What's your flavor? Take your pick this weekend, and enjoy a free tour of South Carolina State House. Or live on the wild side with MMC cage-fighting at Township Auditorium or a hike at Congaree National Park. Or take in the arts with Trustus Theatre, the last weekend of Mark Rothko at Columbia Museum of Art or a movie at Nickelodeon Theatre. Or choose it all.

Here's a look at what's lined up for this weekend, January 4 - 6, 2013:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4


Big news! Main Street Ice may remain open until January 21, instead of closing this weekend as originally scheduled. We would certainly look forward to a few more famously hot ice skating trips on Columbia's Main Street. Adults $10 and children $8.
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

No, we didn't forget to insert the title -- that's actually the musical's name. The musical about two writers writing a musical about a musical. (Got it?) Such is the story of Jeff and Hunter, two playwrights in New York preparing a script for submission to a festival. Friends help. Fun and music ensue. Tickets are $13.50-$27.00.
Performances through January 12; 8:00 pm performance on Friday

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5



It's beautiful. It's historic. And it's open this Saturday for free guided tours. Learn more about the history of South Carolina, Columbia and one of SC's landmark buildings. Find out more on our blog. Free to the public.
Tours begin at 9:30 am

Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Carolina
Take the cold plunge into Lake Carolina and then enjoy refreshments and music after the big dip. $10 donation is encouraged.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

We're sad to see it go! January 5th is the last day of this must-see exhibit celebrating one of the most famous artists from the 20th century, Mark Rothko. Learn about what influenced his work and how he progressed as an artist. Admission is $5-$10.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm; 1:00 pm gallery tour

Big Tree Walk at Congaree National Park
Enjoy this off-the-trail walk at South Carolina's only national park. Led by one of the "founding fathers" of Congaree National Park, the Big Tree Walk is sure to be a treat. Dress for surprisingly cool weather and bring snacks and a drink. Free; call 803.776.4396 to register.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 



Carolina Cage Fights One at Township Auditorium
Conflict Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Promotions presents what will be a knockdown battle for South Carolina's Bantamweight title. Tim "The Terror" Goodwin and Matt "The Spiderman" Tran will storm the cage this Saturday. Read Columbia Regional Sports Council's blog to find out moreTicket prices | Orch - C and D: $40.50; FBAA and FBAJ: $40.50; FBAB and FBAI: $25.50.
7:30 pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 

First Sunday of the month means $1 admission to South Carolina State Museum! Add a few bucks to your admission and learn about the Secrets of the Maya. Then explore even more history with such exhibits as For Us the Living: The Civil War Art of Mort Kunstler, The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls and the third installment of The Civil War in South Carolina. General admission is $1; Secrets of the Maya exhibit is $11-$15
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 



WNOK Bridal Expo at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
It's a one-stop shop for brides-to-be planning their big day! Read more on Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center's blog. Admission is $8 for adults, children 12 and under free.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins plays legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in this buzz-worthy movie about love and the making of PsychoGeneral admission is $8.
Through January 10, 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday


Complete your outing in Columbia, SC by eating at one of our restaurants. This list just hits the surface of what's going on here this weekend. Find more things to do on our calendar and book your hotel to make a weekend of it.