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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 August 21, 2017

Rocheport’s Total Eclipse Experience Festival

When: August 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017 at All Day

Where: Rocheport, MO, United States

Description: A historic total solar eclipse is taking place on August 21st and Rocheport is smack dab in the path of totality! That means that our little village is a prime place to view this historic event! Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates on all of our plans for entertainment throughout the course of the weekend leading up to the main event!

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A Blufftop Eclipse and Moonshine Release

When: August 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017 at All Day

Where: Les Bourgeois Vineyards, West Highway Bb, Rocheport, MO, United States

Description: We’re planning a party of epic proportions to celebrate the Solar Eclipse all weekend long! We’ll be kicking things off on Saturday with a new moonshine from our distillery, Rocheport Distilling Co., along with cocktail samples, live music and extended menu options at the A-Frame. The fun will continue all weekend, climaxing on Monday as we view the Solar Eclipse from the most picturesque location in all of Central Missouri. Afterwards, hang out and enjoy some tunes + good old-fashioned BBQ. You’re not gonna want to miss this one! Be sure to share your pics using the hashtag #MoonshineMadness. This event is free and open to the public.

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CoMo Eclipse: Show Me Totality

When: August 21, 2017 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Columbia, MO, United States

Description: On August 21st, 2017, Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse! This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since February 26th, 1979. What is a solar eclipse? A lineup of the sun, the moon, and Earth. The moon, directly between sun and Earth, will cast a shadow onto our planet. If you're in the dark part of that shadow (CoMo!) you'll see a total eclipse. Find out more about solar eclipses here. Make plans now to visit Columbia for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Since we will be on the center line, we'll have a whole 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality here in CoMo, starting at 1:12 PM. The main viewing event will be at Cosmo Park - there will be food, music, activities, and more! Stay tuned for details on more activities and events being planned around the eclipse. Timeline for Columbia: 11:45 AM - moon begins crossing the sun 12:45 PM - sun is more than half covered 1:12 PM - totality begins 1:13 PM - maximum 1:15 PM - totality ends 1:40 PM - sun is more than half covered 2:40 PM - moon finishes eclipsing the sun RSVP to the event here!

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Total Solar Eclipse Golf Tournament

When: August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Country Club of Missouri, Woodrail Avenue, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Tee off to benefit the Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council and experience the Total Solar Eclipse from the Country Club of Missouri.

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Solar Eclipse of the Katy Bicycle Ride

When: August 21, 2017 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Rocheport, MO, United States

Description: Experience the first total solar eclipse viewable in Missouri in nearly 150 years on a special Katy Trail bicycle ride. Because Katy Trail State Park is located in the “path of totality” of this historic eclipse, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the “Total Eclipse of the Katy” and experience “Darkness during Daylight.” The 36-mile ride will be from Rocheport to Jefferson City and is limited to 500 people. A $50 registration fee includes an eclipse Katy Trail t-shirt, water bottle, SAG support, special eclipse glasses and staff to provide information about the eclipse and how to safely view it. An optional return shuttle for $25 will haul riders and bicycles from Jefferson City back to Rocheport after the ride. The shuttle will be an air-conditioned motor coach and the bicycles will be safely packed and transported on moving trucks.

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Foodstock – Solar Eclipse Festival

When: August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Where: John Garry Drive, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Foodstock is a festival celebrating the total solar eclipse with live music, food trucks, beer tents, restaurants, local craft vendors, games, hot air balloons, kids area, fireworks, contests and more hosted by Serve It Up CoMo at Corporate Lake behind Las Margaritas! The South Side of Columbia has never seen an event like this. Foodstock is FREE to attend, shop, and learn and eat for all ages! The time of totality for the eclipse begins at 1:12pm and lasts more than 2 and a half minutes here in Columbia, so thousands are coming in from around the country to get our view. Fireworks will begin at 8pm. Come out and have a drink and eat your fill! We are offering Beer Tent wristbands (21 and over only) for $15 ($20 after July 31st) sold onsite for three drinks, as well as Restaurant wristbands for $15 ($20 after July 31st) to sample all the food in the evening. All wristbands can be purchased at The Grind including our food+drink+tshirt combo for $27 ($37 after July 31st). Our stage will feature area folk, country, rock, and blues bands and musicians throughout the event. At this event we want to focus on doing good for the community, sustainability, and throwing it back to the good times at Woodstock. We'll be hosting food trucks from 11-3:30, and restaurants from 3:30-8 to continue to celebrate our community culture of food appreciation. Serve It Up CoMo benefits six local nonprofits by partnering each with a chef, junior chef, and business sponsor throughout our summer and fall campaign. All proceeds raised throughout the campaign will be divided among the nonprofits at our final event in November.

