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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

Paddle South Events—Freestyle Kayaking National Championships

 

Paddle South Events

 

So, last time we teased you with a major event headed to Columbus very soon.  It’s called Paddle South and it’ll be held at the Columbus Ga Whitewater Park, April 14-15, 2017, and will consist of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and a beer and barbeque festival.  All kinds of good things to get you out of the house and to shake off any remaining winter-doldrums.

 

Freestyle Kayaking National Championships

 

Here’s a bit more info about the Freestyle Kayaking Nationals.  Look for the action to take place on “The Good Wave,” so stake out a place on The Island to watch their moves and maneuvers.  In case you aren’t familiar with it, The Good Wave is part of this extraordinary urban whitewater course—the longest in the world—and is a man-made wonder that results in a perpetual wave of water that beckons kayakers, rafters and surfers alike to challenge their talents. These kayakers, some of the best from around the world, will be competing for the national championship title throughout the entire weekend. On Friday evening, the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end around 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning, the competition will kick back off at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m.  Sounds like this is going to be epic.

 

More details and info about the other aspects of Paddle South are up next!

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Categories: Events, River Fun, on Monday, March 20, 2017

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show!

 

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show, Live Music, Great Food, and More!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is here and maybe it snuck up on you and you don’t have any plans? We’ve got some ideas for you! Put your green on and head to Broadway in Columbus for the “St. Patrick’s Day on Broadway” on Friday, March 17th from 4:00 - 8:30pm (and I’m sure there will be activities after that. Start at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub & Eatery with live Irish music by Wolf & Clover and then experience the Celtic sounds of the international touring Irish rock band, Seven Nations Army at 6:30pm.)

 

After that, plan to attend the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Show all weekend long. “Vendors from all over the Southeast will be selling vintage, re-purposed, original art, salvaged, and handmade goods at the Columbus Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.” The General Admission hours are Friday, March 17 – 10am-6pm; Saturday, March 18 – 10am-6pm; and Sunday, March 19  – 12pm-5pm.

 

If you like the idea of the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show but can’t make it this weekend, be sure to check out the weekly Market Days on Broadway, an Uptown street market with over 200 vendors every Saturday all year long. It is in full swing during the Spring with crafts, food, entertainment, and all kinds of items from vendors throughout the area!

 

And, if you miss the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the music, food, and festivities, no worries on that account either! The incredible secret of Columbus is that we have things like this going on every weekend, especially during the Spring, with live music, great food, art, world class museums, outdoor activities and sports, excursions into nature, and adventures in history.  Whether it is this weekend or the next, check out what Columbus has to offer!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 17, 2017

Paddle South is Coming to Columbus, GA!

Paddle South is Coming to Columbus, GA!

 

I have to admit…I’ve tried my hand at some flatwater kayaking, but haven’t taken the plunge (sorry for the pun!) into the more adventurous side of this sport, but I do love to watch these guys in action down at The Island along the river.  Looks like we’ll have an opportunity to see some real experts doing their thing next month with the Paddle South event.  This is a 2-day event consisting of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships—yep, a national championship right here in Uptown Columbus, April 14-15, 2017!  The only thing that could make this better would be to throw in a beer and barbeque festival and that’s exactly what’s in the line-up.  This is the perfect way for families to get outside and enjoy nature and some amazing food.

 

So why Columbus, GA?  Well, we just happen to be home of the longest urban whitewater course in the world—there’s just nothing else like it anywhere else.  Not to mention, Columbus is a great place for families to escape the ordinary on an affordable budget with true Southern hospitality.  There aren’t many places where you’ve got a small city feel with adventures that give families big thrills.  But adventure isn’t the only thing you’ll find here.  There are nationally-recognized museums, Broadway-style entertainment, and a place that will even take you on a mission to the Moon and beyond.

 

Now you know a bit more about Columbus and want to find out more about this cool Paddle South event, we’ll be posting more info here over the next few days and weeks.  This has Spring Break vacation-destination written all over it!

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Categories: Events, River Fun, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What are your #AllOutFave places for art in Columbus, Georgia!

What are your #AllOutFave places for art in Columbus, Georgia!

 

Art is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. What’s your favorite piece of art; or better yet, favorite place that you retreat to find inspiration?

 

Share photos of your #AllOutFave art spots in the Columbus region during the month of March for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more! Your story is just as important. Here’s an important piece of information -- entries must include a 50-word story (a description) of why this location is your favorite.

 

Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo along with your story -- 50 words or less -- 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 March 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at March 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, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Is Here! Go OUTSIDE!

 

Bike the Fall Line Trace through Columbus

 

This is the season you’ve been waiting for in Columbus. Even though we’ve had a warm winter, many of us weren’t in the frame of mind to really enjoy the outdoors. We had that “winter” mindset, put on a few pounds, and kept expecting it to be cold, but it rarely was. Even though the calendar doesn’t say so, Spring is here; the weather is officially warm and that means that it is time to get in the game, go outside, and enjoy what nature has to offer in the Columbus area - and the offerings are extensive!

 

Actually, we don’t just invite you to “go” outside - we invite you to explore, embrace, experience, and conquer the outside! A few ideas:

 

Whitewater rafting on the longest urban whitewater course in the world!

 

If you want to enjoy the river but want a calmer, more relaxing experience, we have flat water rides for the whole family.

 

Want to get above the water and fly through the air? Try the Zip Line experience with the Blue Heron Adventure over the Chattahoochee!

 

Want to roll instead of raft or fly? Why don’t you “Ride the Outside”? Check out bike trails and paths around the city and on into nature, including the 11 mile Fall Line Trace.

 

You could also enjoy geocaching and birding as you search to “Find the Outside.”

 

This is just a little bit of what a weekend in Columbus in the Spring has to offer. Change into your shorts and flip flops, pull out your gear, and get ready for the Spring - the best time of year in the South. And, Columbus is better at enjoying it than anywhere else!

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Categories: Events, River Fun, on Monday, February 27, 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 Ice Hockey in Columbus!

 

Go All Out for Ice Hockey in Columbus!

 

You might not think that South Georgia and hockey go together, but they do! The Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League are the local equivalent of the New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks! Playing at the Columbus Civic Center, a Cottonmouths game truly is an experience for the whole family to enjoy. For hockey fans in the South, a Cottonmouth’s game is one of the best regional experiences available. Combining the fun of a minor league sports experience with top flight hockey, catching a Cottonmouths game is a great way to spend an evening.

 

Check out the Cottonmouth’s schedule here. Home games are available for every weekend in February!

 

Many visitors to Columbus come for one event and then choose to stay for the whole weekend! Come to take in a professional ice hockey game, stay the night, visit some of the local museums and attractions, enjoy the outdoors, and grab a great meal at one of our top restaurants. There really is so much to do in Columbus, especially as the winter goes on and begins to turn into Spring, which always comes early in Columbus. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, combining events, games, the theater, great food and music, Southern architecture, tree-lined streets, and Southern charm makes for a great weekend no matter what time of year it is!

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Categories: Events, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wintertime Fun in Columbus, GA?  You Bet!!

Well, this time last week, we were battening down the hatches to get ready for some very extreme and unusual January weather, which unfortunately, was about as severe as originally forecast.  Thankfully, there’s a much brighter, albeit cooler, outlook for this weekend! 

 

If you’re thinking because we are in the middle of winter there probably isn’t that much to get out and do…think again.  One look at the Event Calendar will wake you up out of the doldrums and get you excited about exploring all that’s going on in your own back yard.

 

You can find fun things for your kids to do at Oxbow Meadows, especially with their Winter Bingo event that even includes a nature walk to find the playing-pieces! 

If you’re happy to get out and have some fun but would rather stay indoors, then take a look at all that’s going on at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter this weekend.  There’s Comedy Tonight with the Family Theatre or you can be a part of the action with Sherlock’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. 

