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

(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’s 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.


 

Bring 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 Presentation
Feb. 25, 2020, 6 p.m.
Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash


Join us for an oral presentation on the events of a 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 6, 2019, 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: “Hidden Figures.”


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.gov if interested. Registration price is $110. Visit bluethundertc.shutterfly.com for information.


Annual Train ShowAnnual Train Show
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.


CANCELED Women’s Month 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9 am-3 pm
Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash

Double-elimination women’s basketball tournament, each team will play at least two games. 20-minute running clock, maximum of five per team. For ages 15 to adult. Price is $60 per team. Trophies awarded to top three teams.


APRIL

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

Kite Flying Day at Douglass ParkKite Flying Day
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 12-1:45 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

Saturday, April 20, 2019Egg 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 817-5077 if you or your organization would like to volunteer by hosting a game or activity. FREE.


Yappy HourYappy Hour

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 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.

Kite flying event at Indian Hills ParkKite Flying Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 12-1:45 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. Call 573-817-5077 for more information.


Columbia Youth Intro to Track and FieldColumbia Youth Intro to Track and Field

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 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 25. Cost is $7 per child, copy of birth certificate or baptismal record is required. 


Earth DayEarth Day

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12–6:30 pm

Intersection of 8th and Locust (subject to change)

 

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.


MAY

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

Tons of Trucks eventTons of Trucks

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 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 Missourian, Columbia Mall and NASH-FM.

 


May AmphitheaterStephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series
Performance will move indoors to Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway, due to weather
Mr. Stinky Feet & the Hiccups

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 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.

This performance presented by Daniel Boone Regional Library

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5, KFRU 1400, Daniel Boone Regional Library and the Missourian.

MLB Pitch, Hit and Run

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 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.  Click here to register


Pitch Hit RunMLB Junior Home Run Derby

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 12:30 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. Click here to register. 


Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park

Friday, May 10, 2019, 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. Food vendors: Kona Ice and Eats & Treats. No rain dates. Sponsored by KPLA 101.5 and Missouri Care.

 

This month: The Greatest Showman (PG)


Heritage Day Block Party at Douglass ParkHeritage Day Block Party

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 4-8 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 job fair.

 

Sponsored by: Missouri Care and Tigers Community Credit Union


Bike Walk and Wheel Week18th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week

May 11-19, 2019

 

For more information regarding the 18th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, visit PedNet’s website.


Family Fun FestFamily Fun Fest: Kindness Carnival

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 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. Sponsored by Putting Kids First and Children’s Grove.

 

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 18 – Sept 2, 2019

 

Visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your fisit, 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



JUNE

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

 

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

National Trails Day: Find the Golden Hiking Boot Treasure Hunt!
Saturday, June 1, 2019

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 1. 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
Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2, 2019, 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 parkLunch in the Park
June 3 through August 2, 2019 (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.


Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series Stephens Lake Park Concert Series
Missouri Symphony Society: “Strike Up the Band!”
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 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.

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

Concert Series sponsored by: KPLA 101.5, KFRU 1400, Daniel Boone Regional Library, and the Missourian


Bike Safety RodeoBike Safety Rodeo (RESCHEDULED)
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 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.


Movies in the ParkMovies in the park
Friday, June 14, 2019, 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: Ferdinand (PG)


DJ in the Park

DJ in the Park
Saturday, June 8, 2019; 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: DJ Lloyd Cooper. 


Lawn Chair Concert SeriesLawn Chair Concert Series
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3-5 pm
Douglass Park

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy a free concert! This month: J-Monet.




Shred FestShred Fest Skateboarding Event
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 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, Youth Community Coalition and Gumby’s Pizza. For more information visit ParksideSkateboards.com


Family Fun FestFamily Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors
POSTPONED TO Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 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: The outdoors has so much to offer! Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts. Sponsored by Columbia Missourian.

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


Splat! Jr. Obstacle Course Mud RunSPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 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: Columbia Dentistry for Children, Nash FM 100.0, KPLA 101.5, and Q106.1


Big swing at Cosmo ParkVisit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge
May 18 – Sept 2, 2019

Visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your fisit, 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 67th Annual Celebration of an American Tradition 
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 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, visit the web page

Sponsors: Columbia Insurance Group, KOMU 8, KFRU 1400, BXR 102.3, Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club, Convention and Visitors Bureau, First State Community Bank, Lucky’s Market


MKT Secret Access Trail RideMKT Secret Access Trail Ride
Thursday, July 17, 2019, 6:30-8 pm
Meet at Flat Branch Park playground
Activity # 318112-03
Register online or call Parks and Recreation main office 573-874-7460

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 SeriesStephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series 
Community Band
Thursday, July 11, 2019, 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, KFRU 1400, Daniel Boone Regional Library, and the Missourian


Family Splash BashFamily Splash Bash
Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:30-9:30 pm
Lake of the Woods Pool, 6700 St. Charles Rd.

Class # 316902-01
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 ParkMovies in the Park
Friday, July 12, 2019, 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: Mary Poppins Returns (PG)



Lawn Chair Concert SeriesLawn Chair Concert Series – CANCELLED
July 14, 2019; 3 pm
Douglass Park

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


Family Fun FestFamily Fun Fest: Fitness is Fun
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 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! Come out to learn and experience some exciting new ways to stay fit and active. Sponsored by the ARC (Activity and Recreation Center).

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


Family Splash Bash

Family Splash Bash
CANCELLED FOR Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:30-9:30 pm (second such event, first was held July 12)
Lake of the Woods Pool, 6700 St. Charles Rd.

Class # 316902-02
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.



Big swing at Cosmo ParkVisit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge

May 18 – Sept 2, 2019

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 
To be announced
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 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, KFRU 1400, Daniel Boone Regional Library, and the Missourian


Douglass DJ in The ParkDJ in the Park
Aug 3, 2019; 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: DJ Annette Driver. 


Coolin’ Down with the BluesCoolin’ Down with the Blues
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 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. Featuring: J-Monet, Chump Change, Kansas City Street Band. 


Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park

Friday, August 9, 2019, 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 and Missouri Care.

This month: Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)



Around the WorldFamily Fun Fest: Around the World
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 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.


KaleidospokeKaleidospoke
Saturday, August 17, 2019; 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.


Glow GolfNight Flight Glow Golf
Friday, August 23, 2019, 8:30 pm shotgun start
Locations: L.A. Nickell Golf Course (LAN) and Lake of the Woods Golf Course (LOW)

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.



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 
Performer: Darkroom Records Teen Band Showcase
Sept. 5, 2019, 6 p.m., 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, KFRU 1400, Daniel Boone Regional Library, and the Missourian

 


Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park
Sept. 13, 2019, 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 and Missouri Care.

This month: Incredibles 2


Heritage FestivalAnnual Heritage Festival & Craft Show
CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, SEPT 22 DUE TO FORECAST OF RAIN AND WIND
Sept. 21 & 22, 2019 – 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 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
Sept. 18, 2019, 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 the 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.gov    


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 2019


Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth DriveToys for Columbia 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.