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It looks like fall is finally here, and that means it’s all about pumpkin spice and everything nice. Take a look at some of Columbia’s local coffee shops that will surely warm you up on a crisp fall day.

Shortwave Coffee

Duck into Alley A for coffee at Shortwave Coffee! You can even order their coffee beans online or in various places downtown.

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Kaldi’s Coffeehouse

Kaldi’s Coffeehouse has won city-wide awards for its quality coffee, and it has delicious smoothies as well.

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Coffee Zone

Espresso drinks and light Mediterranean food can be found at Coffee Zone.

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Lakota Coffee Company

Coffee is an art at Lakota, and each drink is completely unique!

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The Grind Coffeehouse

There is something for everyone at The Grind Coffeehouse!

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Fretboard Coffee

Coffee and music collide at Fretboard Coffee! With live music and a great menu, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to find a excellent cup of coffee in Columbia!

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Are you ready for the Gold Rush?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off their Homecoming game this Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Ole Miss Rebels. Remember to wear gold as it’s the Gold Rush game.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Tiger Tail Pretzel Sticks a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd Tribute on 9th Street @ 7:30 p.m.

Matt Heckler + Casper Allen at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

All That Remains & Lacuna Coil at The Blue Note @ 6:30 p.m.

The Native Howl at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – October 11 – 13 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Tiger fans, are you ready for Game Day?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Troy Trojans.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Football Puppy Chow a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

First Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

David Nail at the Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops at Rose Music Hall @ 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Joyce Manor at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – October 4 – 6 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Rocheport Doughnut Festival October 4 – 6 from in Rocheport. Historic Rocheport is hosting a FREE-to-attend and family-friendly music festival. Some of the regions best acts will perform all while celebrating the deliciousness of doughnuts! Activities and features will include kid’s silent disco, doughnut tossing contest, free live music and ax throwing.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 5 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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It’s the festival Columbia’s been waiting for!

It’s officially fall, and that means it’s time for Roots N Blues N BBQ! The festival starts Friday, September 27 and ends Sunday, September 29 at Stephens Lake Park. Here is everything you need to know to do this festival right!

Map of the Festival

Download the RNBNBBQ app for maps and information. You can even see the lineup and “star” your favorites!

The Lineup

Wristbands

Ticket sales end Friday, September 27, and they come in the form of wristbands. Wristbands help make the RNBNBBQ experience safe, convenient and sustainable. The wristbands have Cashless Payment Technology, and they serve as your ticket and wallet at the fest. Money can be loaded onto your wristband on the RNBNBBQ site and at Top Up stations around the fest. These wristbands will be the only form of payment allowed at the fest.

Transportation

Free festival shuttles will run round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. You can park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start one hour before the gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available.

Ride your bike to support the fest’s sustainability efforts. Check out the City of Columbia bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in the free secure bike parking area at the festival entrance.

Walk from downtown since the festival entrance is about a mile from downtown. At a leisurely pace, it’s about a 16-minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival. All pedestrians are required to use the crosswalks for safety.

Festival Food & Fun

There are several food vendors attending RNBNBBQ, and there will be craft vendors as well.

We are looking forward to the festival this weekend and hope to see you there!

Thank you to Roots N Blues N BBQ for the information. Check out the Things to Know page to have other questions answered.

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It’s almost game time, Tigers!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, September 21, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Taco Ranch Bites a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

opens in a new windowFriday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

opens in a new windowJohn Moreland at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

opens in a new windowColorgeddon: A Color Power Rager at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.

opens in a new windowRage Royal 2019 at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – September 20 – 21 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market – September 21 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

opens in a new windowHeritage Festival & Craft Show – September 21 – 22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa Street. Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”. Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians. Cowboys with their chuckwagons. Mountain Man Camp. Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!). Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Happy Family Weekend, Tigers!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Sausage and Cream Cheese Biscuit Bites a try this weekend!

Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

Greg Warren at The Blue Note @ 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Goose Island Reggae Beach Party at Rose Park @ 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

100% That Tiger: Lizzo Dance Party at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Son Little at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

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Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze September 13 – 15 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market September 14 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Shop Local Summer

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This summer, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer, and now that school is back in session, it is coming to a close.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer, we’ll be back soon!

