With a wide array of events, concerts and full-on festivals on the books this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and have some fun in the Columbia region! Read on for five things to do, but also take a look at our calendar of events for even more happenings in ‘The New Southern Hot Spot!'

state house
Pay a visit to Columbia, SC's most iconic landmark this Saturday, as the South Carolina State House is open to the public for free guided tours! You'll be able to tour inside the State House while learning about its construction, history and people. Tours begin every hour on the half hour. No tour runs at 12:30pm. 
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9am - 4:30pm; Free admission

Eat your fill of crawfish, barbecue and brisket this weekend with one of our many festivals. Or tour the gardens of one of Columbia, SC's most beautiful neighborhoods. 
Columbia Green's Festival of Gardens at Tanglewood/Heathwood Neighborhoods Friday - Saturday 9:30am - 3:30pm; $35 admission
The Rosewood Crawfish Festival at Rosewood Community (2600 block of Rosewood to 2800 block) Saturday 11am - 10pm; $8 advance and $12 day of show
Pickin' & Piggin' - A World Class Barbeque Cook-Off and Music Celebration at Saluda Shoals Park Saturday 11am - 3pm; $10 Advance, $12 Day of Event, $5 Children 12 and under
The BIG NOSH at Tree of Life Congregation Sunday 11am - 3pm; Free admission

Whether you're grabbing some craft beer while going on an art crawl for First Thursdays or Arts & Draughts, sipping some wine or cocktails while enjoying an art show or a history tour, here are some ways to enjoy a beverage or two in Columbia, SC this weekend:
First Thursdays on Main Street Thursday 6 - 10pm; Free admission
Light v. Dark Art Show & Wine Tasting at Grapes and Gallery Thursday 5 - 9pm
Arts & Draughts: Art, Drink and Be Happy! at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 7 - 11pm; $8 / $5 members / join or renew your membership that night and get in for free
Happy Hour History Tours | Congaree Vista at Publix parking lot Friday 5:30 - 7pm; $20 HC members | $25 Non-member adults


music and performances
From outdoor concerts to orchestras to stage musicals, music is in the air this weekend. So follow the tune and catch one of the many shows going on in the Columbia region!
Five After Five 2014 Spring Concert Series at The Five Points Fountain Thursday 6:30 - 10pm
Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Thursdsay 6 - 9pm
SC Philharmonic 2013/2014 Masterworks Season: Bela Fleck at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 7:30pm; $23 - $53
The Ultimate Doo Wop Show at Township Auditorium Saturday 8pm; Orchestra & 1st Balcony: $56 2nd Balcony & Gallery: $51
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents Concertos & Cupcakes at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Sunday 3:30pm; Free Admission
SC Philharmonic Youth Orchestras' Concert at Koger Center for the Arts Sunday 3:30pm
Shrek the Musical at Town Theatre Friday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm; $15 - $25

national travel & tourism week
National Travel & Tourism Week, dedicated to demonstrating the power of travel to the nation's economy and life, begins Saturday and continues through May 11th. We've put together some ideas for you to become a tourist in your own town. This weekend's things to do? Take advantage of all the food and historic things to do throughout the Columbia region!
National Travel & Tourism Week in Columbia, SC Saturday-Sunday (and continuing through May 11) 

For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to do, restaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.