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Got Adventure? Columbus Does, And Lots of It. At Uptown’s RiverFest, You Can Learn and Experience It All
April 16, 2018
Come enjoy a weekend full of outdoor activities, music, and food to celebrate the start of the 2018 Whitewater Season in Columbus, Georgia! To kick off the 2018 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend presented by Salt Life. This weekend-long event will take place on May 4-6, 2018. Events will be held in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus and Phenix City, AL. Dates and Times: Friday, May 4th from 6:00pm-10:30pm Saturday, May 5th from 9am-tbd Sunday, May 6th from 10am-tbd Every day of the event will consist of a variety of things to do, from striking your best yoga pose in SUP Yoga, running in the Salt Life Columbus Cup, to rafting down the river and soaring high on the Zipline. One thing is for sure, you are in for an AMAZING adventure in the beautiful outdoors of Columbus, Georgia! Along with all the outdoor events, there will be LIVE music playing on Friday night starting at 7:30pm and all afternoon Saturday! So, bring your family, friends, dogs and chairs, and have a great weekend in Uptown. As always, admission if FREE all weekend. Get excited, because this year The Goldens’ Cast Iron BBQ Cook-Off sanctioned by Georgia BBQ association will host pit-master’s from all over the region to come and give us the best barbecue that they have. So, stop by and see the competition fire up and get steamy. Along with barbeque, there will be food trucks set up by noon so you will be able to try a variety of foods along with incredible barbecue! Make a weekend of it and come spend some time in Columbus, Georgia where the tea is sweet, and the people are sweeter. There is a whole weekend full of events and a beautiful town waiting to be discovered. Click here to find out about all the amazing things Columbus has to offer! For a full weekend schedule see below* *Times are subject to change Friday, May 4th Woodruff Park/Main Stage: Live Music o 5pm GP38 Band o 5 pm - close· Visit East Alabama RiverWalk: Ride On Bikes– Bike Ride (Loop) • Specialized Bike Demonstrations • Discount Bike Rentals for Loop Rides • Bike rentals from Woodruff and Whitewater Express o 7:30pm Garth Brooks Tribute Band (Woodruff Park Stage) Friday, May 4th - Salt Life COLUMBUS CUP Stairs @ Woodruff Park : SALT LIFE COLUMBUS CUP •12-6pm: On water Demos/Clinics • 4-8pm: Salt Life Store: Registration/Check-in (Salt Life store) • 6-9pm: Salt Life Store: Welcome Party at the Salt Life store- 1104 Broadway, Columbus, GA Saturday, May 5th o 7:30 am - RiverWalk Island: Sunrise SUP Yoga Stairs @ Woodruff Park : SALT LIFE COLUMBUS CUP 9:15 am: Open Technical Race (3 miles) 10:15am: Juniors Race Meeting 10:30am: Juniors Tech 3 Mile Race 10:35am: Juniors 1 Mile Race 11:45am: Pro Race Meeting 12pm: Pro-Elite SUP Technical Race 3pm: OC/Surfski 1 Mile Time Trial o 8 am – 2 pm Goldens Foundry Barbecue Competition – Georgia Barbecue Association Sanctioned event Live Music all day in Woodruff Park o AC/DC – Queen Tribute Band 7:30 pm – 10 pm o KC & Sunshine Band Tribute 4 pm – 7 pm o Kirk Jay & Kountry Funk 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm o MCOE Band - TBD o Open at Noon - Food Truck/Vendors/Beer Garden · 10am- 2pm - B Phenix City Amphitheater Parking Lot and Grass Area: Boy Scout Expo o Boy Scout Zip Line From Tower 5 – 6 o 3 pm – 7 pmPhenix City RiverWalk: PTAP Car Show • Phenix City Parking Deck o Time TBD - Phenix City RiverWalk: Ride on Bikes – Mountain Bike Specialized Event on Mountain Bike Trail * Whitewater Express – $25 Rafting trips ALL WEEKEND LONG Sunday, May 6th 1:00 pm: - SafeKids Columbus at The RiverWalk On-site, FREE Life Jackets given one per child (17 and under) while Sizes and supplies last. For more information visit www.safekidscolumbus.org. SALT LIFE COLUMBUS CUP: Stairs @ Woodruff Park 9:15am: OC/Surfski/Prone Distance Race 11:00am: Race Meeting- SUP 1 Mile Time Trial 11:30am: SUP 1 Mile Challenge Time Trial 3:30pm: Awards
March 30, 2018
Get ready for a weekend full of music, kayaks, water and fun in Columbus, Georgia! This April 14th and 15th, Columbus GA Whitewater will be hosting Paddle South, a celebration of the best paddling location in the south. This event will take place in the Chattahoochee River at The Island, near the Eagle & Phenix water tower at 12th Street and Front Avenue. The two days will consist of the 2018 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and the Omaha Brewing Paddle Party in the Power House overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Saturday morning (April 14th), the 2018 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will start the weekend’s festivities. Kayakers from all over the country will compete for the national