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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 ...
All You Need to Know to Kick Off the New Year in Columbia, SC
Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:59AM 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 area's restaurants and attractions, we have everything you need to ...
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 ...
Top 10 Visitor Favorites
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.

Convention Services

Pre-Booking Services

If you are considering holding your event in the Columbia region, make the Convention & Visitors Bureau your first stop. Our sales professionals are ready to simplify the planning process for you. And as always, our services are complimentary. 

Submit RFP: There's no need to call hotel after hotel looking for the best rate. Let us make it simple for you! Our sales professionals can send out a request for proposal (RFP) to participating hotels and provide you with the rates in your own customized proposal packet...and it's complimentary!

Formal Bid Presentation: For your convenience, experienced CVB professionals are always available to make a Columbia Riverbanks Region presentation to your group. It will be our pleasure to send an official invitation from our area leaders to your group.

Post Booking Services

Already booked your event through the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau? Our Convention Services Coordinator will be happy to provide services from the following customized for your event. 

Brochures/Materials: Please submit our convention services request form for materials and assistance. Materials may include Columbia Regional Visitors Guides, which are great for stuffing with your event information.

Public Relations/media Relations: For groups interested in garnering media attention for their event or convention, a public relations guide outlining ways to share event details and information with various news outlets will be provided upon request. Additional public and media relations assistance will be provided at the discretion of the director of communications.

Information Center:  For groups booking 750 rooms or more a night through the CVB, we will set up a portable visitor information center at your request. Your attendees will know where to eat, play and shop as well as what to see and do.

Tours: We can help coordinate tours for your specific needs and work with community tour companies to develop sight seeing programs for your meeting attendees. 

Special Assistance: Need to find a local cater, unique meeting site, entertainment, transportation or registration assistance? We'll be happy to help you find the services you need.



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