The Columbia region is in high gear this weekend with festivals, music and more. Check out six things to do below and also be sure to browse our calendar of events for even more Columbia, SC happenings. 

 Columbia, SC Blues Festival

Photo from Word of Mouth Productions 

Enjoy a festival or two
It’s a weekend full of festivals here in Columbia, SC! From blues music to Christmas crafts, enjoy one of the following festivals in the region:

Korean Festival at 1412 Richland Street Saturday 11am - 7pm Free admission
Blues, Brews and BBQ at Stone River Thursday 6 – 9 pm; $35 in advance, $40 at the door
38th Annual Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm; $7 Adult, $1 Child (6 - 12), Admission good all 3 day with free return
Columbia's 19th Annual Blues Festival at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Saturday 12 – 10 pm; Free admission
How-to Festival at Richland Library, Main Branch Saturday 10 am – 2 pm; Free admission
Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival at Cayce Historical Museum Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; Free admission

Attend a musical masterpiece
With numerous concerts and unique performances, there's plenty for music lovers in Columbia, SC this weekend. 

Palmetto Pans Steel Drum Band and Tropical After-Party at USC School of Music Thursday 7:30 pm; Free admission
Fall Benefit Concert at Tin Roof Thursday 10 pm
Opera at USC: Candide at the University of South Carolina Friday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm; Adults $25, Seniors/USC faculty $ staff/military $20, Students with ID $7
SC Philharmonic 2013/2014 Masterworks Season: Youth Movement at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 7:30 pm
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents A World of Dances at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Sunday 3:30 pm; Free admission
South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras’ Concert at Koger Center for the Arts Sunday 3:30 pm
USC Percussion Ensemble with Guest Artist Adam Blackstock at USC School of Music Sunday 7:30 pm; Free admission

 Governor's Cup Road Race in Columbia, SC
Photo courtesy of Carolina Marathon Association 


Run in the annual Governor’s Cup
The Governor's Cup Road Race is an established long-distance event that also features a half marathon, an 8K run, 4-mile walk, and Kid's run. The race begins in front of the South Carolina State House and ends outside of the University of South Carolina Horseshoe. Participants move through various historic neighborhoods that include flat terrain as well as rolling hills.
Lexington Medical Center Governor's Cup Road Race at SC State Capitol Building Saturday 8 am 

Cook (and eat) some chili!
Calling all chili enthusiasts! This Saturday, Five Points will be hosting its 27th Annual Chili Cook Off. Not only can you enjoy a fun-filled, family friendly day of great music, chili and beverages, but you will be supporting a great cause as all proceeds go to the HOPE Center and Camp Kemo.
27th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Free admission

Say goodbye to Halloween at the Zoo
Take a trip to the Zoo and watch as Riverbanks' mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy a post-Halloween treat during the Zoo's annual Pumpkin Smash. Pumpkins will be distributed throughout the day as a form of animal enrichment used daily at the Zoo to encourage natural behaviors.
Pumpkin Smash! at Riverbanks Zoo Saturday 10 am; Free with zoo admission

Civil Rights Sunday

Photo courtesy of Columbia SC 63 

Take a trip back in time
Join Tapp’s Arts Center for a night in the roaring 20s! Complete with blackjack tables, cabaret dancers, jazz music and more. Or watch an award-winning documentary about the 1963 Civil Rights Movemement through the Columbia SC 63 initiative. 

Tapp’s 1920’s Prohibition Party at Tapp’s Arts Center Friday 7 – 11 pm; $35 per person or $60 per couple in advance, $45 per person or $80 per couple at the door
Civil Rights Sundays: Come Walk in My Shoes at the Nickelodeon Sunday 3 pm; Free admission

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