It’s September, which means fall officially starts in just a couple of weeks. The season change means a lot of things to me: It means my birthday is coming up, it means I get to bring out my favorite boots and scarves, and it means it’s my favorite time of year in Columbia. 

Of course, I miss seeing the hues of orange, red and yellow engulf the mountains of my hometown in West Virginia. But Missouri has its own beauty and its own personality during the season. Those hot, humid and oppressive days of summer subside, and we’re left with sunny, 60-degree days. I can walk outside and not be bombarded by bugs. I can finally sit on my patio with a cup of coffee and a book and be completely content.

Most of this issue is our annual Fall Preview, which is your guide to all things autumn. Seriously, pin it up on your fridge or in your office, and check off the events as you attend them. The start of fall brings Columbia staples such as Roots N Blues N BBQ and the Citizen Jane Film Festival (two of my favorites). But this year, it also brings my all-time favorite show, Rent, and some wine-and-dine activities fit for fall.

And if arts aren’t quite your taste, we highlight some of the season’s most intense sporting events such as the Missouri men’s basketball opener against Iowa State and the Columbia College vs. Stephens College volleyball game. 

Our editors have spent the past three weeks gathering up more than 100 events to make sure you get the most out of these next few months. Whether Columbia is your permanent home or your just-for-now home, you won’t want to miss these fun-filled events.  

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