Columbus has long been famous for the historic homes and friendly people within the city. From March 28th to April 6th, the warmth of Columbus shines in all its glory. Bask in Springtime as you take part in the city’s 79th Spring Pilgrimage. Quickly, you’ll understand why the city is known for unparalleled hospitality. This award-winning event has long been known as one of the most authentic home tours in the region, complete with meticulously maintained antebellum mansions. During Pilgrimage, home tours feature period costumes and even some recreated activities of the 1800s. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage or catch a tour in an authentic Double Decker bus.


Special events will take place each day of the 10-day Pilgrimage. Festivities will kick off on Thursday, March 28th with an evening of food and music, including a shrimp and crawfish boil complete with all the trimmings, and a complimentary concert featuring the band Just A Few Cats.

For lovers of history and drama, enjoy Tales from the Crypt, a graveyard tour that promises a memorable experience for all. This award-winning project of history students from the MS School for Math and Science has been featured nationally on NPR, Turner Broadcasting, in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Garden & Gun and more. For dates and times, click here.

Get moving on Saturday, March 30th and see the sites in the historic Southside District and the campus of The W on foot as part of the Columbus Pilgrimage 5k Run. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Don’t miss the much-loved Catfish in the Alley, where live blues music will have downtown’s historic Catfish Alley hopping on Saturday, March 30th. And, of course, catfish and other Southern delicacies will be served and handcrafted period articles will be available at Artisan’s Alley.

Take in a little fresh air on Tuesday April 2nd at the Buttahatchee Barn Quilt Trail Tea Cakes and Tea. This afternoon in the country, complete with tea cakes and mint tea, will highlight Southern hospitality and folk artistry steeped in Americana.

The Spring Pilgrimage will culminate at the Garden Party on Saturday, April 6th, where patrons can stroll through the gardens of historic Temple Heights sipping on mint juleps and nibbling on cheese straws.

Stop by Pilgrimage Headquarters, home of Visit Columbus at 117 Third Street South, located directly behind the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, for tickets. Home tours are $30 for adults, $12 for students and $25 for Senior Citizens or Military.

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