Columbia, SC is still hopping with 'famously hot' events this week - including some of our signature events like First Thursday on Main, Brew at the Zoo and Arts & Draughts. Here are the highlights of what's on tap for August 2 - August 5:


First Thursday on Main
Come out to Main Street for this free event and eclectic mix of art and entertainment. Susan Lenz presents her new 'Sun and Sand' fiber artwork at Frame of Mind. Noise for the Nick, a benefit concert for the Nickelodeon Theatre's move up Main Street, presents free local music in the Tapp's Art Center. S & S Art Supply, Wine Down on Main and Paradise Ice will feature local artists. Don't miss this monthly art crawl and streetfest. Visit for more information.
6:00 ' 9:00 pm

From domestics to imports to specialty micros, guests can choose their brew and meander through the Zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music from John Wesley Satterfield & His Damn Fine Band. 21+ admitted only. Admission: $40.00, general public; $50.00, day of the event; $30.00, Riverbanks Members. Purchase tickets.
The quarterly Arts & Draughts event takes place this Friday! Enjoy live music from South Carolina bands, Elonzo and Brave Baby, take an interactive gallery tour and grab some food from the Bone-In Artisan BBQ food truck. Get a preview of the event on our Arts & Draughts blog.
7:00 ' 11:00 pm

Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park
Every Friday and Saturday the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation presents Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park, which offers an indoor and outdoor bistro with French and American cuisine, featuring a happy hour piano jazz set, followed by a professional jazz set with the house band and an open jam session. View admission information.
6:00 - 11:00 pm

Movies in The Park at North Springs Park
Head out to North Springs Park for a free showing of Cars 2.
Gates open at 7:30pm, Movie begins at Sunset


'Museums on Us' Free Weekends at EdVenture Children's Museum
Bank of America cardholders enjoy free admission to EdVenture on the first full weekend of each month! Present your card at the EdVenture Welcome Center and get in for free.
9:00 am ' 5:00 pm

Devine Street Art Stroll and Sidewalk Sale 
View art from local artists such as Leslie Bennett, Jemes Davis, Diane Gilbert, Howard Hunt, Michael Krajewski, Alicia Leeke, Lisa Puryer, Don Russo, Rick Wells and Clay Wooten. Enjoy open doors and sales from Devine Street boutiques.
9:00 am ' 6:00 pm

Sizzling Summer Concert at Finlay Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, dancing shoes and come engulf yourself in the sounds of summer with the R&B music from the Finesse Band. Free admission.
7:00 - 10:00 pm

All Local Farmers Market at 701 Whaley
11:00 am and 3:00 pm

Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park


Free Sunday at Columbia Museum of Art
Admission is free every Sunday, courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Enjoy $1 admission to the State Museum on the first Sunday of each month.
1:00 ' 5:00 pm

'Museums on Us' Free Weekends at EdVenture Children's Museum
Noon ' 5:00 pm

Catch the YouTheatre's stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through Sunday. Tickets are $8 - purchase ticketsonline.
Thursday and Friday, 7:00 pm; Saturday, 11:00 am & 3:00 pm; Sunday, 3:00 pm

Guided Kayak or Canoe Tours on Lake Murray and the Congaree, Saluda and Broad Rivers
Get Your Gear On offers a variety of guided river trips during the day or evening, from Congaree River Cityscapes trips to romantic moonlight paddles. Take a whitewater paddle through 2-3 class rapids on the lower Saluda or get 'Back to Nature' on the upper Saluda. View Get Your Gear On's tours and schedule. Reservations required.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit at South Carolina State Museum

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design at Columbia Museum of Art

Blooming Butterflies and EdVenture Children's Museum

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