67 things to do in Columbia this weekend – and beyond
First Fridays AND Cinco de Mayo. And that’s just the start of a busy, fun-filled, culture-rich slate of concerts, plays, recitals, art, comedians (and an open mic night!), hiking, and a plethora of other possibilities over the next few days.
“Coming Up In COMO” is a brief peek at concerts, plays, art exhibits, events for families and kids, and more. You may send your event notice to [email protected]. Please put “Coming up in COMO” in the subject line. Include the date, time, a brief description, and website or Facebook page (or phone number) for your event.
Be sure to check the event links for any changes or cancellations.
Join the North Village Art Walk from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 5 to see the latest art installations in the North Village Arts District.
The newest installations are the non-portrait panel sculptures by Askia Bilal. In addition, the secret courtyard between Artlandish Gallery and Fretboard Coffee has a mural by Lisa Bartlett called Blues Shouters.
Friday evening’s art walk also features live music under the “Art Lives Here!” sign on Walnut Street between Sager Reeves and Artlandish Gallery. A celebration is also planned at Love Columbia for the installation of Larry Young’s Gymnast.
This art walk is a free, family-friendly event supported in part by a $231,530 grant from Veterans United Foundation. Find more information at North Village Arts District.
Meet an Arabian Horse. Really. You can meet, pet, and take a photo with an Arabian horse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., located at 4151 Paris Road.
The free event is presented by Central States Arabian Horse Association through the contributions of several sponsors. Learn about the history, versatility, and personality of Arabian horses.
Face painters will be on-site, there will be drawings every half hour, and the first 150 families present will receive a free goody bag.
The State Historical Society of Missouri celebrates its 125th anniversary with a public program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St.
Missouri author, journalist, and SHSMO trustee Bob Priddy will be in conversation with Gary Kremer, SHSMO executive director, about the society’s legacy and future. The anniversary event is part of the History on Elm monthly series at the Center for Missouri Studies. Attendees will also receive a free book on Missouri history. Cake and punch will also be served.
Make Music Day — Registration is open for venues and musicians for Make Music Day – Summer Solstice 2023, set for 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, throughout Columbia. For more information, https://www.makemusicday.org/columbiamo/
TWO WEEKS FROM NOW
The Light Up Missouri Balloon Glow, from 6:30-9 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Cartwright Business & Technology Center next to Columbia Regional Airport. Children’s area, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tether rides, balloon glow, and drone show. Admission/parking is a suggested donation of canned goods. Tickets for children’s attractions and VIP parking.
Also on Saturday, May 20: Princess Tea for St. Jude. 10 a.m.-noon, at the Country Club of Missouri, 1300 Woodrail Ave. Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year’s inaugural Princess Tea raised more than $25,000.
THURSDAY, MAY 4
Puppy Happy Hour. 4-7 p.m., Broadway Brewery on 9th, 15 S 9th St. A $5 donation gets you some 1+1 puppy cuddles with an Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue pup.
Shelter Insurance Annual Spring Fountain Celebration. 5-7 p.m., 1817 W. Broadway. Kona Ice, food trucks, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, and more. FREE.
Friends of Zawata Featuring Cody Pursifull. 6 p.m. Cooper’s Landing Riverside Resort & Marina, 11505 S Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: The Big Cheeze Mizzou, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
“An Offering” – CFS Middle and High School Art Show. 7-8 p.m., Christian Fellowship Church, 5045 Chapel Hill Road. Reception and light refreshments in church lobby.
Flatland Calvary at Rose Park: A Summerfest Concert Event. 7:30 p.m., Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Avenue.
Divas by Design at Arch and Column Pub. 9 p.m., 1301 Business Loop 70 E. Suggested donation at the door.
Curtain Up. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Macklanburg Playhouse, Stephens College, 100 Willis Ave. Friday and Saturday.
FRIDAY, MAY 5
Daddy & Me Playgroup. 9-10:30 a.m., First Chance for Children @ Lend & Learn, 1002 Fay St. For dads and their children ages 0-5.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta en la Terraza, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., La Terraza Mexicana Grill. 1412 Forum Blvd. Ste 140.
