Another weekend, another chance to enjoy the many offerings of Columbia, SC! As always, there are plenty of activities going on throughout the region this weekend, so scroll on through for ideas on five things to do listed below, but don’t forget to also check out our calendar of events for the complete rundown of all the great happenings of ‘The New Southern Hot Spot!’


no business like show business
Settle in at one of our charming community theatres this weekend and catch a play or film! Whether you’re “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the cast of Young Frankenstein or hanging out with Bananas and Bunny of The House of Blue Leaves, you’re sure to give these fantastic shows a standing ovation.
“Young Frankenstein” at Workshop Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $12 - $22
Shrek the Musical at Town Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
“The House of Blue Leaves” at Trustus Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $11 - $27
The Grand Budapest Hotel at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $8
Little Red Riding Hood at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75

concerts galore
Springtime in Columbia, SC means a bounty of concert series, so be sure to partake in some live musical entertainment this weekend at one of these sure to be stellar performances:
Arts at Shandon: May Chamber Music Festival Series at Shandon Presbyterian Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $25
Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Thursday 6 – 9 p.m.; $5
The Still Believe Tour with Kim Walker-Smith at Township Auditorium Thursday 6 p.m.; $35
Music at Sandhill Spring 2014 Presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union at Village at Sandhill Friday 7 – 9 p.m.; Free
Columbia Choral Society Spring Concert at The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Sunday 4 p.m.; $5 - $15



museum fun
With the launch of two new exhibits at the Columbia Museum of Art, as well as the chance to spend the whole night in the South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC has a number of special opportunities this weekend made possible by our world-class museums!
Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed at Columbia Museum of Art 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 Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.; $12
Chemistry of Cocktails at EdVenture Children’s Museum Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $25
Egyptian Night at the Museum at South Carolina State Museum Friday 6:30 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $25
Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.; $1 with valid Richland or Lexington County ID



fresh air fun
Make the most of the beautiful weather this weekend and partake in some of the fabulous outdoor festivals, parties and events going on throughout the Columbia region! From garden picnics to Soda City, we’ve got plenty of options for some fun in the sun!
Galleries & Gardens | From Landrum to Leeds at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday 12 – 4 p.m.; $3 - $5
Third Thursdays in the Vista at Congaree Vista Thursday 5:30 – 8 p.m.; Free
Happy Hour History Tours | Congaree Vista at Publix parking lot Friday 5:30 – 7 p.m.; $20 - $25
Patient Appreciation Party: Lake Murray Pediatrics & South Lake Pediatrics at South Lake Pediatrics location Friday 3 – 6 p.m.; Free
Endangered Species Day at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Free with paid regular admission to the zoo
Forest Acres Festival at AC Flora High School Athletic Field Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free
Soda City Market at 1500 and 1600 blocks of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Free



book club
Calling all bookworms! The SC Book Festival is back this weekend with award-winning authors, signings and opportunities to purchase rare and collectible books. Follow this up with the chance to wine, dine and mingle with notable authors at The Literary Vine and you have a book lover’s dream!
SC Book Festival at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 4:30 p.m.; Free
The Literary Vine at Richland Library Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $50

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.