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Go All Out for Our Uptown Concert Series!

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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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three Major Spring Festivals Over the Next Month!

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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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, April 7, 2017

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

 

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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Categories: Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 17, 2017

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

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!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VisitColumbusGA

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/VisitColumbusGA

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/columbusgeorgia

 

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 www.visitcolumbusga.com or call 706-322-1613.

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends

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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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Accommodations, on Monday, February 13, 2017

Wintertime Fun in Columbus, GA?  You Bet!!

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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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, January 27, 2017

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

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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Categories: Arts, Good Eats!, on Friday, January 20, 2017

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Looking for something to do with kids and family over the Holiday season that combines learning, art, history, and amazing experiences? The Columbus Museum has all of that in interactive displays that demonstrates the art and history of the entire region in Smithsonian-like quality. It is more of a cultural center than it is just a museum.

 

The Columbus Museum was founded in 1953 on the estate of W.C. Bradley and after expansions in 1989, has grown into one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The museum is “unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.”

 

The Museum encompasses 89,000 square feet, “including an interactive children’s gallery, a 300-seat auditorium, and a large atrium for special events. Galleries showcase both permanent and temporary exhibitions on regional history and American art, while a multimedia theater offers a film exploring the history and culture of the Chattahoochee Valley.”

 

You’ll want to be sure to visit the Chattahoochee Legacy Gallery, “which traces the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. The gallery includes archeological excavations and life-size dioramas of an ancient Native American dwelling, a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, an urban slave cabin and a 20th century army tent from Fort Benning.” School-aged children and adults will learn things they never knew before about ways that the Creek Indians and early settlers and slaves influenced the history of the region.

 

And, of course, the Columbus Museum has art. “The American art collection includes paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the Colonial period to the present. Special highlights of this tour will include artists like Charles Willson Peale, Albert Bierstadt, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis and Louise Nevelson.” In addition, visit the new permanent collection installation, By the People, For the People: 300 Years of American Art from the Permanent Collection.

 

As you plan the days after Christmas and into the New Year, the Columbus Museum is a fascinating stop for the whole family!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

 

Sleigh bells ring … snow falling … winter wonderland … white Christmas! Can you see it? Can you dream it? Well, if you are enjoying Christmas, New Year’s, and the Holiday season in the Deep South, you might not have much snow or many sleigh bells, but we have our own traditions and memory-making experiences! And, Columbus is a perfect setting for it.

 

Sometimes, just getting out in the cool air and taking a walk downtown is one of the best holiday experiences. Broadway in Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to window shop, hear some great music, have a wonderful meal, and step back in time amidst the beautiful architecture of the 1800s along the tree lined boulevard. The fountains, the gazebo, Christmas lights all over, having a latte and a pastry at the Iron Bank Coffee Co. . . . and so much more!

 

Make memories this holiday season by enjoying the new Kilwins fudge shop which just opened  at 1230 Broadway. Fudge, peanut brittle, all kinds of delectable candies, gifts, and more are now available in this newest edition of the reemergence of Broadway as a major shopping, dining, and cultural center. And, what could be better for Christmas than the aroma of fudge in an old fashioned candy shop?

 

Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to make Christmas memories for the future . . . and to think back on Christmas past. Don’t let Christmas fun and celebrations end on December 25th. Columbus will keep enjoying the season all the way through the New Year and we would love for you to join us!

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Categories: Arts, Events, The Good Guy File, Shopping, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lots of Holiday Fun to Be Had In Columbus, GA!

 

Lots of Holiday Fun to Be Had In Columbus, GA!

 

As you make your Christmas and New Year’s holiday vacation plans, make sure to check out the Columbus Calendar! Upcoming events, shows, holiday activities, shopping, dining, and so much more is happening over the next few weeks - all with holiday themes and holiday fun! Whether you are doing some final Christmas shopping (or just getting started), wanting a Christmas getaway, or are looking for a day or two of fun, rest, fine dining, and exploring in the days after Christmas, you have lots of options in Columbus.

 

What about a presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? On December 22 at 7:30pm, the River Center for the Performing Arts right in Uptown Columbus gives you an opportunity to explore the ghosts of Christmas past and future as old Ebenezer Scrooge learns what it means to be transformed by the holiday season. This classic tale will come to life for you and your family in a way that will make this season one to remember!  This particular production of A Christmas Carol will be presented by the Nebraska Theater Caravan.

