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Join the Capital City Players Dinner Theatre at the Shikles Auditorium for the musical All Shook Up, directed by Rob Crouse.
Take one hip-swivelin’ roustabout, put in a small town under the rule of an ultra-conservative mayor, throw in some mixed up love stories and some wacky hijinks, set it all up with 25 of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits and you have the high energy musical comedy “All Shook Up,” guaranteed to have your entire family jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes!
This program showcases steamboats and the Missouri River. Held in the Lohman Building, one of the earliest riverboat landings still standing in Missouri, this program will highlight the building, the importance of steamboats, and the "Big Muddy."
This program continues the programming series, "Museum after Hours," which occurs on the first Wednesday of each month.
Missouri State Museum galleries stay open until 9 p.m. The program will take place in the Lohman Building, located at 100 Jefferson Street, in the exhibits area on the ground floor. Entrance is at the corner of Jefferson and Water streets.
Downtown presents the second-annual "Sunday Funday." In the 200 Block of High Street (J. Pfenny's block), the street will be closed and there will be live music, beverages and activities for kids too.
From this fun zone, you will be able to watch the state championship bike race that is happening that day -- the cyclists will come down the 100 block of High Street and turn left onto Madison. The Missouri State Criterium will bring top level cyclists from around the state (including Mid-Missouri) together for a state championship bike race. The course is fast .85 mil loop around the State Capitol and through downtown Jefferson City.
“Sunday Funday” runs from noon to 4 p.m.; the races began at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
The 23rd Annual Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair is a FREE festival that takes place Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the corner of Madison and High Streets in downtown Jefferson City.
The music consists of five performances, covering straight-ahead jazz to Dixieland to funk-fusion to blues, and starts at 1:30 pm.
The Capital Street Art Fair consists of a chalk art competition, ranging from amateur to professional levels, all drawn on the asphalt of the street. The chalk art starts at 12:30.
Again, all of it is FREE and open to the public.
Don’t miss the 23nd Annual Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair with its free concert and art exhibition.
Watch live jazz music and artist competition with chalk art drawings. Art competition begins at 12:30 p.m. and the music starts at 1:30. Music stage will be at the corner of Madison and High Streets. Chalk art competition will take place on High Street from Jefferson to Monroe streets.
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).
The Missouri 340 is an endurance boat race across the state of Missouri. Competitors will start in Kansas City and finish, some of them anyway, in St. Charles. Participants are allowed exactly 88 hours to complete the course. Visit rivermiles.com to check the rules and register to be a part of the challenge!
There are nine checkpoints along the route where paddlers are required to sign in and sign out. Cutoff times will be associated with these checkpoints based on the 88 hour pace. Failure to miss two consecutive deadlines is grounds for disqualification. With numerous towns and hamlets, the course offers plenty of opportunity for resupply while enroute.
The Missouri 340 course is all on Class I water. At the mandatory pre-race meeting and safety check on August 11 in Kansas City, racers will be briefed on how to read mileage and channel markers, how to handle a tow and barge passage and what constitutes public property on the river.
Racers will pass through Jefferson City Thursday evening and stop at the Carl R. Noren Missouri River Access (Wilson's Serenity Point) in Cedar City. Free for spectators.
From 1900 through the 1980s, Kansas City was home to one of the most effective crime organizations in the United States. Black Hand Strawman, Terence O’Malley’s book and documentary film of the same name, explores this history, from the early years of “Black Hand” extortion within the Sicilian American community to the FBI’s “Strawman” investigation of Las Vegas profit skimming. Through a combination of contemporary interviews, historical newsreels, crime scene photos, police files and surveillance recordings, Black Hand Strawman follows the rise and decline of the Kansas City mob and its alliance with the Pendergast political machine.
Join us at the Missouri State Archives for a presentation by Terence O’Malley, who will intersperse clips from the film throughout his presentation to bring to life one of the most compelling true crime stories in American history.
The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
As part of our celebration of America’s Most Beautiful Small Town we invite you to join us the first Friday of the month for a leisurely walk through historic downtown Jefferson City where you’ll find street performers, artists, kid’s crafts, theater and cinema, beer and wine, great food and live music of all styles.
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
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.
The mansion was constructed in 1871 as the official residence of Missouri's first family. The state's first family invites you to tour their home to see its beautiful architecture and period furniture, and to learn the history of many of the state's great governors.
From March-May, public, guided tours of the first floor are conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the tours page of the mansion's website to schedule a tour.
From January-February and June-November, tours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Tours last 20 to 30 minutes.
There are no weekday tours in August and December. However, in December the Mansion opens for Candlelight Tours, an event which showcases the mansion in full holiday decor. Free admission. Cameras are allowed.
Packages, including backpacks, food or beverages, including water bottles, and chewing gum are not allowed on the grounds or inside the mansion.
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