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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

Columbus Food Festival Coming Next Weekend!

Uptown Columbus Fall Food Truck Festival Coming Next Weekend!

Do you love regional flavors and foods of all kinds? Food trucks? Variety? Walking around and trying different options a little at a time on a gorgeous Fall day along the Chattahoochee River? Who wouldn’t love that? Well, you get a chance to experience all of that and more Saturday, November 12th during Uptown's Fall Food Truck Festival!

 

Here are the details:

 

Bring your family and friends for a day of food and fun on November 12th  from 11am until 6 pm as Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. 25+ GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS will be set up along with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! In addition to the Food Trucks, there will be a Craft Beer Garden.

 

Admission is $5 (cash only) per person; children 12 and younger are free. Credit cards and cash will be accepted by the vendors. For more information, go to www.UptownColumbusGA.com or call 706-596-0111.

 

What better way to spend a Saturday? What easier way to try those restaurants that you’ve only heard about one bite at a time? Columbus is becoming one of the better restaurant scenes in the South with great chefs opening eateries and offering their creations to the city and the region. Here’s your chance to take advantage of a great opportunity to try a little taste of Columbus at a time.

 

Columbus is a town that is designed for both residents and visitors to “Go all out!” with all kinds of experiences, tastes, sights, sounds, and adventures. Stay the weekend for the Food Festival and taste and see what Columbus really has to offer! “All out Yum!” is right!

 

  

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, on Thursday, November 3, 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

Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend

Family Action Pack – the Weekend Challenge Begins in Columbus, Georgia

November 18-20th

 

No matter the age, finding things to keep the family entertained on the weekends can be tough, and making kids put the electronics down is even harder. What do kids want these days in terms of weekend, family getaways? How about something they’ll remember for years to come? Challenge your family to an adventure packed weekend full of racing, rafting, zip lining, simulators and foodie fun.

 

Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend -- The family that adventures together, stays together. TriColumbusGa is hosting its third annual Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race November 19th. The race is open to all levels, requiring minimal orienteering or map reading skills, and it’s perfect for an adventurous family. The race consists of hiking, running, biking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and more.

 

The race challenges families to work together, navigating their way through the course using plotting and mapping techniques, checking off points as they progress. This year, the race adds whitewater rafting and zip lining for extra points. To find more details about the race, and how it works CLICK HERE:

 

 

 

Grub -- Once the race is finished, everyone’s going to be hungry. Participants can show their race bibs at participating restaurants for 15% off the bill. Columbus’ local food scene is within walking distance of the race. This includes more than 10 locally owned and operated restaurants. Expect everything from homemade pizzas and southern classics like BBQ and burgers, to one of top 40 best restaurants in the country, EPIC.

 

Explore -- Columbus offers more adventure opportunities. And a bike rental connects most of them. Start at the Columbus Ga Whitewater park where families can paddle their way through the longest urban whitewater course, and top USA Today 12 man-made adventure in the world, zip line at 30mph over the Chattahoochee River, or take on a three level ropes course! Paddleboard and kayaks are also available for rent. Hone water skills with kayak lessons and even try Paddle Board Yoga. Namaste, adventure seekers!

 

Ride along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk to some of Columbus’ amazing points of interests… the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus and the National Infantry Museum, just named the #1 FREE National Museum in the country. Total cruise time is roughly 20 miles there and back.

 

November 18th-20th in Columbus, Georgia offers a weekend full of family adventure. Get the family off the iPads, out of the house, and give them a weekend they’ll remember for a lifetime!

           

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Categories: Events, on Monday, October 17, 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

Experience Labor Day Weekend in Columbus!

Farewell summer. Hello fall! The upcoming 3-day, Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy one last summer hoorah and explore one the most historically significant regions of the South without having to travel far! Make Columbus your home base for a weekend of history, great food, adventure, art, and beautiful Southern culture and architecture. Whether you take a couple of hours to enjoy whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River bordering downtown Columbus, or you become really adventurous and zip across the river on the zip line…. or, you’d just like to walk along the RiverWalk and enjoy the beauty of it all - Columbus has something for everyone this weekend!

