As the chilly fall weather sneaks in to Columbia, SC, the weekend is heating up with events across the region. Find five things to do this weekend below, but be sure to also check our calendar of events for a complete list of what’s going on in Columbia, SC.
Jump into the holiday season
The holidays are upon us and there is no better way to get in the festive spirit than to partake in one of these very merry occasions:
28th Annual Vista Lights Holiday Season Kickoff at Congaree Vista Thursday 5 – 9 pm
2013 Festival of Trees at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday (Preview Party) 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm
Holiday House Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm; Free for members, $8 adults, $5 youth
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Colonial Life Arena Friday 8 pm; $33 - $62.50
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Friday – Sunday 5 – 9 pm; $8 - $10

Enjoy a night out
Whether you’re out to benefit a great cause or simply looking for some entertainment, a night out is always a good idea and Columbia continues to offer a plethora of enticing night-out options.
ALS Casino Night - Long Odds, Large Stakes at Social Bar and Lounge Thursday 6 – 10 pm; $25 pre-sale, $35 at the door
Jaheim at Township Auditorium Thursday 7:30 pm; $39.50 - $69.50
Listen to a comedy legend
Comedy legend Bill Cosby performs at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday. From his standup routines in the 1970s to the famous 1980s The Cosby Show to being Kids Say the Darndest Things’ host in the 1990s (and don’t forget the Jello commercials), Bill Cosby is among America’s favorite comedians. Tickets ($39 - $69) can be purchased at
Bill Cosby at the Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 8 pm
Main Street Crit
Photo Courtesy of Main Street Crit 
Show your sporty side
Lace up your running shoes or don your Gamecock gear or fancy hats to enjoy these sport-centric events:
Colonial Cup International Steeplechase Race Day at Springdale Race Course Saturday 9 am – 5 pm; $30 general admission
Main Street Crit at Mast General Store Saturday 7 pm; $34
Runway Run at Columbia Metropolitan Airport Saturday 10 am 
South Carolina Oyster Festival
Photo Courtesy of South Carolina Oyster Festival 
Shuck some oysters
Nosh on over 10,000 pounds of steamed and fried oysters and listen to some live entertainment at the Columbia region’s largest outdoor oyster roast! $5 in advance, $10 at door
 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