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

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

HOW TO GET TICKETS

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

Prices:

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

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

Tickets can be purchased:

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

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

HOW TO GET THERE

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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

FRIDAY:

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

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

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

SATURDAY:

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

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

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Dirtfoot

SUNDAY:

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

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

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

Take a look at our  opens in a new windowcalendar of events to find out what else is going on in town while you’re here.

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HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG IF YOU AREN’T ATTENDING

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

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

HOW TO GO CASHLESS

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

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

Find out more about going cashless at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO EAT

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

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO:

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

DON’TS:

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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.

opens in a new windowConfetti Craft Co.

Photo from Confetti Craft Co.

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

Photo from Unbound Book Festival

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

Photo from Craft Beer Cellar Columbia

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

Strawn Park Map

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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We’re only a few days away from the 10th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of opens in a new windowfood vendors on hand including Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers, and, of course, lots of BBQ. Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park; check out the map below to see the setup:

2016 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival map

How to get tickets

While Whole Hog and Platinum Pig passes are sold out, there are still tickets available.

Prices:
Friday – $55
Saturday – $70
Sunday – $55
Weekend – $135roots and blues n bbq

Tickets can be purchased opens in a new windowonline, at Vinyl Renaissance of Columbia (16 N. 10th Street) or at The MSA/GPC Box Office located at the MU Student Center. Kids 12 and under get free general admission with an adult.

How to get there

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

COMO Connect: COMO Connect will be free all weekend – opens in a new windowcheck the map to find out which route will work best for you

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

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

How to plan your weekend

Below is the artist schedule. We suggest following opens in a new windowRoots N Blues on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend.

Thursday:

8 PM – opens in a new windowKickoff Party at Rose Music Hall with Paul Weber & The Scrappers, W.T Newton & The Ozark Blood, Tim Carey

Friday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
6 PM – opens in a new windowThe Oversight Committee
7:30 PM – opens in a new windowMike Farris
9:30 PM – opens in a new windowNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – opens in a new windowThe Fried Crawdaddies
6:30 PM – opens in a new windowHoundmouth
8:15 PM – opens in a new windowSt. Paul & The Broken Bones

10:30 PM – opens in a new windowAfter Party at Rose Music Hall with Old Salt Union

Saturday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – opens in a new windowThe Flood Brothers
12:30 PM – opens in a new windowDeke Dickerson
2:15 PM – opens in a new windowSouthern Culture on The Skids
4:00 PM – opens in a new windowThe Oh Hellos
5:45 PM – opens in a new windowSam Bush
7:30 PM – opens in a new windowThe Devil Makes Three
9:15 PM – opens in a new windowJason Isbell

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – opens in a new windowBrad Cunningham Band
12:15 PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Competition Winners
1:45 PM – opens in a new windowThe Budos Band
3:30 PM – opens in a new windowJackie Greene Band
5:15 PM – opens in a new windowThe Mavericks
7:00 PM – opens in a new windowShovels & Rope
8:45 PM – opens in a new windowGrace Potter

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

Sunday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – opens in a new windowChump Change
12:45 PM – opens in a new windowPaul Thorn
2:15 PM – opens in a new windowRayland Baxter
4:00 PM – opens in a new windowReverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
5:45 PM – opens in a new windowG. Love & Special Sauce
7:30 PM –  opens in a new windowThe Avett Brothers

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – opens in a new windowBroadway Blues
1:00 PM – opens in a new windowMusic Maker Blues Revue
2:45 PM – The Blind Boys of Alabama
4:30 PM – opens in a new windowBlues Traveler
6:15 PM – opens in a new windowBen Folds

8:30 PM – opens in a new windowAfter Party at Rose Music Hall with Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Don’t Mind Dying, The Flood Brothers

New this year:  The Front Porch Stage will have instruments and musical equipment for anyone to perform.

Take a look at our opens in a new windowcalendar of events to find out what else is going on in town while you’re here.

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How to win Columbia prizes

We know you’ll be taking photos at the festival – use the tag opens in a new window#ShowMeRootsNBlues on Instagram to be entered to win Columbia goodies. That’s it! So easy, right?

How to follow along if you aren’t attending

We will be at the festival so even if you aren’t able to go, you can still take in the sights and sounds! Follow us on Instagram ( opens in a new window@VisitColumbiaMO) or Snapchat (VisitColumbiaMO) for photos and videos from the festival.

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Do’s and don’ts

DO:

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

DON’T:

Have fun!

Good food and good music

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Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! And only one more week until 4th of July! Today’s favorites come from CVB Web and Communications Manager, Megan McConachie.

Favorite place to be outside: Stephens Lake Park

Stephens Lake island

(Photo courtesy of Columbia Parks and Recreation)

Just off of East Broadway, this oasis of a park boasts a beautiful lake (complete with fishing and a beach!), two fantastic walking trails and plenty of shaded spots to relax and read a book (or nap, I won’t judge). The park is also home to the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival each fall, bringing in world-class musicians in genres ranging from blues to folk to gospel.

Favorite appetizer: Blue chips cheese bread at Murry’s

Murry's

There’s not much out there that can beat bread with gooey cheese on it, but then Murry’s had to go ahead and add shrimp. Tucked away in the south part of town, Murry’s has been a local favorite for decades, so be sure to show up early if you want a table. Other McConachie family favorites include the chicken livers (trust us) and the tuna, pesto and feta sandwich.

Favorite pick-me-up: The Rocket Fuel at The Coffee Zone

Coffee Zone

This coffee blend means business! Whether you’re dragging on a Monday morning or pulling an all-nighter, a large Rocket Fuel does the trick. I drink mine with plenty of cream and sweetener, but if you can handle it black, then my hat’s off to you.

Favorite place to escape: Ragtag Cinema

rag tag cinema

(Photo by Jennifer McGovney)

Beer! Movies! Beer at the movies! Ragtag is Columbia’s own independent theater, and it does a bustling business year-round showing independent, documentary and international films that you won’t see anywhere else in town. Grab a beer from the bar, a snack from Uprise Bakery (the Oatmeal cookie is insane) and pick the best seat (or couch!) in the house for a few hours with your fellow film enthusiasts.

Favorite sip: The Bleu Raspberry Lemonade at Bleu

Bleu Lemonade

(Photo by Tom Plant)

The Bleu Rosemary Lemonade at Bleu combines house-made lemonade, blueberry vodka, a splash of wine and a sprig of rosemary to create this refreshing but not too sweet concoction. It’s a favorite of my mom’s, so a summer evening on Bleu’s patio should definitely be in order soon.

Favorite place to sing out loud: The Blue Note

9th Street Summerfest

(Photo by L.G. Patterson)

The Blue Note has been bringing stellar music to Columbia since 1980. Ever since my parents would let me, I’ve been going to shows in this famous venue that has attracted artists from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg. My favorite show there so far? Wilco (on 9th Street) or Matt Nathanson. Don’t make me choose!

Favorite place to take a visitor: Ninth St. in The District

9th & Cherry

(Photo by Jennifer McGovney)

In my opinion, no visit to Columbia is complete without a little shopping and people watching on 9th Street in The District. 9th is home to Shakespeare’s Pizza, the Missouri Theatre, Booche’s, Makes Scents, Top 10 Wines and many more stops that will round out anyone’s visit.

Favorite Fest: The True/False Film Fest

True False logo and orange tree 2014 Photos -Elise

(Photo by Elise Eimer, courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

There is only one weekend per year that I absolutely refuse to even consider leaving Columbia for any reason. That weekend is True/False weekend. This internationally-renowned documentary film festival started as the idea of two local co-conspirators and has turned into an exceptional mash up of film, music, art and ideas. Whether you see one film or 12 films, you will leave True/False changed. I know I do every year.

Favorite gift stop: Calhoun’s

Calhoun's

Need something for a baby shower? A housewarming? For anyone and any occasion? Say hi to your new best friend, Calhoun’s. Their huge variety of housewares, jewelry, books, art and much more means you’ll leave with just the right gift…and maybe something for yourself.

Favorite dinner atmosphere: Sycamore

Sycamore

(Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

For local, fresh and incredible food, I simply can’t resist Sycamore. With an extensive wine and beer list and a delightfully local food menu, I have never ever had something at Sycamore I didn’t love. Not only is the food excellent, but the service and intimate feel make for a relaxing meal that you won’t soon forget.

Favorite place to wear black and gold: Memorial Stadium

Faurot Field

My dad started taking me to Mizzou Tiger football games when I was two years old and I haven’t stopped. I can think of nothing better to do on a Saturday than get up, put on my black and gold, tailgate for a bit and then cheer on my Tigers. Rain or shine or snow (yes, snow), I’m always ready for game day.

Make sure to take a break from your 4th of July plans next week to read about next week’s Friday Favorites!

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The first weekend in June is home to one of Columbia’s favorite festival traditions… opens in a new windowArt in the Park. This year marks the festival’s 55th year and on June 1st and 2nd there will be something for every member of the family to love!

Stephen's Lake Park, Home of Art in the Park.

Stephen’s Lake Park, Home of Art in the Park.

One of the best parts of Art in the Park is its location. Stephens Lake Park is one of Columbia’s most beautiful locations, with a rolling landscape, open spaces, a stunning lake and play areas. Nature combined with the incredible art makes Art in the Park sure to inspire.

