From street festivals and Southern spirits to blues concerts and historic tours of the South Carolina State House, this weekend in Columbia, SC will be bustling with 'famously hot' food, history, music, art and family events. Find below 7 things to do in the Columbia region this weekend, or discover even more things to do on our calendar of events.
Celebrate art + Main Street + The Nick at First Thursdays
Main Street merchants open their doors late into the night for First Thursdays on Main Street, the once-monthly art crawl + street festival. This month’s First Thursday is no joke – it’s packed with art on display at stores and restaurants, the grand opening of The Gallery at City Hall, the Before I Die Wall from One Columbia, Nickleodeon Theatre’s first birthday (on Main Street) and a pop-up beer garden from The Whig. So start at one end of Main Street and work your way through art, food, music and more tonight. Free.
First Thursdays on Main Street Thursday 6 - 10 pm
Stay classy with bourbon and bow ties
Some things are just truly Southern – like sipping bourbon and wearing bow ties! You can do both at the South Carolina State Museum’s Bourbon and Bowties event tonight, celebrating the last days of the museum’s popular exhibit, Between the Springmaid Sheets. The soon-to-be Bourbon Columbia will be serving up specialty cocktails and cuisine. You can take home a signature glass made by Mr. B’s Sustainable Glassworks. Purchase locally made bowties or turn an old necktie into a bowtie thanks to Cordial Churchmen. $40 admission for the general public.
And what’s Between the Springmaid Sheets, you ask? It’s an exhibit featuring the controversial ads of South Carolina’s own Springs Cotton Mills. The ads, featuring “Spring Maids,” turned the company from a struggling textile business into a bustling company.
Bourbon and Bowties at South Carolina State Museum Thursday 6 - 9 pm
Sing the blues by the river
The Rhythm on the River 2013 Fall Concert Series begins tomorrow with headliner The Mobros. In case you didn’t know, The Mobros opened for B.B. King recently at The Township and rocked the house! Their rock/blues/soul mix will guarantee a night of toe tappin’ fun. Free admission.
Rhythm on the River 2013 Fall Concert Series: The Mobros at West Columbia Riverwalk Friday 6 - 9 pm
Run or walk in the Tunnel to Towers 5K
You can honor first responders, military members and their families this Friday night at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk. Tunnel to Towers races across the naiton remember New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who was last seen on September 11, 2001 helping rescue others at the World Trade Center, after running in full gear from Brooklyn to Ground Zero. Get an inside look at one Irmo firefighter’s experience running the Tunnel to Towers 5K in New York and find registration information on the Columbia Regional Sports Council’s blog.
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk at Colonial Life Arena Friday 7:30 pm
Tour inside the South Carolina State House
Did you know that the inside of the South Carolina State House is equally as beautiful as the building’s exterior? The State House will be open beyond its regular weekday hours for tours this first Saturday of the month, so explore the building’s history, people and treasures. Free.
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9:30 am - 4 pm
Sample all of The Vista!
Food, beer, wine and music -- what’s not to love about Columbia, SC’s 6th Annual Viva La Vista? Hosted by the Congaree Vista Guild, more than 20 Vista restaurants will serve up tasting portions down four blocks of Lincoln Street. This year’s headlining act is The Wailers, while local bands will perform throughout the day as well. The wine garden is back, and there will even be a “kid’s corner.”
Viva La Vista in The Vista Saturday 11 am - 5 pm