Thousands of people could shelter in Columbus this weekend and beyond as Hurricane Irma arrives in Florida and makes its long way up to the Georgia mainland.
These are not the best circumstances to be staying here in Columbus, we know, and we’d like to help. It can be stressful being cooped up at home or in a hotel or shelter, waiting for the storm to pass.
So we’ve developed both a quick guide to the city for recent arrivals and this “to-do” list of activities and events for the upcoming weekend.
The Columbus Museum is a free museum featuring art galleries and exhibits on the area’s history.
The free National Infantry Museum was featured as the Best Free Museum in America in a USA Today poll and visitors often say it is on the level of Smithsonian Museums in our nation’s capital. It’s free, but has a suggested donation of $5.
On a similar note, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is a 40,000-square-foot facility with loads of artifacts from the civil war, including the enormous hull of the CSS Jackson.
Columbus is home to the world’s longest urban whitewater course and a circuit of zip lines and rope courses that flit over the Chattahoochee River.
There are disc golf courses in Flat Rock Park, Dinglewood Park and across the river in Phenix City.
The Chattahoochee Riverwalk is an extensive walking/biking trail that winds along the path of the Chattahoochee River. Many bike shops will rent bicycles for the whole family that you can use to explore for the entire day.
UpTown is the main downtown section of the city and has plenty of options for food, shopping and hanging out.
If you don’t mind driving, you can take a trip to nearby Warm Springs to see the Little White House. There’s also Callaway Gardens which features gardens (of course), a butterfly greenhouse and a beach.
The Museum of Wonder in Seale, Ala. is a roadside wonder and drive-thru art installation filled with bizarre collections.
If you want to catch some football games, there are plenty of restaurants and sports bars where you can relax with family and friends.
You can also check out some great places to experience the calmer side of nature.
Friday Evening (click links for more info)
Spencer and Kendrick High Schools play football tonight at 7:30 at Spencer High School
The Magnetic Musos play at The Loft tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Kaley Alyssa performs at Ben’s Chophouse at 8:30 p.m
Paul Nipper Music will play at Soho Bar and Grill at 9 p.m.
Classic Albums Live performs at RiverCenter tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a rendition of “Dark Side of the Moon.”
Donell Jones and others perform tonight at the Phenix City amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.
Babbie Mason performs at St. James AME Church at 7 p.m.
No Shame Theatre performs at 10:30 p.m. at the Springer Opera House.
“A Year With Frog and Toad” has a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the CSU Riverside Theater.
The Bikes on Broadway free outdoor concert begins tonight on Broadway around dark.
Market Days takes place on Broadway from early morning to around 11 a.m.
Jeff Crosby and the Refugees play at the Loft at 9:30 p.m.
Misty Harbor will perform at Ben’s Chophouse at 8:30 p.m.
Barstool Prophets will perform at Soho Bar and Grill at 10:30 p.m.
The White Water Classic football game between Albany State and Tuskegee begins at 5 p.m. in Phenix City.
“A Year With Frog and Toad” has a performance at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and at the CSU Riverside Theater.
There is a moonlit flat-water paddle in the Chattahoochee at 8 p.m. Grab a reservation first before heading out.
The Bikes on Broadway motorcycle festival and concert has music starting at 4 p.m.
There are many churches and other religious institutions in Columbus that will welcome any attendees. Browse for a place to go here.
“A Year With Frog and Toad” has a performance at 2 p.m. and at the CSU Riverside Theater.
The American Guild of Organists will host a free concert at 4 p.m. at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Broadway.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE