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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 September 22, 2019

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze

When: September 20, 2019 to September 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Description: The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States! Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy our life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins, and the famous gumball coaster! This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3. Fridays: 4 – 9 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays: 2 – 6 p.m.

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Heritage Festival & Craft Show 2019

When: September 21, 2019 to September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Description: This year marks the 42nd Heritage Festival and Craft Show Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019 10 am – 5 pm Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 S & AC/Grindstone Parkway exit west) Columbia, Missouri FREE! For weather-related cancellations, please call our hotline at 573-874-7663. Heritage Festival features tons of fun and informative activities for all ages: Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts” Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians. Cowboys with their chuckwagons. Mountain Man Camp. Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!) Handmade craft show including over 70 vendors Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm Tours of Walters-Boone County Museum, Maplewood House and Village at Boone Junction Great food, including local food trucks and festival favorites like funnel cakes and turkey legs! Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

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Local Civil Rights Pilgrimage

When: September 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Description: Please join a Civil Rights Pilgrimage Sunday, September 22. We will start at St. Luke UMC, 204 E Ash, with a hymn and devotion. The other churches include: Russel Chapel at 3:20 p.m. Second Missionary Baptist at 3:45 p.m. A visit from Annie Fisher at 4:15 p.m. St. Paul's AME at 4:45 p.m. Fifth Street Christian (DOC) at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. The pilgrimage will conclude with eating dessert together at St. Luke. Please bring a dessert to share. A bus will be provided for those who need it.


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