Kick off the final full month of summer with a bang this weekend by participating in all of the exciting things going on in Columbia, SC! From enjoying a refreshing beer at the zoo to seeing a play to shopping the day away, we have it all! Keep reading for six suggestions on things to do, but also take a look at our calendar of events for everything that's happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

grab a brew... or two
This weekend in Columbia, SC, you can grab a drink with your old pals Monet and Botticelli at Arts & Draughts and party with the animals at Brew at the Zoo! Don't miss out!
Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 7 - 11 p.m.; $5 - $8
Brew at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 7 - 9:30 p.m.; $30 - $50, $15 for designated drivers

saturday at the state house
If you haven't been on a free tour of the South Carolina State House yet, take the opportunity this weekend and learn all about the rich history of our state's capital!
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission

the sounds of summer
Whether discovering new talent at the South Carolina Music Showcase or catching Dante Lewis' show in the park, it's a good weekend to be a music lover in Columbia, SC!
South Carolina Music Showcase at South Carolina Film Institute Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free admission
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Saturday 7 - 10 p.m.; $7

drama club
Take the whole family out to the theatre this weekend for some kid-friendly performances or get together with your friends for a night out at The Nick!
"Peter Pan" at Town Theatre Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
"The Little Mermaid Jr." at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $5 - $10
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Begin Again at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $8 - $10

hit a home run
The Blowfish are taking on the HiToms this weekend, so stock up on peanuts and Cracker Jacks and enjoy an evening at the ballpark!
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. High Point - Thomasville HiToms at Capital City Stadium Thursday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6

Shopping on Devine Street in Columbia, SC
 

shop til you drop
This weekend is chock full of opportunities to get some great local goods from the region's wonderful boutiques and farmer's markets!
Summer Sidewalk Sale in Five Points Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Free admission
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

exhibits to explore
Art, history and dinosaurs are still reigning supreme at our local museums and galleries this weekend, so pick your favorite and take a look!
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 
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
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
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
South Carolina Unearthed at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
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
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
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
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
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

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.