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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        

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Jump on in to all the Fun at Paddle South

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.

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Get Ready to GO ALL OUT with Great Music This Spring in Columbus!

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.

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Saturdays in Columbus? Yes!

January 30, 2018

What are you doing this Saturday? What are you doing this weekend? How often do you think about that early in the week when you don’t have other plans already nailed down? Columbus has a weekend vacation alternative for you during the Winter months that might be surprising. Come on a Friday night and take in a great dinner or a show at one of our local theaters. Do some shopping at our malls and retail stores, or do window shopping with a stroll down Broadway.   Then, on Saturday morning, visit Market Days on Broadway, our year-round Saturday morning craft and farmer’s market. Encompassing several blocks, you will find all kinds of things to look at, buy, and bring home! Schedule a local historical and sightseeing tour. Visit one of our great museums. Take a walk along the Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee River. Enjoy a bike ride and some great outdoor fun!   There is absolutely no reason to sit at home on a weekend in the Winter when Columbus is nearby and offers adventure, fun, beauty, access to the outdoor experiences and indoor learning, great food, markets and shopping, music, and so much more! This isn’t meant to be an advertisement. It is an invitation to a great weekend of experiences and enjoyment that is available in a concentrated and accessible area. Check out some of the great Things to Do in Columbus and get started planning your weekend trip! 

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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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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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Chattahoochee River Rafting – Adventure For Every Generation

July 18, 2017

Did you know that off the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA, there’s one of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World? That adventure is called Whitewater Columbus, GA, and it’s the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. It’s been described as “wild as the Colorado River, and warm as Costa Rica!” Intrigued yet?

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Zip Line over the Chattahoochee River

July 18, 2017

Know what’s cooler than straddling a state line? Zip lining across one. Do you know the only place in the country where you can zip line across a state line? Here – in Columbus, Georgia.

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Spend a Summer Weekend Rafting the Chattahoochee River in Columbus!

July 15, 2017

All summer long in the South, families and individuals make their trek down to the beach or to the lake. The heat can get to you and the desire to get cool in water sports and fun is high.

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HUGE Weekend Coming Up in Columbus with THREE Major Events!

May 31, 2017

  (Kayakers on the Chattahoochee River in Uptown Columbus) You HAVE to join us in Uptown Columbus this weekend! Great sports do not always involve a ball! Sometimes, they involve wheels, paddles, and speed on the river and the road! This weekend, Columbus will be hosting international sporting events with some great food and music thrown in as well.

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