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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

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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 just you wait until Spring REALLY gets's going to be epic!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, March 11, 2016

The CVB and PMB Broadcasting want to hear from YOU! What are your #AllOutFave spots?














We want to hear from YOU! Most Columbus residents, and even out of towners have favorite spots around town, and we want to know the All Out Faves in Columbus. Share photos of your #AllOutFave restaurants, shops and attractions throughout the Columbus, Ga. region during the month of January for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips and more!

Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo to the CVB’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 are able to see that you tagged us!

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

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

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Categories: Events, on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Let’s Ring in the New Year!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nothing says Christmas like a little air conditioning in December!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, River Fun, on Friday, December 11, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy & Fun Weekend!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, River Fun, Shopping, on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Fun in Columbus, GA!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

35 Days and Counting until Christmas!

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!


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Categories: Arts, Events, on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lots More Fall Fun to Look Forward to this Weekend!

"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)

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, November 12, 2015

There’s more than just a hint of Fall Fun in the air this Weekend!!

"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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, The Good Guy File, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, November 6, 2015

I’ll Never Outgrow Halloween!  Just a few more days to the fun!!

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!!


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Categories: Events, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Top 10 Things to do in Columbus, GA this Weekend!

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....

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, October 16, 2015

Hold onto you hats!  The weekend is here and it’s a doozy!

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 deserve it!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, October 9, 2015

First Official Weekend of Fall…And You Won’t Be Disappointed!

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...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 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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, September 25, 2015

Goodbye Last Week of Summer…And Hello to a Fun-Filled Fall!

Yesterday, I was in a meeting with a room-full of marketing directors that represent many of the arts organizations and facilities in town and during the meeting, each one was invited to talk about their line-up of events for this upcoming season.  Wow!  Suffice it to say we are in for one busy Autumn and I can't wait.  Even this weekend, we're getting a sneak peek of just how jammed-packed the next few months are going to be.  And after the brutal Summer we all just endured, we're about due for some enjoyable time outside without having to fight the heat, humidity and 'skeeters. 

I threw my beach chair in the trunk this morning and it's going to stay there for the next few weeks so I'll be ready for this series of The Big To-Do Uptown Concert Series.  Every Friday night for the next six weeks, there's a different band on stage each week and they're all bands that will have you up and dancing and put you in a good mood for the rest of the weekend.  It's something you can bring the kids to and they'll enjoy just as much as you and I really like the fact that there's plenty of free parking and there's absolutely no admission charge to get into the concert.  That's a really good deal!

Other things you might want to do this weekend include the 3rd Annual Columbus Children's Book Festival at the main library on Macon Rd on Saturday.  This festival has gotten really big and includes everything from nationally-known authors and illustrators to magicians and cotton candy.  Truthfully, cotton candy was all I needed to hear.  There's also "Live Healthy in Uptown Day" and it's going on in the same area and time as Market Days on Broadway.  Just a few blocks away from Broadway is an event called Transportation Playground, a fundraiser aimed at raising money for a playground in Uptown.  You can see, touch, or explore, a train, a plane, exotic cars, military vehicles, emergency vehicles, unique cycles, and many more. There’s a skateboard comp, food and lots of activities for kids.  And there’ll be raffles for some really great prizes!  And a nice way to wind down the weekend is by heading to RiverCenter Sunday afternoon for a couple of concerts by the virtuosos at CSU's School of Music.  First up at 4:00pm, it’s CSU’s Philharmonic Orchestra performing their first concert of the season with a pretty eclectic line-up and if you can’t make that one, a little later at 7:30pm, you can hear Dr. Robert Murray, Professor of Trumpet, do his faculty recital!  And both of these concerts are in Legacy Hall at RiverCenter and they are both FREE!!!  I love free.

Do yourselves a favor and bookmark the Event Calendar so you can go there and get the latest on all the festivities happening in and around Columbus.  It sure helps when you're making weekend plans!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, September 18, 2015

Another Weekend…Another Long List of Fun Things To Do!

Thank you, Mother Nature!  Even if you are just teasing us with this glimpse of Fall weather, we'll take it.  Something tells me we haven't seen the last 90-degree temp of Summer, but with a bit of a cool down forecast for this weekend, it looks like the perfect time to corral the kids or group-text your friends and make some plans to just get out and enjoy something...anything...this weekend!  And you won't be hard-pressed to find things to choose from--just depends on what you're in the mood for.

Try your hand at solving the mystery of who-dun-it at Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre's new production called Murder at the Comic-Con.  You can either just sit back and enjoy the show and an incredible dinner or you can actually be a part of the fun and show off some acting skills. Either way, you'll have a great time and get to have a meal that's out-of-this world good.  If you can't make it this weekend, not to worry as the production runs thru October 17, but you still need to make reservations as some dates sell out quickly.  And speaking of yummy food, swing by the 3rd Annual Latino Festival at South Commons on Saturday (Sept 12) for a day of live music, dancing, Zumba demos, Kids Fun Zone, and of course some good things to nibble on.  This one is a great deal because there is no admission!

