Music & Performing Arts

Discover music, art and good reads in downtown Columbia, Missouri

written by Jackie Tucker


My husband, Jake, and I are massive music fans. The 9th Street Summerfest in Columbia, Missouri, is one of our favorite music festivals of the year. We buy our tickets early, clear our calendars and drive two hours from St. Louis to enjoy warm summer nights filled with all our favorite music. Last year, we tried something new. Instead of just heading downtown for the concert in the evening, we had decided to make a day of it. As many times as we had been to Summerfest, we had never taken the time to explore the surrounding downtown area of Columbia—The District.

“Why have we not done this before?” I remembered Jake asking as we wandered down streets filled with sidewalk cafes, art studios and gorgeous old buildings.

Maybe it was the freedom of a summer day with no set agenda, or maybe it was the anticipation of the concert later, but the city seemed to be giving off a warm, energetic vibe that I was embracing wholeheartedly.

A good story

“Jake, look!” I pointed out a store window full of books.

I can’t pass up a good bookstore, and I could tell there was something special about Yellow Dog Bookshop. From the adorable name to the two children who were laughing as they walked out of the shop with their parents, I knew we had to go inside.

As Jake held the door open for me, he said (a little overdramatically), “All this happened, more or less.”

It was a running joke between us. I have this quirky knack for remembering the first lines of famous novels, and Jake always tries to one-up me. As I walked in, I responded with one of my favorites from Pride and Prejudice. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Jake grinned as he browsed through a stack of books on a table by the door. He picked one up and cleared his throat.

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

“All right, you win!” I laughed. It’s hard to compete with Dickens.

I made my way along the rows of shelves filled with everything from new releases to beloved childhood favorites. The smell of old books and the soft shuffling of pages took me back to afternoons spent at the library after school. And then, I saw my favorite book as a little girl—The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It wasn’t new, but it was in excellent condition. On the inside cover an inscription read, “To Anna: I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did (and still do). Love, Aunt Sarah.”

And even though I already had three copies of the book, I bought this one, too.

Local art scene

A few blocks away we discovered the Columbia Art League, a gallery of work from talented national and local artists. The art was eclectic and vibrant, a reflection of The District itself. There seemed to be something for everyone—paintings, sculptures and even handcrafted items. It was a visual feast that ranged from contemporary art to funky folklore.

“I don’t understand it, but I like it.” Jake admired a rather psychedelic painting with a turtle in front of a cityscape on a bright blue background. “It looks like it should be an album cover.” Jake is a graphic designer, and I could see his mind spinning with ideas. It was fun to watch his creative process at work.

As we explored the rest of the art in the gallery, I began to appreciate the fact that local artists created all these pieces. While I am certainly no artist myself, I do enjoy it and admire organizations such as the Columbia Art League that involve national and local talent and give emerging and accomplished artists a place to showcase their work together.

Music and lyrics

We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling the streets of The District, delighted by the lovely shops and restaurants around every corner. After a quick bite to eat at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, we made our way to The Blue Note. A crowd was filling the streets around the outdoor stage and the excitement was growing.

The Blue Note was the perfect spot for live music performances, small with a great bar. Jake and I discovered a couple of our favorite new bands there. It’s standing room only by the stage and the balcony seating is where it’s at if you want a great view. The intimate venue had amazing acoustics, but for 9th Street Summerfest, they took the party outside so more people could get in on the action.

Jake and I made our way to the stage, weaving in and out of the crowd. The energy was contagious. The band hit the stage and we joined in with all the other screaming fans. This may have been what we came for, but Columbia had delivered more than just a great concert and we certainly looked forward to returning in 2018.

Discover The District in Columbia.

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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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I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


The month of April was filled with quite the array of music. Genres ranging from alternate rock and country to tribute bands honoring some of the greats like Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, and the Beastie Boys.  Attending concerts at The Blue Noteopens in a new window and Rose Music Hallopens in a new window has become a monthly priority for myself and many others. Experiencing live music from local artists, national artists, or even tribute bands is entirely different than listening to them on your device. The atmosphere created during a live concert between the musicians and the audience is electric, no matter what the genre.

Interstellar Overdrive (credit: Scott Peterson “That Guy with the Camera”)

While I was only able to attend two of the fifteen concerts at The Blue Note in the month of April, the lineup of artists was amazing. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band, Local Natives kicked off the month, bringing their Sunlit Youth tour to Columbia. Following them were two recognizable country concerts, the Josh Abbott Band and a sold out show for Chase Rice. A Salute to Chuck Berry, and Interstellar Overdrive kept the middle of the month rocking with phenomenal tributes to two of rock and roll’s best artists. Closing out the month was yet another tribute to a legendary band. My Posse In Effect honored legendary New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. If you closed your eyes and just listened you would have thought it was the real thing! Established country artist, Chris Stapleton, also filled Mizzou Arena to close out a great month of music.

