As National Travel + Tourism week comes to a close, Columbia is still bustling with things to do.

Dance to the beat of live music this weekend at Riverbanks Zoo for Rhythm and Blooms, Five After Five in Five Points, Music at Sandhill at Village at Sandhill or at Rhythm on the River at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre. Work up an appetite by getting outdoors in The New Adventure Hot Spot on Saturday, then bring that appetite to the Cromer's PEANUT PALOOZA, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Eau Claire Fest or the Lexington Wine Walk. Then, wrap up your weekend by celebrating Mom with a Southern Sunday brunch.

Here's what else is hot this weekend:

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Fort Jackson's US Army Basic Combat Training Museum
National Travel & Tourism Week: The New Military Hot Spot
Today we're honoring all things military in Columbia. From Fort Jackson to the South Carolina Military Museum, here are five things to do in Columbia, SC for the military buff.

Install It 3: Above and Below
Created for Artista Vista 2013, Install It 3: Above and Below taps into the history of Washington Street, which was once a major business and social neighborhood for Columbia's African American community. Washington Street was and is the home of many important sites in the region such as Zion Baptist Church, an African American state fair and the Richard Samuel Roberts photography studio. Most of the artwork is installed in and around Vista Greenway.
Free

Helene Berr, A Stolen Life at Richland Library
The Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life, which ends this Friday, May 10, sheds light on Berr as a budding young scholar whose life was cut short in the Holocaust. Through texts and photographs, the exhibition, organized by Mémorial de la Shoah, vividly portrays the life story of this accidental author and her stunning portrayal of her life during this moving period.
Free
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Live at the Oak at The Oak Table
A new addition to The Oak Table and Main Street, every Thursday evening there will be live music at the Main and Gervais restaurant.  
Free with dinner
5:00 - 7:00 pm  

Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden 
Each Thursday in May, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hosts a delightful evening of music and flowers after hours. Enjoy live entertainment and local artists in the botanical gardens.  
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Five After Five: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Weaving the Fate in Five Points 
Not only does springtime in the Midlands bring warm weather, it also brings the start of another fun run of Five Points' Five After Five Concert Series. This weeks show brings in the funkadelic sounds of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and the energetic presence of Columbia natives, Weaving the Fate.
Free
6:30 - 10:00 pm 

Tapp's Art Center
P.O.V. Film Series at Tapp's Arts Center
The Point of View (P.O.V.) Film Series will be screening Vera Chytilová's landmark feminist classic, Daisies, the story of two vivacious young women who embark on a series of mischievous pranks and slapstick adventures after growing tired of the world's corruption.
Tickets are $5 
6:30 pm

Songs of a New World at Workshop Theatre
In "Songs of a New World" four powerful singers will take you on a musical journey of heartfelt experiences and defining life lessons.
Tickets are $12-$22
8:00 pm


Moonlight Tours with Historic Columbia Foundation at Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens 
Join Historic Columbia Foundation for a tour of one of the region's oldest cemeteries. The Moonlight Cemetery Tours include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from the area's 19th and 20th centuries.  
Tickets are $5 for HCF adult members; $3 for HCF youth members (17 and under); $10 general admission adult; $5 general admission youth
8:00 and 8:30 pm

Miss Saigon at Town Theatre
The award winning musical from the creators of Les Miserables showcases the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days of the Vietnam War. This story is a modern retelling of Puccini's Madam Butterfly and features songs such as "I Still Believe," "Why God Why," Sun and Moon" and "I'd Give My Life for You."
Tickets are $12-25
8:00 pm 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10



National Travel & Tourism Week: The New Romantic Hot Spot
We've declared this Friday night date night! From the classic date night dinner at one of our fine dining restaurants or a riverside stroll at sunset, we'll give you ideas for a famously hot date night.
Find 9 unique date ideas on our blog.

Music at Sandhill Spring 2013 Concert Series at Village at Sandhill
This week marks the last free concert at the Village at Sandhill. "Music at Sandhill," presented by Grow Financial Credit Union, will feature music from local favorite, Too Much Sylvia. Free
6:00 pm

On the Battlefield: Reverend C.J. Whitaker & the North Columbia Civic Club at Greenview Park
Join Columbia SC 63 and the Greenview community for a discussion on the life and legacy of Reverend C. J. Whitaker, and the formation of the North Columbia Civic Club (NCCC). An influential political organizer and the first African American to lead the Richland County Democratic Party, Reverend Whitaker helped establish the NCCC in 1963.
Free

6:00 - 8:00 pm


South Carolina Baseball at Carolina Stadium
The Gamecocks kick-off their weekend series against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. 
7:00 pm

Songs of a New World at Workshop Theatre
Tickets are $12-$22
8:00 pm

Miss Saigon at Town TheatreTickets are $12-$25
8:00 pm



SATURDAY, MAY 11

National Travel & Tourism Week: The New Adventure Hot Spot
Get up close and personal with nature at Congaree National Park or grab some friends and spend the day floating down the Congaree River or out at Saluda Shoals Park. Bike the winding trails down at Harbison State Forest or find our outdoor spots or parks.
Read more on our Things to Do Outdoors in Columbia, SC blog.

