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The Boone County History & Culture Center is open and now features the Treasures of Boone County mural, a testament to the County’s bicentennial this year.

The mural was designed by Columbia’s own Stacy “Wildy” Self, owner of WildysWorld! MuralMakers Studio. It features the communities that create Boone County, including Ashland, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Rocheport, Sturgeon and The Missouri River Community.

Photo by Samantha Waigand

The mural captures different aspects of life in Boone County. Self reached out to the community for input on what should be featured and even had community paint nights year. Hundreds of people came together to help paint this historic mural. It is a beautiful symbol for all who live in and visit Boone County.

Photo by Samantha Waigand

Everyone is invited to see this historic mural on display. The Boone County History & Culture Center is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. The first hour of each day is reserved for those over 60 years of age or high-risk individuals.

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Supporting your local businesses, restaurants and attractions while safely social distancing is still possible. Take a look at these ideas on how you can make a difference and keep our community strong.

FOOD DELIVERY & CURBSIDE PICKUP

Some restaurants are beginning to open for dine-in while still following the guidelines outlined in the Reopening Plan Order. More cleaning and sanitizing measures are in place for the health and safety employees and patrons. Curbside pickup, delivery and drive-thru options are still available at most restaurants. Check out our continuously updated list of restaurants that includes the details of the services they are offering.

PURCHASE GIFT CARDS

Purchasing gift cards to your favorite shop, restaurant or hotel is a simple way to support the community now while promising to come back in the future. Whether you are purchasing them for future use or gifting them to someone else, buying gift cards are a great way to support your favorite local businesses.

DIGITAL ATTRACTIONS EXPERIENCES

While many attractions remain closed at this time, there are still virtual experiences you can partake in. Art comes alive at Sager Braudis Gallery through its virtual galleries. The State Historical Society of Missouri features both digital collections and virtual events worth looking at. Be on the lookout for your favorite attraction’s virtual offerings.

SUPPORT LOCAL RETAILERS BY SHOPPING ONLINE

Retailers are actively using Facebook and other social media outlets to showcase their products and encourage patrons to shop online and even pickup their items with curbside pickup. There are so many shops and boutiques that offer unique items you can’t find anywhere else, and they would surely appreciate your business. Take a look at our continuously updated list of open shops and boutiques and see what services they are offering.

VISIT PARKS, TRAILS & NATURE AREAS

Columbia is home to numerous parks, trails and nature areas. Check out our Nature Checklistopens PDF file and start safely adventuring to new nature spots. Fresh air and exercise do great things for mental health, and with beautiful summer weather coming in, it should be enjoyed.

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New Year, New CoMo

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLUMBIA!

Not only is this the beginning of a new year, it’s the start of a new decade and the perfect opportunity to try new things.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, Columbia offers new and unexpected experiences. Take a look at what you may already be familiar with and find some hidden gems located all around our city.

Indoor Adventures

Level UP is the newest attraction in the Columbia Mall. Bowling, laser tag, a ropes course and arcade games can all be found in this one place. With food and drinks also offered, it is the perfect place for indoor fun.

If you love coffee and cats, Papa’s Cat Cafe is the place for you! This unique cafe gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy beverages and other treats while spending time with over 20 cuddly cats.

Shop & See

Have you been to The District? Filled with boutiques, shops, restaurants and more, downtown Columbia offers something for everyone and is worth a trip. Be sure to check out Alley A, the not-so secret gem located between Ninth and Hitt Streets.

         

But wait! There is more to downtown Columbia! The North Village Arts District is home to Columbia’s thriving art scene and features galleries, live performance spaces, art studios and so much more. Visit during the First Friday of every month for a free art crawl featuring music, art demonstrations and more.

For the Foodies

You may have heard of Shakespeare’s Pizza, a local icon and now operating out of three locations in Columbia. Both the pizza and the atmosphere make a visit worth it.

Pizza Tree is another pizza joint that is absolutely worth eating at. With daily specials and pizza served by the slice all day long, you will easily be planning your next visit as you are leaving.

Out & About

Walking the MKT Trail is an experience like no other. You can take in the views and see so much of the nature that encompasses Columbia. But, have you ever thought about biking on the MKT Trail? You can enhance the adventure and go farther faster by renting a bike from Pedego Electric Bikes, a shop in downtown Columbia. Conveniently located near Flat Branch Park, it is close enough where you can hit the trail almost immediately.

That’s Entertainment

Concerts are regularly held at The Blue Note, and it is located right in the heart of the District. Let us introduce you to its sister property, Rose Music Hall. Home to both an indoor and outdoor space, Rose Park, the patio is ideal for spending time outdoors with fellow music-lovers.

         

All of these experiences and countless others can be found in Columbia. To make 2020 even more worthwhile, make a resolution to try something new, something CoMo. Any one of these adventures just might make your year!

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This year, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer and through the holiday season.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer or the holidays, it’s for the whole year! We’ll see you in 2020!

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Special events, tree lightings, concert performances and more await you when you spend the holidays in CoMo.

Check out everything Columbia has to offer this holiday season!

 

Special Events

Holiday Lights at Warm Springs Ranch

December 5 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 & 26 – 29 at 5 p.m.

