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HUGE Weekend Coming Up in Columbus with THREE Major Events!

 

(Kayakers on the Chattahoochee River in Uptown Columbus)

 

 

HUGE Weekend Coming Up in Columbus with THREE Major Events!

 

You HAVE to join us in Uptown Columbus this weekend! Great sports do not always involve a ball! Sometimes, they involve wheels, paddles, and speed on the river and the road! This weekend, Columbus will be hosting international sporting events with some great food and music thrown in as well. Local experts and community leaders are saying this is one of the biggest weekends of the year for our city and are telling everyone to come out and support the festivities. Burgers, Bicycles, and Boats? Okay, that was a poor attempt at alliteration, but it gets to the point. With 3 major events this weekend, Columbus is going all out to put itself on display, not just to the region, but to the world!

 

The first event is an international cycling event. Our paper, the Ledger-Enquirer reports,

 

A major international cycling event, the Union Cyclist International Eliminator World Cup, will be held Saturday and Sunday. The 500-meter course traveled by pro and amateur mountain bike riders will be contained to the 1000 block of Broadway It is one of a series with stops in places such as Beirut in Lebanon, Volterra in Italy, Antwerp in Belgium and Winterberg in Germany.


Next, is fun on the river with international paddle championship:

 

Saturday and Sunday, the Chattahoochee River will be host to the 2017 WPA Paddle Championships presented by Salt Life, with other events being held in places such as Puerto Rico and Japan. The racing action will take place on the flat water below the Riverwalk by the cascading staircase across from the Phenix City Amphitheater. The paddling will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and a $15,000 prize is being offered.


After all of that road and river racing, enjoy the 3rd Annual Bud & Burgers Cook-Off in partnership with Anheuser-Busch on Saturday from 4pm-9pm. Grillers will be coming in from across the region to present their best offerings from the grill for cash prizes, so the fire and as well as the competition will be red hot! Enjoy entertainment from DJ Dave Arwood and live bluegrass music by Blackberry Possum.

 

Becca Zajac from Uptown Columbus says, “We believe this weekend will be the highlight of the year for residents and tourists in Columbus.”

 

Actually, we think it will too! But, then again, we think that just about every weekend in Columbus is one of the highlights of the year! We’re kind of biased that way! 

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!

 

Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!

 

There is plenty to do this coming Memorial Day weekend in Columbus as Summer officially begins with Hoochee Fest, a celebration of music, food, classic cars, and fun for the whole family in Columbus near the Chattahoochee River at 1301 Victory Drive.

It starts at 8am on Saturday morning and goes until 8pm Sunday night (May 27-28), so plan to stay for the weekend!

 

Enjoy the car, truck, and motorcycle show with classic cars - especially old VW Bugs. There will be a Drone Race sponsored by Scumbugs, a Swap Meet, a Car Corral, live music throughout the weekend, pony rides, crafts, food, and much more!

 

With Spring here and the weather behaving beautifully, every weekend during this time of year involves plenty to do in the Columbus area. Whitewater rafting, the open air market on Saturday morning along Broadway, long walks along tree lined streets, great food, high quality plays/theater, live music, and so much more!

Come for Hoochee Fest and Go All Out for everything else Columbus has to offer this weekend!   

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 25, 2017

All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

 

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!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VisitColumbusGA

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/VisitColumbusGA

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/columbusgeorgia

 

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

 

The contest begins at 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.

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, History, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Friday, May 19, 2017

Frogtown Crawfish Festival Kicks off Friday in Woodruff Park!

Frogtown Crawfish Festival Kicks off Friday, May 12 in Woodruff Park!

 

Looks like another perfect Spring weekend to get out find some fun adventures in Columbus, GA!  And one thing you really should put on your list to check out is the 2017 Frogtown Crawfish Festival in Woodfuff Park in Uptown Columbus.  

This will be the 10th year for this festival and it all kicks off Friday, May 12 (6:00-11:30pm) and all day on Saturday with things cranking up at 10:00am and going all the way until 11:30pm.

