February may be the shortest month of the year, but it certainly packs a punch! From Black History Month programming and Valentine’s Day celebrations to festivals, concerts and exhibits galore, we have everything you need to know to plan your days out accordingly. Peruse our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for even more that’s going on in Columbia SC.

Love is in the Air

Make your sweetheart swoon with a romantic evening out at Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing at Senate’s End, Amore Under the Stars at South Carolina State Museum or Valentine’s on Main. Hold your date close as you navigate through the heart-clenching terrors of My Deceased Valentine. Celebrate with friends with a karaoke and dessert reception preceding a screening of My Best Friend’s Wedding at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Or, say Thank U, Next to the whole holiday at Tin Roof where you can get in free if you bring a picture of your ex for the Tin Roof Burn Book. #bye


Columbia Community

There’s no case of the winter blues here with fun happenings to fill your days. Knock back some brews at Soda City Beer Wars or the 3rd Annual Smoke and Beer Festival, dig into the dining experience of your dreams at the February Harvest Dinner ft. Patricio Gouggenheim and celebrate the best meal ever invented at Brunch So Hard. Enjoy both food and fashion at the 6th Annual Africstyle Initiative. Take in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in local flavors, music and businesses at First Thursday on Main, Soda City Market, City Roots Farmers Market and Richland Library Farmers Market.


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February Playlist

The Senate’s where it’s at this month, with Cosmic Charlie, Coheed & Cambria, Kasey Tyndall, UNOTHEACTIVIST, Here Come the Mummies, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, The Lacs and Clutch all taking the stage. Watch the ladies run the show with Becca Smith // Catriona Sturton // GINNY at New Brookland Tavern. Calling all jazz fans! Catch Ultrafaux at Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz, Baker & Baker presents The Evolution of the Sax in Jazz Music by Noel Freidline at Columbia Museum of Art and Jazz Night at Za’s on Devine. Up your star status with James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt or Fleetwood Mac at Colonial Life Arena, as well as a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Focus on the music itself with South Carolina Philharmonic presents Symphonie Fantastique!, USC Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart: Symphony No. 40 and Baker & Baker presents Phillip Bush and Guests.


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Live and In Person

Sing along to your favorite hits as Broadway in Columbia presents The Wizard of Oz and Rock of Ages this month. It’s all action at Colonial Life Arena with Marvel Universe Live and WWE Live Road to WrestleMania. Dance it out with VIVA MOMIX, Columbia City Ballet presents Beatles The Ballet and the USC Dance Company Spring Concert. Check out the local acting talent at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Revolutionists, Waiting for Godot and The Wolves.


Exhibits and Interactive Experiences

Wherever your interests may lie, you’re to find an exhibit or experience this month that caters to your taste. Test your super strength at the South Carolina State Museum’s newest interactive blockbuster exhibit, Hall of Heroes. Be sure to meander through the rest of the museum for Fill in the Gap and the 30th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, as well. Pop over to the McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe for In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop, Flip Flops & Soap Boxes and Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds. Commemorate Black History Month with Second Sunday Roll | African American Sites and Together Again. Head to the Columbia Museum of Art for Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA or a specialized tour with Focal Points: Love in the Galleries, Seeing Red and Art in Architecture. Get hands-on and learn a new skill with Art Class: Mosaic 101, Beginning Cross Stitch or Printmaking Basics. Plus, have some fun with additional programming by way of Story Time in the Galleries, Drag Bingo Night and The Write Around Series: Nathalie Anderson and Len Lawson. Catch the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, Crossroads: Changes in Rural America at the Historic Harriet Barber House. Book lovers won’t want to miss the Timrod Library 22nd Annual Southern Author Event. Finally, get your history fix with the 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit.


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