Here’s a comprehensive list of major tourism events in Columbia and surrounding areas. (For additional community and civic events, click on the Mid-Missouri Tourism Council's community calendar.
CEC presents "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)"
1800 Nelwood Dr. • (573) 474-3699
(12.12.13, 12.13.13, 12.14.13, 12.15.13)
In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.
Children's Christmas Express
6501 North Brown Station Road • 573-474-2223
(12.12.13, 12.13.13, 12.14.13, 12.15.13)
All aboard Columbia's own Polar Express. Children can participate in this well-known Christmas class by riding a train with Santa's elves. Read stories, sing carols, enjoy cookies and meet Santa!
Columbia Winter Farmers Market
Parkade Plaze • 573-823-6889
(09.02.13 thru 03.15.14)
601 Business Loop 70 W.
Columbia Farmers Market moves indoors for the winter! Come visit us at Parkade Plaza, 9 a.m.- noon. You can still find vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, eggs, plants, flowers, and sweets. All products are grown, raised, or produced by the seller. Expert knife sharpening available. Live music. Columbia Farmers Market accepts food stamps, debit and credit.
Our outside Saturday market runs March thru October; check our website for details and dates for other locations.
Fairview United Methodist Church • 573-445-5391 • 573-445-5391
(12.13.13, 12.14.13, 12.15.13)
3200 Chapel Hill Rd
All I want for Christmas was born in Bethlehem…
Consider traveling down Chapel Hill in Columbia, MO to Fairview United Methodist Church and visiting Little Bethlehem! Walk with the shepherds as they try to comprehend the message of the angels. Meet the towns’ people along the way. Talk to the innkeeper. Walk with the shepherds as they come to the manger and find the infant child the angels spoke of. Watch as the wise men come to pay the child homage and present him gifts and bow down before him.
BE A PART OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY!
Come inside to enjoy refreshments and join in singing Christmas Carols or just listen if you like. If you want quiet time to reflect, the Sanctuary is open to all. Stay as long as you like.
Admission is free, but if you feel so moved, you are encouraged to donate to the Columbia “Room at the Inn” homeless shelter.
Breakfast with Santa
Tiger Shrine Club • 573-881-5834
1300 Blue Ridge Rd
Come eat breakfast and visit with Santa! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, cereal, juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee.
Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers' Cat Show
Plaza Event Center at Parkade Plaza • 573-239-7970
(12.14.13 9 a.m. thru 12.14.13 4 p.m.)
601 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO
A CFA sanctioned show of pedigreed cats that will be hosted by the Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers', a cat club located in Columbia, MO.
The Cat Fanciers' Association (“CFA”) is a non-profit organization founded in 1906. Its objectives are the welfare of all cats, the promotion and improvement of CFA recognized breeds of cats, the registering, recording or identifying by number or by other means the names and/or pedigrees of cats and kittens, the promulgation of rules for the management of cat shows, the licensing of cat shows held under the rules of this organization, and the promotion of the interests of breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats.
Today, the CFA has over 600 member clubs, with shows that are judged by individuals who have met high qualification criteria and have completed a rigorous training program which qualifies them to evaluate the show cats using a CFA Breed Standard for each one of its 42 breeds. To date, CFA has registered over 2 million pedigreed cats.
Odyssey Chamber Music Series: Kids @ Heart - A Children's Concert
First Baptist Church • 5738250079 • 5734421149
1112 E Broadway
1.18.2014 KIDS AT HEART - A Children's Concert -
Saturday at 3pm, First Baptist Church
This FREE family concert is one of the most entertaining programs for everyone this season! Composer Patrick Dell! charms with his hilarious Johnny Appleseed “The Fun” Variations for kazoo and piano, Jonathan Kuuskoski and Paola Savvidou share Piano Stories by Greek composer Nicolas Sideris, and about a dozen young pianists will participate in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ classic, Carnival of the Animals with not-so-classic Peter Schickele’s text, narrated by wonderful Steve Geibel.
