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What's Hot This April
Posted on March 23, 2017 at 1:32PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Welcome to Columbia SC - The Real Southern Hot Spot! This month is packed with events showcasing our food, culture, scenery and more. Keep reading for a roundup of things to do below, ...
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 ...
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.


What Others Are Saying About Columbia:

"The quality of service provided by your CVB is equivalent to that offered by the Atlanta CVB which I consider to be quite excellent. In comparison with two other "smaller" market cities with whom I have been working, your service is far superior."

HR (Murph) Murphy, MA, MPS, MRE
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina 

On behalf of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, I want to thank the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for all of your help with our summer workshop. 

We had over 200 attendees, many of whom traveled from out-of-state to attend. Our workshop is the largest event hosted by the South Carolina Archives each year. Please also extend my sincere thanks to your Marketing and Convention Services departments for their assistance. 

As evidenced by the articles in The State newspaper, the publicity was right on target. One of our headline speakers, Barbara V. Little, President of the National Genealogical Society, was really impressed with the city of Columbia, the South Carolina Archives, and how well the workshop was organized. 

As we look to the future, the South Carolina Genealogical Society is hopeful that the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will choose Columbia to host a NGS national conference. We are moving in this direction. 

Thanks Again, 

John L. Andrews, Jr. 
South Carolina Genealogical Society

I wanted to thank Kelly, Twila, Crystal, Mandi in Sales and Keva Jennings in Convention Services for a great FAM trip in Columbia.

The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. It is nice to know that my hometown has so much to offer. 

I am excited about possibly bringing our 2009 Oktoberfest to Columbia and working with your staff. 

Thank you again, 

Brenda Sarvis
BMW Car Club of America, Inc. 


Your professionalism and dedication to your job proved invaluable as you built one of the best stops on the entire Power Tour this year. That is why I have encouraged the folks from Little Rock and Racine Wisconsin CVB's to contact you directly to discuss how/what you did to make your stop so successful.

Bruce Miller
Hot Rod Power Tour 2006


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April 28, 2017 - May 21, 2017

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April 29, 2017

Soda City Market... more

April 29, 2017 - May 27, 2017

Rhythm on the River... more

May 06, 2017

Rosewood Crawfish Festival... more

May 11, 2017

Mary J. Blige... more

May 13, 2017

The Real Southern Scavenger Hunt... more

May 19, 2017

Arts & Draughts... more

May 21, 2017

Drink Pink Rose Festival... more

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