Chase Rice and his sold out trophy (credit: The Blue Note)

Columbia is known for bringing in artists of all genres and decades. One thing that has become a constant lately has been the infatuation with old school hip-hop from the 80s and 90s. Coming up on Saturday, May 13th is the third installment of this type of event at The Blue Note. 80s vs. 90s Old School  Hip-Hop Edition will feature two of Columbia’s finest DJs, taking you on a musical journey through the greatest decades of hip-hop. You don’t want to miss this battle of hip-hop music!

Other highlights for May:

  • 80s vs. 90s Old School Hip-Hop Editionopens in a new window will get you groovin’ on May 13th
  • Bonoboopens in a new window will bring his Los Angeles DJ talent to the stage on May 15th
  • Swedish heavy metal band Amon Amarthopens in a new window is sure get you moving with their arsenal of heroic hymns and building song structure on May 19th
  • Closing out the month, on May 30th, is Kansas City rapper, Tech N9neopens in a new window. Tech N9ne has been around since the mid-90s and has formed rap’s number one independent music label, Strange Music, thanks to his innovation, amazingly fast lyricism, and a high standard for excellence for himself and those on his label.  Make sure to come out, grab a KC Tea, and take in some midwest hip-hop!

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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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Happy Friday! I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


Picking up where January left off, there was no shortage of fireworks from the Columbia music scene in February. The second month of 2017 provided amazing talent ranging from locally-established bands and DJs to nationally known artists – from underground hip-hop all the way to Ben Folds and his piano and everything in between. The Blue Note alone sold out six shows.

Mega-artist, Florida Georgia Line, kicked off this month by rocking the crowd at Mizzou Arena. Back-to-back sold out shows at The Blue Note from producer/DJ Datsik and country artist, Dylan Scott, started a trend of peak attendance shows in the middle of the month. Boston-based rapper, Sammy Adams, capped off an amazing month of music with his Senioritis Tour, which had the crowd bobbing up and down like they had just gotten off a cruise ship.  

I was able to attend four performances in Columbia this month, hearing four different types of music. My month of live music started off by witnessing my personal favorite artist, Atmosphere, at The Blue Note. This hip-hop duo, who hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota, have brought their tours to Columbia nearly every year since their formation 20+ years ago. They tour with artists from their self-created, independent record label, Rhymesayers, spreading positive and relatable lyrics and creating an energetic atmosphere that has the crowd engaged from the opening acts. Next up was a band I had never heard of but has a loyal following since forming in Portland in 2008. STRFKR is an alternative rock/dance band known for their energetic live performances, putting meaning behind dance beats.

Turning to the local scene, Rose Music Hall hosted three of Columbia’s best artists. Don’t Mind Dying, Decadent Nation, and The Royal Furs put on an amazing performance of rock and blues, and the entrance fee was only $5! With the well established talent in Columbia, that price is hard to beat anywhere. Capping off my month of February music, The Blue Note took us back to the original emcees of the hip-hop scene. DJ Requiem hosted a great show, playing 80s and 90s hip-hop from the pioneers who helped build the genre.

Here are some highlights for next month:

  • Kicking off the month, on March 1st, is some soulful, indie, alternative rock by Lotus.
  • On March 2-5, The Blue Note will host a number of films during the True/False Film Fest. I’ll be attending the festival for the first time and have heard nothing but greatness from those who have been before.
  • Fans of 80s rock ‘n’ roll, including Journey, Def Leppard, Blondie, and more, will enjoy The Cherry Pistols, Missouri’s premier 80s tribute band, on March 10th.
  • The Revivalists will bring their New Orleans funk to town on March 14th.
  • Louis the Child, an electronic duo who make music that makes people happy, will grace the stage on March 16th.
  • Maybe the biggest band to come to Columbia on March 17th is an alternative rock band, the Cold War Kids, whose hit single “First” was #1 for eight weeks on the Alternative radio charts.  
  • On March 31st, four Missouri bands (in parentheses) will perform a tribute to four of Seattle’s best rock bands, Alice in Chains (The Hipnecks), Soundgarden (The Many Colored Death), Pearl Jam (Decadent Nation), and Nirvana (Madora/Down Side Up). Seattle Royal III, returning for the third time as the name implies, is sure to rock the house to close out a great month of shows.

Check out The Blue Noteopens in a new window’s website, Rose Music Hallopens in a new window’s website, or Visit Columbia MO for all your upcoming music needs!

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Happy Friday! I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


January kicked off the new year with a fantastic lineup of shows. The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall bring in all types of genres each month for your listening pleasure. No matter what your favorite type of music is, you can always find it in Columbia. This month featured reggae, both up-and-coming and established country, a tribute band with a loyal following, and blues and jazz acts.

