This weekend, it's time to blaze nature trails, have fun on Lake Murray, enjoy summer food and kick off Fourth of July week a little early. Here are five 'famously hot' things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend:

Paddle on Lake Murray at sunset
Get Your Gear On guides take you on a trip around Lake Murray by kayak or canoe at sunset. Make your reservations by calling 803.799.0999.
Lake Murray Sunset Paddle - Guided Kayak or Canoe Trip with Get Your Get OnFriday-Sunday: 7 pm

Celebrate the Fourth a little early
Head to Lake Murray for the annual 4th of July Celebration and Boat Parade, as decked out boats in the afternoon and fireworks at night kick off a week of Independence Day events in the Columbia region. Find Fourth of July events in Columbia, SC, starting this weekend and running through next weekend, on our website.
2013 4th of July Celebration and Boat Parade at Lake Murray, Boat Parade begins at approximately 12:00 pm 

Trek at Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park allows plenty of opportunities this weekend to explore the Southeast's greatest expanse of bottomland hardwood forest. Go on a guided one and half hour walk with the park's Tree Trek Guided Walk. Get an introduction to the old forest on Congaree's Better with Age walk. Or have a truly unique experience with a nighttime walk to discover the "wild side" of Congaree National Park.
Guided walks this weekend: Tree Trek Guided Walk at Congaree National Park, Saturday: 10 am; Better with Age at Congaree National Park, Saturday: 2 pm & 8 pm; Moonlight Creatures Walk at Congaree National ParkSaturday: 8 pm

Civil Rights Sunday
In 1954, Sarah Mae Flemming was assaulted and ejected from a Columbia, SC bus for sitting in the one empty seat available, but in a white-only section. A Civil Rights activist, Sarah Mae Flemming began a court battle against the bus company that would lead to the landmark Browder v. Gayle case involving Rosa Parks. Learn Sarah Mae Flemning's story at Richland Library this Civil Rights Sunday, a part of Columbia SC 63, a year-long commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement in Columbia SC, with a showing of Before Rosa. You can also attend the dedication of Sarah Mae Flemming Way, at the corner of Main & Washington streets (the site where Flemming was ejected from the bus), on Friday at 9 am.
Civil Rights Sunday: Before Rosa: The Unsung Contributions of Sarah Mae Flemming at Richland Library, 3 pm

Under the Table Supper Club at The Oak Table
Join the Supper Club at The Oak Table
Executive chef of The Oak Table, Joseph Jacobson, and chef/owner of Rosso Trattoria Italia, Kristian Niemi, combine forces this Sunday for The Oak Table's second Supper Club. Not only will two of Columbia, SC's notable chefs combine forces, but the menu will remain a secret until the event. You can bring your own drinks, but a cash bar is available as well. $50 per person; call 803.563.5066 to make reservations.
Under the Table Sunday Supper Club at The Oak Table, 6:30 pm (Reservations required)

For more things to do around Columbia, SC, browse the rest of this weekend's events beginning Thursday or visit our calendar of events.

Looking ahead to the Fourth? See our roundup of Fourth of July events to start planning your holiday in Columbia, SC. Book a hotel room online and make it a 'famously hot' weekend.