Welcome, Columbia Tourism Ambassadors! Thank you for helping us give our CoMo visitors the best experience possible. Below, find information on upcoming classes, how to renew, volunteer opportunities, and networking events.

Late summer/early fall is a great time to be in Columbia, and as a CTA there are many great events you can share with our visitors and new students. If you haven’t been to these events, take the time to treat yourself. There are many to choose from and something for every taste.

Of course, it is not fall in Columbia without a little Mizzou football. Check out their schedule at MUTigers.com, and keep an eye on our Game Day Blog for tips and information.

Don’t forget about First Fridays each month in the North Village Arts Districtopens in a new window. First Fridays is a free art crawl in the North Village Arts District on the first Friday of each month from 6 pm to 9 pm. Galleries, shops, and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more. Just around the corner, catch Friday Happy Hours at the Rose Music Hallopens in a new window.

Head to Rocheportopens in a new window on September 23 for their annual Wine Stroll. Stroll around this historic town and tour the many merchants and enjoy the best wines Missouri has to offer! Afterward, head down to Central Street where there will be live entertainment and a block party. If you haven’t been to Rocheport in awhile, be sure to check out Meriwether’s Cafe & Bike Shopopens in a new window.

If you haven’t been to the Heritage Festivalopens in a new window, now is your chance. Join them on September 16 & 17th as they celebrate their 40th year bringing Columbia traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts and crafts, watch and listen to live performances of Native American Dancers, Celtic music and dancing, and more.  There is truly something for everyone.

Head up to Hallsville for Hallsville Fun Fest, September 28th – 30th. Enjoy kids activities, a carnival, derby and more.

It wouldn’t be fall without Roots N Blues. A Columbia favorite, a weekend of great music, arts and BBQ.  Check out the artist and festival line-up at www.rootsnbluesnbbq.comopens in a new window

Check out the Museum of Art & Archaeologyopens in a new window‘s latest exhibits or join them for their annual Crawfish Boil on October 9th. Enjoy live music and mudbugs!

Rocheport is quite the happening little town. If a free music and beer festival is more your style, join them on for the 3rd annual Oktoberfest on 21 and MonsterMash on the 28th. Up for a free-spirited group bike ride? The Monster Bike Bashopens in a new window is a Halloween inspired bicycle party on the Katy Trail! Bring out your alter ego and be sure to dress for the occasion. Trailside stops and small towns will host parties with costume contests and dance parties. Prepare for freaky bicycle fun! The bike ride traverses the most social and scenic sections of the Katy Trail state park! The Columbia to Rocheport route is 17 miles. This is about as much fun as you can have on a bike! Costumes are strongly encouraged. Be goofy, have fun!

Want more music? Head over to Mid America Harley Davidsonopens in a new window for Battle of the Bands every Sunday in October where 3 bands will compete each week with finale on the 29th. There will be a beer garden and food trucks each week.

Are you up for a bike ride? Then head over to the Station House at Katfish Katy’sopens in a new window and check out their cool corn maze. The maze covers over 15 acres and consists of 6.8 miles of trails! Reward yourself with live music, drinks, and a great menu afterward.


September 19th at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 12:30 PM

Please spread the word and let friends and co-workers know how (and why) they can become a CTA.


Heritage Festival 

Please contact Ashley at Ashley.Otte@CoMo.gov if you are interested in volunteering at the Heritage Festival on September 16th or 17th.

MU Jefferson Farm & Garden

Contact director, Amy Dooley, for information on volunteering at the farm:


Boone County Historical Museum

There are several roles to choose from, including front desk docent, research facilitator, special events (including the Stables Tour and Boone Piano Concerts), exhibits assistant and tour guide (for Maplewood House and the “Village”). Our greatest need is probably that of acting as a greeter, cashier and museum guide at our front desk Those shifts are available Wed-Sunday and can be as short as 4 hours. Volunteers at BCHS are understood to be our greatest asset and are recognized annually at the winter holiday reception. Contact the museum at officemanager@boonehistory.orgopens in a new window or 573-443-8936opens in a new window.

Columbia Farmers Market

CFM offers many volunteer positions including ‘The Greenhouse’ Volunteer, Market Volunteer, Photography Volunteer, Market Ambassador, and Special Events/Farm to Table Volunteer.


Join us for our next CTA event, where we will have a Lunch & Learn at We Always Swing Jazz Seriesopens in a new window on Thursday, September 21.  The lunch and learn will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. It is a come and go as you can, with lunch provided. Jon Poses will share the upcoming season, information about his organization and his passion for jazz.
We have some fun things in the works for early fall: join us for a tour and tasting at Logboat Brewing Co. and a tour of Amish country! Details to follow soon.


The process has been upgraded to make it easier:

  • Go to CTANetwork.com
  • Login using your username & password
  • Click on “RENEW MY CERTIFICATION-Record My Points”.
  • Select from one of the two renewal categories ”Visiting Attractions” or “Activities” (see list below).
  • Be sure to click “Submit”, then “Pay by Check”. (This will allow you to print off an invoice to submit the $15 renewal fee.)

You must submit a payment or your renewal will not process within the CTANetwork system.

If you need any help or have questions – please email: Julie.Ausmus@CoMo.gov

ATTENDED EVENTS: CTA Networking Events, Partner Activities, CVB Events, Chamber of Commerce Events, Professional Association/other organization Events.
VOLUNTEERING: Festivals or Events, Meetings/Conventions, Visitor Centers, Visitor/Tourism-related events, completed surveys, Post on CVB or CTA Facebook page, Blog on CVB web site.
EDUCATION: Attend programs/seminars/webinars related to visitors, travel and tourism, CTA Online Learning, CVB programs, Chamber of Commerce programs, College/university lectures, Attend professional organization meetings (MPI, PCMA, HSMAI, ASAE, NACE, etc.)
READINGS: Explore CTA website/Upload Profile Photo, Read Career Tips, Read Three Attraction Descriptions, Travel and Tourism blogs, ‘CTA Insider’ e-newsletter, Explore CVB website

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