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What's Hot This Weekend: February 27 - March 1 Lake Carolina Oyster Roast, Swan Lake, Gamecocks Run
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Columbia, SC is a one-stop shop for visitors who want to sashay with Swan Lake, shuck oysters at Lake Carolina and sprint through the historic USC horsehoe. Check out these famously hot weekend ...
Columbia Museum of Art's New "Seeking the Ideal" Exhibit
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Close your eyes and picture springtime. Now, try not to smile as images of the blinding sun, laughing children and rolling meadows come to mind. As Charles Courtney Curran said, "What normal human ...
What's Hot This Valentine's Weekend: February 13 - 15
Posted on February 12, 2015 at 2:06PM by Alli Finkelston
Bitten by the love bug? Columbia, SC is the perfect destination for a famously hot date night. Listen up, here's a cheat sheet on how to spoil your sweetie: scour our Valentine's Day ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Monster Jam, MGC Long Run February 5-8
Posted on February 5, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're searching for a night of massive machines or an evening of refined art, you'll find it in Columbia, SC. This weekend is full of big names and bigger entertainment so don't miss out on ...
Top 5 Ways To Get Your Shamrock On at the 33rd Annual St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:59AM by Alli Finkelston
Follow the rainbow to the 33rd Annual St. Pat's in Five Points on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Be Irish for the day at the Columbia region's biggest annual street festival and ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 29 - February 1
Posted on January 28, 2015 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether it's making history with basketball success or celebrating history with the commemoration of the burning of Columbia, one thing is for sure, this capital city always keeps you on your toes. ...
Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Fundraiser Features Grammy-Winning Group The Lox
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 3:24PM by Renée Williamson
 The Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival's annual fundraiser features Grammy-award winning group, The Lox, this Saturday, January 31, at Music Farm Columbia.  The Lox, or Living off ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 22-25
Posted on January 21, 2015 at 5:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're looking for art, history, food, science or family fun, you can find it all this weekend in Columbia, SC. Here's some ideas for things to do through Sunday in The New Southern Hot Spot: ...
Famously Hot Valentine’s Day 2015 in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Before heading out the door, make sure you have these Valentine's Day must-haves. Grab some flowers for your sweetheart at Rosewood Florist or some sweet treats like Hugs & ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Craft Beer Week, Norman Rockwell Exhibit January 16 - 18
Posted on January 15, 2015 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Start loosening your belt loops and warming up your taste buds because Columbia is a foodie paradise this weekend! Restaurant Week, Columbia Craft Beer Week and World Beer Festival all invite ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 8 - 11
Posted on January 8, 2015 at 2:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Ready, Set, Reservation! Grab your forks and dig in to Restaurant Week Columbia at Blue Marlin, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, The Oak Table or one of the many other ...
What's Hot This Weekend: December 31 - January 4
Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:15AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia, SC is a flurry of activity this weekend with a variety of glitzy New Year's Eve bashes, sporting events and museum exhibits of all sorts! Keep reading for the complete rundown of all ...
What's Hot This Weekend: December 25 - 28
Posted on December 23, 2014 at 9:03AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC, take part in the festive merriment happening all throughout the region, enjoy a range of shows, or discover something new in one of the area's museums! Continue on for ...
Guide to Famously Hot New Year 2015: Deals, Food, Transportation, Parties and Events
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 8:35AM by Alli Finkelston
Discover the New Year on South Carolina's Main Street with the largest free NYE party in the state. Ring in 2015 at the footsteps of the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol from 6:30 p.m. to 1 ...
What's Hot This Weekend: December 18-21
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 8:34AM by Alli Finkelston
This weekend, try one of our famously hot itineraries for a perfect weekend to celebrate the holidays, have non-stop family fun or learn everything you've ever wanted about the history of SC. Scroll ...
6 Famously Hot Holiday Recipes from Columbia, SC Chefs
Posted on December 11, 2014 at 1:29PM by Alli Finkelston
Eat, drink and be merry! From our family to yours, here are a few scrumptious recipes created by some of Columbia, SC's premier restaurants and chefs. Whether you're a host or a ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things To Do December 11-14
Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:20PM by Alli Finkelston
Attention: Christmas is less than two weeks away! It's officially crunch time for gift shopping, cookie eating and making memories. Let us help you check off your holiday bucket list with these ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do December 4-7
Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:33AM by Alli Finkelston
Start hanging up your wreaths of holly, blasting festive tunes and stringing your best twinkle lights because the holiday season is officially in full swing. Collect brownie points with Santa at ...

About the Columbia, SC CVB

The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism was organized as the Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority, a South Carolina nonprofit corporation as of July 5, 2001. To better define the overall purpose and mission of the Authority the official name was changed effective September 12, 2003.

The mission of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism includes:

  • Directing and managing the activities and mission of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Overseeing the development and operation of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center under a long-term management agreement for the benefit of the Governmental Entities: City of Columbia, Lexington County and Richland County.
  • Directing and managing the activities and mission of the Columbia Regional Sports Council.
  • Directing and managing the operation of the Columbia Regional Visitors Center.

On August 24, 2001, the Authority became the Supervising Member for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and on May 14, 2002, the Columbia Regional Sports Council became a partner in the regional marketing efforts. On September 12, 2003, the Authority's name was changed to better reflect its responsibilities to the community.

The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism consists of nine members; five representing the City of Columbia, two representing Lexington County and two representing Richland County.

Board
Authority Members are represented by:
Lexington County
City of Columbia
Richland County

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism will oversee the operation and management of all responsibilities delegated to the Authority. 
President & CEO: Bill Ellen

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Want to feed a giraffe or get cozy with a flamingo? The 170-acre Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 creatures, with even more fun in a three-story ropes course, four zip-lines, nature trails, pony rides and more.
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Art, history, science and discovery collide in Columbia, SC at our many museums. Step back in time at the region’s historic museums, reflect on the finer things in life at an art museum, or find the inner child at the Southeast’s largest children’s museum.
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South Carolina’s only national park is the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeast and contains some of the nation’s tallest trees. Experience the park through many opportunities, including an elevated boardwalk, guided canoe trips and even nighttime hikes.
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The South Carolina State House overlooks downtown Columbia, SC’s Main Street and is a must-see on any trip. The copper Greek Revival dome and Corinthian columns adorn the structure, while six stars mark where Union cannonballs struck the building during the Civil War.
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Located between downtown Columbia and Lake Murray, Saluda Shoals Park offers paved and unpaved hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing on the Saluda River, trout fishing, horseback riding and a splash pad for the little ones.
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This 18,000-seat arena is your ticket to popular music and entertainment, hosting names like Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Billy Joel, performances by Cirque du Soleil, Gamecocks basketball games, the circus and even more.
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Learn how to sail, kayak or canoe, scuba dive, water ski or just cruise this watery playground. In late summer, thousands of purple martins converge on Bomb Island, the largest roosting sanctuary in North America.
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Whether you’re a Gamecock or an opponent, you’ll enjoy game day in Columbia, SC. Baseball and football fans tailgate in style before heading to the stadium for a frenzied afternoon or evening of jumping to “Sandstorm.”
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Locals agree that Columbia's barbecue, smoky pulled pork smothered in our unique mustard-based sauce, is a must-try on any trip to the region. Most “joints” will offer a wide variety of Southern food, including fried chicken, hash and rice, hush puppies and macaroni and cheese.
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Boutiques, antique stores, and large malls and shopping villages give visitors the opportunity to snag something Southern as a wearable or local product. Try Devine Street, Five Points, the Congaree Vista, Main Street, Village at Sandhill or other hot spots throughout the region.
 

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