Friday concerts. Market Days. Arts. Exercise. And adult beverages.
These are just a few of the things Uptown Columbus has in store for this fall.
Uptown Columbus Inc. announced its 2014 fall schedule Tuesday morning in its new office at 25 West 10th Street. With big-screen TVs playing new commercials, Elizabeth Hurst, Uptown's vice president of community relations and marketing, said the organization is hosting many of the same events but a handful of new ones, too.
The fall series begins Sept. 5 with Departure: The Journey Tribute Band kicking off Friday concerts on Broadway. Blues, Brews and Q at RiverCenter will follow that Saturday.
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In its first year, the barbecue event will feature live blues music that includes Little G, Sandra Hall, Sammy Blue and the Breeze Kings. About 21 grill masters have registered to enter their barbecue in hopes of winning the People's Choice Cook Off. Sweetwater Brewery is scheduled to provide the "brews."
Other food and adult beverage events in the fall schedule include the Annual Beer and Wine Festival (which will feature a "Save Water, Drink Beer promotion that includes a whitewater trip), the second Annual Foodie Fest and Market Days, which is scheduled to run probably until Thanksgiving, Uptown's President Richard Bishop said.
As the weather starts getting a bit cooler (we hope), even more runs and athletic events will begin downtown. Annual runs like the Historic District 5K, Paint the Town Pink 5K, the Mogadishu Mile and the Wounded Warrior 5K are on the schedule.
New this year will be the Zombie vs. Survivors Run, which will be Oct. 18 at Woodruff Park. People can participate as a zombie or a survivor "in a race for dominance," according to the release. "Survivors (runners) will wear belts with 'life-flags' as they race through the course, where our zombies will be staged and ready to steal their flags and convert survivors into the undead!"
Other events include Screen on the Green, Bikes on Broadway, Uptown Drum Circle, Arts on the River, Pawrade, Spooktacular and Broadway Holiday.
Bishop called Uptown Columbus the "heart and soul of the community." Adding that 99 percent of the events downtown are free, Bishop encouraged people to bring their children to the area to enjoy what it has to offer.
For a full calendar schedule, go to UptownColumbusGa.com.