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When it comes to planning your next meeting or conference take a closer look at Columbia, Missouri. Located right in the center of the state, Columbia has over 3,800 hotel rooms, with accommodations that can fit any budget. Columbia also offers the convenience, choices and value that will make any event a success, but the city also has that little something extra (hint: it’s fun!) that makes your attendees’ experiences memorable. So see if you can find what you’ve been missing here in Columbia…

bar at Logboat Brewing Co. with sign of brews currently on tap4 Breweries:

A testament to Columbia’s entrepreneurial spirit, four delicious breweries call the city home. Both Flat Branch Pub & Brewing and Broadway Brewery have excellent food along with their craft brews, but if you really want to go all-out for your event, check out the event space at Logboat Brewery or Bur Oak Brewery. Boasting a relaxed industrial tasting room, Logboat also has ample outdoor space, a great space to rent for a casual reception with games and good times. Bur Oak has ample parking and you can host an event inside the brewery and taproom! Talk about an unforgettable event.

Shrimp and grits, steak, and lobster mac n cheese at Room 38300 Restaurants:

Having so many restaurants makes it difficult to choose, but the Columbia CVB sales and service staff is ready to help you pick the perfect spot! From pizza to pierogies to paella, every price point and palate can be accommodated. Find an intimate room to treat your board to a special meal or find a uniquely Columbia spot to cater for everyone attending your conference.

Artwork at Poppy, a boutique in Columbia60 Unique Shops:

Family vacations aren’t the only time you want to pick up a souvenir! In Columbia, nearly everywhere you turn, there’s a unique option to take home. Prints by local artists, locally produced chocolates or preserves, or even a fun piece of jewelry will be a lasting reminder of your time here in CoMo. Plus, don’t you already have enough coffee mugs?

people waiting in line at the Ozark Mountain Biscuit food truck12 Food Trucks:

When you want something to be the unexpected hit of your meeting or conference, think food on wheels! The food truck trend has rolled out in Columbia in a big way. Lily’s Cantina has fresh, authentic Mexican dishes, The Big Cheese will put pulled pork on your grilled cheese sandwich, and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company uses fantastic local ingredients to make their homemade biscuits even more delicious. Food trucks take the restaurant on the road and are a fun break from the usual conference fare.

Ragtag cinema, an independent film house in Columbia20 Entertainment Hot Spots:

A fun night out can be the icing on the cake for a successful conference. From low-key to fast-paced, Columbia offers it all. Gather your group for a world-class performance at the University Concert Series. Enjoy the lawn and local music at Rose Music Hall. Or let the CVB help you find options that your attendees can choose from! If you’re looking for great team-building activities, the CVB also can help you find a custom option just for your group.

A trail in Columbia64.5 Miles of Nature Trails:

Who says work can’t also be a little bit of an escape? One of the things people are impressed with over and over again is Columbia’s commitment to green spaces, including our extensive trail system. Whether you brought your bike along and want to take a ride or if a simple stroll is more your style, Columbia’s trails deliver both beauty and serenity. Trails wind through neighborhoods, across campuses and even down by the Missouri River. Check out Columbia at its most picturesque with a break on the trails.


We think when you take all of these great amenities together with the CVB’s incredible sales and service team, Columbia really adds up. Ready to explore and learn more? Contact our sales team or submit your RFP today!

 

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Spend the day exploring the outdoors in Columbia, Missouri

By Danny Lee

Finding fun outdoors comes easy around Columbia, Missouri, where residents and visitors can explore a landscape crowded with parks, trails and other outdoor action areas. Columbia offers enough forest-y fun for any nature lover, from the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary to the wild appeal of the rails-to-trails Katy Trail. With a multitude of other invigorating outdoor venues, as well as facilities for more organized recreation, such as hiking, biking, swimming and casual picnicking, there’s an activity for everyone.

children bicycling on the MKT Trail in Columbia, Missouri

The MKT Trail, which connects Columbia to the Katy Trail, is a popular jogging and bicycling trail.