The list of happenings is pretty extensive this weekend so it’s time to make plans now…and get out and enjoy!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, January 27, 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

Unseasonably Warm January Weather Invites You to Enjoy River Rafting in Columbus!

(Photo Credit: Alan Cross)

 

Unseasonably Warm January Weather Invites You to Enjoy River Rafting In Columbus!

 

With the forecast for the next week or so showing temperatures in the 70s, Columbus (and the South) is enjoying an incredibly warm winter. With a good bit of rain having come through the region over the past month, the water levels are higher than they were back in the summer as well. All of this combines for the opportunity to go all out and conquer the outdoors by engaging in some summer fun … in January!

 

 From whitewater rafting on the world’s longest urban whitewater course, to kayaking, to a zip line across the Chattahoochee River, to geocaching, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had in Columbus along the river right in the middle of winter. Contact Whitewater Columbus for rates and scheduled rafting trips. We just called them a few minutes ago and they said they had trips available for this weekend. Why not hit the river when the weather feels like Spring but the crowds haven’t clued in yet? What better time to go all out and enjoy the outdoors than now? Plus, your body could use the workout to start to melt away the winter lethargy!

 

The Columbus area has so much to do, so much to enjoy, and so many outdoor activities to take part in. Traditionally, the summers are hot and long and the Spring and Fall is much too short. Winters can be cold and wet. We try to do a lot of outdoor activities during the summer, but the heat can be challenging. When we get warm spells in the winter, Columbus has outdoor activities waiting for you to enjoy, just like during the summer. You don’t have to wait till the temperatures are in the 90s. You can enjoy the outdoors around Columbus now!

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Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Looking for something to do with kids and family over the Holiday season that combines learning, art, history, and amazing experiences? The Columbus Museum has all of that in interactive displays that demonstrates the art and history of the entire region in Smithsonian-like quality. It is more of a cultural center than it is just a museum.

 

The Columbus Museum was founded in 1953 on the estate of W.C. Bradley and after expansions in 1989, has grown into one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The museum is “unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.”

 

The Museum encompasses 89,000 square feet, “including an interactive children’s gallery, a 300-seat auditorium, and a large atrium for special events. Galleries showcase both permanent and temporary exhibitions on regional history and American art, while a multimedia theater offers a film exploring the history and culture of the Chattahoochee Valley.”

 

You’ll want to be sure to visit the Chattahoochee Legacy Gallery, “which traces the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. The gallery includes archeological excavations and life-size dioramas of an ancient Native American dwelling, a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, an urban slave cabin and a 20th century army tent from Fort Benning.” School-aged children and adults will learn things they never knew before about ways that the Creek Indians and early settlers and slaves influenced the history of the region.

 

And, of course, the Columbus Museum has art. “The American art collection includes paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the Colonial period to the present. Special highlights of this tour will include artists like Charles Willson Peale, Albert Bierstadt, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis and Louise Nevelson.” In addition, visit the new permanent collection installation, By the People, For the People: 300 Years of American Art from the Permanent Collection.

 

As you plan the days after Christmas and into the New Year, the Columbus Museum is a fascinating stop for the whole family!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

 

Sleigh bells ring … snow falling … winter wonderland … white Christmas! Can you see it? Can you dream it? Well, if you are enjoying Christmas, New Year’s, and the Holiday season in the Deep South, you might not have much snow or many sleigh bells, but we have our own traditions and memory-making experiences! And, Columbus is a perfect setting for it.

 

Sometimes, just getting out in the cool air and taking a walk downtown is one of the best holiday experiences. Broadway in Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to window shop, hear some great music, have a wonderful meal, and step back in time amidst the beautiful architecture of the 1800s along the tree lined boulevard. The fountains, the gazebo, Christmas lights all over, having a latte and a pastry at the Iron Bank Coffee Co. . . . and so much more!

