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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 February 23, 2019

Confetti Craft Co. DIY Family Name Sign Class

When: January 23, 2019 to February 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Description: During this session, you will build and paint a framed wood sign. Then paint your family name and an established year using a custom-cut vinyl stencil. + Finished sign measures 21.5" (W) x 13.25" (H) + Two font choices + Variety of paint and stain color choices

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The Every 28 Hours Plays

When: February 20, 2019 to February 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

Description: The Every 28 Hours Plays, directed by Dr. Claire Syler The Every 28 Hours Plays is a national performance project that takes its name from the shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a Black person is killed in the US by police or vigilante. Originally developed in St. Louis with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The One-Minute Play Festival, and in association with theatre makers from across the country, it features multiple short plays and a post-production talkback. Come join the conversation. 7:30 pm: Feb 20 – 23 2:00 pm: Feb 24 Rhynsburger Theatre Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office. BOX OFFICE: MU Theatre box office in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby from 2-5 pm, Mon. – Fri and one hour before show times. Or by calling 573-882-PLAY (7529) and online at

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Strange New Worlds: The Fifth Year

When: February 22, 2019 to February 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

Description: For five winters, this creative collective has come out of their warm nooks and individual work hovels to present an artistic program of all new, original, and thought provoking works. Art, music, spoken word, plays, short films, meditations, and musicals: if you can name it, you might have seen it at "Strange New Worlds." Come support and celebrate this cadre of souls as they share their latest creations with you. Featuring the works of L Lou Davis, Robin Anderson, Audra Sergel, Meg Phillips Crespy and a host of local, guest performers. Tickets for the event are $15 general admission and $10 for students with a valid ID. Sponsored generously, in part, by the MU Department of Women and Gender Studies.

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4th Annual Mardi Gras Winemaker’s Ball

When: February 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Description: Join us for our 4th annual Masquerade Ball at the Blufftop Bistro. Masks welcome! Black tie optional. This enchanting evening will include: -An exquisite, four-course meal prepared by our chef -Local wine & spirits -Live music -Door prizes -And crowning of a King & Queen Hors d'oeuvres and aperitifs at 6:00 pm Dinner served at 7:00 pm Spend a fun evening out with friends or with a date! Tickets available here:

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Columbia Winter Farmers Market

When: February 23, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: COLUMBIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET03/02/20191/5 WINTER MARKET: Parkade Center, 601 W Business Loop 70 W: Sa:9am-12pm (Dec. 1-March 2)– 573-823-6889 Experience the taste of mid-Missouri year round! Columbia Farmers Market moves indoors for the winter; every Saturday at Parkade Center, 9 a.m.- noon! You will find 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. Live music, children’s activities, prepared food and more. SNAP accepted at all markets. Thanksgiving Market Tuesday, November 20, 3-6pm. Closed 11/24 & 12/29.

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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