We’re going full throttle this month with festivals, concerts, exhibits, plays and a major sports moment. You won’t want to miss one minute of the action, so take a look at our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for even more (yes, there’s more!) going on in Columbia SC. 

Signature Spring Events

Festival season is here and it’s not going away any time soon, friends, so settle in for the long haul and add as many of these to your schedule as possible. Start strong with the 2nd Annual ColaJazz Festival, 9th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival and The Blue Pickups Mardi Gras Party on Main Street. Let the good times roll right into St. Patrick’s Day festivities with the 8th Annual St. Practice Day at Tin Roof, Gregory Electric’s Official Kick-Off to St. Pat’s in Five Points and, of course, the 37th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points, featuring headlining act Dashboard Confessional. 

Add some athletics into your month with the Run Hard Columbia Marathon, St. Pat’s Get to the Green, Clemson vs. College of Charleston Baseball Game at Segra Park, Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic and the Quarry Crusher Run. 

Raise a glass to Soda City Suds Week, including a special edition of Arts & Draughts. Fall head over heels into four days of film, music, parties and so much more during Indie Grits. 

Mix shopping and socializing at Soda City Market and the Richland Library Farmers Market.


Slam Dunk

You may have heard, but this little thing called the first and second rounds of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in town this month. Check out the full roundup of specially-planned community events going on around the festivities that weekend here


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Take it to the Ticketbooth

It’s kind of an amazing month for music in Columbia SC. Run, don’t walk, to Colonial Life Arena for P!NK, Weezer, Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road,  Winter Jam and Legends of Hip Hop. The season for outdoor concerts is back and we’re ready for the return of Vista After Five with Seventy Six and Sunny and Reggie Sullivan Band this month. Make it instrumental with CMA Chamber Music on Main, Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz and South Carolina Philharmonic presents Springtime & Shaw. Head to The Senate for shows by The Descendants, Cash Unchained - The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute and As I Lay Dying. 1626 Main has got it going on this month with a Dueling Piano Show with First Thursday on Main, ColaJazz on Main and Ceasar Entertainment. Then it’s just a hop, skip and a jump over to the Venue on Main, where you can catch Tokyo Joe.


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Dancing and Drama

It’s a big month for ballet as Columbia Classical Ballet presents Snow White, Columbia City Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty and Off the Wall and Onto Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green and the 14th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance takes place. Spend some time with the kids at Sesame Street Live! And Columbia Children’s Theatre presents: Peter Pan and Wendy. The time for the theatre is now with Cost of Living at Trustus Theatre, The Wolves, Disney’s Newsies at Town Theatre, Something Rotten, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Broadway in Columbia presents Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and MTC Showoff. Whew! Finally, inject some laughter into your life with the Funny As Ish Comedy Tour. 


Educational Experiences

There’s a lot to discover in Columbia SC this March. Explore exhibits like Smithsonian Exhibit #8211; Crossroads: Changes in Rural America at Historic Harriet Barber House, Fill in the Gap, 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit, Hall of Heroes, Jackson Pollock: Mural, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, Alternative Storytellers, In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop, Flip Flops & Soap Boxes, Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds and Remember: 1968. 

Participate in programming like Stop-In Studios, Focal Points: Hats Off!, Raise Your Voice and A Moveable Feast, The Write Around Series: Cindi Boiter and Jennifer Bartell, Nature of Spring with Rudy Mancke, Tasting Notes, StoryBook Ball, Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and Forks, Knives, and Spoonbills: A Dinner Celebrating Conservation. 

Take a tour of the South Carolina State House or hop on one of the BullStreet History Tours. 

Don’t forget about film! Check out the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Documentary Film Screening & Talk Back. 


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