 

Make memories this holiday season by enjoying the new Kilwins fudge shop which just opened  at 1230 Broadway. Fudge, peanut brittle, all kinds of delectable candies, gifts, and more are now available in this newest edition of the reemergence of Broadway as a major shopping, dining, and cultural center. And, what could be better for Christmas than the aroma of fudge in an old fashioned candy shop?

 

Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to make Christmas memories for the future . . . and to think back on Christmas past. Don’t let Christmas fun and celebrations end on December 25th. Columbus will keep enjoying the season all the way through the New Year and we would love for you to join us!

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Categories: Arts, Events, The Good Guy File, Shopping, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lots of Holiday Fun to Be Had In Columbus, GA!

 

Lots of Holiday Fun to Be Had In Columbus, GA!

 

As you make your Christmas and New Year’s holiday vacation plans, make sure to check out the Columbus Calendar! Upcoming events, shows, holiday activities, shopping, dining, and so much more is happening over the next few weeks - all with holiday themes and holiday fun! Whether you are doing some final Christmas shopping (or just getting started), wanting a Christmas getaway, or are looking for a day or two of fun, rest, fine dining, and exploring in the days after Christmas, you have lots of options in Columbus.

 

What about a presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? On December 22 at 7:30pm, the River Center for the Performing Arts right in Uptown Columbus gives you an opportunity to explore the ghosts of Christmas past and future as old Ebenezer Scrooge learns what it means to be transformed by the holiday season. This classic tale will come to life for you and your family in a way that will make this season one to remember!  This particular production of A Christmas Carol will be presented by the Nebraska Theater Caravan.

 

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol, which weaves traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country.

 

Or, after the Christmas rush when all of the wrapping paper is put away and the last guests leave, make plans to come to Columbus for a getaway. Stay in one of our great hotels, eat some of the best food in the South, and take a couple of days to unwind! More on those options later … but for now, when you plan to go out over the holiday season, going all out in Columbus is sure to please and make it a truly merry Christmas!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, December 16, 2016

Go Lights Out and Celebrate Christmas At Callaway Gardens!

Go Lights Out and Celebrate Christmas At Callaway Gardens!

You'll find so many things to do in and around Columbus, GA during the holidays...performances at the Springer Opera House, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, taking in the lights on Broadway in Uptown Columbus and so much more!  If you decide to venture out of the city, there's no shortage of holiday cheer to be found.  In fact, Callaway Gardens’ “Fantasy In Lights”, just 30 miles from Columbus, is THE place in the South to celebrate Christmas! Actually, National Geographic ranked it the #4 place in the world to see Holiday Lights (right behind places like Vienna, Brussels, and Copenhagen)!

 

Eight million lights sparkle in the wooded landscape of this resort complex … Woodland displays depict such holiday scenes as the March of the Toy Soldiers or nature themes such as Snowflake Valley. Two beach scenes with moving lights tell the stories of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity. The resort’s onsite Christmas Village features shopping, dining, and Santa.

 

Enjoy the “Fantasy in Lights Character Breakfast,” the “Holiday Dinner Show Featuring ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’” “Story Time With Mrs. Claus,” shopping, and so much more!

 

A trip to Callaway Gardens has become a staple of the holiday season in the South. Columbus is a perfect place to stay and make a “home base” while visiting the lights and the sights at Callaway. While you are here, you will have access to more entertainment, music, great food, and even more Christmas fun for the whole family!

 

Have you been to Callaway Gardens before and it has become a Christmas tradition for you and your family? Stay and extra day, relax, and enjoy the time at Callaway with further fun in Columbus. Have you never been before and are looking for something memorable to do this Christmas season? Make a trip to Callaway and spend a day or two with us in Columbus as well. We’ll leave the lights on for you!

 

Looking for even more holiday fun in Columbus?  There's plenty of things to get out and do with family and out-of-town guests.  Make sure you check the Event Calendar to get all the details!

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Categories: Events, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Make Christmas Shopping an Event in Columbus, GA!

Make Christmas Shopping an Event in Columbus, GA!