Cinco de Mayo 2023. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Casa Maria’s Mexican Cantina. 1305 Grindstone Pkwy. Food truck and margarita bar.
First Friday Happy Hour: Cinco de Mayo Celebracion at Rose Park ft. The Fried Crawdaddies. 5:30 p.m., Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Avene. Tickets $10.
Little Black Dress 2023. 6-10 p.m., Columbia College Southwell Complex, fundraiser for True North of Columbia. If interested in purchasing a table or sponsorship contact Sarah Butler at [email protected] or 573-875-0503.
Taco Bout 20 Years in Business “Party With A Purpose,” Word of Mouth Catering and Carryout. 6-10 p.m., Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School, 3351 E Gans Road. Fundraiser for Rainbow House. RSVP by text or email, 573-657-5211 or [email protected].
North Village Art Walk Celebration. 6-9 p.m., North Village Arts District, Walnut Street from College to 9th and north to Rogers Street. Music under the Art Lives Here! sign, activities for kids. FREE.
Molly Healey solo, First Fridays Art Walk. 6 p.m., Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St. FREE.
First Fridays at DogMaster. 6-9 p.m., DogMaster Distillery, 210 St. James St. Suite D. Free art crawl, galleries, shops, music, and art.
First Friday Makers Market. 6-9 p.m., Café Berlin, 220 N 10th St. FREE.
First Friday at Serendipity Salon and Gallery. 6-9 p.m., 1020 E Walnut St., Ste. 100. Dave Walker’s Fabricscapes exhibit; Landlocked Opera performing on the stage; Kelly Durante’s painting exhibit. FREE.
Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar. 6-9:30 p.m., Bob Lemone Building, Hallsville Fairgrounds, East Highway OO. Event by Hallsville Optimist Club. All you can eat taco bar, adults $12; kids 12 and under $8; $12 bottomless cup.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. 6-9 p.m., Cooper’s Landing Riverside Resort & Marina, 11505 S Smith Hatchery Rd. Boulevard Brewing Co. samples and giveaways, music by Noah Earle. Food truck: Lilly’s Cantina.
Black Belt Theatre Night Presents: Hard Boiled. 6 p.m., Witches and Wizards Arcade, 1214 Eugenia St. FREE.
Cinco de Mayo Con Los Benderos. 6 p.m., Dive Bar, 1116 Business Loop 70 E.
Odyssey S19: Cinco de Mayo. 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway. Chamber music by Mexican composers. Tickets $20; students $10.
Ponies Happily Ever After. 7 p.m., Talking Horse Productions improv comedy, 210 St. James St. $10 at the door.
SYNCo de Mayo with DJ Sync. 8 p.m., The Social Room, 220 N 8th St.
Stop Day Rave. 8 p.m., The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th St. Tickets $10-$25.
First Friday Comedy. 8 p.m., Imperial Coffee House & Lounge, 1725 Paris Road. Tickets $15-$250.
SATURDAY, MAY 6
7th Annual Columbia Memorial Stair Climb. 8 a.m.-noon, Faurot Field. It is the mission of the Columbia Memorial Stair Climb to honor, remember and celebrate all public servants whom have perished while answering the call of duty, specifically those lost due to the events of September 11, 2001.
Columbia Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon, MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park, 1769 W. Ash.
Chaste Treasure at the Central Missouri Renaissance Festival. Saturday 10 a.m., Sunday 6 p.m. Kingdom City.
King Theodore Records grand reopening. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 1023 E Walnut St. FREE live music.
Meet an Arabian Horse. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 4151 Paris Road. Presented by Central States AHA. Gift bags for the first 150 families; FREE to the public.
Morels + Microbrews 2023. 12-4 p.m., The Brick District, downtown Fulton. FREE.
CBT’s Mother/Daughter Princess Day Soiree. 2-4 p.m., City Ballet Theater, 2601 Rangeline St.
Boiled at Biscuit & Bar: A Crawfish Extravaganza. 2-7 p.m., Ozark Mountain Biscuit & Bar, 1204 Hinkson Ave. $30 for 1.5 pounds of crawfish, corn, new potatoes, and a cup of gumbo.
