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Get lost in a corn maze

Katfish Katy’s offers a corn maze this year with a focus on music. The maze covers 15 acres and includes 6.8 miles of trails! Admission is $10 (children 4 and under are free). The maze is open Friday 5-9 PM and Saturday-Sunday 11 AM-9 PM.corn maze at Katfish Katy's from a bird's eye view

Attend a fall festival

Columbia is home to several annual fall festivals including the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, Crush Festival, Paws in the Park, and Citizen Jane Film Festival.nighttime performance by Shovels and Rope at Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
September 29-October 1 | Stephens Lake Park

The festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk and soul. This year’s lineup includes Gary Clark Jr, The Steeldrivers, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses, Emmylou Harris, and Ryan Adams. As well as live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and national vendors. Included in the festival is a 1/2 marathon and 10K on Saturday morning and the Sunday Gospel Celebration. The festival is a fun, true, and unique celebration of music, food and culture.

Crush Festival
October 7-9 | Les Bourgeois A-Frame

The 25th annual Crush Festival will kick off harvest season at Les Bourgeois Vineyards! To celebrate this milestone of 25 years the festival has been extended to two days this year where you can enjoy live music, kids games, pumpkin painting, and of course GRAPE-STOMPING FUN for the whole family!

Paws in the Park
October 7 | Stephens Lake Parklittle girl with painted face petting a pony

This year’s festival will once again feature the Dock Dog Diving completion, along with a Canine Carnival with games and prizes for your dog and a community-supported silent auction. Local business vendors and food trucks will be on site throughout the day. Second Chance will be featuring many of their adoptable animals so bring the family if you’re looking for a new pet!

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 14-15 | Hartsburg, MO

The charming river town of Hartsburg hosts thousands of visitors during this annual festival on the second weekend in October, which features 150 craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, food booths, pumpkins galore, and a variety of pumpkin activities for the whole family.

Citizen Jane Film Festival
October 26-29 | Stephens College

The festival celebrates women in film and screens narrative, documentary and short films, hosting panel discussions with the filmmakers. The fest is a mix of experienced professionals, up-and-coming talent and beginning filmmakers who are forgoing expectations and testing social norms. They come in person to discuss their films and help strengthen the community of female filmmakers. This year, the festival will be giving the Frances award to Linda Woolverton, screenwriter of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland.

Grab a caramel apple from The Candy Factory

A caramel apple is the perfect fall treat, and The Candy Factory has several delicious options to choose from – whether you like your caramel apple plain, covered in sprinkles, or with a candy corn Jack ‘O Lantern face, you won’t leave disappointed.case of caramel apples with toppings like m&ms, candy corn, sprinkles, and nuts

Check out the leaves

Columbia has no shortage of parks and trails with beautiful views but here are some of our top spots for fall colors:fall photo of boardwalk trail at Rock Bridge State ParkRock Bridge Memorial State Park
view of river from les bourgeois wineryLes Bourgeois Vineyards
katy trail along the river and bluffs with fall colorsKaty Trail State Park
orange fall leaves in front of memorial union at university of missouriMizzou Botanic Garden/University of Missouri

Find a Farmers Market

Support local farmers and vendors while shopping for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and more. Seasonal produce you may find at our farmers markets include broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, garlic, peas, and sweet potatoes. 'see you at the market' - Columbia Farmers Market sign and tents

Boone County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM through October 28th
Columbia Mall Parking Lot (Sears)

Columbia Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM through November 18th
The ARC, 1701 W. Ash
Tuesday, November 21st, 3-6 PM
Parkade Plaza, 601 W. Business Loop

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market
Sundays, 9 AM – 1 PM through October 29th
Wabash Station, 126 N. 10th St.

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Columbia doesn’t have a traditional Oktoberfest celebration but there are several events you can take part in:

interior of Gunter Hans restaurant Oktoberfest at Gunter Hans
October 9-14 

Oktoberfest beers will be served throughout the week along with fun activities:

  • Oktoberfest Trivia
  • Flight Night in the Biergarten
  • Das Boot and Liter Holding Contest
  • Brat & Bier Special

Rocheport Oktoberfest III and IV: Monster Mash Edition
October 21, 12-9 PM | October 28, 12-9 PM

2017 is the second year of the Rocheport Oktoberfests – free music and beer festivals in the small town of Rocheport, MO. Oktoberfest IV: Monster Mash Edition will include a contest for best Halloween costume, with a $250 prize!