 

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol, which weaves traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country.

 

Or, after the Christmas rush when all of the wrapping paper is put away and the last guests leave, make plans to come to Columbus for a getaway. Stay in one of our great hotels, eat some of the best food in the South, and take a couple of days to unwind! More on those options later … but for now, when you plan to go out over the holiday season, going all out in Columbus is sure to please and make it a truly merry Christmas!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, December 16, 2016

Go All Out Under the Sea!

Go All Out Under the Sea!

 

Do you want to do something memorable and different during the holiday season? Do you want to bring a bit of Disney into your Christmas plans? Make sure that you mark your calendars and order tickets to the historic and beautiful Springer Opera House’s production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid now through December 23! The music, acting, sets, and design will amaze and inspire you. And, of course, this is a production that is great for the whole family!

 

The Springer is a unique place to catch incredible theater productions. From its own description:

 

“The Springer Opera House is a non-for-profit professional theatre that produces 11 shows annually with some of the nation's most sought after talent from Los Angeles to New York. It is the home of the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest theatre training program for young adults in the Southeast. It is also the home of the Columbus chapter of the Georgia Film Academy. Built in 1871, the Springer is on the registry for National Historic Landmark and was named the State Theatre of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1971.”

 

While you are there for the show, plan to walk among the Christmas lights on Broadway in Uptown Columbus. Grab some dinner at one of our amazing restaurants near the river. Take in the sights and sounds and make it a weekend of Christmas fun! Columbus has more to offer than you know, but it will take you following Ariel’s lead to go all out and be part of our world!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, December 9, 2016

Go All Out For Blues, Jazz, Rock, and More

Go All Out For Blues, Jazz, Rock, and More

 

As the holidays near and you look for places to go and things to do with friends and your special someone, the music scene in Columbus is worth checking out. On 1032 Broadway, The Loft in Uptown, keeps opening their doors to some of the best local acts this side of Atlanta. A restaurant and a music club, The Loft is at the center of the Columbus musical experience throughout the week and especially on the weekends. Blues and Jazz are plentiful, but the lineup is varied with independent bands as well as touring bands from around the country. Make sure you check out The Loft’s schedule, especially during the Holidays to help create that perfect weekend.

 

If you are interested in music history, make time to also check out the Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum on 805 5th Avenue. Ma Rainey was known as the “Mother of the Blues.” She mentored and toured with some of the greatest names in blues and jazz during her time, such as Louis Armstrong, Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Blake, and more. She was revered as a pioneer of the Blues genre and her former home-turned-museum tells her story and part of the story of American music.

 

Whether you find street performers, music clubs, or voices from days gone by, music is where Columbus’ past and present meet to create a beautiful sound to carry the city into the future. Spend a weekend with us and enjoy what Columbus has to offer. Maybe you’ll leave singing a different tune than before!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stay In Columbus for the Weekend this Fall and Experience Something New!

Stay In Columbus for the Weekend this Fall and Experience Something New!

 

Enjoying a weekend getaway can be a lost art these days. In a time when we are constantly connected with our responsibilities and our schedules are almost always full with events, work, tasks, and so many things to do, just getting some time away for yourself or with your significant other can almost seem like an overwhelming task. When is the last time you planned a date with your spouse? You carved out some space for yourself to explore something new? To learn and have an enriching experience? Columbus offers you the chance to do all of that in a unique, historically rich and beautiful Southern town just waiting to be discovered.

 

As the holidays approach, think about creating a magical Christmas experience for a weekend. Take in a play at the Springer Opera House. Eat at one of Columbus’ top restaurants. Plan a visit to one of the many local attractions, such as world-class museums, theaters, or the beautiful Riverwalk. Plan to go shopping at one of the many local retail stores. And, stay for the weekend at one of Columbus’ several dozen hotels. There is so much to do, you’ll never grow bored. Or, if you just want to relax and take a walk down Broadway or along the Riverwalk after a great meal and some live music at one of several music venues Uptown, you can do that too.

 

Life doesn’t have to keep you confined to schedules, tasks, and duties. The weekend is for adventure, experiencing something new, and perhaps rekindling old flames. Columbus gives you every opportunity to experience a new take on an old Southern tradition - having fun!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Go All Out for the Columbus Walking Food Tours!

Go All Out for the Columbus Walking Food Tours!

 

“Where food meets history!”

