Park Events

April 8, 2024

Solar Eclipse Info

It’s been 7 years since we experienced the last Total Solar Eclipse in Missouri. What an exciting experience to see it get dark like sunset in the middle of the day and hear the crickets singing. While we won’t see 100% totality this time, we are excited to see 94% of the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024!

The Eclipse cycle will begin on April 8, 2024 at 12:40 PM Centra Standard Time (CST) and it will last until 3:14 PM CST. The 94% of Totality, will occur at 1:58 PM. Be sure to stop in the office and grab a pair of viewing glasses in the gift shop! It’s an amazing experience, just remember to wear the proper eye material! For even more information on the Total Solar Eclipse check out the following websites:

October 14-15, 2023

Monster Mash Vintage Camper Rally

This Year’s Theme: Dead & Breakfast

2024 University of Missouri Home Football Schedule

March 16th – Black and Gold Spring Scrimmage – 1 PM at Faurot Field
August 31st – Mizzou vs. Murray State (Saturday Game)
September 7th – Mizzou vs. Buffalo
September 14th – Mizzou vs. Boston College
September 21st – Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt
October 19th – HOMECOMING WEEKEND – Mizzou vs. Auburn
November 9th – Mizzou vs. OU
November 30th – Mizzou vs. Arkansas

Columbia, Missouri and Surrounding Area Events

February/March 2024

True/False Film Festival
February 29 - March 3, 2024

True/False Film Fest is an annual documentary film festival that takes place in Columbia, Missouri. The Fest occurs on the first weekend in March, with films being shown from Thursday evening to Sunday night. Check our their site for film schedules, art installations, and activity and event information.

UKC Midwest CLassic Dog Show
March 1 - Sunday, March 3, 2024

Located at Northeast Regional Park, 5212 N Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia, MO 65202 – Right next door to us!

The COMO Man Show
March 9, 2024

Located at Northeast Regional Park, 5212 N Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia, MO 65202 – 10 AM to 3 PM. Right next door to us! Check out dozens of booths with fishing, hunting, food, power tools, lawn mowers and tractors, sports, food and beer. Tickets start at $15 online and $20 at the door and a portion of proceeds goes to benefit the Central Missouri Honor Flight, whose mission is to transport U.S. Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service.

April 2024

May 2024

NRA Bianchi Cup
May 20-24, 2024

The Bianchi Cup has been the gold standard in action shooting competition since 1979. Over 40 years of Bianchi Cup history can be found at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club. Compete with some of the best shooters in the world the week before Memorial Day weekend, where the world’s foremost competitors will vie for one of the most lucrative awards schedules in all of the shooting sports.

June 2024

65th Annual Art in the Park
Saturday June 1, 2024 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, June 2, 2024 10 AM to 4 PM at Stephens Lake Park - Free Admission.

The largest fine arts festival in mid-Missouri. The festival features artists from across the United States, displaying a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, pottery, jewelry, fibers, sculpture, wood and glass.

July 2024

Show Me State Games
June 6-9 (Missouri State Senior Games) & July 19-21 (Missouri State Games Week 1) and July 26-28 (Missouri State Games Week 2), 2024

The Show-Me State Games is a statewide amateur sports festival that welcomes all Missourians regardless of age or ability. The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities. The largest state games in the nation - Offering more than 40 types of sports!

Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2024

The festivities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia - with kids activities, food trucks and live music at the Amphitheater. Fireworks will cap off the night, with a display starting at about 9:15 p.m. The show will be set to music simulcast on KBXR 102. 3. The kids area (along the lake trail between Gordon Shelter and the Old 63 parking lot) will feature crafts, games, inflatables, face painting and roaming entertainers. Entertainers TBA closer to the event.

Boone County, Missouri Fair
July 16-20, 2024

5 – 10 PM Daily located at Northeast Regional Park, 5212 N Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia, MO 65202 – Right next door!

National Amatuer Disc Golf Tour
July 20, 2024

Held at Indian Hills Park, Aztec Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202. (Registration opens May 20).

September 2024

Columbia’s Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show
September 21-22, 2024

This event is held at Historic Nifong Park in Columbia, Missouri. Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured. This event will include the following fun activities and entertainment:

  • Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”
  • Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians.
  • Cowboys with their chuckwagons
  • Mountain Man Camp
  • Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!)
  • Handmade craft show including over 70 vendors
  • Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm
  • Tours of Boone County History & Culture Center and Village at Boone Junction
  • Great food, including local food trucks and festival favorites!

Mizzou Family Weekend
September 13-15, 2023

Click the text above to see the weekend schedule for Mizzou family weekend!

Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities

2024 Columbia & Surrounding Area Christmas Events

Christmas Lights Drive Around Columbia & Printable Scavenger Hunt

For a complete list of both Christmas Lights and Events around Columbia, join or follow the Columbia Missouri Christmas Lights Locator Group and print this cute Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Printable to take along!

There are so many beautiful lights and displays. Grab your family and some hot cocoa and drive around the city and enjoy the lights! This interactive map will give you a list of all the locations with Christmas lights to see: Columbia Christmas Lights Locator Map.

Holidays with the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch

Celebrate the holidays with the Budweiser Clydesdales. Enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations at the farm and have your photo taken with the Clydesdales. Enjoy food and drinks from the gift shop.

Annual Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade

Parade Begins at dark in downtown Centralia near the Square. Come see lots of tractors, trucks, trailers, and machinery decked out with Christmas lights, décor, and music! Food Trucks, shopping, and more during the parade.

Cottonwoods RV Park

5170 N. Oakland Gravel Rd
Columbia, MO 65202

Latitude: 39.00736 Longitude: -92.30191

(573) 474-2747

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