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Rocking, Gawking and Doc-ing

CoMo’s fantastic festivals dot the 2013 calendar.

Columbians love a good festival. Art, music, movies, food, fun in the beautiful Missouri weather — what’s not to love? Here are some of CoMo’s favorite get-togethers locals look forward to every year.

Columbia Missouri festivals

Roots N Blues N BBQ
Sept. 20–22, 2013
Music lovers from 35 states enjoyed 29 acts on three stages for two nights at the popular festival in 2012. For six successful years, the aroma of smoked meats and the tunes of legends such as Al Green, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray have filled the autumn sky in downtown Columbia. Art exhibits, a gypsy busking crew and a user-friendly smartphone app debuted in 2012. The festival moves to Stephens Lake Park in 2013.

True/False Film Fest
Feb. 28–March 3, 2013
Columbia’s favorite film festival turns 10 in 2013, offering dozens of mind- and perspective-altering documentaries from around the world. The event transforms CoMo into a small-town cinematic utopia, complete with parades, live music and quirky parties throughout the four-day event. Director Dan Lindsay, BS BA ’01, showcased his Oscar-winning football film Undefeated in 2012.

Ninth Street Summerfest
Multiple times a year during the warm months, Summerfest shuts down the block of Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut for the evenings of outdoor revelry. Presented by The Blue Note, acts such as Ana Popovic, Girl Talk and Primus performed in 2012.

Art in the Park
June 1–2, 2013
Local artists and artisans sell paintings, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, ceramics and more on the first weekend of June beside scenic Stephens Lake. As with every CoMo festival, live music, performance art and food vendors abound.

Earth Day
April 21, 2013
Columbia’s funky and fabulous festival takes over Elm Street between Ninth and Sixth streets each spring. Mid-Missouri’s celebration of Mother Earth includes live music, performances by local elementary schools and dance troupes, games, a kids park, booths with products for sustainable living and tons of great food.

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