A holiday weekend means one extra day to get out and explore everything the Columbia region has to offer! From a festival and football games to zombies, exhibits and more, there's no shortage of entertaining events and activities this weekend. Read on for ideas on six things to do, then peruse our calendar of events for the complete rundown of everything going on in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

labor day festivities
You can celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Columbia, SC any number of ways, whether it be with a festival, a special outing to the drive-in or taking to the water with river tours or boating on Lake Murray. Whichever way you choose to say good-bye to the summer season, you can't go wrong!
Labor Day Festival & Parade at Beaufort Street in Chapin Monday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Free admission
16th Annual Labor Day Weekend Triple Feature Extravaganza at Monetta Drive-In Theatre Friday - Sunday gates open at 6:45 p.m., movies start at 8:15 p.m.; $4 - $8
River Tours with Get Your Gear On Friday, Saturday and Sunday varying times; $40 - $50

football frenzy
Football season is back in Columbia, SC and that means tricked-out tailgating and tons of team spirit. So let yourself get swept up in the fun and experience football like you never have before!
USC Gamecocks Football vs. Texas A&M at Williams-Brice Stadium Thursday 6 p.m.
Palmetto Capital City Classic at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium Saturday 5 p.m.

night of the living dead
As the undead take over the Vista this weekend in their search for brains and brews, do your best zombie impression and join in!
Cola Zombie Bar Crawl at Tin Roof Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.; $20 - $30

movie buff
The Nick is still screening Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD, a unique film made over the course of 12 years with the same cast that navigates the path from childhood to adolescence through the eyes of a child who actually grows up on screen. Pick a showing and check it out while it's still playing.
Boyhood at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday - Monday 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; $8 - $10

saturday morning shuffle
Get your share of summer produce and local goods at one of our region's farmers markets this Saturday, then add a little heritage to your weekend plans by going on a free tour of the South Carolina State House.
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
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Free admission

the magic of museums
Columbia, SC is home to a number of fascinating exhibits, collections and displays that cover a broad range of topics such as art, history and dinosaurs! So put on some comfortable shoes and gear up for a day spent at the region's first rate museums and galleries.
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
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
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
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
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 Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
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
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 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.