 
Soda City Market
Stop by Main Street's weekly all-local farmer's market for a little shopping and breakfast before the start of what's sure to be a very busy Saturday. 

Free
8:00 am - Noon 

Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum
Free with museum admission 
9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience at Robert Mills House & Garden
Free for HCF members, $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Rosewood Crawfish Festival in the Rosewood Community 
The festival begins with the 4th Annual Crawdaddy Dash at 9:00 am. Then from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, it's pretty much time to get down to business for Creole, crawfish and Cajun food lovers. The festival features more than 7,000 pounds of fresh, lip smackin' Louisiana grown crawfish and rocks Rosewood Drive live music, family entertainment and - of course - Big Daddy Craw, the festival's mascot. Read more about the 8th Annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival.
Tickets are $9 in advance; $12 at the gate; children under 12 free
11:00 am - 8:00 pm


PEANUT PALOOZA - Famously Hot and Hungry Festival at Cromer's P-Nuts
Cromer's P-nuts and Jamestown Java are teaming up to host Peanut Palooza- Famously Hot & Hungry, featuring live music, games, kids' activities, local artists, performers. Find Cromer's P-nuts, Jamestown Java, DiPrato's, K & K Gourmet Sweets, Smoking Coals and a plethora of other locally owned Columbia food, entertainment and craft businesses at the mini-festival.
Free admission 
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beauty and the Beast at Columbia Marionette Theatre 
The Columbia Marionette Theatre's quirky but comedic rendition of this famed Walt Disney fairy tale.
Tickets $5
11:00 am and 3:00 pm

History Cruise: Spirit of Lake Murray at Lake Murray Marina  
Under the beautiful waters lie B-25 Bombers, schools, churches, bridges and entire towns. Bomb Island, is the largest Purple Martin Bird Sanctuary in North America. Learn all about these facts or just enjoy sightseeing while sailing on the Spirit of Lake Murray.  

Tickets are $27 for adults, $19 for children ages 2-10 and free for children under 2 years
Doors open at 11:30 am and sailing is from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm



Southeast Family Puppet Slam: No Strings Attached at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
Amazing puppeteers from across the Southeast have put together an exciting kid-friendly show, packed with whimsical and enthralling stories. 
Tickets are $9-$10
2:00 pm 

South Carolina Baseball at Carolina Stadium
The Gamecocks take on University of Georgia Bulldogs in game two of the weekend series. 
4:00 pm 




Rhythm on the River at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre
The rockin' weekly outdoor concerts at the West Columbia Riverwalk are in full swing! This week's featured band: Jahson & The Natty Vibez Band. 
Free. 
6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Lexington Wine Walk on the 100 block of East Main Street
This fun evening is full of fun, friends and great wine (or beer for the non-wine drinkers!). Exhibitors and participating restaurants will feature their top spirits and libations in addition to the variety of delicious eats and other items. Music, dancing and entertainment will be provided by the Going Commando Band.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door
6:00 - 10:00 pm

Songs of a New World at Workshop Theatre
Tickets are $12-$22
8:00 pm

Miss Saigon at Town TheatreTickets are $12-$25
8:00 pm


SUNDAY, MAY 12 

Mother's Day Celebrations, Brunches and more
Happy Mother's Day, moms! In celebration of the day, we have put together a guide highlighting all of the fun events to go to with Mom. Read our Mother's Day Weekend in Columbia, SC blog for a rundown of special things to do.

Busted Plug Plaza by Blue Sky public art

National Travel & Tourism WeekThe New Artistic Hot Spot
Unleash your inner Van Gogh or Piccaso and experience our region's eclectic art scene as we head into the final day of National Travel and Tourism Week. From public art to a world-class art museum (did you know Columbia Museum of Art offers free admission on Sundays?) With so much art to take in across the Columbia area, we put together a quick guide of things to do in The New Artistic Hot Spot.

Install It 3: Above and Below  
Free
 
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum
Free with museum admission 
12:30 - 4:30 pm 

Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience at Robert Mills House & Garden
Free for HCF members, $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth
1:00 - 4:00 pm

South Carolina Baseball at Carolina Stadium
The Gamecocks take on the University of Georgia Bulldogs in this final game of the weekend series. 
1:30 pm

Second Sunday Stroll of Cottontown with Historic Columbia Foundation at the North Columbia Fire Station No. 7
Drawing its name from the cash crop South Carolina extensively farmed during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Cottontown is among a handful of early Columbia suburbs established over a century ago. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Cottontown features a remarkable concentration of residences representative of early 20th-century suburbanization. 
Tickets are free for HCF members; $6 for adults and $3 for youth
2:00 pm

Songs of a New World at Workshop Theatre
Tickets are $12-$22
3:00 pm  

Miss Saigon at Town Theatre
Tickets are $12-$25
3:00 pm

Lexington Wine Walk on the 100 block of East Main Street
Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door
6:00 - 10:00 pm


Find more things to do in Columbia and view a complete list of events on our calendar. Book your hotel room at reservations.columbiacvb.com