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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 23, 2018

National Amateur Radio Field Day 2018

When: June 23, 2018 to June 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Where: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia, MO, USA

Description:  Members of the Central Missouri Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 – 24 at Rock Bridge State Park, next to the cabin and start operating around 1:00 PM Saturday through Sunday afternoon. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

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Butterfly Festival

When: June 23, 2018 to June 24, 2018 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Jefferson Farm & Garden, East New Haven Road, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: Come and celebrate the Native Butterfly House at Jefferson Farm and Garden! Free tours will highlight the important role that butterflies play in our ecosystem, and how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens. A variety of fun activities and informational booths will engage all ages!

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Great Getaway Mystery Dinner Theater

When: June 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Victorian Country Inn, Missouri 124, Hallsville, MO, United States

Description: The Great Getaway with Muscle Car Mayhem Dinner Theater provides costumes, accessories and clues to who is causing the havoc. Bring your muscle car or get your photo with ours. We may be doing some time travel as well. This was so successful last year we wanted to offer it again. Advance reservations needed for tickets and Menu Entree selection as well as FAQ.

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Columbia Farmers Market 2018

When: June 23, 2018 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Parkade Center, Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (mid-March-mid-November) in our new temporary location, the northeast Parkade Center's parking lot (601 Business Loop 70W). Fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday! Rain or Shine! Groundbreaking should take place this spring at the Clary-Shy Agriculture Park. While construction takes place, we will be setting up in the northeast lot at Parkade Center. Make sure to follow our social media pages to stay up-to-date on the progress.

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Boone County Farmers Market

When: June 23, 2018 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Columbia Mall, Bernadette Drive, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: The Boone County Farmers Market is a group of farmers and artisans dedicated to supplying their community with fresh, locally grown, nutritious fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, and other items produced in a sustainable manner. The farmers and artisans that make up the Boone County Farmer’s Market are from Boone and surrounding counties and produce all of the food at the market so you can be confident in the source of your food. For your convenience the Boone County Farmer’s Market accepts cash, checks, credit, debit, and EBT cards.

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Night At The Improv-Summer’s Here

When: June 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Where: Talking Horse Productions, Saint James Street, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: The Off The Cuff Improv Troupe of Mid-Missouri is welcoming summer with a night of laughs at Talking Horse Productions. The group will perform games featured in the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway, including Scenes From A Hat, World's Worst, Irish Drinking Song and Hoedown. Dogmaster Distillery will provide the drinks, and Off The Cuff will provide the laughs with a summer theme and a special guest! Tickets are only $10. 18+ and over. Reserve your tickets online or buy them at the door!

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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.  

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