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Stroll through the booths in the park to explore the art!

Sometimes people may think Art in the Park is all paintings…but it’s so much more than that! The festival attracts artists from across the country to sell their work in mediums ranging from jewelry and ceramics to weaving and, yes, paintings. You can pick up a new coffee mug for your office, a new painting for that empty wall in the living room or a gorgeous scarf that all your friends will want.

Let the kids get their hands messy!

Let the kids get their hands messy!

Of course, buying and shopping isn’t all you can do. Let the kids get in on the act to make some art! Face painting, tie-dyed a t-shirts and more all await the little ones.

This June, take the first weekend and round up the whole family (and some sunscreen) for Art in the Park. It’s two days of art and play you’ll come to Columbia for every year.

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ICMWFF

Since its first year, the Inside Columbia Wine and Food Festival has been gaining fans and followers from across the country. This week-long festival celebrates everything wine and food related both here in Columbia and all over the world. This year, the festival begins on May 10th with the final event on the 14th. Tasty meals and decadent wines await festival attendees and some new events will make your festival experience even better.

The opens in a new windowFarm to Table Shop & Chop is a new event this year that celebrates the way local produce is used by chefs to create the spectacular meals served in their restaurants each day.  Participants will meet the chefs at the Columbia Farmer’s Market to learn how they pick the freshest and best produce.  After a short walk to the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), the chefs will demonstrate how they turn those fresh ingredients into a memorable meal.

opens in a new windowFor the Love of Chocolate will tempt your taste buds with perfect pairings of wine and chocolate. The sampling stations will allow attendees to sample local chocolates paired with incredible wines from all over. Don’t miss this new festival event…it’s sure to become one of your favorites!

As always, the Wine and Food Festival will feature the opens in a new windowGrand Tasting and meals with Columbia’s best chefs. opens in a new windowTickets are on sale for each event now and many Columbia hotels are offering opens in a new windowspecial rates for festival attendees. Don’t miss out on this festival that continues to get better year after year. We’ll be here to clink glasses with you!

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With a population of just over 100, Hartsburg is a quiet spot on the Missouri River about 20 minutes south of Columbia. Home to friendly people and a charming landscape, Hartsburg is the perfect calm retreat. However, once a year Hartsburg explodes with people…all in the name of pumpkins!

So…many…pumpkins!

Now celebrating its 21st year, the opens in a new windowHartsburg Pumpkin Festival brings thousands upon thousands of fall enthusiasts to Hartsburg for a weekend of fun. This year, the festivities are this weekend (October 13th and 14th), so it’s not too late to enjoy this event. Dozens of vendors will line the streets with crafts, cuisine and, of course, pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.

Other events, including a parade on Saturday, make this charming town come alive during the festival. Open to the public with free admission and free parking, this is a family fall tradition not to be missed.

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It’s finally time!

This Friday and Saturday, downtown Columbia will be transformed as the opens in a new windowRoots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival takes over! Whether it’s your first time at the festival or you’ve been coming since the beginning, Roots ‘n Blues has something new to offer each year. Here’s a few things to not miss at this year’s festival…

  1. Take a stroll through BBQ village, where competitors set up early and stay up late. The smell alone is reason enough to check out these festive folks.
  2. Were you at the opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Festival this year? Did you love ‘Searching for Sugarman?’ Then don’t miss your chance to see Rodriguez live at Roots ‘n Blues! He’ll be performance on the MO Lottery Stage at Peace Park Friday evening.
  3. Take the time to look down as you wander the festival. This year, festival organizers partnered with local artists to create stunning storm drain art to raise awareness for what litter does to our water system.
  4. Singing for a Cause. As a park of the Blues in the Schools program, a resident artist visits local schools to teach them the importance of music each year. This year, TJ Wheeler will be performing with those very students at the free stage in Flat Branch Park on Saturday morning.
  5. Give a Cheer. Have a few spare minutes Saturday morning? Head down to Flat Branch Park to cheer on the racers as they finish their 10K and Half Marathon. Sure they’ve gotten to experience a beautiful course, listen to music and get free barbeque, but they’ve also been running. Who knows, maybe they’ll share their BBQ with you.
  6. Al Green. Enough said.

A few last things:

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This weekend kicks off the festival season with the 35th Annual Heritage Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, head to Nifong Park to enjoy the traditions of the past. Listen, learn and see history as it comes alive.

Couple dancing an old time dance.

 Enjoy entertainment including traditional and roots music, dancing and storytelling.

Blacksmiths making tools.

See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares.

A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured along with Saturday evening ghost stories. While you are there you can also tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walters Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and beautiful park seating will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

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