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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 April 17, 2021

Spring Slam Volleyball

When: April 17, 2021 to April 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

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Columbia Farmers Market

When: April 17, 2021 to April 17, 2021 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park (1769 West Ash) Summer Season: Saturdays 8am-12pm (April-Oct.) Winter Season: Saturdays 9am-12pm (Nov.-March) Weekday Season: Tuesdays 10am-1pm & Thursdays 3-6pm (late spring-early fall) Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us every Saturday under the MU Health Care Pavilion, at Columbia’s Agriculture Park from 8:00 am-noon (April-October) and 9:00 am-noon (November-March). During peak season, you can find even more local goodness Tuesdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm (late spring-early fall) both also at Columbia’s Agriculture Park! Fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold at CFM is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Rain or Shine! 573-823-6889 columbiafarmersmarket.org

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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