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What's Hot This December
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 7:03AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Holiday celebrations, special events around town and a number of museum exhibits are all in store for December. Check out our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Holiday Season: Your Guide to Columbia, SC Festivities
Posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get ready to give thanks, gather with family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is officially upon us and we have everything you need to know about ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks, Treats and Terrors
Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Halloween is here, so gather up some ghosts and goblins and get witchy this weekend at a number of events and activities going on around town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Walk for Life, Bridge Dinner and Halloween Fun
Posted on October 21, 2016 at 7:39AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Gear up for an action-packed weekend full of events, concerts, food and more! Continue reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything that's going ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC State Fair, Restaurant Week and Oktoberfests
Posted on October 14, 2016 at 6:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
What do funnel cakes, frights and flying monkeys have in common? You can experience all of these and more this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Festivals, Oz and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 28, 2016 at 7:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Autumn is in the air and a weekend full of fun events and activities are in store! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's going on in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Okra, Fall Festivals and Country Music
Posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:04AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer may be over, but there's still a ton of things to do this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Jubilee, Greek Festival and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Football, festivals and fitness, oh my! This weekend has all the fixin's to get you ready for fall. Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Maroon 5, Roller Derby and Festivals
Posted on September 9, 2016 at 6:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is moving full steam ahead with a jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...

Columbia, SC Events

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Calendar of Events

36th Annual Economic Outlook Conference

December 8, 2016
Location: Capstone Conference Center
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
For 35 years, this event has brought public and private sector leaders an unbiased – and reliable – economic forecast for the coming year. Attend this annual conference in which South ...More»

A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today

through July 15, 2017
Location: McKissick Museum
Times: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
South Carolina has a long history of local cabinetmakers, who worked primarily to supply their surrounding communities with the furniture and implements needed in everyday life. While the ...More»

App4That: Interactive exhibit on the progression of technology

ongoing
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
App4That explores how smartphone applications have changed the way we live. Travel through time and learn how applications (apps) have changed the way we listen to music, how students learn and ...More»

Art: A Collection of Collections

ongoing
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Did you know that the SC State Museum houses a collection of nearly 4000 works of art and hand-made objects related to our state, dating back to 1590? ART: A Collection of Collections is a new ...More»

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

December 16, 2016
Location: Robert Mills House & Gardens
Times: From: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of our historic Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

December 9, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

Columbia City Ballet Presents "Nutcracker"

December 10-18, 2016
Location: Koger Center for the Arts
Times: Starting: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With ...More»

Columbia Model Train Show

December 10, 2016
Location: Jamil Shrine Center
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The Columbia Model Train Show has been a tradition for many years. With more running displays this year, and trains that are operable by kids of all ages, this is an event your family won't want ...More»

Crafty Feast

December 11, 2016
Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Crafty Feast is an independent, juried craft fair that began in May of 2009 and specializes in experimental, non-traditional and unique handmade or repurposed crafts. Vendors range from unusual ...More»

CUT! Costume and the Cinema

through February 19, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 25 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the ...More»

Eddie's NYE at Noon Celebration

December 31, 2016
Location: EdVenture Children's Museum
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Get ready for Columbia’s only New Year's Eve Ball Drop for kids! Join in the fun with activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world! As the countdown to noon begins, a giant ...More»

Fame and Fashion: The Photography of John Engstead

through February 5, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Monday: closed | Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00 PM
In the spirit of Old Hollywood, the Columbia Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the movie star portraiture of photographer John Engstead in all its vintage glitz and glamour. Engstead ...More»

Famously Hot New Year

December 31, 2016
Location: City Center / Main Street
Times: Doors open: 6:30 PM
Famously Hot New Year has grown to become South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, equipt with food vendors, cash bars full of beer, wine, and bubbly, plus the most ...More»

Forever Alleluia Christmas Musical

December 17-18, 2016
Location: Columbia First Seventh-day Adventist Church
Times: Saturday: 7:00 PM | Sunday: 4:00 PM
Choral selections will be performed from varied works including arrangements and compositions by such authors as Mike Speck, Lloyd Larson, Tom Fettke, Bradley Knight, Travis Cottrell, Chris ...More»

Frozen Sing-A-Long

December 28, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
The State Museum presents Frozen Sing-A-Long, a magical evening to spark young guests’ imagination! During the event, guests will watch a special Sing-A-Long version of Disney’s ...More»

Gingerbread Jamboree

December 10-31, 2016
Location: EdVenture Children's Museum
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
All families are invited to some holiday fun this season at EdVenture’s Gingerbread Jamboree, held each weekend through December 31. The holiday event series for children will feature ...More»

Historic Holiday Tours

through December 31, 2016
Location: Robert Mills House & Gardens
Times: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The holiday season is here and Historic Columbia is pulling out all the stops! Visit us through Dec. 31, to see a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and ...More»

Holiday Lights on the River

through December 31, 2016
Location: Saluda Shoals Park
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Experience the Midlands largest drive-through lights show as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 ...More»

Holiday Series: It's a Wonderful Life

December 17-18, 2016
Location: Nickelodeon Theatre
Times: Saturday: 12:00 PM | Sunday: 3:00 PM
Head to the unique Nickelodeon Theatre located in the heart of Columbia, SC for their Holiday Series of movies to help get you in the holiday spirit! In this through-and-through essential of ...More»

Holiday Series: Jingle All the Way

December 11, 2016
Location: Nickelodeon Theatre
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Head to the unique Nickelodeon Theatre located in the heart of Columbia, SC for their Holiday Series of movies to help get you in the holiday spirit! Workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold ...More»

Holiday Series: Miracle on 34th Street

December 19-24, 2016
Location: Nickelodeon Theatre
Times: Monday: 6:30 PM | Saturday: 12:00 PM
Head to the unique Nickelodeon Theatre located in the heart of Columbia, SC for their Holiday Series of movies to help get you in the holiday spirit! When a nice old man who claims to be ...More»

Holiday Series: Scrooged

December 22, 2016
Location: Nickelodeon Theatre
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Head to the unique Nickelodeon Theatre located in the heart of Columbia, SC for their Holiday Series of movies to help get you in the holiday spirit! A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is ...More»

Jazz After 5 At Nonnah's

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Location: Nonnah's
Times: From: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come out to Nonnah's in the Vista for a night of live Jazz music, and delicious desserts. Presented by Chaye Alexander, featuring artists Jmichael Peeples and Hank Bilal for the first night in ...More»

Laser Holidays Planetarium Experience

through January 1, 2017
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Showing times vary
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the ...More»

Lights Before Christmas

through December 30, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years!   Nearly one million twinkling lights Countless ...More»
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