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We checked out the photos posted around Columbia to find out what people are Instagramming the most, and there are definitely some favorite spots! Take a look at our list of ‘must-Instagram’ places in CoMo:

The Columns

Duh, right? Mizzou’s opens in a new windowiconic Columns are the 2nd most photographed spot in Missouri – so obviously it’s a can’t-miss for any Instagrammer visiting CoMo.

City Hall

City Hall is a beautiful building but to make it even more Insta-worthy, there’s this unique  opens in a new windowKeys to the City sculpture in front commemorating Columbia’s history.

CoMo trails

We have 60+ miles of trails, and the MKT has even been voted the 2nd opens in a new windowbest urban trail in the nation. Lucky for us we also have a great Parks and Recreation department to keep the trails in good shape and looking beautiful.

Festivals

While not exactly a ‘place,’ Columbia is home to so many awesome  opens in a new windowfestivals like Roots N Blues N BBQ, opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Fest, Art in the Park, Citizen Jane Film Fest, the Heritage Festival, Unbound Book Festival, and more.

Capen Park

opens in a new windowCapen Park provides picture-perfect views from the bluffs, and who doesn’t want to Instagram fall colors, a bluff-top sunrise, or cute pups on a hike? (We know there are daredevils out there but we do not recommend getting close to the edge.)

Memorial Union

The tower of Memorial Union was completed in 1926 as a tribute to students who lost their lives in World War I. One of opens in a new windowMizzou’s many traditions involves always tipping your hat and whispering when walking underneath the tower to honor the fallen soldiers. The tower is popular on Instagram because of the gorgeous architecture (and it reminds Harry Potter fans of Hogwarts, so there’s that, too).

Columbia’s Skyline

From parking garages, The Roof, hot air balloons… you name it, photos of Columbia from above are another ‘must-have’ for Instagram.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

opens in a new windowRock Bridge is kind of like our hidden secret: not many visitors know about the caves, natural rock bridge, sinkholes, and everything else that can be found in the park. There are eight major trails for you to explore – but definitely check out the plank trail that takes you to Connor’s Cave (Devil’s Ice Box is currently closed to protect the bats) and by the rock bridge for great photo opportunities.

Food from Local Restaurants

Nachos from opens in a new windowAddison’s, ice cream from opens in a new windowSparky’s, opens in a new windowHarold’s Doughnuts, Shakespeare’s Pizza, etc. We have so many opens in a new windowdelicious restaurants – foodies (and Instagrammers) rejoice!

Public art

Columbia is full of random art – opens in a new windowtraffic box art, wall murals, opens in a new windowstorm drain paintings, sculptures, and more. Learn more about our public art and how to take a self-guided public art tour from the opens in a new windowOffice of Cultural Affairs.

Honorable mention: The Big Tree

opens in a new windowThe Big Tree is just south of Columbia off of Route K, and is worth the short drive or bike ride. If you have never seen it, you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big deal about a tree?” We think the photos speak for themselves, but if you want stats: this tree is the largest bur oak tree in Missouri, and is around 350 years old, 90 feet tall, and has a circumference of 287 inches. It has survived floods, lightning strikes, and the occasional vandalism, and locals and visitors love stopping by The Big Tree for picnics and photos. Just trust us on this one.


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As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow, and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring. We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in case you start getting a little stir-crazy, here are some ideas for a winter date night in Columbia:

stephens lake park sledding

Sledding is not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to opens in a new windowStephens Lake Park. The hill on the east side of the lake is a popular sledding spot, and there’s typically a bonfire going at Collins Shelter when there is snow on the ground. You can also ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from opens in a new windowParks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by opens in a new windowLakota for your favorite seasonal drink and some hot soup.

food at Gunter Hans in Columbia, MO - pretzel bites, waffle, beer

Mix up your regular ‘dinner and a movie’ date night! Head over to Gunter Hans for Bretzels and Liege Waffles before a movie at opens in a new windowRagtag. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy. Check the website for information on current movies.

Magic Tree 2010

No Columbia winter is complete without a visit to the opens in a new windowMagic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. Get some photos and then warm up at opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub for dinner. Grab a beer (see what’s on tap at Flat Branch), and order your favorite. If you’ve never been, we suggest the Green Chili Chicken Fingers, the Flat Branch Burger, and the Stout Brownie Sundae. Yum. [Once the Magic Tree is gone, opens in a new windowhere are some other stops you can make instead.]

bowling

Two words: opens in a new windowLazer Lanes. They have bowling, laser tag, an arcade, BUMPER CARS, food, a bar… what more could you want? Make a contest out of it – whoever loses Lazer tag buys the winner fried Oreos (speaking of food, we want everything on the opens in a new windowmenu). If the onsite cafe is closed, go next door to Jose Jalapenos for cheese dip and tacos. Check out their drink specials online.

Les Bourgeois A-frame Restaurant

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Rocheport is the place. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of antique and gift shops and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois opens in a new windowBlufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you at the opens in a new windowTasting Room.

Have we talked you into a date night? Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO to let us know or to give us your date night ideas. Enjoy! #ShowMeCoMo

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 6:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Auburn Tigers. This is the fourth of four home games in a row.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

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

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

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

This weekend’s game is GOLD RUSH Find new game day gear here:

shrimp and grits, drinks and menu at restaurant Room 38

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

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

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

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from David Nail in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

tiger walk route

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

Make this: Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole 

guacamole in a bowl with a plate of tortilla chips[From Noshing with the Nolands blog]

It’s going to be another hot weekend so be sure to stay hydrated while tailgating. Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

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

On stage:

“Intimate Apparel” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM
Macklanburg Playhouse
A personal story of confronting adversity through artistry. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s classic story is set in 1904 New York City and told through a contemporary lens. We follow the biographical story of her grandmother, Esther, an African- American seamstress with career and personal aspirations.

Live music:

band Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas Friday 8:30 PM
Rose Music Hall, $12
Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have all the qualities that relates them, to the city that birth them but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being “One of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “A gospel tent in Mississippi.”

Lucero, Adam Lee Friday 9 PM
The Blue Note, $18 

Rock ‘n Roll River Festival 2017 Saturday 1-9 PM
Cooper’s Landing
Featuring: Monte Carlos, Money for Guns, River Ghost Revue, The Ridgerunners, st. gnome and Burney Sisters.

Other events:

Fall Flea Market Friday-Saturday 6 AM 
Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall

Weekend Film: Logan Friday-Saturday 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Wrench Auditorium, MU
Logan meets a young mutant who he has to protect from the bad guys trying to capture her. $1 with MU student ID, $2 for others.

closeup of a tiger

D&D Farm Fall Open House Sunday 12-4 PM
6000 N. Creasy Springs Rd.
Now is your chance to visit Farm Animal Sanctuary before it closes its doors to the public for the rest of the year. All proceeds go toward caring for the animals.

Walk for the Climate Sunday 1 PM 
Gather at Courthouse Square – 8th and Walnut

Mizzou Soccer vs. Texas A&M Sunday 5 PM
Walton Stadium


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 3 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Purdue Boilermakers. This is the third of four home games in a row.

89 degrees, wear 30 SPF or higher; 3,848 hotel rooms; 200+ restaurants; 71,168 capacity of memorial stadium

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

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

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

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

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

interior of main squeeze in downtown columbia

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch before the game.

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

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

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Wilder in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

tiger walk route

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

Make this: “The Best Party Punch Ever”

party punch

It’s going to be hot this weekend! Be sure to have plenty of water and drinks available while you’re tailgating.

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

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

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

ON STAGE:

photos of Grant and Mark Twain“Memoirs” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions, 210 Saint James St.
Two American legends, Mark Twain and Ulysses Grant, sit on the front porch and try to make sense out of their lives as Twain urges Grant to write his memoirs to make up for Grant’s lost fortune through bad investments before he succumbs to cancer.

Family Weekend Comedian: Buzz Sutherland Friday 7 PM
Jesse Auditorium
Bring your family for a great night full of laughs!

“Intimate Apparel” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM
Macklanburg Playhouse
A personal story of confronting adversity through artistry. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s classic story is set in 1904 New York City and told through a contemporary lens. We follow the biographical story of her grandmother, Esther, an African- American seamstress with career and personal aspirations.

