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With Columbia’s local art scene at First Fridays Art Walk. The monthly tradition was put on hold during the pandemic, but First Fridays are back as of May. Mask up and head to the North Village Arts District to check out the galleries and shops offering refreshments, music, art demonstrations and children’s activities. Grab a bite to eat, walk around the galleries and enjoy the eclectic art of the North Village Arts District. Just be sure to double-check that your favorite venues are open because some COVID-19 precautions remain in place.

North Village Arts District, June 4, 6-9 p.m., free


To music at an outdoor concert at Cooper’s Landing. After a long year of limited access to live music, local venues are celebrating summer with a full roster of concerts. June acts at the riverside marina include Mercer and Johnson, The Flood Brothers (left) and Michael Cochran & D Clinton Thompson.

Cooper’s Landing, June 4, 5 and 19; 5-8 p.m., free

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To Art in the Park online. Although the in-person festival was canceled, you can connect with your favorite artists and vendors through the festival’s website and social media channels. Some beloved aspects of the festival will still take place in person, such as the Emerging Artists Tent, the Veterans Tent and various children’s activities. Stay tuned for Columbia Art League announcements for more details on in-person opportunities. Art in the Park is the largest fundraiser for the Columbia Art League, and patrons are encouraged to donate to offset the hardships of the pandemic.

Visit the Columbia Art League website⁠ for festival information and donations.

Run (or walk)...

For a cause in the Hope for Heroes 5K at Cosmo Park. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri will host this race, and funds raised will benefit the VIP Veteran Pack program, which provides food-insecure veterans with prepared food and toiletries. You can also donate and run the race on your own time.

Cosmopolitan Park, June 26, 7:30 a.m. $30, Register or donate at The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's website.

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