole family will include music, live performances, art activities, hands on learning, face painting, balloon art, and fun for all! Join us for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

Kid Disco! | May 22nd, 10:30 AM at Rose Music Hall
Bring your kids out to Rose Music Hall and Forrest Rose Park every other Sunday. We’ll have DJs Requiem, RonIronic or Jen Ha set up on our patio spinning disco, club classics, 80s, funk, and more.  The kids will around dancing like wild animals in the friendly confines of our cute little park, burning energy and jumping in our bounce house (provided by our pals at Rockin Rents).  You hang out with other parents and chow down on Pepe’s tasty Mexican brunch menu while sipping on Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, beers, or even just an orange juice if that’s your thing.  Then at 2pm when the party’s over, everybody can go home and take a big nap.

Pedaler’s Jamboree VIII | May 28-29th, Flat Branch Park
Bicyclists start at Flat Branch Park from 7:30 am to 10 am and head to Kemper Park in Boonville. Drop off your overnight packs at check in and prepare for a weekend of relaxed bike riding, music, and fun. Enjoy the scenic views of the Katy Trail State Park as you ride on crushed limestone trails flanked by cliffs and the Missouri River. Stop at your convenience at a handful of locations to enjoy live music and entertainment. Bands will play throughout the day in communities across the trail.

The final destination will once again host the feature event with main stage music. Overnight camping at Kemper Park will be free for all registered riders. There will be food available at restaurants throughout the town of Boonville as well as food vendors at Kemper Park. The following day, food and entertainment await you on your journey yet again.

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Salute to Veterans Celebration | May 28-30th at Columbia Regional Airport and downtown Columbia
This FREE two-day airshow at Columbia Regional Airport is the 28th Annual Salute to Veterans Corporation Airshow. The airshow is May 28th-29th from 9am-4pm, and the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Columbia begins at 10am on Memorial Day (May 30th).

Live Music

Rose Revival: Sunday Gospel Brunch | May 15th, 12 PM at Rose Music Hall

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9th Street Summerfest with Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini | May 20th, 6 PM

Lightnin’ Malcom | May 20th, 9 PM at Rose Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers | May 22nd, 7:30 PM at The Blue Note

Rising Appalachia | May 26th, 8 PM at Rose Music Hall

Hellyeah | May 27th 8 PM at The Blue Note

Special Events

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15th Annual Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week | May 16-22nd
See schedule for more details.

Dancing with Missouri Stars | May 19th, 5:45 PM at Holiday Inn Executive Center
Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s 10th Annual “Dancing With Missouri Stars” combines esteemed members of the mid-Missouri area and MCB professional company dancers – they have three months to take lessons and then compete for the prestigious DWMS trophy. MCB would like to introduce our 2016 Celebrity Dancers: Meghan Buchert, Craig Franklin, Cyndi Frisby, Brandon Gerau, Richard Huffstutter, Denise Nelson, Mary Stauffer, and Steven Taylor. The champion is determined by audience votes, at $1 a vote, and the proceeds all go to benefit MCB and our mission of bringing the art of dance to our community and surrounding areas.

Meet the Author: Laura Valenti | May 21st, 9:30 AM at Boone County Museum
Admission is Free! Book signings and sales at 11:30am. Also available at every Meet the Author: free coffee and the delicious, fresh-baked Harold’s Doughnuts! Laura Valenti brings several of her southern Missouri fiction titles to Meet the Author.

Native Pollinators Symposium | May 23rd, 8-3:30 PM at Bond Life Sciences Center, MU
Join Mizzou Botanic Garden for the Native Pollinators Symposium. As part of National Pollinators’ Week experts will highlight and share the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Discover new information about native pollinator conservation through lectures, round table discussions and Q&As with national experts.

2016-bianchi-logoNRA Bianchi Cup | May 24-28th at Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Hallsville
Championship firing of the first 1920 will commence at noon on May 24, firing through noon on May 28. The top 36 competitors from the first 1920 (Top 16 Open, 4 Metallic, 4 Production, 4 Woman, 4 Junior and 4 Senior/Grand Senior) will move on to the Championship Round. The top 36 competitors will fire an additional 1920 through the same four NRA Bianchi Cup events, in the Championship Round, which will be fired on Saturday, May 28 starting at 8:30 am.

‘Godspell’ | May 26-29th, 8 PM at Maplewood Barn Theatre
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

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Our April calendar is jam-packed with tons of great events. Below is just a few highlights so be sure to view all of our events if you’re planning on visiting CoMo. Looking for on-stage performances? Find them here (we needed a whole blog post for that!).

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Youth basketball tournament for girls and boys 3rd-9th grade. Register here.

