Hip, hip, hooray! There are always festivals and art around every corner in Columbia, SC. This weekend is no exception with elaborate gardening displays, odes to fried food, student theatre and international exhibits. Check out these famously hot happenings and more, in our round up below and our calendar of events.

The New Festival Hot Spot

Can't resist mac-stuffed wings or chicken and waffles? Sample both greasy, mobile eats and more at the first-ever South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival. The Sparkleberry Country Fair is full of old-fashioned, family fun for a good cause. It's Istanbul not Constantinople! Spend an afternoon at the Istanbul Cultural Festival enjoying ethnic food, clothing, rugs and calligraphy. Where will you find both USC's Cocky AND Clemson's Tiger, this weekend? Both spirited animals will be having a ball at the 15th Annual Kid's Day of Lexington. Finally, celebrate vinyl with the 8th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair Day, the largest market of the year to find your favorite classic records.

The New Artistic Hot Spot

Lights, camera, action! Walk the red carpet at the Midlands Senior Glitz and Glamour GalaArtista Vista, the Midlands' most celebrated gallery crawl, is back with unique, local artists like One Eared Cow Glass. Embark on a trip down memory lane with SERCO and revered painter, John Green, at Prevue. Support the arts with two USC theatre productions of the Player King and the Three Musketeers. Bask in musical sunshine with the Columbia Baroque Concert "Spring Fling." Then, groove to the "Dick Goodwin Big Band," with dance band music, and popular tunes from the present to the 40's though the 90's. Calling all green thumbs! Celebrate the arrival of spring with Historic Columbia's 2015 Gardening Symposium. Finally, sample the sweet and symphonic at "Concertos and Cupcakes" Concert and Reception.

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!  

 Photo of Artista Vista provided by the Vista Guild

2015 Midlands Senior Glitz and Glamour Gala at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; $7 Donation 
USC Lab Theatre: Player King at Booker T. Washington High School 8 p.m.; $5
Columbia Baroque Concert "Spring Fling" at Columbia College 7:30 p.m.; $15 tickets in advance; $20 at the door; Students with ID free 
Happy Hubble 25 at South Carolina State Museum 5 - 10 p.m.; $5 per person and free for museum members

Battlefrog Carolinas Obstacle Race at Carolina Adventure World 8 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Dick Goodwin Big Band at The Arts at Shandon 7 p.m.; Free admission, donations accepted
Istanbul Cultural Festival at Atlantic Institute 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Free admission
Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler at Finlay Park 8:30 a.m.; Entry fees start at $23
Kids' Day 2015 at Virginia Hylton Park 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Free admission
Southern Amateur Grid League Matches at Carolina CrossFit
USC Theatre: The Three Musketeers at Long Street Theatre 8 p.m.; Student: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+: $16, General Public: $18 
Prevue at Harriet Barber House noon - 3 p.m.; $20 - Lunch & Charter Bus Transportation ($12 - Lunch, only-limited spaces)
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $5.75
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Soda City Market at Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at South Carolina State Farmers Market noon to 5 p.m.; General admission $5 Children under 12 Free
"Concertos and Cupcakes" Concert and Reception at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 3:30 p.m.; Free, donations accepted
8th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair Day at Columbia Museum of Art noon - 5 p.m.; Admission to the record fair and the museum is free with the exception of tickets for Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal

19th Annual Sparkleberry Country Fair at Sandhill Farmers Market Friday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; $5/vehicle
Artista Vista 2015 at Vista Studio/Gallery 80808 5 - 9 p.m. and regular gallery hours; free admission
2015 Gardening Symposium at Robert Mills Carriage House Friday 6 - 8:30 p.m. & Saturday 8:30 a.m. - noon; Non-Member: both days $65, one day $35
McDaniels Golf Classic at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center / Golf Tournament: FT Jackson Golf Club; $175

Happy Hour History Tour | Five Points at the Five Points Fountain, Harden & Greene Streets Every Friday 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; HC members: $20 & Non-member: $25
Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1- 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., First Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $2 - $5
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $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.