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Go All Out to A Different Kind of Dinner and a Movie in Columbus!

Arts, Events, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Permalink

Go All Out to A Different Kind of Dinner and a Movie in Columbus!


As the Summer rolls on, you want to do fun things on the weekends, but don’t always know what to do exactly. How about dinner and a movie, sort of? But, instead of a movie, try out a different take on theater and improv in Columbus with our No Shame Theater on Friday nights! You can watch the performances, or better yet - you can join in yourself!


Here’s how it works. Every Friday night at 10pm at the Springer Opera House, we throw the stage open for all kinds of performances: spoken word, song and dance, monologues, skits, and anything else people can come up. The talent in the Columbus area is rich, so we get a wide assortment of performers. But, there are rules …


1. pieces must be original.

2. pieces must be 5 min or less.

3. pieces must not break ANYTHING - such as the audience, the space, yourself, or the LAW.


Admission is $5 at the door for the audience as well as performers. But, why not be a performer? Why not put your talent on the stage for all to see? Or, you can sit back and enjoy the art put forward by the other brave and talented souls who want to light up the stage on a Friday night.


Oh, and dinner, right? That’s important too. Luckily, just a short walk away are a plethora of restaurants in Uptown with amazing menus, outdoor seating under the sprawling oaks along Broadway, and an invitation to enjoy Southern Summer nights in Columbus. Stay at one of our great hotels nearby and make a weekend of it! You’ll be surprised at how much fun you have!


Now, get to work on preparing your performance for No Shame Theater! We’re waiting! 

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All Out Pride. Celebrate the Fourth of July!

Events, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, June 30, 2017 | Permalink

Enjoy Fourth of July festivities and celebrate America’s history in Columbus, GA! Independence Day in Columbus is full of history, interactive learning, fun, fireworks, music, great food, and so much more. A great place to celebrate our nation’s history starts at The National Infantry Museum’s Freedom Fest 2017. 

Admission is free, there will be activities for kids, living historians from places like the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, a cannon firing, the Silver Wings Parachute Team, live bands, food vendors, a parade, and so many other things to do! The festivities will go on from 11am to 5pm.

When that’s all over, head to Uptown for a great meal, some ice cream, and join thousands who will be on the Riverwalk that evening to enjoy fireworks over the Chattahoochee River!  What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in Columbus, Georgia. Check accommodations for special offers and book your trip today!

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All Out Yum at Great Restaurants in Columbus!

Events, Good Eats!, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Permalink

Restaurant Week in Columbus is July 24-30th! Make plans to visit one of our great local restaurants, enjoy amazing food in an extraordinary city, along with ridiculous deals! It’s a celebration of Columbus, GA dining where food lovers can indulge in the city’s culinary scene as local restaurants offer prix–fixe, signature menus at exceptional prices.

We have an incredible number of restaurants with a unique perspective on “Southern.” Participating restaurants include Ben's ChopHouse, Steakhouse & Seafood, Meritage, Houlihan's, Epic, Wicked Hen, Mabella, The Loft, The Black Cow, Hunters Pub, Marks City Grill, and Caffe Amici.  These local restaurants have teamed together to create a virtual bacchanal of culinary experiences! Enjoy one each night or a couple a day.

Let the week lead into the weekend and see the rest of what Columbus has to offer! Stay over Friday night, then Saturday visit one of the largest open-air markets in the South in Uptown. The locals call it Market Days and it’s on Broadway. It’s all about local crafts, food, baked goods, fresh produce from local farmers, and so much more! For lunch, take a stroll around town and take part in the “Bites of Uptown Food Tour” with 7 tasting locations over 3 hours!

If you want great southern food in a unique environment, Columbus is the place to be the last week in July! And, every week for that matter! 

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HUGE Weekend Coming Up in Columbus with THREE Major Events!

Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | Permalink


(Kayakers on the Chattahoochee River in Uptown Columbus)



HUGE Weekend Coming Up in Columbus with THREE Major Events!


