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Enjoy Fourth of July festivities and celebrate America’s history in Columbus, GA! Independence Day in Columbus is full of history, interactive learning, fun, fireworks, music, great food, and so much more. A great place to celebrate our nation’s history starts at The National Infantry Museum’s Freedom Fest 2017.
Admission is free, there will be activities for kids, living historians from places like the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, a cannon firing, the Silver Wings Parachute Team, live bands, food vendors, a parade, and so many other things to do! The festivities will go on from 11am to 5pm.
When that’s all over, head to Uptown for a great meal, some ice cream, and join thousands who will be on the Riverwalk that evening to enjoy fireworks over the Chattahoochee River! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in Columbus, Georgia. Check accommodations for special offers and book your trip today!
All Out Fave: Adventure Edition
What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?
Do you have a favorite adventure activity or spot in Columbus? Share photos of your #AllOutFave adventures in the Columbus region during the month of May for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more!
Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media pages using the hashtag #AllOutFave. Make sure your post or photo is set to PUBLIC, so we’re able to see that you tagged us!
The contestant with the most shares, comments and likes will win a grand prize package for two that includes a one-night stay in Columbus, zip line adventure, bike rentals and complimentary lunch and dinner in Uptown Columbus.
The contest begins at May 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at May 31, 2017, noon EST. (“Contest Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at its sole discretion.
For more information, please visit www.visitcolumbusga.com or call 706-322-1613.
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.”
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!
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."
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.
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!
Go all out with Dad for Father's Day Weekend in Columbus, GA! From restaurants in Uptown where he can get his favorite steak, or craft breweries like the Cannon Brew Pub to an afternoon spent at the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, or a day outdoors whitewater rafting and zip lining across the Chattahoochee, Columbus has everything that Dad could want - and that Mom and kids would enjoy as well!
Check out live music at The Loft or other music clubs, have a great dinner at one of Columbus' fantastic restaurants, then stay over and go to Market Days on Broadway. Or, have a day of outdoor adventure and museum going for the rest of the day! Whether Dad wants to relax, have a great meal, go slow or go full speed with outdoor adventure, Columbus has something for him and the rest of the family!
Father's Day is this weekend. Do something different that Dad would never expect. Go all out in Columbus - the history, great food, breweries, museums, outdoor adventures, and so much more are waiting for you (and Dad) for a perfect 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!
You can bet your last dollar that as soon as we drop below 80 degrees around here, we all want to get outside and do stuff...fun stuff...and believe me when I tell you there's plenty to choose from. And since this is the first official weekend of Fall, the Event Calendar isn't letting us down with the number of choices you have of things to do over the next couple of days. Things that don't involve car pools, making it to that 8:30am meeting, or fighting with the grocery cart that has that one wobbly wheel. These are things you actually look forward to...like the Big To-Do Concert in Uptown tonight. The band Rock Candy will be on-stage and you'll be on your feet dancing. Or there's the 6th Annual Beer & Wine Festival in the Rankin Courtyard on Saturday or the Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer's (Friday at 6:00pm)...both happening in Uptown Columbus. If it's music your soul needs this weekend, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicks off their new season with a performance called "Prokofiev & Pictures" at RiverCenter this Saturday night. Even if you don't know anything about classical music, this symphony and their leader, George Del Gobbo, will make it an experience you won't forget and may even open your mind to a completely different kind of music than you're used to. Or, if your tastes lean towards something more earthy, head out to The Barn at Lake Pines Campground this Sunday afternoon for Bluegrass at The Barn. They'll have a band performing for the first hour, then for the next couple of hours, it's just a big ol' jam session, so if you have an acoustic instrument, take it with you and go make some music...or just go, kick back and take it all in!
