A performer spins a flaming hoop during the True/False Film Fest Parade, Photo by nonorganical via Flickr.


Festival season peaks in Columbia, Missouri around October with the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival that draws attendees from all over the country. If you missed the roots and blues festival, don’t worry! There will plenty of things to do in Columbia, Missouri with this upcoming set of festivals and events between January and May!


True/False Film Fest

When: Early March

Where: Downtown Columbia, Missouri

What: An annual film festival focused on documentary and nonfiction filmmaking. Organized by the Ragtag Film Society, the festival’s mission is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for filmmakers, and increase awareness of creative nonfiction. Funding and tools are given to the most visionary and creative people of CoMo to transform the downtown area, both indoors and out, into magical, temporary sets. Films are screened at multiple locations, including Ragtag Cinema, Jesse Hall, Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, The Picturehouse, and The Blue Note.

Tickets: Starts at $35/ticket, https://truefalse.org/


Unbound Book Festival:

When: Mid April

Where: Missouri Theatre

What: A relatively new festival in Columbia that celebrates literature of all kinds. It will be taking place for the third year this April. Nationally recognized and bestselling authors will discuss their work and participate in a variety of events for bookworms, writers, storytellers, and literature lovers. Events will be divided into the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s events. The festival’s mission is to promote literacy throughout Missouri, a state with one of the lowest literacy rates in the U.S. Let literature inspire you at this festival, where authors will be interviewed by other guest authors and answer audience questions.  

Tickets: Free. More information at http://www.unboundbookfestival.com/.


“We Always Swing” Jazz Series:

When: Year-Round

Where: Various Locations

What: A celebration of jazz in Columbia put together by the “We Always Swing,” Inc. The Jazz Series has educational goals and is an affiliated program of the University of Missouri’s College of Arts and Science. They present, promote, preserve, and celebrate the art of jazz with performances, educational activities, and publications throughout the year. This spring, catch live musical performances every Thursday at The Vault, located in The Tiger Hotel, and select Sundays at Murry’s featuring the finest jazz musicians in Columbia.

Tickets: Prices vary, http://www.wealwaysswing.org/


Man dressed up holding a trumpet to play


MSHSAA State Music Festival:

When: Late April

Where: University of Missouri

What: A state music festival, organized by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and hosted by the University of Missouri. The festival brings 10,000 potential Tigers to Mizzou as well as current students and community members together to celebrate and enjoy music of many different genres and decades. The primary event is an instrumental and vocal competition. Band, orchestra, and choir students from area high schools are given the opportunity to showcase their talent and win awards at this exciting, high-energy festival.

Tickets: TBD, find more information at http://www.mshsaa.org/.


For more ideas on things to do in Columbia this spring, check out the local events calendar and return to our News & Events page for more updates.


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