You HAVE to join us in Uptown Columbus this weekend! Great sports do not always involve a ball! Sometimes, they involve wheels, paddles, and speed on the river and the road! This weekend, Columbus will be hosting international sporting events with some great food and music thrown in as well. Local experts and community leaders are saying this is one of the biggest weekends of the year for our city and are telling everyone to come out and support the festivities. Burgers, Bicycles, and Boats? Okay, that was a poor attempt at alliteration, but it gets to the point. With 3 major events this weekend, Columbus is going all out to put itself on display, not just to the region, but to the world!


The first event is an international cycling event. Our paper, the Ledger-Enquirer reports,


A major international cycling event, the Union Cyclist International Eliminator World Cup, will be held Saturday and Sunday. The 500-meter course traveled by pro and amateur mountain bike riders will be contained to the 1000 block of Broadway It is one of a series with stops in places such as Beirut in Lebanon, Volterra in Italy, Antwerp in Belgium and Winterberg in Germany.

Next, is fun on the river with international paddle championship:


Saturday and Sunday, the Chattahoochee River will be host to the 2017 WPA Paddle Championships presented by Salt Life, with other events being held in places such as Puerto Rico and Japan. The racing action will take place on the flat water below the Riverwalk by the cascading staircase across from the Phenix City Amphitheater. The paddling will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and a $15,000 prize is being offered.

After all of that road and river racing, enjoy the 3rd Annual Bud & Burgers Cook-Off in partnership with Anheuser-Busch on Saturday from 4pm-9pm. Grillers will be coming in from across the region to present their best offerings from the grill for cash prizes, so the fire and as well as the competition will be red hot! Enjoy entertainment from DJ Dave Arwood and live bluegrass music by Blackberry Possum.


Becca Zajac from Uptown Columbus says, “We believe this weekend will be the highlight of the year for residents and tourists in Columbus.”


Actually, we think it will too! But, then again, we think that just about every weekend in Columbus is one of the highlights of the year! We’re kind of biased that way! 

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Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Permalink


Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!


There is plenty to do this coming Memorial Day weekend in Columbus as Summer officially begins with Hoochee Fest, a celebration of music, food, classic cars, and fun for the whole family in Columbus near the Chattahoochee River at 1301 Victory Drive.

It starts at 8am on Saturday morning and goes until 8pm Sunday night (May 27-28), so plan to stay for the weekend!


Enjoy the car, truck, and motorcycle show with classic cars - especially old VW Bugs. There will be a Drone Race sponsored by Scumbugs, a Swap Meet, a Car Corral, live music throughout the weekend, pony rides, crafts, food, and much more!


With Spring here and the weather behaving beautifully, every weekend during this time of year involves plenty to do in the Columbus area. Whitewater rafting, the open air market on Saturday morning along Broadway, long walks along tree lined streets, great food, high quality plays/theater, live music, and so much more!

Come for Hoochee Fest and Go All Out for everything else Columbus has to offer this weekend!   

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All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, History, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Friday, May 19, 2017 | Permalink


All Out Fave: Adventure Edition


What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?


Do you have a favorite adventure activity or spot in Columbus? Share photos of your #AllOutFave adventures in the Columbus region during the month of May for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more!


Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau’s  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media pages using the hashtag #AllOutFave. Make sure your post or photo is set to PUBLIC, so we’re able to see that you tagged us!








The contestant with the most shares, comments and likes will win a grand prize package for two that includes a one-night stay in Columbus, zip line adventure, bike rentals and complimentary lunch and dinner in Uptown Columbus.


The contest begins at May 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at May 31, 2017, noon EST. (“Contest Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at its sole discretion.


For more information, please visit or call 706-322-1613.



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Frogtown Crawfish Festival Kicks off Friday in Woodruff Park!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, May 12, 2017 | Permalink

Frogtown Crawfish Festival Kicks off Friday, May 12 in Woodruff Park!


Looks like another perfect Spring weekend to get out find some fun adventures in Columbus, GA!  And one thing you really should put on your list to check out is the 2017 Frogtown Crawfish Festival in Woodfuff Park in Uptown Columbus.  

This will be the 10th year for this festival and it all kicks off Friday, May 12 (6:00-11:30pm) and all day on Saturday with things cranking up at 10:00am and going all the way until 11:30pm.