Finger Lakes State Park

All-terrain vehicles and woodland recreation coexist within the generous expanse of Finger Lakes State Park. Rolling hills, rippling waterways and forested glades thrill visitors who might never suspect that it’s all on reclaimed coal-mining land. A water trail accessible by canoe or kayak leads around the park’s lake, also popular with fishermen, and a pleasant beach is perfect for a refreshing dip after a hike or mountain bike outing through the woods. Visitors can lounge around the campfire and lay down their heads among the trees and quiet nighttime rustlings of a naturally wild environment in one of the 19 basic or 16 electric campsites.

Capen Park

The rocky topography of Capen Park takes Missouri outdoors adventure to another level. Rock climbers and rappelers love the challenging outcrops looking down on Hinkson Creek. Those who don’t fancy dangling from or clambering up and down the sheer limestone cliffs will certainly relish the tranquil, wooded trails along the creek’s flat-rocked path. One great place to enjoy the stream is from the graceful old iron bridge that crosses its course. Hikers love to sit on the bluffs looking out across the green and leafy property, tucked away in an in-town location that seems remote but is actually almost as convenient as your own backyard.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

A short jaunt south of Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park showcases a variety of trails, wooded glens, hills and dales making up a fascinating karst landscape. It’s alive with sinkholes, crystal-clear springs feeding into streams, and the underground limestone features that jut unexpectedly into the open air or give way to yawning caverns below. Connor’s Cave makes a great self-guided exploration. Hikers, horseback riders and bikers share the 15 miles of trails tracing through shady woods and wildflower-sprinkled meadows in the park and adjoining Gans Creek Wild Area. Families gather in broad picnic areas and shelters and fill the playgrounds with happy laughter

At the heart of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park lies the popular Devil’s Icebox Trail. It’s a .5-mile loop boardwalk trail that features plentiful opportunities for nature viewing; it’s mostly wooded, shelters uncountable wildlife, and passes by sinkholes, a limestone glade, and a valley formed by a collapsed portion of the limestone caves that underlie the whole area.

Every level of hiking is available, from forested trails to well-maintained boardwalks, and you can’t beat the admission price: free!

Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

Nearly 100 acres are devoted to the preservation of a large natural expanse that offers visitors to Bonnie View a beautiful getaway. Broad meadows filled with daisies, Queen Anne’s lace, bellflower and yellow corydalis open from woodland edges. Birdwatchers love the diverse landscape for its possibilities. Paved walkways and a modern shelter open the park up to enjoyment in all weather. The property includes the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, which has recorded 146 bird species in the area. In the spring the diversity swells with the arrival of migrating Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets along with flycatchers, many varieties of warblers, American Woodcock, and Swainson’s thrushes.

Katy Trail

At 240 miles, Missouri’s Katy Trail is one of the nation’s longest rails-to-trails parks, and provides Columbia visitors an excellent route to explore the state’s wilder areas. Tracking along the Missouri River, the trail serves bikers, hikers, and joggers 12 months a year, displaying brilliant colors in the fall, silent snowy vistas in the winter, wildflowers in the spring and a summer full of the relaxing buzz of crickets, katydids and yearly broods of cicadas. Birds and other wildlife make frequent appearances along the way; raccoon and deer, squirrel, chipmunks and opossum have their own daily and nightly rounds, which sharp-eyed hikers and bikers can enjoy keeping tabs on. The rolling Missouri serves up plentiful fishing holes, and fans of wild edibles will find natural treats no farther away than the nearest blackberry bush. The trail also features the MKT Trail, which connects Columbia to the Katy Trail.


With a variety of activities and outdoor venues, the parks and trails of Columbia are an outdoors paradise.

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By Katie Jackson

table of food at Glenn's Cafe in Columbia MO“Who’s in Columbia?” my co-worker Aubrey asked. It was a valid question. I’d just told her where Evan and I were spending the weekend. Many people travel to visit the two customary “f’s”—friends and family. But for my husband and I, there’s a third “f” worth traveling for. The reason we were driving to the heart of the Show-Me State? Food.

First tastes, lasting impressions

“Is this a park or a brewery?” Evan asked, more in amusement than confusion. “It’s both,” I answered. Logboat Brewing Company was our first stop in Columbia. A grassy sea of green surrounded the industrial building housing the brewing facilities and taproom. The outside picnic tables were full of patrons nursing their frothy pints. It was sweater weather so blankets and lawn chairs accommodated the rest of the crowd playing corn hole and bocce ball or standing in line at the food truck. It wasn’t a festival. It was just another day at Logboat Park—aptly named for its centerpiece, a wooden carved canoe.list of beers on tap at Logboat Brewing Co. listed out on separate wooden boardsInside, the wood craftsmanship struck us as much as the earthy aroma of hops. Reclaimed Missouri heart pine made up the exposed beams, table tops and wraparound bar where the bartender gave us a condensed version of the brewery’s history. Behind her, a glass wall provided a peek into the beer-making process. The ginger wheat brews she poured into our glasses had logged many hours in those stainless-steel cylinders.

“You can find our brews in many local restaurants like Flyover,” the bartender said when we settled our tab and prepared to find food. She mentioned that Flyover—a tongue-in-cheek reference to what many people mistake states like Missouri for—boasted a wood-fired stone oven. We already had dinner plans, but I decided it might be a good après-supper stop after learning the kitchen was open until midnight. Evan and I were no strangers to progressive dinners.exterior of Flyover restaurantAn hour and a mile later, we were seated at the bar belonging to Barred Owl Butcher & Table. At least five shelves high and reachable by a sliding ladder on a track, it was pretty much a library of libations. But we weren’t at Barred Owl for its craft cocktails. Like Logboat, the establishment had a glass partition providing a behind-the-scenes look at its menu. In this case, it was carcasses artfully hanging from hooks.

“Butcher Board, extra bresaola.”

Our waiter set down a thick wooden cutting board piled high with paper-thin slices of salchicon, salami Calabrese, ham hock terrine and Evan’s favorite—bresaola. “It’s an epicurean adult Lunchable,” I noted, reaching for a piece of baguette and cheese to pair with the sustainably-sourced meat. The waiter explained how the spread came from local purveyors. Ironically, our next dish—a mix of Gaeta, Cerignola and Castelvetrano olives—came from obscure regions in Italy. “I can’t tell if this place highlights food from local farms or foreign countries,” I said.

“It does both,” Evan remarked, popping an olive into his smiling mouth.

All’s well that eats well

“Romano, Romano, wherefore art thou Romano?” I inquired dramatically the next day at lunch. Covered in flour and smelling of garlic, we were in downtown Columbia’s most popular pizza joint: Shakespeare’s. But, instead of sitting in the dining room, devouring signature pizzas like the Darwin—a healthy pie named for Columbia’s athletic former mayor—we were creating our own concoctions in the restaurant’s kitchen. Evan had booked us a “Shakespearience”— a cooking class complete with a tour of Shakespeare’s “Secret Room” where they mix 4,000 pounds of dough per week. In fact, the package was so thorough that after eating our eight-inch pies, we got to do the dishes.veggie pizza at Shakespeare's PizzaSeveral hours of shopping later, it was time to refuel. Columbia’s downtown area—The District—has an equal shop-to-restaurant ratio, so there was certainly no shortage of dinner options. Ultimately, we succumbed to my taco craving, finding ourselves a coveted corner table at 44 Canteen. It seemed fitting we’d end the day enjoying another finger food heaped with toppings. Pickled red onion spirals, shaved cabbage, jalapeño coins and a generous dusting of Cotija adorned my chicken tacos. Local cucumber kimchi, ssamjang mayo, pickled mustard seeds and cilantro sprigs topped Evan’s caramelized Berkshire porkbelly on steamed buns—44 Canteen’s taco de jour.

