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What's Hot This Weekend: Main Street Ice, SC vs. Clemson, Holiday Lights on the River Nov. 27 - 29
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 1:23PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be thankful for time spent with family and friends this weekend whether it's at the South Carolina vs. Clemson game, one of our world-class museums or supporting local shops for Small Business ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Oyster Festival, Lights Before Christmas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From eating your fill of fresh oysters and brisket to cheering on the Gamecocks and beginning to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there's a wide array of fun events happening this weekend. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, SC Gamecocks Football, Rocking 4 Relief Nov. 13 - 15
Posted on November 13, 2015 at 8:19AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's a noticeable fall crisp in the air and we have plenty of famously hot events, exhibits and things to do going on this weekend. Read through our roundup below, then refer to ...
2015 Guide to Columbia, SC's Holiday Events: Santa, Holiday Lights, Performances, Parties and More
Posted on November 10, 2015 at 3:49PM by Renée Williamson
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we've got a must-do list of Christmas and holiday events in Columbia, SC to get you in the yuletide spirit! Whether catching a show, seeing ...
All You Need to Know to Kick Off the New Year in Columbia, SC
Posted on November 10, 2015 at 1:05PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From finding the perfect hotel and picking the right New Year's Eve celebration to spending the rest of the weekend exploring the region's restaurants and attractions, we have everything you need ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Repticon, “Columbia Winter JazzFest,” Storybook Ball Nov. 6 – 8
Posted on November 6, 2015 at 7:20AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get swept up in the fun as exotic animals, comedians and fairy tale creatures take over this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks and Treats, SwampFest, Soda City Oktoberfest Oct. 30 - Nov. 1
Posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From Halloween festivities to SwampFest, OktoberFest and the Korean Festival, this weekend is packed with exciting events. Check out our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of eventsfor ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Palmetto Peanut Boil, SC Pride Festival, JerryFest Oct. 23 - 25
Posted on October 21, 2015 at 11:35AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether spending time with friends and family at a local festival, shopping for goods at Soda City market, checking out a concert or enjoying the sights and frights of Halloween, there's something ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Boo at the Zoo, Georgia O'Keeffe, SC State Fair Oct. 16 - 18
Posted on October 15, 2015 at 6:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's true when they say you can't keep a good town down! This weekend is packed with events, exhibits, festivals and more as the community bands together to rebuild and work toward normalcy ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Blonde Redhead, Soda City Comic Con Oct. 2 - 4
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 11:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and Halloween frights to exhibits and on-stage delights, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue reading for our roundup below, then go through our calendar of ...
What To Do in Columbia, MO This Game Day Weekend
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 9:18AM by Guest Blogger
      We're so excited to have some fellow ‘Columbians' visiting this weekend! You may be coming for the game but we hope you'll take some extra time to explore our town and get ...
Top Concerts in Columbia, SC through December
Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:16AM by Kelsey Carmichael
The fall and winter in Columbia, SC are hot with concerts! From major headliners to regional or tribute bands, this lineup is sure to get your feet dancing and your heads rocking. Ready to catch a ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Julius Caesar, SC Gamecocks Football, Irmo Okra Strut Sept. 25 – 27
Posted on September 25, 2015 at 6:13AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather may be getting cooler, but there's still a bunch of famously hot things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Fall Festival, Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, Oktoberfest Sept. 18 - 20
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia is full to bursting with festivals, concerts, plays, new exhibits and more this weekend. Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and jump right in to all that's happening around the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC Gamecocks Football, From Marilyn to Mao Sept. 11 - 13
Posted on September 11, 2015 at 6:34AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There are exhibits, events, concerts and games galore this weekend, so get out and enjoy them! Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Year of the Shag Celebration, Labor Day Festival & Parade Sept. 4 - 7
Posted on September 4, 2015 at 8:50AM by Kelsey Carmichael
Fill up your Labor Day Weekend with events to make it feel like fall! From football to shag lessons, to Labor Day celebrations, you will have no trouble keeping busy this holiday weekend. Don't be ...