 

Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler and Fall is officially here, Columbus throws out the white table cloths on Saturdays for a mix of history, food, and fun with the Columbus Walking Food Tours! Starting October 29th at 11am on Saturdays, join a guide for a walk through Columbus history and culinary delights. This tour will help you understand what has come before in Columbus and what is happening now in what is becoming one of the best culinary scenes in the South. There’s no hospitality like Southern hospitality, and Columbus will do you up right!

 

Your walk through Uptown Columbus and to five local eateries will give you a great taste of some of the best restaurants anywhere and will place it all in a culinary and historic context. Plus, walking from one restaurant to another will help get you prepared to try even more! Of course, this can be only one part of your weekend. Take in a show at the Springer Opera House where plays and musicals take place on the big stage. Here’s a travel tip - check out the listings for upcoming shows here; then make plans to take in dinner and a show (or a couple) for the whole weekend! Or visit a museum or take in some live music on Broadway. The choices go on and on!

 

One of the best ways to understand a city and a region is to taste the local food served up by the best of its chefs. Experiencing the art, theater, music, architecture, and history of a place helps you to appreciate the culture even more and topping that off with a “taste of the town” will leave you with a unique Southern experience that you’ll remember for a long time to come! Go all out with a pursuit of great “foodie” experiences and then come back again and again!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Weekends in Columbus, GA

 

Fall Weekends in Columbus

 

A visitor from Montgomery writes:

 

“Last weekend, I took my boys out for the day on Saturday in Uptown Columbus for lunch, some exploring, and a trip to the National Infantry Museum. We still can’t believe how much Columbus has to offer so close to Montgomery. We had a great lunch of burgers at The Black Cow, explored the history of our nation’s military in a state-of-the-art museum in Columbus, and walked along the river front watching the rafters and kayakers on a beautiful Fall Saturday evening. The boys were pretty blown away by all that they saw and I was reminded again how Columbus is becoming one of our “go to” places to visit.

 

What struck me most, though, was how much was going on on a normal Saturday in late October. There was a race happening with dozens of runners. Street musicians, People eating at outdoor cafes along Broadway and other side streets. Music was in the air and storefronts were open. People were everywhere just walking around, enjoying the day, and enjoying their company with each other. And, the unique thing about it is that there was not a major event happening. It was just a weekend in Columbus.

 

When we want to get out of town and experience something new, we go to Columbus now. I heartily recommend it and am telling everyone in Montgomery that they have to travel over to Columbus and see what is happening. Next, we are going to spend the weekend because there were too many museums and attractions to visit in just one day.”

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Monday, October 24, 2016

Spend This Weekend in Columbus at the “Way Down Film Festival”

 

Spend This Weekend in Columbus at the “Way Down Film Festival”

 

Are you a film lover? Want to meet filmmakers and hear about how films are made? Columbus is host to the Way Down Film Festival this weekend, October 21-22, at the Springer Opera House. This is the first of its kind film festival to be held in Columbus, and because of that, it promises to be a revolutionary weekend for the arts in the South.

 

The Way Down Film Festival “was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences…feeling inspired and connected.”

 

The aspirations of conference organizers are far from small, as they want to help contribute to the growing film scene in Columbus. As Georgia itself becomes a center for film making, Columbus is leveraging its artistic and dramatic history to be a part of that larger story.

 

This weekend festival promises to be one of the most interesting weekends of the year with creative, artistic, talented people putting forward their offerings. Go all out and make plans to stay the whole weekend, visit other Columbus attractions, eat some amazing food, and experience the Way Down Film Festival!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

There’s a New Event Calendar in Town!

Planning your weekends, freetime, holidays and more just got a whole lot easier with the advent of a new and improved Event Calendar that lists all sorts of activities in and around Columbus.  You can, of course, search for a particular day, a stretch of several days, whatever time frame you need.  Or you can even find out what's going on at a particular venue or search by the type of event you're looking for.  At any time, there's usually more than 500 events listed and this time of year, that number usually swells and it can be hard to keep up with what's going on, when and where!  This new Event Calendar will help you organize your fun time so you can squeeze in as much as possible.  Check it often as new events are being added all the time!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, September 30, 2016

Go All Out for Amazing Live Music in Columbus!

Go All Out for Amazing Live Music in Columbus!

 

If you love live music, Columbus is the place to be on the weekends - or during the week! Whether you are looking for local music venues like The Loft, museums that feature music pioneers like Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, or you want to visit the second oldest orchestra in the nation, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, there is something in Columbus for every kind of music lover!

