- For Immediate Release: September 30, 2013 - 

~ Find Your Fun This Fall in Columbia ~ 

  Columbia Convention
& Visitors Bureau

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The fall is a beautiful time in Columbia, Missouri with a number of fun and exciting festivals for the entire family to enjoy.


"It's so easy to keep yourself entertained in Columbia, especially in the fall.  The autumn weather is typically some of the best and most beautiful weather of the year, which makes for great hiking and biking, and there's always something exciting going on," says Amy Schnieder, director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Read on for just a few of the exciting things going on around Columbia this fall. 

Columbia Celebrates Creativity During Artrageous Weekend 

Artrageous Fridays Patrons of the arts unite and gather downtown in Columbia to meet local and regional artists the weekend of Oct. 11-13 during Columbia's Artageous Weekend. A quarterly event, free and open to the public, Artrageous Friday's Artrageous Weekend is a two-day, self-guided art crawl celebrating the thriving arts and cultural scene of Columbia. This festive weekend features original works in many mediums ranging from paintings and photography to sculptures and hand-crafted jewelry and wares, all of which are available for purchase.

Ever-inventive and exciting, Columbia's Artrageous Weekend promises awe and inspiration. For more information, please visit ArtrageousFridays.com.

Carve Out Time for Family Fun at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival  

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Hartsburg, a small, charming river town of 108 people located just 15 minutes south of Columbia, will host thousands of visitors Oct. 12-13 during the 22nd Annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Since 1991, this annual festival has been a regional favorite and draws people from all over the state to join in the celebration of the bountiful fall harvest. The festival features thousands of pumpkins and gourds for sale; live entertainment and libations for the adults; and a petting zoo, a large straw maze and face painting stations for the younger crowd. Also on hand will be a wide array of pumpkin goodies and fun pumpkin-themed activities. For more information on the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, please visit HartsburgPumpkinFestival.com.
Fabulous Fall Foliage  

Missouri in the fall is a breathtaking sight and there are many great vantage points and fun ways to take in the splendor of the season around Columbia. 

  • Visitors can hike, bike or stroll along the MKT Trail and Katy Trail for a view of the changing colors against an impressive backdrop of limestone bluffs that run along the Missouri River. Les Bourgeois Vineyards, located along the Katy Trail in the quaint town of Rocheport, offers site seers a stunning panoramic view of the countryside along the Missouri River from the large picture windows of the Blufftop Bistro and sprawling decks of the A-frame. Patrons also can celebrate the season with a sampling of some of the state's best wines, which are produced on location.
  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park offers fans of fall and families looking for a fun weekend adventure the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through some of the most popular trails in the state. The park also is home to picturesque wooden bridges and pathways, a namesake rock bridge, sinkholes, a natural spring and underground stream in the impressive cave system that makes up the "Devil's Icebox."
  • Those in a more academic mood can take a self-guided tour of the Mizzou Botanic Garden, which encompasses the entire University of Missouri campus. For more information and detailed maps of the entire botanic garden, please visit Gardens.Missouri.edu

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Columbia features a mix of small town charm and friendliness with the amenities and cultural offerings of a big city. There is always something exciting to see and do in Columbia, so for more information on these events and other ways to have fun in Columbia, please contact Megan McConachie
at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-652-0987 or at VisitColumbiaMO.com.

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