The new Annie Leibovitz exhibit. Football. Music festivals and concerts. Cultural performances. A fashion show. That's just a preview of all the things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend. Find 7 highlights from this weekend's events, and then browse our calendar of events to find even more things to do.  

 

See personal photographs from Annie Leibovitz
You've seen Annie Leibovitz's celebrity portraits on the covers of Vanity Fair, and she's largely considered one of the most famous and talented photographers in the world. So when the Columbia Museum of Art landed the "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" exhibit, the Southeast got excited for the chance to see the collection close to home (read Southern Living's coverage in The Daily South).

The exhibit opens Friday, so be sure to walk through the exhibit this opening weekend and see 78 photographs from the famed photographer's personal travels. $10 general admission
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage at Columbia Museum of Art Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm

 

Groove to the music
There's no question this weekend is full of fun music festivals and shows in Columbia, SC. The only real question is what do you want to hear? The lineup includes blues, jazz, bluegrass, classical music, doo-wop and more. Check out one of the music festivals, events or shows below:
11th Annual Congaree SwampFest at Congaree National Park & Old Mt. Moriah Yard Friday 7 pm; Saturday 10 am
The Doo Wop Project: Pop Hits and Soulful Harmonies at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Friday 7:30 pm

6th Annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival at Granby Park Saturday 11 am - 6 pm

Enjoy a cultural weekend
Ah, the refined things in life! From the symphony to Shakespeare, this weekend in Columbia, SC holds performances that will make you feel quite cultured, if we do so say ourselves.
The SC Shakespeare Company presents "A Servant of Two Masters" at Saluda Shoals Park Friday - Sunday 7:30 pm $10 general admission
SC Philharmonic 2013/2014 Masterworks Season: Opening Night at Koger Center for the Arts Friday 7:30 pm
UNEARTH: A Celebration of Naturally Inspired Art at Saluda Shoals Park Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Columbia Choral Society Fall Concert at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Sunday 4 pm

Make a difference
One of Columbia, SC's signature events, the Palmetto Health Foundation's Walk for Life and Race for Life raise funds for Palmetto Health's breast centers. You can run the 5K or 10K, or take a walk through downtown Columbia with family and friends. You'll be inspired by a sea of pink as people come from across the Columbia region, state and nation to fight breast cancer. Registration is $35-$40. 
Palmetto Health Foundation's Walk/Race for Life at Finlay Park Saturday 8:15 am - 10K begins; 8:30 am - Walk and 5K begin

 

Tour inside the South Carolina State House
Start your Saturday with a tour inside the South Carolina State House. You'll learn about the building's design and construction, South Carolina's state government, and the objects that have been stolen from the State House. Tours begin at 9:30 am and run every hour on the half hour, except for 12:30 pm. Free.
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9:30 am - 4 pm 

 

Jump to Sandstorm at Williams-Brice
It's the only home game this month, so get in your Sandstorm jumping now! The South Carolina Gamecocks play against the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night.
USC Gamecocks 2013 Football - Carolina vs. Kentucky at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday 7:30 pm

Make a fashion statement
A fashion show and a hair show. This high-energy event will give you some ideas for what's next in the world of style. Tickets $25-$500.
Hair Walk: The Movement at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday 8 - 10 pm