Welcome to the Annual Manual, Free Times’ guide to eating, shopping, hanging out, and otherwise being in the Midlands.

As Columbia’s alternative weekly paper for more than 31 years, we’ve amassed a lot of knowledge — and opinions — about what to do around these parts. This isn’t a comprehensive guide; it’s too selective for that, but we like to think it’s a trustworthy overview of the region and its culture. Whether you’re new to town, visiting from across the country, or have been here all your life, you’ll learn something new here.

To stay current with what’s going on, pick up a copy of Free Times (a new issue hits the street every Wednesday) or visit free-times.com for the latest on politics, arts, music, food and much more. — Eva Moore

On the cover: Hydro Power mural at Riverfront Park. Photo by John Carlos. Read "See the Public Art" for more.

Neighborhoods and Districts map 2019

Neighborhoods & Districts

Festivals & Events


Coffee Shops

Food & Dining

Breweries & Brewpubs

Music & Nightlife

Outdoors & Recreation

Arts & Culture



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