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The Jazzfest and the Street Art Fair take place downtown, at the corner of Madison and High Streets.
The Street-Art Fair is a chalk-art competition, from amateur to professional levels, all drawn on the asphalt of the street, starting at 12:30 p.m.
The five music concerts cover straight-ahead jazz, Dixieland, funk-fusion and blues. Music begins at 1:30 p.m.
Visit our website for details and schedules.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to break out of a real dungeon? What about a dungeon underneath a 178-year-old abandoned prison? What would it be like to stand in a place where convicts sat for years at a time without daylight, running water or contact with the outside world? If you’ve ever thought about any of that, chances are pretty good you’ve thought about how you would escape from that prison.
On September 6, Jefferson City Outdoors is going to give you that opportunity. The Prison Break Race is back!
Racers will emerge from the prison’s dungeon, sprint through Housing Unit 4 and set out on a 5+ mile course that will test every facet of their athleticism. Breaking out of prison isn’t easy, and this course won’t be either. Expect the unexpected – hilly terrain combined with a slew of obstacles will be featured at every turn before the conclusion. Must be 18 years or older.
Registration 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., race 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Cost is $40 per person and includes t-shirt, mug shot photo and pizza slices.
The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission would like to extend a special invitation to the 4th Annual Wine and Design 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Village Square, originally Warwick Village. The evening will offer a wine tasting and pairing of hors d'oeuvres along with a unique art auction as well as artist’s booths, musical entertainers and more.
The cost is $10/ticket and proceeds will go to outdoor public art installations (Advance ticket purchase as Art Bazaar, Brew House and Carrie’s Hallmark).
Race to the Dome is a charity canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with two race courses from Providence to Jefferson City (26.6 miles) and Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles). Proceeds from the race go to Missouri River Relief to support their efforts reconnecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education.
The race will start at 9 a.m. at the Perche Creek Access and Hartsburg Access. Race time will be between one and four hours depending on the distance and the paddlers' experience. This is a perfect opportunity for novice paddlers to gain race experience and enjoy the beauty of the Missouri River.
Come cheer them on as they finish at the Carl R. Noren Missouri River Access. Free for Spectators; $45/paddler.
This is a fun Halloween float trip. Join Lay Z Day Canoes and Camping on the Big Piney River in St. Robert for a Haunted River Float. Floats depart every half-hour from Lay-Z-Day Canoe Outfitters.
Once you are in the raft there is no turning back from whatever may be lurking in the river. After the float, you walk through the haunted forest and hop a hay wagon for a ride back to the campground. At the campground, there is a nice warm bon fire.
Camping is available by reservation; a separate fee applies.
Information can be found on our website and Facebook page; and you can call or email for details and reservations.
Cost: $25; ages 6-12, $10; younger than 6, free.
NOTE: Held on the dates specified only.
The Annual Fall Festival and Downtown Harvest Fest have merged into one event that promises a great day of entertainment; food; arts; crafts and storytellers for the children; community information booths; and vendors that embrace the diverse cultures found in mid-Missouri. Experience the community’s diversity in downtown Jefferson City. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and to introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the Missouri State Museum will offer a series of screenings and discussions centered around four documentaries on the Lincoln University campus in Jefferson City, Mo.
This program continues the museum’s ongoing series, “Museum After Hours,” held the first Wednesday of each month. While museum galleries will remain open until 9 p.m., the programs for September, October, November and December will be presented in the T.D. Pawley Theater at Lincoln University.
The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The schedule is as follows:
Programs will be held on the above-listed dates ONLY.
The Old Munichburg Association is excited to host again the annual Jefferson City Oktoberfest, September 26-27 on the historic south side of Jefferson City. Oktoberfest has grown into one of Jefferson City’s major signature festivals and brings in participants and visitors from not only our city, but from the entire Mid-Missouri area.
On Friday, we will be celebrating the German heritage at the Central United Church of Christ from 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Parishoners from the Church will be serving a German meal in the dining hall. Adjacent to the church on Ashley Street, festival attendees can listen to, and dance along with, the Loehnig Family German Band while enjoying beverages from the Muenchberg Beer Garden.
