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Happy Fri-yay, Columbia!

What a crazy cold week it’s been! Luckily, it looks like warmth is on the horizon. We’ve certainly earned it after that Polar Vortex shenanigan!

While we are super excited for some warmer weather, we just might be even more thrilled by the amazing things happening this weekend! Let’s dive in, shall we?

 

 

 

First Friday

Not only is it the first day of February, it’s the first Friday of the month! That means the North Village Arts District is celebrating First Friday, a free gallery crawl where residents, visitors and tourists are encouraged to come and enjoy the music, arts and entertainment that help make Columbia the vibrant city that it is. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!

True/Love

We are officially in countdown mode for the True/False Film Fest (happening Feb. 28 – March 3), but that doesn’t mean we have to wait the entire month for some True/False fun! True/Love is a one-day event where 10% of of the day’s proceeds from participating local retailers go back to True/False. Plus! Ragtag Cinema will offer a free ticket to shoppers with a purchase of $20 or more! Just be sure to save your receipts and redeem your ticket no more than 10 days after the purchase date. If this isn’t a motivation to shop local on Saturday, we don’t know what is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Winter Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend the Winter Farmers Market at Parkade Plaza. Everything sold there is sold by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. What’s more, there is live entertainment, activities for children and even prepared food! Sounds like a great way to start your Saturday!

 

No matter where you spend your time this weekend, enjoy the glorious warm weather coming our way!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 21, and there are community events taking place to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Check out these special events below.

MLK Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 19 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Each year, Americans across the country come together to serve their neighbors and communities. To honor Dr. King’s legacy the City of Columbia Volunteer Program is offering volunteer opportunities to participate in MLK Day of Service with an environmental cleanup on January 19th. Volunteers are invited to the Rainbow Softball Complex lot in Cosmo Park at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies and receive a cleanup assignment. For more information, please call 573.874.6271 or email volunteer@como.gov.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Service

Monday, Jan. 21 | 11:00 a.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, 800 West Stadium Blvd.

The Columbia NAACP will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program. A brief ceremony will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial on Stadium Blvd. followed by a motorcade from the MLK Memorial to Second Baptist Church. Motorcade will travel via Stadium Blvd. to Worley St. to Fifth St. to Broadway and end at Second Baptist Church on Broadway. Upon the motorcade’s arrival, a celebration program will begin at Second Baptist Church. A free community luncheon will be served following the program.

The motorcade will depart at 11:15 a.m. (all cars participating in the motorcade are asked to be on site by 11:00 a.m.). For more information contact Mary Ratliff at maryratliff40@yahoo.com or 573.445.3231.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March and Memorial Celebration

Monday, Jan. 21 | 6:30 p.m.

The candle light walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, then proceed to the Memorial Celebration at St.  Luke UMC, where a service will be held. Open to all, free. For more information, please contact City of Columbia Parks & Recreation at 573.874.7460.

University of Missouri’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with Bree Newsom

Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, 80 Conley Avenue

Bree Newsom, a contemporary civil rights icon, first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag. As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to attend the event but are free of charge and available at the Missouri Theatre. Visit mlk.missouri.edu for more information.

Unity: A Benefit Concert

Saturday, Jan. 26 | 7 p.m.

MO United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St.

This annual benefit concert features Columbia Community Gospel Choir, Columbia Chorale, and Columbia Kids Gospel Choir. The chorus will perform gospel-inspired works and highlight Dr. King’s call to serve one another regardless of one’s ability or resources. This event is free and open to the public. This year, all proceeds benefit the BOLD Academy, an organization that seeks to “empower and uplift Black and Brown Girls through enrichment opportunities, leadership training, education, and positive identity development.”

Below are other community sources providing cultural programs and events.

Blind Boone Home
Columbia Parks & Recreation
Confucius Institute
Daniel Boone Regional Library
Inclusive Impact Institute
Journey to Inclusive Excellence
Missouri Folk Arts Program

Thank you to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for providing this information! Be sure to monitor the event statuses as the winter weather comes in this weekend.