 

Plan your weekend to Columbus by getting a great meal on Friday night in one of our many local restaurants and then walk over to The Loft and enjoy great music, comedy, and local artists. Wednesdays feature a quest to preserve the historic sound of Georgia Blues that has been important in shaping the local music culture. A walk along Broadway you’ll likely hear street musicians filling the night air with their offerings.

 

Perhaps musical comedy is your thing? The Springer Opera House is running Sister Act through October 9th. You won’t want to miss this hilarious and musically stunning adaptation of the 1992 film that have been loved by generations of movie goers.

 

Not many cities combine a vibrant food, music, arts, museum, and cultural history scene like Columbus does. Plan a weekend visit and take it all in. You’ll come back again and again! Check out our schedule for upcoming events, festivals, and concerts at VisitColumbusGa.com!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A River Rafter Reviews Her Columbus Experience

(A lone kayaker in the late summer afternoon on the Chattahoochee in Columbus)“The charisma of Columbus is nothing were it not for the true embodiment of hospitality. Throughout your stay, you’ll meet local paddlers, business owners, families and students whose true desire, it seems, is to share as much of their city and kindness with you as possible. If the charm of the city wasn’t enough, you may find yourself invited for a home cooked meal, game night, or the next group paddle or post-boating libation. Amidst the deep opportunity for adventure of every kind is a thread of rich, sincere welcoming to a forgotten part of the south. You’ll arrive an out-of-towner and assuredly leave as a surrogate member of this unique river community.”

Says, Lydia Cardinal, writing for the NRS (Northwest River Supply) website as she shares her experience with Columbus. Lydia shares how Columbus it is the perfect place to “go all out,” whether one wants adventure or a great meal, and how everything you would want for an incredible weekend is all in one place. This is what we’ve been saying, but it is great to hear it from a visitor in such a thorough and eloquent way!

 

This might be one of the best reviews of Columbus we’ve seen, and it comes from an expert in the river rafting scene in America and especially in the South. The fact that Columbus turned the Chattahoochee into the world’s longest urban whitewater course smack dab in the middle of a growing restaurant, arts, music, and museum scene makes a weekend spent rafting or kayaking a totally unique experience for the adventurer and foodie alike.

Fountain along Broadway, Uptown Columbus

 

Lydia’s take on Columbus, saying, “The magnetism of Columbus seems to stem from the wicked collision of a growing college town and a burgeoning outdoor scene,” and “The true beauty of Columbus is its immediacy to quality adventure, grub, and entertainment and how easily you can jump back and forth,” help paint an accurate picture of exactly what a weekend in Columbus will look like for the traveler looking for a diverse (and unique) set of experiences. And, even if you aren’t a river rafter or kayaker, the energy of the river and the adventurers that it draws help charge the whole town with a rushing sense of wonder.

 

We’re glad that Lydia came to Columbus. Read her whole article and consider how you can go all out to craft your own experience! 

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Categories: Arts, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus, GA!

Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus!

 

Did you know that the world-class National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located in Columbus and it is amazing? This massive 190,000 square foot facility has exhibits and attractions that covers the 240 year history of the United States Army Infantryman. This museum is a top military history destination in the Untied States. It simultaneously informs, raises awareness, and evokes emotion concerning the valiant sacrifice and heroism of the U.S. Army Infantry.

 

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War One, World War Two, Vietnam, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the National Infantry Museum tells the soldier’s story. With a wide array of military artifacts on display, the visitor will be able to see what soldiers used to fight the wars that defended our nation’s freedom.

The “Last Hundred Yards” is a display that marks significant battles in each of America’s major wars. Walking through this exhibit will evoke emotion and will also inform the visitor in ways that history books alone cannot. Walking through this exhibit in hushed silence with active duty and retired soldiers who were also visiting created within me a sense of awe and respect for those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation over the centuries.

 

Columbus is rich in history and celebrates and commemorates our nation’s history with skill and care. From the National Infantry Museum to the National Civil War Naval Museum that tells the story of both the Union and Confederate navies to the Columbus Museum that dramatically displays the Chattahoochee region through art and history, especially that of Native Americans - Columbus has everything that would interest and excite a history lover! There is too much to see in just one day, so make plans to come for a weekend and explore the story that Columbus tells!

 

For more information on lodgings, restaurants, attractions, and other amenities, contact the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau today! 

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Categories: Arts, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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