LIVE MUSIC:

The Kay Brothers Friday 6:30 PM
Cooper’s Landing

9th Street Summerfest: Eli Young Band Friday 7 PM 
The Blue Note
With LOCASH and Murphy’s Ford

The ShotGunBillys Friday 8 PM
Nash Vegas

Mocklove + Conman Economy Friday 9:30 PM
Rose Music Hall"summerfest" with band Turnpike Troubadours

9th Street Summerfest: Turnpike Troubadours Saturday 7 PM
The Blue Note
With Charley Crockett

Cara Louise Band, The Burney Sisters, Sunshine Mamas Saturday 8 PM
Cafe Berlin

Metal Meltdown ft. Mercurial Sunday 8 PM
Rose Music Hall

OTHER EVENTS:

Mizzou Soccer vs. Georgia Friday 6:30 PM
Walton Stadium 

Family Weekend Film: Despicable Me 3 Friday 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Wrench Auditorium, MU
Gru reunites with his twin brother to take on bad guy, Balthazar Bratt from taking over the world. $1 with MU student ID, $2 for others.

Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show Saturday-Sunday 10-5 PM
Nifong Park
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. Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9-1 PM
Wabash Station


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos  opens in a new window#ShowMeCoMo!

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 6 PM at Memorial Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks. This is the second of four home games in a row!

84 degrees, wear 30 spf or higher. shuttles are $1.50 each way, exact change. Columbia has 3,848 hotel rooms and 200+ restaurants. Memorial stadium holds 71,168 people and has 5 ATMs.

Pre-Game Information

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

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

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

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

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

photo taken outside of Glenn's Cafe, looking north on 8th Street

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

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

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

SEC Nation: SEC Nation, a traveling, pregame show, will be here on Saturday! Make sure to be at Francis Quadrangle from 9 AM – 11 AM to show your support for Mizzou!

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Lauren Jenkins in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

route of tiger walk in 2017

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

Make this: 5-Ingredient White Queso

chip being dipped into white queso dip{From The Baking Fairy}

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

While you’re here

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

On Stage:

opens in a new window“Little Shop of Horrors” opens in a new windowdrawing of potted venus fly trap with 'little shop of horrors' 'the musical'  Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM | Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Dr.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant during a total eclipse, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his coworker for whom he pines. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

“An Ideal Husband” Friday-Sunday 8 PM
Maplewood Barn Theatre, Nifong Park
This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal.

“Memoirs” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions, 210 Saint James St.
Two American legends, Mark Twain and Ulysses Grant, sit on the front porch and try to make sense out of their lives as Twain urges Grant to write his memoirs to make up for Grant’s lost fortune through bad investments before he succumbs to cancer.

Pints and Punchlines Friday 9:30 PM | Rose Music Hall
This monthly comedy showcase features host Michael Yetman and some of the area’s finest comedians.

Live Music:

Cody Johnson wearing cowboy hat

The Banastre Tarlton Band | Friday, 6 PM at The Station House

9th Street Summerfest: Cody Johnson | Friday, 7 PM at The Blue Note

9th Street Summerfest: Kip Moore | Saturday, 7 PM at The Blue Note

Don’t Mind Dying, The Many Colored Death, The Flood Brothers | Saturday 9 PM at Rose Music Hall

Other Events:

yellow, orange, and pink flowersBoone County Farmers Market | Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at the Columbia Mall

Columbia Farmers Market | Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at The ARC

Outdoor Flea Market | Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM at Midway Antique Mall

12th Annual MoRivCC EcoArt Fest | Saturday-Sunday 2 PM – sunset at Cooper’s Landing
14 music acts over two days, food, crafts, hand made soaps and other goodies, clothing, and boat rides by Missouri River Relief make this a spectacular river community event.

3rd Annual Berlin Bazaar | Saturday 12-6 PM at Cafe Berlin
This year’s event will feature over 40 of Missouri’s most innovative makers, a pop up food event from BirdHouse Fried Chicken, drinks from Cafe Berlin, music from KCOU, an entire area devoted to kids art and activities, art installations and so much more.

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market | Sunday 9 AM – 1 PM at Wabash Bus Station


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos  opens in a new window#ShowMeCoMo!

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It’s officially FOOTBALL SEASON! The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 11 AM at Memorial Stadium against the Missouri State Bears. This is the first of four home games in a row!

Pre-Game Information

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573-874-CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

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

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

 

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, and beverages/coolers are not allowed, so be mindful of that before boarding}

Throw on your black and gold Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for breakfast before the game or a late lunch/dinner afterward.

Be prepared: be sure to follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

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

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr. and will be followed by a free concert from Ocean Park Standoff in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

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

Make this: Breakfast Burritos

Prepare these burritos ahead of time for the perfect tailgate breakfast!