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What a week it’s been in Columbia! It started out beautifully with sunny skies and highs in the 60’s, and quite honestly, we forgot it was only January. Now, just a couple days later, we’re preparing for the first snow event of 2019.

While Mother Nature is laughing at this joke she’s playing on us, we can’t help but reminisce on those glorious days of sunshine and warmth. Everyone seemed to gravitate outdoors, and now we just can’t wait for all the fun and exciting things we’ll be able to do when we bid adieu to winter weather.

Parks & Trails

First and foremost, visiting the countless parks and trails in the area are a must when the sun is shining! Whether it’s hanging around the lake at Stephens Lake Park or exploring the various sections of the MKT Trail, the great outdoors provide several attractions for everyone to enjoy.

All the Patios

Columbia has so many restaurants with outdoor patios! And what’s more, many of them encourage furry friends to come with you (more on that later!). Patios are the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in everything going on around you. We can’t wait for patio days to be here again!

While we may have some wintry weather to get through before we can enjoy the balmy days of spring and summer, we’re still happy to know there are wonderful things to look forward to. Until then, stay safe and warm out there, folks!

 

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With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to decide where you’ll be at midnight when the New Year is officially here! Luckily, there is always somewhere to go and something to do in Columbia! Here are some exciting things happening on News Year’s Eve!

The Blue Note – DECADANCE, A New Year’s Celebration at 7 p.m.

This dance party is back for it’s fourth year! Travel through 100 years of dance and celebrate the past, present and future at DECADANCE!

Coley’s – New Year’s Eve at Coley’s featuring a special pre-fixe menu

Enjoy a special dinner at Coley’s as your meal of 2018! A special pre-fixe menu will be featured, so make your reservations now!

Holiday Inn Executive Center – New Year’s Eve Party @ 7 p.m.

Enjoy dinner, dessert and dancing at this special event! Three bands will be play all the music you love, and it will surely be a night to remember!

The Penguin Piano Bar – 2K19 Celebration @ 9 p.m.

Party it up at The Penguin and ring in the new year in style! Pianos and DJs will be there to ensure a fabulous night is had by all!

The Roof – New Year’s Eve Party at The Roof @ 8 p.m.

A live band, appetizers and party favors await you at this classy affair, and it will be a “Champagne Jam” for the ages! 11Eleven will also have a dinner special for two and is currently taking reservations!

Room 38 – NYE 2019 @ 9 p.m.

Celebrate and be merry at Room 38’s New Year’s Eve party! A DJ, live countdown and champagne toast will be featured as 2019 rolls in!

Rose Music Hall – Rose NYE @ 9 p.m.

Bands are coming out for one last 2018 performance! Join  opens in a new windowThe Royal Furs,  opens in a new windowViolet and the Undercurrents and  opens in a new windowOk Samaritan at Rose Music Hall and partake in a midnight champagne toast!

Silverball – NYE 2019 Party @ 9 p.m.

Fun and fabulous is the trend for ending 2018! Bottomless slushees, a dance lounge and all the games will be at Silverball this NYE!

The Social Room – “Another One Bites the Dust” NYE Celebration @ 8 p.m.

2018 is biting the dust, so we must celebrate! Two DJs and delicious food and drink specials will be waiting for you at The Social Room!

The Tiger Hotel – New Year’s Eve at the Tiger @ 7 p.m.

Gourmet dishes, delicious drinks and a champagne toast will be offered at The Tiger Hotel this NYE! What a way to ring in 2019!

Top Ten Wines – Gilded Decadence at @ 7 p.m.

Pop the bubbly and feel the New Orleans-inspired musical vibes at Top Ten Wines! Strike a pose in front of the backdrop and enjoy a festive evening at Top Ten Wines!

No matter where you decide to ring in 2019, we wish you the happiest new year!