Both days will be full of all sorts of fun—anything from arts & crafts, games, inflatables, raffles—stuff everyone in the family will enjoy.  If it’s live music you’re in the mood for, take a beach chair, find a good spot and prepare to be entertained! 

On the line-up is a Pink Floyd Tribute Band, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Groove Monkeys, Stay Classy, Misty Harbor, Damn Skippy and lots more.

And you can’t have a Crawfish Festival without loads of great food…including a Crawfish Boil both days.  I’ve never had the chance to sample this delicacy, so this will be my chance to give it a try!



It’s only $10 for adult entry and kids 12 and under get in free, so this is a perfect family outing…and you get to dive into a big bowl of delicious crawfish! That does look pretty tasty!!

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Go for All Out Fun at Uptown’s RiverFest This Weekend!

Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Permalink

Go for All Out Fun at Uptown’s RiverFest This Weekend!


Columbus is preparing for the beginning of its Summer Whitewater Season with one of the biggest weekends of the year, the Uptown RiverFest! Music, food trucks, activities, dragon boat races, fun and games for the family, and whole lot more! It will all happen at Woodruff Park on May 5th and 6th and the festival is FREE!


The Columbus riverfront will be full of activity this weekend with stand-up paddling, kayaking, rafting, and zip lining with Whitewater Express.


The Dillingham Street Bridge will be the site of food trucks and booths from local restaurants. There will be booths for crafts and local art as well. Live music will be filling up the evenings and of course, all the restaurants and shops on Broadway will be open and welcoming. It really is one of the best weekends of the year to visit Columbus!


There’s still time to make plans and make a weekend out of it. Stay in one of our Uptown hotels so that everything is within walking distance. We hope to see you! 

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Go All Out for Our Uptown Concert Series!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Permalink

Go All Out for Our Uptown Concert Series!


Spring evenings in Uptown Columbus are the perfect time for a great meal at one of our great restaurants, a walk along the river or Broadway, and our Uptown Concert Series on Friday nights in April and May. We’ve been enjoying the concerts and, before the Spring is over, we’d love you to join us!


The next Uptown Concert is on April 28th from 7-10pm on the 1000 block of Broadway. The Party At the Limit Band will be performing and they’ve got something for everyone!


Party At The Limit Band (The Party ATL Band), is KLF Pro Entertainment’s non-stop party machine, offering clients a DJ & Live Band combo. This eight-piece group features three outstanding vocalists, two awesome horn players, and a funky fresh rhythm section that’s second to none! The DJ feature gives clients the best of both worlds for an unforgettable experience! Clients are fascinated by their extensive song list that includes Rock, Motown, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, and current hits, that’s sure to capture your favorite song during the night.


Dinner, coffee, some ice cream, a walk, and a concert with friends and people from all over the region all make for a great Friday night in the Spring in Columbus! We hope you can join us for our next concert on April 28th! These Friday night concerts continue every Friday night in May as well, so make it a part of your week. If you’re coming from out of town, stay overnight and go to Market Days on Broadway the next morning and make a getaway weekend out of it! What a great way to go all out on a Friday night in Columbus! 

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Three Major Spring Festivals Over the Next Month!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, April 7, 2017 | Permalink

With the warm weather of Spring upon us, Columbus is going all out to enjoy the warm days and cool nights with a trio of outdoor festivals at the river over the next few weeks! Don’t say you don’t have anything to do! Columbus is inviting you down to the river for whitewater fun, great food, music, and tons of outdoor activities for the whole family!


Explore Georgia highlights the upcoming festivals. 


First is Paddle South, April 14-15th, at the Eagle and Phenix water tower. The 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will be taking place. That will be great, but I’m even more excited about the accompanying beer and barbecue festival with around 20 BBQ vendors putting out their very best offerings!

Nothing says Spring in the South like sitting along the river and eating BBQ! Entrance is $5 for the festival. 


Next up is Uptown’s RiverFest on May 5th and 6th. This is one of the biggest events of the year on Columbus and officially kicks off the Whitewater Season. Events will take place all weekend in Woodruff Park and all over the RiverWalk with the kickoff of the Uptown Concert Series and many other activities. And, it is all FREE! 


