Let's go Gamecocks! Cheer on the number one seed, University of South Carolina Gameocks, as they dribble to the hoop against Savannah State to kick off the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in our very own Colonial Life Arena. For more hot weekend happenings, check out our weekend round up below and browse our calendar of events.
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The BREW Southern Hot Spot
Cheers! This weekend is the kick-off of Soda City Suds Week in Columbia, SC, the BREW Southern Hot Spot. Take your first sip at the Soda City Suds Craft Beer Week Launch Party and pick up a few pints at Soda City Suds and Spuds Market. Bottoms up!
The New Artistic Hot Spot
Spoken word, hula hoops and live music, oh my! The Columbia Infringement Arts Festival has all of these activities and more to appreciate the arts. Get lost in the music at the Parker Quartet Concert, Columbia Baroque Gala and Southern Exposure New Music Concert. Recalling the spirit of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, dance the night away at the Columbia Museum of Art's A Fair to Remember celebrating the brand-new Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal exhibit.
The New Kid-Friendly Hot Spot
Choo, choo! Columbia SC Model Train Show is the perfect place for your kid to learn about the real life Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends. Fairy tales will come true at Columbia City Ballet's full-length production of Cinderella. Time for tea after the performance! Your child can join the princess for a picture that they'll cherish forever. Are you kids acting out? Keep the drama on the stage at a few kid-friendly plays including "Puss in Boots" and "Hairspray Junior." Finally, stretch your legs for a good cause at the Midlands Heart Walk then reward yourselves with some Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt (you've earned it).
Photo Courtesy of the Columbia City Ballet
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Cinderella at Koger Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m.; $42/39, $30/27,$15
Palmetto 200 Relay 6 a.m.
Louis Andriessen's "De Staat" Southern Exposure New Music Concert at Moore School Performance Hall 7:30 p.m.; free admission
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Soda City Suds Craft Beer Week Launch Party at River Rat Brewery 2 - 10 p.m.; $2.50 Beer Tickets - 8oz. sample glasses
Cinderella at Koger Center for the Arts 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; $42/39, $30/27,$15
Cinderella Teas at Koger Center for the Arts 1:30 p.m.; $25 per person
Columbia SC Model Train Show, Operating layouts & Sale at National Guard Armory 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $4, Kids Under 12 FREE
Soda City Suds and Spuds Market at Soda City Market 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
2015 Gala: A Fair to Remember at Columbia Museum of Art 7 p.m. - midnight
Midlands Heart Walk at Colonial Life Arena 9 a.m.; Registration is free, Fundraising encouraged
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $5.75
Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Columbia Baroque Gala at Spring Valley Country Club 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; $30/person
Parker Quartet Concert at Moore School Performance Hall 5 p.m.; free admission
WCOS Lexington Bridal Expo at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 1 - 5 p.m.; $12
Soda City Suds Week Saturday - Sunday
Godspell at Trustus Theatre Friday - Sunday; Adult $27, Senior $25, Military $25 & Student $20
Columbia Infringement Arts Festival at Conundrum Music Hall Friday 6 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. & Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Free admission to all festival events
"Hairspray Jr" at Columbia Children's Theatre Thursday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.; $10
Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Thursday - Saturday
Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It at South Carolina State Museum Recurring daily; free with museum admission
And Still I Rise: Celebration of African-American Artists at Various Locations Thursday - Saturday; Some events are free, but require tickets
Finding Freedom's Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville at South Carolina State Museum Starting Feb. 14, recurring daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Impressions of Chimneyville: Columbia's Civil War Destruction at The Gallery at City Hall Friday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission
Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & First Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 general, $4 for military and seniors & $2 for children under 12
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
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
Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal & Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 5 p.m.; $12
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7