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Total Eclipse of the Heartichoke

When: August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

Where: Range Free, Orr Street, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: All of the total solar eclipse fun + all of the pizza! We're in the heart of Totality in Columbia Missouri, so whether you are a local or traveling for totality, you're gonna need a rad outdoor space and eclipse glasses...and pizza! Join us for great allergen-friendly food, eclipse specials, totally radical 80s music, and a spacious patio. Food and drink specials including Spinach Heartichoke Pizza by the slice, 10% off SunButter baked goods, and Bottomless Sun Tea

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Eclipse: Journey with the Sun Across the Gans Creek Wild Area

When: August 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Where: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: This adventure will take you away from civilization and into the wilderness to see the views from 100 ft. high bluffs, to wade in the cool water of Gans Creek and be surrounded by nature and an open view of the sky when the eclipse turns day into night. For about 30 min. during the eclipse, hang out at a bluff top in the wild area with your friends or family. Learn about how the amount of sunlight and moisture plants get at different locations on the landscape affect which species grows where and in turn affects wildlife. Enjoy the shade of tress during most of the hike. We will journey with the sun, walking primarily from East to West on-trail before returning. However, for about 1 mile we will walk the stream bed of Gans Creek (usually 80% rocks, 20% shallow water) unless recent rainfall raises the water level in which case we will adjust by staying on-trail. Bring food and drinks for a picnic lunch. Reservations are required-call 573-449-7400. Free but space is limited. Age requirement of at least 11 years old. No dogs please. Driving and parking directions will be provided.

Mid America Harley-Davidson Eclipse Ride

When: August 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: Mid America Harley-Davidson, Freedom Drive, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Meet at MAHD at 12:30pm to watch the Eclipse go over Columbia then join us for a group ride. More details on ride to come. If you plan to participate please email MAHD@midamericahd.com to be automatically entered to win a prize the day of the Eclipse Ride (please include name & phone number in email).

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Solar Eclipse Patio Party

When: August 21, 2017 at All Day

Where: Sports Zone, Interstate 70 Drive Southwest, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Don't miss this extremely rare event and come celebrate with us! ECLIPSE VIEWING ON AUGUST 21! The Sports Zone and Holiday Inn Executive Center are putting on a Solar Eclipse Patio Party to celebrate this fun event. We will provide great food and drink specials as well as an Appetizer Buffet. Lunchtime Buffet | Food & Drink Specials | Live Music Inside & Patio Seating | Meet with Eclipse Expert, Joe Moseley Live Steaming From High Altitude Balloons Eclipse Gift Giveaways including glasses, t-shirts and more! ***The 2017 eclipse will begin at approximately 11:46a.m. with Totality beginning at 1:12 p.m. and lasting 2 minutes and 36 seconds. The Eclipse will end completely at 2:41 p.m. Join your friends, family and neighbors at this special event! Portland State is launching 4-high altitude balloons with GPS tracking systems and 360 degree video cameras during the Eclipse. We'll be streaming live at Sports Zone!

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Total Eclipse in the Park

When: August 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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

Description: Join us at Rose for a TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK picnic! We’ll have the Daves kickin some jams on the big stage, lunch, $3 Logboat cans, and a thing that happens with the sun! Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse! This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since February 26th, 1979. What is a solar eclipse, you ask? A lineup of you, lunch, $3 Logboat cans, and the Daves. You, positioned directly between the stage and a lawn chair, will cast a shadow onto your lunch that will totally engulf a beer. If you’ do it right, you’ll see a total eclipse. Since we will be on the center line, we’ll have a whole 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality here in CoMo, starting at 1:12 PM. Gates open at 11:00am, music kicks at noon!

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Mizzou Eclipse 2017 Watch Event

When: August 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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

Description: Students, staff and faculty are invited to watch the eclipse and get a free slice of pizza, bottle of water and eclipse glasses with a valid MU ID while supplies last. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, MSA/GPC Student Activities and Department of Student Life. See missouri.edu/eclipse for additional viewing locations open to visitors and Columbia residents.

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Total Solar Eclipse = Total Hittsville Party

When: August 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Where: Ragtag Cinema, Hitt Street, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Ragtag Cinema and our neighbors at Hittsville are going to keep the party going after the sun goes down on Solar Eclipse Day. At 8pm Ragtag Cinema presents a screening of the space invasion classic, Attack the Block. This screening is FREE for all students. Present your current school ID from any school at our box office day of show to receive free admission. Member priced admission of $5.50 for all non-students. Then stick around after the film as Uprise Bakery presents a FREE solar dance party featuring DJ 18andCounting.

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