Finally, we have the 10th Annual Frogtown Crawfish Festival happening the next weekend at Woodruff Park along the river on Friday, May 12th, from 5pm to 11pm and Saturday, May 13th, from 9am to 11pm. This festival will include live music, food, inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors, games, and, of course, a massive crawfish boil. Admission is $10, but kids 12 and under get in free!


Spring Festival season in Columbus provides so many opportunities to Go All Out! We hope to see you there! 

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PaddleSouth means more than just kayaks in the river!

Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Permalink

No doubt the highlight of the upcoming 2017 PaddleSouth competition will be the unparalleled talent showing off their kayaking skills on the Columbus, GA Whitewater Course, April 14-15.  But don't forget about all the other stuff happening as part of this event!  We've teased you with details on the freestyle kayak action and the tempting aroma of the barbecue competition, but don't overlook some of the other components of this jam-packed weekend like the Omaha Brewing Biergarten and all the live music on stage.

Beer lovers rejoice!  The Omaha Brewing Biergarten will offer a spectacular view of the Chattahoochee River while you enjoy some liquid refreshment from Columbus’ closest craft brewery. Bringing multiple craft beers, this section of the festival promises to be a hot-spot!  

And nothing goes better with ice cold brew than some incredible live music and PaddleSouth has got the music covered!  Caleb Gambel has a voice like butter and Big Saxxy was born to amaze with his top notch saxophone talent.  They'll be on stage from 4:00-6:00pm.   Then, sticking with the southern, down-by-the-river theme, festival goers will get down to Blackberry Possum, a local bluegrass band.  

Boats, Beer, and Bands.  The 2017 PaddleSouth Compeption sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

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Paddle South Events—Freestyle Kayaking National Championships

Events, River Fun, on Monday, March 20, 2017 | Permalink


Paddle South Events


So, last time we teased you with a major event headed to Columbus very soon.  It’s called Paddle South and it’ll be held at the Columbus Ga Whitewater Park, April 14-15, 2017, and will consist of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and a beer and barbeque festival.  All kinds of good things to get you out of the house and to shake off any remaining winter-doldrums.


Freestyle Kayaking National Championships


Here’s a bit more info about the Freestyle Kayaking Nationals.  Look for the action to take place on “The Good Wave,” so stake out a place on The Island to watch their moves and maneuvers.  In case you aren’t familiar with it, The Good Wave is part of this extraordinary urban whitewater course—the longest in the world—and is a man-made wonder that results in a perpetual wave of water that beckons kayakers, rafters and surfers alike to challenge their talents. These kayakers, some of the best from around the world, will be competing for the national championship title throughout the entire weekend. On Friday evening, the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end around 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning, the competition will kick back off at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m.  Sounds like this is going to be epic.


More details and info about the other aspects of Paddle South are up next!

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Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show!

Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 17, 2017 | Permalink


Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show, Live Music, Great Food, and More!


St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is here and maybe it snuck up on you and you don’t have any plans? We’ve got some ideas for you! Put your green on and head to Broadway in Columbus for the “St. Patrick’s Day on Broadway” on Friday, March 17th from 4:00 - 8:30pm (and I’m sure there will be activities after that. Start at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub & Eatery with live Irish music by Wolf & Clover and then experience the Celtic sounds of the international touring Irish rock band, Seven Nations Army at 6:30pm.)


After that, plan to attend the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Show all weekend long. “Vendors from all over the Southeast will be selling vintage, re-purposed, original art, salvaged, and handmade goods at the Columbus Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.” The General Admission hours are Friday, March 17 – 10am-6pm; Saturday, March 18 – 10am-6pm; and Sunday, March 19  – 12pm-5pm.


If you like the idea of the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show but can’t make it this weekend, be sure to check out the weekly Market Days on Broadway, an Uptown street market with over 200 vendors every Saturday all year long. It is in full swing during the Spring with crafts, food, entertainment, and all kinds of items from vendors throughout the area!


And, if you miss the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the music, food, and festivities, no worries on that account either! The incredible secret of Columbus is that we have things like this going on every weekend, especially during the Spring, with live music, great food, art, world class museums, outdoor activities and sports, excursions into nature, and adventures in history.  Whether it is this weekend or the next, check out what Columbus has to offer!

