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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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Festivals and Events

opens in a new windowRestaurant Week | June 12-18 | The District

Enjoy exclusive Restaurant Week menus and specials offers at any of the participating eateries. In addition to enjoying special menus during Restaurant Week, you can also be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to various downtown locations. Just pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any participating restaurant, beginning June 12. To complete your passport, you must dine at three or more locations, and turn your completed passport in to any of the participating restaurants by June 18.

opens in a new windowMissouri State Senior Games and opens in a new windowJune Show-Me State Games | June 14-18 

The Missouri State Senior Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for individuals age 50 and older. June’s Show-Me State Games will include the following sports: Archery (NASP), High School Basketball, Lacrosse, Par 3 Golf, Pickleball, Soccer, Swimming, and High School Volleyball.

opens in a new windowSavory Summer Kickoff | June 17, 12-4 PM | Bur Oak Brewing Co.

This event will bring together fine food, contests, local artisans, and entertainment. 30+ chefs and restaurants will serve up their best dishes to judges and the community to be chosen for our final top six cook off challenge!

Family Fun

Movies in the Park:

(PG-13) Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order.

(PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

(PG-13) After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

opens in a new windowFamily Fishing Night | June 16, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring your family and friends to fish in the seven-acre stocked fishing pond, enjoy s’mores by the bonfire or just sit back and relax with a cold drink. Cost is $5 per person (children 4 years and younger free) and includes the rental of a fishing pole, bait, one s’more and one drink. Fishing is catch and release only and a fishing license is not required. Please register by calling Amy Dooley at (573) 239-6134 or emailing dooleyam@missouri.edu.

opens in a new windowFamily Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors | June 21, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. The outdoors has so much to offer. Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts.

On-Stage

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” | June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 | Columbia Entertainment Company

“Stage Kiss” | June 9-11, 15-18 | Talking Horse Productions

“Peer Gynt” | June 21-25 | Artlandish Gallery

“Red, White, and Tuna” | June 22-25, June 28-30 | Corner Playhouse

“Laughing Stock” | June 29-30 | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

Music of Prince & The Revolution: Dr. Zhivegas | June 17 | Rose Park

Jelly Roll | June 20 | Rose Music Hall 

Jonny Lang | June 22 | The Blue Note

Summerfest: William Elliott Whitmore | June 24 | Rose Park

The Voice finalist, Barrett Baber | June 29 | Rose Music Hall

Hot Summer Nights | events throughout the month of June

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See a show

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December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:

opens in a new windowElf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

opens in a new windowMoscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

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December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our opens in a new windowcalendar of events for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

Magic Tree, Columbia MO

opens in a new windowThe Magic Tree is a favorite Columbia holiday tradition, and although there’s now several of these completely lit trees around town, you should still make a trip to the original Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. There is even a opens in a new windowfestival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.

Go holiday shoppingholiday store front

We have all the usual opens in a new windowshopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

opens in a new window1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
opens in a new windowBattle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
opens in a new windowHoliday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
opens in a new windowColumbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM

Attend a festival

living windows in the district

The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Arts District and opens in a new windowLiving Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the opens in a new windowCity Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual opens in a new windowChocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.

Listen to live jazz

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opens in a new window“We Always Swing” Jazz Series is bringing two great holiday performances to Columbia this month:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis+ Special Guest Vocalist, Catherine Russell
December 4th, 7 PM at Missouri Theatre

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas
December 11th, 3:30 PM and 7 PM at Murry’s

Check out a tractor parade

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, look no further than the annual opens in a new windowCentralia Christmas Tractor Parade. See floats, tractors, lawn mowers, and other farm equipment decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Santa might even be there on his Christmas tractor.

December 16th, 7 PM in Centralia

Take in the holiday lights

House with holiday lights.

You could drive around town looking for lights OR you could make plans to attend one of these events:

opens in a new window51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

opens in a new windowFriends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th, 6 PM
Christmas carols will follow the tree lighting and then head to Community Hall for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

opens in a new windowCandy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.

opens in a new windowHoliday Lights and Sights Tour | December 16th, 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Meet Columbia Parks and Rec at The ARC and enjoy holiday lights from a mini-bus. Cost is $7.50, and pre-registration is required.

opens in a new windowIt’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour | December 18th, 5:30 PM
Join GetAbout Columbia at Lucky’s Market and see holiday lights in and around downtown.

Go back in time

Stephens College’s opens in a new windowA Dickens Victorian Christmas is an annual favorite. It’s a family-friendly, authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dickens that includes refreshments, period dance, music, and more. You have four days to choose from so don’t miss out!

December 4-7 at Stephens College, Historic Senior Hall

Run (or walk) for a cause

The opens in a new windowJingle Bell Run is the perfect excuse to break out those ugly holiday sweaters, tie jingle bells to yourself, dress up like Santa or an elf… the cheerier, the better!

December 10th, 8 AM at Silverthorne Arena

Brew ‘n View

Home alone character Kevin McCallister

Beer and holiday movies – enough said. The Blue Note has two Christmas Brew ‘n Views planned: opens in a new windowHome Alone December 15th and opens in a new windowElf, December 22nd.

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Whether you want family-friendly trick-or-treating or you’re more into walking through a ‘haunted house’ while scary things pop out at you, Columbia has what you’re looking for. Celebrate Halloween with us!

pumpkin candy jar

Family Events:

opens in a new windowBYOBW ‘Track’ or Treat
October 22nd, 9 AM – 10:30 AM at The ARC 
Take your 2-6 year olds to The ARC where they can ride their Big Wheels, tricycles, and other pedal-powered vehicles (no bikes) on a ‘haunted’ ride around the track.

opens in a new windowSpooktacular
October 26th, 7-11 PM at MU Student Center
Free for students and only $5 for general public – check out the haunted house, the Great Pumpkin Carving, costume contest, and Halloween treats.

opens in a new window(Not so) Frightening Friday
October 28th, 4-6 PM in The District 
Free trick or treating in The District.

opens in a new windowTrunk or Treat
October 28th, 3-7 PM at Ascenisa Spa (Cherry Hill)
Join Ascenisa Spa for their Trunk or Treat – games, a fire truck, hot dogs, popcorn and candy are all included in the event.

opens in a new windowSpine-Tingling Tales and Crafts
October 28th, 4:30-5:30 PM at Columbia Public Library
Gather ’round, little witches, goblins and ghouls! Get the whole family into the Halloween spirit with spooky stories and creepy crafts. The event is ages 9 and up, and registration beforehand is encouraged.

opens in a new windowHalloween & Hoops
October 28th, 5:30 PM at Mizzou Arena
To kick off Halloween weekend, put on that crazy costume and catch some Mizzou hoops. Both the men’s and women’s programs will be passing out candy, socializing with fans and taking photos before playing in the Black & Gold scrimmage games. Halloween-themed entertainment will be provided in between the scrimmages.

opens in a new windowTrick or Treat at The Creek
October 31st, 4-7 PM at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
All ages are invited to join us in this safe, family-friendly trick-or-treating community event. Rain or shine, you and your kids can enjoy games, crafts, treats, contests, and prizes.

Grown-Up Events:

scary face Halloween costume

opens in a new windowHalloween Brew ‘n View: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 20th, 8:30 PM at The Blue Note
Kick off your Halloween by experiencing the chaos and delight of the world’s greatest rock & roll audience participation film, hosted by Mark “The Master” Chambers.

opens in a new windowTri-Sigma’s Haunted Tour
October 26th, 7-11 PM at Stephens College
Join Tri Sigma for their 11th Annual Haunted Tour of Stephens. The tour will begin at the basement of Roblee Hall.

opens in a new window90s Halloween Party with The Lone Rangers
October 28th, 9:30 PM at The Social Room
Get hyped for Halloween with a night full of hits from the decade with this ’90s cover band. Relive the prime of Third Eye Blind, Britney Spears, OutKast and the like.

opens in a new windowThe Zombie Run
October 29th, 8:30 AM on MKT Trail at Twin Lakes
Run for the kids at this 5k through part of the MKT trail that benefits St. Jude’s.

opens in a new window80s vs. 90s Costume Ball
October 29th, 8 PM at The Blue Note
Costume contest at midnight for 80s/90s TV Character and Music Icon. Music videos will be shown on the big screen – dance the night away!

opens in a new windowRocheport Oktoberfest II: Monster Mash
October 29th, 12 PM – 10:30 PM in Rocheport, MO
Celebrate Missouri’s Rock and Blues music scene and enter the costume contest for a chance to win $250! Join the opens in a new windowMonster Bike Mash to Rocheport and catch the shuttle back to Columbia.

opens in a new windowHalloween with Tech N9ne
October 31st, 9 PM at The Blue Note
As if Halloween wasn’t scary enough, Kansas City native Tech N9ne will take the stage for a night of intense, focused rap. Prep the Caribou Lou and your costume.