Whiskey Myers – Photo from The Blue Note Facebookopens in a new window.

I had friends see Junior Brown, a well-established country artist with that old school, western feel and Whiskey Myers, an up-and coming-band known for their “larger than life” performances. They were blown away by the quality of these two distinctly different performances.

I was fortunate enough to attend three shows this month. First, I attended the MO Reggae Fest, part of the third annual “MO Fest 2017,” a two-weekend event highlighting all genres. MO Reggae Fest brought in bands from St. Louis, Kansas City, and local bands from right here in Columbia. After a week and a half absence I went to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform. The band’s infusion of jazz, blues, rock ‘n roll, and hip-hop elements makes for a phenomenal show! My third show was a tribute band. Badfish – Tribute to Sublime has gained a loyal following of fans with their electrifying performances that nearly replicate the original band’s concert scene by channeling the spirit of Sublime’s encompassing sense of place and purpose.

Trombone Shorty – Photo from The Blue Note Facebookopens in a new window; taken by Bryan Pitman.

February will keep the party going at The Blue Note and Columbia with many acclaimed artists hitting the stage. Florida Georgia Line, ever heard of ‘em? They’ll be bringing their “Dig Your Roots” tour to Mizzou Arena tonight. On February 9th, hip-hop duo Atmosphere will bring their “Freshwater Fly Fisherman Tour” to The Blue Note. This is my favorite artist to listen to and watch perform. They bring an exciting and uplifting concert to each venue. Feel free to ask me all about them, I can tell you everything. Dylan Scott, only 24, will bring his up and coming country band to The Blue Note on February 16th. Two days later on February 18th, the Randy Rogers Band hits the stage. On February 21st, the musically gifted Ben Folds will grace the stage with his piano. And the kid from Boston, Sammy Adams, will bring his “Senioritis” tour to town on February 28th.

These are just a few of my personal highlights for February, check out The Blue Note or Visit Columbia MO for more upcoming events!

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


Welcome to Columbia! At this point, you’ve more than likely checked out our website, and perhaps you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.  Maybe you’re in town for the weekend or just a few days during the week; you know all about our great restaurants, and you’ve had a chance to check out some of our great microbreweries and distilleries. But do you know where to see live theater or a great band? Columbia has great venues for live shows and music.

The Blue Note
For over 100 years, the University Concert Series has brought some of the best entertainment in the world to Columbia – from standup routines by Bill Cosby and Tim Conway to performances from Itzak Perlman and YoYo Ma, the Concert Series has a performance for every taste. The University Concert Series features Broadways productions, dance, string quartets and orchestras, and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll like John Mellencamp, who will grace the Jesse Auditorium stage in October.

Do you prefer to see a local cast? You are in luck – the Columbia Entertainment Company recruits cast members from the community. Their season runs September through June and features popular musicals like Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and A Chorus Line. The Maplewood Barn Theatre also features a local cast and performs under the summer stars in historic Nifong Park. This year’s line-up includes Macbeth, Godspell, Oliver, Steel Magnolias and more.

If music is more your style, head over to The Blue Note. A Columbia mainstay since 1980, it started with local and regional bands then welcomed artists such as Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Johnny Cash and many others.  Be sure to stop by Rose Music Hall, owned by the guys of The Blue Note. The Rose is known for live music in a park setting.  Be sure to come hungry and enjoy tacos from Pepe’s, because “tacos taste better on the front row!”

A-Frame

If you are up for a little drive then be sure to head over to Rocheport and check out the live music at Les Bourgeois Vineyards A-Frame. Each Saturday, music fills the air at the A-Frame from 4 p.m. to sunset.  Enjoy a glass of wine, watch the rolling Missouri river and listen to the sounds of local favorites like the Flood Brothers, the Norm Ruebling Band, and the BluesSlingers. Just down the road from Les Bourgeois is the quaint town of Rocheport. Founded in 1825, this historic river community is home to many antique shops, the Katy Trail, artist studios and several great restaurants.  Be sure to stop into the Rocheport General Store for live music every weekend.

Regardless of what you choose, Columbia has many fun, interesting and unique venues to enjoy!

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We have a summer full of on-stage performances coming up. What are you most excited to see?

The Music Manopens in a new window
June 16-19, June 23-26
Columbia Entertainment Company
Con man Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa, intending to sell the town and its children on a fake marching-band system and then skip town — until he falls for the local librarian.

greater-tuna-mizzouGreater Tunaopens in a new window
June 17-19, June 25, July 8-9, July 13, July 22
Corner Playhouse, MU
Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Tuna, Texas’s third smallest town, and the upstanding citizens who call it home.

