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  • symphony orchestra

    Do You Hear What I Hear?

    December 02

    The holiday season is almost here, and that means that we are all soon to be treated to a steady diet of Christmas music. 

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  • women running in snow in winter

    Trot for Your Turkey

    November 03

    If you close your eyes, you can probably see and smell all of the delicious food that your family will enjoy on Thanksgiving. 

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  • colorful pumpkins

    Fall into Halloween

    October 07

    The heat of summer has finally been replaced by a crisp Autumn cool in Missouri, at least for this week anyway.

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  • retro microphone

    Comedy in Columbia

    September 02

    The CoMo Comedy Club series is dedicated to bringing some of the hottest comedians in the country to Columbia. The shows take place at The Blue Note, just 10 minutes from the Holiday Inn Columbia.

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  • thrift store kitchenware

    Calling All Treasure Hunters

    August 04

    If you enjoy the thrill of searching for unique flea market finds or antique furniture that will complete the look you are going for in your living room, then you will want to visit Midway Antique Mall and Flea Market.

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  • film camera

    A Unique Film Experience

    July 01

    Ragtag Cinema was created to promote media literacy while simultaneously celebrating independent and global films. In fact, their stated mission is to “provide a venue for the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking.”

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  • mud run

    Don't Go Splat

    June 03

    The Splat! Jr. Obstacle Course and Fun Run is an incredible opportunity to let the kids burn some energy while playing in the mud. All of the fun takes place at Gans Creek Recreation Area which is only about 15 minutes from The Holiday Inn Columbia.

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  • boombox radios

    School's Out for Summer

    May 06

    The month of May is filled with graduations, goodbyes for the summer, and the search for summer jobs. It also means studying for all of those finals before summer break can officially begin.

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  • vintage camera and typewriter

    Experience Literary Genius

    April 01

    Novelist, essayist, and short story author George Saunders was the recipient of the 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, also known as the “Genius Award.”

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  • plays of shakespeare

    Et tu, Brute?

    March 04

    William Shakespeare, the Bard, is known as one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language because he could work in a variety of genres like Tragedy, History, Romance, and Comedy.

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  • mixologist

    A Perfect Pairing

    February 04

    On February 25, Angel’s Envy Whiskey will have an evening of delicious food and smooth whiskey. The Angel’s Envy Whiskey Pairing brings together food from visiting Chef Martin Casey with up to 4 different Angel’s Envy offerings.

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  • children in theater

    Off to Neverland

    January 07

    Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan and his lost boys. We have all grown up loving their adventures as they match wits with the villainous Captain Hook.

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  • A Holiday Bike Ride

    December 03

    If you are looking for a unique holiday experience this Christmas season, then you should consider participating in the It’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour on December 18.

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  • Here Comes Santa Claus

    November 05

    It may seem crazy to already start thinking about Christmas, Thanksgiving has not even arrived yet, but it is never too early to get into that holiday spirit. One place where you can start the celebration is Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops.

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  • Halloween Brew and View

    October 01

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  • MIZ-ZOU

    September 04

    To many football fans, the atmosphere at a college game surpasses the intensity and excitement of an NFL game. After all, college students passionately root for their school’s team, as do the fans that grew up with the school as well as the alumni.

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  • Fortune Favors the Bold

    August 06

    In 2017, Longboat Brewing and The Blue Note put on the first-ever Fortune Fest. The concert was such a success that they are doing it again this year on August 18.

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  • Cheers to You

    July 03

    It is no secret that there has been craft beer and microbrewery explosion in the United States in the last few years. Columbia has seen its fair share of new breweries and brewpubs, but the Broadway Brewery is one of the best in the area.

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  • Movie Music Comes Alive

    June 04

    Some of the most iconic films in movie history have equally iconic soundtracks, scores, and musical cues. From Jaws to Star Wars and Superman to Indiana Jones, the music in a film can be just as important and memorable as the story and stars.

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  • Fly Like An Eagle

    May 08

    With the high-paced nature of our modern lives, sometimes it is necessary and important to lose yourself in the serenity and beauty of nature. You can do just that at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area which is located only about 25 minutes from the Holiday Inn Columbia.

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  • Root Root Root for the Tigers

    April 02

    Even though the Major League Baseball season just started, college baseball has been going strong for a couple of months now.

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  • Come as You Are

    March 05

    Even though it seems impossible, Nirvana’s smash album Nevermind will turn 30 in just a few years. That album brought grunge to the mainstream and changed the musical landscape of an entire decade.

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  • Escape, If You Can

    February 05

    Conari Escape Rooms is the most exciting new escape room adventure in the entire Columbia, Missouri area. You and up to 7 other people have to solve riddles, find clues, and unlock the mystery in time to escape the themed room that you choose.

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  • Columbia Art League

    January 07

    From January 16 through March 9, you have the extraordinary opportunity to indulge your artistic side with a special exhibit from the Columbia Art League.

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  • Elf Jr. The Musical

    December 04

    Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color? Buddy’s catchphrase is repeated more and more as we get closer to the holiday season.

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  • Mizzou Basketball

    November 07

    The entire city of Columbia is buzzing about the potential of this year’s Men’s Basketball team. Led by Coach Cuonzo Martin, the team is hoping for a deep post-season run with freshmen stars like preseason All-American Michael Porter Jr., his brother Jontay Porter, and Jeremiah Tilmon.

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  • The 12th Annual Central Missouri Renaissance Festival

    October 07

    Who among us hasn’t imagined what it would have been like to live in that great intellectual, artistic, and civic blossoming that defined the Renaissance Europe?

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  • Step Back into the Past at the Heritage Festival and Craft Show

    September 04

    From Saturday, September 15, through Sunday, September 16, the 40th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show will offer locals and visitors alike the opportunity to travel back in time to witness the ways of a bygone era firsthand.

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  • Making Summer Last

    August 07

    Now that summer is winding down, you’ll want to get out and enjoy the warm weather while you still can. To that end, here are some free outdoor activities this month that are great for the whole family. 

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  • Join the Missouri Symphony Orchestra for Hot Summer Nights

    July 02

    One of the most venerable symphony orchestras in the heartland, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra emerged in 2005 under the direction of Kirk Trevor.

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  • Down at the District

    June 03

    Take a stroll down Columbia’s 9th Street, known to locals as “The District,” for a fun summer outing that exudes college town charm.

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  • Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream

    May 01

    Now that spring is here and the weather is finally starting to warm up, we recommend you take a trip down to Columbia’s most famous dessert joint, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, just a short drive from our Holiday Inn hotel.

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  • Chasing the Sun

    April 01

    We Missourians take a lot of pride in our beautiful countryside, which is why the Holiday Inn Executive Center of Columbia is inviting all our guests who enjoy running to participate in the 5th annual Chasing the Sun 5k walk-or-run the morning of Saturday, May 6.

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  • A Train Ride Through the Expo Circuit

    March 04

    Open wide for these tributes to slaking thirst and bounding from place to place.

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  • Dip Your Valentine in a Lovely Afternoon

    February 03

    It’s a year-round love affair for those who live in Columbia, but the passion really picks up in February, when love birds flock to the city for Valentine’s Day.

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  • Artful Beginnings to the Next Year

    January 08

    Putting a little art in your step can be a beautiful solution to lingering last-year funk.

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