Special Events by Month

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

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March & Memorial CelebrationDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March & Memorial Celebration
Monday, January 15, 2018

Location: St. Paul AME Church
The candle light march will begin at 6:30 pm at Douglass High School, then proceed to the celebration. Open to all, free.

R.O.C. 7K Trail Run

R.O.C. 7K Trail Run
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 9 am

Rhett’s Run at Cosmo Park (Meet at Antimi Shelter)
The R.O.C. 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.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Logos

February

 

Boy/Girl Scout Day
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018, 1-3 pm 
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 $3 per Scout.

March

Women’s Month Film and Discussion 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 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: “Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise.

Blue Thunder Track Registration Day 
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 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 874-6378 or email Camren.Cross@CoMo.gov if interested. Registration price is $100. Visit bluethundertc.shutterfly.com for information.

Precious Moments / Women’s Recognition Awards
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 pm 
Armory Sports Center

Is there a special woman in your life that you would like to acknowledge for all that she means to you?  If so, come to Parks and Recreation’s Precious Moments/Women Recognition Awards.  Invite a family member, friend, teacher or any woman that is special to you and acknowledge her with a poem, song, story, or any way you wish.  All are welcome to attend.  There will be snacks and refreshments.

Annual Train Show
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 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 Month 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9 am-5 pm
Armory Sports Center
Organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation. Gather your friends and family and come out to test your skills against others. $60 entry fee per team, the first 16 teams to register will close registration. All players must be at least 15 years of age. Three player minimum per team, five play maximum.  Registration form and rules available on-line or you can pick them up  at Parks and Rec office at #1 South 7th.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza          
Saturd
ay, March 31, 2018
Douglass Park, 12-1:15 pm (hunt at 12:45 pm)
Indian Hills Park, 3-4:15 pm (hunt at 4 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 817-5077 if you or your organization would like to volunteer by hosting a game or activity. FREE.

April

 

Kite Flying Day – CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER, RESCHEDULED FOR 4/21 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 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. LET’S FILL THE SKY! Call 573-817-5077 for more information.

International Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 10 am-2 pm
Norma Sutherland Smith Park, Free
Come out to the first International Day to learn about different countries through food, dance, music and culture. Free for all ages, bring your lawn chairs. For more information or to participate with a booth, contact Mary.Dewey@CoMo.gov.

Yappy Hour
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 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 Craft Beer Cellar. 
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.

Kite flying event at Indian Hills ParkKite Flying Day 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 12-2 pm 
Indian Hills Park, 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. LET’S FILL THE SKY! Call 573-817-5077 for more information.

Columbia Youth Intro to Track and Field
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 9 am check in 
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 19. Cost is $5 per child, copy of birth certificate or baptismal record is required.  Youth Track meet Registration Form 18

Earth Day 
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12–6:30 pm
Kids Area Activities: 
Hosted by Columbia Parks and Recreation
Bicycle Corral Parking: 
Travel to Columbia’s Earth Day Festival in sustainable style and GetAbout Columbia will provide a safe, secure place for your bicycle, stroller and personal belongings. We’ll even supply a little gift for your efforts. Location:  Intersection of 6th and Elm (subject to change)
Tons of Trucks
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 4-7 pm
Target wing parking lot at Columbia MallFree 

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. Co-sponsored by Columbia Mall and NASH-FM.
MLB Pitch, Hit and Run
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 9:30 am registration and warm up
Albert-Oakland Park

Official skills competition of Major League Baseball. Open to boys and girls, ages 7-14. Free competition, limited to 100 participants. Copy of birth certificate or baptismal record required for proof of age.

MLB Junior Home Run Derby
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 1 pm registration and warm up
Albert-Oakland Park

Official Junior Home Run Derby of Major League Baseball. Open to boys and girls, ages 14 and under. Free competition, limited to 100 participants. Copy of birth certificate or baptismal record required for proof of age.

May

 

Introduction to Electric Bicycles
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
ARC, Free, Class #318303-01
Register online.

Find out what the buzz is about! Electric bikes augment human power and can be a great way for people to have fun, improve their health. save money and relieve road congestion.

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series
Kids Night: featuring Magician Gerry Tritz
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 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.

MKT Secret Access Trail Ride
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park playground
Activity # 318112-01
Register online.
If you’re new to the trail system, this 10-mile round trip ride will help you get acquainted with the MKT Trail. Cyclists will travel at a leisurely pace highlighting access to popular retail locations, neighborhoods and the Hinkson Creek and County House Trails. Helmets are required. A front and rear taillight are recommended. Free, but registration is suggested to receive weather-related notifications.

Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park
Friday, May 11, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats. No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Missouri Care, Great Circle and Boone Electric Community Trust. 

This month: Trolls (PG)

Heritage Day Block Party
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 4-8 pm
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 job fair.

17th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week
May 13-20, 2018

Check www.pednet.org for details.

Family Fun Fest: Kindness is Contagious
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice, StreetDogs Hot Dogs, RJ’s Real Italian Ice, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck and Big Cheeze. Each month features a different theme. This month: Join us for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health. Sponsored by Putting Kids First and Children’s Grove.The Family Fun Fest series is sponsored by Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink and Tigers Community Credit Union.
Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
May 19 – Sept 3, 2018
Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
May 19 – Sept 3, 2018

June

National Trails Day: Find the Golden Hiking Boot Treasure Hunt!
Saturday, June 2, 2018

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 7 am on June 2. 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.

CoMo Rummage Sale 
RESCHEDULED TO Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8 am-noon 
Cosmo Park
Register online for a booth!

Let us help you with your spring cleaning! Clean up your clutter and bring it out to the CoMo Rummage Sale at Cosmo Park. Price of $30 includes two parking spaces for your sales items and advertising through Parks and Recreation sources. Tables and chairs not included, please bring your own. Space is limited, so please call us today to reserve your spot!

Art in the Park
Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 2018, 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.
Lunch in the Park
June 4 through August 3, 2018

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.

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
Missouri Symphony Society: “Strike Up the Band!”
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 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.

Performance sponsored by City Office of Cultural Affairs and Missouri Arts Council

Bike Safety Rodeo
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm

Lange Middle School parking lot
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.

Movies in the Park
Friday, June 8, 2018, 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, Missouri Care, Great Circle and Boone Electric Community Trust. 

This month: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG-13)

DJ in the Park
Saturday, June 9, 2018; 4-8 pm
Douglass Park

A variety of DJs will play something for all tastes, from hip hop to R&B to gospel.
This date: Annette Driver
Lawn Chair Concert Series
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 3 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert! 
This Month: Kansas City Street Band

CoMo Rummage Sale 
RESCHEDULED TO Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8 am-noon 
Cosmo Park
Register online for a booth!

Let us help you with your spring cleaning! Clean up your clutter and bring it out to the CoMo Rummage Sale at Cosmo Park. Price of $30 includes two parking spaces for your sales items and advertising through Parks and Recreation sources. Tables and chairs not included, please bring your own. Space is limited, so please call us today to reserve your spot!

Shred Fest Skateboarding Event
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 4-7 pm
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, Blue Springs Tiger Pilot Club, Youth Community Coalition and Gumby’s Pizza.

Family Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice, StreetDogs Hot Dogs, RJ’s Real Italian Ice, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck and Big Cheeze. Each month features a different theme. This month: 
The outdoors has so much to offer. Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts. The Family Fun Fest series is sponsored by Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink and Tigers Community Credit Union.
DJ in the Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018; 4-8 pm
Douglass Park

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

Boy/Girl Scout Day
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1-3 pm 
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 $3 per Scout. 

MKT Secret Access Trail Ride
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park playground
Activity # 318112-02
Register online
If you’re new to the trail system, this 10-mile round trip ride will help you get acquainted with the MKT Trail. Cyclists will travel at a leisurely pace highlighting access to popular retail locations, neighborhoods and the Hinkson Creek and County House Trails. Helmets are required. A front and rear taillight are recommended. Free, but registration is suggested to receive weather-related notifications.

SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 9 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!
Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
May 19 – Sept 3, 2018

July is Park and Recreation Month!

 

4th of July Fire In The Sky
The 66th Annual Celebration of an American Tradition 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Free 
Flat Branch Park and The District – Entertainment starts at 6:30 pm – Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 pm 
Music, entertainment and fireworks! For more information, call 874-7460.

DJ in the Park
July 7, 2018; 4 pm
Douglass Park

A variety of DJs will play something for all tastes, from hip hop to R&B to gospel.
This Month: DJ C Style

MKT Secret Access Trail Ride
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park playground
Activity # 318112-03
Register online
If you’re new to the trail system, this 10-mile round trip ride will help you get acquainted with the MKT Trail. Cyclists will travel at a leisurely pace highlighting access to popular retail locations, neighborhoods and the Hinkson Creek and County House Trails. Helmets are required. A front and rear taillight are recommended. Free, but registration is suggested to receive weather-related notifications.

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
Community Band
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 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.

Family Splash Bash
Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm
Lake of the Woods Pool
, 6700 St. Charles Rd.

