With a new year come new experiences in Columbia SC. From art to entertainment, food, anniversaries and milestones, here are some things we’re looking forward to in 2022.

Rodin Exhibit at CMA

The Columbia Museum of Art is known for bringing blockbuster exhibits to Columbia SC and 2022 will be no different. Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections will run from Feb. 19 – May 15, 2022 and include more than 40 examples of Auguste Rodin’s works in bronze. Rodin holds a prized place in the history of art, straddling the decades of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the world was striving for a new modern form of expression. Visitors will learn about his processes for drawing, modeling and casting.

St. Pats turns 40

The beloved Five Points festival will return this year and is celebrating a big birthday. Columbia’s Irish tradition will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. What began as an effort to increase the visibility of Five Points businesses on St. Patrick’s Day has turned into a family fun-filled festival welcoming 45,000 attendees annually. This year’s festival is sure to include the full schedule of favorites and a few anniversary surprises. Visit StPatsColumbia.com for schedule updates and ticket information.

Broadway Vibes

The world’s #1 musical is coming to the Koger Center for the Arts as Broadway In Columbia presents The Lion King March 23- April 3. The six-time Tony Award winning musical has been seen by more than 100 million people around the world and brings to life a story filled with hope, adventure and stunning visuals. Tickets are on sale now. For more information for other shows on tap including Waitress, South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof, visit broadwayincolumbia.com.

60 Years of Historic Columbia

Historic Columbia is celebrating its 60th year of preserving and protecting Columbia’s history, connecting it to the present and inspiring the future. Their 60th anniversary continues this year with several events and educational opportunities including the March 12 opening of a state-of-the-art greenhouse and historically inspired gatehouse (inspired from two lost 19thcentury structures) on the grounds of Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens. Plant moms and dads, keep your eye out for more event announcements once the greenhouse opens! The facility will allow Historic Columbia to propagate and interpret native and exotic plants, plus offer programming around gardening and horticultural interests.

New Eats

Once you have engaged in these activities, there are plenty new places to go for drinks or a meal, and we’re excited about them all. Publico Kitchen and Tap, a popular Latin-Asian influenced restaurant, will open its second Columbia location in the BullStreet District’s historic Ensor Building in Spring 2022. The owners of 929 Kitchen are opening MOA Korean BBQ & Bar in the Main Street District. Joining that restaurant on Main this year are Ambrosia Taverna, a Greek restaurant, and Charleston’s Prohibition will be opening an outpost there, The Strudel Shop specializing in strudels and pastries and Taco Grande is bringing street tacos and nachos to the area. In the Vista, The Donut Guy is opening on Lincoln St. and have a soft opening on Jan. 17. Molto Vino is opening a location on Devine Street (with another location planned in Forest Acres) and will have 24 different wine selections for guests to choose from wall taps. Peak Drift Brewery is opening in the North Main area and features Columbia’s first and only female master brewer. In Lexington, Navy Yard on Main will offer the town’s largest selection of craft beer and a full menu. Whew! Cheers to the new year.