What are you doing this weekend? Why not warm up with a warm bowl of chili at the Historic Columbia Foundation's 15th Annual Chili Cook-off? Or, embrace winter, put on your jacket and take the kids to play in the snow at EdVenture's "Snowville" during the closing weekend. Cold or not, Columbia has a full list of things to do this weekend.

Here are our highlights:


Friday, February 22



Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival at Colonial Life Arena
Mickey & friends rock the stage at Colonial Life Arena! All your Disney favorites will be there, with a little twist - Read our blog for more information. Purchase tickets online, $20 - 47.
7:00 pm

Gladys Knight at the Koger Center for the Arts
Grammy award-winning Gladys Knight performs at the Koger Center, benefiting the Auntie Karen foundation. Purchase tickets online, $55 - 125.
8:00 pm


Masquerade on Main at Tapp's Art Center
Main Street's first Masquerade party inside Tapp's. Cocktail attire, masks encouraged and available at the door. The party is to celebrate the Jewish Holiday, Purim.
7:00 - 11:00 pm

"Boeing-Boeing"
at University of South Carolina Longstreet Theatre
The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre presents Boeing-Boeing, a French farce listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. $10, students; $16, faculty; $16, public.
8:00 pm

Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park
Escape the cold and settle down for a night of live jazz at Finlay Park. $10/person.
8:00 - 11:00 pm

Columbia Alternacirque at Art Bar
Every fourth Friday, Alternacirque, Columbia's alternative circus performance company, performs at the eclectic downtown Art Bar in the Congaree Vista. The two performances are free to attend with no cover charge.
First show at 9:30, second at 10:30 pm


Saturday, February 23

Soda City Farmer's Market

Garage party this Saturday! No, not your garage - the Taylor St! Because of the forecasts for gloomy weather the market has temporarily relocated to the garage for some warmer shelter. See their facebook post  for some garage party humor!
8:00 am - Noon


Polygraph Lounge: High-brow, Low-brow, Uni-brow! at Harbison Theatre
A matinee for the family. 'Polygraph Lounge' is a musical duo that has toured with Paul Simon for over 40 years. On Saturday, they'll bring laughs, unique instruments (saxophones from PVC pipes, nose whistles, etc.) and a lineup that will have your whole family walking out laughing. Purchase tickets online, $10.
2:00 pm

USC vs. Albany
at Carolina Stadium 
The second series of the season, delayed by the weather, kicks off this afternoon and wraps up with a double-header on Sunday.
4:00 pm

15th Annual Chili Cook-off
at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds
Who's ready for some 'famously hot' chili? Taste Columbia-classic recipes at the Historic Columbia Foundation annual chili cook-off! Dishes will be judged by local celebrities and chefs and guests can enjoy live music while they taste around. Ticket money benefits historic preservation in Columbia. $20-25, members; $30, public.
5:00 - 8:00 pm  

"Boeing-Boeing"
at University of South Carolina Longstreet TheatreThe University of South Carolina Department of Theatre presents Boeing-Boeing, a French farce listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. $10, students; $16, faculty; $16, public.

7:00 pm

USC Wind Ensemble
at the Koger CenterUSC's premier wind ensemble presents selections from their upcoming College Band Directors National Convention performance. Free!
7:30 pm

Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park
Escape the cold and settle down for a night of live jazz at Finlay Park. $10/person.
8:00 - 11:00 pm

Sunday, February 24


Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum
Last day for a snow day at EdVenture Children's Museum! Crawl through an ice tunnel, climb a snow-capped mountain, sled down a snowy hill, or visit the Penguin Observation Station. Free with museum admission.
Noon - 5:00 pm 


USC v. Albany (Double Header) at Carolina Stadium 
The USC v. Albany series continues at noon with a double header! Cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Carolina Stadium.
Noon

32nd Annual St. Andrews Woman's Club Bridal Showcase at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds 
The showcase provides brides, grooms and their families with a one-stop shopping for all their wedding needs. 125 state-wide merchants from florists, caterers, photographers, videographers, musicians, wedding consultants and more will be waiting to answer your wedding questions. $7 at gate.

Noon - 5:00 pm

What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know by leaving a comment below or talking to us on Facebook and Twitter. For a full list of what's going on in Columbia, SC this weekend, browse our calendar of events.