 

Both days will be full of all sorts of fun—anything from arts & crafts, games, inflatables, raffles—stuff everyone in the family will enjoy.  If it’s live music you’re in the mood for, take a beach chair, find a good spot and prepare to be entertained! 

On the line-up is a Pink Floyd Tribute Band, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Groove Monkeys, Stay Classy, Misty Harbor, Damn Skippy and lots more.

And you can’t have a Crawfish Festival without loads of great food…including a Crawfish Boil both days.  I’ve never had the chance to sample this delicacy, so this will be my chance to give it a try!

 

 

It’s only $10 for adult entry and kids 12 and under get in free, so this is a perfect family outing…and you get to dive into a big bowl of delicious crawfish! That does look pretty tasty!!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, May 12, 2017

Go for All Out Fun at Uptown’s RiverFest This Weekend!

Go for All Out Fun at Uptown’s RiverFest This Weekend!

 

Columbus is preparing for the beginning of its Summer Whitewater Season with one of the biggest weekends of the year, the Uptown RiverFest! Music, food trucks, activities, dragon boat races, fun and games for the family, and whole lot more! It will all happen at Woodruff Park on May 5th and 6th and the festival is FREE!

 

The Columbus riverfront will be full of activity this weekend with stand-up paddling, kayaking, rafting, and zip lining with Whitewater Express.

 

The Dillingham Street Bridge will be the site of food trucks and booths from local restaurants. There will be booths for crafts and local art as well. Live music will be filling up the evenings and of course, all the restaurants and shops on Broadway will be open and welcoming. It really is one of the best weekends of the year to visit Columbus!

 

There’s still time to make plans and make a weekend out of it. Stay in one of our Uptown hotels so that everything is within walking distance. We hope to see you! 

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Go All Out for Our Uptown Concert Series!

Go All Out for Our Uptown Concert Series!

 

Spring evenings in Uptown Columbus are the perfect time for a great meal at one of our great restaurants, a walk along the river or Broadway, and our Uptown Concert Series on Friday nights in April and May. We’ve been enjoying the concerts and, before the Spring is over, we’d love you to join us!

 

The next Uptown Concert is on April 28th from 7-10pm on the 1000 block of Broadway. The Party At the Limit Band will be performing and they’ve got something for everyone!

 

Party At The Limit Band (The Party ATL Band), is KLF Pro Entertainment’s non-stop party machine, offering clients a DJ & Live Band combo. This eight-piece group features three outstanding vocalists, two awesome horn players, and a funky fresh rhythm section that’s second to none! The DJ feature gives clients the best of both worlds for an unforgettable experience! Clients are fascinated by their extensive song list that includes Rock, Motown, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, and current hits, that’s sure to capture your favorite song during the night.

 

Dinner, coffee, some ice cream, a walk, and a concert with friends and people from all over the region all make for a great Friday night in the Spring in Columbus! We hope you can join us for our next concert on April 28th! These Friday night concerts continue every Friday night in May as well, so make it a part of your week. If you’re coming from out of town, stay overnight and go to Market Days on Broadway the next morning and make a getaway weekend out of it! What a great way to go all out on a Friday night in Columbus! 

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

Three Major Spring Festivals Over the Next Month!

With the warm weather of Spring upon us, Columbus is going all out to enjoy the warm days and cool nights with a trio of outdoor festivals at the river over the next few weeks! Don’t say you don’t have anything to do! Columbus is inviting you down to the river for whitewater fun, great food, music, and tons of outdoor activities for the whole family!

 

Explore Georgia highlights the upcoming festivals. 

 

First is Paddle South, April 14-15th, at the Eagle and Phenix water tower. The 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will be taking place. That will be great, but I’m even more excited about the accompanying beer and barbecue festival with around 20 BBQ vendors putting out their very best offerings!

Nothing says Spring in the South like sitting along the river and eating BBQ! Entrance is $5 for the festival. 

 

Next up is Uptown’s RiverFest on May 5th and 6th. This is one of the biggest events of the year on Columbus and officially kicks off the Whitewater Season. Events will take place all weekend in Woodruff Park and all over the RiverWalk with the kickoff of the Uptown Concert Series and many other activities. And, it is all FREE! 

