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The Weekender: 35 things to do in COMO, plus info on upcoming concert, dance, and theatre seasons

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. 


First Fridays in the North Village Arts District. 6-9 p.m. A free art crawl the first Friday of each month. Galleries, shops, and businesses will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and more. 

Bare Reception. 6 p.m., Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St. Exhibit runs through Aug. 30. This figure show focuses on the unadorned human body, adding to the rich tradition of the nude figure in the history of art. 

Orr Street Studios presents Anthea Rackley. 6-9 p.m., 106 Orr St. Music by Molly Healey. Exhibit runs through Aug. 26. 

First Fridays Makers Market. 6-9 p.m., Café Berlin. 220 N. Tenth St. FREE. 

Noah Earle at Cooper’s Landing. 6 p.m., 11505 S. Smith Hatchery Rd. Food truck: Lilly’s Cantina, 4:30-9 p.m. 

The Ponies Improv, Campfire Stories. 7 p.m., Talking Horse Productions, 210 St. James St. 

Summer Camp: Art About Columbia. Monday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St. Ages 13 to 16. Register at link. From $210. 

Cinderella. 8-10:30 p.m., through Sunday, Maplewood Barn Theater, 2900 E. Nifong Blvd.  


Columbia Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon, MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park, 1769 W. Ash St. 

Escape Room: Stop Y2K! 9:30-10:30 a.m., Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway. Teens and adults. Please register. 

Celebrate 10 years of Yellow Dog Bookshop. 10 a.m., 8 S. Ninth St. The 10th Birthday Bash will include Blind Date Books, Second Chance pups, cookies from Out of This World Sweets, giveaways, special birthday merch, and more. 

Friends of Columbia Public Library book sale. Noon-3 p.m., 100 W. Broadway. Cash or checks only. 

DJ in the Park. 4-6 p.m., Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence. FREE event by Columbia Parks and Recreation. 

Ty Toomsen at Cooper’s Landing. 6-9 p.m., 11505 S. Smith Hatchery Rd. Food trucks: Mia Taco Truck and 850 Wood Fire Pizza, noon-8 p.m.  

Nclusion Plus – The Sinister Shadow NMX Pageant. 6:30-11 p.m., The Social Room, 220 N. Eighth St. $10 online in advance; $15 at the door. VIP passes for $20 in advance only. 

Megan Boyer Band. 7 p.m., Sentinel Park at Witches and Wizards Arcade, 1214 Eugenia. FREE. Irene’s BBQ and Six-Mile Ordinary will be open. 

Guster at Rose Park: A Summerfest Concert Event. 7 p.m., Rose Music Hall. All ages. $36 day of show. 

Karaoke Night. Every Saturday at 9 p.m., McGinty’s Pub, 1312 Old 63 S.  


Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market. 9 a.m., Wabash Station, 126 N. Tenth St. 

Puppy Yoga – Arcade District. 10 a.m.-noon, Sentinel Park, 1214 Eugenia Street. Self-care while helping puppies. $25 per person.  

Kid Disco! A Kid’s Dance Party ft. Mr. Benjamin and the Fun Band at Rose Park. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1013 Park Avenue. All ages. $10 per family. 

Austin Kolb Band and ZomboniFunk at Cooper’s Landing. 2-5 p.m., 11505 S. Smith Hatchery Rd. Food trucks: Zydecos Cajun Kitchen, noon-8 p.m.; Dada Doner, 2-8:30 p.m. 

Coolin’ Down With the Blues. 4-7 p.m., Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence. FREE. Featuring local and regional talent in a mini-festival atmosphere. Organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation. 

Karaoke Night at Eastside Tavern. 8-11:45 p.m., 106 E. Broadway.  


Monthly Stitch Studio. 5-7 p.m., Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St. Bring in your embroidery projects to work on and get feedback from others. The main focus is gathering as a community and completing unfinished projects together. Please register. 
Columbia Farmers Market Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner. 6-9 p.m., Irene’s BBQ in the Arcade District, 711 N. College Ave. Tickets $150. 


Mad Science of St. Louis – Fire and Ice. 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway. Ages 4 and older. 

August Song Swap at Dive Bar. 7-10 p.m. 1116 Business Loop E. Locally written, original tunes, six singer/songwriters performing in pairs. No cover. 

As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show. 8 p.m., Eastside Tavern, 106 E. Broadway. FREE comedy open mic night. 


Food trucks roundup at Columbia Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m., MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park, 1769 W. Ash St. Shop the market and grab an early dinner. 

We Teach Wednesdays – Hexagon Alley. 6-9 p.m., 111 S. Ninth St. Learn a new game. $5. 

Explore your world with geocaching. 6:30 p.m., Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway. Ages 8 and older. Please register. 

Mid-MO Sierra Club general meeting. Guest: COMO Mayor Barbara Buffaloe. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway. 


State of Inclusivity Conference 2023. 11 a.m., Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street. $55. 

Things That Matter: Matt Fetterly. 1-2 p.m., Boone County History & Culture Center, 3801 Ponderosa Street. Local historian Matt Fetterly shares little known Columbia LGBTQIA+ history. Things That Matter is a free, conversational-style speaker series. No RSVP is required. 

We also love to visit and find out what’s happening at … 

Finger Lakes State Park 

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park 

Three Creeks Conservation Area 

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area 

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Columbia Public Library 

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