This weekend is packed with entertainment for whatever your mood! Check out these 8 fun things to do in Columbia, SC, but be sure to visit our calendar of events for even more happenings in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

 

local tastes and treasures
This week the Columbia region celebrates Midlands Grown Restaurant Week with several participating restaurants offering locally produced menu items in anticipation for the 5th Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Saturday, July 19th at City Roots Farm. Visit their website to find participating restaurants. You can also take a stroll through these markets for more local culinary and handmade crafts: 

Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9am - 1pm; Free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmer's Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9am - 12pm; Free admission

music and movies in the park
Pack a basket, grab a blanket and stretch out under the stars at these outdoor concert and movie series!
Summer Concert Series: Terence Young & Soul Centric (R&B) at Finlay Park Saturday 7pm - 10pm; Free
Summer Movie Series: Rise of the Guardians at Riverfront Park Friday, Games & Face Painting at 7pm, Movie at 8pm; Free

 

live music
Columbia is a hub for musical talent! This weekend jam out with talented regional and national artists, performing a wide range of music genres from hip hop to country. 

FatRat Da Czar Headlines The Grand Opening at Conundrum Music Hall Friday 10pm, Doors Open 9pm; $10
The Restoration with The Resonant Rogues at Conundrum Music Hall Saturday 8:30pm, Doors Open 8pm; $10 suggested donation
Jacob Reynolds Band at Tin Roof Saturday 10pm; $5
Grayson Rogers at Tin Roof Friday 7pm; $10
Andrew Velez at Tin Roof Friday 10pm; $5
Touche Amore with Tigers Jaw, Dads at New Brookland Tavern Thursday 7pm; $13-$15
Avers with Corbett Alexander at New Brookland Tavern Saturday 8:30pm; $7
Richard Buckner at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday 8:30pm, Happy Hour at 7pm; $12 

art exhibits
Celebrate the world around you and be inspired with these captivating works of art!

Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday - Friday 11am - 5 pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon- 5pm; $5 - 12
Bo Bartlett and Herb Parker Exhibitions at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Thursday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $5 suggested donation
Body of Work: Faces and Figures Exhibit at Gallery West Thursday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm; Free
Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday - Friday 11am - 5 pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon- 5pm; $5 - 12
Daryl Trivieri's Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection at Columbia Museum of ArtThursday - Friday 11am - 5 pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon- 5pm; $5 - 12 


social and natural history
Step into the land when giants roamed the Earth or when America was young and discover the past at one of these fascinating exhibits.

Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at South Carolina State Museum Thursday -Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm; $11 - $15, includes museum general admission
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at Edventure Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $10.50 - $11.50
South Carolina Unearthed at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am -5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm; $5 - $7
Hidden Treasures: Rediscovering McKissick Museum's Natural History Collection at McKissick Museum Thursday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm; Free
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $10.50 - $11.50
Repticon Columbia Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at Jamil Temple Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm; $5 - $10
Carolinas Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; $2 - $5
From Backrooms to Battlefields: The Buying and Selling of the Confederacy at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; $2 - $5
Chapman's Charleston, 1863-1864 at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $5 - $7
The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina at South Carolina State Museum Thursday -Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $5 - $7
The Civil War in South Carolina: The War Enters the State's Interior: Sherman's March and the Endat South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $5 - $7
Taking Root: The Summer Brothers and the History of Pomaria Nursery at McKissick MuseumThursday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm; Free
Diverse Voices: Discovering Community Through Traditional Arts at McKissick Museum Thursday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm; Free
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler with Historic Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $5 - $8
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th Century Columbia with Historic Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; $4 - $8

historic tours
The South Carolina State House begins weekly Saturday tours this Saturday, June 12! Every Saturday, you'll have the opportunity to take a tour inside South Carolina's most iconic buildng. Want more history? You can test your courage as you walk through a historic graveyard in the dark and hear the tales of Columbia's earliest residents from centuries past.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours with Historic Columbia at Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens Thursday Secrets from the Grave Tour 7:30pm; Moonlight Cemetery Tours 8pm & 8:30pm; $4 - $12
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm Free Admission 


theatre
Have a laugh or solve a mystery with shows sure to delight!

"Evil Dead, the Musical" at Trustus Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm; $11 - $27
Puss in Boots at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11am & 3pm; $5.75
The Hallelujah Girls at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm; $12 - $18
Murder at the Family Reunion at Columbia Dinner Theater Saturday 7pm & Sunday 5pm; $30


blowfish baseball
Take yourself out to the ‘ol ballgame and munch on some peanuts and crackerjacks or, better yet, a delicious chili dog! Enjoy America's pastime at one of the following games:

Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Forest City Owls at Capital City Stadium Thursday 7pm; $6 – $7
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Fayetteville Swampdogs at Capital City Stadium Saturday 7pm ; $6 – $7

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.