Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything that's going on in Columbia, SC.
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Spring in the South is not to be missed! Get out and about this weekend and enjoy all the events and activities we have taking place outdoors. Kick things off with a Happy Hour History Tour Friday evening before stopping by to sip on some samples at the ever-popular Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden. Get a leisurely start to your Saturday at Soda City Market or begin the day with a bang at the Ultimate Challenge Mud Run. After you've worked up your appetite, go all out at the South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! Spend Saturday night under the stars at Rhythm on the River or Hollywood Park Movie Screening of "An American in Paris." Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with The Unbreakable Piñata, traditional Mexican dance performances, authentic Mexican cuisine and live music at the South Carolina State Museum's 4th annual event. Get in some family fun this weekend, too! Visit the Sparkleberry Country Fair or catch a baseball game as the Fireflies take on Kannapolis!
SATURDAY, APRIL 30:
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at 1215 Valley Ridge Road 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.; $200 - $250
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
South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at South Carolina State Fairgrounds 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $5 - $40
"Aladdin" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5
The NiA Company Presents "One Nation Under the Bard: Shakespeare Shows Us We Belong" at Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library 2 - 4 p.m.
Rhythm on the River at Riverwalk Park & Amphitheater 6 - 9 p.m.; Free admission
Hollywood Park Movie Screening of "An American in Paris" at Hollywood Rose Hill Neighborhood Association 8 p.m.; Free admission
Delbert McClinton at Newberry Opera House 8 p.m.; $60
SUNDAY, MAY 1:
Cinco de Mayo at South Carolina State Museum 12 - 5 p.m.; Free with the price of general admission
Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection at Columbia Museum of Art 2 p.m.; Free admission
Sparkleberry Country Fair at Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center Friday 4 - 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 1 - 8 p.m.; $5 per car
Fireflies vs. Kannapolis at Spirit Communications Park Friday and Saturday 7:05 p.m., Sunday 2:05 p.m.
"Kimi Maeda's The Ephemera Trilogy" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25
Soda City Cirque Presents: The 2nd Annual Paper Moon Variety Show at Columbia Music Festival Association Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; $10 - $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
REMIX: Themes and Variations in African American Art 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
• Art: A Collection of Collections
• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
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
• On Air in South Carolina: Preserving Radio and Television History at the SCBA Archives
• Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina