Festivals

by Danny Lee

Missouri has something for everyone, and for festival fans, Columbia is the place to be. From the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration in May to the nearly year-round Show-Me State Games to the pageantry of football season’s Mizzou Homecoming, Columbia is prepared to show you a good time, and then some.

Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

The sky’s the limit in May, when patriots descend on Columbia—literally, in some cases—for the year’s signature celebrationopens in a new window of those who have served the United States’ armed forces. The headline event is always the air show, in which fighting aircraft from armed conflicts throughout modern history show their stuff to the delight of a vast crowd looking upward and shading their eyes against the bright springtime sunshine. Demonstration teams show off workhorse aircraft like the A-10 “Warthog,” T-28s, the British de Havilland D.H. 100 Vampire, Air Force T-33, the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider and even the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplane. On the ground, visitors can get close-up looks at Vietnam-era Huey choppers, light observation aircraft and exhibitions by the nation’s military services. A parade on Memorial Day concludes at Columbia College Athletic Field, where the U.S. Army Black Daggers and the Canadian Armed Forces parachute teams make precision landings to kick off the formal Salute to the Nation Ceremony.

Art in the Park

It isn’t just about paintings. When the Columbia Art League sets out to create an art festivalopens in a new window every year in June, the palette ranges from sculpture to clothing to fabrics to ceramics and, yes, paintings in every medium and genre. To occupy visitors between exhibits and sales kiosks, the grounds abound with roaming entertainers such as jugglers and stilt-walkers. Kids won’t be bored for a second with magicians and face painters available to amaze and delight them and lemonade, ice cream and other savory snacks to nosh on. The site, Stephens Lake Park, offers a lakefront boardwalk perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll, and there are woodland trails to get a close look at nature’s own artwork.

Show-Me State Games

For athletes and their fans, the Show-Me State Gamesopens in a new window are the ideal proving grounds. In June, lacrosse, swimming, pickleball, soccer and volleyball are on offer. In July, the Games feature competitors in a wide variety of sports—archery, disc golf, power lifting, softball, synchronized swimming, volleyball and wrestling to name a few. Entrants want to walk away victorious, but everyone has the time of their lives, win or lose. The Games are hosted by the University of Missouri and grew out of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. Columbia plays host to more than 30,000 athletes competing in the Games, including contestants from nearly all of the state’s 114 counties. That means the competition is extremely challenging but the fun quotient is even higher.

Heritage Festival & Craft Show

A visit to the Heritage Festivalopens in a new window in Columbia doesn’t just turn back the clock, it turns back the calendar. Historically attired tradesmen and artisans put their skills on display, as well as their wares. It’s a rare visitor who doesn’t come away from this September festival with a handwoven basket full of handcrafted souvenirs and plenty of unique, happy memories. Entertainment on two stages gives a glimpse of the fun they had in Missouri’s early days. Back then, you couldn’t go down to the local cineplex for an afternoon double feature; people had to make their own fun. Not surprisingly, it’s still fun today to hear the singing, watch the dancing and listen to the tales of excitement and adventure relayed by gifted storytellers who seem to be left over from an age long before television and movies. On the beautiful grounds of Nifong Park, the festival leaves plenty of time to explore nature trails, the 1877 Maplewood Home and the Walters Boone County Historical Museum.

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

As the early autumn air fills with the scents of fall, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festivalopens in a new window adds its own savory notes of barbecue and bluesy music. Every September, masters of the twin arts of blues music and barbecuing descend on Columbia to tantalize taste buds and well-tuned ears with sweet music and food. The laid-back atmosphere is contagious at Stephens Lake Park for this September event; even the songbirds along the nature trails seem to trill along with the music, and it must be hard for the raccoons to stay hidden with the tantalizing scent of barbecue drifting on the breeze. Just as there are many barbecue recipes available, the music menu is always shifting, as well. It’s not unusual to hear gospel, rhythm & blues, country & western, swing and maybe even a touch of Dixieland for a southern tang. As night falls and both the air and the music get cool, the festival heats up with music fans flocking to the bandstand, hands raised, feet tapping and more than a few couples clearing out space to dance and dip.

Mizzou Homecoming

By the third week in October, football season is well under way, and the time has rolled around again for the University of Missouri Homecomingopens in a new window. Interestingly, it’s also known as the original homecoming—in 1911, the then athletic director put out the call for graduates to “come home” and support their alma mater in the annual rivalry game against Kansas University. Tradition doesn’t go much deeper than that. In this case, tradition also involves a pulse-pounding parade through Columbia and around campus, three big talent nights and the distribution of beautiful Homecoming Mums. And of course there’s the football game itself, a riot of color, cheering, marching band music and tailgating that together turn Missouri’s historic Faurot Field into the Midwest’s epicenter of football for the duration of this fantastic festival weekend.

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

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

HOW TO GET TICKETS

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

Prices:

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

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

Tickets can be purchased:

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

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

HOW TO GET THERE

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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

FRIDAY:

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

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

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

SATURDAY:

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

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

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Dirtfoot

SUNDAY:

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

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

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

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

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HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG IF YOU AREN’T ATTENDING

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

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

HOW TO GO CASHLESS

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

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

Find out more about going cashless at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO EAT

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

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO:

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

DON’TS:

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Festivals and Events

Restaurant Weekopens in a new window | June 12-18 | The District

Enjoy exclusive Restaurant Week menus and specials offers at any of the participating eateries. In addition to enjoying special menus during Restaurant Week, you can also be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to various downtown locations. Just pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any participating restaurant, beginning June 12. To complete your passport, you must dine at three or more locations, and turn your completed passport in to any of the participating restaurants by June 18.

Missouri State Senior Gamesopens in a new window and June Show-Me State Gamesopens in a new window | June 14-18 

The Missouri State Senior Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for individuals age 50 and older. June’s Show-Me State Games will include the following sports: Archery (NASP), High School Basketball, Lacrosse, Par 3 Golf, Pickleball, Soccer, Swimming, and High School Volleyball.

Savory Summer Kickoffopens in a new window | June 17, 12-4 PM | Bur Oak Brewing Co.

This event will bring together fine food, contests, local artisans, and entertainment. 30+ chefs and restaurants will serve up their best dishes to judges and the community to be chosen for our final top six cook off challenge!

Family Fun

Movies in the Park:

(PG-13) Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order.

(PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

(PG-13) After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Family Fishing Nightopens in a new window | June 16, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring your family and friends to fish in the seven-acre stocked fishing pond, enjoy s’mores by the bonfire or just sit back and relax with a cold drink. Cost is $5 per person (children 4 years and younger free) and includes the rental of a fishing pole, bait, one s’more and one drink. Fishing is catch and release only and a fishing license is not required. Please register by calling Amy Dooley at (573) 239-6134 or emailing dooleyam@missouri.edu.

Family Fun Fest: Explore Outdoorsopens in a new window | June 21, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. The outdoors has so much to offer. Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts.

On-Stage

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” | June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 | Columbia Entertainment Company

“Stage Kiss” | June 9-11, 15-18 | Talking Horse Productions

“Peer Gynt” | June 21-25 | Artlandish Gallery

“Red, White, and Tuna” | June 22-25, June 28-30 | Corner Playhouse

“Laughing Stock” | June 29-30 | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Music of Prince & The Revolution: Dr. Zhivegas | June 17 | Rose Park

Jelly Roll | June 20 | Rose Music Hall 

Jonny Lang | June 22 | The Blue Note

Summerfest: William Elliott Whitmore | June 24 | Rose Park

The Voice finalist, Barrett Baber | June 29 | Rose Music Hall

Hot Summer Nights | events throughout the month of June

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Festivals and Events

First Friday | May 5, 6-9 PMNorth Village Arts District

Each first Friday of the month, head to the North Village Arts District for a free gallery crawl – Galleries, shops and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more.

Heritage Weekendopens in a new window | May 13-14, 4-8 PM | Douglass Park

The unofficial opening of the park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Gospel in the Park will be featured on Saturday and Annette Driver will entertain on Sunday.

Bike, Walk and Wheel Weekopens in a new window | May 13-21st | Columbia

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week is a week-long celebration designed to encourage Columbians to use active modes of transportation to get around town. There will be activities for everyone, whether you’re on a bike, on your feet, or in a wheelchair.

Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebrationopens in a new window | May 27-29th | Columbia Regional Airport and The District

Don’t miss this annual, free airshow, featuring WWI, WWII, and present-day military aircraft, both on display and performing stunning aerobatic shows. The parade will begin at 10 AM Monday in the District, ending with a mass jump by the US Army Golden Knights and the Canadian Skyhawks into the Columbia College Athletic Field on Rangeline and Wilkes.

Pedaler’s Jamboree IXopens in a new window | May 27-28th | Leaving from Flat Branch Park 

Bicyclists will ride the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail, which they will follow into Boonville. Along the way will be stops with live music and entertainment. Bicyclists will end up at Kemper Park in Boonville, where there will be live music, food vendors, and camping overnight.

Family Fun

Tons of Trucksopens in a new window | May 10th, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall Parking Lot

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.

Fishing Nightopens in a new window | May 12th, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring the family for a fun night of fishing! $5 will get you a rental pole and bait, a s’more, and a drink; children 4 and younger are free.

Movies in the Parkopens in a new window | May 12th, 8:30 PM | Cosmo Park

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. May’s movie is Zootopia.

Family Fun Festopens in a new window | May 17th, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. This month’s theme is ‘Kindness is Contagious.’ Join Parks and Rec for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

On Stage

“Dark Creation, The Mary Shelley Project”opens in a new window | May 5-7th at 8 PM | Muse Clothing

“Violet”opens in a new window | May 5-6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2 PM | Talking Horse Productions

“Commedia Tonight!”opens in a new window | May 19th at 7:30 PM | Warehouse Theatre

“Pump Boys & Dinettes”opens in a new window | May 25-28th at 8 PM | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Orchard Fireopens in a new window | May 13th at 9 PM | Rose Music Hall

Bonoboopens in a new window | May 15th at 8 PM | The Blue Note

Live music at Les Bourgeoisopens in a new window | Saturdays starting May 20th, 4PM – sunset | The A-Frame

‘Blind’ Boone Piano Concert with Audra Sergelopens in a new window | May 22nd at 7:30 PM | Boone County Historical Museum

Shooter Jenningsopens in a new window | May 27th at 8:30 PM | The Blue Note

Tech N9neopens in a new window | May 30th at 8 PM | The Blue Note


Keep an eye on our calendar of events and social media for updates on May events.

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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.

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Everything you need to know about schedule, admission/tickets, and more can be found on the MSHSAA websiteopens in a new window.

Wondering what else is going on while you’re here? Head over to our calendar of eventsopens in a new window.

Hungry? Here is our list of group-friendly restaurantsopens in a new window.

Have an hour?

Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic gardenopens in a new window 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 Parkopens in a new window. 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 Districtopens in a new window, 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 8opens in a new window, the Regal Stadium 14opens in a new window, and Ragtag Cinemaopens in a new window, all of which have movies running all day.

The Columbia Mallopens in a new window 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 Lanesopens in a new window in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility.


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14th year of True/False = 37 feature films, 22 short films, 12 concerts, 5 parties, 52400 tickets sold, 72 filmmakers, 142 musicians, and 1 parade

Brick wall with lighted sign reading all that is possible is real.

Movies and music: It’s time for the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, MOopens in a new window | Kevin Wierzbicki | AXS.com

Five Reasons You Can’t Miss True/Falseopens in a new window | Megan McConachie | CoMO Living

True/False art ‘sparks an interaction’opens in a new window | Gracie Sands | MOVE Magazine

Three Genre-Expanding Documentaries about Racist Crimes of the Pastopens in a new window | Richard Brody | The New Yorker

True/False Film Fest: Ferguson film ‘Whose Streets?,’ from the people who filled themopens in a new window | Steven Zeitchik | Los Angeles Times

True/False 2017 in photosopens in a new window | Vox Staff | Vox Magazine 

True/False Film Festival 2017opens in a new window | Vikram Murthi | RogerEbert.com

The True/False Film Fest 2017opens in a new window | Kevin Wierzbicki | rocknworld.com

Release dates for the True/False films you missedopens in a new window | Zach Van Epps | Vox Magazine

7 documentaries from the True/False Film Festival that challenge how we perceive realityopens in a new window | Alissa Wilkinson | Vox

True/False Film Fest reels in bigger audienceopens in a new window | Lauren Lombardo | Columbia Missourian 

True/False Film Fest 2017: The Complete Vox Guideopens in a new window | Jenna Allen | Vox Magazine 

True/False 2017 Critic’s Notebook 1: Resistance and Futilityopens in a new window | Vadim Rizov | FilmmakerMagazine.com

Heart and Form in the Midwest: The Best of the 2017 True/False Film Festivalopens in a new window | Jordan M. Smith | Nonfics.com


Don’t miss next year’s True/False Film Festopens in a new window  – March 1-4, 2018

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Don’t forget about the buskers and the awesome art installationsopens in a new window One of the most fun features of True/False is the live musicopens in a new window 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 Synapsesopens in a new window, 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 Marchopens in a new window. 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 parade

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 Districtopens in a new window. You can also browse the downtown shops, take yourself on a public art touropens in a new window, check out the University of Missouri campus, or discover a new art galleryopens in a new window.

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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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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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festivalopens in a new window Rocknworld.com

The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter set to headline Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MOopens in a new window AXS, 8.9.16

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

Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings the soul on opening nightopens in a new window AXS, 10.1.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival gets tasty on Day 2 with food, roots musicopens in a new window AXS, 10.2.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival closes with a surprise jamopens in a new window AXS, 10.3.2016

By the numbers: Roots N Blues N BBQopens in a new window Vox Magazine, 10.5.2016

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Turns the Fun Up to 10opens in a new window American Blues Scene Magazine, 10.5.2016

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Wannabe at the Fest: A review of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festivalopens in a new window Wannabethecomic.com, 10.11.2016

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


Don’t miss the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festivalopens in a new window – 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.opens in a new window

1. Love Your Craft Festopens in a new window

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

2. Hartsburg Pumpkin Festivalopens in a new window

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

3. 7th Annual Harvest Hootenannyopens in a new window

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 Farmopens in a new window

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4. South East Craft Beer Festopens in a new window

What: The SEC Beer Fest is a festival for beer lovers (duh). There will be about 75 breweriesopens in a new window, 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 Weekendopens in a new window

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 pageopens in a new window to get an idea of who will be participating.

When: October 14-16

Where: Various locations in downtown Columbia

6. Paws in the Parkopens in a new window

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 Homecomingopens in a new window

What: Homecoming is MU’s favorite and most well-known tradition (we’re known as the birthplace of ‘homecoming’opens in a new window), 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 Oktoberfestopens in a new window

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 Fridayopens in a new window

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 Rideopens in a new window

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 #ShowMeCoMoopens in a new window.

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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 vendorsopens in a new window on hand including Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers, and, of course, lots of BBQ. Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park; check out the map below to see the setup:

2016 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival map

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
Weekend – $135roots and blues n bbq

Tickets can be purchased onlineopens in a new window, 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 garagesopens in a new window (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 mapopens in a new window 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 Bluesopens in a new window on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend.

Thursday:

8 PM – Kickoff Partyopens in a new window 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 Committeeopens in a new window
7:30 PM – Mike Farrisopens in a new window
9:30 PM – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweatsopens in a new window

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – The Fried Crawdaddiesopens in a new window
6:30 PM – Houndmouthopens in a new window
8:15 PM – St. Paul & The Broken Bonesopens in a new window

10:30 PM – After Partyopens in a new window at Rose Music Hall with Old Salt Union

Saturday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – The Flood Brothersopens in a new window
12:30 PM – Deke Dickersonopens in a new window
2:15 PM – Southern Culture on The Skidsopens in a new window
4:00 PM – The Oh Hellosopens in a new window
5:45 PM – Sam Bushopens in a new window
7:30 PM – The Devil Makes Threeopens in a new window
9:15 PM – Jason Isbellopens in a new window

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – Brad Cunningham Bandopens in a new window
12:15 PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Competition Winners
1:45 PM – The Budos Bandopens in a new window
3:30 PM – Jackie Greene Bandopens in a new window
5:15 PM – The Mavericksopens in a new window
7:00 PM – Shovels & Ropeopens in a new window
8:45 PM – Grace Potteropens in a new window

10:30 PM – After Partyopens in a new window at Rose Music Hall with Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Molly Gene One Whoaman Band

Sunday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – Chump Changeopens in a new window
12:45 PM – Paul Thornopens in a new window
2:15 PM – Rayland Baxteropens in a new window
4:00 PM – Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Bandopens in a new window
5:45 PM – G. Love & Special Sauceopens in a new window
7:30 PM – The Avett Brothersopens in a new window

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – Broadway Bluesopens in a new window
1:00 PM – Music Maker Blues Revueopens in a new window
2:45 PM – The Blind Boys of Alabama
4:30 PM – Blues Traveleropens in a new window
6:15 PM – Ben Foldsopens in a new window

8:30 PM – After Partyopens in a new window 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 eventsopens in a new window 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 #ShowMeRootsNBluesopens in a new window 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 (@VisitColumbiaMOopens in a new window) 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 10Kopens in a new window

Have fun!

Good food and good music

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