Living Windows in the District

December 6 at 6 p.m.

Holiday Cheer at The Bistro

December 6 – 8 at 6 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run

December 7 at 8 a.m.

December Pop-Up: Sugarberry Blooms

December 7 at 10 a.m.

City Kwaanza Celebration

December 7 at 2 p.m.

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

December 8 at 12 p.m.

Little Bethlehem

December 13 – 15 at 6 p.m.

A Gospel Christmas Celebration

December 14 at 7 p.m.

 

Concerts & Performances

The Trans-Siberian Experience: The Prophecy

December 3 at 7 p.m.

An Antique Carol

December 5 – 8 & 12 – 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 6 – 7 & 11 – 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Community Band’s Sounds of the Season Concert

December 8 at 4 p.m.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Featuring the Cabaret for a Cause

December 9 at 7 p.m.

The Great Russian Nutcracker

December 11 at 7 p.m.

Love, Peace, Joy: Annual Unity Holiday Concert

December 15 at 3 p.m.

 

Festivals

Boonville’s Miracle on Main Street Christmas Festival

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Caroling for Cocktails & Charity in Rocheport

December 7 at 2 p.m.

 

Fairs & Markets

Columbia Farmers Market – Winter Season

December 7, 14 & 21 at 9 a.m.

Christmas Resale

December 7 & 8 at 8 a.m.

Battle High School FBLA Holiday Craft Fair

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Santa’s Little Work Shop Craft Show

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Holiday Maker Market

December 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Tree Lightings

Magic Tree Festival

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Shelter Insurance Holiday Tree Lighting

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Friday Nights at the Magic Tree

December 6, 13 & 20 at 6 p.m.

 

Parades & Tours

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

December 6 at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Holiday Home Tour

December 8 at 1 p.m.

Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade

December 20 at 7 p.m.

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Tiger fans, are you ready for Game Day?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Troy Trojans.

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 downtownopens PDF file  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:

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

Be prepared: 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

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Food for Thought

Give these Football Puppy Chow a try this weekend!

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

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

First Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

David Nail at the Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops at Rose Music Hall @ 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Joyce Manor at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – October 4 – 6 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Rocheport Doughnut Festival October 4 – 6 from in Rocheport. Historic Rocheport is hosting a FREE-to-attend and family-friendly music festival. Some of the regions best acts will perform all while celebrating the deliciousness of doughnuts! Activities and features will include kid’s silent disco, doughnut tossing contest, free live music and ax throwing.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 5 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Football is coming back to Columbia, Tiger fans!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off their first home game of the season this Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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 downtownopens PDF file 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:

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: 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

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • 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.

  • 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!

Food for Thought

Give these Ham & Cheese Tailgate Sliders a try this weekend!

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

RumorsSeptember 5 – 8 from 8 – 11 p.m. at Maplewood Barn. Rumors is a fast paced farcical comedy by Neil Simon. In the story the Deputy Mayor of New York has shot himself and lies bleeding in the next room. The Deputy Mayor’s lawyer Ken and his wife Chris are left to get their story straight before guests soon arrive for a party.

Live Music:

FRIDAY

Alec Davis at The Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Listen Like Thieves: A Tribute to INXS at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

MO Jazz Music Festival 2019 at Rose Park @ 3 p.m.

Grateful Dead Tribute with Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Other Events:

Columbia Farmers MarketSeptember 7 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market.

Fall Bridal ShowcaseSeptember 8 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The Fall Bridal Showcase is a bridal tradition in Mid-Missouri, perfect for brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, and anyone else seeking wedding inspiration! Attendees will have opportunities to meet face to face with wedding professionals who are located right here in mid-Missouri. These professionals will be on hand to provide information, answer any questions, and offer their advice for your dream wedding day.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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This summer, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer, and now that school is back in session, it is coming to a close.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer, we’ll be back soon!

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Some of our favorite childhood memories come from family vacations. From day trips to week-long adventures, those memories stay with us.

“The majority of adults (62%) say their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10 which goes to show the lasting impact of vacations.”

As a destination, Columbia offers a variety of opportunities to make lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite places to experience family fun!

Parks

Columbia is home to several parks and trails, and all of them are sure to bring excitement to any family outing. Whether you’re enjoying the playground at Cosmo Park, hiking through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park or taking in the beauty of Stephens Lake at Stephens Lake Park, you’re bound to have enjoyable time.

Fun & Games

There are places in Columbia that offer fun and games for the entire family. Midway Golf & Games offers a miniature golf course, an electric go-kart track, batting cages and even more activities for the family to take part in. Lazer Lanes is a bowling alley that also has a large variety of arcade games. Sky Zone gives its patrons the adventure they crave. From a ninja warrior course to freestyle jumping to a toddler zone, all ages are sure to have a marvelous time.

The Arts

For those who love to create, The Mud Room gives you the chance to paint your own pottery. Paining with guidance can be found at The Canvas on Broadway. No matter where you go, your masterpieces will be souvenirs of your trip that you can look back on in the years to come.

No matter you choose to make your family memories in Columbia, they will be long-lasting. We look forward to helping make your memories last a lifetime!

 

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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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