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What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Aladdin," Dinos: The Big Dig, CMA Chamber Music on Main Jan. 29 - 31
Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From clogging and dinosaurs to shopping and State House tours, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: World Beer Festival, "Strings and Salsa," "Circus XTREME" Jan. 22 - 24
Posted on January 21, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Art, theatre, dinosaurs, craft beer - we've got all of this and more this weekend! Read through for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Treasure Island," Restaurant Week, "Freedom Fest 2016" Jan. 15 - 17
Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Do a little bit of everything this weekend! Take advantage of the special menus and deals during the final days of Restaurant Week Columbia, peruse the booths at Soda City Market, visit the museums ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Walk for Life, CMA Gallery Tour Jan. 8 - 10
Posted on January 8, 2016 at 10:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The holidays are now over and the new year means a whole year ahead of new experiences and opportunities. Jump right in and see all that's going on this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Got Snow Festival," Main Street Ice, WinterFest Jan. 1 - 3
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the new year in Columbia, SC! From exhibits and ice skating to shopping and concerts, we have everything you need to start 2016 off right. Check out our roundup below, then take a look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Breakfast with Santa, WinterFest, "The Nutcracker" Dec. 18 - 20
Posted on December 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather outside is delightful, so celebrate the holidays in the sun with your loved ones! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything ...
Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery in Columbia, SC
Posted on December 15, 2015 at 7:47AM by Guest Blogger
Sweet tea should be sipped slowly and enjoyed, and a visit to Columbia, SC requires you to slow down and visit with purpose. Columbia is a true Southern city that still has a distinct aura of the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Crafty Feast, Hannukah Party, Santapalooza Dec. 11 - 13
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 7:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend is packed with everything from exhibits and plays to concerts and seasonal festivities. Join in on the fun and keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Carolina Carillon Parade, Tracy Morgan, Snowball Festival Dec. 4 - 6
Posted on December 4, 2015 at 9:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether working off Thanksgiving dinner at the Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K, laughing at Tracy Morgan's hilarious standup or getting in the holiday spirit at various events around town, there's a ...
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 ...

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. 
The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks.
For nearly 40 years, Riverbanks has provided individuals, families and groups with a common place to connect with and learn about the world's wildlife and wild places.
Twice awarded the Governor's Cup for South Carolina's Most Outstanding Tourist Attraction, Riverbanks is the premier family choice for education and recreation in the Southeast.
Daily park hours: 9 am - 5 pm. Extended summer weekend hours: 9 am - 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays ( April - September). Open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 14,700
  • Theatre Capacity: 700
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 800
  • Distance to Airport: 10

Boo at the Zoo

October 21-30, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Featured attractions include a trick-or-treat trail, a marshmallow roast, Frankenstein’s foam zone, a haunted carousel, a spooky safari, a spooky spots & stripes railroad, ...More»

Brew at the Zoo

August 5, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Stroll through the Zoo and sample a wide variety of imports, domestics and micros while you listen to live music and encounter animals up-close and catch presentations. Food will be available for ...More»

Lights Before Christmas

November 19, 2016-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»

Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival

February 12-14, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Enjoy the spectacular sights and sweet scents of Orchids on the Riverbanks during this weekend-long festival. Gorgeous displays will be showcased in the Magnolia Room of the Botanical Garden's ...More»

Rhythm and Blooms

May 5-26, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden. No outside food or ...More»

Riverbanks ZOOfari

September 23, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
Enjoy live entertainment while sampling Southern-fusion cocktails and cuisine. Get a behind the scenes look at giraffes and bid on unusual silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ...More»

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden

April 29, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Sip a variety of domestic and imported wines. Sample light bites from local restaurants. Taste an array of micro-brews. Listen to live music by Jamie Beresford Jazz. ...More»