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Summer

If you’re looking to have a true Columbia experience, be sure to schedule your visit during a 9th Street Summerfest. Every summer, opens in a new windowThe Blue Note closes down the street outside their venue (9th Street between Walnut and Broadway) for spectacular nights of music. Everyone from Wilco to Snoop Dogg have been a part of Summerfest and this year’s lineup is equally outstanding.

June 15th: Girl Talk

A former biomedical engineer, Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. Shows are nonstop hours of music, dancing and sweat. opens in a new windowTickets are only $25.

July 20th: Ana Popovic

Come see one of the world’s best female guitarists in the FREE Summerfest show! With a new album coming out in August, expect new and old favorites from this incredible artist. No ticket hassle for this show…just come out and enjoy!

August 8th: Cracker

Formed over 17 years ago, Cracker returns to Columbia for a FREE Summerfest show! Soak in their sharp-witted songs influenced by late 70s and early 80s sounds with a pop-punk aesthetic.

No matter which Summerfest you attend (Just go to all of them!), you’ll find a group of enthusiastic show goers sipping beer, spending time with friends and dancing in the street in downtown Columbia. It will give you a taste of what summer in Columbia feels like.

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The beautiful spring and summer weather here in Columbia provides numerous opportunities for families during the warm months. We’ll be covering them as they come along…and here are a couple you won’t want to miss!

Family Fun Fests

Go ahead and mark the third Wednesday of each month on your calendar for the opens in a new windowColumbia Parks and Recreation Family Fun Fests! Each month, a new theme transforms Flat Branch Park into a fantastic place for families! Kids can participate in games and hands-on activities, enjoy entertainers,  and benefit from new learning experiences with themes ranging from ‘Around the World’ to ‘Explore the Outdoors’. Located on the edge of downtown Columbia, Flat Branch Park is a wonderful spot to attend the festival and then head into The District for dinner!

Art in the Park

Child participating in activities at art in the park.

opens in a new windowArt in the Park is the oldest and largest fine arts festival in mid-Missouri. On Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, Stephens Lake Park will be home to over 100 visual artists from across the country. Mom and Dad can shop for pieces in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, pottery, jewelry, fibers, sculpture, wood and glass. The kids can participate in hands-on activities, live music and come home with art of their own. Food vendors will also be on hand, so your family can enjoy an entire day immersing yourself in everything Art in the Park has to offer!

We hope you can make it out to these two fabulous family events and we’ll keep them coming all summer long. What’s your favorite Columbia summer activity?

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