Don’t you just love a new year? So full of promise, possibility and opportunities to visit Columbia SC. Read our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for all the things to do this month in the real Southern hot spot! 

We Love the Nightlife

We’re down for any excuse for a night out on the town. Jump right in with an evening of shopping, craft beer, live music and more during First Thursday on Main. Drink, art and be merry at local favorite event Arts & Draughts.  Head to the theatre for Arsenic and Old Lace at Town Theatre, Broadway in Columbia presents Kinky Boots, Macbeth, The Palmetto Opera presents Tosca or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Trustus Theatre. Feel the energy as the Harlem Globetrotters take over Colonial Life Arena. Recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with “We Shall Overcome” feat. Damien Sneed at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Get instrumental with Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz, the South Carolina Philharmonic presents Beethoven & Blue Jeans, The Dick Goodwin Big Band or Concert Series: Spendors of the Baroque, “Passional Purcell.” Dance the night away at The Senate as Cherub, Morgan Wallen and Eli Young Band take the stage this month or at Colonial Life Arena for Kane Brown with Granger Smith.


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A Fresh Start

Stick to your new year’s resolutions and stock up on some fresh, local produce at Soda City Market, City Roots Farmers Market and the Richland Library Farmers Market.


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Hit the Ground Running

Get your heart pumping this month with the Red Shoe Run or Lexington Medical Center Heart & Soul Women’s 5 Miler.


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Exhibiting Excellence

History, art, nature and more are within your grasp! Pop in to the newly renovated Columbia Museum of Art to peruse their permanent collection, plus Jackson Pollock’s Mural and Midcentury Masters: Jasper John’s Gifts to the CMA. The McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina campus is starting the year off strong with a slew of new exhibits like Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds, In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop and Flip Flops & Soap Boxes. Get your fill of history with the 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit, South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 – 1876 or with a South Carolina State House Tour. Or, check out the State Museum 30th Anniversary Exhibit, Fill in the Gap and the last few showings of The Polar Express 4D Experience at the South Carolina State Museum.


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