If it's been a while since you and the kids have made a stop at the Columbus Museum, put it on the schedule for tomorrow so you can pop in for their Second Saturday event.  You'll get to learn how to create tapestries, participate in a scavenger hunt, and check out story time at 11 a.m.  And this one is also free! 

How about a quick roadtrip?  Scoot up to Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs because they have a pretty packed weekend with special events going on including a opportunity to meet and talk with Medal of Honor Recipient CSM Bennie Adkins.  I can't think of a more appropriate weekend to thank a true American hero for his service.

And just a reminder, make sure you visit the Event Calendar to get details on all of these events and plenty more going on in and around Columbus!                 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, September 11, 2015

Lots of Fun to Choose from in Columbus, GA this Labor Day Weekend!

It's official, Summer is winding down.  With the heat and humidity this season produced, I can't say I'm entirely sad to see it go.  But don't think once Summer is over, so is the fun.  It's actually quite the opposite.  Because we do tend to get a little steamy around here during the second quarter, there aren't quite as many activities to's just too dang hot.  But once Fall rolls around, it's non-stop.  Even though we're just on the cusp of changing seasons, this weekend is a great example of how packed-full of stuff it's going to get. 

And of course, it's Labor Day weekend so many of us have an extra day to relish and lots of choices to make on what to do.  You can start off the holiday this afternoon at 4:30 with a browse through the First Friday ArtWalk in Uptown Columbus--lots of artists will be set up in the 1000 block of Broadway so you can meet them, check out their work and even get involved in an art project they are doing in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.  Something tells me the kids will love getting their hands dirty on this one.  And speaking of kids, CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex has a production of "The Velveteen Rabbit" this weekend and if you know the story (remember the little stuffed bunny rabbit?), you know it's going to be good.  I may have a hanky ready just in case.

So let's talk about festivals.  It's the kick-off of the Fall Festival season and there are three great ones going on practically in our backyard.  Just north of Columbus, the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens is going on all weekend.  This is an amazing event and if you've never been, make sure you're there tonight or Sunday night for the Balloon Glow.  That's where they line up lots of the balloons on the beach at Robin Lake at sunset then fire them up.  The colors and reflections are nothing short of stunning.  There’s tons of other things going on too like tethered rides (weather permitting), Disc Dog demos, sports on big-screen TV’s (can't miss those college football games!), classic car show, live entertainment, Silver Wings Skydiving Demo Team (wind & weather permitting), food trucks and all the usual fun beach stuff!  Or, hop in the car and go a little south of the city to Omaha, GA to Florence Marina State Park.  They also have tons to do all weekend including arts & crafts, snakes and other reptiles on display, and  they'll even take you for a ride on the lake in one of their pontoon boats...and don't be surprised if you see a gator or two!  Save a little energy for Labor Day on Monday because there's a hoot of a festival to the west of Columbus.  It's the Old Seale Courthouse Labor Day Fair!  This festival has all kinds of personality going on with really unique entertainment, arts & crafts, fun stuff for kids to enjoy and let’s talk about the food because you can’t have a festival without festival food like barbecue, a Chili Cook-off, Polish sausage, snow cones, funnel cakes, fried gator and...fried Oreos!! 

Fried Oreos?  Who's with me!?

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, September 4, 2015

It’s not Everyday you see Dinosaurs in Columbus.

I'm lucky enough to have an office situated in Uptown Columbus--great area for walking to meetings, grabbing lunch or hanging out after work to take in one of the many events going on in this part of town.  But I have to say, today was a first.  Today, I saw my first dinosaur in Columbus.  The sight of it caused me to do a brain trying it's best to rationalize what I think I thought I saw.  Was that just a big dog off his leash?  Maybe the light from the sun was making funny shadow shapes.  Nope.  It was a dinosaur...well, the closest thing any of us will get to this day in time.  And I have to admit I was a little relieved to find out it's all part of this really exciting event at the Convention & Trade Center this weekend.  It's call T-Rex Planet and if you want to know what it was like waaaaaaay back in the day when these creatures roamed the Earth, then you've got to check this out.  And it goes without saying, if you have kids, this is a must-do this weekend because most little ones are fascinated with dinosaurs and seem to know a lot about them!  The main exhibit features life-size, ultra-realistic animatronic dinosaurs that you can interact with, learn about, and even ride a few—40 dinosaurs in all from babies to the really big guys.  But the festivities don't stop there because they'll also have a dinosaur band, lots of activities for kids of all ages like a fossil dig where you can unearth ancient bones, a dino bounce house and facepainting.  This is just so cool and something tells me there will be just as many curious BIG kids (yep, kids my age) as there are younger kiddos.  Work this one into your schedule this weekend--doors will be open at the Trade Center from 10:00am-9:00pm on Saturday (Aug 29) and from 10:00am-7:00pm on Sunday (Aug 30).  Wonder if Fred & Barney will be there?!

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