Meredith Shaw LIVE at Cooper’s Landing. 2 p.m., 11505 S Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen, 12-8 p.m.
Heritage Day Block Party, 2-5 p.m. Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence.
Work & Leisure Art Exhibition Guided Tour. 3 p.m., Boone County History & Culture Center, 3801 Ponderosa St. Come for a guided tour with a docent from the MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology to learn more about the artworks and the stories they tell about traditional and post-war life. Sessions are free and last roughly one hour. No RSVP is required.
Aladdin: Missoula Children’s Theatre. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Missouri Theatre, $15 adults, $10 children.
The Big Derby Party 2023. 3-6 p.m., Country Club of Missouri, 1300 Woodrail Ave. Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri. Tickets starting at $100.
Cinco de Mayo Potluck. 4 p.m., Hartsburg Grand, 40 S 2nd St., Hartsburg. Event by Missouri Organic Association. FREE but donations accepted.
CoMo Roller Derby Double Header. 4:30-9 p.m., Bob Lemone Building, Route OO, Hallsville. $15 at the door; kids under 10 free.
Ty Toomsen LIVE at Cooper’s Landing. 6-9 p.m., 11505 S Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen, noon-8 p.m.
Sunrise Optimist 2nd Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction. 6 p.m., 2410 Parker St. $25 per person, eight people max per table.
Voodoo Fleetwood Mac at the Blue Note. 7 p.m., 17 N. 9th St. Tickets $12-$15.
MAVI w/ Cemone Jones & mowjoe at Rose Music Hall. 8 p.m., 1013 Park Avenue. Tickets $20/$25.
THOSE GUYS at the Legendary Black & Gold Tavern. 8 p.m., 2102 Business Loop 70 E.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Stephens Lake Park Arboretum Plant Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 Old Hwy 63.
Curated. Crafted. Created. Spring Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, MU Healthcare Pavilion, 1701 W. Ash St.
Bike Blessing. Noon-2 p.m., Blessing of the Bikes by Black Sheep Motorcycle Ministry, 5704 Freedom Dr.
Pinnacles Lunch and Hike. 1 p.m., Pinnacles Youth Park, 850 E. Pinnacles Rd.
Pat Kay LIVE at Cooper’s Landing. 2 p.m., 11505 S Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: Big Hungry Patty Wagon.
Plant-Based Columbia regular meeting. 2-4 p.m. Friends Rooms, Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.
12 Months of Metaphysics – Getting “Stoned” – Grids. 2-4 p.m., Heart, Body & Soul, 1004 W. Worley St. $50.
A Kids’ Musical O Chicken of Little Faith Kid’s Theater & Joyful Noise Performance. 4 p.m., Forum Christian Church, 3900 Forum Blvd.
You Can’t Stop the Beat, Battle High School Vocal Arts. 4:30 p.m., 7575 E. St. Charles Rd. Tickets. $15 in advance, students $5.
Missouri Youth Chamber Recital. 5 p.m., Sinquefield Music Center, Sheryl Crow Hall, The Missouri Symphony Conservatory spring recital. $10 adult, $15 student, 12 and under free. Tickets available online and at the door up to one hour before showtime.
Forrest McCurren LIVE at Cooper’s Landing. 6 p.m., 11505 S. Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: Big Hungry Patty Wagon.
MONDAY, MAY 8
Prayer for Finals: College Connect. 6-7:30 p.m., MU Journalism Library, RJI Room 102A.
May Arts & Sciences Night. 6-8 p.m., Columbia Public Library, conference room B, 100 W. Broadway.
TUESDAY, MAY 9
Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic. 9-11 a.m., Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd. $15 vaccines, $15 microchips.
History on Elm: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Noon-1 p.m. Missouri historian and author Bob Priddy will interview SHSMO executive director Kary Kremer about the society’s legacy and future. FREE. Attendees receive a free book about Missouri history. Cake and punch served.
Mick Byrd joins COMO Song Swap at Dive Bar. 6 p.m., 1116 Business Loop 70 E.
As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show. 8 p.m., Eastside Tavern, 1016 E. Broadway. FREE comedy open mic.