What’s Hot This February: Winter’s Last Hurrah
Saturday, February 1, 2020 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Shake off those January winter blues because February is showing out with a packed schedule of festivals, special events, concerts, plays and exhibits that’ll keep you out and about all month long. Read on for our roundup below, then take a peek at our calendar of events for even more that’s going on in the real Southern hot spot!
After a brief winter and holiday hiatus, Columbia’s nearly year-long festival season is officially back. Let the good times roll at City Roots for the 10th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival & Parade or let the samples flow at World Beer Festival Columbia at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Hungry? Dig into Columbia’s culinary offerings. For two weeks each winter, warm up at Bourbon on Main Street as it becomes the Bourbon Oasis, going into full-on island mode with a special menu, cocktail list and all the tropical decor for Tiki Week. Get ready to Brunch So Hard at Stone River with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and food stations from area restaurants. Indulge in the season’s ultimate comfort food during the Lexington Chili Cook Off at Icehouse Amphitheater. Enjoy your food on the farm with a seated, family-style meal at the February Harvest Dinner or opt for a more casual experience with the Annual Pig and Oyster Throw Down, both at City Roots. Embrace the glitz and glamour of the return of the roaring 20’s with the Gatsby Cocktail Party at Koger Center for the Arts. Get your fill of the three B’s at the BBQ, Beer & Bourbon Crawl. Stock up on small plates and scenic views at the 4th Annual Taste on the River.
Do you swoon for Valentine’s Day? Impress your date with Swamp Cabbage’s Valentine at the Brewery or get your heart pumping during Cupid’s Chase 5K at Maxcy Gregg Park. Or, do your own thing at All the Single Ladies: Valentine’s Day Ball with Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake Tributes at The Senate.
Immerse yourself in African culture at the 7th Annual AfricStyle Fashion Show and Artists for Africa.
Do something in a category all its own and check out the Repticon Columbia Reptile Show at Jamil Temple.
Aching for spring? Get an early taste with the 2020 Columbia Boat Show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds or kick back along the bases at Segra Park for Battle at Bull Street - the neutral site rivalry game between the UofSC and Clemson baseball teams.
Dancing, drama and laughter are all in store this month.
Delight in every step, twirl and leap at the UofSC Dance Company Spring Concert at Dayton Hall Theatre, Le Ballet de l’Amour at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College and Dancing with the Stars: Live! 2020 Tour at Township Auditorium.
Catch the classics on stage with A Streetcar Named Desire at Trustus Theatre, Of Mice and Men at UofSC Lab Theatre and Great Gatsby Ballet at Koger Center for the Arts, or see some classics reimagined with Eurydice at Longstreet Theatre or the last few performances of Wicked at Koger Center.
Get an instant mood boost at Comedy Zone at Main Course or at the Lit AF Tour with Martin Lawrence at Colonial Life Arena.
Columbia is carrying a tune all February.
Jazz is alive and well in Columbia. You won’t want to miss The SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble presents The Art of the Big Band at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Mark Rapp at The Joint or Jazz Night at Za’s on Devine.
Pay tribute to the greats with The Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience: Kiss the Sky and Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The Senate.
Plan a night out at The Senate, because Los Lobos, Buckcherry, Fitz & The Tantrums, Thrice and Granger Smith are all making appearances in the coming weeks.
Or, pay a visit to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College to see Gospel Live, Beethoven and Birthdays or Farewell Angelina.
Exhibits and Exploration
All types of fun exhibits and programming await this month. You’re on the case at the South Carolina State Museum - put your deductive reasoning to the test as you help Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Further fuel your pop culture panache at It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection at Columbia Museum of Art.
Commemorate Black History Month with a visit to the Celebration of African American Women’s History at McKissick Museum, a Black History Month Civil Rights Main St. Free Walking Tour with Columbia SC 63 and WILLIE: How the Descendent of Escaped Slaves Changed Hockey Forever at the SC Archives and History Center.
Let science, history, art and nature collide at the South Carolina State Museum with Reflections on the River and Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon.
Get downright cozy with Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection and Quilt Documentation Days at McKissick Museum.
Artistic inspiration can be found this month in The Shadow Line – Eileen Blyth Solo Exhibition at Stormwater Studio, The Shape of Things at 701 Center for Contemporary Art and Art Class: Mask Making at Columbia Museum of Art.