Class # 316902-01
Register online
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
Friday, July 13, 2018, 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, Missouri Care, Great Circle and Boone Electric Community Trust. 
This month: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (PG)
Lawn Chair Concert Series
July 15, 2018; 3 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert! 
This Month: J’Monet
Family Fun Fest: Fitness is Fun
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice, StreetDogs Hot Dogs, RJ’s Real Italian Ice, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck and Big Cheeze.  Each month features a different theme. This month: 
July is Parks and Rec Month! Come out to learn and experience some exciting new ways to stay fit and active. Sponsored by the ARC (Activity and Recreation Center).The Family Fun Fest series is sponsored by Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink and Tigers Community Credit Union.

DJ in the Park
Saturday, July 21, 2018; 4-8 pm
Douglass Park

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

Family Splash Bash
Friday, July 27, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm (second such event, first was held July 13)
Lake of the Woods Pool
, 6700 St. Charles Rd.

Class # 316902-02
Register online
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.

Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
May 19 – Sept 3, 2018

August

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
BXR’s Acoustic Artists Showcase
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 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.

DJ in the Park
Aug 4, 2018; 4 pm
Douglass Park

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

Lawn Chair Concert Series
August 5, 2018; 3 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert! 
This Month: Blues Rising Band
Fall Leisure Times published
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Movies in the Park

Friday, August 10, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Missouri Care, Great Circle and Boone Electric Community Trust. 
This month: Coco (PG)

Coolin’ Down with the Blues
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 3-8 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.
Family Fun Fest: Around the World
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice, StreetDogs Hot Dogs, RJ’s Real Italian Ice, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck and Big Cheeze.  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.The Family Fun Fest series is sponsored by Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink and Tigers Community Credit Union.

Kaleidospoke
Saturday, August 18, 2018; 7:30-10:30 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park, ride on MKT to Twin Lakes

Get ready to GLOW with your bike on the MKT! 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.

 

DJ in the Park
Aug 18, 2018; 4 pm
Douglass Park

A variety of DJs will play something for all tastes, from hip hop to R&B to gospel.
This date: Randy Jennings (AKA Disco Rabbit)

 

Night Flight Glow Golf
Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:30 pm shotgun start

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

 

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
Performer: USAF Shades of Blue Jazz Band
Monday, August 27, 2018, 6 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. Concert Series sponsored by KPLA 101.5.
 

 

Neighborhood Park Block Party
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm
Auburn Hills Park

Calling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and food. Free.

 

September 

Pooch Plunge 
Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018, 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 $4 per dog. Pets must be accompanied by an adult, friendly dogs only please! Pre-registration required. 

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
Performer: Pigweed-Vintage Country Band 
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 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. Concert Series sponsored by KPLA 101.5.

Neighborhood Park Fun Days
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm
Longview Park 

Calling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and food. Free.

Movies in the Park
Friday, September 14, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats.  No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5, Missouri Care,  Great Circle and Boone Electric Community Trust. 

This month: Sing

Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show
September 15 & 16, 2018 – 10 am-5 pm
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 two 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 Kids
Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice, StreetDogs Hot Dogs, RJ’s Real Italian Ice, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck and Big Cheeze.  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. The Family Fun Fest series is sponsored by Convention and Visitors Bureau, KPLA 101.5 radio, KOMU TV8, ParentLink and Tigers Community Credit Union.

 

Neighborhood Park Fun Days
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm
Highway 63-Paris Road (Whitegate area)

Calling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and food. Free. 

October

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1-3 pm

Jay Dix Station
FREE! Celebrate the International Mountain Bike Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and pass along your passion for pedaling to kids! GetAbout Columbia invites you and your daughter or son (ages 9-14) to get your fun on while riding the bike skills course at Jay Dix Station. Experienced mountain bikers will be on hand to share tips and techniques. Kids will learn bike safety, trail etiquette and established rules of the trail. Pre-registration is mandatory. Space is limited. Each child must be accompanied by a parent with a bicycle. (more information or to register) [You can also register by calling 573-874-7460.]

 

Neighborhood Park Fun Day
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm
Downtown Optimist Park 

Calling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and food. Free.

 

Bear Creek Run Half Marathon
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8 am
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)

Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth Drive
Begins October 29, 2018
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. 
[Program application]

 

Neighborhood Park Block Party
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm
Indian Hills Park

Calling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and food. Free.
 

November 

Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth Drive
October 29-December 10, 2018
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.
[Program Application]

Homeless Youth Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10 am – 2 pm
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.  

December

Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9 am
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. 

 

City Kwanzaa Celebration
Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, 2-5 pm
Location: TBA
Come celebrate this African-American holiday which is based around developing positive families and communities.  There will be community awards given, entertainment and a holiday feast.  Please call 573-817-5077 for more information. Free.

 

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour
Friday, Dec 7, 2018, 6:15-7:30 pm or 7:45-9 pm 
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! Weather make up date is Dec 14.

 

Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth Drive
Deadline: Dec 10, 2018
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.