Oh March, you never fail to pack in all the festivals, concerts and special events possible and this year is no exception. Limber up, folks, because this month is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. Read through ~all the things~ going on below and be sure to check out our calendar of events for everything else (yes, there’s more) happening in Columbia SC. 

Out and About

February dipped its toe back into the festival scene, but now it’s full steam ahead for March. Enjoy live performances and food with the whole family at the 31st Annual Harambee Festival at Benedict College, shop for handmade goods at the Craftsmen’s Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, make the most of oyster season at the Shuckin’ on the Shoals Festival at Saluda Shoals Park or Oysterfest at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and catch as many films, concerts and more at the 14th Annual Indie Grits Festival. 


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Columbia’s culinary and craft beer scene is showing off this month. Pull up a seat and enjoy a family-style meal at the F2T Harvest Dinner, sample small dishes prepared by area chefs using craft beer as the secret ingredient at F2T Presents Smoke & Beer, sip on your craft beer as you listen to live music at the LoCo Craft Beer Jam at City Roots, support our local breweries and craft beer establishments with special events during Soda City Suds Week or fill up on all the smoked meats and fixings at Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ. 

Feeling artsy? Stroll along and see the sights during the Cottontown Art Crawl, plan a night out full of local food, craft beer, live music and after-hours access to the exhibits at Arts & Draughts or get gussied up for CMA Gala: Silver Scream Soirée. 

Carve out some time with friends and family this month and check out First Thursday on Main or Soda City Market, with the kids at EdVenture’s StoryBook Ball, with your four-legged friend at Dog Day Afternoon, with yourself getting in a good workout at the Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run or with your significant other for a date night out at Nick Night at The Main Course. 

Strike Up The Band

Catch legends in the act this month with Who Is Jill Scott? 20th Anniversary Tour and KC & The Sunshine Band at Township Auditorium, or pay tribute to one at Cash Unchained at The Senate

Get your music with a little something extra during Pups n Pints with Admiral Radio at The Main Course or the Shamrocks and Shenanigans Block Party with Parmalee at The Senate

Embrace outdoor concert season with the return of the Rhythm on the River concert series, kicking off with the first-ever St. Pat’s on the River.


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Plan a night out at The Senate. You’ll have multiple opportunities, as you can see The Motet, Parker McCollum and The Lacs all there this month.

Enjoy a medley of other shows including Heritage and Tradition by the Palmetto Chamber Orchestra at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Furman Singers at Shandon Presbyterian, Bombshell at The Main Course, Jazz Night at Za’s on Devine and Byrne and Kelly at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

It’s Showtime

Once upon a time, fairy tales took over Columbia with Columbia Children’s Theatre: Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Columbia City Ballet presents Cinderella and Princess Tea Party at Koger Center for the Arts and Frozen II at Icehouse Amphitheater, and we all lived happily ever after. 

The laughs keep coming this month as Seinfeld Live takes the stage at Township Auditorium and Jeff Dunham: Seriously makes its way to Colonial Life Arena

Take your pick of drama this month with Of Mice and Men at UofSC Lab Theatre, National Theatre Live on Screen - All My Sons at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Trustus Theatre, Black Snow at the Center for Performance Experiment and An American in Paris at Koger Center for the Arts

Delight the kiddos with a trip to see Sesame Street Live at Colonial Life Arena

Admire the movement of Shen Yun, Columbia Classical Ballet presents Giselle or the 15th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance, all at Koger Center.

Cultural Collections and Experiences

Hot on the heels of February’s debut of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection at Columbia Museum of Art, comes special programming like Sounds of Silence Film Series: Nosferatu and a couple with the man himself, including An Evening with Kirk Hammett and Creature Feature with Kirk Hammett.


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Pop by the art museum for additional events going on throughout the month like Focal Points: Fabulous Femmes, Art Class: Oil Painting, ArtBreak with Jessica Fairey, Art Class: Drawing 102, Stop-In Studios, Focal Points: Going Green, Columbia Design League presents Mad for Mod with George Smart and Focal Points: Flora in Focus.

Hit the pavement with Historic Columbia for Saturday Stroll | Columbia City of Women, beginning at the South Carolina State House gift shop.

Visit the South Carolina State Museum, where you can participate in a whodunnit at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, appreciate South Carolina’s waterways with Reflections on the River or launch into space with Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon. 

Get all the hygge vibes at McKissick Museum for Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection and Quilt Documentation Days.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special trip to Whoville at EdVenture.

Feel inspired at The Shape of Things at 701 Center for Contemporary Art or at the Columbia Open Studios City Hall Exhibition.

Finally, check out Cayce Historical Museum’s fascinating new exhibit, The Angel’s Share and the Devil’s Cut: A History of Alcohol in Cayce, SC.