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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 October 25, 2020

Selections from All the Spaces – Virtual Event

When: October 14, 2020 to October 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Description: Selections from All the Spaces By Murphy Ward and Kylee Compton Music by Murphy Ward and Shawn Campanini All the Spaces is a new musical that touches on essential common elements of the human experience. It follows the interwoven lives of three teens, Gale, Tara, and Bryce, as they rekindle their friendships during their senior year of high school and shape the dreams and legacies they want to leave behind. Tickets: $10 Premiere 7:00 pm on October 14 Streaming from October 14-25 Director: Brandon Riley Musical Director: Brett Kristofferson How to watch: Mizzou Theatre on YouTube pre-purchased online ticket required Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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Hallsville Balloon Glow

When: October 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Description: Load up the family and join us for a spooktacular balloon glow. Enjoy the sight of balloons glowing as you drive through the event. There will be a free candy goody bag at the end of for the kids. $5 raffle tickets available to win a tablet - proceeds to Hallsville Police Foundation.

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Conman Economy at Rose Music Hall

When: October 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Description: Conman Economy at Rose Music Hall Sunday, October 25 at 6 p.m.

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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