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Outdoor Fun

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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Who is counting down to the start of the True/False Film Fest?! I know I am!

12 movies later, I am officially ready to go and anxiously awaiting the start of the ultimate four-day movie marathon.

But, there is more to the True/False Film Fest than independent films.

From March March, art installations, music and merch, there is so much to see and do for everyone, even if you aren’t going to watch the films.

March March

March March has to be one of the most exciting parts of the True/False experience!

It’s a parade like no other, and it is going to be a sight to see. This parade kicks off the fest Friday evening in the District.

Everything begins at the Boone County Courthouse Square, and the march goes down 9th Street to the Sculpture Yard outside Missouri Theatre.

It’s a free event, and everyone is invited to either be part of the parade or be a spectator. I plan on being a spectator this first time so I can watch it happen firsthand, and I just can’t wait!

Art

True/False has incorporated Art  into the fest from the very beginning.

This year’s pieces are centered around the Foresight concept.

These installations are captivating, engaging and worth a trip downtown just to see what these artists ave created.

They are dispersed throughout the fest, and I am looking forward to seeing each artist’s individual take on Foresight.

Music & Concerts

So. Much. Music.

There will be so many musicians in town for the fest! Each of them have their own style, and you can even hear their tracks on the True/False website.

I have already gone through and know who I really want to see perform. Who are you most excited for?

Merch

The Fest Merch store is open! Located in the Sager Braudis Gallery, 1025 E Walnut Street, is it conveniently where the Box Office is located, too.

You must take a look and see all the True/False merchandise you can take home to commemorate exciting weekend you are bound to have. 

In late March there will be merch available for purchase online. Until then, the store is worth a visit. Happy shopping!

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va·ca·tion: an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or traveling

Leisure. Recreation. Travel. Are you packing your bags yet?

On this day (National Plan Your Vacation Day), it is important to remind ourselves to take a break, take some time off, take a vacation.

Pick a place you want to visit and GO! Maybe you will end up somewhere unexpected.

what·you·un·ex·pect: the unique expression one will use to describe their experiences in Columbia, Missouri

CoMo offers something for everyone, which makes it the ideal vacation destination.

Diverse dining options, breathtaking parks and trails, shopping for all tastes, sports for watching and playing and home to festivals you have to see to believe.

This is what awaits you in Columbia, but there’s more to it than that.

The food you can find in Columbia is second to none.

No matter what you are craving, there is a new place to try and favorites to return to.

Visit the District in downtown Columbia for a wide variety of dining options.

Whether you are walking or bicycling, you will see views unlike anything you have ever seen before.

There is always a new trail to wander on and a new discovery to be made before you reach your destination.

 Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden are worth exploring.

Shops, boutiques and a mall await you, and each one has something new and unique to offer.

Local artisans create charm-filled pieces you cannot find anywhere else.

The District and the North Village Arts District can offer shopping, art and cultural experiences to your stay.

Home to the Mizzou Tigers, Columbia regularly hosts SEC teams in a wide variety of sports.

Sporting events like the Show-Me State Games and countless others are held here every year.

The Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course is an acclaimed course worth visiting.

Festivals like Roots N Blues Festival, True/False Film Fest and Unbound Book Festival are held annually in Columbia.

Each event offers its patrons unique experiences that will always be remembered.

The True/False Film Fest is happening March 5-8, 2020, and passes are available now.

Make a plan today to visit Columbia and experience what you unexpect.

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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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It’s the festival Columbia’s been waiting for!

It’s officially fall, and that means it’s time for Roots N Blues N BBQ! The festival starts Friday, September 27 and ends Sunday, September 29 at Stephens Lake Park. Here is everything you need to know to do this festival right!

Map of the Festival

Download the RNBNBBQ app for maps and information. You can even see the lineup and “star” your favorites!

The Lineup

Wristbands

Ticket sales end Friday, September 27, and they come in the form of wristbands. Wristbands help make the RNBNBBQ experience safe, convenient and sustainable. The wristbands have Cashless Payment Technology, and they serve as your ticket and wallet at the fest. Money can be loaded onto your wristband on the RNBNBBQ site and at Top Up stations around the fest. These wristbands will be the only form of payment allowed at the fest.

