Parking and foot traffic tips for an easy True/False Film Festival

In 2015, True/False film festival reached 45,000 in attendance. Read this list to prepare for the large crowds and traffic.


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It’s important to prepare to face the large crowd of people who come to Columbia for the annual True/False Film Festival, where attendance reached over 45,000 in 2015. Get to know parking and traffic information to make your festival experience run smoothly.


MU campus parking has some metered spots available, but some have 30-minute limits. MU parking is also free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and free Saturday/Sunday all day. Downtown street parking meters are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and cost 60 cents per hour. City garage parking costs 50 cents per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m from Monday to Friday but is free on weekends. Avoid reserved/permit spaces in garages. Bike parking is available throughout downtown as well.

Foot and car traffic downtown:

Ninth Street between Elm and Locust will be closed off for foot traffic. Avoid intersections like Cherry and Eighth and Broadway and Hitt when driving because of the multiple venues located there and heavy foot traffic. There will be lots of foot traffic throughout Ninth Street.

Bus hours:

The city bus is free during the festival. On March 1, the True/False route runs from 3:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. From March 2-4, the hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The T/F shuttle route bus comes every 15 minutes, and the downtown route bus comes every 30 minutes. The True/False shuttle will be available at stops near all venues and will take festivalgoers directly to their next venue. The Downtown route will hit the major parking garages. Bus stops have been labeled with T/F signs to distinguish the loops from each other. Both routes are completely free during the festival to all passholders and volunteers, starting March 1.

General tips:

Some venues are far away from each other, so wear comfortable shoes. Uprise Bakery is the closest coffee shop to Ragtag Cinema, Kaldi’s and Lakota are the closest to the Missouri Theatre, Shortwave Coffee is the closest to Alley A and Starbucks Memorial Union is the closest to Jesse Hall. If you’re looking for coffee, do not expect to receive service immediately — there will be long lines. Most meters have an hourly limit. There will be taxis parked at taxi stands throughout downtown, which are marked on the T/F map. All venues have wheelchair-accessible entrances, exits and bathrooms.

Edited by Brooke Collier |

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