Hold on to your hats folks, this is a big weekend to be in Columbia. "Come over" to the Colonial Life Arena where country crooner Kenny Chesney will play with special guests Jake Owen and Chase Rice. In addition to that star-studded performance, there are tons of famously hot events happening all weekend long! Check out our round up below and our calendar of events for everything happening in the New Southern Hot Spot.


Photo by Carolina Cup Racing Association

The New Festival Hot Spot

Pay homage to a buttery Southern staple at the SC Cornbread Festival. Did you say bacon?! Chocolate-covered bacon, General Tso Bacon and Sweet Thai Chili Bacon... you can enjoy the crunchy, greasy delicacy at the America Loves Bacon Festival. Stay until the last drop runs out at Cream of the Crop Beer Fest, the fizzing top-off to Soda City Suds Week. Do you hear bagpipes? Tartan Day South is a one-of-a-kind, four-day celebration of Celtic heritage including sheep dog herding, birds of prey, a hurling tournament and ax tossing. Vroom, Vroom! Picture yourself cruising in one of Britain's finest wheels at the Carolina British Classic Car Show to finish off the perfect weekend.

The New Sports Hot Spot

Horses, history, hospitality! South Carolina's largest sporting event, the 83rd Annual Carolina Cup is the premier social and charitable event of the season. Swing and shag your way across town at Swingin' at the Big Apple and Capital City Shag Extravaganza VI. Jog the happiest 5K on the planet as you get doused from head to toe in vivid color during The Color Run. Come discover the great outdoors at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic. Finally, One Columbia Run is good for the body and the heart as you raise awareness of the need for mentors in our city.

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


Photo by Colonial Life Arena

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
Swingin' at the Big Apple 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; HC & PSDA Members: $5, Non-members: $8
Capital City Shag Extravaganza VI at Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone noon - 1 a.m.; $80

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
Kenny Chesney: Big Revival Tour at Colonial Life Arena 7 p.m.; $34.50, $49, $79
83rd Annual Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course Races begin at 1:30 p.m., Gates open at 9 a.m.; $30.00 General admission/person, Parking additional cost
South Carolina Cornbread Festival at Main Street 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $3 children ages 6 - 12; $5 adults
The Color Run Columbia 2015 at Finlay Park 10 a.m.
America Loves Bacon - Bacon Festival Tour at Carolina Walk Park; $20
Cream of the Crop Beer Fest at City Roots - Your In-Town Sustainable Farm noon - 5 p.m.; $35
Carolina British Classic Car Show at Historic Columbia Speedway 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
One Columbia Run at Earlewood Park 7:30 a.m.; $35(5 K); $50(10 K)
Abraham.In.Motion "Pavement" at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 7:30 p.m.; $30
Showcase on the Runway at Columbia Place Mall Food Court 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Free admission
Murder Mystery Dinner & Dance at HP Lake House 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.; $30/person; $50/couple
Soda City Market at 1400 Block of Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
"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

WEEKEND-LONG EVENTS
Soda City Suds Week Thursday - Sunday
Tartan Day South Highland Games at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater Thursday - Sunday
The Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic at 1200 Rosewood Dr. Saturday - Sunday; $8 adults, $7 Seniors, kids under 10 free admission
RECURRING EXHIBITS
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

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.