Need a recipe for the perfect weekend? Combine Greek food, farm festivals and a patriotic 5K with a sprinkle of animals and top it off with amazing concerts. All can be found in Columbia, SC this weekend! Satisfy your appetite with our 6 suggestions for things to do and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for even more information on everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!" 

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festival flavor
Chow down on great grub and witness traditional dancing to get a small taste of Greece, right in the heart of downtown! Finish off the night with an energetic parade and concert by multi-platinum selling entertainer, Deborah Cox.

Columbia's Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; free admission
SC Pride Festival & Parade on Main Street Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; free admission
Fall Festival and Pickin' Party at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $6.95 - $8.95
Vista Nights: Third Thursdays in the Vista at The Vista Thursday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.




athletic appetite
Craving the outdoors? Get your blood pumping with two 5Ks and a competitive game of bingo. After pushing yourself, cool down with a viewing of the Gamecock vs Vandy football game or an after party with four-time Grammy nominee, Hunter Hayes at Tin Roof

27th Annual Midlands Area Senior Games at various sites in Columbia Thursday - Saturday 8:30 a.m.; $15/person
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk SC at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday 7 p.m.; $25 Adults, $20 Heroes, $15 ages 15-17, Free ages 14 & under
A Run for Everyone on Lady Street Saturday 9 a.m.; $35
The 8th annual Sertoma Tailgate Party for Charity at The Coop Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; $30/ticket, $50/2 tickets




autumn appetizer
Get an early taste of fall with a number of farm-themed events. Educate your children on the importance of local produce then grab a seasonal beer and kick back to some live music by the Kenny George Band.

Oktoberfest at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $15 for non-members, free for members
Farmville at Edventure Children's Museum Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with museum admission
Scarecrows in the Garden Contest at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday; Businesses: $20 | Families & classes: $10
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free admission


musical main course
Contemporary theater, children's fairy-tale favorites and classical orchestral tunes can all be heard in the air this weekend. Which one will you choose?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Trustus Theatre Thursday 7 p.m., Friday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $22
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $5.75
Columbia Children's Theatre presents "How I Became a Pirate" at Columbia Children's Theater Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $10
Nadia Shpachenko Guest Artist Piano Recital at USC School of Music Thursday 6 p.m.; free admission
USC Symphony Orchestra Concert: Russian Extravangza at Koger Center for the Arts Thursday 7:30 p.m.; $30 general public; senior citizens, $25 USC faculty and staff; $8 students
USC Wind Ensemble Concert at USC School of Music Friday 6 p.m.; free admission




wild side dish
Observe wildlife in action as the zoo's dedicated staff tempts the animals with treats that make them want to sniff, stomp, pounce and play. Looking for something a little tamer? The butterfly exhibit at EdVenture Children's Museum is a fun and enchanting outing for kids and parents.

Animal Enrichment Day at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free with zoo admission
Blooming Butterflies at Edventure Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.75



enriching dessert
This weekend offers plenty of artistic and historical exhibits for those who are hungry for some culture. Dependable favorites return mixed with some new crowd-pleasers, spend the afternoon learning about SC!

Operatic Threads at Vista Studio/Gallery 80808 Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.; free admission
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th Century Columbia & Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Variety of on-going exhibits at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7

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