So it's the weekend before a holiday weekend and many people may just plan on laying low and getting ready for next weekend, right? WRONG! There's a ton of stuff happening in Columbus this weekend. For the familes and theatre lovers, there are two shows at CSU's Riverside Theatre, Dora the Explorer Live and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. If you're feeling nostalgic and want to laugh until your stomach hurts, the Crowley Classic Film Series at the Springer Opera House presents The Breakfast Club on Friday night and Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Saturday night. For those that want to avoid the grocery store but still need some fruits and veggies, maybe even dessert, there's Market Days on Broadway on Saturday morning from 9am to noon. If you're looking for a little fire in your life, the head to the Independence Celebration on Fort Benning's York Field on Saturday. And last but not least, if you want to hear some great music, have an awesome time and support a good cause, buy your tickets to the Denim & Diamonds Concert with Justin Moore and Josh Thompson.
See...I told you there's too much going on to sit at home!
It's a good thing we have a long, 3-day weekend ahead of us, because one look at the Event Calendar and all the fun stuff going on, it's going to take us at least 3 days to get it all in. Truth be told, I could be talked into taking Tuesday off just to rest up from this weekend! So what's all going on? Two words. A. Lot! The best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Calendar and start making some plans. You can kick it off tonight with what plans to be a one heck of a concert and party in Uptown with Classic Addict on stage and of course the highlight of the evening will be the return of Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders as they ride back into Columbus. The concert starts at 7:00pm, but this is one you definitely want to get there early for.
And who says you have to drive 3 or 4 hours to get to the beach?! You can hop in your car and be at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Callaway Gardens and enjoy the 55th Master Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament all weekend long. If you want to enjoy a little all-American softball action, check out the 34th Annual NAIA Softball National Championship at South Commons...head to Historic Westville for a very realistic re-enactment of the 1836 Creek Indian War...and there's Run for the Heroes--a 260 mile race across Georgia that finishes up late Sunday afternoon in Uptown with a big party--and we're all invited to celebrate this accomplishment!
And lest we forget what this weekend is really all about, make sure you find time on Saturday to head to the National Infantry Museum. You can relive May 1943 as WWII historians, Kelly’s Zeroes step back in time to show you what life was like for our Soldiers during the war. You will even get the rare chance to participate in the living history event on the historical World War II Company Street! Then you can go inside the Museum and cool off in the IMAX Theatre and see the brand new 3-D film called "D-Day: Normandy 1944." Got a chance to see it earlier this week and it is so well done and will keep you mesmerized the entire 45 minutes.
Looks like there's plenty to do between cookouts and pool parties! Be safe....
First the bad news. The week started off bright and early Monday morning with the well-coiffed national news anchor telling me the results of a 9-year study had just been released and that's when my whole world went dark. She had the unpleasant duty of telling us unsuspecting viewers that experts are now saying the health benefits of dark chocolate and red wine are not as impressive as once thought. Wait. What? Surely there's a flaw in this study. For years now, I've been feeling good about the quantity of dark chocolate and red wine I consumed thinking I was "doing a body good." Looks like not so much...say it isn't so. So this is how my week began.
But now the good news! Thankfully, there are so many fun things to get out and do this weekend, otherwise, I might just have to sit home and drown my sorrows...with a big glass of Cabernet...and a HUGE block of chocolate. So, I hopped on the Event Calendar and was instantly cheered-up when I saw the all the options. Then I started compiling a list and I felt even better. First up, I might take in the Isley Brothers concert at the Civic Center tonight...hoping some feel-good music may soothe my soul. Then maybe take in a performance of "The Odd Couple" at the Springer for some good laughs. Of course, Saturday morning's ritual is to stroll along Broadway for Market Days--I'll just look away from the dark chocolate goodies--followed by the 3rd Saturday tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery...there's a lot of really interesting history there and they tell the stories in such a cool way! And then talk about something that will make us all feel good...there's a special event on Ft. Benning called "Salute to the Troops" on Saturday and it's open to the public. And I can't think of a better way to finish off the weekend than to spend Sunday in Lakebottom Park with the 18th Annual Arts in the Park.
So it looks like red wine and dark chocolate are off the menu for the weekend, but it looks like we'll be so busy they won't be missed! Ok, maybe a little.