All day Saturday, the festival activities will include performances on the main stage, bratwurst and hotdogs served at the Muenchberg Beer/Wine Garden, Missouri’s largest Dachshund Derby and costume contest, Kid’s Korner with games and activities, craft and food vendors, baked goods, craft demonstrations, and the Mid-Mo Old Car Club show.
Don’t miss the tenth annual Museum Day Live! hosted by Smithsonian magazine to celebrate the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day.
Just download your ticket at Museum Day Live! and on September 27, you and a guest can enjoy participating museums across the country...for free.
Visit Smithsonian.com to download your Museum Day Live! ticket, starting August 1.
You must present your ticket to be admitted free. Participating Missouri museums include:
Cycle for the Future is a new Special Olympics Missouri fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and funds for SOMO's Training for Life Campus.
The fundraiser will be two 2-day simultaneous rides, both of which will end in Jefferson City; one begins in St. Louis and the other in Clinton.
The St. Louis-Jefferson City route is as follows: 103.7 miles - Start in St. Charles (Sept. 20) - Camp in Hermann - End in Jefferson City (Sept. 21)
The Clinton-Jefferson City route is as follows: 121.4 miles - Start in Clinton (Sept. 20) - Camp in Boonville - End in Jefferson City (Sept. 21)
Registration fee is $310 and covers a breakfast, lunch and dinner over the weekend as well as camping, showers, SAG stop food and drink, goody bags and more. Because this is our first year putting on such an event, we've decided to put a cap on the number of riders on each route at 300 (600 total).
The registration fee covers the cost of sending one of our 17,000+ athletes to the State Summer Games competition in May ($55), the State Outdoor Games competition ($55) in October and a week-long Sports Camp in June ($200). We hope to have fundraising incentives posted in the near future.
Editor's Note: address shown above is for the Special Olympics office. Actual event location is Katy Trail State Park with starting points in St. Charles and Clinton.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
One suite with jetted tub. Be sure to see our Lionel model trains layout when you stay with us. We are located seven miles north of Jefferson City, on Route 54 at the Route OO exit. The Katy Trail is four miles; Lake of the Ozarks is 40 miles, there is a winery four miles away. We have a large parking area.
Relax and enjoy great views of the Missouri countryside. Two trains daily each direction between St. Louis and Kansas City, with stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City.
Limited carry-on bicycle space is available (St. Louis-Kansas City trains only); restrictions apply. Reservations are required for passengers and bicycles. For the best pricing, purchase tickets in advance at Amtrak.com, on your mobile device or at a travel agent.
Everyday discounts for seniors (62+); children aged 2 - 12 traveling with an adult; active duty military; groups (20+) who book in advance; Membership organizations offer discounts with three days notice. These include AAA, Veterans Advantage, and Student Advantage. Contact Amtrak for rules and restrictions.
When Arris’ Pizza Palace opened in September 1961, it was one of the first Greek-style pizza houses in the Midwest. It is said that once you’ve eaten with someone of Greek heritage you become their family.
Arris’ serves Greek-style pizza, using house-made dough to form a thin crust, smeared with private recipe sauce, loaded with meats and veggies (more than 30 choices, with hundreds of combinations); then it is topped with sliced cheese — the cheese goes on top of the other "toppings."
This pizza house offers a gluten-free pizza. (For those of you with Celiac Disease or severe allergies, there may be some cross-contamination in the preparation, so please notify your server of you restrictions.)
In addition to Greek pizza, we serve Greek specialties, Italian foods, panini, salads, sandwiches, beer and wine. Lunch buffet Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Full menu available.)
Private group space is available by reservation. Call ahead for take-out, including half-baked pizzas.
Southern style barbecue, seasoned with a dry rub and cooked sauce-less, then hand-cut to order straight from the smoker. All Bandana's pork, beef, chicken and ribs are specially prepared over a pit of hardwoods to create our signature smoked flavor. This slow cooking process – 14 hours for pork butts and special beef cuts; five hours for ribs and chicken – makes the meat tender and tasty. Catering available.
An award-winning, Tuscan themed, all suite-style, AAA Three-Diamond hotel. Each guestroom features plush bedding; seating area with love seat; lounge chair; coffee table; 42-inch HDTV; desk; and a large bathroom.
