Vox Picks jun22

Check out what Columbia has to offer this June.

Each month, Vox curates a list of can’t-miss shops, eats, reads and experiences. We find the new, trending or underrated to help you enjoy the best our city has to offer


Your inner child at the CoMo Grown-Up Book Fair. The event, hosted by Rose Music Hall, is meant to celebrate the ’90s nostalgia of Scholastic book fairs. The fair will have curated book selections from the likes of Skylark Bookshop, Peace Nook, Distant Planet Comics and other local and independent booksellers. Adult Capri Suns and cafeteria-style square pizza from Pizza Tree will be available, as well as a ’90s trivia session and a vintage goods market to top off this tubular affair. It’ll be all that and a bag of chips.

Where: Rose Park, 1013 Park Ave., Columbia, MO 65021

When: June 18 at noon

Cost: $15

Website: rosemusichall.com


Juneteenth with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Juneteenth Jamboree. The date recognizes the June 19 emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The Family Fun Fests event will commemorate this important American holiday and feature food trucks, live performances and more. Bring along the entire family to honor and learn about Juneteenth through dance, music, art and other cultural activities.

Where: Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65201

When: June 15, 6-8 p.m.

Website: como.gov/parks-and-recreation


Art in the Park, mid-Missouri’s oldest and largest fine arts festival. Organized by the Columbia Art League, the festival will feature 110 artists from across the country and art installations of all mediums, including photography, paintings, pottery and sculptures. Live music, entertainment and an arts market will be available, as well as the Kid’s Art Spot with tie-dying and face-painting stations. Kelsey Hammond, executive director of the Columbia Art League, discusses her experiences at the organization and the festival’s two-year hiatus on p.9. Don’t be a Dalí downer — discover the talents of mid-Missouri’s art community.

Where: Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201

When: June 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Website: columbiaartleague.org

Bust a move...

With underground rapper billy woods at Café Berlin. The NYC-based artist has been featured in Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Fresh off the release of his latest album, Aethiopes, woods will be performing alongside Nadir Smith and Eric Dontè. Dismal Niche describes Smith as an “abstract post-dance-music enigma” from St. Louis, and Dontè, also from St. Louis, experiments with hip-hop, punk, R&B and house music. Grab a couple friends and get ready to jam out for the night.

Where: Café Berlin, 220 N. 10th St., Columbia, MO 65201

When: June 8, 7-11 p.m.

Cost: $10-20

Website: cafeberlincomo.com

Laugh out loud...

At the Pride Month Trivia & Brunch show. The family-friendly event, which will be hosted by Miss Venus O’Hara and a special guest, features a drag show, prizes and food, complete with a bar for soda, beer and mixed drinks. The show is organized by Nclusion Plus, a local LGBTQIA+ organization that promotes queer events and education within the community. The purchase of one $10 ticket will get you four rounds of trivia and a drag show, with brunch being an add-on. Bring a couple of your best Judys or invite the whole family out to test your trivia knowledge and enjoy a side-splitting performance by Columbia’s drag royalty.

Where: Dogmaster Distillery, 210 St. James St., Columbia, MO 65201

When: June 12, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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