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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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.”
“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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Spring 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 Band
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!
ALL OUT HIP! -- Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival--April 16th
If you enjoy Uptown’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival, then you have another annual festival to look forward to this year! Uptown Columbus announced a new festival this Spring featuring all things Georgia Made. Visit Columbus, Ga. on April 16th for the the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival, and sample over 100 different Georgia made beers and wines, listen to music from indie rock band The Weeks and munch on Georgia themed food items! There are a limited 1,500 tickets being sold, so be sure to get yours fast.
How does the festival work? Attendees pay an entrance fee, and are given a souvenir sample mug. They then have the opportunity of unlimited samplings once they get into the festival. Attendees can leave their wallets behind, unless they want to try some of the food vendors! Food vendors will be challenged with offering Georgia themed items on its menu. White Oak Pastures, Barberitos, WheelHaus Provisions and Philly-osophy will all be in attendance.
The Weeks, an indie rock band out of Florence, Mississippi will be performing during the festival. Their sound is one of rock and roll with a touch of southern heat. They have played at Bonnaroo, Hangout, Shakey Knees and Austin City Limits. Currently working on a new album, this band is not one to be missed!
Did we mention that the festival overlooks the Columbus GA Whitewater course? As you listen to great music and sip on beer and wine, you will watch rafters take on the whitewater course, and zippers soar across the Chattahoochee River!
This will surely be another annual festival that everyone looks forward to in Columbus. If you love beer, wine & good music, the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival is not to be missed. The festival is selling a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase sooner than later. To purchase tickets visit springeroperahouse.org.
You only need to step outside and see the sun a little higher in the sky, the temps climbing a bit, and of course even a few yellow particles of pollen already floating in the air, and you know Spring is just around the corner. Just 9 more days and we'll be cranking up one of the best times all year to get outside, find new adventures and events to enjoy, brush away the cobwebs of Winter and clear your head. And speaking of events, I can promise you this new season is bringing lots and lots of both indoor and outdoor fun and one of the best ways you can keep track of it all is by hopping onto the Event Calendar to get all the who, what, when and where info.
Spring hasn't even offically sprung yet, but just take a look at all that's going on this weekend! Tonight it all kicks off with the Synovus Toast of the Town at RiverMill Event Center, which is a big fundraiser for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and be ready for all kinds of tasty treats like specialty beer, wine, spirits and lots of great food. And it looks like RiverMill is a hotspot this weekend because you can also take in the murder mystery with Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre, this one called, "Iceberg, Ho! THe Voyage of the S.S. Gigantic." You know the food is going to be terrific because Chef Jamie Keating is in charge and I can guarantee you'll be entertained by the theatre part...and you might even become a part of the action.
Find some old, light-colored clothes and lace up your running shoes and head to Uptown Columbus for the biggest and most fun run all year long! It's time for the annual Color Me Rad 5K and if you've never participated, it's a hoot!! Last year, there was a huge turnout and it was so cool to see groups of friends all dressed alike and families with kids in tow having a blast getting 'baptized' with the blue, pink, yellow, orange, and purple colors. Even if you don't run or walk, it's a site to see!
And you can cap off this weekend with some mellow sounds from one of the best musicians on the planet, Chris Botti. He's a Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter and I hear he's also a great storyteller and loves audience interaction during the performance. Got my tickets already and really looking forward to this one at RiverCenter this Saturday night.
That's just a taste of what's going on this weekend...so just you wait until Spring REALLY gets here...it's going to be epic!
"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)
"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!
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....
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 fun...you deserve it!
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!