Creepy Places

Necropolis haunted house

opens in a new windowFearFest Haunted House
6399 US 40
FearFest is under new management this year and features two brand new attractions: Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary.

opens in a new windowNecroPlanet
1207 Rogers St.
Featuring two interactive haunted attractions, The Pit and the legendary Necropolis, now in its 12th year.

Costume

opens in a new windowHalloween makeup workshop
October 27th, 3-5 PM at MU’s Craft Studio
Need some help getting that perfect Halloween makeup effect? Our makeup artist will go over the basics of Halloween makeup and be on hand to give you specific tips for your own costume. Bring your own makeup kit. Cost is: MU Students $10 / Non-Students: $20.

opens in a new windowGotcha Costumes
819 E. Walnut St.
Monday-Saturday 11 AM-8 PM; Sunday 12 -5 PM

opens in a new windowParty City
Broadway Market Place, 21 Conley Rd.
Monday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM-9 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM

opens in a new windowMaude Vintage
818 E. Broadway
Monday-Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM

opens in a new windowLeo’s Old Clothes
9 N. 9th St.
Monday-Friday 12-6 PM


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Thanks to our friends at opens in a new windowVisit Gainesville for providing this little guide to get the most out of your visit to Gainesville.

Fossil Hall

Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest
Enjoy hundreds of flying butterflies in a rainforest, walk through history at a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, and a life-size limestone cave. The current exhibit, Wicked Plants, puts you in an eerie environment with Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. opens in a new windowMuseum entry is free; Wicked Plants and opens in a new windowButterfly Rainforest tickets may be purchased at the front desk.2-poe-springs-swimming-hdr-small

 

Dive into the the Springs
Gear up in the town of High Springs and make a visit to one of the nearby freshwater springs. Fed by the Florida aquifer, these springs are crystal clear with a year-round water temperature of 72 degrees. opens in a new windowPoe Springs Park and Blue Springs are popular swimming holes. Ginnie Springs is a global destination for cave-divers. Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a scenic destination for tubing, a gentle float down the spring-fed river.hippodrome state theatre

 

Live Theater
Gainesville is home to exceptional theater. The Gainesville Community Playhouse hosts ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre hosts ‘Commander.’ At the opens in a new windowHippodrome, it’s opening weekend for the mainstage production of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,’ a recreation of the 1962 thriller.harn museumof art

Harn Museum of Art
opens in a new windowThe Harn is home to over 10,000 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography. Current exhibitions include Aftermath: The Fallout of War, Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection, and Mirror Mirror … Portraits of Frida Kahlo. Admission is free, donations are accepted.stage with drum set

Live Music
The Free Fridays Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza features Gram Fest, a tribute to Gram Parsons. On Saturday, opens in a new windowHigh Dive hosts Ordinary Boys – A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey. Rick Ross performs at the Florida Theater and an 80s & 90s block party will be at The Atlantic and Arcade Bar.kanapaha labyrinth

Natural Attractions
opens in a new windowKanapaha Botanical Gardens includes the largest public display of bamboo in Florida and the largest herb garden in the southeast. You can travel down 232 wooden steps into a 120’ sinkhole at opens in a new windowDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. Sweetwater Wetlands Park has 3.5 miles of trails and is a birding hotspot. You can even see real alligators on La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Preserve.swamp head brewery

Award Winning Craft Breweries
Gainesville is home to opens in a new windowSwamp Head Brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company and Alligator Brewing. Swamp Head’s tasting room is called The Wetlands featuring regular and seasonal beers on tap with exclusive bottle releases. The Source is the name of First Magnitude’s tasting room which is adjacent to a family friendly beer garden. Alligator Brewing can be found inside Tall Paul’s which houses games, TVs and regular live music.downtown gainesville at night

opens in a new windowDowntown Gainesville
Multiple restaurants, bars, and boutiques are all within walking distance under live oaks and Spanish moss in the symbolic heart of the city. Tour the murals of 352walls or hop on a peddle-pub to see the most out of downtown. Bo Diddley Plaza hosts concerts and the Hippodrome hosts mainstage performances. Newly opened Depot Park features a large playground, a splash pad and is a hit with families.deep dish slice at satchels

opens in a new windowThe Food Scene
Tempt your tastebuds with everything from exotic coffees and teas, craft ramen, down home southern favorites, ethnic flavors, pizza and burgers, and casual or fine dining. Head to opens in a new windowSatchel’s for great pizza and salads where you can even dine in a 1965 Ford Falcon van. Downtown features numerous options like Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano’s, Big Lou’s Pizza, Crane Ramen, Manuel’s Vintage Room, Flaco’s Cuban Bakery, and Volta Coffee Tea & Chocolate. Small towns boast big eats at Pearl Country Store, Blue Highway, or Coffee n Cream in Micanopy, or The Great Outdoors in High Springs.

For assistance planning your trip or more information about Gainesville, click on opens in a new windowVisitGainesville.com or call (866) 778-5002.

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megan
Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling (that’s me with a glacier in Alaska), 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!


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Brenna and me at a CBT event

Autumn in Columbia is my very favorite season. I love the crispness of the air, the leaves changing, the sound of drumlines that signal football is back. It’s also the perfect time to get out and spend time with friends. My favorite days spent out in CoMo lately are with my pal Brenna, who is the Editor over at the Columbia Business Times.

We like to mix something active with a nice dose of leisure, so this fall day out is perfect! This itinerary is more of a suggestion, though Brenna and/or I have done all of these things here in Columbia. Brenna would like you to know that I promise action photos from our next day out (Winter) because we’re going to plan it now and then document our day! Ok, ready to spend a great autumn day here in CoMo? Let’s do it!

Ladies’ Day Out – The Fall Edition

First thing’s first: sleep in a bit. You thought we were going to get up at the crack of dawn for our day out? Ha! You do not know Brenna and me well enough yet.

Ok, so you got some extra rest because you worked hard this week. Now the day out can begin. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and one of the best stops in Columbia is at Café Berlin. It’s down in the North Village Arts District and the food is amazing. Look at this weekend brunch menu and salivate:

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Only Café Berlin could make something called the Compost Pile mouthwatering.

One of the local favorites is the Starving Artist because gravy, but for my money it doesn’t get any better than the Apples & Sausage on a Pancake. A heaping plate of food plus coffee in one of Café Berlin’s random mugs means you’re ready to shop. Or take a nap. No! On to shopping…

The District, Columbia’s downtown, is full of fun little shops to explore. We have a few favorites that we always stop by so we can see what’s new!

Route used to be known as The Mustard Seed, but it’s still the incredibly unique free trade shop you always loved. The beautiful handcrafted pieces from around the world range from jewelry to scarves to décor. Last time we were in, I picked up a beautiful silver vase for my mantle at home and a black and gold ring I can wear when I want to look fancy while supporting Mizzou.

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Every time I walk into Poppy, I decide I probably need one of everything. Photo from Poppy’s Instagram (@poppymadebyhand).

Poppy is also home to a great array of handcrafted pieces that make it very difficult to leave without something new. The fabulous owner, Liz, curates the best in jewelry, greeting cards, baby clothes, art and so much more, so that Poppy is the perfect place to shop for a gift. I’ve gotten everything from wedding shower gifts to Mother’s Day gifts at Poppy. They also partner up with Christy at The Ink Café for calligraphy classes that are a blast – even for people like me who have terrible handwriting and can only draw stick people.

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Yellow Dog always has the best window displays! Here’s theirs from the True/False Film Fest this year. Photo from Yellow Dog’s Instagram (@yellowdogbookshop).

One place we absolutely never ever miss (ever) is Yellow Dog Bookshop.  This small shop is owned by a wonderful married couple and is stuffed full of used books. They have a huge non-fiction selection on all sorts of topics, a Missouri section, and a fiction section that I love looking through to find treasures to add to my to-read list.  Anyone who knows me even a little knows I cannot leave a bookstore without buying at least one book (and usually more), so Yellow Dog is my favorite downtown escape.

Alright, I managed to keep myself from running out the door to go book shopping. Once our shopping has finished, it’s time to spend the afternoon outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Sometimes this is as simple as a walk on the MKT Trail here in Columbia, but when the fall colors are really out I love heading south of town to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

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Fun fact, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is even more beautiful than this picture makes it look.

Trail options are plentiful at the park, but my favorite is the wood-planked trail that leads you through the heart of the park. The trail allows you to take in the most impressive geological features of the park, including the actual rock bridge the park was named for, and you can also explore Connor’s Cave. The trail itself is under a mile long, but is has plenty of stairs and offshoots that allow hikers to experience the best the park has to offer. Plus, we’ve been shopping, so a lengthy hike isn’t really needed, right? Right.

After a long day of shopping and outdoor adventure, a nice dinner is in order. Brenna and I both have plenty of favorites when it comes to restaurants in CoMo. One of the most difficult decisions to make when you have such a great culinary scene is where to go for dinner. Just in opens in a new windowThe District alone, it’s almost impossible to choose!

For this fall ladies’ day out, we’ll stay in the south part of town near the park and hit Sophia’s for dinner. Like most places in Columbia, the atmosphere is casual but sophisticated, and their patio is a great spot for a fall evening. The menu ranges from incredible pasta dishes to flavorful tapas and flatbreads. With an impressive wine list, Sophia’s is also the perfect spot to linger and make the day out last a little longer.

Now for some ladies’ day out enthusiasts, there would also be another activity like dancing or cocktails somewhere fancy. But, to be honest, that’s not how Brenna and I roll. After dinner, our day ends with a big hug and a retreat to our homes where we can put on pajamas and watch Netflix. Of course, if I’ve really done a day out right, there will also be some Sparky’s Ice Cream waiting in the freezer for me.

Thanks for spending a ladies’ day out with Brenna and me! We’ll be working on our next day out as the weather gets colder and bring it to you in January. Next month I’ll feature some of my favorite CoMo dishes from all over the city. See you then!

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The Mizzou opens in a new windowTigers kick off this Saturday, 3:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Delaware State opens in a new windowHornets.

mizzou football field

[Photo from Mizzou Football Facebook page]

PRE-GAME

Looking for a hotel room? It’s family weekend so our rooms are selling out fast. Call us at 573-875-1231 and ask for hotel availability.

How to get to the stadium:

{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! If you want/need new black and gold gear, check out:

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

Weather: As of today (Tuesday), the opens in a new windowforecast is calling for a high of 87 – with the game at 3 PM, it’s going to be a hot day tailgating and even hotter in the stadium.

Where to watch: Not planning on watching the game in person? Here’s our list of  opens in a new windowsports bars.

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • (12:30 PM) Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off at the pedestrian bridge over Providence
  • (1:30 PM) The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Remember to keep any pets on a leash
  • Just opens in a new windowfollow the rules and have fun!

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

Have some football water bottles on hand at your tailgate with these opens in a new windowfree printable labels.

football water bottles

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

Below is a list of some other great activities going on this weekend. Check out our calendar of events to see more.

SPECIAL EVENTS

opens in a new windowBest of the Year Student Films 7 PM Friday
Charters Lecture Hall, Stephens College

opens in a new windowFamily Weekend Comedian: Justin Willman 7 PM Friday
Jesse Auditorium, MU

opens in a new window“An American Daughter” 7:30 PM Friday-Saturday and 2 PM Sunday
Macklanburg Playhouse

opens in a new windowPoltergeist (1982) on 35 MM 9:15 PM Friday and 9:30 PM Saturday
Ragtag Cinema

opens in a new windowEarthdance: Global Peace Party 3-9 PM Saturday
Cooper’s Landing

opens in a new windowMizzou Soccer vs. Mississippi State 1 PM Sunday
Walton Stadium

opens in a new windowMizzou Volleyball vs. Ole Miss 1:30 PM Sunday
Hearnes Center

opens in a new windowCROP Hunger Walk and 5K Run 2 PM Sunday
Stephens Lake Park

LIVE MUSIC

Killing in the Name: A Rage Against the Machine Tribute 9:30 PM Friday
The Blue Note

The Kay Brothers, Dave and Dyno with the Roadkill Orchestra 9:30 PM Friday
Rose Music Hall

Monchichi, The Yotes, Fullbloods 9 PM Friday
The Social Room

The Mowgli’s, Colony House, Dreamers 9 PM Saturday
The Blue Note

Titus Andronicus, A Giant Dog 9 PM Saturday
Rose Music Hall

Adia Victoria, Sleepy Kitty, Sissy Paycheck 8 PM Saturday
Café Berlin


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call us at 573-875-1231
Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB

Tag your photos opens in a new window#ShowMeCoMo!