Guests may relax in the spacious breakfast room and enjoy a free, hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and Belgian waffles. Also, fresh-made chocolate chip cookies are served Monday through Thursday afternoons. Complimentary USA Today available in the lobby.
Located three miles from the Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, Lincoln University, and many government offices. Columbia Regional Airport is 25 miles.
This picturesque little town lies between the bluffs, at the confluence of the Osage River and Missouri River. During its prime, Bonnots Mill was a hub for commerce, with riverboats and steam-powered trains supplying the region with goods.
Today, this early French settlement offers a general store, a saloon and restaurant, a bed and breakfast inn, and a wedding chapel. This entire district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This extended stay hotel features: full kitchenettes; barbecue grills; a small convenience store inside the hotel; a lending library of DVDs, CDs and books. We are pet friendly, but require your pet’s documentation. Wednesday evening, enjoy our manager’s social, with home cooked food, wine, beer or soda. Located next to the Capital Mall and Theaters. We offer discounts at restaurants.
Canterbury Hill sits atop of a bluff with view of the State Capital and the Missouri River bottomlands from our large, terraced outdoor patio.
Our goal is for you to feel like you are the King or Queen of the hill. We serve our own label wines, plus other Missouri wines and selections from across America. We have several craft beers on tap. We offer a full lunch and dinner menu, with daily specials.
Scan our website for details and schedules of live music on the patio; our Murder Mystery Dinners; and other special events. We specialize in private events and the wedding of your dreams. Join us on “The Hill.”
This small wine shop and bistro has a nice wine selection and a dinner menu. Wine by the bottle and glass. If you do not drink wine, they have some beers, sodas and teas.
Seasonally changing menu; farm to table dishes. Reservations accepted.
Available for private functions.
Capitol City Dining & Entertainment is a full color publication, full of locally owned restaurant menus from the Jefferson City area; perfect for planning your event and personal dining experience.
Get your copy of the guide at Jefferson City area hotels, the Chamber of Commerce, in the office of the Missouri Division of Tourism, and on our website at www.CapitolCityDining.com
Note: The address shown is for the publication's offices, which are not open to the public.
The Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center Jefferson City invites you to experience our newly renovated guest room accommodations and service. Our Mobil 3-Star and AAA 3-Diamond-rated Missouri capitol hotel puts all of the best downtown attractions, shopping, and businesses within easy reach – from the Missouri State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion to the stores of the Capital Mall or The Crossings.
With more than 22,000 total square feet of meeting space, our downtown Jefferson City hotel is central Missouri’s largest convention center. Whether you’re visiting Jefferson City for business or leisure, our attentive staff will ensure an exceptionally relaxing stay in an ideal setting.
• 100% non-smoking hotel
• Two blocks from the elegant State Capitol Complex with its Thomas Hart Benton murals, the Governor’s Mansion, and Missouri State Museum
• A short drive (less than three miles) from the exceptional hiking and biking on the Katy Trail State Park
• Only 1.5 miles from Jefferson City Memorial Airport
• Enjoy a full host of modern amenities, including complimentary Internet access in all guest rooms, an indoor pool, and a modern fitness center
A striking complement to the Capitol Complex, this Garden, located next to the Governor's Mansion, was constructed in the late 1930s. The site is filled with flowers, pools, and walkways. After the death of Gov. Mel Carnahan, the garden was renamed the Carnahan Memorial Gardens. The garden can be reserved for special events.
A Jefferson City tradition since the 1930s, Central Dairy Ice Cream Shop offers a wide variety of flavors (everything from vanilla to Extreme Moose Tracks) and treats for you to enjoy, plus fountain drinks, hot dogs and polish-sausage sandwiches.
The shop serves ice cream cones, dishes, sodas, malts, shakes, sundaes and traditional favorites such as the banana split (it's huge). Also, they serve a variety of frozen yogurt and sherbets. No-sugar added selections are available.
Take home hand-packed ice cream by the pint, quart and gallon.
Central Dairy Ice Cream Shop accepts cash only.
