Ready to sail off to a new adventure? In the spirit of Columbus Day, set your sights on discovering Columbia, SC! Scour our 8 categories of things to do listed below and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for even more information on everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

 

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We're back at Williams-Brice this Saturday at noon for Homecoming against Furman! Hope to see you there!! #HereSC #Gamecocks

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discover our sports
Blow out the candles to Cocky's 33rd birthday and wave your rally towel to "Sandstorm" at another thrilling football game in the "Cock Pit." Or, if you're feeling daring, experience endurance racing at its finest in a canoe/kayak race down the 51-mile Congaree River Blue Trail. Starting before sunrise and finishing after sunset, this will be a true wilderness adventure that would make Columbus proud!
USC Gamecocks Football vs Furman at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday noon
Romp to the Swamp at Congaree National Park Saturday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $25-$45
Columbia Buddy Walk at Sesquicentennial State Park Sunday; free admission

 

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South Carolina State Fair #scstatefair #columbiasc #southcarolina #neonlights #carnival #ferriswheel #sunset #contrast #colorful #neon #igers #ignation #webstagram #iphone5s #mayfair

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discover our fair
Turn your telescopes to the finale weekend of the SC State Fair. "Find your happy" at the Palmetto State's largest event with breathtaking art exhibits, exotic animals, finger-licking fried food and exhilarating rides. You "can't touch this" concert series with performances by MC Hammer and Britt Nicole. This year's #PinkFair is in support of breast cancer awareness so burn off that Krispy Kreme burger at a walk/race benefiting the Palmetto Health Foundation.
South Carolina State Fair at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight, Sunday noon - 11 p.m.; Adults $10, Seniors $7, Children 5 & under free, Ride voucher $28

SC State Fair Presents: Walk/Race for Life at Finlay Park Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.; $30-$35

 

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Got tickets to the Great American Whiskey Fair, yet? Buy them HERE! Just ask your server! #bourbon

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discover our celebrations
Attend an evening of festive appreciation dedicated to American whiskey, and its culture, from cask to glass. A whiskey experience for the curious and the connoisseur to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the sophisticated, grain-based beverage and sample Creole fare, courtesy of Bourbon. Then, party on the river with all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Southeast Blue Crabs and heavy seasoned low country boil.
The Great American Whiskey Fair at 701 Whaley Thursday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Standard Admission: $75, VIP Admission: $125
South East Crab Feast at Saluda Shoals Park Saturday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; $20 Adults, $12 Kids
Vista Nights- Third Thursdays at The Vista Thursday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; free admission

 

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Ticket Tuesday! Go to @musicfarmcola FB for your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows! #musicfarmcola #musicfarmproductions #sisterhazel #patrickdavis #kellerwilliams #biggigantic

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discover our music
The brand-spanking new Music Farm next to Tin Roof Columbia is cranking out an event every day this weekend, working towards its goal of 200 top quality shows per year. Don't miss all of the opportunities to boogie to free and low-priced tunes of all genres.
Sister Hazel at Music Farm Thursday 9 p.m.; $17-$20
Patrick Davis at Music Farm Friday 9 p.m.; $20-$25
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues at Newberry Opera House Saturday 8 p.m.; $68.50
An Evening with Keller Williams at Music Farm Saturday 9 p.m.; $17-$20
Parker Quartet Concert at 1014 Greene St. Sunday 5 p.m.; free admission


 

discover our performances
Want to watch star-crossed lovers in a modern rendition of a classic play? Or, hear the roar of the crowd with the thunder of feet during a celebration of a proud culture? Find whatever you're searching for in a variety of shows including contemporary ballet, stepping, indie films, classical ballet or children's theater.
USC Homecoming Step Show at Colonial Life Arena Friday 7 p.m.; General Public: $12, Students: Free
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre Friday - Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; $20
Columbia Classical Ballet Presents Romeo & Juliet at Koger Center for the Arts Friday 7:30 p.m.; $5-$32
The Skeleton Twins at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3 p.m., 5p.m. & 8 p.m.; $8
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $5.75

 

discover our fears
Don your best costumes for Witches' Night Out at Deceased Farm. This bewitching event is just for the ladies, so leave the ghouls and little goblins at home. Your kids can experience some spooky fun, too, with Frankenstein's Foam Zone at the zoo, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail!
Deceased Farm's Witch's Night Out at Clinton Sease Farm Thursday 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $40
Boo at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Friday - Sunday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $7 Riverbanks members, $9 general public, children younger than 2 free
S'mores Night at Sesquicentennial State Park Saturday 7 p.m.; free with park admission
Tricks & Treats at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with museum admission

 

 

discover our fall attractions
Experience an evening of fringe and urban culture with street musicians, live painting, funk-style dancers and fortune telling. Test your graffiti skills at an event exclusively for adults to mix cocktails and explore the museum. Then, get your "fall" on by getting lost in a corn maze and picking up a pumpkin to carve your best smiley jack-o-lantern.
Edventure After Dark presents "STREET" at Edventure Children's Museum Thursday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door
2014 Corn Maze - Down on the Farm at Clinton Sease Farm and Corn Maze Friday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.; $10, 2 & under free admission
Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit & Early Adventures Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission
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

 

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Norman Rockwell is one of the most famous and beloved American illustrators for his depictions of everyday life created with humor, skill, and emotion. However, it is little known that he staged photographs to make his popular covers of the Saturday Evening Post . This landmark exhibition includes 50 photographs that show the careful process Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings. The CMA is the last venue in the national tour of the exhibition! Opening October 17th! #NormanRockwell #art #arteducation

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discover our culture
One of the most famous and beloved American illustrators, Norman Rockwell depicted everyday life with humor, skill and emotion. Be the first in line to explore his behind-the-scenes exhibit opening this weekend. Including 50 photographs that show the careful process Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings, this exhibit is a must-see.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 5p.m.; $12
Happiness Bomb: Meat Me at Tapp's at Tapp's Art Center Thursday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; free admission
Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; $1 for Richland & Lexington County residents
Variety of on-going exhibits at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7

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 columbiacvb.com/hotels/.