Special Events by Month

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Columbia Parks & Recreation offers a variety of special events throughout the year. Events showcase Columbia’s cultural diversity, encourage volunteerism and promote health and wellness. From preschoolers to seniors, special events also provide a lot of fun and entertainment.


January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

JANUARY

(January’s events are updated with the publishing of the Fall/Winter Leisure Times)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March & Memorial Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March & Memorial Celebration
Jan. 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m. (meet at Armory for candlelight walk to
St. Luke UMC, 204 E Ash)


The candle light march will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, then proceed to the celebration. Open to all, free.


R.O.C. 7K Trail Run

ROC 7K Trail Run
Jan. 25, 2020,  9 a.m.
Rhett’s Run at Cosmo Park (meet at Antimi Shelter)


The ROC Trail Run is BACK! Start your new year with Rhett’s Outdoor Challenge and enjoy a morning on Rhett’s Run. This 4.3 mile trail run will take racers through the scenic twists and turns of this hilly, well maintained single track course. All participants will receive a finisher item and a post race snack once they’ve completed their run. This event will include chip timing, age group awards, volunteer support and direction, and an aid station (water stop) on the course. Registration required.


 

BYOB track racingBring Your Own Big Wheel 
Feb. 1, 2020, 9-10:30 a.m. 
Ages 2-6, Price $5
ARC Indoor Track 

Riders, bring your best big wheel or tricycle for this fun ride! Prizes given to all riders and mileage will be recorded. Equipment must be clean, no bicycles please. 


Black History Month – African American Film FestUnderground Railroad Movie
All films start at 6:30 p.m.
Armory Sports Center 

Feb. 5, 2020: 42, the story of Jackie Robinson’s integration into professional baseball.
Feb. 12, 2020: The Help which tells the story of the struggles of an African-American maid’s work for a white family during the 1960s.
Feb. 19, 2020: Barry which gives a glimpse at the younger life of President Barack Obama.
Feb. 26, 2020: Lean on Me the biographical film about Principal Joe Louis Clark’s quest to improve his students test scores, or have his school taken over by the New Jersey state government.

 


Girl Scout and Boy Scout LogosBoy/Girl Scout Day
Feb. 23, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Hickman Pool


Attention all Scouts! Hickman is hosting a day just for you. Activities will include five stations on variety of water safety topics and fun games. All groups must pre-register. If you are registering a troop, please add each child to your household to include them on roster. Price is $4 per Scout.


Black History Month – Gospel Explosion and DinnerBlack History Month – Gospel Explosion and Dinner
Feb. 23, 2020, 4 p.m.
St. Luke UMC, 204 E Ash 


Great gospel music! This year’s program will feature artists and groups from the central Missouri area. Following will be a soul food feast, covered dishes are welcome. Free. 

 

 


Black History Month ExhibitBlack History Month Presentation
Feb. 25, 2020, 6 p.m.
Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash


Join us for an oral presentation on the events of an historical event in African American life. Free. 

 


Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run

Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run
Feb. 29, 2020, 9 a.m.
Capen Park/Grindstone Nature Area

Enjoy the beauty and challenge of the Grindstone Nature Area at the Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run! This race course will take you over diverse terrain including single track dirt trail that is rocky with areas, grass trails and a shallow water crossing. All participants will receive a finisher item and post race snack once they’ve completed their run. Price is $35 per runner, advance registration required. Maximum of 125 racers.  (More information)


MARCH

(March’s events are updated with the publishing of the Spring/Summer Leisure Times)

Underground Railroad Movie

Women’s Month Movie Night
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:30 pm
Armory Sports Center


Join us for an evening of film and discussion. The film will help raise cultural awareness and celebrate Women’s Appreciation Month. After the film, there will be a short discussion. This year’s film will be: “Joy.”


Blue Thunder Track Registration DayBlue Thunder Track Registration Day
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2-5 pm

Armory Sports Center
Compete in running, jumping and throwing events! Youth ages 6-18 compete in out of town AAU meets along with some local meets. This group is pushed hard in practice and expected to complete the season. The outdoor season is April-August. Participate in some or all phases, it is your choice. Please call 573-874-6378 or email Camren.Cross@CoMo.govcreate new email if interested. Registration price is $110. Visit bluethundertc.shutterfly.com for information.