Columbia, SC Events

Welcome to the Official Columbia Calendar of Events managed by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. Events are searchable by date, keyword and category, with ongoing events listed on the lower portion of the page. If you would like your event to be considered for a listing on our calendar, please review our calendar criteria and submit the details of your event.

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Carolina Ballet's "The Nutcracker Ballet"

November 25-29, 2015
Location: Township Auditorium
Times: Wednesday 10:00 am, Friday 7:30 pm & Sunday, 3:00 pm
Carolina Ballet, founded by South Carolina dance legend Ann Brodie (who also founded Columbia City Ballet) in 1988, is a true civic company - one that welcomes all of the community's dancers. The ...More»

Carolina Makers

through February 7, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended 5 – 8 p.m. hours on Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
The South Carolina State Museum will open its next major exhibition, Carolina Makers, on Saturday, April 18. The exhibition, presented by Time Warner Cable, celebrates local makers from South ...More»

Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story

through January 8, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: M-F: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.
The Columbia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 12 works examining American painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s intimate artistic epiphany experienced in South Carolina. Her Carolina Story, ...More»

Holiday Lights on the River

through December 31, 2015
Location: Saluda Shoals Park
Times: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC From November 25th through December 31st, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling ...More»

Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina

through January 10, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: M-F: 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
South Carolina has produced and nourished many “independent spirits,” women who work against the social grain to pursue modern and experimental means of artistic expression. Independent ...More»

Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines

through May 22, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm
This new blockbuster exhibition brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in history by showcasing more than 30 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height ...More»

Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign

through March 6, 2016
Location: South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; First Sunday 1 - 5 pm
"Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign" will detail Sherman's last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army's march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first ...More»

Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing

Location: Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
Times: 7-10 pm
Every Saturday night is Country Music Night at Bill’s Old Time Music Hall! Each Saturday night we feature a live band playing classic country music from 7-10pm during our Opry-style ...More»


through January 11, 2016
Location: EdVenture Children's Museum
Times: Tues- Sat 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm-5:00 pm, Closed Mon
EdVenture Children's Museum invites you to come explore this winter wonderland from Nov. 21-Jan 11. Snowville is a winter playscape where every day is a snow day! Children can climb Mount ...More»

Star of Bethlehem

through January 3, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Times vary. Visit website
This full dome planetarium experience travels back in time to Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show presents historical and scientific facts to ...More»

The Art of Joseph Norman

through January 10, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: M-F: 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
African-American artist Joseph Norman is a Chicago native whose lithographs mesmerize the viewer with an exploration of dark human emotion and raw commentary on black life in America. The Art of ...More»

The Comedy House Presents: Ambrose Jones

November 27-29, 2015
Location: The Comedy House
Times: Friday:8:00PM & 10:30PM, Saturday: 7:00PM & 9:30PM, Sunday: 7:00PM
A laconic, self deprecating comedian, Ambrose embarked his comedy career in Memphis, TN. Being originally from Chicago, IL makes no sense at all, but he still found a way to turn his southern humor ...More»


through January 3, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Showtimes vary. Check website
You’re invited on an extraordinary 4D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a ...More»

Threads: The Story in Our Clothes

through January 22, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm
From lab coats to riding pants, to formal gowns and wedding dresses, to repurposed clothing and handmade work dresses, what people wore and continue to wear tells stories of their time, ...More»

Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper

through July 1, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm
Opening Sept. 19, this exhibit tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. The exhibition is included with museum membership or ...More»

Trustus Theatre presents "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical"

through December 19, 2015
Location: Trustus Theatre
Times: Thursday 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm
  AThe holiday sequel to one of your favorite comedies is finally here! Christmas time at North Florida's Armadillo Acres means everyone's filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak ...More»