From museums focused on American and southern history, such as the National Infantry Museum, to nature trails, hiking, fantastic food at one of many of our excellent downtown restaurants, a local theater for a great play, great local music at venues like The Loft, or just relaxing while taking a walk along Broadway, Columbus has something for everyone.

Make a weekend of it! Be intentional and make plans to “go all out” in Columbus through either intense adventure or serious relaxing and sampling of great food, music, and culture. Columbus’ art, history, music, and restaurant scenes are becoming some of the hottest and most noteworthy in the South. A long weekend at the end of summer is the perfect time to sample what the Electric City has to offer.

Book your weekend in an uptown hotel like the Columbus Marriott, constructed around a 19th century cotton mill and in walking distance of all of the restaurants, attractions, and fun that await you. Once you start to explore Columbus, you’ll realize that there is more to do here than one day allows, so make your plans now and come join us for the long weekend! 

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Categories: Events, History, History, Accommodations, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Plan Your Weekend in Columbus!

Columbus is fashioning itself as a destination getaway in the west Georgia that deserves a look from visitors far and wide. Whether you are coming from the nearby Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta areas, or you are traveling from further away, rarely will you experience a city that puts itself on display as well as Columbus does.

From great restaurants and museums to the arts and history, Columbus has something for everyone. And, we haven’t even talked about the outdoors activities that enable you to go all out in adventure and thrill seeking! No matter your speed or your interests, Columbus will have something for you!

VisitColumbusGa.com has put together a number of travel itineraries for a host of interests: 

From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia - Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war - Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Select an itinerary to get an idea of how you can make the most of your visit.

 Make your plans to visit, stay a few days, explore, enjoy, and learn. With offerings and adventures for the whole family, Columbus will surprise you and cause you to come back for more!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Go All Out to Eat at Columbus’ Restaurant Week!

 

When a city decides to set the table, bring out the fancy plates, and invite visitors and friends to try out its best local food at discounted prices, it is time to take notice. Columbus has one of the best restaurant scenes in the South and next week, July 25-30, it puts it all on display in a foodie festival.

VisitColumbusga.com has all the information you’ll need about the offerings of some of the best chefs and restaurants that you’ll encounter this side of New Orleans. Columbus has seen significant growth in its culinary delights over the past several years and next week, the city puts it all on display. Whether your interest is in an amazing burger from The Black Cow or fancier fare from award-winning chef, Jamie Keating’s Epic, or many other combinations, Columbus will satisfy the most discerning palate. Stay over through the weekend and visit one of the best farmer’s markets in the South on Saturday morning at Market Days on Broadway and bring home fresh produce from local farms to recreate your favorite dish from one of our Restaurant Week eateries.

As summer in the South slowly strolls into the dog days of August, get away to the tree lined streets of Columbus along the Chattahoochee River and try any number of restaurants that are bursting with flavor, culture, and an artist’s touch as award-winning local chefs roll out one sumptuous offering after another. Let us know what you liked best and make sure you stay and try more than one! 

For a full listing of participating restaurants in Columbus’s Restaurant Week, check out VisitColumbusga.com! It’s time to go all out to eat at Columbus’s incredible restaurants!

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, on Monday, July 25, 2016

Go All Out & Spend 72 Hours In Columbus!

Recently, South Magazine featured Columbus, GA as a must-experience weekend destination for the foodie, the adventurer, the art, theater, wine aficionado and for the historian. South Magazine writer Eva Fedderly puts it this way,

"Columbus, GA has long been known as a military town resting beside Fort Benning, America’s Home of the Infantry. With about 200,000 residents, this historical city has stepped into the spotlight with a thriving downtown art, theatre, music scene, and scrumptious farm-to-table restaurants just blocks from the Chattahoochee River."

Columbus really has been one of the best kept secrets in the South, but that is rapidly changing as travel writers, convention planners and everyday people looking for a fun weekend are taking notice – and they are pretty surprised by what they are finding.

Molly McWilliams Wilkins in her “Girl Meets City” travel series brought home the spirit of Columbus when she said,

"Have you ever left a place, a city, a destination and felt almost like you were in pain? I feel that way whenever I leave a place, and I felt it when I left Columbus. It’s that same feeling when you’re falling in love with someone – that amazing, euphoric, punch drunk feeling."

Columbus, GA

Molly goes on to describe her trip to Columbus with the shopping, food, and entertainment that caused her to fall in love. It’s a great piece and a good guide to a great weekend.

Everyone that I talk to who visits Columbus for the first time says the same thing. It is usually some variation of, “Wow! I had no idea that all of this was here!” We agree, and what Columbus, GA offers is growing every day.

Are you ready for a creative weekend adventure full of top restaurants, art, history, architecture, beauty, and adventure? South Magazine might be your guide - or you might want to figure things out for yourself. Either way, there is plenty of opportunity to “Go All Out” and experience what others are recognizing about Columbus for you and your family! Call the Visitors Bureau at 800-999-1613 or access VisitColumbusGA.com for more information to book a weekend.

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, Shopping, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, America!  Let’s start the party this weekend!!

It only makes sense.  We really should celebrate this country more than one day a year, so I like the fact that the folks at Fort Benning are kicking off the fun this weekend.   There's a full roster of all sorts of events going on out there as part of the Fort Benning Independence Celebration, which cranked up a little earlier this afternoon (June 24) and runs Saturday (June 26) from 3:00pm-10:30pm.  Kids are going to love all the carnival rides include Flying Dutchman, Himalaya, Bumper Cars, Sea Ray, Surf Shack, Tornado,  Quad Runner, Tea Cups, Giant Slide, a Merry-Go-Round and lots more!  And don't forget about the rock climbing walls, slides and bounce houses.  For the really adventurous, you'll have a chance to jump from a training tower.  Of course, all that activity--or in my case, watching all that activity--is going to make you work up an appetite so they'll have lots of yummy food and drinks available for purchase.

Also look for a demonstration by the Silver Wings parachute team at 6:15 p.m. Saturday followed at 6:45 p.m. by a “Fries & Spies” Ranger tactical operations demonstration.  Another highlight on Saturday is lots of music including a performance from country singer Ruthie Collins. She'll be on-stage performing for about two hours beginning about 7:00pm.

But what's an Independence Celebration without fireworks?!  Prepare yourself for one of the biggest fireworks display in this entire area on Saturday night.  It really is pretty incredible.

It's goes without saying that it's going to be hot out there, so dress cool and you're even welcome to bring your own small canopy to provide some shade!
 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, June 24, 2016

“It’s Alive!”

Like a lot of folks, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, start thinking about stuff and then have a really tough time getting back to sleep to get those 8 hours all the experts say we need.  And seriously, how many of us actually get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep?!  So one on the mind tricks I do to help relax is the old "Desert Island" game.  You know, you're stranded on a desert island and you can only take 10 albums (oops, showing my age there!), 10 books, 10 tools, or 10 movies with you.  My lists of music and books changes quite often, mainly depending on my mood, but the list of movies stays pretty consistent.  And one movie that is always in that Top 10 is "Young Frankenstein."  I remember seeing it in the theatre when it was released and I thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever, ever seen!  Fast-forward all these years later, and it's held up well and always makes me laugh out loud. 

So I guess that's why I'm so excited about the production going on at CSU's Riverside Theatre...you got it..."Young Frankenstein" live and on stage.  This department of theatre at CSU is constantly pumping out all sorts of great productions on their stages and something tells me this one is going to be worth the price of admission.  And just in case you've never seen the movie, I hear this play sticks pretty close to it so here's a quick synopsis.. you've got the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Fredrick Frankenstein, inheriting his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of his hunchbacked side-kick, Eye-gor (nope, it isn't EE-Gor!) and leggy lab assistant Inga, Fredrick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings his creature to life. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend," and "Puttin' on the Ritz," Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment.  If you need a laugh and want to see some good theatre, treat yourself and a buddy to this one!

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, June 17, 2016

Go All Out for Market Days on Broadway!

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!

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Monday, May 16, 2016

Uptown Riverfest 2016

Whitewater Columbus, GASpring 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 BandColumbus, GA Riverfest Whitewater
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!

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival

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.

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, April 1, 2016

Countdown has Begun…Only 9 Days Until Spring!

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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