This site was noted in William Clark’s journal in 1804. A half-mile trail takes visitors up a hill, past American Indian burial mounds and interpretive panels, to an overlook of the Missouri and Osage rivers. The historic site is managed out of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Located off Route 50, north on Route J.
A casual yet elegant bed & breakfast inn overlooking the Missouri River. The inn is “bicycle friendly,” offering secured storage and easy access from the Katy Trail via the Jefferson City Trailhead pedestrian/bicycle pathway.
It is one block from the south end of the bridge; four blocks west of the Capitol and downtown business district.
Within the walls of this museum, the history of Missouri unfolds. The building holds treasures of historical significance, beginning with the era of the Louisiana Territory.
Spacious rooms–some with specific themes, such as the Civil War–are appointed with antique chandeliers, rosewood and mahogany chests and settees, French mirrors and fine paintings.
The Civil War Room has uniforms, gear, weapons, flags, and objects relating to medicine, entertainment, and soldiers rations. A diorama depicts landmarks and fortifications in Jefferson City in 1864. Murals illustrate war-time events. Photographs and informational panels enhance the displays.
Located across the street from the Governor's Mansion.
Nowhere else in Missouri is there such a comprehensive display of information concerning traffic safety, law enforcement, drug abuse and items relating to the history of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. There are exhibits focusing on the services and responsibilities of the Highway Patrol on and off the highways. Call the center to schedule a tour. To schedule the 1959 Dodge Patrol Car for exhibit or a parade, please contact your nearest Missouri State Highway Patrol troop headquarters.
Original paintings, historic photographs of Missouri's Capital City, prints, special events and exhibits and a full custom frame shop
Stay where the Missouri Tiger football and basketball teams stay before every home game.
The four story hotel includes 125 guestrooms and eight suites; seven meeting rooms totaling, 6,000 square-feet; and The Bistro.
Located approximately two hours from Kansas City and St. Louis; 90 minutes from Lake of the Ozarks; 25 minutes from Jefferson City; 15 minutes from the University of Missouri, Columbia College and Stephens College.
Casual fine dining and rich European culture right here in Missouri, complete with German music to enhance your dining pleasure.
In addition to authentic German specialties, we offer: European dishes; the best filet mignon; fresh seafood, including fresh oysters; and a variety of entrees sure to please anyone's discriminating palate. Choose from our extensive wine list, plus beers and liqueurs imported from Europe.
Let us arrange your private party; no added room charge.
An historic railroad hotel located near the confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers in the town of Bonnots Mill. The Dauphine has been carefully restored, combining original architecture and furnishings with modern amenities to ensure your comfort.
Choose from seven guestrooms, furnished with antique dressers and iron beds original to the hotel. All guestrooms have a private bathroom; one features a two-person jetted tub.
Breakfast is cooked to order and served at your leisure in the large dining area. Choose from farm fresh eggs, locally produced breakfast meats, hash browns, pancakes and fruit.
Steaks, seafood, chicken, veal and pasta, served in a casual atmosphere for more than 20 years. See our menu and other details on our website.
Located in the Capitol Plaza West Shopping Center.
Group events and off-site catering by reservation.
Our Hotel offers a comfortable setting for your attendees, such as:
• Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree sleep experience
• Wired and wireless high-speed internet access with remote guest- room printing
• 32”- 40” LCD Flat Panel HD TV featuring over 40 high definition channels and HBO®
• Featuring in room Coffee by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck
• Sweet Dreams alarm clock radio with MP3 connectivity
• USA Today® delivered each weekday morning
• Two telephones, voicemail and data port
• Microwave and Mini Refrigerator
• Sapphires Restaurant and Lounge; Full Service on site restaurant
• Mochas; A We Proudly Brew Starbuck’s Coffee Shop
• Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
• 24-hour Business Center with security by Uniguest
• 24 Hour Fitness designed by Precor USA
• Shuttle Service (limited service area)
• Next-Day Laundry Service
• Onsite Guest Laundry
• 24-hour Snack Shop
Standard Econo Lodge motel; located five minutes from Lincoln University and within 10 minutes of the Missouri State Capitol, downtown Jefferson City, and the Amtrak Station.
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