Concert Scene

Whether you’re looking for a head banging, hands in the air concert, or a low-key surprise ending to your date night, Columbia has your concert scene covered. Check out the lineup at The Senate for classics like Corey Smith and Jump, Little Children.

Plan a special night by checking the schedules of places like Colonial Life Arena and Township Auditorium. They’re announcing new, not to mention impressive, traveling shows weekly. At the Township Auditorium think acts like Modest Mouse and KANSAS.

Upcoming at Colonial Life Arena, you can see Journey & Def Leppard, Chris Stapleton, Pink, Elton John, and more sell out performances. Special shout out for Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Willy B in August.

New Brookland Tavern is your go-to place to find the local bands and their loyal followers. Learn more about favorites like The Restoration, King Vulture, and Dead Swells in our blog.

Want a fun night but don’t want to plan too far ahead? Pop into Main Street Public House over the weekend to catch some rock & alternative after dinner, or Pearlz Upstairs and Nonnah’s for some lively jazz performances. Trust us, you won’t regret that extra hour (or two) of fun.


Theatre Scene

If you consider yourself a theatre junkie (or you’re still at the wannabe stage), you’ve come to the right city. From live plays, to children’s theatre, to puppet shows, to Broadway shows, Columbia has you covered.

Watch in awe as the company at Trustus Theatre puts on unique, high-quality productions that speak to today’s most important issues. Catch Boy About Ten while you can. Or, head to Workshop Theatre or Town Theatre for versions of some of America’s most notable scripts like Mamma Mia! and Shrek.

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College recently released its 2018 – 2019 season with a dynamite schedule that will please anyone in your party. It ranges from live shows and movie screenings to live music, magic and dance shows.

Lucky for us, Broadway in Columbia brings some of the best Broadway hits to the Koger Center for the Arts at affordable prices. This year’s lineup includes Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten!, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wizard of Oz, Rock of Ages, and Chicago. Make this be the year you bite the bullet for those season tickets.

Trying to get the kiddos to be as passionate about the arts as you are? Catch a show at Columbia Children’s Theatre for performances that are put on by children and are family-friendly approved. For theatre with a twist, head to Columbia Marionette Theatre to take in the artistry of puppetry.



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Dance Scene

You’ve probably heard of Columbia City Ballet and Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet when it comes to the holiday season - The Nutcracker, duh. But did you know these dance companies rock shows throughout the year?

The Koger Center is home to Columbia City Ballet’s performances, with annual shows like Dracula and Sleeping Beauty. A unique one we’re keeping our eye on this year is “Beatles, The Ballet” - groovy, baby.

Past shows by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet include classics like Cinderella and Pinocchio. Stay on the lookout for the announcement of their next season, performed at various venues, including Township Auditorium and the Columbia Music Festival Association’s ArtSpace.



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