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Weekend Warm-Up

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It’s the holiday season in Columbia, and there are so many things going on! Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a night on the town, we’ve got you covered with the latest and greatest events and offerings!

FRIDAY, DEC. 21

Logboat Brewing Company is hosting their annual Malts and Makers Market! Beginning at 5 p.m., the Taproom will be full of holiday cheer, local vendors selling their merchandise and local musicians singing their songs. Santa Claus is making an early stop at the Candy Cane Crib later in the evening, and you should, too!

The Magic Tree Celebration at The Crossing is where you can slow down and take in the beauty that encompasses the holiday season. Featuring live music, and hot beverages and countless photo opportunities, the Celebration is a great family-friendly event where long-lasting memories can be made. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., so plan accordingly!

SATURDAY, DEC. 22

The best food comes out during the holidays, and you can find it at the Columbia Winter Farmers Market! Join local farmers and artisans at the Parkade Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will find fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items and even more. This producer-only market will also feature live music, children’s activities, prepared food and other exciting things! Come and enjoy all the food and fun!

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Friday, 1:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is the final home game of the season!

 

 

 

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}

Find new game day gear here:

food from Le Bao

 

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

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 Shiloh 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: Fiesta Turkey Soup and use up those turkey leftovers!

 

 

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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:

Off the Cuff Improv Turkey Day LeftoversNovember 23 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Talking Horse Productions. The turkey is carved, the shopping is done, now it’s time to have some fun! Join OFF THE CUFF for a night of improv comedy similar to the television show, “Whose Line is it anyway?” You’ll recognize a few of the games, but this show is sure to deliver new favorites you haven’t seen before. Remember, everything is made up and the points don’t matter! This show is approved for audiences of all ages so bring the kids, bring grandma, bring the whole family, and bring suggestions! You never know what might happen!

 

 

Live music:

FRIDAY

The Last Waltz 7:30 PM at The Blue Note
Steddy P w/ J Dizzle & Damoe Dojuan, White Noise and guests 9 PM at Rose Music Hall
Rose Ridge 5 PM at Rose Music Hall

SATURDAY
Molly Healy Trio 8 PM Rocheport General Store
Trina 9 PM The Blue Note
Jeremiah Johnson Band 8:30 PM Rose Music Hall
PONO AM, Zach Sullentrup, Fumes. The Adaptation 8 PM at Café Berlin

Other events:

Holiday Open Farm & SaleNovember 24 9 AM – 3 PM at 6701 W. Gillespie Bridge Road. Local alpaca breeders will offer alpaca products and opportunities to meet alpacas on Small Business Saturday and the following Saturday, November 24 and December 1, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. each day. The event at Curly Eye at 6701 W. Gillespie Bridge Road will feature the huacaya alpaca breed, including a 7-week-old baby alpaca “cria,” kids’ activities, and also alpaca rovings and fleece products to keep mid-Missouri warm and snug this winter. The Lickliders will be on hand to provide information about the animals.

Black Friday Wassail WalkNovember 23 12 PM – 4 PM Rocheport, MO. Escape the madness of Black Friday and stroll through town, shop and enjoy this free event as our merchants participate in a friendly competition to see who has the best wassail recipe! You decide!

Small Business SaturdayNovember 24 The District. Small businesses are like snowflakes, each one is unique. One small purchase can make a big difference. Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Please show your support for local businesses by pledging to shop and dine in with our small businesses on November 24th (and throughout the holiday season). On the BIG day, enjoy special promotions and/or in-store special events at participating businesses.

 

 

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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It’s Family Weekend and the Mizzou Tigers are facing off against the Georgia  Bulldogs this Saturday, 11 AM at Memorial Stadium.

Mizzou versus Georgia

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}

Wear 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 Roots N Blues Showcase concert in the free fan fest area on Mick Deaver Drive, east of the stadium

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Make This: Loaded Cowboy Queso

Cowboy Queso Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Life and Literature Performance Series Thursday – Sunday 7:30 PM
Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

MU Theatre’s Life and Literature Performance Series 2018, Artistic Director, Dr. Heather Carver. The 16th annual Life and Literature Performance Series features cutting-edge original and adapted works by MU student authors, giving voice to emerging talent by staging a diverse body of new scripts. Come see an evening full of stunning solo performances, poetic and ethnographic works, original and even some classics with a twist.

