From a historic water balloon battle to a seafood feast, the events lined up this weekend send summer vacation off with a bang. Read on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all everything that's going on in Columbia, SC.
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School is just around the corner, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy summer in Columbia!
Beat the heat (and your opponents!) at the Water Balloon Battle at Robert Mills House & Gardens this Friday. Learn historic military tactics, then celebrate your victory with some hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Arts & Draughts is back! Gather your friends for a night of live music, tours, scavenger hunts and more.
Nothing says summer quite like fresh seafood. Get your fill of food and fun for the whole family at the 6th annual SouthEast Crab Feast.
Celebrate unity, diversity and pride this weekend during numerous events and programs for South Carolina Black Pride.
Delight in a romantic summer evening with your sweetie! Enjoy an outdoor film at Movies in the Park, rock out at Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, go see a performance of "Anatomy of a Hug" or knock one out of the park at a Fireflies game.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19:
Happy Hour at the Robert Mills House | Water Balloon Battle! at Robert Mills House & Gardens 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $20
Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art 7 - 11 p.m.; $9
Movies in the Park at North Springs Park 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Free admission
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute at Music Farm Columbia 9 p.m.; $5 - $15
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:
Soda City Market at City Center/ Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
SouthEast Crab Feast at Saluda Shoals Park 1 - 8 p.m.; $10 - $30
South Carolina Black Pride at various locations Friday 7 - 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. - until, Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; Free admission - $20
"Anatomy of a Hug" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $20 - $25
Fireflies vs. Augusta at Spirit Communications Park Friday and Saturday 7:05 p.m., Sunday 5:05 p.m.; $5 - $10
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Historic Columbia Historic House Museum Tours at Historic Columbia Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $28
Columbia Museum of Art has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
• Eyes on the Edge: J. Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast
• Spoken: Portraits in Black
• Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection
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 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $6.95 - $8.95
• South Carolina and The Great War
• RACE: Are We So Different?
• Art: A Collection of Collections
McKissick Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
• A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today
• On Air in South Carolina: Preserving Radio and Television History at the SCBA Archives