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

While You’re Here

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

On Stage:

opens in a new window“Little Shop of Horrors” Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Dr.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant during a total eclipse, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his coworker for whom he pines. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

“An Ideal Husband” Friday-Sunday 8 AM
Maplewood Barn Theatre, Nifong Park
This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal.

Live Music:

Naked Dave Friday 7 PM 
Cooper’s Landing

Tidal Volume Friday 9 PM
Rose Music Hall

Yappy Hour in the Park with Bruce Poe Band Saturday 5 PM
Rose Park

Rage Against the Machine tribute by Decadent Nation Saturday 9:30 PM
The Blue Note

The Blues Jam Sunday 1:30 PM
The Station House

Simon Joyner, The David Nance Group, Nevada Greene Sunday 8 PM
Cafe Berlin

Other Events:

First Friday in the North Village Arts District 6-9 PM
The first Friday of each month, the North Village Arts District will collectively open its doors, encouraging residents, visitors and tourists to explore and appreciate the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify and energize our community.

Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9AM-1 PM


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

Tag your photos  opens in a new window#ShowMeCoMo!

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Taking a road trip for a day can be a great way to learn more about the communities surrounding your home, and my first suggestion for a day trip outside of Columbia is to our state capitol, Jefferson City. My dad and his brothers grew up in Jefferson City and many of my family members still live in the area so I’m excited to talk about a place I have fond memories of.

Distance: 30 miles south of Columbia

How to get there: Take Highway 63 South and exit to merge onto Highway 54 West

fountain at the Missouri State capitol, statues in the water of children holding fish which have the water sprouting from their mouthsPhoto from the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jefferson City was commissioned to be the capitol of Missouri in 1821, and members of the general assembly officially moved in 1826. The city holds quite a bit of history within its roots and continues to grow. Built along the Missouri River, and a stop along the Pacific Railroad line, it has been a hub for transportation and progress.

Columbia and Jefferson City are so close that many families commute to work in the other city depending on industry and family structure. Only a 30 minute drive apart, Columbia and Jefferson City share a love for coffee shops, local foods, and Missouri history.


Must-Try and Must-See:

Coffee

I’m told from the locals that the best place to find a coffee in Jefferson City is Three Story Coffee in Millbottom, though they have two locations in Jefferson City so you can be the judge of that. Less than a 5 minute walk from the Missouri State Capitol building, it is a small shop with a huge passion for change in the coffee industry. Not only is the best quality beverage something they strive for but they also want to connect the consumer with the stories and faces behind the bean, the farmer. They feature their farmers and stories to go beyond fair trade to showcase a community of love put into the process.

Left, Three Story Coffee Instagram; Right, Benjamin Bommel at Three Story Coffee – Millbottom

History to Explore

With a fresh drink in your hand, take that quick walk over to the Missouri State Capitol and Missouri State Museum. The capitol grounds are beautiful to explore and feature a great deal of statues, fountains, and memorials. Some favorites are the Lewis and Clark monument, the Missouri Law Enforcement memorial, the Missouri Veterans Memorial, and the Fountain of Centaurs. For a tour of the inside of the capitol building, visit the tour desk on the first floor between 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm at the top of the hour.

state capitol on a sunny day with yellow and red tulips in frontPhoto from Missouri State Capitol Commission Facebook

Another short walk and you can find the Governor’s Mansion and Garden. Home of Missouri’s first family and a beautiful piece of architecture, the site is a must see when visiting. Guided tours can range from 15-45 minutes depending on the time of year and require a 24-hour advance reservation that can be made online.

Two photos - one of the governor's mansion at dusk with the fountain in front, and the other is a black and white the governor's mansionPhotos from the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion Facebook

Now you’re in the heart of Downtown Jefferson City so if you have the time to keep exploring, I’d highly recommend it. Don’t forget that some of the best treasures are the ones you find while wandering aimlessly.

Outdoor Adventures

box turtle on the overlook at Clark's HillPhoto from Will Haenni – IG @willkrcg13

If you’re not tired of walking just yet, take time to visit Clark’s Hill/Norton State Historic Site. The area features the short, half-mile Osage trail that leads to an overlook and features several items William Clark wrote about in his journal during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Sweet Treats

hand holding a cup of ice cream in front of the Central Dairy sign with the red and white striped awning

When it comes to a good dessert, my favorites are the frozen kind. From ice cream to frozen yogurt, there is no way to go wrong with these two classics. Central Dairy is a historic business in Jefferson City and the setting for many a story from my childhood and my father’s. Originally from Columbia in the 1920s, the Jefferson City location was opened in 1934 where it remains today. Caramel Caribou is a personal favorite of mine, and I would strongly suggest bringing cash to pay.

For frozen yogurt, check out Yo Yums. They are located downtown near the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol Building. Family-owned with a variety of flavor and topping options, this is a sweet treat you won’t want to miss.

Bites to Eat

The older brother of a downtown favorite in Columbia is West Main Pizza. Hand-tossed pizzas and a local Italian restaurant feel makes patrons feel welcome when they arrive and satisfied when they leave.

burger from Prison Brews with cheese and avacadoPhoto from Prison Brews Facebook

If burgers are what you’re craving then head to Prison Brews, a microbrewery sporting what I’m told are the best burgers in town.

Nighttime Entertainment

Your first option for evening entertainment is a stop by Capitol City CORK & Provisions. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, CORK features a seasonal menu to pair with its wines.

3 photos from CORK - breakfast dish, bagel sandwich with salmon, and mimosaPhotos from Capitol City CORK and Provisions Facebook

For the lovers of the theater, stop by Capital City Productions to catch a show with the Capital City Players. This summer and fall they will be putting on two different productions: Beauty & the Beast (August) and Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (October). Check out their website for updated showtimes.

Spooky photo at the Missouri Penitentiary of the welcome sign and a barred gate

My final suggestion for a late night thrill is a stop at the Missouri State Penitentiary for a ghost tour. The penitentiary was built in the 1830s to ensure that Jefferson City remained the best option for the state capitol and remained in operation until 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary was home to several infamous convicts. History tours are held in the afternoons and early evenings, and ghost tours are held in evenings and late into the night. You can choose the tour that is just right for you or reserve a time for a private tour for your group.

the exterior of the Missouri Penitentiary on a cloudy day It’s a lot to take in but a day (or two) in Jefferson City can be full of good eats and a variety of entertainment to brush up on your history or even give you a good scare. For more information on where to stay or what to do in Jefferson City during your visit check out our friends at Visit Jefferson City.


Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel

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It’s today! (June 21st) The day we take fun (and sometimes awkward!) public photos because it’ll look perfect on our Snapchat story or Instagram timeline. It’s NATIONAL SELFIE DAY! So throw caution to the wind and take those selfies all day long. Here is a list of the must-have selfies to snag when visiting Columbia throughout the year.

The Columns

Students in front of the Columns on the university of Missouri campus.Photo from Mallory Scherer, Mizzou Class of 2020

Destroyed by a fire in 1892, Academic Hall left behind six symbols of strength on the David R. Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri. The columns are a favorite of locals, Mizzou students & alumni, and visiting families as they stop through Columbia. More history can be found here.

The Pinnacles or Rock Bridge State Park

Couple posing for a picture at Rock Bridge State ParkPhoto from Instagram user opens in a new window@pharmagal

Located in Boone County, opens in a new windowThe Pinnacles is a great way to explore Missouri’s diverse geological formations. opens in a new windowRock Bridge Memorial State Park is also a favorite of many because of its family-friendly trails and Devil’s Ice Box rock formation.

With a Slice of Pizza

Employee posing for a selfie in front of a pizza.Photo from Pizza Tree Facebook

Columbia has plenty of options for a great slice, and a must-have selfie is a picture of you just before you devour yours! Looking for your next great slice? Check out this list.

The Roof on top of The Broadway

Lady's having a drink at a local restaurant.Photo from Instagram user opens in a new window@gaby1b

This establishment is a nice place to stop by with friends or a special someone for a drink and a bite to eat. It’s the perfect spot to snap a sunset selfie as you watch the Columbia sky change colors.

Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field on Gameday or with Truman the Tiger

Mizzou Fans posing for a selfie.

An iconic pair that are favorites of many. If you’re in town catching the game or see Truman on one of his many adventures around town, make sure to snap a quick picture to share.

The Keyhole at City Hall

City of Columbia employee poses for selfie in front of city hall.Photo from City of Columbia, Missouri (Gov’t. Page) Facebook

Surely to be the ‘key to your heart,’ stop by City Hall for this iconic selfie located in The District.

