Street parties, historic tours and quirky movies -- here are five things to do this weekend in Columbia, SC, plus a full schedule of 'famously hot' events you can enjoy Thursday through Sunday:

Go on an art crawl
Take in the art, the music, the food and revelry of First Thursday on Main Street! Art will be on display in many shops and galleries along Main Street, while stores and restaurants offer food and specials and DJs get the party started on the street. Here's the full list of showcased artists, participating businesses and entertainment. Free.
First Thursday on Main Street
on City Center/Main Street: Thursday, 6 - 10 pm

Party like an animal
The annual Brew at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden will take you on a suds sippin' safari! Imbibe samples of cold beers, including domestics, imports and specialty microbrews while enjoying live music in the plaza or a stroll through the zoo. Get discounted tickets before Friday at Update: General tickets have sold out, but are still available for designated drivers at the door for $15.
Brew at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: Friday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Art, drink & be happy!
The semi-regular Arts & Draughts returns, bringing its always fun DIY art projects, live music, beer tastings from The Whig, scavenger hunts and unique perspective tours of the Columbia Museum of Art's collection and and special exhibits, currently Found in Translation: The Geometric Abstraction of Steven Naifeh. $8 general admission.
Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art: Friday, 7 - 11 pm


Tour the South Carolina State House
Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of every month, tour the South Carolina State House starting at 9:30 am
. Each hour on the half hour, you can tour the State House and get a look inside the palmetto state's history, the capitol's architecture, art and more. Self-guided walking tours of the inside and grounds outside of the house are also available. Read our State House blog for a sneak preview. Free.
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House: Saturday, August 3, 9:30 am - 4 pm 

"Don't call me Shirley"
Airplane!, the 1980 nutty, classic film about a flight that goes wrong, plays at Nickelodeon Theatre this weekend. If you haven't seen this movie, you should go because the one-liners will have you chuckling for the next week. If you've already seen this movie, you should go because the one-liners will have you chuckling for the next week. $8 general admission.
National Treasures: Airplane! at Nickelodeon Theatre: Saturday, 12:30 pm; Sunday, 3 pm

For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at