MaxTrax Duathlon | April 3 | Bethel Park
This two-distance duathlon format is the perfect event for those seasoned multi-sport athletes and the first-time participants. The short course can be completed on a road bike, a typical mountain bike or even a comfort-style bike.

Fairy Tale 5K | April 16, 7-9:30 AM | Stephens College
The Fairy Tale 5K Walk/Run is a fun run. It is a loop run starting on the Stephens College campus through the beautiful Stephens Lake outer loop. Fairy tale characters mark the Start/Finish, 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K markers along the course.

Mizzou Football Black and Gold Game | April 16, 5 PM | Faurot Field

Lights on Afterschool 5K Glow Run | April 23, 5:30 PM | Peace Park
Come decked out in your best neon gear for the 2nd Lights on Afterschool GLOW! 5K & Fun Run. Run, walk, skip, or jump with us to support afterschool!

Chasing the Sun 5K | April 30, 9 AM | Stephens Lake Park
Be sure to “dress your brightest” and each participant receives a free t-shirt! Join for music, prizes & a great cause.

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Kite-flying DayApril 2, 12-2 PM | Douglass Park
Join Parks and Rec for a day of kite-flying! The event is free, and kites will be given out to children who do not have one (limited supply). Rain date is April 16th.

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CoMo Duck Derby | April 9, 12-4 PM | Stephens Lake Park
Adopted rubber ducks will compete in a race in Stephens Lake where the winning duck’s adopter wins the grand prize of $1,000! The event will benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society. There will be live music, food, games, door prizes and adoptable pets onsite. The duck race begins at 2 pm.

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Open House | April 16, 9-3 PM
The Open House offers a fun and education-filled day with entertainment, including as the Purina Incredible Dogs, a petting zoo and veterinary medicine displays, all at no charge.

tie dyeCraig & Caitlin’s Tie Dye Carnival | April 17, 1:30 PM | Rose Music Hall
See live acrobatic performances courtesy of Muse Pole Fitness and CoMo Aerial Arts; bring articles to dye at our tie dye station; get your face painted; play games; and see all we have to offer at this fun Sunday carnival!

Rainbow House Spring Fair | April 23, 11-2 PM | Flat Branch Park
Join Rainbow House in free games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, food and more in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Tons of Trucks | April 27, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall
Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

SPECIAL EVENTS 

First Fridays in the North Village Arts District | April 1, 6-9 PM
A FREE gallery crawl held the first Friday of each month in the North Village Arts District. Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment!

shopSpring Shop Hop | April 16, 10-8 PM | The District
Explore, dine and shop all day with sales, special offers and refreshments.

Unbound Book Festival | April 23 | Stephens College
Unbound is a brand-new FREE festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events.

Cole Swindell live on 9th Street | April 23, 6 PM

‘Stephens Sings’ Spring Choral Concert | April 24, 7:30 PM | Senior Hall, Stephens College
Vocalists at Stephens College present this year-end performance that doubles as a celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our seniors. Featuring Vocal Arts and Musical Theatre students, this promises to be a night of great music appropriate for all ages.

Quilt Show | April 30-May 1, 10 AM | VFW Post 280

Float Your Boat for the Food Bank | April 30, 11 AM | Bass Pro
Teams build themed, cardboard boats to race and win unique prizes. Help support The Food Bank by registering a boat, watching the race and voting for your favorite boat. All money raised goes to The Food Bank

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MUSIC

Jason Aldean

 Hinder at The Blue Note February 1, $20

‘We Always Swing’ Jazz Series presents Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band at Missouri Theatre February 4$15-40

Jason Aldean: We Were Here Tour at Mizzou Arena February 6, $71-300

Ray Chen Violen at Missouri Theatre February 9, $16-21

Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents
Elizabethan Baroque at First Baptist Church February 19, $20

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at The Blue Note February 21, $25

ON STAGE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Macklanburg Playhouse | February 5-7, 12-13
Hilarity, love and confusion ensue in this beloved Shakespearean comedy. Mystical mayhem surrounds classic characters as they celebrate a wedding, fall under spells, and fall in and out of love in the forests of this magical world.

Potted Sherlock | Missouri Theatre | February 8
All 60 Sherlock Holmes stories retold in 80 elementary minutes! This delicious romp through the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle is fabulous fun for the whole family.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Missouri Theatre | February 10
Clifford the Big Red Dog comes to life on stage in this interactive musical! Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on an adventure filled with singing and dancing.

 

 
A Chorus Line | Columbia Entertainment Company | February 11-14, 18-21
A Chorus Line examines, with both hilarity and heartbreak, the grueling life of ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line.

Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead | Rhynsburger Theatre | February 24-28
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are just trying to live their little lives when they get thrust onto the world stage and into a tragedy they can’t comprehend. Playing witty word games to pass their time offstage, they turn Shakespeare’s masterpiece into Stoppard’s existential comedy. So who’s to blame when they end up dead?

