Summer is in full swing here in Columbia, SC and that means the entire region is packed with exciting things to do and see this weekend! Read on to find inspiration for your weekend plans, but also take a look through our calendar of events to see everything that's going on in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

local flavor
Surrender yourself to tomato temptation this weekend! Visit local restaurants to sample their special tomato dishes they've crafted to lead up to the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival this Saturday!
Midlands Grown Restaurant Week at participating restaurants Thursday and Friday
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival at City Roots Saturday 4 - 9 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door

soda city staples
From strolling and shopping in the Vista to touring the South Carolina State House to perusing the local goods at the charming farmers markets dotted throughout the region, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend to get out and explore the things that are uniquely Cola!
Third Thursdays in the Vista at Congaree Vista Thursday 5:30 - 8 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 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
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

historic columbia happenings
Explore the fascinating history of the region this weekend through special exhibits and tours hosted by Historic Columbia!
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Galleries & Gardens | Prideful Possessions at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $3 - $5
The Palladium Society's Renovation Rodeo at The Vino Garage Thursday 6 - 7:30 p.m.; $5

music, movies and theatre, oh my!
Whether listening to live music under the stars, catching a film with your family and friends or settling in for an evening at the theatre, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained this weekend!
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Saturday 7 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
P.O.V. Film Series Screens "Body Double" at Tapp's Art Center Thursday 7 p.m.; $5
Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park Friday 7 p.m.; Free admission
We Are The Best! at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 5:30 p.m.; $10
Ida at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3 and 8 p.m.; $8 - $10
Begin Again at Nickelodeon Theatre Friday - Sunday varying times; $8 - $10
"Evil Dead: The Musical" 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
"Peter Pan" at Town Theatre Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25

summer sporting events
Family relays, baseball and soccer are taking over the Columbia region this weekend, so embrace your inner jock and join in on the fun!
Lexington's Old Mill Splash, Spin & Dash at Old Mill of Lexington Saturday 7:30 a.m.; $20 - $45
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Asheboro Copperheads at Capital City Stadium Friday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Florence Redwolves at Capital City Stadium Sunday 6:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
SC United Bantams vs. Carolina Dynamo at Irmo High School Friday 7 p.m.; $5 - $20

enjoy the exhibits
Beat the heat this weekend and pop in to one of our museums or galleries to see what's on display in Columbia, SC!
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
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
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
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
Bo Bartlett and Herb Parker Exhibitions at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 0 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 suggested donation
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
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 the 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

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.