This concert is made possible in collaboration with the MU Music Education Program and the Mid-Missouri Area Music Teachers Association (MMAMTA).
FREE ADMISSION - No Tickets Required.
"We Always Swing" Jazz Series presents A Jazz Series Special Concert Event & Fundraiser
3107 Green Meadows Way
Matt Wilson Quartet PLUS Special Guest John Medeski
Drums, reeds, trumpet, bass, piano
Doors open one hour before show starts
MU Celebrates MLK Jr. with Hill Harper
Missouri Theatre • 573-882-5838 • 573-884-0640
(01.29.14 6:00 P.M. thru 01.29.14 8:30 P.M.)
203 S. Ninth Street
Join the University of Missouri in a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 with featured speaker Hill Harper (Harvard Law School Graduate, nationally recognized Actor, Author, and August 28, 2013 co-host of the ï¿½Let Freedom Ringï¿½ commemoration of Martin Luther King Jrï¿½s ï¿½I Have a Dream speechï¿½ in Washington D.C.) speaking on the topic Manifest Your Destiny: How to Achieve your Goals and Overcome Fears.
The event will be held on January 29 in the Missouri Theater at 203 S. Ninth Street. Enjoy a 6 p.m. reception followed by the featured presentation at 7 p.m. Visit us at http://mlk.missouri.edu for more information. This event is free and open the public. Donï¿½t miss the food, book signing and more!
FREE tickets are available beginning December 2 at the Missouri Theatre and MSA/GPC Box Offices.
Macklanburg Playhouse • 573-876-7199
(02.14.14, 02.15.14, 02.16.14, 02.21.14, 02.22.14)
100 Willis Ave.
When a successful professor and his charming young bride visit his country estate, relationships are tested in this classic play written by Anton Chekhov. Hidden love triangles, fears that lives have been wasted, and professor's ultimate decision to sell the estate create havoc that tests morals and loyalties. Take a look at the actions and consequences of daily life in this timeless tale that ends with a dramatic climax.
Warehouse Theatre • 573-876-7199
(02.20.14, 02.21.14, 02.22.14, 02.23.14)
104 Willis Ave.
Fourteen-year-old Laney is an aspiring writer with an imagination that is as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence. But when Laney ends up in Oxford, Mississippi with a mother in crisis after a divorce and a twisted back, faith is up in the air. When she befriends Maribel, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her, Laney's love for storytelling spirals out of control. Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and discovers that divine and earthly love may not be so far apart.
True/False Film Festival
5 S. 9th St. • 573-442-TRUE
(02.27.14 thru 03.02.14)
The True/False Film Fest exists to champion the best new nonfiction filmmaking. Our goal is to promote art, dialogue and deepen our community's understanding of each other and the world at large. We do not select films primarily for their topic, nor do we advocate for or against the subject matter of our films. Rather, we hope to present a program that, in totality, challenges viewers to think critically about both the content of the films and their own assumptions.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Songs of America
Missouri United Methodist Church
204 S. 9th St.
The Columbia Chorale season concludes with a patriotic concert to celebrate our nation's freedom and honor those who fought for our independence. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Songs of America is a tapestry of songs drawn from the richness of the American way of life, past and present, set to music by distinguished American composers.
Bike MS Gateway Getaway Ride
(09.05.14 thru 09.07.14)
For cyclists and all those seeking a personal challenge and a world free of MS, Bike MS is for you. Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation. Each September, riders who want to do something about MS ride 20, 40, 75, or 100 miles each day during the weekend to move toward a world free of MS. Join us September 7-8, 2013 for Bike MS 2013. Please visit www.gatewaymsbikeride.org to register today.
Central Missouri Renaissance Festival
Boster Castle Fairgrounds • (573)694-8759
(09.13.14 10:00am thru 09.14.14 6:00pm)
This annual event celebrates the Renaissance Era of Europe. Come shop craft merchants, watch fighting, musical, and comedy entertainment, and spend a lovely few hours getting lost in our storybook town.