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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 June 29, 2017

Laughing Stock

When: June 29, 2017 to July 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Where: Maplewood Barn Theatre, East Nifong Boulevard, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Comedy A middle-aged artistic director, of a summer stock barn theater in New Hampshire, embarks on taking the random and comical cast and crew on a wild ride that includes giant mosquitoes, eccentric directors and a very limited budget while the group gallantly attempts to keep the theater from going under. Laughing Stock gives audiences a backstage look at a ragtag troupe of actors, and their backstage mischief, as they attempt to stage three repertory productions. Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and Dracula which have never been performed like this! This show is a hectic and hilarious testament to theaters everywhere that never seem to have enough time, staff, money or talent to pull off the show, yet in the end, everyone gives it their all. It captures the magic of theater, showing how the art form tells a story while at the same time creating a temporary family amongst the cast and crew no matter where, and how, the show goes on.

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Red, White and Tuna

When: June 29, 2017 to July 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Red, White, and Tuna visits the tiny town of Tuna, Texas on the Fourth of July. The fine folks of Tuna are gathering for the annual celebration and laughter and mischief are sure to follow. Reprising their tour-de-force performances from Greater Tuna, Matt Saltzberg and Jean Tartière bring the residents of Tuna to life, reminding everyone that the more things change everywhere else, the more Tuna stays the same. $15 Thursday-Saturday 7 PM Sunday 2 PM

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

When: June 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm

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

Description: $12 in advance, $15 day of show On their new album Backlash (out February 10), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears reclaim their original moniker and return to their much-celebrated take on classic soul and punked-up R&B. As Lewis explains, the band’s fourth full-length confronts the ugly reality of “dealing with the backlash from the things you’ve done in the past,” delivering a host of songs rooted in regret but steeped in a defiant spirit. Bombastic but nuanced, Backlash ultimately unfolds as an album both joyfully chaotic and intensely cathartic.

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Barrett Baber

When: June 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm

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

Description: $10 NBC’s The Voice finalist Barrett Baber gave millions of viewers an unforgettable introduction to a rising new artist and entertainer on the country music scene. Blake Shelton says, “Barrett sounds like no one else on country radio. He can be a star in country music.” On the heals of a successful US tour, Baber’s recently released full-length album A Room Full Of Fighters debuted in the top 10 on iTunes Top 100 Album Charts, and will be featured in Walmarts nationwide as part of Coca-Cola’s summer campaign for 2017. 

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Looking for a place to stay, a place to eat, where to shop or what to do? Our friends at Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau have all of those answers.  

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Links to mid-Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau’s and Chambers of Commerce