As summer gets closer, and you are looking for unique ways to engage the outdoors mixing adventure, whitewater and sunshine, make sure you zip up your bags and zip over to Columbus for an adventure you’ll never forget! The dual zip line over the Chattahoochee River is the only zip line in America that connects two states. It is 1,200 feet long and riders experience speeds up to 40 mph as they glide around 125 feet over the river from Georgia to Alabama. Watch the rafters and kayakers battle the river below as you fly overhead. Then, finish the trip with another 400-foot extension into the woods along the Chattahoochee before you head back to your starting point!
The dual zip line is just another way that Columbus seeks to take the beauty and adventure inherent in the city’s surroundings and create ways for people to engage with the environment instead of just observe it. Instead of just taking a walk along the river, get in it! Fly over it on a zip line! Raft it. Kayak it. Experience the strength and power of it. Feel the wind on your body as you strap in and take that first, adrenaline-surging step off of the platform. Feel the drop before the line catches you and send you hurtling across the river through the air. It’s a dual line, so you can share the adventure with a friend or family member. Put the Go-Pro on, record the fun and share it with a friend. Your adventure weekend to Columbus will take on a new perspective as you sail over the Chattahoochee.
Columbus is a city that calls us to “Go All Out!” Before you visit, make sure to check the Columbus CVB’s visitor resources.
Visit Whitewater Express to get you started with your zip line adventure, whitewater rafting, kayaking or other outdoor activities. There’s so much to do when you visit Columbus, GA!
Categories: River Fun, on Monday, May 23, 2016
With all the access to lakes and rivers around here, chances are you've fished, boated, kayaked, rafted, skied, and maybe even taken a dip to cool off on one of our many hot summer days. But how about this for something different? Have you ever gone for a Moonlight Paddle? I haven't but this sounds pretty interesting! It's something going on this weekend with Outside World and now I know we are a few days away yet from the weekend, but this is one of those events where you need to register ahead of time because there is a very limited number of folks who can participate. It's the first Moonlight Paddle of the season and you'll get to paddle around beautiful Lake Oliver under a full moon with the guides from Outside World! It's about a 4-mile adventure and should last about 3 hours. It all kicks off at 8:30pm this Saturday (May 21) and the cost is $20, $15.00 If you supply your own kayak/equipment. Maybe it's just the romantic in me, but this has first date potential written all over it!
There are plenty of other things to get out and do this weekend and to find out all the details, just head to the Event Calendar to get the scoop!
Categories: River Fun, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. This mantra has become a guiding ideal for those who are seeking to be more rooted in their communities and to experience all that a region has to offer. From local farms and the restaurants that serve their produce to local craft makers who create the beauty that fills our homes, culture thrives when a city and region is able to show off what it brings from the ground up and what it makes with its own hands and heart. Columbus doesn’t hold these treasures back, but goes all out by putting its culture, produce and art on full display!
Did you know that one of the premier farmer’s markets and craft fairs in the South happens every week in Uptown in Columbus, GA? Every Saturday morning between 9am and noon, the 900-1100 blocks of Broadway are jam packed with over 200 different vendors selling local produce, baked goods and more to eat, along with handcrafted goods for you and your home.
Now that summer is barreling in, the fresh tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will be overflowing baskets brought straight from the farm. Local honey from beekeepers, homemade preserves and jellies, soaps, candles, jewelry, crafts, local musicians and more will line the street for blocks.
If you want a fresh, organic experience to go along with meal preparation for the week, as well as to engage in a search for that perfect handcrafted piece of jewelry or art for your home, Broadway on Saturday mornings offers it all. But, more than that, it is a place and time for the community to gather, have a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe and watch the people go by as the vendors sell their goods. It is a place to take in the beauty of spring and experience the bounty of Columbus and its surrounding farms and the creativity of its artistic community. Whether you live in Columbus or are coming in for the weekend, Market Days needs to be on your list!
Spring is festival season in the South and Columbus knows how to throw a party. This weekend, visitors and residents get the chance to "Go all out!" at the annual Uptown Riverfest in Woodruff Park overlooking the whitewater rapids of the Chattahoochee River. Starting at 6pm on Friday, May 6th and ending around midnight on May 7th, there will be outdoor concerts, food vendors, Dragon Boat races, whitewater rafting, arts and crafts for sale and the city on display for all to enjoy. Don't say that you have nothing to do this weekend. Columbus is ready to be explored!
