With a full lineup of festivals, live shows, Valentine’s Day events and more, it’s easy to fall in love with Columbia SC this February. Read on for a roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything else that’s going on in the real Southern hot spot all month long.
Be Still, My Heart
Romance is in the air this month and we have a myriad of ways to sweep you off your feet. If the best way to get your beau’s heart is through their stomach, we suggest taking them to An Evening at Senate’s End or the Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Old Mill Brewpub. Tickle their funny bone at Love, Laughter and Lyrics: Valentine’s Dinner Improv Theatre. Sidle up to your sweetie during Valentine’s Cinema: Sabrina. Purchase the “Venus Package” and sip on champagne while enjoying a live production of the Love Is Love Is Love Cabaret at Trustus Theatre. Go all out with the whole package of food, drinks, a show and dancing at Amore Under the Stars. Or, go the unconventional route and hold on tight to your date’s hand as you make your way through a night of terror at My Deceased Valentine. Check out more ideas on how to woo your Valentine here.
Raise Your Glass
Quench your thirst for the local experience with a full month of craft beer-related events! Pop in to River Rat Brewery for their Annual Oyster Roast and BBQ or come by any weekend for Sunday Funday. Enjoy a pint without the guilt with Yoga & Beer at Conquest Brewery. Get your fill of craft beer pairings or dishes using beer as the (not so) secret ingredient at the Smoke and Beer Festival. Bring along the kiddos for Columbia's family-friendly Mardi Gras Festival. Finally, sample some of more than 250 offerings from breweries from all over the world at the World Beer Festival.
That’s So Columbia
Get to know Columbia’s different neighborhood districts with an all-star roster of signature events this month. Get in on the Main Street action with First Thursday on Main and Soda City Market. Skip across the river to West Columbia for Brookland Brunch. Rendezvous in Rosewood for the weekly City Roots Farmers Market. And meet up with friends at Music Farm in the Vista for The Palladium Society 2018 Chili Cook-Off.
And We’re Live
If you’re in the mood to catch a play this month, you have plenty of options, as Big Fish at Town Theatre, Trustus Threatre Presents “A Bright Room Called Day,” “Henderson Bros. Burlesque” and “Sunset Baby,” Barber of Seville, The Crucible at Longstreet Theatre, Broadway in Columbia Presents “Cabaret” and “Guess Who Showed Up At Dinner” will all be taking Columbia’s various stages. Celebrate both our oneness and unique differences with drumming, dancing and food tastings at the 5th Annual Africstyle Fashion Show. Let the dancers move you at Pilobolus and Off the Wall and Onto the Stage. Enjoy all kinds of music genres with the ColaJazz Festival, CMA Jazz on Main: A Jazz Celebration of the Beatles, Baker & Baker presents The Reminders, The Firebird – Palmetto Concert Band and Celebrating the Americas! Also, live entertainment doesn’t always have to be a concert or a play. Sometimes it can mean people driving really big trucks, a la Monster Jam.
Arts & Culture
Carve out some time this month to visit thought-provoking art exhibits like Renee Cox: Soul Culture, Dustin Farnsworth Solo Exhibition: The Devil’s Work, Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands Inaugural Exhibit and Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs. Have some fun with your art, too, with the fashions of Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Ailson for HBO’s Treme and Passport to Art: Artistic Expedition. Add to your collection with some new postcard art from Artists for Africa. Get your history on with South Carolina State House Tours, South Carolina and the Great War and President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home.