 

You have to get your Christmas shopping done, right? Only a few more weeks! But, why trudge through the same old stores in the same old places? Take some time and make your Christmas shopping and experience that you will remember. Make it … Magical! Columbus has everything you could ask for in the way of retail shopping from a huge mall and retail stores of every variety, to boutique shops in Uptown. No matter which approach you take for your Christmas shopping, Columbus has what you are looking for.

 

Peachtree Mall, in Columbus, describes itself as, “home to more than 100 specialty stores, four anchor stores, and several restaurants. Our compelling mix of retailers include; Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, At Home, H&M, Forever 21 red, Buckle, Hollister Co., LOFT, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Verizon, Best Buy Mobile, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, Gymboree, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Victoria’s Secret, Hot Topic, Game Stop, Torrid, Best Buy Mobile, GNC, PacSun, New York & Co., Lids, and the only double-decker carousel in Columbus. Peachtree Mall is the favored retail and dining destination in Southwest Georgia attracting over 10 million customer visits to the center each year.”

 

And, that is just part of the abundant shopping experience that you will have with when you “go all out” to Columbus for the holidays. Window shopping along Broadway and Uptown, getting a latte at Iron Bank Coffee, sitting outside on and watching the Christmas shoppers walk by, enjoying the crisp air, a pastry, and a great meal while street musicians play … all of that can make what used to be just “getting your shopping list checked off” into an actual Christmas holiday experience! And, stay the night, take in a show, and make a weekend of it! Who says that all the fun has to be on Christmas Day? Make the whole month a joyous, fun, celebration of the season - and make Columbus a part of it!

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Categories: Shopping, on Friday, December 9, 2016

Go All Out Under the Sea!

Go All Out Under the Sea!

 

Do you want to do something memorable and different during the holiday season? Do you want to bring a bit of Disney into your Christmas plans? Make sure that you mark your calendars and order tickets to the historic and beautiful Springer Opera House’s production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid now through December 23! The music, acting, sets, and design will amaze and inspire you. And, of course, this is a production that is great for the whole family!

 

The Springer is a unique place to catch incredible theater productions. From its own description:

 

“The Springer Opera House is a non-for-profit professional theatre that produces 11 shows annually with some of the nation's most sought after talent from Los Angeles to New York. It is the home of the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest theatre training program for young adults in the Southeast. It is also the home of the Columbus chapter of the Georgia Film Academy. Built in 1871, the Springer is on the registry for National Historic Landmark and was named the State Theatre of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1971.”

 

While you are there for the show, plan to walk among the Christmas lights on Broadway in Uptown Columbus. Grab some dinner at one of our amazing restaurants near the river. Take in the sights and sounds and make it a weekend of Christmas fun! Columbus has more to offer than you know, but it will take you following Ariel’s lead to go all out and be part of our world!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, December 9, 2016

Go All Out For Blues, Jazz, Rock, and More

Go All Out For Blues, Jazz, Rock, and More

 

As the holidays near and you look for places to go and things to do with friends and your special someone, the music scene in Columbus is worth checking out. On 1032 Broadway, The Loft in Uptown, keeps opening their doors to some of the best local acts this side of Atlanta. A restaurant and a music club, The Loft is at the center of the Columbus musical experience throughout the week and especially on the weekends. Blues and Jazz are plentiful, but the lineup is varied with independent bands as well as touring bands from around the country. Make sure you check out The Loft’s schedule, especially during the Holidays to help create that perfect weekend.

 

If you are interested in music history, make time to also check out the Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum on 805 5th Avenue. Ma Rainey was known as the “Mother of the Blues.” She mentored and toured with some of the greatest names in blues and jazz during her time, such as Louis Armstrong, Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Blake, and more. She was revered as a pioneer of the Blues genre and her former home-turned-museum tells her story and part of the story of American music.

 

Whether you find street performers, music clubs, or voices from days gone by, music is where Columbus’ past and present meet to create a beautiful sound to carry the city into the future. Spend a weekend with us and enjoy what Columbus has to offer. Maybe you’ll leave singing a different tune than before!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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