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The Mizzou opens in a new windowTigers kick off this Saturday, 6:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Georgia opens in a new windowBulldogs.

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[Photo from Mizzou Football Facebook page]

PRE-GAME

Need help finding a hotel room? Call us at 573-875-1231 and ask for hotel availability.

How to get to the stadium:

{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! If you want/need new black and gold gear, check out:

Grab a bite to eat: check out our list of restaurants located in opens in a new windowThe District for ideas.

Weather: As of today (Monday), the opens in a new windowforecast is calling for a high of 77 with a chance of showers. Better pack a rain poncho just in case!

Where to watch: Not planning on watching the game in person? Check out our list of opens in a new windowsports bars.

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Remember to keep any pets on a leash
  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off at the pedestrian bridge over Providence
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Just opens in a new windowfollow the rules and have fun!

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

Make this: opens in a new windowLoaded Ranch Dip

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This week’s Pinterest creation is Loaded Ranch Dip – yum.

  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon, then chop into pea-sized crumbles and set aside.
  2. Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing mix together in a bowl.
  3. Fold in the bacon, green onions, and shredded cheese.
  4. Keep cold and enjoy with sturdy crackers. That’s it!

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

Below is a list of some other great activities going on this weekend. Check out our calendar of events to see more.

LIVE MUSIC

opens in a new window9th St Summerfest with Corey Smith outside of The Blue Note
Friday 7 PM

opens in a new windowBrett Stewart at Nash Vegas
Friday 8 PM

opens in a new windowChrome Sparks at Rose Music Hall
Friday 9 PM

FAMILY

opens in a new windowDisney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Columbia Entertainment Company
Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday 2 PM

opens in a new windowFlick on Faurot: Little Giants at Memorial Stadium
Friday 8:30 PM

opens in a new windowOutdoor Movie Series: Over the Hedge at Open Door Church
Friday 8:30 PM

opens in a new windowAnnual Heritage Festival & Craft Show at Nifong Park
Saturday-Sunday 10-5 PM

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OTHER

opens in a new windowRocheport Wine Stroll in downtown Rocheport
Saturday 4-8 PM

opens in a new windowColumbia Track Club Malted Mile on Strawn Rd.
Sunday 10 AM

opens in a new windowMizzou Soccer vs. Weber State at Walton Stadium
Sunday 1 PM

opens in a new window“Spring Awakening” – A TRYPS Edge Production – Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College
Sunday 7 PM


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call us at 573-875-1231
Tweet us at @ColumbiaMOCVB

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GO TIGERS

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How is it September already?! We’re not sure but, like everybody else, we love fall so we aren’t complaining. Our calendar of events is jam-packed this month; here are the events you shouldn’t miss out on:

1. Show ‘Em Comedy Festival

What: Two days of stand-up comedy featuring acts like Comedy Wars, Bill Chott, Sam Losco from The Trailer Park Boys, and Kevin Farley

When: September 2-3

Where: Various locations in Columbia – see the schedule

Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Rocheport

2. Crush Festival 

What: Free, family-friendly festival to kick off harvest season with live music, pumpkin-painting, games, and grape-stomping

When: September 3, from 2-6 PM

Where: Les Bourgeois A-Frame, Rocheport

3. Hallsville Fall Festival

What: Festival fun including pony pull, garden tractor pull, parade, and horse show along with food trucks, beer garden, live music, and a fish fry

When: September 9-10, starting at 6 PM Friday and all day Saturday

Where: Hallsville Fairgrounds

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4. Mizzou Football vs. Eastern Michigan

What: The return of Mizzou football, ’nuff said

When: September 10, kickoff at 6:30 PM

Where: Faurot Field

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5. Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge

What: 10K challenge – 5K kayak and 5K run through a water trail and mountain bike trail

When: September 10, beginning at 9 AM

Where: Finger Lakes State Park

6. 2nd Annual Berlin Bazaar

What: Over 40 Missouri artisans, 6 musical acts, 2 incredible kids booths, 1 cupcake vendor, 1 dessert vendor, 1 burger pop up, 3 henna artists, and 1 chakra card reader

When: September 10, from 5-9 PM

Where: Cafe Berlin

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7. Heritage Festival & Craft Show

What: Step back in time with vendors and crafts, tradesmen, music, dancing, storytelling, and tours through the Maplewood Home and Boone Junction Village

