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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 18, 2021

Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

When: January 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

Description: The 2021 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration will be a free, virtual experience for all in our community! It will launch on January 18, 2021 and will include videos, discussion guides, and resources. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Come back January 18 to watch the videos and encourage your networks to do the same Meet up virtually with your social, professional, or educational communities and use the discussion guide to start a conversation about inclusion in your communities Browse the resources provided here starting January 18 to continue celebrating diversity and learning throughout 2021 Our 2021 theme is “Where We Stand,” taken from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration is a time to recognize the many ways diversity improves our community and reflect on ways to embrace diversity every day.

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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