It's going to be a 'famously hot' weekend with tons of things to do and sunny, 80° weather. The 2013 Indie Grits Festival kicks off Friday with the Opening Party, Saturday with Kindie Grits and HipHop Family Day and Sunday with Slow Food. Tours with Lake Murray Historic Daytime Cruise and Historic Elmwood Park Tour of Homes & Gardens teach you the history of the Columbia region. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream continues through Sunday with Disney princesses + Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

But that's just a taste of what's going on in Columbia, SC, here's what else is hot this weekend:

FRIDAY, April 12


Watch the romance and magic of Cinderella as told through the art of ballet. Tickets are $10.50 - $20.50.
10:00 am & 7:30 pm

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream at Colonial Life Arena
Have a fairy tale experience with Rapunzel, Princess Tiana and Cinderella in Dare to Dream through April 14. Your favorite Disney princesses will sing, skate, dance and more during this fun-filled, family event. Other favorites (like Mickey and Minnie Mouse!) will join in the performance too. Read more about Dare to Dream on our blog.  Tickets are $14 - $42. 
10:30 am & 7:00 pm

Monet to Matisse ends on April 21, so don't miss your chance to see 55 works from the renowned names of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse. $15 adults, $12 military/senior citizens, $5 students.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


It's one of the five latest and greatest things to hit the south this week (says Southern Living). It's one of the world's 20 coolest film festivals (says Movie Maker magazine). And it starts this weekend! Columbia, SC's Indie Grits Festival celebrates Southern films with "an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope." The juried film festival also features food, kid, music, hip-hop, puppet and other events for 10 days of independent, southern fun. Read our Indie Grits: Day-to-Day Guide to get more information on the films, the events, tickets and more.
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Happy Hour History Tours of 5 Points at Five PointsTake a walking tour of Five Points, one of Columbia's most-loved shopping, eating and entertainment districts, to learn about its beginnings and historic points of interest. The tour includes stops for complimentary drinks and appetizers. $25.00 for general public; $20.00 for Historic Columbia Foundation members.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome the warm weather with the beach tunes of Men of Distinction. Then shop and eat through the many stores of Village at Sandhill. Free admission.
6:00 pm

Augusta Baker's Dozen Storytelling Celebration at Richland Library
Acclaimed storyteller Connie Regan-Blake tells folktales of Appalachia and the world with humor and charm. Free admission.
6:30 pm


It's the party you don't want to miss. On the 1600 block of Main Street, Indie Grits Opening Party will have food trucks, beer, wine and music from Say Brother, The Royal Tinfoil and HipHop Family Day's DJ. Free.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A family's visit to the laundromat supplies a story full of heart and heartache, complete with dancing laundry! $8 admission.
7:00 pm

The trials and tribulations of an up-and-coming 1960s girls singing group. $47.00 - $58.00.
7:30 pm

Grammy-award winning flutist, composer and bandleader Rhonda Larson combines cross-cultural, multi-genre music. Free.
7:30 pm

SATURDAY, April 13

Read our Indie Grits: Day-to-Day Guide to get more information on the films, the events, tickets and more.
ALL DAY



Soda City Market on Main Street
Downtown Columbia's weekly local farmer's market. Grab some breakfast at Soda City Market before heading to today's many events, like Kindie Grits, Nashicon, Columbia's HipHop Family Day and more. Free.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Herbs and plant-related items for sale, herbal demonstrations, an afternoon tea and more will make up the 2nd Annual Herb Festival, all located at Lexington County Museum (where you can also tour historic homes). Free admission
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Columbia's first and only anime convention. Dealers, games, viewings, panels, murder mysteries and more Saturday and Sunday. $20 door price.
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Tour restored turn-of-the-century homes and their beautiful private gardens. Take a horse-drawn carriage or walk the streets of one of Columbia's oldest neighborhoods to watch dozens of artists on front porches, acoustical musicians, chef demonstrations and British sports cars. Local food trucks will be available as well for some 'famously hot' lunch and snacks. $15 at the gate.
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Augusta Baker's Dozen Storytelling Celebration at Nickelodeon Theatre
Free admission.
10:00 am

Part of Indie Grits and Augusta Baker's Dozen, Can You Canoe? is a documentary about the Okee Dokee Brothers, an Americana children's singing group who will be playing at Richland Library on Sunday. Free.
11:00 am

Sample music, dance, fashion and food from 60 countries. The annual festival features an International Bazaar and Parade of Nations, with plenty of exhibits and cultural demonstrations to educate you on all the world has to offer. $5 admission.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

This family event allows kids to explore fire trucks, cement trucks, bulldozers and antique military vehicles, as well as meet the men and women who use them. Plenty of other kid fun will be available as well. $6 admission; $20 family 4-pack.
10:00 am - 2:00 am



$15 adults, $12 military/senior citizens, $5 students.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Partnering with Indie Grits, this will be Columbia's first HipHop Family Day. Enjoy live performers, DJs, B-boy dance crews, cutting-edge hip-hop visual artists, and craft and fashion vendors from the Southeast. Free admission.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Courtesy of Congaree Riverkeeper

In Columbia, SC, we enjoy three rivers in the middle of a metropolitan area. Celebrate the Columbia region's rivers with music from Toubab Krewe and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, food, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and family fun. $15 at the gate.
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Lake Murray Historic Daytime Cruise at Lake Murray
Learn about the history of Lake Murray while on the Spirit of Lake MurrayTickets are $19-$27.
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm; Doors open 11:30

Tickets are $14 - $42. 
2:00 pm & 6:00 pm


This isn't your kid's puppet show. Don't miss puppeteers from across the Southeast perform their "raucous" acts. $10.00.
7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10.50 - $20.50.
7:30 pm

SUNDAY, April 14

Read our Indie Grits: Day-to-Day Guide to get more information on the films, the events, tickets and more.
ALL DAY

9:00 am - 5:00 pm




$15 adults, $12 military/senior citizens, $5 students.
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Second Sunday Roll: Heart of Columbia Bus Tour across Downtown Columbia
Tour some of Columbia's most historic structures by bus. Landmarks on the tour include: the Robert Mills Historic District, the State House, the Governor's Mansion, the University of South Carolina Horsehoe and more. $10 for general public
2:00 pm



Tickets are $14 - $42. 
2:00 pm

Civil Rights Sundays | Makin' a Way Out of No Way: The Life and Activism of Modjeska Simkins at Nickelodeon Theatre
Part of Columbia SC 63, a yearlong initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, Civil Rights Sundays highlight the people and moments of this time in history. This week looks at the life of Modjeska Simkins, a woman considered to be the matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina. $8 admission.
3:00 pm

Kindie Grits: Concert by The Okee Dokee Brothers at Richland Library 
Part of Indie Grits and Augusta Baker's Dozen, the Okee Dokee Brothers, an American bluegrass children's duo, will perform a free concert.
3:00 pm

Tickets are $10.50 - $20.50.
3:00 pm

Slow Food at Indie Grits at 711 Whaley Street
One of Columbia's favorite foodie events, Slow Food asks Columbia's top chefs to prepare dishes using at least one local, sustainable ingredient. $20 admission, $15 for Nickelodeon Theatre members. 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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