Are there any festivals that travellers should look out for?

The True/False Film Festival, which takes place in late February, packs in three days of thrilling non-fiction movies that blur the line between fact and fantasy, documentary and narrative, propaganda and journalism. In late September and early October, Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival features food, a barbecue contest and famous musicians performing bluegrass, blues, Appalachian folk, gospel and other genres of American-based music. It usually takes place over the weekend. A pass bought in advance costs US$15 and US$25 on the day of the event.

Are there things to see or do outside of the city?

In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous Iron Curtain Speech on the Westminster College Campus, located about 34km away in the city of Fulton. Today, the campus features Breakthrough, a sculpture that was a part of the Berlin Wall which was designed by Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Edwina Sandys.

There is also the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library, which is housed in a centuries-old church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Antique and speciality stores also line the brick streets of historic downtown Fulton.

The state capital, Jefferson City, is just one hour's drive south of Columbia. The Missouri State Capitol, Missouri Governor's Mansion and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site offer free tours. There are also many other attractions such as the Runge Nature Center, Missouri State Highway Patrol Museum and Missouri Military History Museum.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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