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Our April calendar is jam-packed with tons of great events. Below is just a few highlights so be sure to view all of our events if you’re planning on visiting CoMo. Looking for on-stage performances?

SPORTS

opens in a new windowsmsgShow-Me State Games Hoopin’ It Up | April 1-3 | Mizzou Student Rec Center
Youth basketball tournament for girls and boys 3rd-9th grade. Register here.

opens in a new windowMaxTrax Duathlon | April 3 | Bethel Park
This two-distance duathlon format is the perfect event for those seasoned multi-sport athletes and the first-time participants. The short course can be completed on a road bike, a typical mountain bike or even a comfort-style bike.

opens in a new windowFairy Tale 5K | April 16, 7-9:30 AM | Stephens College
The Fairy Tale 5K Walk/Run is a fun run. It is a loop run starting on the Stephens College campus through the beautiful Stephens Lake outer loop. Fairy tale characters mark the Start/Finish, 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K markers along the course.

opens in a new windowMizzou Football Black and Gold Game | April 16, 5 PM | Faurot Field

opens in a new windowLights on Afterschool 5K Glow Run | April 23, 5:30 PM | Peace Park
Come decked out in your best neon gear for the 2nd Lights on Afterschool GLOW! 5K & Fun Run. Run, walk, skip, or jump with us to support afterschool!

opens in a new windowChasing the Sun 5K | April 30, 9 AM | Stephens Lake Park
Be sure to “dress your brightest” and each participant receives a free t-shirt! Join for music, prizes & a great cause.

FAMILY

opens in a new windowKite-flying DayApril 2, 12-2 PM | Douglass Park
Join Parks and Rec for a day of kite-flying! The event is free, and kites will be given out to children who do not have one (limited supply). Rain date is April 16th.

como duck derby

opens in a new windowCoMo Duck Derby | April 9, 12-4 PM | Stephens Lake Park
Adopted rubber ducks will compete in a race in Stephens Lake where the winning duck’s adopter wins the grand prize of $1,000! The event will benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society. There will be live music, food, games, door prizes and adoptable pets onsite. The duck race begins at 2 pm.

opens in a new windowMU College of Veterinary Medicine Open House | April 16, 9-3 PM
The Open House offers a fun and education-filled day with entertainment, including as the Purina Incredible Dogs, a petting zoo and veterinary medicine displays, all at no charge.

opens in a new windowtie dyeCraig & Caitlin’s Tie Dye Carnival | April 17, 1:30 PM | Rose Music Hall
See live acrobatic performances courtesy of Muse Pole Fitness and CoMo Aerial Arts; bring articles to dye at our tie dye station; get your face painted; play games; and see all we have to offer at this fun Sunday carnival!

opens in a new windowRainbow House Spring Fair | April 23, 11-2 PM | Flat Branch Park
Join Rainbow House in free games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, food and more in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

opens in a new windowTons of Trucks | April 27, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall
Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

SPECIAL EVENTS 

opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Arts District | April 1, 6-9 PM
A FREE gallery crawl held the first Friday of each month in the North Village Arts District. Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment!

opens in a new windowshopSpring Shop Hop | April 16, 10-8 PM | The District
Explore, dine and shop all day with sales, special offers and refreshments.

opens in a new windowUnbound Book Festival | April 23 | Stephens College
Unbound is a brand-new FREE festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events.

opens in a new windowCole Swindell live on 9th Street | April 23, 6 PM

opens in a new window‘Stephens Sings’ Spring Choral Concert | April 24, 7:30 PM | Senior Hall, Stephens College
Vocalists at Stephens College present this year-end performance that doubles as a celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our seniors. Featuring Vocal Arts and Musical Theatre students, this promises to be a night of great music appropriate for all ages.

opens in a new windowQuilt Show | April 30-May 1, 10 AM | VFW Post 280

opens in a new windowFloat Your Boat for the Food Bank | April 30, 11 AM | Bass Pro
Teams build themed, cardboard boats to race and win unique prizes. Help support The Food Bank by registering a boat, watching the race and voting for your favorite boat. All money raised goes to The Food Bank

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A very excited welcome to all of the Show-Me State Games athletes, families, friends and fans who will be in Columbia over the next two weekends!

The Show-Me State Games brings competition in over 40 sports and athletes from across the state to our city. This year’s Opening Ceremonies on Friday the 19th will even feature Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber! We’re so thrilled to have you in Columbia and hope you have a safe and fun time at the Show-Me State Games!

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Columbia is full of sporting activity during the summer! Whether you’re in Columbia for a baseball tournament, a swim meet or the Show-Me State Games, here are a few tips to make your summer visit a success.

Keep Cool! Indoor Activities

A few spots to cool down and have fun in between games.

Columbia Mall: I-70 and Stadium Blvd., 573.445.9458

Going Bonkers: 3812 Buttonwood Drive, 573.499.0366

Goodrich Forum 8 Theaters: 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy., 573.445.7469

Hollywood Theaters: 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr., 573.817.0770

Columbia Public Library: 100 West Broadway, 573.443.6027

Lazer Lanes: 3412 Grindstone Parkway, 573.447.6021

The ARC: 1701 West Ash, 573.874.7700

Retail Locations

Need to stock up on sports drinks, bandages and other necessities? Here you go!

Wal-Mart:

1201 Grindstone Parkway, 573.449.0815

3001 W. Broadway, 573.445.9506

415 Conley Road, 573.499.4935

Kohls: 1010 East Green Meadows, 573.256.1188

Hy-Vee Supermarkets:

3100 West Broadway, 573.447.0133

25 Conley Road, 573.442.7703

405 East Nifong, 573.442.8616

Schnucks Supermarket: 1400 Forum Blvd., 573.446.2800

Gerbes Supermarkets:

1729 West Broadway, 573.445.9518

205 East Nifong, 573.874.2939

2900 Paris Road, 573.474.9418

Family Friendly Dining

Round up the whole team and have a celebratory meal!

Bengal’s Bar & Grill: 227 S. 6th Street, 573.875.2337

La Siesta: 27 N. 9th Street, 573.449.8788

The Rome: 38 N. 8th Street, 573.876.2703

Shakespeare’s Pizza: 225 S. 9th Street, 573.449.2454

Shiloh Bar & Grill: 402 E. Broadway, 573.875.1800

Buckingham Bar-B-Q: 3804 Buttonwood Dr., 573.499.1490

G&D Pizza-Steak: 2101 West Broadway, 573.445.8336

McAlister’s Deli: 1205 Grindstone Parkway, 573.256.7783

Houlihan’s: 2641 Broadway Bluff Drive, 573.815.7210

Steak ‘n Shake: 3004 Clark Lane & 1912 West Worley

Gumby’s: 1201 East Broadway, 573.874.8629

A Few Last Tips

Easy reminders for anytime you travel!

  • Always lock your vehicle. Even if you are “just going inside for a minute”. It only takes a thief a few seconds to grab your stuff!
  • Make your vehicle as unattractive of a target as possible by taking all valuables inside or locking them in a trunk/out of sight. Don’t forget that things like phone chargers and computer cords are clues to a thief of what might be inside.
  • Park in a well lit area if possible.
  • Record the serial numbers to electronic items, firearms etc. and keep the list in a secure location such as a safety deposit box or in an email to yourself.
  • Consider marking personal items of value such as iPods and cameras with a distinct marking only you know about.
  • Don’t hide spare keys outside your vehicle.

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