Where else can you go and have access to all of this for free? There is no charge to enter the festival, but of course, you will want to buy food from many food trucks and vendors at Woodruff Park and on Dillingham Street. And, you will want to arrive early for the Dragon Boat races at 9am on the river at the Columbus Convention Center. Then, you will want to walk over to Woodruff Park for the Boy Scout Expo at 10am (especially if you have kids!) for all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.
Interested instead in shopping from local artists and designers? Then the Indie South Fair beginning at 10am on Dillingham Street is more your style. There will also be arts and craft vendors set up all over Woodruff Park. If you get hungry (and you will!), food trucks and vendors will be set up on the Dillingham Street Bridge with a wide variety of culinary offerings perfect for a spring festival.
Are you a music fan? Friday and Saturday evenings will feature one live band after another on the Woodruff Park stage, including Earth, Wind, and Fire and Fleetwood Mac tribute bands as well as regional artists like Lloyd Buchanan & Cubed Roots, who toured with the Grammy Award winning Alabama Shakes in 2015!
Friday, May 6
6pm: Alanna Royale
7pm: Chemistry Project Band
9pm: Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire
Saturday, May 7th
9am: Dragon Boat Races
10am: Boy Scout Expo10am: Indie South Fair's Curated Market
4pm: Aces and 8s
5pm: Joe Country
6pm: The Shelby Brothers
7pm: Tusk, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
9pm: Lloyd Buchanan & Cubed Roots
10:45pm: Common Rival
Week after week, Columbus gives visitors and residents alike the chance to "Go all out!" and experience the outdoors, amazing food, great music, and one cultural experience after another. This weekend is another chance at Riverfest. Don't miss it!
Alan Cross, author and public policy influencer, recently visited Columbus, GA and shared his thoughts with us about his experience on a normal day. What a great perspective from a first-time visitor to Columbus!
If you are considering a visit to Columbus, GA when it “goes all out,” you might be thinking about coming for a huge event like RiverFest in May to enjoy food, music and activities. Or, you might want to try the longest urban whitewater course on in the world, visit world-class museums, or taste from the many restaurants that the Fountain City has to offer. As for me, I love experiences like that, but I also like to see a city on a normal day when it’s not expecting visitors and is just being itself.
Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Deep South when everything is in bloom, and the air is thick with the smell of honeysuckle and dogwood blossoms. Columbus embodies this and more. As I took an afternoon stroll on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, I was struck by life breaking out all around me. Kids were running and exploring fountains at the Splash Pad. People were fishing. Kayakers were navigating the rapids below, and you could hear laughing with every splash of whitewater. People were jogging at the end of a beautiful day. There were couples and families everywhere from different heritages enjoying the sunshine. When Columbus thought no one was looking, it was peaceful and invited you to partake in the art of life painted in front of you. The city found another way to "go all out."
It was just a normal evening in late April, but as the river roared and the sun set on the Chattahoochee, the breeze reminded me again that the cool of spring was giving way to the warmth of the coming season. Summer is breaking in and you can feel it in the air, hear it in the laughter of the rafters and children playing. Everyone seems anxious to get on with the season's change much like the river itself can't keep from bounding over rocks and rushing through channels forged by time, water and the energy that is in this place ready to be unleashed.
Summer will have so much more to offer and it will all be on display. As for me, I found something meaningful and soul awakening at the end of a normal day in Columbus when the city thought no one was looking!
Click to find Resources in the Guide for your visit to Columbus, GA.
Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, April 28, 2016
ALL OUT HIP! -- Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival--April 16th
If you enjoy Uptown’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival, then you have another annual festival to look forward to this year! Uptown Columbus announced a new festival this Spring featuring all things Georgia Made. Visit Columbus, Ga. on April 16th for the the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival, and sample over 100 different Georgia made beers and wines, listen to music from indie rock band The Weeks and munch on Georgia themed food items! There are a limited 1,500 tickets being sold, so be sure to get yours fast.
How does the festival work? Attendees pay an entrance fee, and are given a souvenir sample mug. They then have the opportunity of unlimited samplings once they get into the festival. Attendees can leave their wallets behind, unless they want to try some of the food vendors! Food vendors will be challenged with offering Georgia themed items on its menu. White Oak Pastures, Barberitos, WheelHaus Provisions and Philly-osophy will all be in attendance.
