From concerts to culinary celebrations, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our five suggestions below, but also be sure to check out our calendar of events for even more happenings in The New Southern Hot Spot! 

Musical Performances
Prepare to be wowed by this week's array of concerts taking the stage. Encore, indeed!

Jason Aldean: 2014 Night Train Tourat Colonial Life Arena Saturday 7:30 pm; Tickets start at $29.75
Famous Overtures featuring LMSO, The USC Symphony and Guest Soloists & Conductors at Koger Center for the Arts Thursday 7:30 PM; $30 general public; $25 senior citizens; $25 USC faculty and staff; $8 students
Tyler Inabinette featuring Lexington High School Orchestra at Lexington High School Friday 7 pm; Free admission
Tommy Ellison’s Legendary Singing Stars at Township Auditorium Saturday 4 pm; All seats are reserved & are $35 in advance ($40 day of show)
The Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series at The Haynes Auditorium Saturday Jam Session 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Open Stage 6:30 pm, Bluegrass Shows 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm; $7
Magna Mysteria Concert by Columbia composer John Fitz Rogers at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Sunday 4 pm; $12 - $45 

See a Show
Whether it’s to see a film or a play, there’s nothing quite like a trip to the theater. With an abundance of show times, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a viewing or performance of the following films and shows.

P.O.V. Film Series Screens “Barry Lyndon: A Film by Stanley Kubrick” at Tapp’s Art Center Thursday 7 pm; $5
Inside Llewyn Davis at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday – Friday 3 pm, 5:30 pm, 8 pm, Saturday 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7:30 pm, Sunday 3:30 pm, 6 pm, 8:30 pm; $5 - $10
“Clybourne Park” at Trustus Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $11 - $27
“Crimes of the Heart” at Workshop Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $10 -$20
Donnie Darko at Nickelodeon Theatre Friday 11 pm; $5.50 - $10
9 to 5: The Musical at Village Square Theatre Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm; $15 - $19
Little Red Riding Hood at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 am and 3 pm; $5
LifeChance 2014 “International Ballet Gala of the Stars” at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 7:30 pm
The Punk Singer at Nickelodeon Theatre Saturday 10 pm; $5.50 - $10
My Own Private Idaho at Nickelodeon Theatre Sunday 12:30 pm; $5 - $8


Hot and Cold
Get gussied up and have a ball – literally! Join the Columbia Museum of Art's Contemporaries for a classic night out full of cocktails and dancing.
The Contemporaries Fire & Ice Ball at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 8 pm – Midnight; $65 / $50 for Contemporaries members before January 23

Eat Your Heart Out
It’s a weekend full of foodie events in Columbia, SC -- let the mouthwatering commence!  

Truffles and Hazelnut Dinner Tour at Capital City Club Friday 6:30 pm; $55 and $96 admission
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 8 am – 12 pm; Free admission
1st Annual Oyster and Pig Roast with Farm to Table Event Co. at City Roots - Your In-Town Sustainable Farm Saturday 11 am - 4 pm; $40 admission
Under the Table Sunday Supper Club at The Oak Table Sunday 6:30 pm; $65 per person

 


Exhibits Galore
Get a healthy dose of culture this weekend by visiting any one of these visually and intellectually stimulating exhibits:

Freedom Now: Columbia SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement at The Gallery at City Hall Thursday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm; Free
Resonance Art Exhibition at Tapp’s Art Center Thursday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm; Free
Reflections: People and Places – the Art of Floyd Gordon at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm; $12
Tutankhamun: Return of the King at South Carolina State Museum Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm; $5 - $7
This Just In at South Carolina State Museum Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm; $5 - $7
Diverse Voices: Discovering Community through Traditional Arts at McKissick Museum Thursday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
Laura Spong: Feathers to Fly and Enid Williams: Systematic Chance at if ART Gallery Thursday – 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 Columbia Museum of Art Thursday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm; $12
Down and Out in the South by Jan Banning at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 1 – 4 pm; $3 - $6

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 reservations.columbiacvb.com.