2021 Events



Thursday, May 6 / 6pm-7:30pm / Big Field

With this year’s bucolic environs, we couldn’t not do a picnic. The Flick-nic is emblematic of a community that pools its resources for the greater good (and in this case, goodies). Enjoy a cornucopia of tastes from CoMo’s favorite purveyors, including Les Bourgeois, Schlafly, and Broadway Brewery. Sit back, nosh a bit, and bask in the tunes of our toe-tapping buskers. Presented by Fresh Ideas

Ticket required; Reservable by Lux and above.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 7-9 / 6:45pm-7:45pm / Council Circle

For three of the five Fest evenings, we’ll gather to listen to filmmakers, artists, musicians, and storytellers swap tales of uncertainty. Each night will feature a unique lineup of tale-spinners, hosted by local bard Noah Earle.

Ticket required; Reservable by Lux and above. Individual tickets for sale following passholder reservations, while supply lasts.


Friday, May 7 / 10pm-Midnight / Big Field

With a more chill vibe, this year’s distanced @CTION should inspire elaborate masking, nonverbal noisemaking, and cross-pod dance-offs. So grab your pod pals and move it, move it to the radiant vibes and eclectic beats of our DJs.

Ticket required; Reservable by Parks & Rock, Lux and above.


Saturday, May 8 / 11am-Noon / Big Field

Docs + springtime + sports = an inaugural celebrity kickball game of True vs. False. It’s sure to bring out the competitiveness in our surprise T/F-famous players, but it’s all in good fun. Are you rooting for Team True, or Team False? Presented by XTR

FREE, but ticket required for capacity; Reservable by Lux and above. Individual tickets available following passholder reservations, while supply lasts.


Saturday, May 8 / 4pm-7pm / Disco Garden

The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting artists, nestled in the oasis of the Hindman Discovery Garden and featuring sweet and savory culinary creations from Fresh Ideas. Enjoy wine and bubbly courtesy of Les Bourgeois Vineyards, beer from Broadway Brewery and Schlafly, and hand- brewed coffee from Shortwave as you enjoy the views. Presented by Fresh Ideas

Ticket automatically included for Super/Silver Circle passholders


Saturday, May 8 / 10:30pm-Midnight / Showtime Documentary Films Amphitheater

America’s most raucous documentary game show offers local filmmakers the chance to try and fool seasoned doc directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute movies. Hosted by the illustrious Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who’s a frequent guest on the news quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tech support provided by Vidwest and CAT TV. Presented by Showtime Documentary Films

Ticket required; Reservable by Lux and above. Individual tickets for sale following passholder reservations, while supply lasts.


Sunday, May 9 / 9:30am-10:45am / Showtime Documentary Films Amphitheater

Little-known fact: David Wilson loves making waffles. We decided to test just how much—he’ll be slinging waffles for 150 audience members while simultaneously bantering with a few special guests. This sure-to-be-legendary (and possibly singular to 2021) morning-talk-show-slash-breakfast-spectacular features surprise guests. Assistance provided by Columbia Area Career Center. Presented by Documentary+

Ticket required; Reservable by Lux and above. Individual tickets for sale following passholder reservations, while supply lasts.


Sunday, May 9 / 10:30pm-11:30pm / Big Field

With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Schlafly and Broadway Brewery), the festival ends as the last note is strummed, drummed, and yodeled. Join True/False March March veterans Mobile Funk Unit under the stars at the Big Field, as we throw an instant wake for T/F 2021 following the Q&A after Users.

Ticket required; Reservable by Parks & Rock, Lux and above.


SPECTRAL TRANSMISSIONS: Hosted by Mike Palmieri and Donal Mosher

May 5—May 9 / 8pm / The Executive Drive-In

A filmmaker-centric radio show, interwoven with original music and clips from radio, TV, and cinema that deal with the idea of the haunted story, the intimacy of the voice, and general “ghostliness” in media. Presented in the style of a 1930s/1940s radio series that includes folk tales, memories, and personal accounts of hauntings, from the supernatural to the political. Coming through your car radio speakers each night at The Executive Drive-In.


Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9 / Noon-6pm / Stephens Lake Park Island

A traveling audio storytelling booth that kicks off its journey around Missouri at this year’s Fest! Participants will get the opportunity to record brief stories about their experiences as Missouri citizens. In partnership with KBIA and the State Historical Society of Missouri, the stories collected will be archived at the State Historical Society of Missouri, and a selection will play before films at Ragtag Cinema this fall. Free and open to the public.


Friday, May 7 / 3pm-7pm / CoMo Square
Saturday & Sunday / 11am-7pm / CoMo Square

Moon Valley Massage will be waiting with open arms (and hands) in CoMo Square to soothe muscles, improve circulation, and restore calm. Fee based on duration; walk-ups welcome.


Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9 / 2pm / Council Circle

Transcendental musician Joseph Edwards will offer vibrational ascension in the round. Free and open to the public.


Saturday, May 8 / 11am & 6pm / Splash Grounds
Sunday, May 9 / Noon & 6pm / Splash Grounds

Yoga Sol will hold community yoga sessions by the water’s edge, accompanied by the soothing sounds of live music. Please bring your own mat and a $10 donation. Open to the public.


Ep. 1 available May 4 wherever you get your podcasts / Ep. 2 sneak peek below!

Writer, film historian, and podcast host Karina Longworth shares the secret and forgotten history of 20th-century Hollywood in her award-winning podcast, You Must Remember This, and we’re getting a sonic sneak preview of her latest season, “Gossip Girls: Louella Parson and Hedda Hopper.” The duality of these women, who broke the glass ceiling but wielded their power to enforce their narrow-minded views, shapes this truly “behind-the-scenes” look at early gossip journalism.