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Columbia Missourian

Fun things to do around Columbia

By Andrea Kszystyniak
August 19, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

If the monotony of being in Columbia has got you down in the dumps, never fear. There’s a boatload of great things going down in downtown Columbia, including swinging summer concerts and jaw-dropping gallery exhibitions, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Get creative at the Catacombs Art Market

The Artlandish Gallery will host more than 30 artists, all of whom will be selling original works, photography, jewelry and more wares. Tour the North Village Artist Studio or get acquainted with the delightfully quirky Artlandish Gallery. The weekend-long event unites local artists and is free.

Learn a new craft

Go get creative at Columbia’s new bead emporium, The Bead Gallery. The store offers classes in jewelry making while also offering a variety of handmade beads to help give your creations a more personal touch. If you don’t want to leave campus, the Craft Studio offers a number of classes in everything from screen-printing to pottery.

Get a cone at Sparky’s

With a myriad of original ice cream flavors to choose from, there’s no way to be bored. Flavors to try include green tea and brownie, which is made using baked goods from local bakery, Uprise.