Things to Do
Special Event: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017
Special Rates Apply
Missouri will receive quite a show on August 21, 2017! Columbia is well positioned to experience over 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the total solar eclipse this August. We will be having a viewing party complete with snacks and drinks! We are lucky to be in the path of totality for this event. We look forward to seeing you there!
True/False Film Festival
March 2 – 5, 2017
29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show
May 27 – 28, 2017
Fire in the Sky – 4th of July Celebration
City of Columbia
July 4, 2017
Art in the Park Festival
June 3 – 4, 2017
Show-Me State Games
June 14 – 18, 2017
July 21 – 23, 2017
July 28 – 30, 2017
39th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show
September 16 & 17, 2017
11th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
September 29 – October 1st, 2017
Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 14 & 15, 2017
University of Missouri – Mizzou Homecoming
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Mizzou vs. Idaho
The Magic Tree Lights
December – January and Valentines Day Night
See it Here: Directions: from I-70 take the Stadium Blvd. exit and turn south on Stadium Blvd. At 5th traffic signal turn right on West Broadway. Follow West Broadway west until it turns south. When it turns south it becomes Scott Blvd. Turn left at Chapel Hill road and then right into Cherry Hill.
Columbia Eve Fest
December 31, 2017
Cottonwoods RV Park is located in Columbia, Missouri. Columbia features 50 Miles of Hiking, Biking, and Walking Trails, 3 State Parks, and 78 Local Parks. We our located minutes outside the city limits in a country setting. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page to see our local events calendar.
Parks – Hiking/Biking
Katy Trail State Park – This park/trail system runs on the abandoned roadbed of the old Missouri-Kansas Texas rail line. The trail is 200 miles long and has been a hiking/biking route that extends from Sedalia to St. Charles, Missouri. The scenic trail follows the Missouri River and passes towering limestone bluffs, wetlands, forests, and historic railroad/river towns.
Rockbridge Memorial State Park – Located just a couple miles south of Columbia off of Providence road. The Park features hundreds of acres of hilly, forested terrain and includes a multitude of hiking trail. Rockbridge State Park is home to the Devils Icebox, a cave and underground stream system. The park also features sinkholes, a spring, and its namesake of course, a rock bridge.
Finger Lakes State Park – This park features 1,200 acres that host a 4.5 mile kayaking/canoeing trail, a swimming beach, a 2.25 mile mountain bike trail, and more than 70 miles of off-road motorcycle and ATV Trails and a shooting range.
78 Local Area Parks & Trails that include Bear Creek Trail, Capen Park, Hinkson Creek Trail, Grindstone Nature Area, MKT Nature & Fitness Trail, Nifong Park, Phillips Park, Three Creeks Conservation Area, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, Eagle Bluffs, Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary and more.
Paint the Town – Follow along as Paint the Town helps you create your own masterpiece. Whether you choose to do the group painting or do your own thing, you’re sure to go home with something special. Watch for their offbeat classes where we will not only offer canvas, but wine glasses or wine bottle painting. Come to paint, stay for the fun! They offer soft drinks and a full bar.
Canvas on Broadway – The Canvas on Broadway will be your artistic outlet even if you think you can’t draw a straight line. They will walk you through the steps of a painting while providing you with an evening of entertainment, conversation, creative inspiration, possibly a glass of wine, and a few hours of laughter. Best of all, you will have a finished painting to take home and brag about.
The Mud Room – Paint your own pottery or make a custom piece to decorate your apartment or home or create a gift for someone you love. Painting fee $5 plus $5 – $40 range of Pottery to choose from.
Artlandish Gallery – Art Gallery & Shop Featuring work by Missouri Artists
Bluestem Missouri Crafts – At Bluestem they choose works of clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber from established, nationally recognized artists, and from emerging craftspeople, students, and apprentices in a little part of the world – the Midwest. They bring you their work in their gallery and online.
Columbia Art League – Art Gallery and Arts Membership
First Fridays in the North Village Arts District – First Fridays is a free art crawl in the North Village Arts District on the first Friday of each month from 6pm to 9pm. Galleries, shops and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more.
Museum of Art & Archaeology – The Museum of Art and Archaeology has opened in its new location north of campus at Mizzou North, at the corner of Garth and Business Loop 70W. The Museum is now open Tuesday – Friday 9AM-4PM and Saturday and Sunday, noon until 4PM.
