_44C7532low copyA Warm and Happy Thank-you to all who attended Columbia Eve Fest, our generous sponsors, entertainers, volunteers, 5K participants, technical staff and venues for making Eve Fest a success!

We were quite pleased with our turnout on a cold day/evening, mid-week rotation! We saw an increase of attendance from the previous year, thanks to ALL of you!!

Thanks to our fantastic photographer, Notley Hawkins, I am posting some of the highlights of the evening on our Gallery Page. Thank-you again for your continuing support of this family friendly, New Year’s Eve Celebration!!


WELCOME!!  FIREWORKS WITH A COUNTDOWN AT MIDNIGHT!! STARGAZING ON THE ROOFTOP OF THE MISSOURI THEATRE! MISS JUBILEE & THE HUMDINGERS, KIDZ VIDEOLOGY DANCE PARTY, 5K RUN/WALK, JAM SESSIONS ..and…MORE!!! What’s not to love?  Celebrating New Year’s Eve in The District, downtown Columbia on 9th in the closed off block between Elm and Locust…oh…and did we mention the FOOD TRUCK CAFE IN THE SHAKESPEARES PARKING LOT??!!

_44C5227lowres copy         ADMISSION BUTTONS NOW ON SALE!!!!

Buy your buttons early and enter your name in a drawing for a Bristol Acoustic Guitar!
$6 early purchase, $8 at the door
Children 6 and under FREE!
Available now at:
All Gerbes Grocers, the ARC and downtown Parks & Rec


Columbia Eve Fest is around the corner and we are getting ready to “LIGHT THE MAGIC!” Come join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st, 2014 from 7:00 to Midnight in The District of downtown Columbia, MO! We have some amazing entertainment coming in and are excited to have lots of ideas still magically transforming into a wonderful event for YOU!

Last year’s new footprint was warmly received in the closed off block of 9th Street between Elm and Locust. The celebratory spirit of the New Year was evident as our participants joyously traveled from venue to venue throughout this safe and convenient path. We will continue this year with the same format utilizing the many, beautiful and fun venues throughout the Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League, Missouri United Methodist Church, Shakespeare’s Parking Lot and the 9th Street Stage. The 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 4:00 in front of Cyclextreme, doors to the Venues open at 6:30, Entertainment begins at 7:00.

…some of the fun coming this year, December 31st, 2014…and more to come!

Babaloo!-”A one-man musical, comedy act for kids!” Babaloo is high energy, over-the-top FUN. With Singing and Stomping, Singing and Shouting, Music, Magic and Mayhem. And Laughing….lots of laughing! 

Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers!
JumpBlues, Swing & Hot Jazz from the 1920’s-1950’s
Hot Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues and R’n'R spanning the 1920′s-1950′s. Fronted by a high energy female vocalist and backed up by a swingin’ horn fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee is a favorite among Swing Dancers and fans of all ages who enjoy uplifting and energetic music!” 

Keith Jozsef – Master Illusionist …“consider nothing impossible”
…..a master of sleight of hand and grand illusion. Keith Jozef will ignite our Eve Fest theme  “Light the Magic” with perplexing enigma, mystery and wonder! 

Tom Andes and Sutu Forte Duel -  “Blind Tom” and “Blind Boone”
Narrator-Bill Clark
Columbia’s darlings, Sutu Forte and Tom Andes, will re-inact this historic duel between “Blind Tom” and “Blind Boone.” If you didn’t have the opportunity to see this amazing event at the Walters-Boone County Museum, Sutu and Tom will bring this duel to the Historic Missouri Theatre stage at Eve Fest! You don’t want to miss it!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR COLUMBIA EVE FEST!! Buttons will go on sale December 15th!

PERFORMERS & ACTIVITIES: UPDATED! (Go to “Performers” page for full schedule and bios)
NEW THIS YEAR! – Kicking off the “CoMo Energy Challenge!”
Columbia was recently awarded a generous grant from Partners for Places in order to participate in the CoMo Energy Challenge!  Check out our “Green Block and Resource Venues!”  We are excited to partner with the City Departments  as they provide displays, demonstrations and resources available to our community along with a New Year’s resolution for ALL of us!

Don’t forget to check out our New Year’s DAY workshops at Calvary Episcopal Church! They have been great fun these past two years with lots of inspiration for our New Year’s Eve Music Resolutions! AND ….ALL proceeds to to Columbia Eve Fest! FOR: Guitars & ALL Stringed Instruments, Fiddles & Ukuleles!!!! INFO ON PERFORMER’S PAGE

5K Run/Walk: UPDATED! Go to our “MAP” page for this year’s Entry Form, Map & Certification details.

 UPDATED! Go to our “VOLUNTEER” page for info on how to volunteer and job descriptions. 

 BECOME AN EVE FEST SPONSOR! Go to our “SPONSORSHIP” page to see info on our amazing sponsors and grant supporters! Also, you will find a form and information on how to become a sponsor. See our generous Major Sponsor’s listed below.

FOOD TRUCK CAFE: YES! In high demand, returning for a 2nd year, in the Shakespeare’s Parking Lot (thank-you Shakespeares!), our terrific Trucks will return with only the finest of food and beverage! Come hungry!!!
(If you are a Food Truck and would like to participate just contact us for the details at <>)

 Stay Overnight! Go to for lodging information

 We hope to see you at Columbia Eve Fest, December 31, 2014!!
with affection and gratitude… Jane, Executive Director

President-Willie Jones
Vice President-Greg Ahrens
Treasurer-Debbie Jones
Secretary & Special Projects Coordinator-Karen Chandler
Disability Coordinator-Kathleen Weinschenk
Special Projects Coordinator-Cassie Dins

CONTACT INFO: Jane Accurso, Director, , 573 874-7460

Funding Assistance through Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and National Endowment for the Arts    










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