title in Columbus, Ga Whitewater’s Good Wave, located in front of the RiverWalk Island. The competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night. This event is FREE entry, families and pets are welcome, so come out and experience how kayakers go head to head in competition. Along with the competition on Saturday, the Omaha Brewing Company Paddle Party will be the first EVER event taking place on the Powerhouse lawn, which is the big grassy space right next to where all the action will take place on the Chattahoochee River. Paddle Party Ticket Includes: - Exclusive Entry to Powerhouse (21+ Only) - Official Paddle South Silipint - (1) 12oz Omaha Brew or Soft Drink - Breathtaking Views of the Chattahoochee - Entry to the Official After Party at The Loft On top of all of that, there will be live music presented by The Loft all day long, from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. DJ O3 will be spinning the best tunes beginning at 2 p.m., then at 6 p.m. get ready to watch a beautiful sunset on the Hooch while dancing the night away with live music from Blackberry Possum. This band, from Auburn, Alabama, plays a mix of Bluegrass, Newgrass and Country. Grab a ticket and join the party for some cold brews, live music, and BIG waves! Tickets to the Paddle Party will be $25 and you must be 21 and over to enter with a valid ID. Don’t go home straight way, the night doesn’t end just yet! Right after the Paddle Party, come to The Loft for the official Paddle South After Party. Limited to 250 tickets, so act fast and come join in on all the fun. (entry is included with Paddle Party ticket) On Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., the competition will continue on the river and end around 6:00 p.m. A brief awards ceremony will be held at the Power House as the 2018 USA Freestyle Kayak National Champions are crowned. Make a weekend of it and enjoy all the events that are planned. Along with Paddle South, the Southern Lovin' Junkin’ Show will be happening at the Convention & Trade Center, and Creative South will be in full swing. You can have a weekend full of kayaks, shopping, and creativity. There is so much to do in Columbus, Georgia and the weather continues to get warmer, which us southerners are thankful for. Spring is a great time of the year to plan a weekend in Columbus along the Chattahoochee River. Come visit and see what we mean! Click here to check out this handy guide to help you find amazing restaurants, shows, hotels, and attractions to see while visiting.
March 21, 2018
Get ready to try an abundance of different foods this Saturday, March 24th for the fourth annual Uptown's Spring Food Truck Festival in Columbus, Georgia. The event starts at 11am until 6pm on Saturday, so come on out and see Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. There will over 20 GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS that will set up in our backyard with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon. You'll be able to enjoy the sunny and 75 degree weather with family, friends, and even the dog. Food taste better less burned, so don't forget the sunscreen! You're in for a delicious weekend filled with great music and even better food! Admission cost $5 per person; children 12 and younger are free. Please bring $5 CASH to the gate. Again, CASH ONLY. Credit cards and cash will be accepted by the vendors. I know, I know. Why give a cover charge when you will be paying for food?! Your money will be going towards operational costs to run the event (table, chairs, tents, entertainment, lighting, sound, power, marketing, fencing, etc.) AND fundraising for Uptown's year-round programming. Revenue earned will go directly back into bringing Columbus more FREE events such as RiverFest, the Big To-Do Friday Night Concert Series, Spooktacular, Broadway Holiday and so many more. Table and chairs will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own too. If you do bring your own chair, we ask that it be collapsible, tailgate style chairs. No reclining lawn chairs. NO outside coolers. Come one, come all and enjoy the beautiful spring weather that Columbus, Georgia has to offer. While your at the festival, walk down to the RiverWalk and experience a night in Uptown. I can't think of a better way to start the season off! Below is a list of the food trucks that will be at the festival March 24, 2018. 2018 SPRING FOOD TRUCK LIST - Subject to Change Tex's Tacos Let's Taco Bout It Food Truck ATL Low-Co Motion Jerk Brothers Peace Of Pita Royal Pig Pub Hibachi The Filipino Food Truck Chicken Coop Patty Wagon ATL Holden Namaste Hole In The Wall Buckhead Five Finger Philly The Pup Truck Gekko Sushi - Atlanta On the Roll Triple Jay's Pizza Chazito's Latin Cuisine For more information, go to www.UptownColumbusGA.com or call 706-596-0111.
March 15, 2018
Spring is here, it's when the flowers start blooming and the concerts start playing! Uptown’s Spring Friday Night Concert Series will be in full swing on April 6. Columbus, Georgia is putting its best foot forward with nature’s beauty along the Chattahoochee. Beautiful gardens, nice evening walks, great food, music, art, and so much more. One of the best kept secrets in the Deep South is a weekend in the classic Southern city of Columbus where old, new, and adventure all merge together. Come for Uptown’s Spring Friday Night Concert Series with one great act after another guaranteeing that every weekend in the Spring will be full of great music, fun, and a chance to hang out with friends old and new. Uptowns' Spring Friday Night Concert Series is BACK! Starting April 6 there will be a concert every Friday night kicking off at 7:30 pm lasting until 10 pm. All concerts are FREE and open to all ages. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, pets and family for a night of great music and fun! With great music being a fantastic way to kick off a weekend, we have more going on that will make staying over an absolute must. Soon, we’ll be talking about Paddle South, the Freestyle Kayaking Nationals April 14-15 and all of the events surrounding this incredible event. Whether you want to enjoy a great dinner and a show, an evening of music, a day of art and museums, outdoor fun with whitewater rafting and kayaking, or a hundred other adventures, Columbus, Georgia is the perfect Spring weekend destination! Take advantage of the beautiful weather and come spend time in Uptown Columbus! The lineup for concerts is listed below. Spring Concert Series Lineup April 6: DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band April13: Lloyd Buchanan & Cubed Roots April 20: River City Horns April 27: Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness May 4: The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute May 11: Mike Jerel and the Chemistry Project May 18: The Jain Hand Band May 25: Slippery When Wet Free Parking RiverCenter Deck, 919 Broadway CB&T Deck, Corner of 11th Street & Front Ave.
March 14, 2018
Columbus has a St. Patrick’s Day full of things to do that will leave you feeling the luck of the Irish. Whether it be shaving it all off for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, grabbing a pint at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub & Eatery, heel clicking past the finish line in true leprechaun style in the Big Dog Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s 5k race, or doing an Irish jig out on Broadway while enjoying the outdoor band concerts, you are bound to have a shamROCKIN’ time! St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, with events lasting all evening inviting guests to grab their green, get out and have some fun! Columbus will help you with that by doing what we do best and throwing a street party at the 1000 block of Broadway! Uptown Columbus & Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub & Eatery are shutting down Broadway & painting it green! Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day so come out and join in the fun! All the events are FREE and family friendly! Activities start Saturday March 17 at 3:00 pm and last until 10:00 pm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start the party early! Head down to Scruffy Murphy’s Pub & Eatery and enjoy authentic Irish pub food with a fresh pint of your favorite beer. Before you know it, at 3:00 pm PMB Broadcasting, LLC will be jamming out to some Irish beats until 3:30 pm when Celtic/Irish dancers will take the stage. Once the dancers have showed us how it is done St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be shaving heads for charity that funds childhood cancer at 4:00 pm, and after that Music starts at 5:00 pm with the locally grown Irish/Celtic/Folk band Wolf & Clover. At 6:30 pm the Big Dog Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s 5k race starts, then at 7:00 pm music kicks back up with The Ragbirds, a band originating from Michigan who bring something new to the realm of folk/roots music. Make a weekend of it and stay in Columbus. Then, visit our world-class museums, go white water rafting, eat at great restaurants, shop, and partake in as many adventures as you can fit in the weekend! The Spring is the best time to “go all out” and create your very own getaway weekend! Below is the Schedule of activites for Saturday March 17, 2018: 3:00 pm-3:30 pm: PMB Broadcasting, LLC w/ Irish Music! 3:30 pm-4:00 pm: Celtic Traditions-Drake Aurburn Irish Dancers 4:00pm-5:00pm: St. Baldrick's Foundation, Columbus GA Events 5:00pm-6:30pm: Wolf & Clover Concert! 6:30pm: Big Dog Fleet Feet St. Paddy's 5K race starts! 7:00pm-9:00pm: The Ragbirds Concert!
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!
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!
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!
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!
September 12, 2017
Seen a good movie lately? Normally, a trip to the movies requires you to battle crowds, pay expensive ticket and concession prices, and spend an hour and a half to two hours watching a movie that you aren’t totally sure will be a good one. Of course, you love movies and stories and a night out and it seems like a good thing to do. But, have you been to a film festival before? With one short film after another made by aspiring directors, writers, and editors trying to tell a better story than you might see in Hollywood? Columbus invites you for a weekend of filmmaking at its best with the Way Down Film Festival at the Springer Opera House, October 13-14. The Way Down Film Festival will consist of over 40 short films and 10 events throughout the weekend. A description: Way Down Film Festival launched in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural WDFF showcased over 30 short films and celebrated the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world. Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs for 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector and sound system, film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House. Following each screening, there is a filmmaker Q&A. Select filmmakers and celebrity/industry judges are also in attendance. Peppered throughout the two-day festival are rocking, celebratory receptions and networking gatherings. Don’t miss this! Make plans and reservations now and head to the movies at the Way Down Film Festival, October 13-14 in Columbus! Contact HERE for additional information.