 

Finally, we have the 10th Annual Frogtown Crawfish Festival happening the next weekend at Woodruff Park along the river on Friday, May 12th, from 5pm to 11pm and Saturday, May 13th, from 9am to 11pm. This festival will include live music, food, inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors, games, and, of course, a massive crawfish boil. Admission is $10, but kids 12 and under get in free!

 

Spring Festival season in Columbus provides so many opportunities to Go All Out! We hope to see you there! 

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

PaddleSouth means more than just kayaks in the river!

No doubt the highlight of the upcoming 2017 PaddleSouth competition will be the unparalleled talent showing off their kayaking skills on the Columbus, GA Whitewater Course, April 14-15.  But don't forget about all the other stuff happening as part of this event!  We've teased you with details on the freestyle kayak action and the tempting aroma of the barbecue competition, but don't overlook some of the other components of this jam-packed weekend like the Omaha Brewing Biergarten and all the live music on stage.

Beer lovers rejoice!  The Omaha Brewing Biergarten will offer a spectacular view of the Chattahoochee River while you enjoy some liquid refreshment from Columbus’ closest craft brewery. Bringing multiple craft beers, this section of the festival promises to be a hot-spot!  

And nothing goes better with ice cold brew than some incredible live music and PaddleSouth has got the music covered!  Caleb Gambel has a voice like butter and Big Saxxy was born to amaze with his top notch saxophone talent.  They'll be on stage from 4:00-6:00pm.   Then, sticking with the southern, down-by-the-river theme, festival goers will get down to Blackberry Possum, a local bluegrass band.  

Boats, Beer, and Bands.  The 2017 PaddleSouth Compeption sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends

Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends

 

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? It falls on a Tuesday this year, so many couples make plans for the weekend before or the weekend after. Columbus has opportunities available for romantic evenings of fine dining, music, walks along Broadway and the Riverwalk, taking in a play or musical, spending time at a coffee shop or getting ice cream in buildings over a century old, and just taking in the atmosphere. From museums to outdoor activities to everything that gives you a chance to relax, relate, and have fun together, Columbus is the perfect weekend getaway for couples.

 

And, if you still don’t have Valentine’s Day plans, give your significant other a card that says you’re going to Columbus next weekend! We’ll set you up with plenty to do!

 

On Valentine’s Day itself, visit the River Center for the Performing Arts and their presentation of Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles at 7:30pm.

 

Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

 

That night, or the next weekend, plan a dinner at 11th and Bay Southern Table or Epic Restaurant with Chef Jamie Keating. They are taking reservations for Valentine’s Day now!

 

Columbus has many other great restaurants, coffee shops, music clubs, hotels, museums, and great neighborhoods to explore. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day or weekend than with a visit to a new city to explore all it has to offer?

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

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

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

With the new year starting and the holidays behind us, it is time to begin anew and get back into some rhythm and routine. But, part of that routine should be regular excursions into the arts, food, music, and weekends spent relaxing, exploring, and recharging. Columbus enables you to do that in many ways, but one of the specific jewels of the city is the Springer Opera House and their amazing productions. Of Mice and Men is the next play up in the Springer schedule and taking in a performance over the next couple of weeks should be at the center of weekend plans.

 

The description of the adaptation of this classic Steinbeck novel:

 

Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.

Showtimes: January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM & January 29 at 2:30 PM

And, before the play (or after), check out 11th and Bay, one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus. 11th and Bay is a “Southern table” restaurant that takes some of the best local fare that Georgia and the Deep South has to offer, combines it with a unique twist with culinary influences from around the world, and creates an experience that will leave you thinking about it months later. The photo is of their scallops that we had months ago and it is still remembered fondly! Time to go back for more!

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

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

A River Rafter Reviews Her Columbus Experience

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

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

 

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

Fountain along Broadway, Uptown Columbus

 

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

 

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

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

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

Father’s Day In Columbus!

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! 

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Categories: Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Saturday, June 18, 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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