Recently, Columbia, SC was called out for being a budget-friendly destination for the "Frugal Traveler." This weekend supports just that, as the region's busting with events - from First Thursday on Main and Craft.Bar.Happy.Weekend. to outdoor concerts at Finlay Park and guided walks through Congaree National Park - that are free or nearly free ways to get a well-rounded taste of Columbia, SC.

Below, we've put together a list of 10 things to do this weekend, Thursday, June 6 (who wouldn't want to kick off the weekend a little early?) through Sunday, June 9:

First Thursday on Main on Columbia SC's Main Street
Every first Thursday, businesses on downtown Columbia's Main Street keep their doors open late for a monthly art crawl and street fest. The 1500 and 1600 blocks of Main Street will showcase classic car shows, DJ performances, open art galleries and sales and an overall eclectic mix of entertainment. Free.
Thursday, June 6; 6 - 10 pm  

Rosewood Night Market 
Every first Friday, gather in Rosewood for an open-air market with local art, food and vendors. Shop, eat and mingle after sunset in Rosewood. Free.
Friday, June 7; 6 - 9 pm 

Craft. Bar. Happy. Weekend. at the Columbia Museum of Art 
Craft Bar Happy Weekend is back for its 2nd year! The public craft market offers live music, workshops from local artists, access to the Museum's galleries and much more. Admission ranges from $4-10 on Friday night and the event is free all day on Saturday.
Friday, June 7; 6- 10 pm | Saturday, June 8

Family Fun Day at the Nickelodeon Theatre
The Nickelodeon features Family Day and this Saturday, you and your family can create your own stop motion film and watch it on the Nick's big screen! You'll be provided with the equipment like clay, toy soldiers, action figures, a blank canvas and an iTouch and given a certain amount of time to make a video. Free.
Saturday, June 8; 10 am - Noon 

Dino Tales at the Columbia Marionette Theatre
It's the first chance to see this Columbia Marionette Theatre original. Dino Tales is a prehistoric adventure that follows a brother and sister dinosaur from their hatching to their journeys away from the nest. $5.
Saturday, June 8; 11 am & 3 pm 

Alternacirque performers at a Columbia, SC event. 
Alternacirque's 1001 Arabian Nights in Earlewood Park
Columbia's own professional circus company presents famous fairy tales in a whole new light. This family-friendly performance features acrobatics, bellydancers and even a live fire performance. The show is 90 minutes with an intermission so grab a blanket a picnic blanket, bring the family and enjoy the show! Purchase tickets online and look ahead to next weekend's performances.
June 7 - 8; 8 pm 

Summer concerts series at Finlay Park
In the second week of the Summer concerts series at Finlay Park, kick up your feet to some beach music by Second Nature. Free.
Saturday, June 8; 7 - 10 pm 

Universoul Circus at Benedict College's Charlie W. Johnson Stadium 
Universoul is an interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. This is not your typical circus, as it focuses on combining pop culture with traditional circus acts. Purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.
June 5 - 9, 2013

Mary J. Blige & KEM - The Liberation Tour at Colonial Life Arena 
Grammy award-winning R&B singer and soul diva, Mary J. Blige joins stage with KEM for the Liberation Tour at Colonial Life Arena. Purchase tickets online or at the CLA Box Office.
Saturday, June 8; 6:30 pm 

Southeastern Piano Festival at the University of South Carolina School of Music
The 11th Annual Southeastern Piano Festival kicks off this Sunday, June 9 at the USC School of Music. Pianists throughout the United States and abroad convene in Columbia, SC for a talented week of concert performances. Purchase tickets online.
June 9 - 15, 2013 

For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more. Book hotel rooms and attractions tickets at
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