These are modern times, y'all, and Columbia SC is redefining Southern for a new era. Stay up-to-date on all things Columbia -- from events and festivals to delicious restaurant eats and sweet treats. Here, we curate the newest and most buzzworthy things to do during your stay in The Real Southern Hot Spot.   

Bask in the glory of summer this month. Fill up those extra hours of daylight with festivities, outdoor events, concerts and more. Read on for a roundup of things to do all month long below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else that's happening in The Real Southern Hot Spot!

Outdoor Concert

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Breath of Fresh Air
Summer is here and that means it's time to do anything and everything you can outdoors. Catch a Columbia Fireflies game as they take on Rome, Greensboro, Kannapolis and Augusta this month. Kick up your heels to some tunes under the stars at Five After Five or the Summer Concert Series. Spend some time out and about on Main Street at First Thursday on Main and Soda City Market. Cozy up with some popcorn and a lawn chair for the Summer Drive-In Series: The Shining, Twilight in the Garden Featuring Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or the Summer Movie Series for your chance to see Sing, Finding Dory, Zootopia or Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. If actual exercise is your thing, then sign up for the XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon & 5K.

Midlands Women's Fair

Special Events and Concerts
Get on island time at the Reggae and Caribbean Dinner. Indulge in a day of pampering with your best girl friends at the Midlands Women's Fair. Keep the kids active and engaged as EdVenture's Summertime Series covers Science of FLIGHT, Marvel Day with Spiderman & Captain America and Christmas in July. Finally, pop into Music Farm to catch Austin John Winkler and Cody Jinks or Township Auditorium to see The O'Jays in concert.

Columbia Museum of Art

Exhibits and Tours
There's nothing quite like the air-conditioned bliss of a quiet museum during the summer. Check out Columbia Museum of Art's newest exhibits: Light Beings, ReTooled and That 70's Show: Cool Art from the Collection. Wander the South Carolina State Museum's four floors and see App4That: Interactive Exhibit on the Progression of Technology, Art: A Collection of Collections, Savage Ancient Seas: Prehistoric Predators and South Carolina and the Great War. Then pop over to EdVenture for their charming Blooming Butterflies exhibit. Or, get out and about with a guided tour of the South Carolina State House or the Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours.

For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to dorestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.