Looking for things to do for the long Memorial Day weekend? With live music and theater performances abounding, and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, you won't fall short of entertainment and things to do in Columbia, SC.

Here's our hot list of events, then a snapshot of what else is happening 2013 Memorial Day weekend:

"Songs of a New World" at Workshop Theatre
It's closing weekend for "Songs of a New World" at Workshop Theatre. Follow the story of four expressive singers as they work hard to be successful.
Thursday, May 23
8 pm 

Photo courtesy of South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company
Best of South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company at the Township Auditorium
The dancers have rehearsed hard and now they want to show you their moves. The South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company presents their final recital of the year, with all of their best performances compiled into one program. Purchase tickets online, $25.
Thursday, May 23
Doors open at 6:30 pm; Performance at 7:30 pm

USC Dance Conservatory presents "Hansel and Gretel"
The University of South Carolina's Dance Conservatory presents the timeless tale of Hansel and Gretel as told through a choreographed ballet production. The show will be on the University of South Carolina campus at Drayton Hall.
Friday,  May 24
6 pm

Moonlight Paddle with Get your Gear On Each month, on the Friday and Saturday closest to the full moon, Get Your Gear On offers romantic moonlight paddles down the Congaree River under the moonlight. Start paddling as the sun sets, then watch the moon reflect on the water and enjoy views of the town and bridges for a unique on the romantic venture. Reservations are required. 803-799-0999
Friday and Saturday, May 24-25
7:30 pm 

"Beauty and the Beast" at the Columbia Marionette Theatre
Last chance to bring the family to the Columbia Marionette Theatre to see "Beauty and The Beast" today! Forget those Saturday cartoons and enjoy some live, kid-friendly entertainment. What's next for the Marionette Theatre? An original story about our favorite prehistoric creatures - Dino Tales.
Saturday, May 25
11 am & 3 pm

Concert at the West Columbia Riverwalk 
Rhythm on the River at the West Columbia Riverwalk
Halfway through the Rhythm on the River series is Randall Bramblett with Danielle Howle. Rolling Stone says Bramblett is "one of the South's most lyrical and literate songwriters," and he has opened for bands like Widespread Panic. Rhythm on the River is free.
Saturday, May 25 
6 - 9 pm

Stereofly's Rootsy Revival Memorial Day Concert at Art Bar
What says Memorial Day more than live music and barbecue? Celebrate live American music on two stages at the Art Bar this Sunday. Plus, nom on some true southern cookin'.
Sunday, May 26
4 pm

Palmetto Concert Band Memorial Day Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts
Open your ears to patriotic tunes like "Summon the Heroes," "Victory at Sea," "American Salute," "Armed Forces Salute," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the Palmetto Concert Band's free concert.
Sunday,  May 26
4 pm

Sailboats on Lake Murray
Sailing on Memorial Day with the Lanier Sailing Club
Get out on Lake Murray and enjoy beautiful weather with a two-hour fully-skippered sailing trip with the Lanier Sailing Club. Try your hand at sailing with a personal instructor, or let the captain sail for you as you sit back and relax aboard the sail boat.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
Boats leave the Southshore Marina dock at 9:30, 12:00, 2:30, and 5:00

For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more, or stop by or call Columbia Regional Visitors Center to find what area attractions are open. The Visitors Center will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Memorial Day.

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