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What's Hot This Weekend: Friday Night Laser Lights, Soda City Market, Summer Movie Series July 22-24
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:40PM by Dayna Cantelmi
A slew of exciting summertime events are in store this weekend! Check out our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more happenings in Columbia, SC. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Tasty Tomato Festival, Bubble Run, "The Little Mermaid" July 15 - 17
Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Bubbles, baseball and butterflies are just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend! Find out what else we have in store in our roundup below, then look through our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: XTERRA Trail Run, Twilight in the Garden, Repticon Columbia July 8 - 10
Posted on July 6, 2016 at 1:30PM by Dayna Cantelmi
This #famouslyhot weekend offers everything from theatre and summer series to baseball and colorful conventions! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Lake Murray's 4th of July Celebration, Lexington Peach Festival July 1 - 4
Posted on July 1, 2016 at 6:33AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Celebrate America's independence this weekend with fireworks, festivals, baseball and more! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything going ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Blues, Berries & BBQ, Fashion Week, Soda City Family Jam June 24 - 26
Posted on June 23, 2016 at 6:22AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From baseball and barbecue to fashion and freedom, there's no shortage of summer fun this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Shrimp & Grits Festival, The Glo Run, Summer Concert Series June 17 - 19
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Festivals, plays, and sporting events are all in store this weekend. Find out more in our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's going on in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Slide the City, Harvest Week, DriftJam, Twilight in the Garden June 10 - 12
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The long summer days are here to stay, so fill them up with some of the fun activities and events we have going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Fireflies Baseball, Rhythm on the River, Summer Movie Series June 3 – 5
Posted on June 2, 2016 at 11:53AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It may only be June, but the summer schedule is heating up with outdoor events, festivals, baseball and more. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: Commemoration & Heritage Celebration, Big & Bold May 27 - 30
Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:08AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend with plenty to see and do! Keep reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything else that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Dinner on Main, Xtreme Air 5K, SC Brewers Festival May 20 - 22
Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:41PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and farms to sports and shows, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Drink Pink Rose Festival, Governor's Cup May 13 - 15
Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:13PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, new festivals, live music and more are all in store for this weekend. Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Famously Hot Scavenger Hunt May 6 - 8
Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:50PM by Dayna Cantelmi
With the return of a signature festival, a brand new event and more, this weekend is another one for the books! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
National Travel and Tourism Week is Famously Hot
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
National Travel and Tourism Week, the national event championing the importance of the travel and tourism industry, is back for its 32nd year May 1 - 7, 2016. Columbia welcomes 14.5 million ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Fireflies, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival April 29 - May 1
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:01PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...

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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Top 10 Visitor Favorites
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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.
02
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.
03
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.
04
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.
05
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.
06
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.
07
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.
08
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.”
09
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.
 

EVENTS

July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016 - August 07, 2016

Daufuskie Memories... more

July 26, 2016

EdVenture's Blooming Butterflies... more

July 26, 2016

RACE: Are We So Different?... more

July 28, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Trustus Theatre presents "Green Day's American Idiot"... more

July 28, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Town Theatre presents "Disney's The Little Mermaid"... more

July 30, 2016

Soda City Market... more

August 12, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Twilight in the Garden... more

August 19, 2016 - August 27, 2016

Trustus Theatre presents "Anatomy of a Hug"... more