“How is it?” I asked.

“A dish fit for the gods,” he replied, doing his best impersonation of Brutus. I suppose if I could start the day referencing Romeo and Juliet, he had every right to end it reciting Julius Caesar.

Sunday is brunch, Bangkok and beer

“It’s BYOI,” our waiter at Broadway Brewery said the next morning. The bluegrass band began playing an hour ago but it was growing by the minute. Locals kept walking in carrying guitars, fiddles and banjos—ready to jam for the Sunday brunch crowd. I grabbed the celery stalk out of my Bloody Mary and played it like a harmonica. Evan laughed and used the opportunity to poach another fork-full of Missouri trout and eggs off my plate. The food at Broadway Brewery is all farm to table and many of the beers come from the in-house brewery. The entire menu needed a “Made in Columbia” sticker.bowl of food from Bangkok GardensThe day’s next meal was a little less Columbia-esque. The neon sign looked like something you’d see on the streets of Bangkok. The food—battered frog legs and steamed pork dumplings—brought me back to our honeymoon. When Evan suggested we get a late lunch/early dinner at Bangkok Gardens, I didn’t anticipate complete authenticity. I was never so happy to be so wrong. The flavors were absolutely intoxicating. I hovered around the comforting basil end of the spectrum and Evan perched on the end resembling swallowing a blowtorch. Our waiter even commented that the chef was impressed (after the second time Evan sent his curry back to add more heat).

Fittingly, the day ended with a cold beer. Located right off I-70, Bur Oak Brewing Co. was a convenient last hurrah before leaving Columbia. Normally only open on Fridays and Saturdays, we lucked out that it was open for a community event.'The Big Tree' south of Columbia, which Bur Oak Brewing is named after“Our Big Tree IPA is modeled after the Columbia Bur Oak tree,” explained Craig, the brewery owner. “Its ABV is 7.6% because the tree’s diameter is 7.6 feet and its IBU is 90 because the tree is 90 feet tall.” As he guided us through the 15,000-square-foot production facility, I was also impressed with the size of the fermenters. Chalkboard signs next to each revealed which beer was inside. The tour’s biggest mystery was the source of the occasional meowing. When the black furball finally brushed past my leg and revealed himself, Craig introduced us to Clyde—the brewery’s rescue cat and the inspiration behind Clyde’s Caramel Cream Ale.

Critical questions, obvious answers

“So, how was Columbia?” my co-worker Aubrey asked on Monday. “Well,” I started, “we certainly didn’t go hungry.” Just as I was about to elaborate she interrupted with an even more important question

“Did you leave hungry?”

I laughed. No one leaves Columbia hungry.


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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 opens in a new windowMSHSAA website.

Wondering what else is going on while you’re here? Head over to our opens in a new windowcalendar of events.

Hungry? Here is our list of opens in a new windowgroup-friendly restaurants.

Have an hour?

Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a  opens in a new windowbotanic garden 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  opens in a new windowBethel Park. 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  opens in a new windowThe District, 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  opens in a new windowForum 8, the opens in a new windowRegal Stadium 14, and  opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema, all of which have movies running all day.

The  opens in a new windowColumbia Mall 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.

opens in a new windowLazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility.


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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 opens in a new windowThe Blue Note’s website, opens in a new windowRose Music Hall’s website, or Visit Columbia MO for all your upcoming music needs!

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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


It’s easy to think you know CoMo. I mean Mizzou, Shakespeare’s, Homecoming, Booches…that pretty much covers it, right? Wrong! One of the best things about Columbia is that it’s always growing and changing. Even if you’ve visited recently, come on back and check out some of these new spots sure to help you make memories.

Barred Owl Butcher & Table

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Just a couple of blocks outside of downtown proper, Barred Owl Butcher and Table is quickly becoming one of CoMo’s favorite dining spots. The open space with vaulted ceilings still feels warm and welcoming with an incredibly attentive staff and a beautiful bar complete with library ladder. Definitely try a charcuterie board, the daily breads to start and the ricotta gnudi, which is one of my new favorite CoMo dishes.

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If you love crafting, but maybe don’t have the space or the creative mind to come up with your own projects, Confetti Craft is now open! Hop online and make your reservation and pick a craft from their project bar, which runs from a wooden beer caddy to felt pillows to jewelry. You and your friends can enjoy drinks from their bar while you create your very own custom CoMo souvenir.

Unbound Book Festival

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Columbia’s newest festival, the Unbound Book Festival began in 2016 and was an instant hit. This year’s festival is on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd here in Columbia. Programs for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature will take place, with the highlight being special guest Salman Rushdie. New authors are being added all the time, so come to CoMo for Unbound and leave with an even longer to-read list!

Craft Beer Cellar

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Not looking for beer snobs? Good. Because Craft Beer Cellar is home to beer geeks! They can help you find the perfect beer, whether it’s from around the world or just down the street. It’s the perfect place to hang out and sip on something new or to find your favorites. If you’re feeling competitive, Tuesday night trivia is always a hit.

Strawn Park

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The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but we’re still holding out for spring showing up early. That means enjoying one of CoMo’s picturesque parks. Our newest, Strawn Park, is home to the Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course. Designed by renowned disc golf course designer John Houck, Harmony Bends features big hills, creeks and plenty of trees. Everyone from beginners to pros can enjoy this addition to Columbia’s already impressive parks portfolio.

So now you know: there’s always something new and different in CoMo. Start planning your next trip now to check everything out. Need help? Order your Visitor Guide here.

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

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In Columbia, many fall weekends mean suiting up in black and gold and heading to Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Mizzou Tiger Football team. Of course, there’s more to Columbia than the Tigers, and plenty of things to enjoy while you’re into for football weekends. We’ve wrapped all of those game weekend activities and facts up for you in our new blog, opens in a new windowGameday in Columbia.

Gameday in Columbia

On the blog, you’ll find everything you need to make your football (and any other) trip to Columbia memorable. From tailgates to traditions and cuisine to concerts, we’ll have you covered. Keep checking back throughout the season!

While we’re at it, have you voted for Truman today?

Well, have you? Truman is part of the opens in a new windowCapital One Mascot Challenge, and in his Week 4 face-off he’s up against a familiar foe…the Texas Tech Red Raider. Help keep Truman in the lead by opens in a new windowvoting now!

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So far this summer, opens in a new windowThe Blue Note 9th Street Summerfests have included artists ranging from Girl Talk to Ana Popovic. But just because the weather will turn cooler soon means the fun is over. This year, Summerfest will be extending through September, with some incredible acts filling downtown Columbia with music.

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August 8th-Free!

Cracker

Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.

This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.

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September 16th-Tickets $35

Wilco

Last time Wilco graced the stage on 9th Street, it was a memorable summer evening and the street was packed. The night was hot but breezy, Wilco was incredible and we almost smacked into Jeff Tweedy as he was running for his tour bus (really, we did!).

Though not officially a ‘Summerfest’ show, this time around, Wilco is back after a long break to promote their  album ‘The Whole Love’ and Columbia will be ready to pack 9th Street again. Wilco truly loves Columbia and we’re so excited to welcome them back.

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September 29th-Tickets $22 in advance

Head and the Heart

Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. Kenny, then 21, had packed up his piano and moved up to Seattle from California to pursue musical score-writing. The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of “Down in the Valley,” relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he’d be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born.

As with all Summerfest shows, the entrance gate is on the north end of 9th Street and 9th at Walnut and you can purchase beverages inside the gates. The events are rain or shine, and all standing room is first come first serve. No chairs, pets, bikes, or backpacks with the event area please. We’ll see you on 9th Street!

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