From concerts and theatrical productions to sports and art, Columbia, SC has got it all this weekend! Look below for 7 things to do, then peruse our calendar of events for even more fun in The New Southern Hot Spot!

arts in the vista
The annual Artista Vista kicks off Thursday night! The three-day art crawl features the Vista's amazing art galleries, music, entertainment, a pop-up art installation and renowned artist Blue Sky. 
Artista Vista 2014 at Congaree Vista Thursday 5 - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday Regular Gallery Hours; Free admission

The Columbia region is alive with the sound of music this weekend with concerts covering all genres. Check out one of the many shows listed below:
Five After Five 2014 Spring Concert Series at The Five Points Fountain Thursday 6:30 - 10 pm; Free admission
Old Crow Medicine Show with Marty Stuart at Township Auditorium Thursday 8 pm; $25 - $35
R. Kelly at Colonial Life Arena Saturday 8 pm; $47.50 - $112
Rooftop Rhythms at Richland Mall Thursday 5:30 - 9 pm; Free admission
7th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair at Columbia Museum of Art Sunday 12 - 5 pm; Free admission
USC Symphony Orchestra with Catherine Cho at Koger Center for the Arts Thursday 7:30 pm; $9 - $31
Music at Sandhill Spring 2014 Presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union at Town Center Common / Village at Sandhill Friday 7 - 9 pm; Free admission
Sprummer Concert 2014 with Sister Hazel at Carolina Walk Friday 7 - 11 pm; $98
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 & 8:15 pm; $7
Adkins & Loudermilk Concert at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor Sunday 2:30 pm; $15
USC Wind Ensemble Concert on the Horseshoe Sunday 6 pm; Free admission

What do Shakespeare, Godzilla and graceful ballerinas have in common? They're all hitting the stage or silver screen this weekend in Columbia, SC! Be sure to make it to one of these fantastic shows:
"Hamlet" presented by Theatre SC at Longstreet Theatre Thursday - Friday 8 pm, Saturday 7 pm; $12 - $18
P.O.V. Film Series Screens A Godzilla Double Feature at Tapp's Arts Center Friday 7 pm; $5 (includes both films)
The Grand Budapest Hotel at The Nickelodeon Theatre Friday - Sunday varying times; $8
"The Taming of the Shrew" presented by USC Lab Theatre Thursday - Sunday 8 pm; $5 tickets available only at the door
The Fantasticks at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Saturday 7:30 pm, $28
Tales of Beatrix Potter at Township Auditorium Friday 10 am; $10.50
Tchaikovsky Festival at Township Auditorium Saturday 7:30 pm; $20.50

Fresh off a series win against Auburn last weekend, the Gamecocks will be stepping up to the plate this weekend against Alabama. So root, root, root for the home team and enjoy a day of America's favorite pastime!
South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball vs. Alabama Crimson Tide at Carolina Stadium Friday 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm, Sunday 1 pm; $10 general admission

Take a walk on the wild side this weekend with an array of events going on at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden!
Wine Tasting At Riverbanks Botanical Garden at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Friday 7 - 9:30 pm; Advance tickets are $40 for Riverbanks members and $50 for the general public. All tickets purchased the day of the event will be $60.
Party for the Planet at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 9 am - 3 pm; All Earth Day activities are free with paid admission to the park
Riverbanks Zoo Plant Sale at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 9 am - 12 pm; Admission is free for those who enter at 1201 Seminole Drive

get active
Grab a pair of comfortable shoes and take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend by participating in one of the following walks or runs:
2014 National Walk @ Lunch Day at South Carolina State House Thursday 11 am - 2 pm; Free admission
3rd Annual Quarry Crusher Run at Historic Olympia Quarry Saturday 9 am; $35 - $40
Midlands March for Babies at SC State Fairgrounds Saturday 8 am
Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler at Finlay Park Saturday 8:30 am; $33 - $45

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