Art in the Park
Phone: (573) 443-8838
Begun in 1958, Art in the Park is the oldest and largest fine arts festival in mid-Missouri. The festival features more than 100 visual artists from across the United States, displaying a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, pottery, jewelry, fibers, sculpture, wood, and glass. Enjoy engaging hands-on activities, live entertainment, and a creative environment that the whole family will love.
Artrageous Weekend is committed to the thriving art and cultural scene present in Columbia, Missouri. A recognized and well respected platform for local artists, Artrageous Weekend unites, promotes and celebrates organizations motivated by the experience and prosperity of the arts. With support from our sponsors and through collaboration with local businesses and restaurants, Argrageous organizes an entire weekend of self-guided, artistic experience, free and open to the public, in downtown Columbia. Visit the website for specific dates, complete details, and a list of venues.
Citizen Jane Film Festival
The Citizen Jane Film Festival showcases independent films by independent women. Why? Because, unfortunately, it’s hard to see them otherwise! Join in celebrating the best in fiction, documentary, and short films made by women from around the world during one of the most unique festival weekends in the country.
Family Fun Fest
Address: Cosmo Park
Phone: (573) 874-7460
Hours: May – September, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This is a family friendly festival of fun with a new theme each month. Entertainment for the entire family will include music, live performances, art activities, hands-on learning, face painting, balloon art, and fun for all.
Heritage Festival and Craft Show
Phone: (573) 874-7460
Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. Enjoy entertainment, including traditional and roots music, and American Indian, German, and folk dance. See artisans and tradesmen demonstrate “lost arts.” Shop for handmade crafts. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home, the village, and the Walters Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!
Hot Summer Nights Festival
Phone: (573) 875-0600
Hot Summer Nights is the largest classical and Pops summer music festival in the heartland of the United States and features the professional Missouri Symphony Orchestra in the exquisitely renovated and historic Missouri Theatre. Guest artists from all over the world, including Grammy and Tony winners, join the orchestra to entertain music lovers of all ages with a diverse repertoire.
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Phone: (573) 884-6247
The Mizzou International Composers Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs launched by the MU School of Music intended to position the school as a leading center for music composition and new music. The festival will take place on the MU campus and at the Missouri Theatre. The six-day festival includes three performances, eight world premieres, presentations by guest composers and MU faculty members, composition masterclasses, and select rehearsals open to the public.
Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival
The Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival is a biennial, four-day event, co-presented by the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, First Baptist Church, University of Missouri (MU) School of Music, and the Missouri Symphony Society. The Competition provides an opportunity for non-professional musicians to perform in front of an outstanding panel of nationally chosen judges for the cash awards that include a grand prize of $5,000.
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Address: Stephens Lake Park
The nationally recognized Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, and soul. American Blues Scene Magazine called it, “One of the most prominent festivals in the country!” Along with live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and national vendors. The festival is a fun and unique celebration of music, food, and culture.”
Shelter Gardens Concert Series
Address: 1817 W. Broadway
Phone: (573) 445-8441
Hours: Sunday evenings in June and July
This concert series has delighted local families for many years and offers a wide variety of performances on Sunday evenings in June and July. The free concerts are held in the Shelter Insurance Gardens. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy.
True/False Film Fest
Exploring fact, fiction, and what lies in between, the True/False Film Fest flickers to life each year. Since 2004, this fest has brought together smart, impassioned, and forward-thinking filmmakers with the best audiences in the world, right here in Columbia, MO. T/F is a magical Columbia experience, offering four days of over 125 screenings of the newest and most compelling documentary films, each of which is accompanied by a Q&A session between audience and filmmaker. T/F also features art installations, concerts, parties, panel discussions, and a parade like no other.
Unbound Book Festival
The Unbound Book Festival brings nationally recognized and bestselling authors from across the United States and beyond to Columbia to talk about their lives, their books, and what inspires them to create. With programs for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature, there is something entertaining and thought provoking for everyone. There are signings, readings, performances, and panels galore! Located on the beautiful campus of Stephens College, Unbound is a great day out for the whole family, and it’s completely free to attend.