Orchids & Art – Located on Columbia’s growing south side, Orchids and Art features rotating shows of work by local and regional artists. Live orchid plants complement an eclectic mix of paintings, drawings, photographs and pottery.
Orr Street Studios – Orr Street Studios is a non-profit art organization located in the North Village Arts District of Columbia, Missouri. The space was established to provide an environment through which the community can interact and participate directly with art and artists. It houses studio space and also contains a large gallery where we display rotating exhibitions.
Poppy – Poppy is proud to give Columbia and its visitors a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with the ultimate goal of delighting, inspiring and making you feel that handmade is for everyone!
Sager Braudis Gallery – The gallery exhibits works of art in various media with represented artists ranging from Chagall and Bauer to contemporary, emerging artists.
Boone County Farmers Market – Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm (April 16 thru October 29). The Saturday Market is located in the Columbia Mall Parking Lot (Northeast of Sears and South of Wendy’s Restaurant). The Boone County Farmers Market accepts debit and EBT cards. All produce is grown by the seller in Boone and surrounding counties.
Columbia Farmers Market – Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (April-October) in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and 9am to noon (November-March) at Parkade Center (601 Business Loop 70W). Additionally, from May-mid October you can find us on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm at The Forum Christian Church (3900 Forum Blvd). CFM has grown to become one of the premier year-round locations for locally grown and produce; offering a fun-filled afternoon with 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. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday! Rain or Shine!
Downtown Columbia Farmers & Artisan Market – Sundays 9am – 12pm, Mid-April through Mid-October. Downtown Columbia’s destination for farm fresh produce, hand crafted art and informational workshops for adults and activities for children. Find delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as live musical entertainment.
Lazer Lane’s Family Fun Center – Features an arcade featuring 50+ games and pinballs, a redemption center full of treats and toys, a bowling alley with 12 new “Rock and Wow” sound and light lanes including a full-service bar. Their lazer tag arena is 3500 square feet with 20 laser tag vests. Bumper cars is the newest attraction. They also have a cafe that features fun snacks.
Disc Golf – Columbia is host to several Disc Golf parks.
Battlecreek Paintball – Open Play for everyone on Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 5pm. Weekday and Weekend Private Party sessions are also available, by reservation only. Available everyday excluding holidays.
The Blue Note – The Blue Note has been bringing the best music and shows to the CO/MO area for over 20 years.
Deja Vu Comedy Club – Established in 1975 as Columbia’s premier entertainment headquarters, The Vu provides nationally acclaimed live stand-up comedy, a 10,000 square foot nightclub with four rotating house D.J.’s using the latest in sound and lighting effects, live bands on our 1,000 square foot patio, 10 TV’s including a 10′ x 12′ big screen in our comedy room with surround sound, and incredible promotions combined with great drink specials for everyone at our three separate bars and two levels of nightlife. Déjà Vu provides a diverse menu with numerous affordable food and drink selections in the comfort of over 65 tons of ventilation, and the largest and cleanest bathrooms for any nightclub in Mid-Missouri.
The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar – All-request dueling piano bar
Billards on Broadway – Billiards on Broadway is a retro pool hall in downtown Columbia, MO. Enjoy their Famous Billiards Burger and Hand-cut fries & grab a cold one from their beer list.
The Bouldering Garden – Some people are born to run, some are born ninjas, scrambling up and down walls like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard warrior with the all American obstacle course challenge. Professional rock climbing facility.
Going Bonkers – Kid-centric play spot with a big maze for bouncing, climbing & sliding, plus an arcade & eatery.
Area Wineries/Distilleries/Local Breweries
COMO Derby Dames Roller Derby Team Cottonwoods is Proud to be a Sponsor of the COMO Derby Dames for their 2017 Season!
The District – Nestled between 3 colleges, The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that fosters the creative, the eclectic, and the local. Full of restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and more.
Columbia Mall – Home to 120 Stores and 10 restaurants. The mall is home to Target, JC Penney, Barns & Noble, Dillards, Sears, and more.
Broadway Shops & Broadway Bluffs – Is home to 10 restaurants and numerous shops such as Game Stop, Paint the Town, Massage Envy, and more.
Also found in Columbia are Forum, Parkade Plaza, Crossroads West Shopping Center and The Shoppes at Stadium. Each location features numerous restaurants, clothing and gift shops, and retail shops.