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.
Along with our vendors on the Square, many of our Downtown merchants will be open for business as well. Whether you’re searching for something new to wear or a special antique to add to your collection, you never know what you might find during the Magnolia Days Festival. It’s a shopper’s paradise!
During the Magnolia Days Festival, many of Columbus’ historic homes and buildings will be open to the public for free tours from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Properties open for viewing include:
- 1886 Stafford Opera House
- Dilue Rose Harris House Museum
- Alley Log Cabin
- The Antique Tool Museum at the Alley Log Cabin
- Santa Claus Museum (featured on The Texas Bucket List)
- The Carriage Step
- The Venghaus House (Youens-Hopkins House)
- Tate-Senftenberg-Brandon House
Keep your cool under the shade of 100 year-old live oak and magnolia trees with an ice cold beer in our Biergarten. Along with many of the much loved domestic beers, the Magnolia Days Festival will feature unique craft brews from Texas breweries.
For wine lovers, our Wine Garden boasts a wide selection of delicious reds, whites, and rosés sure to please your palette. So no matter what vino you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered!
The Magnolia Belles are an important part of the Magnolia Days Festival. They add a touch of Southern grace and antebellum 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 2019 Magnolia Belles will be presented to the public in the Grand Hall of the Stafford Opera House at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17. A second presentation will be held on the Courthouse Square at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The Belles will visit the homes on tour on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2019 Magnolia Belles
- Bailey Gast
- Nicole Hoelscher
- Hayley Janik
- Madison Johnson
- Rachel Pharr
- Lynden Potter
- Matti Sprague
- Samantha Streckfuss
- Abby Wright
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Family Fun Zone!
- Trackless Train Rides
- Petting Zoo sponsored by Kelly and Neal Zajicek
- Pony Rides
- Bounce Houses
- Trampoline Jump sponsored by Barten Industrial Coatings, LLC
- 4-in-1 Sports Throw
- Houston Rocket
- Kids Carnival Games
Tickets for Family Fun Zone games and activities may be purchased for a small fee. Funds benefit these local organizations:
- CHS Drama Club, One Act Play & Shakespeare Troupe
- Columbus Christian Center
- Columbus Food Pantry
- Columbus Youth Football
- Columbus Youth Football Federation
- Habitat for Humanity
- First Baptist Church Kid’s Ministry
- First Baptist Church Youth Ministry
- St. Paul Creative Child Care
- St. Paul Lutheran Youth Group
Whether you’re craving something sweet, salty, chocolatey, or crunchy, you’ll find something satisfying at the Magnolia Days Festival. We’ve got all of your festival favorites…from kettle corn and sno cones to cotton candy and funnel cakes. Plus, a few out of the ordinary things to tempt your taste buds. Bring your appetite and fill your belly!
Featured Food Vendors
- Columbus Lions Club Hamburgers
- Bacio Kettle Corn
- Jessica’s Express
- Ice Cream Creations & More
- Kona Ice of Austin County
- La Plaza De Abastos
- RI Touchett Creations
- Yum Yum Getcha Some
- Mencha’s Kitchen
- Rotary Club Crawfish (Saturday only)
- Luz’s Snacks
- Josie’s Eggrolls
- Aunt Winnie’s Sweets and Treats
- Cassidy’s Berries & Momma B’s Brew
What better way to celebrate the beauty of small town Texas than through creative works of art? Columbus is home to many gifted artists and we are proud to showcase their talents.
The Live Oak Art Center will host the Magnolia Days Festival Art Exhibit on Saturday, May 18. LOAC is located at 1014 Milam, one block north of the Courthouse Square. Exhibit artists will feature works of art from all mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, clay, and works on paper. Final judging will be made by exhibit guests and the People’s Choice Awards will be given in youth and adult divisions.
Listen to the peaceful clip-clop of hooves as you ride through the streets in an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon. Sip sweet tea as you roll by, waving to the children playing underneath the magnolia trees on the Courthouse Square. Soak in the beauty of Columbus from a different perspective.
Horse & Wagon Rides will be available on Friday, May 17 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 2-7 p..m. Tickets may be purchased for a small fee throughout the festival. Wagons can accommodate groups of up to 8-10 people.
Rev your engines and shine your tires…a bevy of classic beauties will be cruising into town for the Magnolia Days Festival Classic Car show! Held on Saturday, May 18, the Classic Car Show will be a sight to see. The show will be free and open to the public.
Check-in and registration will begin at 9 a.m. and judging will begin at 12 p.m. Awards in multiple categories will be presented at 5 p.m. To enter your classic car, download an application. Early registration is $25 (due by May 15) and day-of event registration is $30.
The Magnolia Days Festival is free to attend and open to the public. There are many things to do and see while at the Fest, some activities are free and some charge a fee. Kids Carnival Games tickets are $1 each and each game ranges from 1 to 5 tickets to play. Food vendors will be onsite selling food and drinks.
All live music performances are free to attend.
Free parking is available on all streets in the Downtown area, but please respect business and residential driveways. If a car is blocking a business or residential driveway, it could be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.
For those needing ADA-accessible parking, there will be 6-8 designated handicapped spaces along Milam Street.
While we LOVE our furry friends, we don’t recommend bringing pets to the Magnolia Days Festival. Many dogs aren’t comfortable with large crowds, loud noises, or lots of activity/movement going on around them. With all of the commotion, dogs can become frightened and slip out of their collars and run away. Not to mention, it can get quite messy if dog owners aren’t responsible and pick up after their pet’s bathroom breaks on our grounds. Nothing ruins a great day or a great pair of shoes like stepping in a pile of dog poo. Please leave Fido at home.
No, the Magnolia Days Festival accepts cash only for all ticket purchases. There are banks very close to the Courthouse Square that have ATMs should you need access to quick cash. Our food and/or merchandise vendors may be set up to accept credit cards for their sales but we encourage festival guests to bring cash for easy transactions.
Vendors may load and unload in the Vendor Loading Zones located on Walnut and Milam Streets. You will be given information on both locations in your Vendor Information Packet. Please be aware many vendors will be utilizing these zones during setup and tear down so it is important you load/unload quickly to avoid delays.
Festival Activity Sponsors
Live Oak Sponsors
Support the Magnolia Days Festival
The Magnolia Days Festival is a community event steeped in years of tradition. We rely on grants, donations, sponsorships, and volunteers to make it happen year after year. We appreciate any and all donations to help make this event a continued success for Columbus.
To support the Magnolia Days Festival, please click below.