If you have the day off today...or if you are working, maybe your boss will give you a little time off...head to the National Infantry Museum for a day packed full of activities to honor our Veterans. Activities kick off at 10:00 this morning with a Commemorative Paver Dedication Ceremony, there's a mini-camp for kids ages 5-11 to teach them the meaning and importance of this day, local Girl Scouts conducting a flag retirement ceremony, free self-guided tours of World War II Company Street, and special showings in the IMAX Theater. And while you're there, make sure you shake the hand of a Veteran and say thank you!
Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions
Find yourself in the heart of Columbus, Georgia to test drive the longest urban whitewater course in the world! The Chattahoochee River runs directly through Uptown Columbus, the center of all things dining, entertainment and family fun. Here are a few reasons to plan your trip today:
Good, Local Eats in Uptown Columbus
Uptown is home to Columbus’ best locally owned and operated restaurants and local coffee shops. Relax on an outdoor patio, enjoy fine dining right on the Chattahoochee River and enjoy everything Uptown has to offer. City life and the vibrant pulse of the street make Uptown Columbus a popular place for locals, Uptown residents and visitors alike to dine and enjoy the scene.
Bike or Run the RiverWalk
Biking is the best way to get around and experience the vibrancy of Uptown. Ride on Bikes (www.rideonbikes.com) is located right downtown on Broadway and offers a huge variety of bicycles and accessories, friendly staff to guide you in the right direction, and with rentals starting at $10 – it is easy and fun!
For avid runners, or those who would like to enjoy a leisurely jog along the RiverWalk, Big Dog Running Co. (www.BigDogRunning.com) – a full service specialty running store – offers an array of quality running shoes, apparel and accessories.
Coca-Cola Space and Science Center
This state of the art facility houses a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. Visit the Plaza area for many interactive exhibits and displays. Experience the Space Center for fun for the whole family.
The Civil War Naval Museum
Located on the Chattahoochee Intra-Coastal Waterway, Port Columbus is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the complete Naval story of the American Civil War. From the ironclads to steam and sailing ships to the first successful submarines, Port Columbus has gone to great extent to raise, recover and preserve the military and technological advances of the American Civil War Navies.
Oxbow Meadows is an environmental learning center, an animal "museum" filled with reptile and aquatic exhibits, and your go-to place for exciting public programming, events and everyday fun. The best part is, admission to the center is FREE! Add Oxbow Meadows to your itinerary for a complete outdoor learning experience.
National Infantry Museum
The National Infantry Foundation honors Soldiers by supporting the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, whose mission is to provide education and training to Soldiers, families, and the general public on all facets of the history of the United States Infantry, the origin and development of Fort Benning, and an overview of the U.S. Army. The National Infantry Museum is truly a magnificent facility and a must-see for all visitors.
Anyone? Anyone? Yep, that's what I thought...we all are in need of a little fun this weekend. How about a couple of ideas of things you might like to check out? Oh, and don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar because there's a lot of good info there.
Wednesday afternoon I was walking back to my office from a meeting and when I turned the corner to walk past the Springer Opera House, how excited was I to hear Beatles tunes being blasted from the balcony!? They are getting us all in the mood for the show that opened last night called “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience.” Now, this isn’t just another bunch of guys who dress up and sort of sound like the Beatles…these guys are being called America’s foremost Beatles virtuosos. They don’t dress up or look like John, Paul, George (my first love), or Ringo, but they have spent years perfecting the entire Beatles catalogue note for note and producing a harmony that just won’t wait! And something really cool about this performance, the audience helps create the playlist every night so each show is different!
