Jump headfirst into all that's going on in Columbia, SC this holiday weekend! From music and plays to outdoor adventures and special Memorial Day events, we’ve got everything you need to make this weekend memorable. Keep reading for six suggestions on things to do over the next few days, but also be sure to look through our calendar of events for even more offerings from ‘The New Southern Hot Spot!’

memorial day 
Commemorate Memorial Day this year by attending one of these special events and celebrations going on throughout the Columbia region. Plus, some of our world-class attractions, such as the South Carolina State Museum, Historic Columbia, Congaree National Park and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden will be open on Monday, so there are plenty of ways to make the most of the holiday weekend!
Memorial Day Festival at Art Bar Sunday 5 p.m.; $7
Palmetto Concert Band Memorial Day Concert at Koger Center for the Arts Sunday 4 p.m.; Free admission
Lower Richland Memorial Day Celebration at St. John Resurrection Memorial Gardens and Historic Harriet Barber House Monday 12 - 5 p.m.; Free admission
Memorial Day Weekend Sailing with Lanier Sailing Academy - Lake Murray at SouthShore Marina Saturday - Monday 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.; $30


music, music, music
This weekend is bursting with outdoor concerts and music festivals, so slap on some sunscreen and spend the day appreciating live music: 
Five After Five 2014 Spring Concert Series
 at Five Points Fountain Thursday 6:30 – 10 p.m.; Free admission
Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Thursday 6 – 9 p.m.; $5
Rooftop Rhythms at Richland Mall Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.; Free admission
Music at Sandhill Spring 2014 Presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union at Village at Sandhill Friday 7 – 9 p.m.; Free admission
The Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series at The Haynes Auditorium Saturday Jam Session: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Open Stage: 6:30 p.m., Bluegrass Shows: 7:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.; $7
Keep on Rocking Arts and Music Festival at Jake’s on Devine Saturday 2 p.m.; $10 


curtain call
With a few of these productions presenting their final shows this weekend, you won’t want to miss out! Grab some loved ones and witness the special kind of magic you can only find at the theater.
“Young Frankenstein” at Workshop Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.; $12 - $22 
“The House of Blue Leaves” at Trustus Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.; $11 - $27 
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" at Saluda Shoals Park Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $15 
USC Dance Conservatory presents "Peter and the Wolf" at Drayton Hall Theatre, USC Columbia Campus Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.; $12 - $18 
Shrek the Musical at Town Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 p.m.; $15 - $25 


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family fun
Every weekend in Columbia, SC presents a new chance to make fresh family memories. With kid-friendly activities like the Make Your Move exhibit at EdVenture or Family Night at HiWire, you’ll cherish the fun time spent together as a family.
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Free admission
Make Your Move! at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.; $11.50
Mama Let’s Make a Moon at South Carolina State Museum Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.; Included with general admission, $7 Adult, $6 Senior, $5 Child
Family Night at HiWire Trampoline Park Monday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $35
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 



the great outdoors
Splendor the sunshine this weekend and get outdoors! Whether going for a run, meandering through the Vista with a cocktail in hand or taking to the water, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get some fresh air!
Jailbreak 5k Run/ Walk at Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Saturday: registration at 6:15 a.m., race at 8 a.m.; $25 - $30
Happy Hour History Tours | Congaree Vista at Publix parking lot Friday 5:30 – 7 p.m.; $20 - $25
Sunset Paddle River Trip with Get Your Gear On Friday 6:30 p.m.; $40
Melodies on Murray Public Cruise at Lake Murray Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.; $54


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.