We’ve made it through the holiday hoopla, it’s a brand-new year, and there’s just enough going on this month to get you out and about at a manageable pace. Enjoy dining out, catching a show and engaging with the local community this month in the Heart of SC. 

Áróra at South Carolina State Museum | Dates vary

Witness one of nature’s most mesmerizing spectacles right here in Columbia. Settle in at the State Museum’s planetarium and you’ll soon be transported across the globe with the Northern Lights dancing around you. 


Runaway Rewind at Columbia Museum of Art | Jan. 6

The fashion moment happening at the Columbia Museum of Art lately continues, this time in the form of a true trash-to-treasure sustainable fashion show in which local designers have taken discarded items and transformed them into runway-ready works of art inspired by the current Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous exhibit. 

Restaurant Week at varying locations | Jan. 11 – 21 

If holiday hosting has you burnt out on cooking, then let Restaurant Week save you from more time spent at the stove. Pop in at participating locations for special prix fixe menus that allow you to try something new or revisit an old favorite without wearing out your wallet. 

Beethoven & Blue Jeans at Koger Center for the Arts | Jan. 13

Classical music has never been so approachable as it is for this annual concert by the SC Philharmonic. Don your best denim so you can stay comfy while enjoying some of the most famous compositions in history.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the CMA | Jan. 15

Take the time to recognize the reason for this three-day weekend, enjoy free admission and take part in some special programming at the Columbia Museum of Art, including line dancing on Boyd Plaza and guest storytellers during FAAAC presents A Storytelling Celebration. 


John Crist – Emotional Support Tour at Koger Center for the Arts | Jan. 19

Start the year with a smile on your face as viral sensation John Crist delivers the laughs.  


Jurassic World Live Tour at Colonial Life Arena | Jan. 19 – 21

Get up close and personal with your favorite prehistoric movie franchise characters and creatures during an immersive floor show that’s sure to thrill. 

My Fair Lady at Koger Center for the Arts | Jan. 23 – 25

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn (or Julie Andrews if you’re a Broadway purist) and journey into the depths of high society during a performance of this absolute classic.


11th Annual Pig and Oyster Roast at City Roots Farm | Jan. 27

Bundle up, get your shuckin’ arms ready and stake out a spot by the fire for a cold winter’s night of live music and all-you-can-eat whole hog barbecue, roasted oysters and Southern sides on the farm. 

Grace Potter at The Senate | Jan. 30

Cap the month off by catching three-time Grammy nominee Grace Potter live in concert. 

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