COLUMBIA — Highs in the mid-80s, clear skies, and the rusty oranges of autumnal foliage– the makings of a perfect weekend outing in Columbia.
Whether you're looking for a short walk to a nearby concert or a highway drive, here are some options for mid-Missouri events this weekend:
When? All day on Oct. 8-10. (Also taking place every other weekend in October.)
Where? Various locations around Hermann.
What? Sample German beers at this much-loved, mid-Missouri tradition. There will be free concerts as well as free craft and antique shows.
More info: Visit the festival's website for a detailed schedule of events.
When? 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 8-10.
Where? Art galleries and civic centers scattered through downtown Columbia and into North Village.
What? See local art, performances, and interactive exhibits for free through Columbia. Unique exhibits include demonstrations by the Columbia Spinners and Weavers Guild at PS: Gallery in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, a 'Big Apple' exhibit at You Photography and Art on Saturday, and a Swedish Harvest breakfast buffet to sustain art perusal on Sunday at Sven's Kafe & Gallery. Extra perk? There are free trolley rides on Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
More Info: Visit Artrageous Fridays' website for a PDF download detailing participating businesses, a map, and more activities.
One Sky, One World Kite Flying Day
When? 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 10.
Where? Cosmo-Bethel Park, 4500 Bethel St.
What? If you've always wanted to live out that Mary Poppins' kite dream or just enjoy windy days, join Missouri's most avid kite fliers for this one-day event. Special this year? Kite master Jianguo Qian will present a series of free workshops about the art of kite making. On Sunday, enjoy a Chinese Waist Drum performance at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and a Chinese kite tying and flying demostration at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
More Info: Visit Columbia's Parks and Recreation website.
Stephens College presents 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'
When? 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6-9.
Where? Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.
What? Warehouse Theatre Company presents this behind-the-scenes wedding comedy by Alan Ball (of 'True Blood' and 'Six Feet Under' fame) as their season opener.
More Info: Tickets cost $8 for general admission and $6 for a student/senior ticket. For more information on the play or tickets, visit Warehouse Theatre Company's website or call (573) 876-7199.
Missouri Chamber Orchestra
When? 8 p.m. on Oct. 9.
Where? Columbia's First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway
What? Fans of classical music will enjoy renditions of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 and Beethoven's second symphony. The concert is free but donations are suggested for the Missouri Symphony.
More Info: Visit Columbia Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.
Fall Harbor Hop
When? 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.
Where? 1232 Jeffries Road, Osage Beach
What? Play your poker hand at 40 participating locations on Lake of the Ozarks. To play, register your hand at any participating location and give an optional $15 donation. Hop to six more locations and draw a card at each location, turn in your seventh by 7 p.m. to find out about winnings.
More Info: Visit Missouri Tourism's website. Or call 800-386-5253.
We Always Swing Jazz Series presents Tierney Sutton Band
When? 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.
Where? Murry's, 33107 Green Meadows Way
What? Wisconsin's Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton and her band will visit Missouri for two shows at Murry's.
More Info: Visit the "We Always Swing" website.
Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
When? 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9-10.
What? Whether enjoying a glass of wine while picking out the perfect pumpkin, sampling Missouri's tasty small-town fare, or taking the kids for a ride on a pony, Hartsburg's annual Pumpkin Festival is an event that shouldn't be missed. Look for apple butter cooking demos both days, the 9 a.m. pumpkin parade on Saturday, and various free concerts through the weekend. A free tram will be running to-and-from parts of the festival.
More Info: Visit the festival's website for information on vendors, events, and a site map.
Collins Pie Festival
When? 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9.
What? If you are in the mood for a weekend drive, take a trip to see the crowning of royalty. The crowning of the Collins' Pie King and Queen, that is. Events include fruit, cream, and specialty pie judging after 12 p.m., an auction immediately after, a car show, fireworks, and a performance by the band Rustic heart from 3-7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
More Info: Please call 417-988-9911 or check out Missouri Tourism's website.