Festivals

2016 was another awesome year for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The fest drew in over 32,000 fans over the weekend from 46 states, three Canadian provinces, Norway, Japan and Belgium. There were 26 food vendors, 19 craft and not-for-profit vendors, and over 30 artists. Find out more by reading the articles listed below:

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The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter set to headline Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO AXS, 8.9.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO: Local music included! AXS, 9.16.16

Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings the soul on opening night AXS, 10.1.16

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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival closes with a surprise jam AXS, 10.3.2016

By the numbers: Roots N Blues N BBQ Vox Magazine, 10.5.2016

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Turns the Fun Up to 10 American Blues Scene Magazine, 10.5.2016

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Wannabe at the Fest: A review of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Wannabethecomic.com, 10.11.2016

Live Review: Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Turns 10 in Style Popdose.com, 10.17.2016

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Don’t miss the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – September 29 – October 1

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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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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


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We’re only a few days away from the 10th 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 vendors 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:

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How to get tickets

While Whole Hog and Platinum Pig passes are sold out, there are still tickets available.

Prices:
Friday – $55
Saturday – $70
Sunday – $55
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Tickets can be purchased online, at Vinyl Renaissance of Columbia (16 N. 10th Street) or at The MSA/GPC Box Office located at the MU Student Center. Kids 12 and under get free general admission with an adult.

How to get there

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

COMO Connect: COMO Connect 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

How to plan your weekend

Below is the artist schedule. We suggest following Roots N Blues on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend.

Thursday:

8 PM – Kickoff Party at Rose Music Hall with Paul Weber & The Scrappers, W.T Newton & The Ozark Blood, Tim Carey

Friday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
6 PM – The Oversight Committee
7:30 PM – Mike Farris
9:30 PM – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – The Fried Crawdaddies
6:30 PM – Houndmouth
8:15 PM – St. Paul & The Broken Bones

10:30 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Old Salt Union

Saturday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – The Flood Brothers
12:30 PM – Deke Dickerson
2:15 PM – Southern Culture on The Skids
4:00 PM – The Oh Hellos
5:45 PM – Sam Bush
7:30 PM – The Devil Makes Three
9:15 PM – Jason Isbell

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – Brad Cunningham Band
12:15 PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Competition Winners
1:45 PM – The Budos Band
3:30 PM – Jackie Greene Band
5:15 PM – The Mavericks
7:00 PM – Shovels & Rope
8:45 PM – Grace Potter

10:30 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Molly Gene One Whoaman Band

Sunday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – Chump Change
12:45 PM – Paul Thorn
2:15 PM – Rayland Baxter
4:00 PM – Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
5:45 PM – G. Love & Special Sauce
7:30 PM – The Avett Brothers

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – Broadway Blues
1:00 PM – Music Maker Blues Revue
2:45 PM – The Blind Boys of Alabama
4:30 PM – Blues Traveler
6:15 PM – Ben Folds

8:30 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Don’t Mind Dying, The Flood Brothers

New this year:  The Front Porch Stage will have instruments and musical equipment for anyone to perform.

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

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How to win Columbia prizes

We know you’ll be taking photos at the festival – use the tag #ShowMeRootsNBlues on Instagram to be entered to win Columbia goodies. That’s it! So easy, right?

How to follow along if you aren’t attending

We 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 (@VisitColumbiaMO) or Snapchat (VisitColumbiaMO) for photos and videos from the festival.

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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 awesome merchandise

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 1/2 Marathon and 10K

Have fun!

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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 almost time for one of our favorite festivals of the year! Here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau we’ve planned out our schedules and can’t wait for next week. Here are our ‘must-see’ picks for this year’s fest: (Descriptions from the True/False Film Fest website)

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Megan, Marketing and Communications Manager – Sonita

Dead-set against being sold as a bride, a feisty Afghan refugee breaks loose to become a rapper. IN PERSON: Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami & star Sonita Alizadeh

Rachel, Public Information Specialist – The Other Side

Addiction, bigotry, and zealotry are set against the abiding love of family in the rubbed-raw intimacy of Roberto Minervini’s latest. IN PERSON: Dir. Roberto Minervini