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The summer heat is here to stay, and that mean it’s important to find places in town where you can beat the heat and have some fun in a pool. Luckily, Columbia has several places to cool off and relax. Whether it’s a public pool or sprayground, people of all ages are bound to enjoy themselves.

Public Pools

Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center is Columbia’s largest outdoor municipal pool. With a play area for the kids and diving boards for the more adventurous, a great time will be had by all.

ARC Water Zone

With a leisure pool, lazy river, vortex and more, the ARC Water Zone is an incredible indoor way to have fun this summer.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center

A double loop slide, climbing wall and spraygrounds are some of what you’ll find at the Douglass Family Aquatic Center. It’s a wonderful place to

Lake of the Woods Pool

Relaxation is close to home. Located on the east side of Columbia by the Lake of the Woods Golf Course, this pool offers slides lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Little Mates Cove

This pirate-themed water play area features waterfalls, slides and sprinklers. You’re guaranteed to have fun in the sun.

Spraygrounds

Flat Branch Spraygrounds

The spraygrounds at Flat Branch Park sits in downtown Columbia and is free and open to the public. it’s a great pace to cool off and enjoy a beautiful park.

Douglass Spraygrounds

Part of the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, the spraygrounds play the role of the kiddie pool. It is perfectly suited for those looking to splash around this summer.

Stephens Lake Beach & Spraygrounds

The beach is closer than you think. Stephens Lake Park offers a place to swim in the lake and soak up the sun by the spraygrounds.

Photos courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department

 

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Happy Parks and Recreation Month!

Throughout the month of July, we will be spotlighting some of the beautiful places and exciting activities you can see and do outdoors in Columbia. Not so surprisingly, many of those places are parks managed by the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation department.

Check out these hidden gems the next time you plan to go on an outdoor adventure.

Capen Park

 

The scenic overlooks should never be overlooked at Capen Park. With bridge connections to Grindstone Nature Area and the Hinkson Creek Trail, the park covers 31.9 acres.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Memorial Garden

  

“Breathtaking” does not do this garden justice. Featuring a stunning sculpture by Barbara Grygutis, this hidden gem hosts outdoor weddings and is a trail head for the MKT Trail.

Nifong Park

  

History is a major component of Nifong Park. It is home to the Boone County History & Culture Center, the Village at Boone Junction, the Maplewood Home and grounds as well as the Maplewood Barn Theatre.

Philips Park

 

Home to a 40-acre fishing lake and fish from the Missouri Department of Conservation, this park is a sight to see. There is a 1.4-mile gravel trail that surrounds the lake and beautiful scenery wherever you look.

Rock Quarry Park

  

Rock Quarry Park is an excellent place to go out and play. With a playground, tennis courts with pickleball lines and baseball and soccer practice fields, there is so much fun to be had.

Go outside this month and celebrate the phenomenal outdoors we are fortunate to live near. Be sure to tag your photos with #ShowMeCoMo.

Photos Courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreations Department

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Some of our favorite childhood memories come from family vacations. From day trips to week-long adventures, those memories stay with us.

“The majority of adults (62%) say their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10 which goes to show the lasting impact of vacations.”

As a destination, Columbia offers a variety of opportunities to make lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite places to experience family fun!

Parks

Columbia is home to several parks and trails, and all of them are sure to bring excitement to any family outing. Whether you’re enjoying the playground at Cosmo Park, hiking through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park or taking in the beauty of Stephens Lake at Stephens Lake Park, you’re bound to have enjoyable time.

Fun & Games

There are places in Columbia that offer fun and games for the entire family. Midway Golf & Games offers a miniature golf course, an electric go-kart track, batting cages and even more activities for the family to take part in. Lazer Lanes is a bowling alley that also has a large variety of arcade games. Sky Zone gives its patrons the adventure they crave. From a ninja warrior course to freestyle jumping to a toddler zone, all ages are sure to have a marvelous time.

The Arts

For those who love to create, The Mud Room gives you the chance to paint your own pottery. Paining with guidance can be found at The Canvas on Broadway. No matter where you go, your masterpieces will be souvenirs of your trip that you can look back on in the years to come.

No matter you choose to make your family memories in Columbia, they will be long-lasting. We look forward to helping make your memories last a lifetime!

 

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