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Join Us for the

Magnolia Days Festival!

Big time fun in small town Texas!

Head over to Columbus, TX on May 18-19 and join the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for the 2018 Magnolia Days Festival! Held on the Courthouse Square, under the shade of 100-year old live oak and magnolia trees, the Magnolia Days Festival is fun for the whole family.

While you’re here, take a step back in time and tour several of Columbus’ most historic homes, full of charm and history. Take your photo with the Magnolia Belles on the Courthouse Square. Shop ‘til you drop in the Vendor Marketplace and Farmers Market. Sample tasty food and beverages, ranging from sweet and savory. Enjoy a frosty brew or a delicious glass of vino in our Biergarten and Wine Garden. Bring the kids and make lasting memories in our Family Fun Zone. Dance the weekend away to our fantastic lineup of free live concerts featuring Cody Canada & The Departed, the Zack Walther Band, Black Cat Choir, The Barditch Hippies, Drew Kennedy, The Dujka Brothers Band, and many other great artists.

So mark your calendar and tell your friends…you won’t want to miss the fun! Columbus, the city of “live oaks and live folks”, looks forward to seeing you at the 2018 Magnolia Days Festival!

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Things to See & Do

Treasure hunters are sure to find something wonderful in our Vendor Marketplace! Sweet smelling soaps and candles, beautiful handmade jewelry, fashionable clothes and accessories, special gifts for loved ones, and unique decorations for your home can all be found at the Magnolia Days Festival.

Stop by the Square on Saturday morning and visit the Farmers Market, open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Local farmers will be selling fruits and veggies, flowers and plants, handmade food items, and much more!

During the Magnolia Days Festival, many of Columbus’ most historic homes will be open to the public for free tours from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Homes open for viewing include:

  • Dilue Rose and Ira Albert Harris House
  • Abram Alley Log Cabin
  • Santa Claus Museum (featured on The Texas Bucket List)
  • Zack and Amy Venghaus Home
  • Historic Brandon House
  • Longhorn Riverview Ranch
  • Montgomery House
  • Gegenworth House
  • The Carriage Step

Keep your cool under the shade of 100 year-old live oak and magnolia trees with an ice cold beer in our Biergarten, sponsored by Matt Gaby, State Farm Agent. Along with many of the much loved domestic beers, the Magnolia Days Festival will feature local craft brews from several Texas breweries.

For wine lovers, our Wine Garden boasts a wide selection of delicious reds and whites sure to please your palette. So no matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered!

Featured Texas Wineries

The Magnolia Belles are an important part of the Magnolia Days Festival. They add a touch of Southern grace and anti-bellum nostalgia to the festival and the historic homes on tour. They are ambassadors of goodwill for the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust and the City of Columbus.

The ten 2018 Magnolia Belles will be presented to the public on the second floor of the Stafford Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. A second presentation will be held on the Courthouse Square at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Admission to both presentations is free. After the Saturday presentation, the Belles will visit the homes on tour from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Family Fun Zone!

Tickets for Family Fun Zone activities may be purchased at the festival for a small fee.

Whether you’re craving something sweet, salty, chocolatey, or crunchy, you’ll find something satisfying at the Magnolia Days Festival. We’ve got all the standard festival favorites…from kettle corn and sno cones to cotton candy and funnel cakes. Plus, we’ll have a few out of the ordinary things to tempt your taste buds. Bring your appetite and fill your belly!

Featured Food Vendors

  • Kona Ice of Austin County
  • JB’s Sno Balls & More
  • Mary Had a Little Party
  • Columbus Rotary Club Crawfish Boil
  • Mencha’s Kitchen
  • Columbus Lions Club Hamburgers
  • Georgie Mae’s Good Eats

FREE CONCERT LINEUP: Friday, May 18

All concerts are open to the public and free of charge.

BlackCatChoir
barditch_hippies

FREE CONCERT LINEUP: Saturday, May 19

CodyCanada_theDeparted
ZackWaltherBand
DrewKennedy
KeithHickle
Dujka_Bros
RobertSanders
Download the Music Lineup Poster
Download the Full Music and Activities Schedule

How to Get Involved

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is excited about the upcoming 2018 Magnolia Days Festival! We are actively accepting applications for vendors, including merchandise, food, craft brewery, and winery vendors. We invite you to join us!

Our festival committee has approved a strong marketing strategy and healthy marketing budget to ensure people all across Southeast and Central Texas hear about the 2018 Magnolia Days Festival. We will run heavy print, radio, online, and social media advertising and the festival will be highlighted in several print publications reaching thousands across the region.

Download the merchandise vendor packet.

Download the food/beverage vendor packet.

For questions or more information about signing up to be a vendor, call the Chamber office at 979-732-8385 or email Janet Hollmann.

 

If you’re looking for a fun and cost-effective way to promote your business or company to a large concentration of people at once, sponsoring the Magnolia Days Festival is the perfect option! We offer several different sponsorship packages to meet any and all marketing budgets.

Our festival promotions will hit major markets throughout South and Central Texas. We’ve built a strong strategy including print, digital, radio, outdoor, and social media advertising to ensure thousands of folks throughout the region know about Magnolia Days Festival.

Download the 2018 Magnolia Days Festival Sponsorship Opportunities packet.

For questions about sponsorship, contact the Chamber office at 979-732-8385 or email Billy Kahn.

 

Magnolia Days Festival depends on volunteers to help make it a success. It takes many hands on deck to coordinate and staff a two-day festival. The Chamber is actively seeking dedicated volunteers to work two-hour shifts from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and from 12:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, May 19.

If you’d like to join the fun and sign up to be a volunteer, call the Chamber office at 979-732-8385 or email Janet Hollmann to add your name to our volunteer list. Those who sign up for more than a two-hour shift will be considered extra AWESOME!

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Beer Ticket Sales
  • Beer Booth
  • Fun Zone Ticket Sales
  • Carriage Rides Ticket Collection
  • Kids Activities Ticket Collection

Magnolia Days Festival Sponsors

Biergarten Sponsor

Food Village Sponsor

Festival Activity Sponsors

Magnolia Sponsors

Live Oak Sponsors

Hotel/Lodging Info

King: $69 + tax
Double Queen: $79 + tax
Request “Magnolia Special Rates” when booking
Double: $109 + tax
Block Code – CCC

Festival Parking Info

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Contact

Questions? Need more info? Please submit this form and someone from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce office will contact you as soon as possible.

 

The Magnolia Days Festival is proudly hosted and organized by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Columbus Chamber, please visit our website.