Rock out this weekend with outdoor concerts at Loading Dock Live! or Five After Five on Thursday, Village at Sandhill's Concert Series on Friday and Saturday's Riverwalk Music Festival. Gallery hop at Artista Vista, the region's oldest and most celebrated art gallery crawl, Thursday through Sunday. And twist and turn through a whimsical world of acrobatics at a Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Colonial Life Arena all weekend.

Here's what else is hot this weekend: 

THURSDAY, April 25

One Eared Cow Glass: photo courtesy of Congaree Vista Guild
Artista Vista Kick-Off Party and Artista Vista in Congaree Vista
Galleries stay open late for the 22nd annual art gallery crawl through the Vista, with music, special art exhibitions including Edge of Imagination: An Exhibition of New York from the Artists of Vista Studios, and other exciting entertainment at this year's Artista Vista. Meet artists from more than a dozen art galleries like The Gallery at DuPre, Vista Studios, Lewis + Clark, City Art Gallery and more. The fun kicks off tonight at Artista Vista's Kick-Off Party.
Free
Loading Dock Live! Concert Series at Township Auditorium
Join Brian Conner and his Amazing Friends as they headline tonight's Loading Dock Live! Outdoor Concert Series on the loading dock outside the Township Auditorium. While you're there, grab a bite from a local food truck.
Free
6:00 - 8:00 pm  

Five After Five Concert Series: Dave Matthews Tribute Band in Five Points
Not only does springtime in the Midlands bring warm weather, it also brings the start of another fun season of Five Points' Five After Five Concert Series. The concert series kicks-off with the Dave Matthews Tribute Band.
Free
6:30 - 10:00 pm


Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Colonial Life Arena
Pop into the wild imagination of Zoe, a young girl who dreams up the magical and whimsical world of Quidam. 
Tickets start at $37
7:30 pm

USC Symphony with the Brasil Guitar Duo at the Koger Center for the Arts
The USC Symphony will be joined by the Brasil Guitar Duo for the US premiere of Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra written for them by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati.

Tickets $26 for the general public; $21 for seniors, USC faculty & staff and $9 for students
7:30 pm

USC Lab Theatre Presents 'Becky Shaw' at University of South Carolina
Becky Shaw, a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is a razor-sharp, witty comedy about the aftermath of a blind date gone awry. 
Tickets $5
8:00 pm  

FRIDAY, April 26
Photo courtesy of Congaree Vista Guild
Artista Vista in Congaree Vista
Pop into Art Bar for the "Shark's Parlor" party. This fun-filled night will feature poetry readings and short stories by creative writing students in the Master of Fine Arts program at USC as well as one slammin' free concert from The Sea Wolf Mutiny as the art gallery crawl continues. 
Free
9:00 am - 8:00 pm (Check gallery hours)

17th Annual Sparkleberry County Fair at Sandhill Research and Education Center
Ride the Ferris Wheel or take a spin on a carousel. Our rides will have something for everyone! Pet a giraffe, ride a horse, or even milk a cow. From classic car displays to live entertainment to the all traditional "fair foods," Sparkleberry Country Fair has something for everyone in your family.
Tickets are $5 
4:00 - 10:00 pm  

Happy Hour History Tours of 5 Points with Five Points
Take a fun walking tour of Five Points, one of Columbia's most-loved shopping, eating and entertainment districts and learn all about this eclectic area's rich history. The tour includes stops for complimentary drinks and appetizers.
Tickets $20 for HCF members and $25 for non-members
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Colonial Life Arena
Tickets start at $37
7:30 pm  

Spring Concert at Village at Sandhill
The family-friendly outdoor concert series continues this weekend with Fantasy, the rock R&B and soul band.
Free
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Le Cafe Jazz at Top of Finlay Park
To help celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in South Carolina, head to Jazz Town USA for a relaxing evening of live jazz music with the Godfather of Jazz, Skipp Pearson. With French-infused melodies floating through the air, you will feel like you are sitting right along the beautiful Champs-Elysees.   
Tickets are $10
8:00 - 11:00 pm

USC Lab Theatre Presents 'Becky Shaw' at University of South Carolina
Tickets are $5
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, April 27


USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at The Leatherneck
Marines and those up for a challenge will get 'famously hot' and muddy at the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run. Teams of four will participate in a 5.2-mile muddy obstacle course that will challenge your body in ways you never thought possible.
7:30 am

17th Annual Sparkleberry County Fair at Sandhill Research and Education Center  
Tickets are $5 
4:00 - 10:00 pm 

Soda City Market on Main Street 
Main Street's weekly local farmer's market for a little shopping and breakfast before heading to hot events like Artista Vista, Riverwallk Music Festival or the Mayor's Famously Hot Bike Tour.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm



Mayor's Famously Hot Bike Tour in Downtown Columbia
Not only is our Mayor famously hot, but so is our history. Meet at the Seibels House for a bike tour led by Mayor Benjamin. The tour will take you on a family-friendly ride through downtown Columbia and will showcase the region's historic sites like the Mann-Simons Cottage and the Hampton-Preston Mansion.
Free
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; ride begins at 10:30 a.m. 

Artista Vista in Congaree Vista
Check out City Art Gallery's "High Noon" talk back with artists, Historic Columbia Foundation's "Mini Vista History Tours" and Install It 3: The Above and Below tour of the installation artworks located in the Vista Greenway Tunnel.
Free
9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.


2013 Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival at Hopkins Park
Enjoy an arts and craft show, parade, sweet potato pie contest, praise dancers, video games, music,  step teams, carnival rides and more at this year's Sweet Potato Festival. Live entertainment will include Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, Crystal River,  Adam Crabb, The Redeemers and James Brown Impersonators Swampman & Woodrow Portee.
Free
11:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Jelly Belly Bus Tour at The Peanut Man - Village at Sandhill
If there was ever a question you wanted answered about Jelly Belly beans, now's your chance to try to stump the bean diplomats! The Jelly Belly on Tour bus is serving up "What's New?" from Jelly Belly including Jelly Belly TABASCO® Jelly Bean, SnappleTM flavored jelly beans, and the Mystery Bean Flavor. Spin the prize wheel and try to win a fun prize.   

Free
1:00 - 5:00 pm  

Riverwalk Music Festival at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater
The City of West Columbia presents the 7th Annual Riverwalk Music Festival with jammin' tunes from Buck Stanley, Loose Change, Rob Crosby and Lee Roy Parnell. 
Free
2:00 - 9:00 pm 

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Colonial Life Arena
Tickets start at $37
3:30 pm and 7:30 pm 

Forget those Saturday morning cartoons! The Columbia Marionette Theatre's quirky but comedic rendition of Walt Disney's famed fairy tale is a fun way to spend your Saturday morning or afternoon. 
Tickets $5
11:00 am and 3:00 pm



EdStravaganza at EdVenture Children's Museum
EdVenture opens up for adults to get in tune with their inner child and play a little with live music, tinkering stations, special performances, food, art and friends all add up for an evening designed to light your fire and spark your imagination.
7:00 pm 

One Month: One Last Hurrah! at Art Bar
April has been a month full of celebration with hundreds of arts, history and cultural events. OneColumbia will send April out with One Last Hurrah at Art Bar. Theatres from around the Columbia region will present their Fall season's plans to the public and perform. 
6:00 - 9:00 pm

SUNDAY, April 28

Learn all about the region's religious history during the Reconstruction period in this fun, interactive exhibit featuring the pew used by the Wilson family at First Presbyterian Church and the Wilson family bible. 
Free for HCF members, $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



6th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair at Columbia Museum of Art
Record enthusiasts, unite! If you've been searching for that ultra rare LP, 45, CD or DVD, find them here. The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul will be dropping the tunes while The Whig will be serving up the food and beverages.
Free
12:00 - 5:00 pm 

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Colonial Life Arena
Tickets start at $37
1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Jelly Belly Bus Tour at The Peanut Man - Vista
Free
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Edwin McCain Benefit Concert at The Hall at Senate's End
South Carolina's singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will perform an intimate concert to benefit the Family Connection of SC, a non-profit organization supporting families with special needs children.  
Tickets $75
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents Concertos and Cupcakes at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
Join the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra for the season finale concert, "Concertos and Cupcakes." Featured soloists include Maximilian Witherell, Zachary Patton and Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition Performance Invitational Award Winners. 
Free
3:30 pm

USC Lab Theatre Presents 'Becky Shaw' at University of South Carolina
Tickets $5
8:00 pm


Find a full list of events on our calendar. Book a hotel room at reservations.columbiacvb.com.