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What's Hot This March
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Come out and enjoy the lovely spring weather this month! Read on for a roundup of things to do below and check out our calendar of events for everything else going on all month ...
Your Guide to All Things Green: St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:25PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Blarney! On March 18th, Columbia, SC will become a sea of green for the 35th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration. And you're in luck, because we have everything you need to know ...
Top 10 Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be in the know and travel on the path to totality in the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC. The entire region is hosting eclipse-related events throughout the long weekend ...
What's Hot This February
Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Short on days, but long on fun, February is jam-packed. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
Smell the Roses in Columbia, SC This Valentine's Day
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.   Posted by Conquest Brewing Co., Inc. on Friday, ...
What's Hot This January
Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out ...

Signature Events

January

Restaurant Week Columbia
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events at USC 

February

Palladium Society's Annual Chili Cook-Off
Black History Parade & Festival 
Benedict College Harambee Festival
Auntie Karen Legends Of...
Mardi Gras Columbia 

March

St. Pat's in Five Points
Get to the Green Race
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Run Hard Columbia Marathon
Craftsmen's Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show
Soda City Suds Week

April

Artista Vista
USMC Mud Run
Lake Carolina Oyster Roast
Indie Grits Festival
Columbia International Festival
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 
Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler
Tartan Day South
Sparkleberry Country Fair
Runaway Runway
River Rocks Festival

May

Columbia, SC Black Expo 
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lexington Wine Walk 
Forest Acres Festival
Governor's Cup Road Race

June

Celebrate Freedom Festival
Columbia Fashion Week 
Southeastern Piano Festival 
StoryFest SC

July

Lexington County Peach Festival
Lake Murray 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
Jammin' In July Music Festival 
Miss South Carolina Pageant
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Freedom Festival at Village at Sandhill

August

Brew at the Zoo
Palmetto Peanut Boil 
South Carolina Peanut Party
Main Street Latin Festival

September

Columbia's Greek Festival
Jubilee: Festival of Heritage
Irmo Okra Strut
Jazz Under the Stars
Riverbanks ZOOfari
Fall Festival & Pickin' Party
Palmetto Capital City Classic
SC Pride Parade & Festival 

October

Columbia Italian Festival
SC Pride Parade & Festival
USMC Mud Run
Palmetto Health Foundation's Walk for Life/Race for Life
BOO at the Zoo
Columbia Blues Festival
Dracula: Ballet With A Bite
Jam Room Music Festival
Oktoberfest Columbia
Korean Fall Festival

November

South Carolina Oyster Festival 
Vista Lights
Five Points Chili Cook-off
Veterans Day Parade
Festival of Trees
Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival 
Lights Before Christmas
Holiday Lights on the River
Main Street Ice

December

Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market
Governor's Carolighting
Crafty Feast
Chick-fil-A Classic
Carolina Carillion Holiday Parade
Forest Acres' Sweet Seasons 
A Devine Night Out
Columbia City Ballet: The Nutcracker 
Lights Before Christmas
Holiday Lights on the River
Main Street Ice
Famously Hot New Year

Event Series

Arts & Draughts 
Five After Five
First Thursday on Main
Rhythm on the River
Rooftop Rhythms
Vista Nights

HOT DEALS

10% discount on regular priced merchandise for active... more

Half Priced Games Every Wednesday from Open to Close!!!... more

EVENTS

March 26, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Salvador Dali's Fantastical Fairy Tales... more

March 31, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters... more

April 01, 2017

Soda City Market... more

April 02, 2017

Open Streets Columbia... more

April 19, 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers... more

Top 10 Visitor Favorites
01
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.
10
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.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA
What's Hot This March
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Come out and enjoy the lovely spring weather this month! Read on for a roundup of things to do below and check out our calendar of events for everything else going on all month ...
Your Guide to All Things Green: St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:25PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Blarney! On March 18th, Columbia, SC will become a sea of green for the 35th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration. And you're in luck, because we have everything you need to know ...
Top 10 Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be in the know and travel on the path to totality in the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC. The entire region is hosting eclipse-related events throughout the long weekend ...
What's Hot This February
Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Short on days, but long on fun, February is jam-packed. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
Smell the Roses in Columbia, SC This Valentine's Day
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.   Posted by Conquest Brewing Co., Inc. on Friday, ...
What's Hot This January
Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out ...
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