Vacation may be beginning to come to a close, but summer is still in the air and there are plenty of activities scheduled to fill up your weekend in Columbia, SC! Read on for six suggestions on exciting things to do this weekend, then check out our calendar of events for anything else that may catch your eye in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

free fun
What if I told you that this weekend in Columbia, SC, you could enjoy shopping and art after-hours, tour our most iconic landmark and attend a concert in the park? Now what if I told you that you can do all of that for FREE? Get out and have some fun this weekend without worrying about breaking the bank!
First Thursdays on Main at Main Street Thursday 6 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Saturday 7 - 10 p.m.; Free admission

history lesson
Hang out with Historic Columbia this weekend by perusing their two exhibits currently on display at Robert Mills House & Gardens or by exploring the Goodwill Plantation in Lower Richland.
Second Sunday Roll | Goodwill Plantation at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 1:30 p.m.; $10 - $20
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.; $3 - $5

acting out
Between a new production taking the stage at Trustus Theatre and several special screenings happening at The Nick this weekend, there are a number of opportunities for you to get your fill of entertainment!
"The Velvet Weapon" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $11 - $27
"The Little Mermaid Jr." at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 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
The Little Prince at Nickelodeon Theatre Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free admission
Monty Python Live (Mostly) at Nickelodeon Theatre Sunday 5:30 p.m.; $18

physical fitness
Work up a sweat this weekend by getting in some exercise at the Famously Hot Showdown or Springdale 5K at Sunrise!
Famously Hot Showdown at Carolina CrossFit Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.; $75 - $150
Springdale 5K at Sunrise at Springdale Race Course Saturday 7:30 a.m.

dazzling displays
The list of incredible exhibits on display throughout the Columbia region continues to grow, so carve out some time this weekend to check them out as there is always something new to discover!
Champagne Reception with Shelley Reed at Columbia Museum of Art Sunday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $20 - $35
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

retail therapy
Sometimes there's just nothing like the simple pleasure of visiting the local farmer's market (or three!) and finding fresh produce or unique products.
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

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.