If you check the calendar, Spring is only 19 days away! That means of course some serious Spring cleaning and sprucing up around the house. If you’ve got some ideas of things you’d like to do around your house or need some ideas, head to the 2013 Home and Garden Show at the Trade Center this weekend. They’ll have tons of local and regional vendors set up with products for the home and lawn and garden all under one big roof. Plus, they’ll have a big selection of plants and flowers and other merchandise you might just have to take home with you. The cool thing about this show is that they aren’t there just to sell you some product, but they’ll have plenty of seminars and demonstrations to show you just how to complete your projects. You can even bring the kids to this one because they’ll have lots of activities for them. You’ll even have a chance to win some door prizes!
I know this is one that guys just won’t get, but ladies are going to love it! The Columbus Museum is having a really unique shopping experience going on today only called the Accessories Boutique. See, we ladies know that you can go out and buy a pair of black pants and a white shirt and keep it in your wardrobe forever because the trick is to accessorize! Finding the perfect piece or pieces of jewelry, a vintage handbag, a wrap, a hat or shoes can completely transform any outfit, so really…you’re saving yourself lots of money not buying new clothes! Hey, when it comes to shopping, I can come up with any story to rationalize a new handbag! They'll even have an expert stylist on hand to help you pick out the perfect pieces. This ties in nicely with the exhibit going on called “Parasols, Purses, and Petticoats” so take some time and check it out while you’re there. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Museum.
Also put on your radar to head to Oxbow Meadows for their Saturday Reading Club for Kids, the Benning Bazaar at Ft. Benning's Building 4, or Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" at RiverCenter for one show only Saturday night.
Now, go have some fun...
Maybe it's because we're in the dead of winter. Or because it's been sooooo cloudy this week. Or maybe because we've had enough rain to get us all thinking about ark-building. Whatever the reason, it's felt like an awfully long week! Anybody else feel a desperate need to get out and have some fun this weekend? I thought as much, so here's a quick look at a few of the happenings, but make sure you take a peek at the Event Calendar to get an idea of everything that's going on this weekend.
As you know, February is Black History Month and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus will have special programming called "Black in Blue" this Saturday at the museum to celebrate. You’ll hear stories of African Americans who served or were affected by the Navies during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, of slaves and former slaves who fought on opposing sides in the Civil War Navies. The program kicks off this Saturday (Feb 16) at 1:30pm.
The Columbus Museum just opened a new exhibit and I can’t wait to go see it! It's called "Parasols, Purses and Petticoats" and apparently, accessories aren’t just beautiful but can serve other functions as well. Who knew! This exhibit draws from the Museum’s extensive costume collection and is the first-ever installation devoted completely to accessories. It features fans, parasols, purses, jewelry, bonnets, shawls, capes, even foundation garments and of course, shoes! There will even be examples that visitors can try on. Remember, admission to the Columbus Museum is always free!
There are a couple of cool things going on at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center this weekend. First up is Oxbow Meadows Saturday Reading Club that takes place every Saturday for story time at 11am. A $1 donation earns your child a show with pictures, puppets or skits plus a membership card. After 10 visits, you child’s card can be redeemed for a gift from the gift shop!
Also at Oxbow this Saturday, it’s all about the birds with their Great Backyard Bird Count. With a full day of programming it’s perfect for the entire family. All attendees will receive a free binocular rental so you can help conduct an official count of birds at Oxbow Meadows. You’ll also receive a free copy of Bird Watching for Dummies. You've already read about kids can participating in Oxbow’s Reading Club ($1) from 11am-11:30am, but also from 1pm to 2pm, kids of all ages are invited to make peanut butter bird feeders to hang around Oxbow or take home and put in your own backyard ($2) and from 2-4pm, Glenda Merrill will give a special presentation for beginning birders ($3).
And speaking of kids, don’t let them lie around on the couch all day and drive you crazy when they’re off for President’s Day! Take them to the National Infantry Museum for the Presidents Day Birthday Bash Mini Camp. Kids aged 6-11 will learn fun facts about our nation’s Presidents, enjoy hands-on activities, refreshments and a tour. Space is limited so register your kid today!
