Special Events

Welcome to town, basketball players, coaches, and fans! We hope you enjoy your time in Columbia. You can find helpful information below, on our website, or by calling us at 573-875-1231.

Everything you need to know about schedule, admission/tickets, and more can be found on the MSHSAA website.

Wondering what else is going on while you’re here? Head over to our calendar of events.

Hungry? Here is our list of group-friendly restaurants.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the basketball action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Regal Stadium 14, and Ragtag Cinema, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility.


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Don’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. Also check out the Synapses, including Field Sessions with special guests, a unique escape room called Elemental, Transmedia at Columbia Art League, and more.

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.

Join 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, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.True False parade1 2014 Photos-3 -Elise

Take time to explore Use that time between films to grab a bite to eat at one of our many amazing local restaurants in The District. You can also browse the downtown shops, take yourself on a public art tour, check out the University of Missouri campus, or discover a new art gallery.

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.

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See a show

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December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:

Elf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our calendar of events for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

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The Magic Tree is a favorite Columbia holiday tradition, and although there’s now several of these completely lit trees around town, you should still make a trip to the original Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. There is even a festival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.

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We have all the usual shopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
Battle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
Holiday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
Columbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM

Attend a festival

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The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for First Fridays in the North Village Arts District and Living Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the City Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual Chocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.

Listen to live jazz

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“We Always Swing” Jazz Series is bringing two great holiday performances to Columbia this month:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis+ Special Guest Vocalist, Catherine Russell
December 4th, 7 PM at Missouri Theatre

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas
December 11th, 3:30 PM and 7 PM at Murry’s

Check out a tractor parade

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, look no further than the annual Centralia Christmas Tractor Parade. See floats, tractors, lawn mowers, and other farm equipment decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Santa might even be there on his Christmas tractor.

December 16th, 7 PM in Centralia

Take in the holiday lights

You could drive around town looking for lights OR you could make plans to attend one of these events:

51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

Friends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th, 6 PM
Christmas carols will follow the tree lighting and then head to Community Hall for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Candy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | December 16th, 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Meet Columbia Parks and Rec at The ARC and enjoy holiday lights from a mini-bus. Cost is $7.50, and pre-registration is required.

It’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour | December 18th, 5:30 PM
Join GetAbout Columbia at Lucky’s Market and see holiday lights in and around downtown.

Go back in time

Stephens College’s A Dickens Victorian Christmas is an annual favorite. It’s a family-friendly, authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dickens that includes refreshments, period dance, music, and more. You have four days to choose from so don’t miss out!

December 4-7 at Stephens College, Historic Senior Hall

Run (or walk) for a cause

The Jingle Bell Run is the perfect excuse to break out those ugly holiday sweaters, tie jingle bells to yourself, dress up like Santa or an elf… the cheerier, the better!

December 10th, 8 AM at Silverthorne Arena

Brew ‘n View

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Beer and holiday movies – enough said. The Blue Note has two Christmas Brew ‘n Views planned: Home Alone December 15th and Elf, December 22nd.

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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


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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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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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travel and tourism 16It’s the best week of the year – National Travel and Tourism Week! Every year, tourism professionals use this week to show off how awesome tourism is and the effect it has on our economy. According to USTravel.org, “Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015.” In the US, 15.1 MILLION jobs are supported by travel expenditures – that’s 1 out of 9 jobs that depend on travel and tourism. Seems like a good enough reason to celebrate to us!

This week, get out and experience tourism for yourself; you can be a tourist right here in Columbia, whether you live here or not! Visit the locations on the form below for a chance to win great prizes AND get to know Columbia. You can pick up a copy at the CVB (on the corner of Providence and Elm), print the form below, or email Rachel at Rachel.Grant@CoMo.gov if you’d like a copy emailed to you. Once you have visited as many of the locations as you like, you can submit the form in person to our office or by email to Info@CoMo.gov.

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Want to know how tourism impacts Missouri and Boone County? Take a look at the 2015 numbers:

  • Total visitors to Missouri: 40.4 million
  • Total economic impact of Missouri tourism industry: $15.9 billion
  • Number of Missourians directly employed by tourism businesses: 297,129
  • Tourism-related employment: 11,404
  • Total tourism-related expenditures: $395,907,381

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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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smsgShow-Me State Games Hoopin’ It Up | April 1-3 | Mizzou Student Rec Center
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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Welcome, MSHSAA basketball players and fans! We’re so happy to host you here in Columbia; please let us know if you have any questions while you’re here by tweeting us @ColumbiaMOCVB or emailing Rachel at RMGrant@GoColumbiaMO.com.

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We know you may not have enough time to explore while you’re here this weekend SO we’re offering you a chance to win a two-night stay at a Columbia hotel along with a gift basket filled with CoMo goodies! 

For each weekend of MSHSAA (March 10-13 and March 17-20), we will draw TWO winners – one from Instagram and one from Facebook. That’s FOUR winners total! Here’s what you have to do:

INSTAGRAM – Taking photos while in Columbia for MSHSAA Basketball? Tag your photos with #ShowMeMSHSAA, and you will be entered to win a two-night hotel stay and basket of CoMo goodies. That’s all you have to do!

FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook (Visit Columbia MO) and look for our contest post – you’ll be asked to comment telling us what you’d like to do with extra time in Columbia. Want to explore our parks and trails? Try out our unique restaurants? Let us know!

Once the weekend is over, we will draw a name at random on both Facebook and Instagram. We’ll direct message you to let you know that you’ve won and to give you details on your prizes. We will also announce the winners on Facebook by the following Tuesday (March 15th and March 22nd).

Good luck, and welcome to CoMo!

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