Bubbles, baseball and butterflies are just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend! Find out what else we have in store in our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything else going on in Columbia, SC.
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The summertime fun is still going strong in Columbia, so make the most of these sunny days and discover the region's offerings!
Seasonal culinary offerings are worth celebrating. Get your fill of oysters at the two-day Shuck & Jive Oyster Festival. Then, get excited for the return of the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival! Sample creative tomato dishes, go bobbing for tomatoes and enjoy live music by Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, Mac Leaphart and Luke Cunningham on the Certified SC Grown Farm Stage and the Main Stage.
Take a journey "Under the Sea" this weekend for a performance of "Disney's The Little Mermaid." If you're in the mood for something a little edgier, you can catch "Green Day's American Idiot" at Trustus Theatre.
Don't forget to make time for a date night! Enjoy a cocktail and some art at Showcase on the Runway 2016 or take a laid back approach with some live music under the stars at the Summer Concert Series.
FRIDAY, JULY 15:
Lexington Blowfish vs. Forest City Owls at Lexington County Blowfish 7 p.m.; $6 - $9
Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park 7:30 p.m.; Free admission
Showcase on the Runway 2016 at 701 Whaley Street Cocktail Hour 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.; $15 - $20
SATURDAY, JULY 16:
Bubble Run at Saluda Shoals Park 8 a.m.; $50
Soda City Market at City Center/ Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
Summertime Saturdays at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $11.50
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival at City Roots 4 - 9 p.m.; $12
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park 7 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Shuck & Jive Oyster Festival at BrickTown Bistro & Raw Bar Saturday 12 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.; Free admission
Fireflies vs. Rome at Spirit Communications Park Friday and Saturday 7:05 p.m., Sunday 5:05 p.m.; $5 - $10
"Disney's The Little Mermaid" at Town Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
"Green Day's American Idiot" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
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
Route to (Re)settlement at Mann-Simons Site Friday and Saturday 1 - 4 p.m.
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
• Spoken: Portraits in Black
• Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection
• Daufuskie Memories
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
• 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
• Richard Burnside: Who is King?
• On Air in South Carolina: Preserving Radio and Television History at the SCBA Archives
• Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina