There's a lot to love about Columbia, SC this weekend. With Valentine's Day days away, why not  spend this busy weekend spoiling your sweetheart with all the things to do... say with a Saturdate? But even if you're not so into the lovey-dovey holidays, we guarantee you'll

Here's the highlights of what's hot this weekend, February 8 - 10, 2013:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8


 

SHE Columbia: The Ultimate Girls' Weekend at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center with Elise Testone Live
It's the Ultimate Girl's Weekend in Columbia, SC! Previously the Columbia Women's Show, SHE highlights six main aspects of women's lives worth celebrating: >Elise Testone at 7:30 pm.
4:00 - 9:00 pm | $8/day

"A Year with Frog and Toad"
at the Columbia Children's Theatre 
Follow the charming, upbeat story of best friends Frog and Toad as they maintain a friendship despite their distinct differences and tell the story of friendship that endures all seasons. 
7:00 pm | $8

Sandlapper Singers presents Connie James: Coming Home
at the Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia native and USC School of Music Grad, Connie James joins the Sandlapper Singers for a homecoming performance. James has acted in NBC's Law & Order, performed in touring show tributes to Peggy Lee and James Taylor and sang on award-winning soundtracks for indie films "Whoa" and "Brothers."
7:30 pm | $23-28

"How I Learned to Drive" at the University of South Carolina Lab Theatre
Described by The New York Times as "one of the most discomfiting love stories to emerge from the American theater," the USC Theatre Department gives us the coming-of-age story of a woman who learns the way of the road and of life from behind the wheel.
8:00 pm | $5 

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam at Colonial Life Arena
Get ready to hold onto your seat - Monster Jam returns to Colonial Life Arena for the 11th consecutive appearance. Trucks like Grave Digger, Iron Warrior and Nitemare gear up to rip through a track full of obstacles. Purchase tickets online. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list.
7:30 pm | $7 - $42

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9


Soda City Market
Farmers Markets
Even as the Capital City, we're still lucky enough to have access to some home-grown food from area Farmer's Markets, including downtown markets like  The Market at Whaley and Soda City Market.
Most even serve hot coffee and breakfast foods!
Beginning at 8:00 am | Free

Cupids Chase 5K at Finlay Park
Run with heart this Valentine's day! The Cupid's Chase 5K Run supports Community Options, Inc. COI is a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment support for people with developmental disabilities.
Registration 8:00 am; Run, 10:00 am | $35
An art gallery on Devine Street.

Devine Street Sidewalk Sale
Who doesn't love great deals? Shops & restaurants on Devine Street, Columbia's boutique shopping corridor, opens their doors for a sidewalk sale this Saturday. Stroll the tree-lined streets for relaxing afternoon with family and friends.
9:00 am - 6:00 pm | Free 

SHE Columbia: The Ultimate Girls' Weekend at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
9:00 am - 6:00 pm | $8/day

Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list. 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Included in admission price   

"A Year with Frog and Toad" at the Columbia Children's Theatre  
10:30 am & 2:00 pm | $8 

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents "Beauty and the Beast"
The classic love story of the prince-gone-beast and goodhearted Beauty as they both learn to look beyond appearance to admire kindness and intelligence.
11:00 am & 3:00 pm | $5


 

Sweet on CMA at Columbia Museum of Art
A family fun day that includes making your own Valentine's, taking a "love-sick" tour, look for "Sweethearts in Art" through the galleries and more. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list. 
1:00 - 5:00 pm | Free with Museum Admission

Valentine's Day Paddle with Get Your Gear On
Float down the river with your sweetheart for this non-traditional date. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list
1:00 pm


Columbia's Mardi Gras: Krewe de Columbi-ya-ya at City Roots
Following the 3rd Annual Krewe de Columbi-ya-ya parade down Rosewood Dr., celebrate Mardi Gras at City Roots with a full lineup of live music, food, drinks and fun.
1:30 pm | $10 admission 
 
Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam at Colonial Life Arena
Purchase tickets online. 2:00 & 7:30 pm | $7 - $42 

SC Philharmonic presents Masterworks 5 - Eternal Love at Koger Center for the Arts
The annual Valentine's day program features all pieces that deal with love in some way. This year's program features Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list.
7:30 pm | $23 +



Columbia Jewish Film Festival at Nickelodeon Theatre
The Columbia Jewish Film Festival kicks off with Hava Nagila at 8 pm. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list
8:00 pm

USC Lab Theatre presents "How I Learned to Drive" at the University of South Carolina Lab Theatre
8:00 pm | $5


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Included in admission price

Valentine's Day Paddle with Get Your Gear On
Float down the river with your sweetheart for this non-traditional date. This is part of our list of famously hot Valentine's dates - see what else is on the list
1:00 pm

SHE Columbia: The Ultimate Girls' Weekend at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Noon - 5:00 pm | $8/day 

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Men's Basketball at Colonial Life Arena
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. the Tennessee Volunteers! Cheer on the Gamecocks as they take on the Vols in this heated SEC match up.
1:30 pm  


"A Year with Frog and Toad" at the Columbia Children's Theatre  
3:00 pm | $8 

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Basketball Women's Basketball at Colonial Life Arena
After you watch the Men, stay for the Women's game against Texas A & M.
3:30 pm


Still in need of ideas to fill your weekend here? Find more things to do and events on our calendar. Looking for more Valentine's Day events? Read our Valentine's Day in Columbia, SC blog.  Then make it a weekend away, and book your hotel room