The Weeks, an indie rock band out of Florence, Mississippi will be performing during the festival. Their sound is one of rock and roll with a touch of southern heat. They have played at Bonnaroo, Hangout, Shakey Knees and Austin City Limits. Currently working on a new album, this band is not one to be missed!
Did we mention that the festival overlooks the Columbus GA Whitewater course? As you listen to great music and sip on beer and wine, you will watch rafters take on the whitewater course, and zippers soar across the Chattahoochee River!
This will surely be another annual festival that everyone looks forward to in Columbus. If you love beer, wine & good music, the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival is not to be missed. The festival is selling a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase sooner than later. To purchase tickets visit springeroperahouse.org.
You only need to step outside and see the sun a little higher in the sky, the temps climbing a bit, and of course even a few yellow particles of pollen already floating in the air, and you know Spring is just around the corner. Just 9 more days and we'll be cranking up one of the best times all year to get outside, find new adventures and events to enjoy, brush away the cobwebs of Winter and clear your head. And speaking of events, I can promise you this new season is bringing lots and lots of both indoor and outdoor fun and one of the best ways you can keep track of it all is by hopping onto the Event Calendar to get all the who, what, when and where info.
Spring hasn't even offically sprung yet, but just take a look at all that's going on this weekend! Tonight it all kicks off with the Synovus Toast of the Town at RiverMill Event Center, which is a big fundraiser for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and be ready for all kinds of tasty treats like specialty beer, wine, spirits and lots of great food. And it looks like RiverMill is a hotspot this weekend because you can also take in the murder mystery with Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre, this one called, "Iceberg, Ho! THe Voyage of the S.S. Gigantic." You know the food is going to be terrific because Chef Jamie Keating is in charge and I can guarantee you'll be entertained by the theatre part...and you might even become a part of the action.
Find some old, light-colored clothes and lace up your running shoes and head to Uptown Columbus for the biggest and most fun run all year long! It's time for the annual Color Me Rad 5K and if you've never participated, it's a hoot!! Last year, there was a huge turnout and it was so cool to see groups of friends all dressed alike and families with kids in tow having a blast getting 'baptized' with the blue, pink, yellow, orange, and purple colors. Even if you don't run or walk, it's a site to see!
And you can cap off this weekend with some mellow sounds from one of the best musicians on the planet, Chris Botti. He's a Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter and I hear he's also a great storyteller and loves audience interaction during the performance. Got my tickets already and really looking forward to this one at RiverCenter this Saturday night.
That's just a taste of what's going on this weekend...so just you wait until Spring REALLY gets here...it's going to be epic!
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Categories: Events, on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Well, it's time to undecorate the tree, pack away all the holiday sparkles, and get your house, and routine, back in order. It's always a little sad when all the festivities are over, but now we have entire new adventures to look forward to in 2016.
And if you're thinking that January is just cold, lifeless, and completely devoid of things to do...well, that's where you're wrong. It might finally get a little chilly around here--it is winter after all--but January is shaping up to be full of events like half-marathons and 5k runs, there's a huge Wedding Extravaganza, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has a major performance planned, the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and the Springer Opera House are right in the middle of their busy seasons, and you know there's always something going on in Uptown Columbus so be on the lookout for Market Days on Saturday and even a new Happy Hour Tour!
Here's wishing you a happy and healthy 2016...and the time to get out and take in some fun!
This is December, right? We are only 10 or so days away from the start of winter, right? And it's HOW HOT outside?! Oh well, you've got to love this Georgia weather. What's the old saying about our weather..."Wait 10 minutes and it'll change!" So if this warmer-than-it's-supposed-to-be-this-time-of-year-weather has you struggling to get into the holiday spirit, thank goodness for central air conditioning! You've got plenty of options to step inside some amazing facilities and take in their Christmas festivities and performances...not to mention some cool air.
And around these parts, nothing says bring on the egg nog season more than "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer Opera House. Whether you go every single year because you know how funny this show is (that would be me), or if this will be your first-ever experience, it's a holiday classic in Columbus.
I mean just look at these faces...
The Springer is a busy place this season with another production on the mainstage..."Beauty & The Beast." That's a show all ages will love and the good news about this one is that it's going on until December 23 (just like "Tuna") so if you can't work it in this weekend, make it a date a little later in the month.
Just across the street at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, they also have a couple of great performances to take in including another Christmas classic, the Columbus Ballet's "The Nutcracker." With a cast of over 100 performers, live orchestra, incredible costumes and acclaimed guest artists, we're talking about a big production. You can catch this one Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon (Dec. 12 & 13). Then on Tuesday, Fancy Nancy hits the stage with her "Splendiferous Christmas" special and this is a must for Fancy Nancy Fans!
And so we don't forget the real meaning of the season, the Historic Liberty Theatre presents their 3rd annual production of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity." This show will run December 11-13 and is a joyous gospel musical celebrating the birth of Christ.
Now, if it just gets too hot or too hectic with all the Christmas shopping or if you have a house full of relatives visiting, strap on your skates and go do a little ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink or get strapped in at the Blue Heron Adventure for the Hap-Hap-Happiest of Christmas Zips and zip line your way from Georgia to Alabama across the Chattahoochee River! Believe me, you'll know it when you see it because the staff has decorated the jump tower in a fashion that would make Clark Griswold a happy man!
This weekend is shaping up to be the winner of the year as far as having the most fun packed into these 48 or so hours! Want to know the Top 10 things you should check out? Then click away to see what the cool folks at Electric City Life have uncovered and start planning how you're going to do all this stuff!!!
Broadway Holiday Snow Fun!
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends......but when it's time to get those family and friends out of the house this holiday weekend, there's still plenty for you to get out and do! Pile everyone up in the car and take the short trip to Callaway Gardens and drive through the magic of Fantasy in Lights--one of the largest outdoor holiday lights events in this part of the world. In fact, there are over 8 MILLION lights to dazzle you. And the weather looks perfect for it this weekend.
To keep the winter theme going and to work off a little of that dressing and pumpkin pie, lace up your skates at the Columbus Ice Rink and take a few turns gliding on the ice. They have skates for you to rent and if you're like me...plenty of wall to hang on to! The rink will be open Friday-Sunday from 4:00-9:00pm.
Or how about just kicking back and enjoy some incredible harmonies with the group "Straight No Chaser!" They'll be performing one show only at RiverCenter this Saturday night (Nov. 28) at 7:30pm. I hear these guys are an unforgettable live act and they'll be doing new works from their latest album. Sounds like this is going to be quite a show!
From all of us at the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
No need to get into panic mode yet, but can you believe we're about 35 days away from Christmas Day? And before I even ask the question, I'll shame myself and answer-- "Guilty...haven't even made a list, much less bought any gifts yet!" Guess it's time to get shopping, but instead of heading to the same old stores looking at the same types of gifts you bought last year, why not try something a little different and check out some of the amazing artwork at the Christmas Open House at the Gallery on 10th. I popped in there the other day to look around and was astonished at the level of talent on display from artists here in Columbus and the area. Why can't I have that kind of hand-eye-brain coordination? Oh well, at least I know what I like and can purchase a piece for someone special or to go in my own house. A bit of original art can change the look of an entire room and many of the pieces of art will be priced under $100. And make sure you register for the Gallery on 10th "Gift Basket of Art." So take a few minutes to swing by the Open House this Sunday (Nov 22) from 2:00-4:00pm and they're located at #9 10th Street, right before you get to Broadway. Happy Shopping!
"The Holidays are creeping in, but we still have some fall functions left full of flavor and fun. Here is a look at the seven events in our area, kicking off today...(read more)
"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all of the daylight hours in the open air."
Sure wish I could take credit for something that lovely and poetic, but that's something Nathaniel Hawthorne so eloquently came up with many moons ago. But I certainly agree with his sentiment and love of this season and it's a good thing we've got plenty to keep us busy and out and about this weekend. So what might you be in the mood for? Football, got that. Marathons, check. Live comedy, you bet. A singing, dancing, cross-dressing character from Transylvania...yep, even that!
Take a break and go take a look at the Event Calendar and you can find out all about the Fountain City Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium on Saturday or get details for the 2015 Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon at the National Infantry Museum. If you're a fan of the NBC hit, "Last Comic Standing," the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts has a live show tonight (11.6) with the best of the best from that show.
Head up the road a short drive to Pine Mountain for what's known as the "event of the season"...the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. Lots of great horse racing to watch and loads of other activites to make it a full day outdoors...they even have Jack Russell Terrier races which is a hoot to watch!
Don't forget this is your last weekend to catch a wacky classic--"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex. This is actually a live performance which takes the interactive experience to a whole new level! If you've been before, you know what to expect...if you haven't, well, just be prepared!!
And you can just about always count on something fun going on in the 1000 block of Broadway and tonight is no exception with the November edition of the First Friday Artwalk! It’s a very family-friendly event and they’ll have lots of different live music acts on the main stage, you can see lots of amazing art and even meet the artists, and they’ll even have these things called “Collaboration Stations” where you get to get all creative and artsy yourself…and kids will love this part too. Everything is handcrafted, hand-made or hand-painted. Nice way to kick off the weekend!
Wait. How old am I again? Obviously not too old to get excited about things like the upcoming Halloween weekend! And I have my costume ready...I may be the tallest Wednesday Addams you'll ever see, but this should be a hoot. In fact, one of the places I plan to be "creepy and kookie" as the littlest Addmas is at 14th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Festival in Uptown this Saturday afternoon. This is one of THE best places to take your kids to celebrate Halloween--it's FREE and a safe environment for the children of this area to enjoy an afternoon of ghosts and goblins, spooky activities, candy and lots of fun. There are really great costume contests that are divided into age categories and some pretty cool prizes. It all takes place in Woodruff Park on Halloween from 2:00-4:00pm. And did I mention they truck in a zillion pounds of candy? Be ready to do some serious trick or-treating!!
Categories: Events, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Categories: on Friday, October 23, 2015
Fall and all the beautiful weather are here in Columbus, GA, with an assortment of events that come with it. Find out the top 10 things to do this weekend, kicking off tonight, from the locals! The folks at Electric City Life have all the details....
No rest for the weary this weekend...and that's ok!! It's one of those weekends where you've got more than enough to choose from. In fact, the tough part is going to be deciding on where to go, how long to stay, what to do and "how am I going to work this all in during one weekend?!" Works out pretty well that many folks have Monday off for the holiday because you might need it to recuperate. Here's a very, very short sample of a few things happening but make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details on these and a boat-load of other things taking place. Need music? The Big To-Do Concert Series in Uptown cranks up the weekend with a free family concert featuring D.S.O.S. tonight at 7:00pm on Broadway or there's a really cool musical event at RiverCenter Saturday night that features Mark Wood (he used to play electric violin for the Trans Siberian Orchestra) and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Tickets for that one is only $20 and that is a real bargain! Or there's the Drum Circle in the median of Broadway Saturday night beginning at 6:00 or get energized with one of the final performances of A Chorus Line at the Springer Opera House. And don't forget about Market Days on Broadway Saturday morning--loads of fresh veggies, fruits and flowers this time of year! For kids, there's a performance of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse at the Springer Opera House, take the over to The Rock Ranch for their celebration of Official Day of the Cowboy--in fact, I hear from a reliable source that the Lone Ranger will even be there for this one! Of course, this weekend is also one of the biggest sporting weekends in Columbus with the 80th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium and it looks like a perfect day for football on Saturday! And if you want to just throw your lawn chair in the car, take the quick trip up to LaGrange, GA to Hills & Dales, then plop yourself down outside in the pecan grove and listen to story tellers weaving their tales.
And this is just the beginning of the list of stuff to do. The weekend is here, so treat yourself to a little R&R and a little fun...you deserve it!
You can bet your last dollar that as soon as we drop below 80 degrees around here, we all want to get outside and do stuff...fun stuff...and believe me when I tell you there's plenty to choose from. And since this is the first official weekend of Fall, the Event Calendar isn't letting us down with the number of choices you have of things to do over the next couple of days. Things that don't involve car pools, making it to that 8:30am meeting, or fighting with the grocery cart that has that one wobbly wheel. These are things you actually look forward to...like the Big To-Do Concert in Uptown tonight. The band Rock Candy will be on-stage and you'll be on your feet dancing. Or there's the 6th Annual Beer & Wine Festival in the Rankin Courtyard on Saturday or the Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer's (Friday at 6:00pm)...both happening in Uptown Columbus. If it's music your soul needs this weekend, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicks off their new season with a performance called "Prokofiev & Pictures" at RiverCenter this Saturday night. Even if you don't know anything about classical music, this symphony and their leader, George Del Gobbo, will make it an experience you won't forget and may even open your mind to a completely different kind of music than you're used to. Or, if your tastes lean towards something more earthy, head out to The Barn at Lake Pines Campground this Sunday afternoon for Bluegrass at The Barn. They'll have a band performing for the first hour, then for the next couple of hours, it's just a big ol' jam session, so if you have an acoustic instrument, take it with you and go make some music...or just go, kick back and take it all in!