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Columbia has been frequently ranked as a top place to live, best place to raise a family, and a great community in which to retire. The things that make it so livable also make it a great destination.

Locals like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and an engaged community. Columbia has been frequently ranked as a top place to live, best place to raise a family, and great community in which to retire. The things that make it so livable also make it a great destination.

Columbia is a friendly and welcoming city with a thriving downtown, multiple colleges, and the University of Missouri. Columbia is home to many unique festivals like the Roots N Blues N BBQ Fest and the True/False Film Fest. There’s also a huge variety of restaurants including Good Morning America’s “Best College Hangout” winner, Shakespeare’s Pizza. Looking for something to do? Columbia has gardens, 3,000 acres of park land and over 40 miles of trails; live music venues; art galleries, theaters and museums; plenty of shopping opportunities; and historic sites. And sports – from SEC sporting events at the University of Missouri to local college sports and local sports tournaments.

Time and time again, visitors are “pleasantly surprised” with Columbia and mid-Missouri with all that it has to offer.

Upcoming events in Columbia and mid-Missouri

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Events for April 28, 2017

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

When: April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Where: Macklanburg Playhouse, Willis Avenue, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: [Musical, PG-13 for adult themes] 7:30 PM April 28-29 2 PM Matinee April 30 A musical whodunit where the audience determines the ending. This hilarious musical is loosely based on Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel. Presented as a 'first night performance by The Music Hall Royale,' a troupe of decidedly hammy Victorian actors challenges the audience to vote directly to affect the play's outcome. The audience votes for whomever they think murdered the unfortunate young Edwin Drood. Well-known musical numbers include 'There You Are,' 'Moonfall,' and 'Off to the Races.'

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Mizzou Baseball vs. Texas A&M

When: April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 at All Day

Where: Taylor Stadium, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Friday 6:30 PM Saturday 2 PM Sunday 1 PM

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Columbia College Baseball vs. Freed-Hardeman University

When: April 28, 2017 to April 29, 2017 at All Day

Where: Columbia College, Rogers Street, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Friday 1 PM and 3:30 PM Saturday 12 PM

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Morning Movies: Sing

When: April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Where: Goodrich Forum 8, Forum Katy Parkway, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: [PG] Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features. Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It's easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!

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$1 Weekend Film: A Monster Calls

When: April 28, 2017 to April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: Memorial Union, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. Shows at 7 PM and 9:30 PM

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My Posse In Effect: A Tribute to The Beastie Boys

When: April 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Where: The Blue Note, North 9th Street, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of License to Ill at the Blue Note with a SURE SHOT: the premier Beastie Boys tribute, My Posse in Effect! Relive those carefree times as a 7 PIECE LIVE BAND with 3 MCs ft. Columbia’s own DJ MAHF take us through decades of their unforgettable hits. You ain’t gotta fight for your right to THIS party. Tickets are only $6 in advance and $8 day of show. NO! SLEEP! TIL BLUE NOTE!

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Bockman + Mangosteen: Dual Album Release

When: April 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Where: Rose Music Hall, Park Avenue, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: with Birdwatchers; $7

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Mystery Dinner Theatre

When: April 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: Champagne Ballroom, South Providence Road, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: An interactive, dinner theatre experience catered by The Brasserie and The Upper Crust Bakery. Come and enjoy a fun-filled, hilarious and delectable evening enthralled in "A Seance to MURDER." Performances are: Sunday, April 23rd (Reservation deadline is Friday, April 14th) Friday, April 28th and Sunday, April 30th (Reservation deadline is Friday, April 21st) Friday performance begins @ 7:30 pm (doors open @ 7pm for cash bar/seating) Sunday performances begin @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6pm for cash bar/seating) Tickets are $45.00 individually / $80.00 per couple which includes & 3 course meal, tea, coffee, entertainment, and an opportunity for the door prize! Performances held @ the Champagne Ballroom 3919 S. Providence Road, Columbia, MO FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: (573) 441-0252

Chinese Youth Film Festival: Yesterday Once More

When: April 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: Tucker Hall, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: We are celebrating the 6th anniversary of the MU Confucius Institute by sharing a collection of original Chinese films selected to appeal to students and young adults. Movies will play with Mandarin audio and English subtitles. Professor CHEN Ji, from Shanghai Normal University, will give a brief introduction and be able to answer questions after the show. All films will show in Tucker Hall, room 18 on the MU campus. Yesterday Once More This film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Liu Tong. It tells a coming of age story. Lin is an excellent student, the top of her class, while Gao is a loser and the class clown. They think they have nothing in common, but through a series of complications, from prejudice to reconciliation, they get to know each other, and learn to appreciate each other. Genre: Romantic Drama, Released: 2016, Runtime: 108 minutes, Director: Yao Tingting

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