A paddle on the lake or river. Dinner with an artist. A sing-a-long to one of your favorite movies. Are you in with us? Here's a list of five things to do this weekend in Columbia, SC, plus a full list of weekend activities to enjoy Thursday through Sunday.

Spend a night at the theater
The new play "Collected Stories" opens Thursday at Trustus Theatre, telling the story of a prominent writer whose student becomes a competitor. It's the classic tale of a protégé turned rival (for the old movie fans, think All About Eve). Tickets are $15-$22.
Collected Stories at Trustus Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 pm; Sunday 3 pm


Spend some time on (or over) the water
Enjoy a by paddle on Lake Murray -- it's the last paddle under a full moon this summer! Or try a sunset paddle, get on all three rivers with a guided rivertrip and extravaganza, or try your hand at paddleboarding. Or, if you'd rather get a birds eye view of the river, rather than make a splash, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden opens their new zipline tours -- Zip the Zoo and ZOOm the River -- on Friday. Here's a closer look at the outdoor things to do this weekend:


Sing along to Grease
Let the inner T-Bird or Pink Lady out while singing along to the famous musical Grease! The Nick ends it National Treasures series with this American favorite featuring Danny, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy and, of course, Sandy. We think it will be a "one of a kind like dip da-dip da-dip doo-wop da doo-bee doo" experience. $8-$10.
National Treasures: Grease (Sing-A-Long) at Nickelodeon Theatre Friday 11 pm; Saturday 3 pm

Delve into civil rights history
Another Civil Rights Sunday brings us a documentary on South Carolina's Lamar High School during desegregation. It's a part of the Columbia, SC 63 project, and you can find more civil rights events in the Columbia region on our calendar of events. Free admission.
Civil Rights Sundays: The Color of Justice at Nickelodeon Theatre Sunday 3 pm



Get dinner and a movie with Found in Translation artist, Steven Naifeh
This event is now sold out, but we think you should still get to the Columbia Museum of Art this weekend to experience the Found in Translation exhibit. 
The Columbia Museum of Art's innovative exhibit, Found in Translation by Steven Naifeh, gets even better this Sunday with dinner and a movie. Watch the movie Pollock, enjoy a barbecue dinner, and talk with Steven Naifeh about his unique combination of abstract and Islamic art. $100 per person; $175 per couple.
Found in Translation: Dinner and a Movie with Steven Naifeh at Columbia Museum of Art Sunday 5:30 pm

That's not all -- Columbia, SC has plenty of other weekend happenings around the region. Browse the list below or check out our calendar of events.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park Cafe at Le Cafe Jazz8 - 11 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
ALL WEEKEND
Between the Springmaid Sheets at South Carolina State MuseumThursday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's MuseumSaturday: 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Football, the Exhibit at EdVenture Children's MuseumThursday - Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
Found in Translation: The Geometric Abstraction of Steven Naifeh at Columbia Museum of ArtThursday & Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
Geometric Visions at Columbia Museum of ArtThursday & Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
Onex100: Creating within Constraints at Columbia Museum of ArtThursday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon 1 - 5pm
Picasso: Master Prints at Columbia Museum of ArtThursday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5pm
Tutankhamun: Return of the King at South Carolina State MuseumThursday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm

For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.