We don't want to brag, but it's hard not to by looking at the weather forecast for the weekend in Columbia, SC. Mid-70's in January make us a year-round destination for outdoor activities. With South Carolina's only National Park right in our backyard, what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than to go for a hike. Or, head to one of our three rivers for a stroll down the riverwalk.

See what else looks 'famously hot' this weekend, other than the forecast:


2013 Winter Exhibition at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808
Four local artists (Chelsey, Wimberly, Williams and Yaghijan) convene for the annual display of their paintings and sculptures. Free. 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Anxious Visions: The Art of Michael Northius at the Columbia Museum of Art 
One of the museum's newest exhibits shows the psychological conditions of contemporary life. $10, adults; $5, students.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Restaurant Week at Various Columbia, SC Restaurants
Restaurant Week just kicked off yesterday and is happening all over South Carolina. Read our blog for more information on where to get the best Columbia deals.
Various Times

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the Workshop Theatre
Part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy - a story of his upbringing in Brooklyn, NY as told through the young character, Eugene. $12 - 22. 
8:00 pm  

[title of show] at Trustus Theatre
Though oddly "titled," this Tony-nominated musical is sure to be a hit at Trustus. The play follows two struggling writers in New York who fail to think of a title to their submission for a musical theatre festival. $13.50 - 27.
8:00 pm

2013 UCF War of the Stars at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
The War of the Stars, an ultimate Cheerleading competition, returns to Columbia for the seventh year. Read our sports blog for more information.  


Nature Discovery at Congaree National Park
Take a hike! A guide will lead you through this old-growth bottomland forest, its giant trees and diverse wildlife. Free.
9:30 am

"Beauty and the Beast" at the Columbia Marionette Theatre
Another alternative to your usual Saturday morning cartoons. Bring the kids to a different performance of the classic Disney tale, Beauty and the Beast. $5.
11:00 am & 3:00 pm

USC Gamecocks v. Auburn Tigers at Colonial Life Arena 
Cheer on the Gamecocks as they take on the Auburn Tigers in this heated SEC match up.
1:30 pm

Tree Trek at Congaree National Park
A guide leads you on a 1.5 hour walk through the primeval forested floodplain that is Congaree National Park. Free.
2:00 pm

SC Philharmonic presents "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" at the Koger Center for the Arts
A classical and casual musical infusions returns to the Koger Center, featuring compositions from Beethoven, James MacMillan and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Guest percussionist, Lisa Pegher, dominates the show.  Purchase tickets online, $17 - 47.
7:30 pm


Second Sunday Roll Homeplaces Tour by the Historic Columbia Foundation
Join the Historic Columbia Foundation as they take you on an African-American Heritage Sites bus tour covering Columbia's home places, work places and resting places. Tour meets at the Robert Mills House and lasts around 90 minutes. $10, general public; $5, HCF members.
2:00 pm 

Tree Trek at Congaree National Park
A guide leads you on a 1.5 hour walk through the primeval forested floodplain that is Congaree National Park. Free.
2:00 pm

Find more things to do this weekend on our calendar. If you're looking to get outdoors, get a list of gardens, parks and outdoor spots on our website. Make it a mini vacation and book your hotel room for the weekend. 

Need more information? Drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter or give our Visitors Center a call at 803.545.0002.