Annual Train ShowAnnual Train Show (CANCELED)
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 am-3 pm

Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin Street – FREE
All aboard! Come to the Train Show and see a wide variety of displays involving trains and the early days of transportation as well as video and photographs on rail travel. Sponsored by Mid-Mo Railfans, Columbia Parks and Recreation & Paquin Tower Recreation Council.


Women’s History Month Presentation  (CANCELED)Black History Month Exhibit
March. 25, 2020, 6 p.m.
Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash


Join us for an oral presentation about historical figure Annie Fisher. Free!

 


APRIL

(April’s events are updated with the publishing of the Spring/Summer Leisure Times)

Kite Flying Day at Douglass ParkKite Flying Day (CANCELED)
Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 12-2 pm
Douglass Park Ballfield, FREE

 

Bring your kites and let’s have a great time! A number of kites will be given to children that do not have one to fly. Contest categories are Largest Flying Kite, Smallest Flying Kite & the Highest Flyer. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Call 573.817.5077 for more information.


Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (CANCELED)

Saturday, April 11, 2020Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Douglass Park, 12-1:15 pm (hunt at 12:45 pm)

Indian Hills Park, 3-4:15 pm (hunt at 3:45 pm)

 

Two hunts, two different parks! Bring your children (ages 12 and under) out for a free, fun candy-filled Egg Hunt. Each event will have hunts in different areas designated by age. Kids will also enjoy other activities such as coloring, face painting, and games. NOTE: Please call 573.817.5077 if you or your organization would like to volunteer by hosting a game or activity. FREE.

 


Columbia Youth Intro to Track and FieldColumbia Youth Intro Track and Field (CANCELED)

Sunday, April 19, 2020 – 1 pm check in, 2 pm event starts

Hickman High School Track

Learn about Track and Field in this event, open to youth ages 6-12. Registration forms available at Parks and Rec office at #1 South 7th St. Deadline to register is April 16. Cost is $7 per child, copy of birth certificate or baptismal record is required. 


Mid Mo Career Fair and Job Expo (CANCELED)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 2-6 pm
Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash

For ages 18 and up, this Job Expo will pair job-seekers and companies/organizations trying to fill entry-level, part-time and full-time positions. Bring copies of your resume and contact information. Please call 573.874.6379 or email Jay.Bradley@CoMo.govcreate new email for more information. 


 

Yappy HourYappy Hour (CANCELED)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 3-6 pm

Dog Park at Twin Lakes Recreation Area

 

$10 registration includes admission for one person and one dog, a dog goody bag and a drink voucher
$5 registration includes admission for additional person, or person not bringing a dog.
Food truck, live music, craft beer, and room for Fido to roam will all be found when Yappy Hour returns! This event will feature dog related booths, activities, contests, an adoptable dog pageant and more. Sponsored by KFRU, KPLA, NASH-FM, BXR and Q106.1.

Important Info:

  • Limit one dog per person and all dogs must be on a fixed length leash (no retractable)
  • Must be 16 or older to attend, and 21+ to drink (we will be carding at the door)
  • All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccines
  • Please bring only well socialized pooches
  • Parking is limited so walking from Forum Nature Area or Scott Blvd trailheads is encouraged.

Earth DayEarth Day (CANCELED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED)

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 12–7 pm

Peace Park, MU campus

 

Kids Area activities will be  hosted by Columbia Parks and Recreation. For other event information, call 573.875.0539.


MAY

(May’s events are updated with the publishing of the Spring/Summer Leisure Times)

Tons of Trucks eventTons of Trucks (CANCELED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 4-7 pm

Target wing parking lot at Columbia Mall, Free

 

Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free. Presented by Equipment Share. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Mall and NASH-FM.

 


Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series  (CANCELED)
May AmphitheaterKaraoke in the Park

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6 pm, Free

Join us at the beautiful Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater for an evening of music under the stars. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Concessions available but carry-in food and drinks allowed.

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5 and the Daniel Boone Regional Library


Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park (CANCELED)

Friday, May 8, 2020, 8:30 pm

Cosmo Park, Free admission courtesy of Missouri Care


Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Boone Electric Community Trust and Missouri Care.

 

This month: Frozen 2 (PG)


Heritage Day Block Party at Douglass ParkHeritage Day Block Party (CANCELED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED)

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 4-7 pm, free

Douglass Park


The unofficial opening of the park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy your neighborhood park! Free food and family fun.

