It’s a brand-new year and judging from this sampling of events to look forward to around town this month, 2023 is off to a strong start. Be sure to check out our calendar of events for even more that’s going on in the heart of SC. 

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Koger Center | Jan. 11th

We’ve got stars in our eyes – the famous astrophysicist and author is coming to talk all things cosmos with the good people of Columbia.

Meeting Street Artisan Market – Night Edition | Jan. 12th

Go ahead and sleep in Saturday morning and knock out your shopping Thursday night instead thanks to Meeting Street Artisan Market’s night market, recurring the second Thursday of each month. 

Nate Bargatze – The Be Funny Tour at Koger Center | Jan. 15th

Then, for a more down to Earth evening, come back to Koger Center to see what’s sure to be hilarious new material from comedian Nate Bargatze. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Columbia Museum of Art | Jan. 16th

Take advantage of the free admission being offered by the museum on this day and catch A Storytelling Celebration about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented by CMA affinity group the Friends of African American Art & Culture, as well as The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: From the Collection of Samella Lewis before it closes the following weekend. 

History of BBQ Presentation at Lexington County Museum | Jan. 19th

Join established historian and writer Robert F. Moss for an evening detailing the history of barbecue in South Carolina and Lexington County (aka how it became the important food group it is today). 

Cody Johnson ft. Randy Houser at Colonial Life Arena | Jan. 27th

Calling all country music fans – Cody Johnson and Randy Houser are taking the stage at Colonial Life Arena this month. Cue the sound of thousands of cowboy boots hightailing their way here now. 

10th Annual Pig and Oyster Roast at City Roots | Jan. 28th

Picture this: A cold, crisp January day accentuated by the smoky smell of whole hog barbecue and fire pits, the sound of oyster shells hitting the shucking tables just begging to be cracked open and the taste of all the delicious Southern sides you can think of. Now make it a reality and grab your tickets to F2T Productions’ 10th Annual Pig and Oyster Roast at City Roots. 

CMA Contemporaries Ball: A Secret Garden Affair at Columbia Museum of Art | Jan. 28th

Live out your Bridgerton dreams at this mysterious and dazzling Regency-area soiree featuring dancing, a champagne tower, a garden labyrinth, silent art auction and more. Why, the Duke of Hastings, is that you? 

World of Musicals at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College | Jan. 29th

Broadway fans will not want to miss out on this extremely talented ensemble performing iconic hits from both stage and screen over the years. 

Midlands Women’s Day at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Jan. 29th

Dedicated to educating, empowering and nurturing women, Midlands Women’s Day (now happening biannually!) is your one-stop-shop to be pampered, learn new skills, shop from dozens of vendors. 

Keep up with all the latest events in Columbia SC with our Calendar of Events.