May’s calendar is absolutely blooming with festivals, concerts, outdoor activities and so much more. See what we mean with our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more things to do in the real Southern hot spot.

Spring Flings

Festival season is still going strong this month. Check out Back to Our Roots: A Celebration of African American Food Culture, Columbia Green’s 27th Annual Festival of Gardens, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, The BIG NOSH, 2019 Fireflies Festival at Congaree National Park, the SC Poultry Festival, Lexington Wine Walk, Beer, Bourbon and Barbeque, 9th Annual Taste of Black Columbia, a Derby Day Block Party and a Cinco de Mayo Block Party, the Veteran’s Harvest Dinner 2019 and Hamptons on Hampton. Whew!

Head to Main Street for First Thursday on Main, featuring Dueling Pianos at 1626 and Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA. Come back every Saturday for Soda City Market. Finally, celebrate the mother figure in your life with a special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at 1626 on Main. 


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Save Some Room for Sports

Whether you’re in the mood to get moving or you just want to bask in the sunshine, there’s a little something for everyone this month. Hit the streets of Columbia for the 2019 LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race, show us your moves at the 44th Annual SC Square and Round Dance State Convention, grab your wheels for the Preservation Bike Ride or spend a day at the ballpark with Columbia Fireflies Baseball.


Y’all think he got him? 🤔

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Set List

You’ll be singing along all month long with the incredible concert lineup we have in store for you! Catch the Blues DeLuxe Band, Blue Pickups Band, High Maintenance Band, Jeff Lucero, and the James Brown Tribute at 1626 on Main. Join Cardi B & Friends at Colonial Life Arena, okurrrr? 

Nature and music collide with the 2019 Rhythm on the River Spring Series and Friends of Sesqui: Concert in the Park with McKenzie Butler Band. 

The Senate welcomes Black Stone Cherry + Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Bring Back the 80s Super Showcase, AMERICA’S AC/DC Thunderstruck, The Wailers and Taking Back Cola: Emo Night, while Tin Roof hosts Pacific Dub with Seranation 2019 Riptide Tour Pt. 2 and Drake Night. 

Take me to Township Auditorium as Hozier takes the stage.

Go instrumental with Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz, CMA Chamber Music on Main, Musical Landscapes!, Columbia Baroque Concert Series: Splendors of the Baroque, “Improvvisato”, The SC Philharmonic Untuxed at Lula Drake Wine Parlour and SC Philharmonic Star Wars. Alternately, let the voices steal the show as Palmetto Mastersingers present “Souls of Love.” 

Rock out with Sister Hazel at the Icehouse Amphitheater or during A Nightmare on Park Street - a horror rock costume party - at Art Bar


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Take a Bow

It’s showtime in Columbia SC! Spend some time with the kids at Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Columbia Children’s Theatre Presents: Shine and PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue.” Plan a date night to see MAMMA MIA! At Town Theatre, Dixie Swim Club or Trustus Theatre Presents “Sweat!” Get ready to laugh at The North American Comedy Brewery Tour at Conquest and as Ron White takes the stage at Township Auditorium. And head over to the CMA for Play on the Plaza or Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza. 


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Cultural Exploration

There’s so much to see and learn around town. Get the lay of the land with a Vista Architecture Scavenger Hunt or a tour of the South Carolina State House. Peruse the McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe and check out In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop, Flip Flops & Soap Boxes and Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds. 

Dive into history with the 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit or Remember: 1968. Get the creative juices flowing at the Columbia Museum of Art with Focal Points: From Dynasties to Dictators or Thinking Outside the Galleries and Stop-In Studios or Children’s Architecture Craft at the Columbia Art Center. 

Fill in the Gap with an exhibit of items from storage at the South Carolina State Museum and while there, be sure to check out their latest exhibit, Reflections on the River. 


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