We’re officially in the throes of summer and with it comes all our favorites – days on the lake, nights at the ballpark, outdoor movie series, concerts, museum visits, fresh summer produce and so. much. more. Read through our roundup below and get ready to fill your days in Columbia SC.


Fourth of July Festivities

Celebrate America’s independence with a long weekend full of patriotic fun like the Star Spangled Symphonic Salute, Born in the USA Four-Miler, Rockin’ Red, White & Blue Celebration at Doko Meadows Park, and Play on the Plaza: Red, White & Blue. For even more ways to celebrate, check out this blog post.



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Summer Celebrations

Make the most of these summer days and nights! Enjoy the season’s bounty at the Lexington County Peach Festival, 10th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival or with a trip to the Sandhill Farmers Market, Soda City Market or the Market at Icehouse.

Spread out some blankets and chairs under the stars for Summer Movie Series: Bumblebee, Summer Movie Series: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Twilight in the Garden: The Little Mermaid and Free Outdoor Movie, “The Greatest Showman.” Or spend the night under the stars in a different way at the South Carolina State Museum's planetarium for a Mystery Science Theater-style showing of "Destination Moon," plus other activities, during Mystery Moon Theater Live!

Spend some time outside with Columbia Fireflies Baseball, TEAL Day 5K, Koala Bottle Harbison Half Marathon & 5K, Hike with a Ranger at Sesquicentennial State Park or with a day out on the lake at Reggaetronic.

Head to Main Street for First Thursday on Main, bring the kids to Family Fun Night at CMA, take a page out of the Met Gala’s playbook and don your best camp flair for A Midsummer Night’s Camp Party or get bright and bubbly at Art Pop!

Finally, gather your girls for the 3rd Annual Midlands Women’s Fair.



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Live Entertainment

There’s just something about summer concerts. Sing along to Stephen Marley, Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, Tyler Farr, Leela James and Natural Wonder – A Stevie Wonder Tribute at The Senate. Don’t miss the action happening next door at Tin Roof with Live From Stankonia: OutKast Night or the 90’s Dance Party with Larger Than Life – A Boy Band Tribute.

The nostalgia is strong this month with Emo Night Columbia: You’re So Last Summer at New Brookland Tavern and Flannel Fest: A Tribute to Grunge at Icehouse Amphitheater.

Parmalee and Sweet Sweet are delivering Southern-style tunes to Icehouse Amphitheater and The White Mule, respectively.

Instrumentals take over with Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairs and CrownBEAT: Drum Corps in the Midlands.

Or, opt for drama instead with Heathers, The Musical at Trustus Theatre and Cirque du Soleil: Corteo.



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Exhibits, Tours and Special Programming

With the kids out of school, keep them busy with Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art, Stop-In Studios, Dinosaurs Around the World, Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon and Fly Me to the Moon 4D. 

At Columbia Museum of Art, you can view the new exhibits, Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection and Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas, or participate in a guided tour/ talk through the Focal Points series. This month’s themes include Bling!, Artful Americans, Fetez la France, Movement in Art and Seeing Red. Join CMA for a special panel discussion and book signing at Celebrating A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts 1920 – 1936 – New Edition.

Test your nerve with the Murders and Mysteries West Columbia Walking Tour or the Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tour. Do you dare?

Explore art in different ways, be it through the state’s river system with Reflections on the River at the South Carolina State Museum, Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection at McKissick Museum, Thank You! Love, McKissick or HEAD TRAUMA: From the Outer Rim, an exhibition on masculinity and violence in sports at 701 Center for Contemporary Art.



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