Summer’s winding down, so give it a proper send off by making the most of your time in Columbia SC before it’s back to school/work/what have you. From concerts and exhibits to shopping and sports, there’s plenty to do all month long as the local calendar climbs its way back to its former glory. 

Live and In Person 

There’s no shortage of live entertainment options this month and at Colonial Life Arena, you can catch it in all forms by way of the Harlem Globetrotters, the JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Tour, The End of Summer Jam – Class In Session, WWE Live Supershow and PBR: Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour. 

Koger Center presents Live in the Lobby: Jazz Masters Scotty Barnhart and Wycliffe Gordon is a special musical event, as these two world-class musicians have not performed together in over 20 years. Snag 15% off your ticket with discount code COLAJAZZ. Also taking the stage at Koger Center this month is Cher, Elton, Dolly, and Streisand Performed by Vegas Edwards Twins. 

Take it back to the oldies with KC & The Sunshine Band at Township Auditorium

The Tiny Alley Concert Series is a charming new addition to Columbia’s music scene. Congregate in the City Market alleyway in the Vista for live music and weekly specials from Twisted Spur and Grill Marks

Get your theatre fix with Defining Measures, the latest production at Trustus Theatre. There will only be three performances, so secure your tickets ASAP!

Representing diversity in the arts through music, dance and song, Ensemble Eclectica’s Comeback: Symphony of Life! At The BARN features a live orchestra, acclaimed dancers and artists who have been contributing to the local arts scene for years. 

Sip and Savor

Fill your cup and your plate this month with various food and beverage-centered outings. Sample craft beer from all over as you get some after-hours time with the animals at Brew at the Zoo. 

Get a taste of the tropics with a four-course meal at The Grand’s Tropics Rum Dinner. Then come back to The Grand to detox, then retox, at Bloody Mary Yoga. 

Grab your leis and your Hawaiian shirts and head to the Steel Hands Luau, where they’ll have whole hog barbecue and a new Guava Hefeweizen on tap. 

Snag a seat under the string lights at City Roots for F2T Productions’ August Harvest Dinner. 

Enjoy some wine that’s been selected to pair with works from The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground exhibition, plus light refreshments, at Tour and Tasting Notes from the Underground at Columbia Museum of Art.

Special Events

Cool off while hearing some cool stories about women on the battlefield throughout history at Historic Columbia’s Historic Happy Hour: Water Balloon Battle at the Robert Mills House & Gardens

Bring the family out to partake in rides, games, food trucks, live music and a big school supply giveaway at Nova Fest. 

Get gussied up and see performances from Grammy Award-winning artists at the SC Excellence Gala. 

Recurring Favorites

Craft beer, food trucks, specials and more await you all along Main Street during First Thursday on Main

Every Friday night, head to North Main to shop local vendors at The NoMA Flea. 

Saturday mornings are for coffee, breakfast, music and shopping at Soda City Market

Check out the Columbia Fireflies Baseball schedule to catch a home game or two happening throughout the month. 

Museum Amusement

Pop into the Columbia Museum of Art to peruse The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground, Hindsight 20/20 and Soup to Nuts: Pop Art Prints from the CMA Collection, then come back for special programming like Art Class: Experimental Digital Photography, Outdoor Film Screening: White Nights and Art Class: Colored Pencil Drawing. 

The South Carolina State Museum also has some fun exhibits on display right now. Swing by and check out Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound, The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design and Grand Designs: 19th Century South Carolina Furniture.