 

Sponsored by: Missouri Care and Tigers Community Credit Union


Bike Walk and Wheel Week19th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week

May 10-17, 2020

 

Watch for virtual activities in 2020! For more information regarding the 19th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, visit PedNet’s website.


Family Fun FestFamily Fun Fest: Kindness Carnival (CANCELED)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6-8 pm

Cosmo Park, Free

 

Entertainment for the entire family that includes music, food trucks, live performances, art activities, hands-on learning, face painting, balloon art, and fun for all! A different theme is featured each month.

This month: Join us for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health. 

 

Family Fun Fest Sponsors:  Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink, and Tigers Community Credit Union.


Big swing at Cosmo ParkVisit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge

May 16 – Sept 7, 2020

 

Visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your visits, and turn in your completed tracking sheet to receive a prize! It’s a great way to spend your summer and a great chance to visit new parks!

More information, brochure and tracking sheet


Stephens Lake Park Arboretum Plant Sale

Sunday, May 31, 2020, 8 am to 1 pm (while supplies last)
Stephens Lake Park lake trail walkway (Old 63 parking lot access)
2020 SLP Plant Saleopens PDF file

Columbia Parks and Recreation will be offering native plants, rare and hard to find species, and cultivars of ornamental plants. A vendor will be on site offering native pollinator plants. 

Social distancing and group capacity limitations will be enforced. 

Proceeds will go to the Parks and Recreation Fund for future Arboretum improvements at the park. 


JUNE

(June’s events are updated with the publishing of the Spring/Summer Leisure Times)

Lunch in the Park Lunch in the park
June 1 through August 7, 2020 (weekdays)
Douglass Park Shelter – 11:30 am-1 pm

All children are welcome to enjoy lunch in the park on weekdays! Lunch will be served at the Douglass Park shelter. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the food program is carried out in a partnership between the City’s Health Department and Voluntary Action Center. Lunch is not served on July 4.


Bike Safety Rodeo (POSTPONED)Bike Safety Rodeo
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5-7 pm, Free

Location: Karis Church Parking Lot, 606 Ridgeway Avenue

For kids ages 3-16, event will feature a 9-step skills course. Learn bicycle safety rules and have your bike registered. Helmets will be distributed. Free, in partnership with the Downtown Optimist Club.


National Trails Day: Find the Golden Hiking Boot Treasure Hunt!

National Trails Day: Find the Golden Hiking Boot Treasure Hunt!
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Treasure hunt! Take a self-guided tour, find the golden hiking boot and win a $100 P&R gift certificate. We’ll post a riddle on our Facebook page and Twitter account at 8 am on June 6. Or, listen to the clue by calling 573-874-7663 (ext 4). Find the boot and claim the prize by calling 573-441-5495. Notification will be given to verify that the hunt is over after the official winner has been confirmed.


Art in the parkArt in the Park (CANCELED)
Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2020, 10 am-5 pm (Sat) and 10 am-4 pm (Sun)
Stephens Lake Park

Organized by the Columbia Art League. Will feature more than 110 artists, musical and magical entertainment and children’s creative area. Visit artintheparkcolumbia.org for details.


Shred Fest

Shred Fest Skateboarding Event CANCELED
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 4-7 pm (rain date June 20)
Columbia Skate Park at Cosmo Park

Celebrate National Skateboarding Day with Shred Fest! Enter the best trick contest, enjoy great music, helmet giveaways and food. All ages are welcome at this free event!

Presented by Parks and Recreation, Parkside Skate Shop, Youth Community Coalition and Gumby’s Pizza. For more information visit ParksideSkateboards.com


Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series (CANCELED) Stephens Lake Park Concert Series
Missouri Symphony Society: “Strike Up the Band!”
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7 pm, Free 

Boone County celebrates its Bicentennial with a special concert featuring the Missouri Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kirk Trevor, along with actor portrayals of notable Boone County personalities from the past 200 years. All children ages 4-14 will be welcomed on stage to conduct the orchestra.

Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Concessions available but carry-in food and drinks allowed.

