This weekend we welcome spring to Columbia, SC. We've missed it, for sure. Enjoy a weekend in the Columbia region with lots of things to do, including spring festivals, shopping excursions and fashion shows, comedy, music and dance performances, unique and quirky events, plus historical explorations. Find 7 things to do in The New Southern Hot Spot below, then browse our calendar of events for even more happenings in the Columbia region.

spring!
Celebrate spring at the first annual Soda City Spring Fest with food and craft vendors, beer tastings, music and face painting. Plus, more spring fun is at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden with the annual Springtime at the Garden Festival, where you can see what's growing at the botanical garden and have some family fun.
Soda City Spring Fest at Soda City Market Saturday 9 a.m - 1 p.m.
Springtime at the Garden Festival at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $9.25 - $11.75

third thursday
The Vista begins its first Third Thursday event this week with art galleries and shops staying open until 8pm! Walk around on the first evening of Spring, shop around for some art or furniture, and then grab a bite to eat at one of the Vista's many fun eateries.
Third Thursday in Congaree Vista Thursday 5:30 - 8 p.m.; Free

comedy
A frequent SXSW Music Festival performer, Ben Kronberg has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Call with Carson Daily. Don't miss Krongber's show for a steal at $5. Plus, local comedians Micah Goss, Jenn Snyder and Wayne Cousins will be warming up the crowd with their hilarious opening acts!
Stand-up Comedy - Ben Kronberg at Red Door Tavern Friday 8 p.m.; $5

unique
Whether wanting to watch funny internet videos of cats at You Can Haz Cheezburger, go on a quest or dig around a historic site, this weekend has plenty of unique things to do around the Columbia region:
You Can Haz Cheezburger at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Friday 7:30 p.m.; $10
Great Columbia Quest in Columbia, SC Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $30 - $50
Camp Asylum Dig Site Tour at Historic Bull Street Property Friday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $10
P.O.V. Film Series: Brazil at Tapp's Arts Center Thursday 7 p.m.; $5
The Ladies of Lady St. Cabaret at Trustus Theatre Friday 11 p.m. $15

performances
See the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland performed through the ballet, celebrate Bach's birthday and see one of the groups who is shaping the future classical music.
Alice in Wonderland at Koger Center for the Arts Friday - Saturday 3 and 7:30 p.m.; $16 - $39
J.S Bach's Birthday Bash at Ebenezer Luthern Church Friday 7 p.m.; Free
yMusic: Southern Exposure New Music Series at USC School of Music Friday 7:30 p.m.; Free

civil rights
Columbia, SC continues to commemorate the significance of the Civil Rights Movement. Spend some time discovering the history of this important period with one of the following events or outings:
Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement at Columbia City Hall Thursday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free
Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins Exhibit at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House Thursday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free
Columbia SC 63 Walking Tour on Main Street; Free
Civil Rights Sundays: Killer of Sheep at Nickelodeon Theatre Sunday 3 p.m.; $1

fashion
Whether watching the runway fashion of Yigal Azrouël at Edventure's Girls Night Out or discovering the world of millinery and fashion design through an exhibit at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, you'll enjoy these fashionable things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend:
Girls Night Out at Edventure Thursday 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $50 - $100
Madame Magor's Workshop at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.