There are two months left of 2021 and we’re here to help you make them count in Columbia SC. From seasonal shindigs and early holiday happenings to the end of regular season college football and concerts galore, there’s plenty going on to fill up these brisk November days ahead. 

Fall Fun

The days are getting shorter, but the calendar’s as full as ever, so you’re just going to have to find the time to do it all. 

There’s nothing quite like a hot meal on a crisp night – head to F2T Presents Bubble Q for some smoked meats and champagne or attend the South Carolina Oyster Festival to fill your bucket and your belly. 

It’s already the last full month of the football season, so get in some game time while you can as the South Carolina Gamecocks take on Florida, Auburn and Clemson at home. 

Shop ‘til you drop this month and stock up on all the cozy fall things at The NoMa Flea, Soda City Market, Autumn Faire, Sesqui Artisan’s Market and the 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show.

Make your way down Main Street for food, music, deals, drinks and more during First Thursday on Main.

Holiday Head Start

Sorry, Thanksgiving, but it’s hard not to get into the winter holiday spirit when the celebrations have already begun. 

Get started on your shopping at Devine Night Out, enjoy libations and live entertainment at Vista Lights and gather ‘round for the lighting of the State Christmas Tree at the 55th Annual Governor’s Carolighting. 

Flip the switch – holiday light displays are back with the return of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park

Catch everyone’s favorite seasonal show, The Nutcracker, at Township Auditorium

In-Person Performances

Snag the best seats in the house for every play, dance performance, comedy show and concert going on all month long. 

Does Township Auditorium rent rooms? Because we’re pretty much planning to just live there as they welcome Brett Young, A Day to Remember, The Thug Love Fest feat. Monica and Jeezy, the Southern Soul Music Fest and ZZ Top to the stage. 

Check out the student talent with the UofSC Dance Company Fall Concert at Koger Center for the Arts and “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed at Longstreet Theatre. 

Enjoy instrumental performances by way of CMA Chamber Music on Main, Kronos Quartet: At War With Ourselves – 400 Year of You at Koger Center and Chaye Alexander Presents Live on Boyd Plaza: The Soul Jazz Experience.

Join the throngs heading to Colonial Life Arena for Legends of the South and Welcome to Maverick City Tour.

Broadway is back! Tag along on the adventure that is Anastasia at Koger Center.

Museum Magic

It is officially museum weather, so spend an afternoon wandering through the warmly lit galleries of our local spots or participating in some hands-on programming. 

At Columbia Museum of Art, you won’t want to miss the new 30 Americans exhibit featuring some of the most acclaimed Black artists of the past few decades. Plan ahead and stop by CMA for Art Class: Stained Glass, Art Class: Printmaking Basics or Focal Points: Hats Off!

At the McKissick Museum on the UofSC Horseshoe, the Carolina Knives: The Roots of a Revival collection showcases more than 100 pieces of both functional and decorative weaponry created by Carolina knife makers.