Transportation

Free festival shuttles will run round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. You can park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start one hour before the gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available.

Ride your bike to support the fest’s sustainability efforts. Check out the City of Columbia bike mapopens PDF file and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in the free secure bike parking area at the festival entrance.

Walk from downtown since the festival entrance is about a mile from downtown. At a leisurely pace, it’s about a 16-minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival. All pedestrians are required to use the crosswalks for safety.

Festival Food & Fun

There are several food vendors attending RNBNBBQ, and there will be craft vendors as well.

We are looking forward to the festival this weekend and hope to see you there!

Thank you to Roots N Blues N BBQ for the information. Check out the Things to Know page to have other questions answered.

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It’s almost game time, Tigers!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, September 21, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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 Taco Ranch Bites 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

opens in a new windowFriday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

opens in a new windowJohn Moreland at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

opens in a new windowColorgeddon: A Color Power Rager at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.

opens in a new windowRage Royal 2019 at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – September 20 – 21 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.

Columbia Farmers Market – September 21 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!

opens in a new windowHeritage Festival & Craft Show – September 21 – 22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa Street. Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”. Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians. Cowboys with their chuckwagons. Mountain Man Camp. Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!). Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive.

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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The summer heat is here to stay, and that mean it’s important to find places in town where you can beat the heat and have some fun in a pool. Luckily, Columbia has several places to cool off and relax. Whether it’s a public pool or sprayground, people of all ages are bound to enjoy themselves.

Public Pools

Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center is Columbia’s largest outdoor municipal pool. With a play area for the kids and diving boards for the more adventurous, a great time will be had by all.

ARC Water Zone

With a leisure pool, lazy river, vortex and more, the ARC Water Zone is an incredible indoor way to have fun this summer.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center

A double loop slide, climbing wall and spraygrounds are some of what you’ll find at the Douglass Family Aquatic Center. It’s a wonderful place to

Lake of the Woods Pool

Relaxation is close to home. Located on the east side of Columbia by the Lake of the Woods Golf Course, this pool offers slides lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Little Mates Cove

This pirate-themed water play area features waterfalls, slides and sprinklers. You’re guaranteed to have fun in the sun.

Spraygrounds

Flat Branch Spraygrounds

The spraygrounds at Flat Branch Park sits in downtown Columbia and is free and open to the public. it’s a great pace to cool off and enjoy a beautiful park.

Douglass Spraygrounds

Part of the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, the spraygrounds play the role of the kiddie pool. It is perfectly suited for those looking to splash around this summer.

Stephens Lake Beach & Spraygrounds

The beach is closer than you think. Stephens Lake Park offers a place to swim in the lake and soak up the sun by the spraygrounds.

Photos courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department

 

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Happy Parks and Recreation Month!

Throughout the month of July, we will be spotlighting some of the beautiful places and exciting activities you can see and do outdoors in Columbia. Not so surprisingly, many of those places are parks managed by the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation department.

Check out these hidden gems the next time you plan to go on an outdoor adventure.

Capen Park

 

The scenic overlooks should never be overlooked at Capen Park. With bridge connections to Grindstone Nature Area and the Hinkson Creek Trail, the park covers 31.9 acres.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Memorial Garden

  

“Breathtaking” does not do this garden justice. Featuring a stunning sculpture by Barbara Grygutis, this hidden gem hosts outdoor weddings and is a trail head for the MKT Trail.

Nifong Park

  

History is a major component of Nifong Park. It is home to the Boone County History & Culture Center, the Village at Boone Junction, the Maplewood Home and grounds as well as the Maplewood Barn Theatre.

Philips Park

 

Home to a 40-acre fishing lake and fish from the Missouri Department of Conservation, this park is a sight to see. There is a 1.4-mile gravel trail that surrounds the lake and beautiful scenery wherever you look.

Rock Quarry Park

  

Rock Quarry Park is an excellent place to go out and play. With a playground, tennis courts with pickleball lines and baseball and soccer practice fields, there is so much fun to be had.

Go outside this month and celebrate the phenomenal outdoors we are fortunate to live near. Be sure to tag your photos with #ShowMeCoMo.

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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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