Looking for some fun things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend? You're in luck because there are plenty of events, exhibits, shows and more going on throughout the region all weekend long! See below for what's in store, but also be sure to check out our calendar of events for a complete listing of entertainment options in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

tastes and tours
Sample the local flavor this weekend as area chefs get together and create dishes featuring ingredients sourced right here from the Columbia region's farms! After you've had your fill, delve deeper into Columbia, SC's unique culture by taking a free tour of its most iconic landmark!
2014 Palmetto Palate at 701 Whaley Street Thursday 6 - 9 p.m.; $50
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission

music to my ears
Join Mystic Vibrations in Finlay Park this Saturday for some summertime jams or head over to The Haynes Auditorium for your monthly bluegrass fix!
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Saturday 7 - 10 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. and 8:15 p.m.; $7

get theatrical
Whether seeing a live production at one of our local theatres, paying a visit to The Nick or settling in for movies in the park, there are plenty of ways to support and enjoy the arts this weekend!
"Peter Pan" at Town Theatre Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
Begin Again at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $8 - $10
"Evil Dead: The Musical" at Trustus Theatre Thursday- Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $11 - $27
Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park Friday 7 p.m.; Free admission
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Singin' in the Rain at Hollywood Park Saturday Tours 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Picnic 7 p.m., Screening 8 p.m.; Free admission

get your head in the game
This weekend in the Columbia region, you can gear up for football season with a NFL star, spend some time at the ballpark, participate in a triathlon or get down and dirty at the Mud Run!
2014 Football Kickoff with Brett Favre at Township Auditorium Thursday 7 p.m.; $50 - $60
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Gastonia Grizzlies at Capital City Stadium Friday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon at Irmo YMCA Saturday 7 a.m.; $55 - $105
Ultimate Challenge NIGHT OPS Mud Run at The Leatherneck Saturday 7 p.m.; $125 - $225

a moment at the market
Spend some time at one or more of our local farmer's markets this weekend and get a taste of all the wonderful things Columbia, SC has to offer!
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

museums and galleries galore
All throughout the Columbia region, there are a bunch of extraordinary exhibits and dazzling displays just waiting to be explored, so take some time this weekend to do just that!
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
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
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
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
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
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 and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 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

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.