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Paddle South is Coming to Columbus, GA!

Events, River Fun, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Permalink

Paddle South is Coming to Columbus, GA!


I have to admit…I’ve tried my hand at some flatwater kayaking, but haven’t taken the plunge (sorry for the pun!) into the more adventurous side of this sport, but I do love to watch these guys in action down at The Island along the river.  Looks like we’ll have an opportunity to see some real experts doing their thing next month with the Paddle South event.  This is a 2-day event consisting of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships—yep, a national championship right here in Uptown Columbus, April 14-15, 2017!  The only thing that could make this better would be to throw in a beer and barbeque festival and that’s exactly what’s in the line-up.  This is the perfect way for families to get outside and enjoy nature and some amazing food.


So why Columbus, GA?  Well, we just happen to be home of the longest urban whitewater course in the world—there’s just nothing else like it anywhere else.  Not to mention, Columbus is a great place for families to escape the ordinary on an affordable budget with true Southern hospitality.  There aren’t many places where you’ve got a small city feel with adventures that give families big thrills.  But adventure isn’t the only thing you’ll find here.  There are nationally-recognized museums, Broadway-style entertainment, and a place that will even take you on a mission to the Moon and beyond.


Now you know a bit more about Columbus and want to find out more about this cool Paddle South event, we’ll be posting more info here over the next few days and weeks.  This has Spring Break vacation-destination written all over it!

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What are your #AllOutFave places for art in Columbus, Georgia!

Arts, Events, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Permalink

What are your #AllOutFave places for art in Columbus, Georgia!


Art is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. What’s your favorite piece of art; or better yet, favorite place that you retreat to find inspiration?


Share photos of your #AllOutFave art spots in the Columbus region during the month of March for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more! Your story is just as important. Here’s an important piece of information -- entries must include a 50-word story (a description) of why this location is your favorite.


Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo along with your story -- 50 words or less -- to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media pages using the hashtag #AllOutFave. Make sure your post or photo is set to PUBLIC, so we’re able to see that you tagged us!








The contestant with the most shares, comments and likes will win a grand prize package for two that includes a one-night stay in Columbus, zip line adventure, bike rentals and complimentary lunch and dinner in Uptown Columbus.


The contest begins at March 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at March 31, 2017, noon EST. (“Contest Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at its sole discretion.


For more information, please visit or call 706-322-1613.

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Spring Is Here! Go OUTSIDE!

Events, River Fun, on Monday, February 27, 2017 | Permalink


Bike the Fall Line Trace through Columbus


This is the season you’ve been waiting for in Columbus. Even though we’ve had a warm winter, many of us weren’t in the frame of mind to really enjoy the outdoors. We had that “winter” mindset, put on a few pounds, and kept expecting it to be cold, but it rarely was. Even though the calendar doesn’t say so, Spring is here; the weather is officially warm and that means that it is time to get in the game, go outside, and enjoy what nature has to offer in the Columbus area - and the offerings are extensive!


Actually, we don’t just invite you to “go” outside - we invite you to explore, embrace, experience, and conquer the outside! A few ideas:


Whitewater rafting on the longest urban whitewater course in the world!


If you want to enjoy the river but want a calmer, more relaxing experience, we have flat water rides for the whole family.


Want to get above the water and fly through the air? Try the Zip Line experience with the Blue Heron Adventure over the Chattahoochee!


Want to roll instead of raft or fly? Why don’t you “Ride the Outside”? Check out bike trails and paths around the city and on into nature, including the 11 mile Fall Line Trace.


You could also enjoy geocaching and birding as you search to “Find the Outside.”


This is just a little bit of what a weekend in Columbus in the Spring has to offer. Change into your shorts and flip flops, pull out your gear, and get ready for the Spring - the best time of year in the South. And, Columbus is better at enjoying it than anywhere else!