Fun Home Friday – Saturday 7:30 PM
Macklanburg Playhouse

Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

LIVE MUSIC:

Nick Schnebelen Band + The Mojo Roots Friday 9 PM 
Rose Music Hall; $6 advance or $8 day of show

Summerfest: Cody Jinks Friday 7 PM
The 
Blue Note; $35 GA

Cody Jinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave King Duo Friday 7 PM
Café Berlin; $12 advance, $15 day of show

The Clay Creek Band  Friday 6PM
The Station House at Katfish Katy’s

Killing in the Name: A Tribute to Rage Against the Machine Saturday 9:30 PM
Rose Music Hall; $5

The January Lanterns Saturday 2 PM
The Station House at Katfish Katy’s

Ruth Acuff  Saturday 6 PM 
The Station House at Katfish Katy’s

OTHER EVENTS:

First Friday in the North Village Arts District Friday 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! There will be free entertainment and light refreshments.

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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Music Monday

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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Kap Slap, Medusa, DJ Merf 9 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note; $10: electronic, DJ
  • Waka Winter Classic 9 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; $5: “Five different local/regional bands will be selected to play each contest, and the one with the most votes at the end of the night will get to play at Wakarusa!” – with Dead Bed Bad, Blake Gardner and the Farmers, Grand Villanova, Dusted Groove, Integrow

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

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Music Monday

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

Monday

  • opens in a new windowCoMo Ramblers’ Club 7:30 PM at Rose Music Hall; free: “An informal night of Central Missouri songwriters, storytellers​/​liars, ​sangers, ​pickers, and grinners ​making music​, tell​ing the stories behind the songs, ​and sharing​ ​grossly exaggerated ​tales from​ roads & rivers of Missouri”

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players: A Tribute to Phish, Alex Culbreth 8 PM at The Bridge; $5: phish tribute
  • Need & Necessity, DJ TRES, Marissa Finazzo 9:30 PM at Rose Music Hall; $5: tech house

Friday

  • Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents opens in a new window“Baroque Classics” 7 PM at First Baptist Church; $10-20: ” Featured are countertenor Chad Payton in Bach Cantata, pianist Peter Miyamoto and soprano McKenzie Miller in a sublime concert Aria by Mozart, and Odyssey Chamber Ensemble lead by conductor Kirk Trevor.”
  • Pat Green, Doug McCormick, Brad Cunningham 9 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note; $15: country
  • The Flood Brothers, Monte Carlos, S.T. Carrel 9 PM at Rose Music Hall; $5: rock
  • Nicholas St. James, Tyler Gregory, My Music Atlas 9 PM at opens in a new windowCafe Berlin: folk, blues/roots, garage pop

Saturday

  • Ori Naftaly Band 8 PM at The Bridge: funky rock n soul
  • Led Zeppelin 2 9 PM at The Blue Note; $10: rock and roll
  • Madd Hoss Jackson 9 PM at opens in a new windowNash Vegas: country, rock
  • Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family, The Longtime Goners, Graham Kennedy and the Gold Standard 9 PM at Rose Music Hall; $6: country/folk

Sunday

  • “We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents opens in a new windowBranford Marsalis Quartet 7 PM at Missouri Theatre; $20-40: “This is as close to a permanent band as there is in jazz today. Marsalis, Calderazzo and Revis have shared the stage for more than 25 years now; the “newcomer,” now 20-something Faulkner, has been with the band for the last six-plus years.”
  • Bob Marley Birthday Bash with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah, Austin Kolb Band, Bobby Showers 8 PM at Rose Music Hall; $8: reggae, Americana

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Music Monday

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

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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