Get ready for another jam-packed weekend in Columbia, SC! With a slew of concerts, events, exhibits and more going on throughout the entire region, there's no shortage of things to do. Read on for some inspiration, but be sure to also look over our calendar of events for a complete rundown of everything "The New Southern Hot Spot" has to offer!

easy listening
Whether you want to get your groove on with Bruno Mars, relive the sixties with The Return, tickle the ivories at the Southeastern Piano Festival or hang out with a member of Hootie & the Blowfish, this is a weekend of big-ticket music opportunities you won't want to miss!
Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle Tour at Colonial Life Arena Friday 7 p.m.; $49.50 - $99.50
Rhythm on the River at West Columbia's Riverwalk Amphitheatre Saturday 6 - 9 p.m.; Free admission
SC Philharmonic 2013/ 2014 Masterworks Season: Piano Extravaganza at Koger Center for the Arts Sunday 4 p.m.; $17 - $47
Southeastern Piano Festival at USC School of Music Sunday 4 p.m.; $10 - $40
The Return (Beatles Tribute Band) at Township Auditorium Sunday 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $75
Cracked Rear View at 20: Soni at the Library at Richland County Public Library Saturday 3 p.m.; Free admission

family fun
Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, there's plenty of time to spend together as a family! Let your child experiment with invention at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire or check out one of the kid-friendly plays or movies showing in the area this weekend!
"The Commedia Snow White" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $5 - $10
Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park Friday 7 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia Mini Maker Faire at EdVenture Children's Museum Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $11.50
The Spy Named Emily at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5 - $7

adrenaline rush
From America's favorite pastime to aquatic activities, the Columbia region has you covered for sun-soaked sports this weekend!
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Asheboro Copperheads at Capital City Stadium Friday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Florence Redwolves at Capital City Stadium Sunday 5:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Rollin' on the River at Saluda Shoals Park Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5 - $10
Wakeboard Weekend with the Pros at Lake Murray Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Prices vary per activity

cola culture
Pop in to one of the area's world-class museums or take a tour with Historic Columbia and immerse yourself in the many cultural offerings of Columbia, SC!
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.50
Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens Thursday 7:30 p.m.; $6 - $12
Taking Root: The Summer Brothers and the History of Pomaria Nursery at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Cola: Inked at Tapp's Art Center Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Free admission
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.50
The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Daryl Trivieri's Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12

summer shopping
There's nothing quite like the simple pleasure of spending a leisurely Saturday morning perusing the market for local goods. Pay a visit to one of these three markets and take home something wonderful!
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free admission
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

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.