Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else that's going on in Columbia, SC!
Ring in the New Year
Where will you be as the clock strikes 12? Count down with loved ones at a community celebration. Take the kids out early for Eddie's NYE at Noon Celebration. Then, get glitzed up for a night on the town! Go all out at Famously Hot New Year or New Year's Eve Party at Music Farm and Tin Roof. For a more intimate gathering, check out New Year's Eve Party at The Oak Table, New Year's Eve Party at Bourbon or Villa*Nova New Year's Eve.
It's a great month for music in Columbia with several big-name concerts happening around town. Dust off your cowboy boots for Lee Brice & Justin Moore, dance all night at Kings & Queens of Hip Hop, rock out to Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience and kick back with The Beach Boys - 50 Years of Good Vibrations.
Whether you're interested in art, history or technology, a world of discovery awaits at our region's incredible museums. Get funky with Psychedelic Design: Rock Posters from the Mel Byars Collection or fashionable with CUT! Costume and the Cinema and Fame and Fashion: The Photography of John Engstead. Journey to the past with South Carolina and the Great War, South Carolina State House Tours or Holocaust Remembered. Tinker with gadgets from over the years at App4That: Interactive Exhibit on the Progression of Technology. Train your artistic eye at Art: A Collection of Collections and Spoken: Making Maps: The Art of James Williams.
Set the Stage
There's no business like show business! Check out a live play or performance this month. Get swept up in the story, music and grace of Columbia City Ballet Presents "Swan Lake." Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, will enjoy The Greatest Show on Earth as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World. Delve into a world of intrigue for a game of cat and mouse at Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons). Finally, settle in with your free basket of popcorn for Trustus Theatre's latest production, "Boy."
Get to Know Columbia
What better way to gain the authentic Columbia experience than by getting out and about in the community? Mix and mingle on Main Street with various specials, events and entertainment at First Thursday on Main, then head over to Bourbon Oasis for tiki week! Twirl and glide across the ice at Main Street's outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE. Immerse yourself in Columbia's culinary scene by taking advantage of all the wonderful deals offered during Restaurant Week or by getting your hands dirty at the 4th Annual Oyster and Pig Roast. Shop for fresh produce and fun, handmade products at Soda City Market held each Saturday or hunt for the best bargains at the Winter Sidewalk Sale.