Things are heating up in the Columbia region with an abundance of festivals and events taking place this week. Check out these five things to do below and refer to our calendar of events for even more goings-on in The New Southern Hot Spot!

Whether swimming in craft beer at Saturday's World Beer Festival, eating decadent three-course meals during the last few days of Restaurant Week Columbia or taking in the wickedness of Festival of Doom, indulge yourself this week at the following events:

World Beer Festival at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday 12 - 4 pm and 6 - 10 pm; $40 - $85
Festival of Doom at Stage 5 Theatre Thursday, Friday, Saturday varying times; $15 - $20
Restaurant Week at various restaurant locations Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

a wintry mix
There's no such thing as the winter blues in Columbia, SC when there are so many winter-themed events going on throughout the region. Embrace the season and all of its enchanting offerings!

Last chance: Main Street Ice @ Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm, Sunday 1 - 9 pm; $8 - $10
33rd Annual Snowman Run 8k Road Race & Youth Fun Run at Caughman Road Park Saturday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm; $30 - $40
Columbia Winter Jazz Fest at Township Auditorium Saturday 7 pm; $29 - $75
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 - 5 pm; $10.50 - $11.50

new exhibits
A hub for art and culture, the Columbia region is constantly welcoming exhibits that showcase the ingenuity and talent of different artists at our world-class museums and galleries. Be sure to stop in and explore any of these fantastic exhibits that are now open!

Laura Spong: Feathers to Fly & Enid Williams: Systematic Chance at if ART Gallery Monday - Friday 11 am - 7 pm, Saturday 11 am - 5 pm
Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan from the collection of Alex and Barbara Kasten at the Columbia Museum of Art Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 - 5 pm; $12
Reflections: People and Places - The Art of Floyd Gordon at the Columbia Museum of Art Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 - 5 pm; $5 - $10
Museum Roadshow: Winter Edition at the South Carolina State Museum Saturday 9:30 am - 4: 30 pm; $20 - $40
Resonance Art Exhibition at Tapp's Arts Center Recurring daily 10 am - 7 pm; Free

history commemorated
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, it's important to remember the past events and people that helped shape the world we live in today. Peruse exhibits featuring Columbia, SC's achievements during the Civil Rights Movement or attend the city's special celebration honoring the man who had a dream and changed our nation forever.

King Day at the Dome at the South Carolina State House Monday 10:15am
City of Columbia MLK Day Celebration at Martin Luther King Park Monday 4 pm; Free
"Defying the Quiet: Photography of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina" at the McKissick Museum Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm, Saturday 11 am - 3 pm (Closed Monday)
Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement at The Gallery at City Hall Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm; Free (Closed Monday) 

For more events commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit

theatre shows
There's no business like show business and Columbia, SC is setting the stage for a number of plays in a theatre near you! Settle in your seat, engage in the thrill of a live production and be sure to give a standing ovation!

"Crimes of the Heart" at Workshop Theatre Wednesday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $10 - $20
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" at Trustus Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $15
Little Red Riding Hood at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 am and 3 pm; $5
Elvis Has Left the Building at Town Theatre Wednesday - Friday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $15 - $20

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