This performance sponsored by: City Office of Cultural Affairs and Missouri Arts Council

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5 and Daniel Boone Regional Library


Movies in the Park (CANCELED)Movies in the park
Friday, June 12, 2020, 8:45 pm
Cosmo Park, Free admission courtesy Missouri Care

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats. No rain dates. Sponsored by Boone Electric Community Trust,  KPLA 101.5 and Missouri Care.

This month: Toy Story 4 (PG)


Family Fun Fest: Fitness is Fun (CANCELED)Family Fun Fest
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 6-8 pm 
Cosmo Park, Free 

Entertainment for the entire family that includes music, food trucks, live performances, art activities, hands-on learning, face painting, balloon art, and fun for all! A different theme is featured each month.

This month: Columbia is full of ways to stay fit and active while having fun! See kids demonstrating gymnastics, cheer and martial arts and practice your golf swing hitting balls at an inflatable “Golfzilla!” Sponsored by Show Me State Games

Family Fun Fest Sponsors:  Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink, and Tigers Community Credit Union.


Indian Hills Block Party featuring Juneteenth Celebration (CANCELED)
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 12-2 pm
Indian Hills Park

Join Parks and the Recreation and the Inclusive Impact Institute for a fun and free event. Activities include face painting, balloons, lawn games for kids and adults, live music and entertainment, food, plus family fun. There will also be a program and activities dedicated to celebrating Juneteenth. Free for all ages. 


DJ in the Park

DJ in the Park CANCELED
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 4-6 pm
Douglass Park

A variety of DJs will play something for all tastes, from hip hop to R&B to gospel. This month: TBA


Lawn Chair Concert SeriesLawn Chair Concert Series CANCELED
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 3-5 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert!
This month: TBA


Big swing at Cosmo ParkVisit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
Through Sept 7, 2020

Visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your visits, and turn in your completed tracking sheet to receive a prize! It’s a great way to spend your summer and a great chance to visit new parks!

More information, brochure and tracking sheet


JULY IS PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH!

(July’s events are updated with the publishing of the Spring/Summer Leisure Times)

 


Massive red fireworks4th of July Fire In The Sky
The 68th Annual Celebration of an American Tradition 
Saturday, July 4, 2020, Free 
 

Sponsors: Columbia Insurance Group, KOMU 8, KFRU 1400, BXR 102.3, Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club, Convention and Visitors Bureau

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series


Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series  CANCELED
Community Band
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7 pm, Free 

Join us at the beautiful Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater for an evening of music under the stars. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Concessions available but carry-in food and drinks allowed.

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5 and Daniel Boone Regional Library.


Family Splash Bash

Family Splash Bash CANCELED
Friday, July 10, 2020, 7:30-9:30 pm
Lake of the Woods Pool, 6700 St. Charles Rd.

Register online or call the Parks and Recreation main office 573-874-7460

Bring the whole family and watch the sun go down while you swim, have dinner and enjoy music. Glow sticks provided, dinner includes hot dog, chips and Kool-Aid. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per person, registration required (call 573-874-7460). Season passes not valid for this event.

 


Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park CANCELED
Friday, July 10, 2020, 8:45 pm
Cosmo Park, Free admission courtesy Missouri Care

 

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5 and Missouri Care.

This month: Spies in Disguise (PG)



Family Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors CANCELEDFamily Fun Fest
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 6-8 pm 
Cosmo Park, Free 

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. Each month features a different theme.

This month: July is Parks and Rec Month and the outdoors has so much to offer! Learn about Missouri birds, animals, camping and more from state and local experts. Sponsored by the Columbia Missourian.

Family Fun Fest Sponsors:  Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink, and Tigers Community Credit Union.



Lawn Chair Concert SeriesLawn Chair Concert Series CANCELED
Sunday, July 19, 2020; 3-5 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert! This month: TBA


Big swing at Cosmo ParkVisit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge

Through Sept 7, 2020

Visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your visit, and turn in your completed tracking sheet to receive a prize! It’s a great way to spend your summer and a great chance to visit new parks!

More information, brochure and tracking sheet



AUGUST

(August’s events are updated with the publishing of the Fall/Winter Leisure Times)

 

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert SeriesStephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series , CANCELED
Kids Night featuring Dr. Noize
Thursday, Aug 6, 2020, 6 pm, Free 
This event sponsored by the Daniel Boone Regional Library

Join us at the beautiful Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater for an evening of music under the stars. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Concessions available but carry-in food and drinks allowed.

