It's a whirlwind of activity this weekend in Columbia, SC! From grand openings and a fishing expo to a number of shows and exhibits, we can barely keep up with all of the wonderful things happening throughout the entire region. We have 8 suggestions for things to do below, but our calendar of events is full of even more offerings of "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

windows to new worlds
Join in celebrating the grand opening of the South Carolina State Museum's Windows to New Worlds expansion project this weekend in Columbia, SC! The new additions include a 55-foot digital planetarium dome and theater, an online observatory and classroom, a 4D multisensory theatre and an outdoor telescope-viewing terrace, making this the only facility in the nation to house all of these attributes under one roof. Once you've explored all the latest attractions, be sure to stick around and meander through the rest of the museum's fantastic exhibits!
Grand Opening at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Chapman's Charleston, 1863 - 1864 at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
South Carolina Unearthed at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
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
The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7

go fish
The Forrest Wood Cup has us hook, line and sinker this weekend as the event spills into the streets with barbecue, bass and live entertainment!
Forrest Wood Cup at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Thursday - Sunday 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Free admission

quench your thirst
Columbia, SC's third brewery opens its doors to the public this weekend, so drop in, sample the goods and nosh on food from The Wurst Wagen, The Haute Dog Lady and The Donut Guy!
Grand Opening at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company Sunday 1 - 6 p.m.; Free admission

artistic appreciation
Say farewell to summer and find some inspiration along the way this weekend as Finlay Park wraps up their Summer Concert Series and 701 Center for Contemporary Art showcases the incredible work created during their Summer Art Workshops.
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Saturday 7 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Celebrating Young Artists! Festival at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Sunday 2 - 6 p.m.; $5 suggested donation

get to know columbia, sc
Be sure to set aside some time for a tour or two this weekend. From the beautiful architecture and manicured grounds of the South Carolina State House to a spooky stroll through the Elmwood Cemetery, you can see it all!
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens Thursday 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; $4 - $12

pass the popcorn
Whether you're interested in Trustus Theatre's latest show, a puppet production the whole family can enjoy or watching a young boy grow up on screen before your very eyes, the entertainment options are plenty this weekend in the Columbia region!
"The Velvet Weapon" at Trustus Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $11 - $27
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Boyhood at Nickelodeon Theatre Friday - Sunday varying times; $8 - $10

broaden your horizons
The Columbia region is brimming with world-class museums and art galleries, so wander in to one or more this weekend and see what kind of wonderful things await inside!
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
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.; $11.75
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.75
Body of Work: Faces and Figures Exhibit at Gallery West Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free admission
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
Traditions, Change and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Hidden Treasures: Rediscovering McKissick Museum's Natural History Collection at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Taking Root: The Summer Brothers and 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

farm fresh
Find yourself at one of our local farmer's markets this weekend for food and unique products you can't get anywhere else!
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

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