True/False Film Festival is a Great Reason to Visit Columbia, MO

Head to mid-Missouri this month to dig into True/False Film Fest and loads of incredible dining.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Jan 2019

True/False Film Festival in Columbia MO discussion
Photo courtesy Stephanie SidotiTrue/False Film Fest puts the audience and the filmmakers face-to-face for thought-provoking discussions.

Every February, downtown Columbia is flooded with visitors ready for a weekend packed with thought-provoking films. Since 2004, True/False Film Fest has presented artistic non-fiction films that challenge the audience to re-imagine reality. The four-day event also includes live music, parties, interesting talks and more. The final schedule is released this month, and it’s huge. You can go for a day, or go for the whole weekend. As you plan the films you want to see, use our itinerary to guide you to great places to eat and stay in Columbia, so you can keep yourself fed and rested during your marathon weekend of intellectual stimulation.

New York Style Bagels in Columbia MO
Photo courtesy Dan GillThe bagels at B&B Bagel are boiled—just like they make them in New York.

9 a.m. | B&B Bagel

On your way from Springfield to Downtown Columbia, stop on the south side of town for a breakfast that’s nice and quick, so you can jump into your day of fascinating films. At B&B Bagel, bagels are made from scratch and are New York–style. (That means they’re boiled, baby!)

NOON | I’m Sushi Burrito

Stay downtown for lunch, and pop into I’m Sushi Burrito during a break between films. Order your favorite fresh sushi ingredients in burrito, poke bowl, taco or salad form for something that’s fresh and colorful.

Charcuterie and Wine in Columbia MO
Photo courtesy LG Patterson

Grab some charcuterie and wine at Barred Owl Butcher & Table.

Pub & Brewery in Columbia MO
Photo courtesy Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Flat Branch Brewing is a Columbia standby for a locally brewed beer.

6 p.m. | Barred Owl Butcher and Table

For dinner, take your time at Barred Owl. Local, seasonal ingredients come together as elaborate charcuterie, killer fried chicken and waffles, beautifully plated pork belly, steak entrees and so much more. And everything has a clever twist: The rabbit confit comes with pepper jelly. The mac and cheese is made with spaetzle. The street tacos are filled with lamb barbacoa.

11 p.m. | Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

The day is about over, and you’ve been busy. Take it easy and enjoy a locally brewed beer before calling it a night. Look for the seasonal options, or grab a classic Katy Trail Pale Ale.

STAY | The Broadway

When you’re ready to tuck in for the night, you’ll want a room at The Broadway. This DoubleTree Hotel is perfect for True/False Film Fest weekend because its downtown Columbia location puts you close to the action. You can dine and hunker down around the firepits on the roof if the weather permits.

True/False Film Fest

Purchases Passes

February 28–March 3

Locations around downtown Columbia

Passes are $45 to $975. Check the site for pass information. Some pass levels are already for sale, while others open for sale through the month of February. Different passes include different access to films and related events. 

Visit to purchase passes and find the full schedule of films and events.