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5 and Daniel Boone Regional Library


Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park, CANCELED

Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 8:30 pm
Cosmo Park, Free admission courtesy Missouri Care

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Boone Electric Community Trust and Missouri Care.

This month: Anastasia (PG)


Splat! Jr. Obstacle Course Mud RunSPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run, CANCELED
RESCHEDULED TO Saturday, Aug 15, 2020, 8:30 am – noon
Gans Creek Recreation Area


This event will feature age appropriate waves with kid-friendly obstacles, mud and FUN for ages 4-15. Check the web page for all the details!

Sponsored by: Nash FM 100.0, KPLA 101.5, and Q106.1


Douglass DJ in The ParkDJ in the Park, CANCELED
Saturday, Aug 15, 2020; 4-6 pm
Douglass Park

A variety of DJs will play something for all tastes, from hip hop to R&B to gospel. This month: TBA


Coolin’ Down with the BluesCoolin’ Down with the Blues, CANCELED
Sunday, Aug 16, 2020; 3-7 pm
Douglass Park

Grab a lawn chair and come out and enjoy live music in the park. Bands and/or entertainer will liven up the Park with musical sounds to please the ears. Free and open to the public, a great way to cool down the summer. 


Around the WorldFamily Fun Fest: Around the World, CANCELED
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020, 6-8 pm 
Cosmo Park, Free 

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more.  Each month features a different theme.

This month: Dancing, crafts, games and other arts from countries from all over the world will be on display. Talented artists from various cultures will share aspects of their homeland on this night.

Family Fun Fest Sponsors:  Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink, and Tigers Community Credit Union.


Glow GolfNight Flight Glow Golf
Friday, Aug 21, 2020, 8:30 pm shotgun start
Location: L.A. Nickell Golf Course (LAN) 

Nine hole, two person glow ball golf tournament, $50/player or $100/team

For information or registration, call 573-874-7538 or 573-874-7539.


Wacky Water Games Block Party, CANCELED
Saturday, Aug 22, 2020, 12-2 pm
Indian Hills Park

Tired of the heat? Want to cool off? Come out to the Wacky Water Games for water balloons, frozen t-shirt contest, lots of crazy water games plus free food! Event is for the whole family. Sponsored by MissouriCare. 




SEPTEMBER

(September’s events are updated with the publishing of the Fall/Winter Leisure Times)

 

Pooch PlungePooch Plunge 
Sept. 3, 2019
, 6:30-7:30 pm
Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

Finish off the dog days of summer at the pool! Dogs swim only, price is $5 per dog. Pets must be accompanied by an adult, friendly dogs only please! Pre-registration required.


Stephens Lake Park Concert SeriesStephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series , CANCELED
Performer: Darkroom Records Teen Band Showcase
Sept 3, 2020, 7 pm, Free


Join us at the beautiful Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater for an evening of entertainment under the stars. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Concessions available but carry-in food and drinks allowed.

This performance sponsored by 102.3 BXR.

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5 and Daniel Boone Regional Library

 

Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park
Sept 11, 2020, 7:45 pm
Cosmo Park, Free admission courtesy Missouri Care

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Boone Electric Community Trust and Missouri Care.

This month: Captain Marvel

Kaleidospoke
Rescheduled to Saturday, Sept 12, 2020; 7:00-10:30 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park, ride on MKT Trail to Twin Lakes Recreation Area

Get ready to GLOW with your bike on the MKT Trail! This non-competitive, family friendly support night-time bike ride will take place on the illuminated trail! Check our web page for details and how to register.


Heritage FestivalAnnual Heritage Festival & Craft Show CANCELED for 2020
Nifong Park, Hwy 63 S at AC exit, FREE 

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. Enjoy entertainment on three stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Saturday Ghost Stories (8-9:30 pm) are sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Organization Storytellers. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!


Family Fun Fest: Creative KidsFamily Fun Fest: Creative Kids, CANCELED
Sept 16, 2020, 6-8 pm 
Cosmo Park, Free 

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more.  Each month features a different theme.

This month: Let the kids show their creative and artistic side. Hands-on kid friendly art activities, musical performances, theater, and dance are just some of the fun to be had at the final fest of the summer. Sponsored by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council.

Family Fun Fest Sponsors:  Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink, and Tigers Community Credit Union.