The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus is putting on a show for us this Saturday night beginning at 7:30. The youth symphony orchestra students will work with professional musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in all-day master classes and rehearsals. It’s pretty intense! Afterwards they will put on a concert featuring the combined orchestras conducted by George Del Gobbo and Jim Palmer. The concert, called "Side by Side” is free and open to the public!
Let's cross our fingers for nice sunny weather this weekend so we can get out and enjoy all of this!
Now, go have some fun...
Let's face it. It's summer. We live in the South. It's hot. We get it...that's just all there is to it! There may be a few recording-breaking temperatures this weekend, but we never let a little heat slow down how much fun we have. And to prove it, all you have to do is check out the Event Calendar to see all the cool (no pun intended) stuff going on!
In fact, tonight (June 29) is your chance to take part in or just watch something you may never have seen in Columbus, GA…a Community Drum Circle. A drum circle is not a drum class, it’s a fun, family friendly event where people celebrate life and their community through rhythm and music. This is open to people of all levels of musical expertise and you can bring whatever type of drum or percussion instrument you have. You can even make your own! So, tonight, in Uptown Columbus, people in our community will come together and show their support for one another and this Columbus community through music. Even if you decide not to participate, it should be really cool to watch! And it’s completely FREE! All the noise starts at 6:00pm.
Let's talk about a couple of big 4th of July celebrations happening. This Saturday, Fort Benning will put on their annual Independence Day Celebration. The fun starts at 3pm at York Field! There will be free entertainment, including a Natalie Stovall concert, games, inflatables, great food and of course, a huge fireworks display, set to a patriotic performance by the MCoE Band. This event is open to the public and admission is FREE!! I can’t think of a better place to start off all of the 4th of July festivities and celebrate our nation’s independence than at Fort Benning with our service men and women and their families.
And because next week is the 4th of July, some people will be celebrating a little early this weekend. One of them being The Rock Ranch with their Celebrate America program. Great for the entire family, it’s an evening of patriotic fun and of course, fireworks. There will be train rides, pony rides, zip lines, paddle-boats, live musical entertainment and many more awesome attractions. It is going to be hot, so kids can cool off in the sprinkler zone or misting tents! You can also Adopt a Duck this Saturday as part of the Stepping Stones Great American Duck Derby. You’ll have a chance to win a million dollars, a big green egg, free Chick-fil-A for a year and more! Plus the proceeds go to benefit a great charity!
If you’re from around here you know that one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the area is WTVM’s Thunder on the Hooch! This is a family friendly FREE event that takes place on Wednesday, July 4th from 5:30-9:30pm on both sides of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus and Phenix City. There will be fun activities for kids, entertainment for the whole family, tons of food and craft vendors and of course, once it gets dark, a huge fireworks display will light up the night sky! You definitely want to get there early to get a great viewing spot. One good place to set up your chairs is in Woodruff Park, the green space off of Bay Avenue.
And how's this for something new and completely different!? Columbus has a new Roller Derby League!! They'll kick things off this Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 pm at the Civic Center. They’ll play the Pensacola Roller Gurlz. I don’t know much about roller derby but this sounds like it will be a lot of fun to watch! Tickets are $17.50. Call 706.653.4460 for more information.
Just remember, lots of folks will be out and about doing celebrating this weekend and next week, so keep it safe. Nag, nag, nag...
Now, go have some fun...
It's time for some serious weekend holiday fun in Columbus, GA so we've put together a quick list of some of the things you really should take time for. It's a BUSY weekend, so here's a quick peek at just of a few of the happenings, but make sure you check the Community Calendar for all the details.
And yes, we said SNOW in Columbus, GA! Tonight (Dec. 2), it's the 5th Annual Broadway Holiday in Uptown Columbus—complete with a parade, lots of Christmas carols being sung by area school choirs, the Coca-Cola Bear, the lighting of the huge Christmas tree, hot chocolate, hot chestnuts, Santa in the gazebo (kids, bring your wish list!) and lots and lots of 'snow!' Something new this year, PAWS Humane will be there with a trailer full of furry, four-legged friends looking for their forever home. That would make the best present ever. It all takes place in Uptown Columbus in the 1100 block of Broadway from 6:00-8:00pm and it's all absolutely free! If you've got kids…you have to bring them to this one!
I started putting up my Christmas last night & I’m proud to say I’ve gotten all the lights strung & a total of 7 ornaments on it. There was a point while stringing the lights that I thought to myself that I’m getting one of those real-looking trees, already strung with lights. What about a tree that not only has all the lights on it, but if also professionally decorated?! I’m loving this idea! That’s exactly what’s gong on with the first-ever River City Festival of Trees at RiverCenter. It’s sponsored by & is a fundraiser for Keep Columbus Beautiful. Designers have decked out these 7-1/2’ trees & they are available for silent auction & they’ll be raffling off two trees. They’ll announce the winners at the Finale Party Monday at 5:30. Can you imagine? A tree already decorated and you can just store it in a bag and you’re set for next Christmas! Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.
If you need a little music to get you in the holiday spirit, the Ft. Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence Band is holding their annual concert this Sunday at RiverCenter. There are performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required…available on post at Omega Travel or at RiverCenter’s box office.
Something that’s become a real tradition around here is the Annual Victorian Open House that Port Columbus puts on every Christmas. In fact, it’s gotten so popular that they expanded it to two weekends this year. If you missed it last weekend, not to worry, Santa will be there all decked out in his fancy, Victorian Christmas suit—red and white striped pants and a dark blue jacket with big with stars! So here’s another chance kids have to get their list together and go talk to the big guy himself. This is also a great place to have professional photos taken (they’ll have photo packages available). You might even see Victorian-era carolers performing traditional Christmas songs, Victorian Vaudeville performers, and you can even knock out some holiday shopping in the Museum’s gift shop! Santa is even going to fire the cannon at the end of the day!!!
How about a little Christmas music the whole family will enjoy?! The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is having “A Christmas Family Concert” this Friday at RiverCenter. Santa is a busy guy this weekend because he’ll be there too, so bring your camera! They’ll also have Carmike Cinema popcorn, hot cocoa and cookies, candy canes, Christmas games, and of course, lots of festive Christmas music designed especially with kids.
Enjoy breakfast this Saturday (Dec 3) with Santa and then stay for one of the best Christmas movies ever…The Polar Express in 3-D at the IMAX Theatre at the National Infantry Museum. Tickets are $10 for all ages and that includes breakfast and the movie. It all starts at 9:00am.
You have to take a break from shopping at some point, so include some of this fun in your 'to-do' this weekend!
Now, go have some fun…
And this weekend is no exception! Take a quick look at just a few of the things going on…there's bound to be something here that tickles your fancy.
Maybe kick off the weekend with a good old-fashioned hay ride at the campground at FDR State Park. They'll be doing rides Friday and Saturday nights (Nov 11 & 12) beginning at 7:00pm. I can't think of a better way to get in the festive Fall spirit!
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon that will crank up this Saturday at the National Infantry Museum, wind through Ft. Benning and end on the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus. The race begins at 7:00am, so bundle up and join in or cheer on the runners!
How about a little musical theatre this weekend? The Springer Opera House has a production taking place called "Honky Tonk Angels." Follow the adventures of three talented and sassy young women in this hit country musical as they pursue their Music City dreams in Nashville! Looks like you'll be hearing some incredible music in this one…"Stand by Your Man," Coal Miner's Daughter," "9-to-5," and "These Boots are Made for Walking." That should get your toes tapping! If your weekend has already filled up, you can also catch it next weekend…go ahead and put it on your calendar!
If you're in an artsy mood this weekend, take the family to the Columbus Museum for their Family Art Festival this Sunday beginning at 2:00pm. Drop by the studio and learn how to make a dreamscape window…and it's absolutely free!
