With so many community events, food festivals, concerts, sports and new exhibits going on throughout June, it’s the perfect time to plan a vacation in Columbia SC. Scroll down for our comprehensive roundup below, then head over to our calendar of events for everything else going on all month long in the real Southern hot spot!
Fill Up on Local Flavor
Get a taste of all that Columbia has to offer. Sip on local craft beer during Sunday Funday and the Summer Kickoff Party at River Rat Brewery or get that brew with a side of live local music, food trucks and crafts at Arts & Draughts. Check out offerings from multiple Main Street businesses all in one go during First Thursday on Main. Get your seafood on at the Columbia Shrimp & Grits Festival or the Southeast Crab Feast. Enjoy several courses of local cuisine amidst charming farm atmosphere at the June Harvest Dinner. Can’t decide on a spot to grab brunch? Check out Brookland Brunch every Sunday and have your pick from several vendors set up alongside the river. Set your watch to island time as South Carolina Caribbean Culture is taking over with a Food Fest, Parade, Block Party, After Party AND Punch’d – The Rum Punch Party in downtown Columbia. Or, simply stock up on goods to take home at Soda City Market and the City Roots Farmers Market.
Watch It Live
As Spring turns to Summer, cool off in the waters of Lake Murray at Drift Jam – Flotilla Music Festival, The World’s Largest Floating Music Festival or within the air-conditioned confines of a dark, quiet theatre as Trustus Theatre Presents “HIR” and “Memphis.” Polish off your cowboy boots! Travis Tritt is performing at Township Auditorium. Don’t you just love outdoor concert season? You won’t want to miss Sister Hazel taking the stage at Icehouse Amphitheatre. Prepare to dance at Baker & Baker presents Latin Caravan – CMA Global Sunday Edition. Finally, it may not be “live,” per se, but it’s still the greatest show! Sing along to a special screening of The Greatest Showman at Icehouse Amphitheatre. Take the family to see Paddington 2 during the June installment of the Twilight in the Garden series at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden or The Emoji Movie, Peter Rabbit and Hoodwinked for the Finlay Park Summer Movie Series.
Be a Good Sport
Get moving and stay moving all month long! Stretch it out during Yoga & Beer at Conquest Brewery, ASL Aerial or Mat Yoga or Full Moon Yoga. Hit the water with the Weekend with the Pros Pro Wakeboard Show or Paddle Boarding with FIT Columbia. Knock one out of the park with Columbia Fireflies baseball.
Learn a Lil’ Something
Just because school’s out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cool new exhibit or hop on a tour to learn more about Columbia. “Come Meet Your Army” during a Night Tour, Community Tour of Veterans Tour at Fort Jackson. Speaking of tours, participate in a South Carolina State House Tour, Historic USC Horseshoe Walking Tour or a Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tour. Transport yourself to New Orleans with a peak of Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme. Have you ever wanted to take something from a museum home with you? Well now’s your chance! Pop in to the CMA Yard Sale and see what treasures you find. You be the artist at Passport to Art: A Voyage with a View – CMA Global Sunday Edition. Get a glimpse at the South Carolina State Museum’s archives with their latest exhibit, Fill in the Gap, or take a trip through history with South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 – 1876. This month is also your last chance to see the SC Fellows Part II Artists’ Exhibition at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, so don’t miss out!
Check out our calendar of events for a frequently updated list of #RealColumbiaSC happenings.