When: September 17-18, from 10-5 PM

Where: Nifong Park

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8. Rocheport Wine Stroll

What: Sample wines from a dozen Missouri wineries and stay for live music after the stroll

When: September 17, from 4-8 PM

Where: Downtown Rocheport

9. Family Fun Fest: Creative Kids

What: The final festival focuses on creativity and will include hands-on art activities, musical performances, theater, and dance, along with food trucks

When: September 21, from 6-8 PM

Where: Cosmo Park

10. Best of the Year Student Films

What: See works from Stephens College digital filmmaking students

When: September 23, at 7 PM

Where: Charters Lecture Hall, Stephens College

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It’s only mid-June and we’re already seeing temperatures in the 90s – it looks like it’s going to be a opens in a new windowhot summer! From opens in a new windowpools to indoor fun, here’s how you can stay cool in Columbia:

Pools

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Albert Oakland Family Aquatic Center | 1900 Blue Ridge Rd.

June – August hours: M-F 12-7 PM | Sa 11-5 PM | Su 12-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last weekday: August 12th | open weekends 12-5 PM (Aug 13-14 | 20-21 | 27-28 | Sept 5-7)

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $3.75
Ages 2-15: $2.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor 50-meter pool with double-loop enclosed flume water slide. Includes a children’s play area with sprinklers and a slide. Concessions, shade umbrellas, and lounge chairs are available.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center | 400 N. Providence Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F 1-7 PM | Tu,Th,Su 12-5 PM | Sa 11-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Ages 2+: $1
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor facility with water slide and climbing wall. Includes concessions, a shaded shelter, and spraygrounds.

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Flat Branch Park Spraygrounds | 400 Locust St.

Open until September 30th | free

Spraygrounds activated by push button.

Lake of the Woods Pool | 6700 St. Charles Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F 1-7 PM | Tu,Th,Su 12-5 PM | Sa 11-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $2.75
Ages 2-15: $1.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor facility with a country club setting. Includes a water slide, shade umbrellas, and a concession stand in the clubhouse.

Little Mates Cove | 2500 Chapel Hill Rd.

June – August hours: M,W,F,Sa 11-5 PM | Tu,Th 12-7 PM | Su 12-5 PM (July 4th, 12-5 PM)
Last day: August 7th

Pricing:
Adults (16+): $2.75
Ages 2-15: $1.50
1 year or younger: free

Outdoor children’s water park with slides, sprinklers, water cannons, and falls. Concessions are available.

Stephens Lake Park

Stephens Lake Park | 100 Old 63 N.

Open until September 30th from dawn-dusk | free

Unguarded sand beach with spraygrounds and restrooms.


Indoor Fun

Empire Roller Rink | 1305 Business Loop 70 E.

You can still get some exercise without being out in the heat! Head to opens in a new windowEmpire to roller skate during their public sessions:

Wednesdays: 12-3 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursdays: 12-3 PM
Fridays: 7-10 PM (Family Fun Fridays)
Saturdays: 9-11 AM (9 years and younger), 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM
Sundays: 1:30-3:30 PM

Columbia Public Library

Columbia Public Library | 100 W. Broadway

While you do need a opens in a new windowlibrary card in order to check out the materials, anyone can stop by and look through the books. Have your kids pick out something to read quietly to themselves for a bit, and then grab a snack at The Perk Desk.

Lazer Lanes | 3412 Grindstone Parkway

Bowling, lazer tag, bumper cars, snacks, an arcade… you can keep your family busy for hours at opens in a new windowLazer Lanes.

Going Bonkers | 3812 Buttonwood Dr.

opens in a new windowGoing Bonkers is a great option if you have young children – there is a multi-level ‘playground,’ arcade, food, and even a quiet room for you with WiFi where you can keep an eye on the kids.

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Catch a movie: 

opens in a new windowForum 8 Theater | 1209 Forum Katy Parkway
opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema | 10 Hitt Street
opens in a new windowRegal Stadium 14 | 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.

Yogoluv | 201 S. 9th Street

If you’ve never been to opens in a new windowYogoluv, here’s how it works: grab a bowl, fill it with your favorite flavors of frozen yogurt, and then head over to the toppings and go crazy. Maybe not too crazy, though – the cost depends on how much your bowl weighs.


How do you stay cool in Columbia? Tweet us opens in a new window@ColumbiaMOCVB.

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