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds | Warehouse Theatre | February 25-28
Beatrice lashes out at daughters Tillie and Ruth, who each possess their very own eccentricities. The play’s intimate look at their lives illustrates universal human truths.

FESTIVALS

Thomas Hart Benton Celebration | February 2-4
The State Historical Society of Missouri, in association with the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series, presents mini-exhibition In Sync with Thomas Hart Benton, which will highlight several of Benton’s artworks that relate to music. A companion three-day Benton-centered event will also take place February 2-4

First Friday | February 5
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.

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Lunafest | February 6
Short film festival with wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, raffle items and more.

Wild & Scenic Film Fest | February 14
This sixth annual film festival, hosted by Missouri River Relief, will awe and inspire audiences to want to make a difference. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Roller Derby: Brass Knuckle Betties vs. The Astronaughties | February 6th
All the Single Ladies: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Ball | February 13
SEC Swimming and Diving Championships | February 16-20
Polar Plunge | February 20
Show-Me State Games Hoopin’ It Up | February 26-28


These are not all of Columbia’s events for the month of February – be sure to keep an eye on our calendar of events!

 

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We have so many great plays and events happening this month! Read on to find out more, and check out our calendar of events to stay in-the-know.

Concert Series

Missouri Symphony’s Hot Summer Nights – “the largest Classical and Pops summer festival in the heartland” featuring family-friendly shows, chamber recitals, community concerts, and more.

Shelter Insurance Gardens Concert Series – This concert series has delighted local families for many years and offers a wide variety of performances on Sunday evenings in June and July. The free concerts are held in the Shelter Insurance Gardens. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy.
June 14 – Columbia Community Band
June 21 – The BluesSlingers
June 28 – The Missouri Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kirk Trevor

On Stage

Lucky Stiff – June 11-14, 18-21, 25-28 at Columbia Entertainment Company
This murder mystery farce propels a mild-mannered English shoe clerk into a lunatic mix of murdered Atlantic City croupier, his near-sighted jilted  mistress, her hen-pecked brother and several hundred (off-stage) dogs. Witherspoon will inherit six million dollars if he can successfully go on holiday with his uncle, the late departed croupier, in Monte Carlo for a week. If he doesn’t pull it off, the money goes to the Universal Dogs Home of Brooklyn – and if there is one thing in life that Harry hates, it’s dogs!

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Mostly SweetJune 12-14, 19-21 at Talking Horse Theatre
Deirdre Gable is determined to save her sister from wedding disaster, even if the bride is strangely reluctant. Despite the surprise arrival of Deirdre’s erstwhile boyfriend, she just might succeed – until her mother forgets more than just to call the photographer. Mostly Sweet is a poignant comedy about knowing things end…and saying “yes” anyway.

Arsenic and Old LaceJune 25-28 at Rhynsburger Theatre
The Brewster home is one of the best in Brooklyn – just don’t rent a room. In this 1940s classic black comedy, poor Mortimer Brewster has his hands full dealing with his aunts who have twelve bodies in the basement, “Teddy Roosevelt” his delusional brother, and the local beat cops. Add another trouble making brother and a fiancée and Mortimer may not make it though the night.

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!June 22 at Macklanburg Playhouse
A beloved tradition, this is one musical revue not to be missed. Free and open to the public. [G]
Be prepared for fabulous song and dance featuring the entire STI Company. Our match-beloved traditional season closer is a sparkling musical revue featuring some the greatest music from the Broadway repertoire.

Stephens Summer Dance Concert – June 26-27 at Macklanburg Playhouse
Students studying in the Stephens Summer Dance program will showcase the pieces they’ve learned from our critically acclaimed guest artists at this annual concert. Expect to be inspired by various forms of original choreographed movement.

Cool Off

Columbia pools are open for the season – see the information for each of Parks and Rec’s aquatic facilities below:

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Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center | 1900 Blue Ridge Rd.
Price – $1.75 – 3.75
Features concession stand, enclosed water slide, children’s water play area, diving boards, and chairs

Douglass Family Aquatic Center | 400 N. Providence Rd.
Price – $1
Features concession stand, water slide, climbing wall, and spraygrounds

Lake of the Woods Pool | 6700 St. Charles Rd.
Price – $1 – 2.75
Features concession stand, water slide, and shade umbrellas

Little Mates Cove | 2500 Chapel Hill Rd. (Twin Lakes Recreation Area)
Price – $1-2.75
Features concessions and children’s water park with slides, sprinklers, and water cannons

Stephens Lake Swimming Beach and Spraygrounds | 100 Old 63 N.
Price – Free
Features sand beach and spraygrounds with chlorinated water
No lifeguard on duty

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