July 16-22, 2018, has 54 free events in Columbia on the calendar (so far)! Events are regularly added, so check back for more, and details for all of the events are in the notes section of the calendar. Remember, if you need more info, use the links and contact info for the event—sometimes details change before we can catch them.


photo of Laws Observatory, University of Missouri, Columbia

Laws Observatory, MU

Laws Observatory is open every Wednesday from 8-10 pm (excepting holidays and inclement weather), and in July 2018, Mars will be the closest to Earth since 2003.

This month is a great time to go! More info about Mars from NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/jpl/whats-up-july-2018.



  • On Tue, Jul 17, at 10 am, the Museum of Art and Archaeology will hold its monthly Museum Sketching Group. This is a relaxed setting for practicing sketching, and all skill levels are welcome.
  • On Wed, Jul 18, at 2 pm, Basquiat Bash: Painting With No Boundaries for kids ages 6-12, is a wonderful time for learning about Jean-Michel Basquiat and creating.
  • On Wed Jul 18, at 7 pm, the 8th St. Maker Collective will host its next Social Sketch CoMo at Sager Braudis Gallery. This is an evening for sketching, painting, drawing, needleworking, patching, thinking, and general making. Bring your own supplies and a snack to share and hang out with some other local makers.

Also this week is the next monthly Family Fun Fest (Wed at Cosmos Park), and the next monthly Women’s Intentional Drum Circle (Fri) will be held at Heart, Body, and Soul. For movies, Forrest Gump will be shown outside at Rose Music Hall (Wed) and Son of Bigfoot (Sat) will be playing inside at the Armory. There will be an Open House at Meadowlark School (Sat). If you want to get outdoors, there is a Water Festival educational event (Sat) and Connor’s Cave Tours (Sat & Sun) at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

In addition, remember to check out everything going on at the Columbia Public Library, and the DIY, literary, music, entrepreneurial, computer education, and many more events!

Have a wonderful week!

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