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Fall into Culture in Columbus, Georgia - October 2019's Top Events

For the very first time, Columbus, Georgia is participating in National Arts & Humanities Month during October of 2019. The nation-wide event, created by Americans for the Arts in 1993, serves to bring awareness and support for the arts in communities across the country.

Earlier this week, Mayor Skip Henderson presented a proclamation declaring October as National Arts & Humanities Month. The proclamation was presented at a City Council Meeting to Cameron Bean, Chairman of the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance, and Carrie Beth Wallace, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Columbusite. (Watch a video of the proclamation here.)

National Arts & Humanities Month holds over 30 arts & culture events taking place throughout the month of October. These events encompass everything from classical music concerts, to art lectures, children's theatre, and outdoor festivals.

Planning to make a trip to Columbus this Fall? October is the perfect time! Click here to be directed to more information for visitors.

ONE - Attend a Do-Good Party Set in a World-Class Art Gallery

Evening at the Bo

October 17

Bo Bartlett Center

About the event: Columbus State University redefines their annual scholarship gala this year with a new event at the Bo Bartlett Center. Evening at the Bo has been developed to provide something for everyone, as evident in the event's multi-faceted design. In addition to local vendors and artists, the event will feature headlining band Los Coast.

Read more about the event here.

TWO - Take Your Children to Georgia's State Historic Theatre to See 'The Rainbow Fish'

Based on the international bestselling children’s book, Rainbow Fish is the musical story of the ocean’s most beautiful, most shimmery fish. When Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against him for his vanity. Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus who helps him understand that it is far more valuable to be admired for being kind than it is for being beautiful.

The Rainbow Fish

October 4-20

Springer Opera House

*10% discount for the performance on 10/5 with code 'Columbusite' !!

THREE - Visit a Local Brewery During an Art Show

Local art phenomena The Columbus Collective hosts their Fall art show at Omaha Brewing Company. The show features over a dozen artists on display at one of the region's most popular local breweries.

FOUR - Head to The Columbus (Art) Museum for the Largest Annual Fall Festival in the Region

Synovus Fall Festival

October 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Columbus Museum

FIVE - Sample Bourbon Amidst Fall Blooms and Get a Chance to Win a Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle

Click here to read our editorial article on the Columbus Botanical Garden for more information about this event!

October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Columbus Botanical Garden

SIX - Watch a National Broadway Tour

Image by Joan Marcus. Courtesy of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Fiddler on the Roof

October 23-24, 7:30 p.m.

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

*Stay tuned for our interview with Heidl, coming next week!

SEVEN - Eat Chocolate Aboard a National Civil War Naval Ship

October 24

Death by Chocolate

National Civil War Naval Museum

EIGHT - Watch an Orchestra Go Out of This World

Image courtesy of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

After failing his astronaut’s exam, Maestro Del Gobbo defies NASA and takes the entire orchestra into outer space. Unfortunately, they are now lost! The concert includes music from space-themed favorites such as The Planets, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Aliens, Apollo 13, Star Wars, and much more.

October 26, 7:30 p.m.

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

NINE - Head to PASAQUAN to See the Region's Largest Collection of Visionary Art

Image credited to Friends of Pasaquan. Original photographer unknown.

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An easy twenty minutes from Columbus, Pasaquan is a must-see for any visitor to the region. Recently having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation due to a partnership between Columbus State University and the Kohler Foundation, Pasaquan is the site of renown visionary artist Eddie Martin (St. EOM). Visit the site to see thousands of restored original pieces of art, and learn about the artist's life and work from the site's caretaker Charles Fowler.

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested Contribution: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Students. Closed during federal and bank holidays and the months of December and July.

TEN - Spend Halloween with Your Date at an Art Show in a Historic Building (Costumes Welcome!)

It's a Halloween art show, in a renovated historic building in downtown, with a theme based on "A Nightmare Before Christmas", featuring a costume contest, carnival games, and a cash bar. Need we say more?!

Looking for more ideas?

Here is a collection of all of the arts & culture events taking place during National Arts & Humanities Month:

October 3 Schwob Wind Orchestra, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 4-20 The Rainbow Fish, Springer Opera House

October 4 Rockweave Music & Arts Festival, La Grange

October 5 Columbus Collective Golden Hour Oktoberfest Art Show, Omaha Brewing Company

October 5 Columbus Artists’ Guild 2019 Members Exhibition Reception, Columbus Public Library

October 5 Signal Flow Vol. 1 No. 1, Studio Theatre, RiverCenter

October 6 Joshua May, tenor, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 8 Schwob Singers, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 10 Midtown Mingle, St. Elmo House

October 12 Synovus Fall Festival, Columbus Museum

October 12 CSO Brandenburg Concertos, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

October 14-16 Columbus Botanical Garden Gala

October 15 Tuneful Tuesdays, Bo Barlett Center

October 17 A Night at the Bo, Bo Bartlett Center

October 17 Linwood Ramble, Linwood Cemetery 

October 17-19 Audience Building Summit, Springer Opera House

October 18 Yuriy Leonovich, cello, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 19-20 Schwob Concerto Competition, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 22 Katrin Meidell, viola, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 23-24 Fiddler on the Roof, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

October 24 Death by Chocolate, National Civil War Naval Museum

October 25 Choral Conductor Cabaret, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 26 Solo Duo, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 26 CSO Lost in Space, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

October 27 Organ and Friends, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter

October 29 YOGC Fall Concert, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

October 29 Salon at Six, Illges House

October 31 Columbus Collective Halloween Art Show and Party, Pop Uptown

Planning a visit to Columbus and have questions? Click here to be directed for more information for visitors. ◼︎


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