From the way this weekend looks, May is going to be a busy month in Columbia, SC and we can't complain. We're looking ahead to National Travel and Tourism week, which kicks off tomorrow with a day dedicated to historic hot spots in Columbia, Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes Nation" at Williams-Brice Stadium, a closer look at butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum and a true Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at the South Carolina State MuseumMay you have a lovely weekend in Columbia, SC!

Here's our hot list of things to do this weekend:


Aug. 2012 - Arts & Draughts

Arts & Draughts
at the Columbia Museum of Art
A quarterly celebration of art, live music and great beer! There will be D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art Simon Says, admission to the Museum's new exhibit "Picasso: Master Prints" and much more. Purchase your tickets online and "Art, Drink & Be Happy" on Friday evening.
7:00 - 11:00 pm

The Gamecocks kick off their weekend series against the Vanderbilt Commodores for a heated match-up! 
7:00 pm

Band of Horses at the Township Auditorium
Irmo native and indie rock group Band of Horses singer-songwriter, Ben Bridwell, returns to the Columbia region for a show at the Township. Sing along to hits from grammy-nominated album Infinite Arms and from their 2012 album, Mirage Rock. Purchase tickets online, $30-35.
8:00 pm


Soda City Market on Main Street
Columbia's downtown weekly market is back and as fresh as ever. Indulge in Certified South Carolina produce and treats on your Saturday morning.
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

South Carolina State House 

Free Tours of the South Carolina State House
After stopping by the Market for your Saturday coffee, why not join a free guided tour of the South Carolina State House? Each hour on the half hour, you can tour the State House and get a historical look inside its development. Read our State House blog for a sneak preview. Free.
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Blooming Butterflies

Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum 
It's opening day for EdVenture's new exhibit! The "Blooming Butterflies" exhibit is a living exhibit that allows you to explore 20 species of butterflies and moths native to the Southeast. On opening day, EdVenture will celebrate with special activities like butterfly face painting, butterfly windsock crafts in the Aha Factory and games such as Pin the Monarch on the Milkweed and Proboscis Blowouts. EdVenture staff will be available to give special Butterfly Emersion Tours. Free with museum admission.
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

KENNYGATE at Williams-Brice Stadium - Garnet Way
A full day of tailgating/free concerts across from Williams-Brice Stadium in the Garnet Way tailgating lots. Local bands kick off starting at 10:30 am and country music star Craig Morgan prepares you for the big concert.
Gates open, 10:00 am

Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the South Carolina State Museum
It's time for a fiesta at the State Museum! Bring the family for a true fiesta with crafts, games, pinatas, music and drinks & snacks. Free with museum admission. 
10:45 am - 4:00 pm

Pickin' and Piggin' at Saluda Shoals Park 
Join some of South Carolina's best Barbeque cookers at Saluda Shoals for a BBQ Cook-off and live music from local bluegrass band, Blue Iguanas. 
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Crescent Olive Demonstrations at Charleston Cooks! 
Join Charleston Cooks! for a Signature Tasting Event with The Crescent Olive. Enjoy taste-testings of 3 balsamic vinegars and 3 olive oils.
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Kenny Chesney No Shoe's Nation Tour with Zac Brown Band at Williams-Brice Stadium
Welcome Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band back to Columbia, SC with the "No Shoes Nation" concert. Opening for the award-winning performers will be Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band.   Purchase tickets online.
5:00 pm 

Rhythm on the River at West Columbia Riverwalk Ampitheatre
The weekly outdoor concerts at the West Columbia Riverwalk have re-started! This week's featured band: Donald Merckle & The Blacksmiths w/ Jackaroe. Free. 
6:00 - 9:00 pm 


$1 Sunday + Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the South Carolina State Museum
General admission is only $1 to the State Museum on the first Sunday of each month. This Sunday, join the Museum for a "fiesta," Cinco-de-Mayo->Famously Hot & Cocky Baseball Game and 2011 Spring FAM Tour

South Carolina Baseball at Carolina Stadium
The South Carolina Gamecocks v. Vanderbilt Commodores series continues on Sunday afternoon. Be the first 100 to enter the gates at Carolina Stadium and receive a 'famously hot' t-shirt!  Get the details on our Sports Blog.
12:00 pm (game time changed from 1:00 pm to noon)

For a full list of events and things to do in Columbia, SC visit our calendar of events. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.