Truffles and Nougatopens in a new window
June 17-19
Talking Horse Theatre
On a beautiful spring day in 1815, candies and political unrest in Paris make their way into the French countryside. With Napoleonic police at the door, the dysfunctional LeFèvre household must come to terms with secret motives, old lies, new lust, and lots of chocolate in this fast-paced French farce.

Stephens College Summer Dance Concertopens in a new window
June 24-25
Macklanburg Playhouse 
Students studying in the Stephens Summer Dance program will showcase the pieces they’ve learned from our critically acclaimed guest artists at this annual concert. Expect to be inspired by various forms of original choreographed movement.

Crimes of the Heartopens in a new window
June 24-26, June 30, July 1
Rhynsburger Theatre, MU
After nearly a decade apart, the three Magrath sisters gather in Old Grandaddy’s kitchen in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. Her two beautiful and impulsive younger sisters, Meg and Babe, have always outshined lovelorn Lenny, but now, with Meg’s failed singing career and Babe’s failed marriage, the three sisters will have to face their troubled family history and another very bad day.

Steel Magnoliasopens in a new window
June 30-July 3, July 7-10
Maplewood Barn Theatre
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

The Rat Trapopens in a new window
July 5
Corner Playhouse, MU
The Rat Trap by Chad Parmenter, a wacky parody of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, with an evening of revenge, mayhem, and…murder.

Buyer & Cellar
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July 8-10, July 15-17
Talking Horse Theatre
A hilarious one-man show about a struggling actor who finds work managing the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s mansion.

tom-sawyer-mizzouopens in a new windowThe Adventures of Tom Sawyeropens in a new window
July 15-17, July 20-21, July 23-24
Rhynsburger Theatre, MU
Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical, music-filled adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic.

 

Chicago
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July 22-24
Warehouse Theatre
It’s just a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl and all … that … JAZZ!!

The Wizard of Ozopens in a new window
July 29-31
Warehouse Theatre
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizardwho can help her return home.

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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 eventsopens in a new window for more.

Family

Xtreme Force Live Action Showopens in a new window | 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: Frozenopens in a new window | 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 Dayopens in a new window | 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 Weekendopens in a new window | 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 Healthyopens in a new window | 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!opens in a new window | 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 VIIIopens in a new window | 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 Celebrationopens in a new window | 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 Brunchopens in a new window | May 15th, 12 PM at Rose Music Hall

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9th Street Summerfest with Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini opens in a new window| May 20th, 6 PM

Lightnin’ Malcomopens in a new window | May 20th, 9 PM at Rose Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakersopens in a new window | May 22nd, 7:30 PM at The Blue Note

Rising Appalachiaopens in a new window | May 26th, 8 PM at Rose Music Hall

Hellyeahopens in a new window | May 27th 8 PM at The Blue Note

Special Events

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15th Annual Bike, Walk, and Wheel Weekopens in a new window | May 16-22nd
See schedule for more details.

Dancing with Missouri Starsopens in a new window | 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 Valentiopens in a new window | 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 Symposiumopens in a new window | 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 Cupopens in a new window | 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’opens in a new window | 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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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


So you have made it to Columbia, now what? The North Village Arts District is nestled in the blocks just north of Broadway to Park Avenue, north of downtown. The Village is home to art galleries, a yoga studio, dance companies, a distillery, farmers market, artisan market with over 150 artists, and more. Grab a cup of coffee at Fretboard, dine at Range Free, or listen to live music. The options are endless.

NVADFFPostcardIf you are lucky enough to be here at the first of the month, tap into this bohemian paradise and take advantage of First Fridays. A free art crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you can enjoy live music and entertainment, art demonstrations, refreshments, and more.  A perfect date night event or bring the family, each month there are also children’s activities with plenty to see and do.

Saturday nights in the North Village are just as fun. How about a bourbon and vodka tasting at DogMaster Distillers? Celebrating a year in the North Village, Van and Lisa Hawxby are crafting high quality new American spirits, or if micro-beer is more your style, just to the west of the North Village is Logboat Brewing Co., a wildly successful micro-brew. Or take advantage of the great live music venues, featuring 3 unique and fun venues to choose from. Enjoy music inside or out, featuring jazz, blues, rocka-billy, southern rock and more. The Social Room is on the west end of the North Village, Rose Music Hall to the North and The Bridgeopens in a new window on the South side.

Glenn's 8If you are here for the whole weekend, take advantage of Sunday brunch in the District at Room 38, Glenn’s Café, Bleu or Tellers then pop over to the North Village for Sunday’s Farmers Market, a pop-up market managed and operated by area farmers and craftsmen.

 

Whichever you choose during your stay, you will be entertained, enriched and pleasantly surprised by WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.

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