Courtesy of City of Columbia
By Jonas Weir
For one weekend every year, Columbia steps back in time to the nineteenth century.
With traditional trades people, a Lewis and Clark outpost, old-fashioned cowboy chuck wagons, and more, the annual Columbia Heritage Festival celebrates Missouri’s frontier past. However, the festival is just as much about live entertainment as it is historic crafts.
With two stages and performances all day, live entertainment comes in many forms here, from a medicine man show to traditional cloggers. There will also be live music throughout the weekend, featuring hometown favorites the Ironweed Bluegrass Band and up-and-coming stars Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu.
Additionally, the crowd-pleasing Haskell Indian Nations Dancers will return to perform traditional Native American dances.
This year’s thirty-eighth annual festival will be held at Nifong Park in Columbia from 10 am to 5 pm on September 19 and 20.