Archive | June, 2013

Fire in the Sky Celebrates the 4th in Columbia

June 26, 2013

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Enjoy a night of fun, family and festivities at Fire in the Sky in Columbia. This yearly event brings together local musical talent, delicious concessions and incredible fireworks all in beautiful downtown Columbia.

Free parking will be available throughout downtown and there will be music stages featuring local bands at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park. Once night falls, fireworks will begin around 9:15 choreographed to music to be simulcast on 102.3BXR.

Bring your blanket or chair and plan to ooh and ahh as fireworks light up the night sky. Plan to spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of the 4th right here in Columbia.

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Unexpected Columbia – Maplewood Barn Theater

June 25, 2013

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Looking for a family fun way to spend a summer night? Check out the Maplewood Barn Theater!

Set in historic and picturesque Nifong Park, the Maplewood Barn Theater puts on quality community productions throughout the summer. This year’s season includes ‘Kitchen Witches’, ‘As You Like It’, and ‘On Golden Pond’ and features fantastic local talent of all ages.

The Maplewood Barn Theater

The Maplewood Barn Theater

The Maplewood Barn has been an area favorite for many years, and the community rallied when the original barn burned down in 2010. Now rebuilt, the facility faces an open lawn where the audience gathers in lawn chairs and on blankets to enjoy theater under the stars. Tickets for all shows are under $10 and children under 10 get in for only $1!

Join this Columbia family tradition and check out the Maplewood Barn Theater. It may just be one of the highlights of your summer.

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Columbia Snapshot: Rock Bridge State Park

June 21, 2013

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If you love the outdoors, a great spot to explore during the heat this summer would be Rock Bridge State Park. This gorgeous park has ample shade, wood-planked trails and a small cave (Connor’s Cave) so there’s always somewhere to cool off.

This shot is the view through the park’s namesake rock bridge, which is a natural phenomenon and can be viewed from one of the many hiking and biking trails that will wind you through this Columbia treasure. A great summer stop on your next visit!

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9th Street Summerfests are Back!

June 11, 2013

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Columbia is a little more quiet in the summer. Many of the students are gone and the pace slows down for a few months. But on a few summer nights, downtown gets loud with the return of 9th Street Summerfest concerts!

These fantastic outdoor events are on 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut, outside the famous Blue Note. The entire block fills with fans with food and drinks for sale the entire evening. Summerfests bring in an eclectic mix of musical acts to entertain…check out this summer’s lineup!

Dierks Bentley – June 13th

The Urge – July 12th – Free Show!

Weird Al Yankovic: Apocalypse Tour – July 24th

Reverend Horton Heat – August 16th – Free Show!

Attend one or attend them all! For free shows, just get there early to claim your spot. For the others, get tickets now! We’ll see you downtown to celebrate one of Columbia’s great summer events.

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Not Your Average Afternoon – Fun Activities in Columbia Parks

June 7, 2013

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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails and opportunities to frolic. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

Toss a Disc

Beautiful Disc Golf course in Albert-Oakland Park

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out Albert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses! Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park. Try your hand at this growing sport and you may leave Columbia with a new favorite hobby!

Catch a Fish

Fishing is one of the many activities for the whole family at Stephens Lake Park.

Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of park fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked to make your fishing time even more exciting! There’s nothing like a relaxing few hours enjoying your time in Columbia with family.

Get on a Roll

Catch some air at Cosmo.

Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the Columbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. We’ll see you at the park!

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Unexpected Columbia: Traffic Box Art

June 5, 2013

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One of the most popular places in Columbia is The District, the city’s thriving and vibrant downtown area. Home to dozens of local restaurants, shops and galleries, The District is often busting with visitors and citizens of all ages. Next time you’re exploring downtown, keep your eyes open for some pieces of art you might not expect…on traffic boxes!

Each year the City of Columbia, Missouri invites local artists to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes in the downtown area. The goal of the project is to decrease the instances of graffiti on these surfaces while making them artful objects.

Now at five locations throughout downtown, this project has added unexpected pops of color and beauty to the landscape.

Before you visit, check out where the boxes are located and enjoy videos featuring the artists as they complete their projects. Just another unexpected Columbia highlight that you won’t want to miss!

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Jump into Summer in Columbia!

June 5, 2013

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All of the pools in Columbia are now open for the season!

That’s it!

Go swimming. Don’t forget sunscreen.

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