Harlan the Big White Dog

Harlan the Big White Dog and his owner ChrisPhoto from Steven Ziegler, Mizzou class of 2018

You might think you’d stepped into another region when you see this smiling creature as many compare his appearance to a polar bear. Harlan is the remaining half of an iconic pair that greets people with gentle love. Harlan and Cris, his owner, can be spotted walking in The District or sitting in Speakers Circle, and Harlan welcomes hugs and scratches behind the ear. More information about Harlan can be found on his Facebook profile.

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The warm weather in Columbia is what many, like myself, anticipate all year and for a really good reason. Now that June is underway and the days are getting longer, I’m here to let you know just where you can breathe in fresh air and experience Columbia from some of my favorite spots: the patios.

There are several patios to enjoy across Columbia and even more open up every year, but no two patios are the same. They each take on their own character, feeding off the energy of the staff and guests to build an atmosphere that is unique. Although not a comprehensive list, I’ve brought together some ideas of where to find just what kind of patio you’re looking for.


For a Quick Relaxing Drink

If you’re looking for a place to stop after work or between boutiques in The District, these two have you covered:

Tropical Liqueurs

patio of Tropical Liqueurs - tables with green plastic chairs and blue umbrellasPhoto from Tropical Liqueurs Facebook

With two locations in Columbia and two decades of experience under their belt, Tropical Liqueurs knows how to treat patrons to the ultimate patio experience. The modest patio tables have shade umbrellas to protect you from the hot summer sun while you take in a cold drink. No food is served at the locations so this is a good place to spend an hour or two with friends or colleagues after work before heading home or to dinner.

Günter Hans- Artisan Café

brick patio with tables and chairs; photo taken next to a tree with purple flowersPhoto from Günter Hans- Artisan Café Facebook

Started by a female entrepreneur, Günter Hans- Artisan Café sports a traditional European flare that welcomes customers. Günter Hans is Columbia’s only full wine tap, which offers customers a unique experience coupled with a beautiful patio. The wine tap means the product arrives in barrels and is then served directly into the glass without being exposed to oxygen. European favorites such as bretzels, bratwursts, and waffles are featured on the limited menu to beat any snack craving you might have.

For Appetizers and Catching Up with Friends

These two are drastically different from each other but can both meet the need for quick food and good conversation with friends while relaxing on an outdoor patio:

Las Margaritas

wooden deck with string lights and large plants looking out over a lake with a fountainPhoto from Las Margaritas on Corporate Lake Facebook

Known for its location on Corporate Lake, Las Margaritas is a great spot for catching up with friends over delicious queso fundido or nachos Margaritas from their appetizer menu. The friendly personalities of the staff and quick service make your trip even more enjoyable and offers the potential to be a memorable meal.

Barred Owl Butcher & Table

Barred Owl restaurant sign and several tables with chairs and tan umbrellasPhoto from Barred Own Butcher Facebook

This pick is a newcomer to the Columbia scene and is taking strides to be a must-try for residents and visitors. While you’re there learn more about the made-from-scratch, ingredient-first culture they are so proud of. The staff from the front door to the table are friendly, passionate and ready to answer any questions. The charcuterie and spreads menu offers a variety of options, from a Butcher Board to a whipped ricotta served with pita breads that pair perfectly with good people, memorable stories, and hand-crafted drinks.

For the Lover of Art & Music

These two are known for their quirky styles and exceptional food:

Cafe Berlin

patio area with tables and chairs and sunflowers

Saturday and Sunday mornings year-round are busy with excited patrons ready for locally sourced comfort food but the onset of warm weather opens up new possibilities for Cafe Berlin-lovers. The patio is a great place to enjoy warm weather during the day and into the afternoon while night is a time to support local bands playing. Cafe Berlin is known for being vegetarian-friendly and a great place to eat out if you’re looking to please a variety of food lifestyles.

Tellers

exterior of Tellers Gallery and Bar with brick wall and a few high-top tables and stools

Although outdoor seating is limited, Tellers is a wonderful place to eat if you’re interested in watching The District’s nightlife or catch a street performer playing. Inside, if you venture in, is home to several pieces of local artwork. Each piece is unique and adds to the artistry of the atmosphere.

For Dinner with Someone Special

If you’re looking for a great date-night patio, these spots are tried-and-true:

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

unfocused people dining on Flat Branch patio with tables, chairs, and green umbrellas, surrounded by green plants

With specialty pizzas and craft beer from its in-house brewery, a night out at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is sure to be a special one. The outdoor patio is surrounded by trees so that the area is more intimate and cozy. Smiling faces from the servers and a wide variety of food options for all kinds of eaters makes this a nice location to spend time with a special someone or for a comfortable night with dear friends.

