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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 22, 2018

We Found Love …

When: April 19, 2018 to April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Where: Columbia Entertainment Co, Nelwood Drive, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: The hard-luck ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society mount yet another assault on the classics! This time "anything goes" in their original work inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan and the 1930s musical comedy. The ladies prove that the age of elegance, glamour and enchantment is not dead... well, not quite. Circumstances, almost beyond their control, threaten to wreck the evening's entertainment aboard the luxury ocean liner SS Farndale Avenue but the leading ladies and Gordon, in true Farndale form, soar above such matters to present some catchy numbers and a stunning underwater sequence! As they say in the theatre, “the show must go on!” Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. The box office opens approximately one hour prior to curtain. The house will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

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It’s Only Life

When: April 19, 2018 to April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Where: Talking Horse Productions, Saint James Street, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: A musical revue about longing, fulfillment, triumph, loss, and ultimately wisdom.  John Bucchino’s music is some of the most beautiful and interesting being written for cabaret and theatre today.  “Brimming with intimate character portraits, sophisticated intelligence and emotional sincerity, the songs mine deep revelations about idealism, disillusionment, and their ultimate reconciliation.” – The Los Angeles Times.  Directed by Jim Miller. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

When: April 19, 2018 to April 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Where: Maplewood Barn Theatre, East Nifong Boulevard, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This show is indoors so come inside and enjoy the show!

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New Works Dance Concert

When: April 20, 2018 to April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Where: Warehouse Theatre, Willis Avenue, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Vibrant new works give a glimpse of the future in choreography. Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this edgy and contemporary concert that will leave you inspired. Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM Sunday 2 PM

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Rocheport Daffodil Days

When: April 20, 2018 to April 22, 2018 at All Day

Where: Rocheport, MO, USA

Description: Join us for our annual Spring Open House! As we celebrate one of the most gorgeous times of year in our little village, we welcome all to enjoy our merchants, sights, and sounds! Refreshments will be served during these days at most Rocheport merchants! The Friends of Rocheport will hold their annual plant and flower sale at the Community Hall from 10-5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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Wake Up to Mental Health: Start the Conversation!

When: April 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Logboat Brewing Company, Fay Street, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: Come join us on Sunday, April 22nd at Logboat Brewing Company for a "Wake Up To Mental Health" event benefitting Project Wake Up: End the Mental Illness Stigma! Project Wake Up is an organization founded by Mizzou students whose mission is to educate on the most common suicidal warning signs, highlight and illustrate important suicide awareness and prevention methods, and end a stigma surrounding mental health. The event will feature three live music artists dedicated to ending the mental health stigma, as well as a raffle, yard games, food trucks and drinks. Both Logboat and the food trucks will be generously donating 10% of the funds raised on the day of the event to this cause. Donations are highly encouraged and can be made through Venmo (@ProjectWakeUp) or in-person on the day of the event. All funds raised will go towards working to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide through a feature-length documentary, scholarships, and educational tools to college campuses.

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“Stephens Sings” Choral Concert

When: April 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Where: Stephens College, East Broadway, Columbia, MO, United States

Description: Choral music for lovers of song. Join the Stephens Concert Choir for an evening of choral music. Free and open to the public.

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Earth Day 5k

When: April 22, 2018 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Where: Flat Branch Park, South Providence Road, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: Renew Missouri's Earth Day 5k event is a family-friendly event featuring chip timing, live race results, and awards to the top three overall male & female runners in the 5k. The 5k will feature a flat course that runs through Columbia's MKT trail. Proceeds from the event support Renew Missouri's mission of transforming Missouri into a Top 20 state in renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020. All participants registered before the early bird deadline of March 28th will receive a short sleeve t-shirt along with a swag bag from participating sponsors.

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Earth Day 2018

When: April 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Where: Peace Park, South 9th Street, Columbia, MO, USA

Description: Kids Area Activities: Hosted by Columbia Parks and Recreation Bicycle Corral Parking: Travel to Columbia’s Earth Day Festival in sustainable style and GetAbout Columbia will provide a safe, secure place for your bicycle, stroller and personal belongings. We’ll even supply a little gift for your efforts. Location:  Intersection of 6th and Elm (subject to change)

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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