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Go All Out and Celebrate a Holiday Weekend in Columbus!

November 22, 2017

The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is spent with Holiday fun, food, family, and plenty of festivities! Did you know that Columbus has all of that available to enjoy? Every weekend of the season has great food, music, festivities, plays and shows, exhibits, and so much more! Let’s take a look at what just one upcoming holiday weekend has to offer!   We kick off the Christmas season with the Broadway Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on December 1st from 6:30-8:30 pm! There will be decorated Christmas trees lining Broadway and a lot more:   Christmas lovers rejoice as Santa is escorted in by his entourage, including special guest appearances from Santa, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson Sing along to traditional Christmas carols at the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and play in the SNOW! There will be hot chocolate, candy canes and lots of fun for the entire family. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire and to bring their camera to partake in the many photo opportunities!   Over the weekend of December 1st - 3rd in Columbus, you can see the Broadway musical, Newsies, at the Springer Opera House or Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas or attend the CSU Broadway Ball all on Friday night! Then, you can enjoy shopping at an outdoor holiday market on Saturday morning at Market Days on Broadway. After that, fill your afternoon with wonder at a Victorian Christmas Open House at the National Civil War Museum and a One Hour Sightseeing Tour of the local attractions. End the evening with a great meal at one of our fabulous Uptown restaurants!   That is just one of our weekends over the holiday season! Of course, we have amazing places to shop and experience holiday fun, great restaurants to eat at, places to get treats, and it will all be decorated beautifully for Christmas! Hope to see you one of these weekends!

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Visit Christmas at Callaway Gardens and Stay in Columbus!

November 21, 2017

  Christmastime is here in West Georgia and we have fun and experiences for the whole family available for you to enjoy! Starting with Thanksgiving Weekend with shopping, events, plays, outdoor outings, and plenty of Christmas and Holiday festivities all the way through the New Year, Columbus and the West Georgia area is a great place to explore, spend a weekend, and enjoy the holiday season!   One of the premier destinations in the South for Christmas celebration is Callaway Gardens, less than an hour away from Columbus. Make plans to stay in Columbus at one of our great hotels and then drive to Callaway for their Fantasy in Lights Celebration! From now until January 6th, Callaway has over 8 million lights and 15 displays as well as a Christmas Village, dining options, breakfast and dinner shows, and all kinds of other holiday activities. A visit to Callaway Gardens is a perfect way to spend a holiday weekend! Staying in Columbus gives you lots of options for other activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment that you cannot find in any other adjacent community.   We hope to see you over the Holiday Season! 

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Go All Out for Food Trucks and Amazing Street Food!

November 7, 2017

Spend the weekend in Columbus as we host the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival over Veteran’s Day Weekend! Don’t you love street food? Food trucks? Those amazing little set ups with amazing offerings outside where you can see and smell what’s cooking? Imagine a street fair full of outdoor mobile kitchens ready for you to walk by and take a taste! That’s what will be available for the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival in Columbus on November 11th from 11am - 5pm.   Uptown Columbus & Atlanta Street Food Coalition will host the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival in Columbus, Georgia. Join us on November 11th from 11am - 5pm as Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. 25 GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS will set up in our backyard with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! The full list of trucks to come soon, as well as libations in our craft beer garden!   Admission cost $5 per person; children 12 and younger are free. Please bring $5 CASH to the gate. Again, CASH ONLY.   With dozens of restaurants represented, this will be one of the tastiest events of the year! Come enjoy the long Veteran’s Day weekend in Columbus and plan a visit to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning as well as many of the other attractions in the area. Take in a show on Saturday evening at Springer Theater or enjoy the cool evening a walk along Broadway Uptown. With great food, music, museums, theater, and so much else to do, Columbus provides the perfect getaway for you to “go all out” and enjoy the weekend! 

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Don’t Just Sit At Home for Oct/Nov Weekends in Columbus!

October 16, 2017

We’ve been saying it, but now it’s time to experience it! October and November weekends in Columbus along the Chattahoochee are the best time of year to “go all out” and experience the beauty and glory of Fall in the South, with cooler days and nights, changing colors, and festivities every weekend! Fall in Columbus means you can combine the outdoor activities that summer provides, like whitewater rafting in the Chattahoochee, biking, hiking, and Uptown walks, with the outdoor festivals that are our speciality!   Check out the festivals and special events over the next few weeks:   Arts on the River, Saturday, October 21, 2017 At 11:00Am - 5:00pm   “Arts on the River is in its 22nd year, a fine arts only show and sale with artists from throughout the south east.  Located in the median of the 1100 block of Broadway, Columbus, GA, a $1200 Best in Show award is presented to the winning artist.  A qualified judge from out of town determines the recipient of all awards.  The show opens at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Details on web site www.artsontheriver.com. Entertainment all day. This event is free to the public, no ticket required.”   The National Infantry Museum’s new National Memorial to the Global War on Terrorism will be dedicated Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be open to the public at the dedication and thereafter.   “The memorial, now under construction, will include eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service since 9/11. A 13-foot steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and donated to the museum by New York City firefighters will sit atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial also will feature nine bronze figures representing an Infantry squad, illustrations of each service’s role in protecting our nation, and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war.”   These are just a few of the new events and attractions opening in Columbus during the Fall. We haven’t even talked about the plays, shows, live music, and great restaurants! Come visit us!

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Columbus Day Weekend Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic!

October 2, 2017

  Are you ready for some football? Each October, Columbus hosts the Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic, which is one of the great football rivalries in the South. We’ll be hosting events all week long (check out the calendar for the various events), all culminating with the big game on October 7.   The "Grand Daddy" of all classics is proud of our 82 years of gridiron tradition. We promote the best play from our student athletes, as well as sportsmanship like conduct on and off the field. We are indeed proud of the 112 years of family relationships associated with the classic.   The annual Tuskegee Morehouse classic is set for 2:00pm at A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium in beautiful Columbus, GA. This year marks the 82nd meeting between the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. Find all your gameday information here at the official classic website.   Host Hotels Columbus Mariott Hotel ** Classic room rates $109 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 455-9261. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Classic Code: Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic   Country Inn and Suites ** Classic room rates $79 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 830-5222. Reservations must be secured with a credit card.   Tickets Youth Tickets(HS & Under) - $15.00 Advanced Tickets - $20.00 Game Day Tickets - $25.00   Come Out for a classic Southern football rivalry! We hope to see you around town!

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Go All Out With So Much to Do in Columbus This Weekend!

September 28, 2017

What are YOU doing this weekend? Any plans? Want to get away? You could pick just about any weekend on the calendar, look over at Columbus, ask what’s going on, and make some incredible plans! Whether it is this weekend, next weekend, or a month from now, Columbus has  a steady array of concerts, plays, and special events, coupled with amazing restaurants, outdoor activities year round, world class museums, and a beautiful Southern setting along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. What are you waiting for?   Here’s an example of just a “regular” weekend in Columbus: Live Music Outdoors with Ricky Gunn and the Friday Night Concert Series Friday, September 29th, 7pm - 10pm, 1000 Block of Broadway.   Start your weekend off with live music from Columbus’ own Ricky Gunn. Enjoy the cooler nights that we’re starting to have, grab an amazing dinner in one of our incredible restaurants, and then bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music under the stars. Catch a World Class Performance of an Award Winning Play/Musical!   We have two amazing live theater performances happening Friday night (as we do most weekends) with the award winning Last Night of Ballyhoo and Dreamgirls. Take your pick and enjoy! Market Days on Broadway Saturday, September 30th (and every weekend), 9am - noon, 1000 and 1100 Blocks of Broadway   “Uptown Columbus' Market Days on Broadway takes place every Saturday morning, year-round from 9am until Noon in the 1000 &1100 blocks of Broadway. You will find over 100 local vendors selling anything and everything that you can image. The Market features many local and organic farmers selling produce, along with soap vendors, home goods, jewelry vendors and baked goods.” The 8th Annual Uptown Beer & Wine Festival. Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 1pm - 5pm.   This is one of the more popular events on the calendar each year in Columbus. Over 100 craft beers from all over the country are made available along with over 25 wine selections. A DJ playing music, college football available to watch, and food provided by a host of Uptown restaurants. This is a great way to spend a Saturday in the Fall! Color Me Rad 5K in Uptown, Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9am - 12pm   This is a 5K with a twist as it sends you through color stations leaving you coming out looking quite a bit different from when you started! This is fun for couples and the whole family as you run for fun! At the end, there will be music, food, and more!   Come to Columbus this weekend! Or next! Or the next! There’ll be something great to do when you arrive! 

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Go All Out for Adventure This Fall in Columbus!

August 25, 2017

With the weather cooling off a bit in the Fall, this is the best time of year in the South for outdoor fun, adventure, and exploring. Columbus is the premier weekend getaway for outdoor adventure combined with urban amenities in the Deep South. Where else can you plan a rafting trip, mountain biking, kayaking, zip lining, paint ball, a visit to a world class museum, and then an amazing dinner at a top flight restaurant followed by a Broadway caliber play and then late night live music? Columbus gives you all of those options go all out for adventure, great food, and amazing fun - all in the same place!   Recently, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer listed “Seven activities in Columbus that will get your adrenaline pumping.” That’s a great way to plan a weekend, isn’t it? Think about what will get your adrenaline pumping! The activities listed included:   Mountain Biking at Flat Rock Park The Columbus Escape Rooms Whitewater Rafting Laser Tag and Paintball Launch Trampoline Park   Intrigued yet? Make plans to join us in Columbus one weekend and go all out to experience all of this excitement and adventure. Or, kick back and enjoy lunch or dinner along the tree lined Broadway as you relax and take in an old, historic Southern city experiencing a 21st century renaissance! Fall is the best time for all of this and we hope to see you soon! 

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Back to School Weekends in Columbus!

August 17, 2017

Now that school for families is back in session and the summer months are coming to a close, the need for weekend getaways for the family and couples is more urgent than ever! At least that’s how we see it in Columbus! The weather is still perfect for rafting on the Chattahoochee River downtown, for strolls along the tree-lined streets of Uptown, for Saturday morning outdoor shopping at Market Days on Broadway, one of the largest outdoor markets in the South, and for so much more!   Explore the incredible museums that Columbus has to offer, such as the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Columbus Museum. Engage in outdoor adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, and biking. Eat incredible food at some of the best restaurants in the South, enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, or listen to live music at one of the incredible music clubs downtown. The opportunities for a weekend getaway for ether you and your significant other or the whole family are endless!   Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy weekend getaways in the Deep South in a place that knows how to merge the beauty of nature with the conveniences and expressions of modern life, all literally in the same space! Columbus is breaking new ground every day on how a Southern city can merge the best of multiple worlds all in one place. Come join us and “go all out” to experience the best the South has to offer in Columbus! 

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Inexpensive Family Activities For Every Season

July 28, 2017

Coca Cola-Space Science Center From my own experience as a Columbus native, as well as numerous TripAdvisor reviews, this is a Columbus gem and every member of your family – young or old – will love this adventure. Ever wanted to experience first-hand what it’s like to fly to the moon? Or land on Mars?

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Market Days on Broadway

July 26, 2017

Every Saturday morning, Columbus holds a special event called Market Days. The event takes place on one of the main hot spots, Broadway – in an area fondly referred to as Uptown Columbus.

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