The Roof

rooftop bar looking over Columbia during sunset with fire burning in the firepit Photo from The Roof Facebook

Located at the top of The Broadway Hotel in The District is the perfect place for a romantic night. The Roof offers a beautiful view of the Columbia skyline accompanied by a lavish and diverse menu. The seating options and fire pits create a fun atmosphere to share that special somewhere.

For a Columbia Tradition-Seeker

Looking for a patio that is uniquely ‘Columbia?’ Try one of these:

The Heidelberg

rooftop bar with tables and chairs and a few mismatched umbrellasPhoto from The Heidelberg Facebook

A staple for visiting parents and prospective students, this is also a must try for anyone visiting Columbia. The Heidelberg’s upper patio offers a view looking towards the University of Missouri and offers both covered and uncovered tables in case you need to get out of the hot sun. From appetizers to drinks to burgers, you’ll be sure to find a favorite to add to your list of traditions when visiting.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

golden-doodle puppy sitting in a chair with a can of beer, a napkin, and a platter with a pizza-shaped dog toy on a tablePhoto from Shakespeare’s Pizza Facebook

Each Shakespeare’s location has a traditional patio where individuals (and their pups) can enjoy a slice and a cold beer. If you’re looking for something a little different, Shakespeare’s Downtown v2.0, as they call it, has a garage door to give you an indoor/outdoor feel along the side of the building for a more private eating experience.

Whatever your patio needs are, Columbia has you covered (or uncovered). Try them out and share your favorite patio stories and photos with us on Instagram and Twitter.


Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel

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Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so we’ve put together some ideas on how you can celebrate with your dad in Columbia: 

For the Competitive Dad

Strawn Park Course map

Is your dad always trying to win? Let him show off his skills this weekend (we won’t tell you to let him win but it IS his day). Hit opens in a new windowLazer Lanes for bowling and laser tag or opens in a new windowMidway Golf Complex for mini golf and go-karts. Another option is disc golf: Columbia is home to  opens in a new windowHarmony Bends, a course designed by renowned disc golf course designer, John Houck. This course is sure to get the competition going, but easy on the trash talk – it’s a special occasion.

Gift: Pick something out at opens in a new windowRally House that represents dad’s favorite team or gift him with some opens in a new windowlocally-brewed beer. (It works in this category because then he can brag to his friends about how his daughter/son is the best. Win-win.)

For the Art-Loving Dad

Art Landish Gallery

For the art-lover, schedule a time at opens in a new windowPaint the Canvas to create your own masterpiece together. Even the least creative person can follow along with the instructor! If your dad is more into performing arts, catch “ opens in a new windowDirty Rotten Scoundrels” this weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company.

Gift: Take dad to one of our many fantastic opens in a new windowart galleries and let him pick out a piece of art to own.

For the Foodie Dad

Coffee cups with popcorn spilling onto a table.

Father’s Day weekend is timed perfectly for foodies this year. Design your own ‘culinary tour’ downtown to take advantage of opens in a new windowRestaurant Week (June 12-18). You can also check out the opens in a new windowSavory Summer Kickoff on Saturday at Bur Oak Brewing, which will include food samples from 30+ local chefs, live music, and drinks.

Gift: Buy dad a pair of SEC Beer Fest opens in a new windowpasses or order gourmet popcorn and a cute ‘Pop’ mug from Gopo (pictured).

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Rock Bridge State Park

Of course, Columbia offers tons of options for opens in a new windowoutdoor activities. You and dad can go hiking, fishing, bird-watching, or rent a canoe/kayak at opens in a new windowFinger Lakes State Park.

Gift: Pick up something for dad to use in the great outdoors at opens in a new windowAlpine Shop (spend $150 on dad and get $25 back for yourself) or opens in a new windowBass Pro – we’re a fan of this opens in a new windowfolding hammock and opens in a new windowBug-A-Salt Salt Gun, both currently available at the Columbia location.


If none of the above ideas are your thing, you can always go with the tried-and-true dinner and a movie:

Grab a bite to eat:

Salad Bowl

Where to go to get the best:

What to see:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The team unravels the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy. (PG-13)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. (PG-13)

Baywatch – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (R)

All Eyez On Me – The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (R)

Cars 3 – To get back in the game, Lightning McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. (G)

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