'Tis the season to plant trees! Find out more at the Second Sunday program at Oxbow Meadows called "Right Tree, Right Spot." Experts from Trees Columbus, Inc will show you what to consider before planting a tree and give you all the scoop and answers you'll need for a healthy tree. And how cool is this? Everyone who attends will receive a free seedling! Admission is only $3.
And there's no better way to wind down the weekend than with the monthly Jazz Jam at the Liberty Theatre. The Jazz Concert and Jam Session will kick off at 6:00pm this Sunday evening.
It's going to be a beautiful weekend, so get out and enjoy! Make sure you take a look at the Community Calendar for lots more ideas on things to see and do.
Now, go have some fun…
How 'bout this cool weather?! Throw on a sweater and get ready to head out this weekend to enjoy all the activities going on. One of the best ways you can find out all the details of all this fun is by heading to the Community Calendar...you'll find a comprehensive list things to get out and do.
Here’s one of the coolest things they do all year at Port Columbus and, believe it or not, it’s the only big event they do all year that isn’t really related to the Civil War! It’s the Southern Pirate Festival and this thing has gotten so big that it’s now held on Saturday and Sunday! (Oct. 22 & 23) It’s going to be a swashbuckling day full of pirates, performers and skits, pirate music, pirate school, games, and entertainment of all kinds—anything from belly dancing to magicians. All the events during the day are great for the whole family, but then on Saturday night there’s the Dead Buccaneer’s Ball, a costume ball with a piratical attitude!
How about another favorite Fall tradition?! This weekend also sees the return of Oktoberfest at the Uchee Creek Activity Center at Ft. Benning. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy traditional German music (including an authentic oom-pah band!), food, games for all ages and a Volksmarch. If you’re a runner, check out the 10K race that starts at 9:00am or you can hop on the pontoon boat for a cruise, enjoy live music, join in on the Doggie Doppelganger contest—a dog and owner look-a-like contest, the Hot Dog competition (best costume), or the Clever Canine—the best tricks contest. And of course, there’s everyone’s favorite…the Ceremonial Keg Tapping! Remember this is a family event, everyone is invited & there is no entry fee!
Lace up your walking shoes and join in on the American Heart Association' is annual Greater Columbus Heart Walk this Saturday beginning at 10:00am at the RiverWalk near CSU’s Riverpark Campus. Fun way to help out a great organization!
Judging from the amount of Candy Corn we've already consumed in our office, there's no doubt that Halloween is just around the corner…it’s even been feeling like Halloween weather…so the crew at Oxbow Meadows has something really cool to kick off this holiday! It’s Tricks, Treats, & Trails this Saturday beginning at 4:00pm. Kids can go trick-or-treating on the wetland trail and they may even meet wildlife who will tell them about their role in the environment, venture Beyond the Grave at the fossil exhibit inside the Natural History Center, come face to face with Swamp Thing at the alligator pond, or test your courage listening to ghost stories read by CSU’s Department of Theatre. There’ll be a costume contest, owls on display, staff from the Coca-Cola Space Science Center with their telescopes, pumpkins for sale, games and facepainting for kids and even something new this year…an Empty Bowl Pottery Sale to benefit Feeding the Valley.
So maybe your kids have been behaving exceptionally well this week…maybe…so why not treat them to a special kickoff to the weekend! There’s a fun show perfect for the younger members of the family happening at the RiverCenter Friday night (Oct. 21) called “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical.” It’s chocked full of adventure, song, and gigantic dancing laundry and it tells the tale of firsts…a stuffed animal’s first trip in the laundry and a little girl’s first words. And it’s all centered around the heart and heartache that can only come from a family visit to the local Laundromat! A great show for ages 4 and up!
Another way to celebrate the arrival of Fall and Halloween is by heading to The Landings this Saturday for the judging of the Scarecrow Contest! There will also be a pumpkin drop and the Chattahoochee Bee Keepers will have a bee demonstration. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
And that's just for starters! Don't forget to go to the Community Calendar to get more details on these and plenty of other events.
Now, go have some fun…