Get a head start on holiday shopping, cheer on fierce competition and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Norway's Independence -- all in Columbia, SC this weekend. Browse our 5 things to do listed below and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

sensational spectacles
Sashay and pirouette along with the contestants of the Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America's fascination with dance. Then, a brand-new league for the innovative sport, Grid, is debuting in Columbia! Inspired by CrossFit, the regional league will allow amateurs to compete in the sport for the first time.
So You Think You Can Dance? Season 11 Tour at Township Auditorium Saturday 8 p.m.; $39.50-$65.50
Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship at Strom Fields on USC Campus Saturday - Sunday; free admission
SAGL Invitational at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday; $5 at the door

merry markets
Nom on authentic Jewish cuisine made by Bubbie herself! Then, smell the crisp aroma of pine as you stroll through rows of festively decorated trees and admire original designs, crafts and art from across the nation. Get a head start on Santa by checking off your holiday shopping lists with one-of-a-kind treasures for every style, budget and taste.
6th Annual Bubbie's Brisket & Bakery at Beth Shalom Synagogue Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival at SC State Fairgrounds Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Adults $7, Children (6-12) $1
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free admission


mind-blowing melodies
Enjoy low-country Bluegrass the right way: with a glass of sweet tea and a heapin' plate of savory BBQ. Then, prepare for a magical, unforgettable evening of classical music. Finally, step back in time to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Norwegian independence on the shores of Lake Murray.
2014 BBQ & Bluegrass at South Carolina State Farmers Market Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 Adult, $5 Student, Under 12 free admission
CMA Jazz on Main at Columbia Museum of Art Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Members: $30; Non-members: $40; Students: $5
"Salute to Norway" Concert at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Sunday 3:30 p.m.; free admission
Southern Exposure New Music Concert: Kartik Seshadri at USC School of Music Friday 7:30 p.m.; free admission



clever characters
Conquer a major corporation with a sweet, old lady in the sparkling comedy, "The Solid Gold Cadillac." Or, experience a hauntingly beautiful production of Our Town. Described as "the greatest American play ever written," it celebrates the underappreciated details in a world "too wonderful for anybody to realize."
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" at The Arts at Shandon Sunday 4 p.m.; free admission
Columbia Children's YouTheatre presents "Guys & Dolls Jr" at Columbia Children's Theatre Thursday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $10
USC Theatre: Our Town at Long Street Theatre Friday 8 p.m.; Student: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+: $16, General Public: $18

esteemed exhibits
Priceless history that's easy on the pocketbook, this weekend is another Dollar Sunday! Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site for just $1.
Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; $1 for Richland & Lexington County residents (must present valid ID)
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of on-going exhibits Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7

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