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COU – A Destination Too!

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 January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March & Celebration

When: January 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Description: The candlelight walk will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash. The walk will proceed to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St., for the memorial celebration at 7 p.m. Participants will celebrate and reflect on the life and contributions of Dr. King. The program’s theme will be "What would Dr. King think of the MeToo Movement?"

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Restaurant Week Winter 2020

When: January 20, 2020 to January 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Description: Get your forks and knives ready for the semi-annual Restaurant Week January 20th-26th! Your favorite restaurants in The District will be offering special menu items and deals all week! Participating Restaurants below, click on each name for their menu: 11 Eleven 44 Canteen Addison’s Billiards on Broadway Broadway Brewery Cafe Poland Chim’s Thai Kitchen Coley’s American Bistro El Oso Grill Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Glenn’s Cafe Gunter Hans Le Bao Asian Eatery Nourish Cafe and Market Paleteria El Tajin Pizza Tree Room 38 Sagua La Grande Cuban Cafe Sake Shakespeare’s Pizza Shiloh Bar and Grill Sycamore Tellers The Quarry The Roof Top Ten Wines In addition to enjoying special menus during Restaurant Week, you can also be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to various downtown locations. Just pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any participating restaurant, beginning January 1st. To complete your passport, you must dine at three or more locations, and turn your completed passport into any of the participating restaurants by January 31st. The drawing will take place on February 3rd at The District office. You will be contacted if you win. Good luck, and happy dining! Limit one passport per person. No purchase necessary to win. If you are interested in an alternative means of participating in this drawing, please click here. Thanks for your interest in Restaurant Week in The District – It’s Good to Eat Here!

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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