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Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Accommodations, on Monday, February 13, 2017 | Permalink

Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends



What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? It falls on a Tuesday this year, so many couples make plans for the weekend before or the weekend after. Columbus has opportunities available for romantic evenings of fine dining, music, walks along Broadway and the Riverwalk, taking in a play or musical, spending time at a coffee shop or getting ice cream in buildings over a century old, and just taking in the atmosphere. From museums to outdoor activities to everything that gives you a chance to relax, relate, and have fun together, Columbus is the perfect weekend getaway for couples.


And, if you still don’t have Valentine’s Day plans, give your significant other a card that says you’re going to Columbus next weekend! We’ll set you up with plenty to do!


On Valentine’s Day itself, visit the River Center for the Performing Arts and their presentation of Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles at 7:30pm.


Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!


That night, or the next weekend, plan a dinner at 11th and Bay Southern Table or Epic Restaurant with Chef Jamie Keating. They are taking reservations for Valentine’s Day now!


Columbus has many other great restaurants, coffee shops, music clubs, hotels, museums, and great neighborhoods to explore. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day or weekend than with a visit to a new city to explore all it has to offer?

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Go All Out for Ice Hockey in Columbus!

Events, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | Permalink


Go All Out for Ice Hockey in Columbus!


You might not think that South Georgia and hockey go together, but they do! The Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League are the local equivalent of the New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks! Playing at the Columbus Civic Center, a Cottonmouths game truly is an experience for the whole family to enjoy. For hockey fans in the South, a Cottonmouth’s game is one of the best regional experiences available. Combining the fun of a minor league sports experience with top flight hockey, catching a Cottonmouths game is a great way to spend an evening.


Check out the Cottonmouth’s schedule here. Home games are available for every weekend in February!


Many visitors to Columbus come for one event and then choose to stay for the whole weekend! Come to take in a professional ice hockey game, stay the night, visit some of the local museums and attractions, enjoy the outdoors, and grab a great meal at one of our top restaurants. There really is so much to do in Columbus, especially as the winter goes on and begins to turn into Spring, which always comes early in Columbus. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, combining events, games, the theater, great food and music, Southern architecture, tree-lined streets, and Southern charm makes for a great weekend no matter what time of year it is!

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Wintertime Fun in Columbus, GA?  You Bet!!

Arts, Events, on Friday, January 27, 2017 | Permalink

Well, this time last week, we were battening down the hatches to get ready for some very extreme and unusual January weather, which unfortunately, was about as severe as originally forecast.  Thankfully, there’s a much brighter, albeit cooler, outlook for this weekend! 


If you’re thinking because we are in the middle of winter there probably isn’t that much to get out and do…think again.  One look at the Event Calendar will wake you up out of the doldrums and get you excited about exploring all that’s going on in your own back yard.


You can find fun things for your kids to do at Oxbow Meadows, especially with their Winter Bingo event that even includes a nature walk to find the playing-pieces! 

If you’re happy to get out and have some fun but would rather stay indoors, then take a look at all that’s going on at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter this weekend.  There’s Comedy Tonight with the Family Theatre or you can be a part of the action with Sherlock’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. 

The list of happenings is pretty extensive this weekend so it’s time to make plans now…and get out and enjoy!

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Go All Out for Dinner and a Play on a Winter Weekend

Arts, Good Eats!, on Friday, January 20, 2017 | Permalink

Go All Out for Dinner and a Play on a Winter Weekend

With the new year starting and the holidays behind us, it is time to begin anew and get back into some rhythm and routine. But, part of that routine should be regular excursions into the arts, food, music, and weekends spent relaxing, exploring, and recharging. Columbus enables you to do that in many ways, but one of the specific jewels of the city is the Springer Opera House and their amazing productions. Of Mice and Men is the next play up in the Springer schedule and taking in a performance over the next couple of weeks should be at the center of weekend plans.


The description of the adaptation of this classic Steinbeck novel:


Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.

Showtimes: January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM & January 29 at 2:30 PM

And, before the play (or after), check out 11th and Bay, one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus. 11th and Bay is a “Southern table” restaurant that takes some of the best local fare that Georgia and the Deep South has to offer, combines it with a unique twist with culinary influences from around the world, and creates an experience that will leave you thinking about it months later. The photo is of their scallops that we had months ago and it is still remembered fondly! Time to go back for more!

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