Tons of Trucks eventSensory-Friendly Touch-a-Truck

Oct. 9, 2019, 4-7 pm

Cosmo Park 

 

Does your little one love trucks, diggers and tractors but is overwhelmed by the size and sounds of Tons of Trucks? This event will be a smaller and quieter version of the classic Tons of Trucks event, specifically designed for sensory-sensitive and young children. 

 


Bear Creek RunBear Creek Run Half Marathon
Oct. 19, 2019, 8 a.m. 
Ages 12 and up, Price $55 

This 13.1 mile run/walk will start and finish at Albert-Oakland Park and take participants to Cosmo Park and back via the Bear Creek Trail. (For more information and to register)

 


Night of the Living Shred Skateboard Competition
Oct. 26, 2019, 4-7 p.m.  
Ages 13 and up, Free
Douglass Skate Park 

Put on your favorite costume and join us for this spooky skateboard competition in Douglass Park. Main event will be Douglas Skate Parkthe best trick contest for beginner and advanced contestants. Each skater will get 3 attempts to land their best trick. Other events will be longest manual and highest ollie. Plus there will be plenty of time for free skate.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Contestants will be required to wear a helmet if competing.  For more information contact 573-874-6379 or Jay.Bradley@como.govcreate new email    


Bring Your Own Big Wheel 
Oct. 26, 2019, 9-10:30 a.m. Bring Your Own Big Wheel
Ages 2-6, Price $5
ARC Indoor Track 

Riders, put on your costume and bring your best big wheel or tricycle for this fun ride! Prizes given to all riders and mileage will be recorded. Equipment must be clean, no bicycles please. Bring your cameras, there will be Halloween props along the route! Pre-register here. 


Halloween Movies in the ParkMovie at the park
Oct. 28, 2019, “Halloweentown” at Indian Hills Park, 6 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2019, “Halloweentown 2” at Auburn Hills Park, 6 p.m.

Join us as we screen a family friendly Halloween movie in a park near you.  We will bring the chairs, movie, and popcorn.  All you need to do is bring yourself! Movies are free and everyone is welcome to attend. 


Swimming Trunks and TreatsARC water zone
Oct. 30, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
All ages, Price $5 per child, $6 per adult
ARC

Come in costume to the first swimming trunks and treats Halloween party! Photo booth, Halloween games and much more! Please pre-register




Homeless Youth Awareness Month Dodgeball TournamentHomeless Youth Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament
Nov. 16, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Armory Sports Center

This fun-filled awareness event will have competitive and recreational brackets. Prizes awarded for first places in both brackets, best team name and most creative uniforms.  For ages 13 and up, $75 per team. 


Holiday Lights and Sights TourHoliday Lights and Sights Tour
Dec. 6, 2019  6:15-7:30 p.m. or 7:45-9 p.m.
Weather make-up date: Dec. 13, 2019
Register: On-line or call the Parks and Recreation main office 573-874-7460

Enjoy some of the City’s most beautiful holiday lights from the comfort of a Parks and Recreation mini-bus! Tours depart from the ARC. For the safety of participants, each person must have a seat on the bus. Please bring a car seat for young children. Cost is $7.50 per person…pre-registration is required!


City Kwanzaa CelebrationCity Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec. 7, 2019, 2-5 p.m.
Location: Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Ave. 

Come celebrate this African-American holiday which is based around developing positive families and communities.  There will be socializing, entertainment and a holiday feast.  Please call 573-817-5077 for more information. Free.


Jr. NBA Skills ChallengeJunior NBA Skills Challenge
Dec. 14, 2019, 10 am 
Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash
Free skills event coordinated by Columbia Parks and Recreation. For boys and girls ages 13 and under (as of Aug 31, 2020), who will compete separately in two different age groups. Skills include dribbling, shooting and rebounding. Winners qualify to advance through three levels of competition, including national finals in New York City. Registration form:  Jr NBA Reg Form 2019opens PDF file


Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth DriveToys for Columbia’s Youth Drive
Oct. 28-Dec. 9, 2019
Get in the giving spirit this holiday season! When you are out shopping this holiday season, pick up an extra gift for a needy child. Monetary donations are accepted at 1 South 7th Street . We accept cash, check or debit/credit card. A letter of receipt for tax purposes will be provided for your generosity. Please call 874-7460 for more information.