Julie, Tourism Development Program Manager – Between Sisters

Teresa and Ornella are sisters utterly devoted to one another despite a deeply buried secret between them. IN PERSON: Dir. Manu Gerosa

Amy, Director – The Fear of 13

Death row inmate Nick Yarris has the presence and poise of a Shakespearean thespian. But can he be believed? IN PERSON: Dir. David Sington

Terra, Services Manager – The Bad Kids

At an isolated, alternative high school, a firebrand principal tests the limits of tough love working with teenagers considered to be lost causes. IN PERSON: Co-directors Lou Pepe & Keith Fulton

Beth, Sales Manager – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Sitcom king, Norman Lear single-handedly revolutionized television. But what has he done lately? IN PERSON: Dir. Heidi Ewing

Andrea, Sales Manager – The Music of Strangers

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are on an uplifting mission to connect the world through music. IN PERSON: Dir. Morgan Neville

OUR FESTIVAL TIPS

True False 2014 French band -EliseDon’t forget about the buskers and the awesome art installations! One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performances before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world. The art installations contribute to the eccentric overall atmosphere of the festival, and it’s always fun to snap a photo [or selfie, no one is judging you at this fest] of the unique displays.

Get your blood pumping in the morning! With a generous start time of 9:00 a.m., the True Life Run winds through downtown Columbia with a few fun obstacles along the way. Best of all, the entry fees benefit the True Life Fund Film. It’s a great time for a great cause.

Get some laughs! Many documentary films can have pretty heavy subject matter so we suggest you add Gimme Truth to your schedule. The world’s greatest documentary game show returns with host Johnny St. John and an array of doc-world celebrities attempting to deduce if local videos are true or false.

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

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

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

WHERE TO FIND MORE INFO:


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

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 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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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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Autumn just might be the best time of year in CoMo: the cooler weather is perfect for patio dining, our parks and college campuses become gorgeous scenes of fall colors, and of course, we have the return of four great festivals.

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38th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show
September 19-20 | Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa

Step back in time at the Heritage Festival, and bring the whole family. This free festival features crafts, entertainment, traditional tradesmen presenting the ‘lost arts,’ activities for children, ghost stories, and delicious food. While you’re there, you can also tour the historic Maplewood Home, Boone Junction Village, and the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum. History buffs and craft lovers will not be disappointed. We suggest not leaving the festival without buying some homemade fudge.

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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
September 25-27 | Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway

Roots N Blues is one of Columbia’s largest festivals and showcases over 25 artists in the genres of roots, blues, country, folk, and soul. This year’s lineup includes some big names like Dwight Yokam, Brandi Carlile, The Punch Brothers, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Buddy Guy. The festival isn’t just about the music, though – over the weekend, Stephens Lake Park is home to craft vendors, food trucks, art installations, and delicious BBQ. Sounds like an awesome time, right? Get your tickets now, and don’t forget to pack a blanket or chairs.

 Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 10-11 | Hartsburg, MO

Just south of Columbia, the tiny river town of Hartsburg (population 105) has been known to bring in up to 50,000 people for the annual Pumpkin Fest. Browse through the 150 craft vendors while munching on fresh kettle corn, help your kiddos pick out the perfect pumpkins to take home for carving, and enjoy traditional fall activities: pumpkin painting, hayrides, straw mazes, and more. If you love fall and picture-perfect small towns, you absolutely cannot miss this festival. Be sure to get an early start – the town really is tiny, which means there will be traffic from the visitors flocking in.

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Citizen Jane Film Festival
October 22-25 | Various venues in downtown Columbia

The Citizen Jane Film Festival was founded with Stephens College (the only women’s college in the Midwest to offer a film production program) to celebrate female filmmakers, who are typically underrepresented in the film industry. While this festival showcases female filmmakers, it isn’t just for women – everyone is encouraged to attend. Enjoy a weekend filled with films, after-parties, and lectures, and although the film fest continues to grow each year, it still boasts an intimate environment where you can interact with fellow festival-goers and filmmakers. It’s the perfect unique experience for any film fan, and you can get the Insane Jane Pass for only $100.

 

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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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