This weekend in Columbia, SC features family fun, Southern traditions, college sports, Grammy-winning music and more. Check out seven things to do this weekend below, and then browse our calendar of events for even more goings on in The New Southern Hot Spot.
festivals, parties + more
This weekend you can fill up on cornbread, hunt for eggs, browse 350+ hunting and fishing vendors, peruse food and craft vendors on downtown Columbia, SC’s Main Street, dance the South Carolina state dance, or enjoy oysters down on the farm. Get the details from event listings below:
45th Annual Cottontail Festival at Sesquicentennial State Park Saturday 10am – 2pm $2 adults, 15 & under free
South Carolina Cornbread Festival on 2800 Block of North Main Street Sunday 10am – 8pm Free Admission
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Friday 12 – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 10 & under free
Capital City Shag Extravaganza at Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone Friday and Saturday and Jamil Shrine Center Sunday 12pm – 1am $75
Oysters Down on the Farm at The Barn at Harmon's Thursday 6 – 10pm $50
Soda City Market on Main Street Saturday 8am – 12pm Free admission
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks go head to head with the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend at Carolina Stadium. Whether you’re coming to Columbia, SC to support the Gamecocks or you want to experience an SEC game for the first time (complete with our Southern tailgating food, of course), enjoy a weekend in The New Game Day Hot Spot!
South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball v. Tennessee Volunteers at Carolina Stadium Friday 7pm, Saturday 4pm, Sunday 1:30pm $10 general admission
Watch performers’ daring feats as they beckon forth fabled creatures, including a unicorn, a Pegasus and a wooly mammoth, at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents LEGENDS at Colonial Life Arena Thursday 7pm, Friday 10:30am & 7pm, Saturday 11am, 3pm & 7pm, Sunday 1:30pm & 5:30pm
The Parker Quartet brings their “pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency” (according to the Boston Globe) to the USC School of Music for a free performance on Sunday. Don’t miss this Grammy-award winning quartet that the New York Times called “something extraordinary”.
Parker Quartet Free Concert at USC School of Music Sunday 5pm
Whether you’re looking for fun kids theater, something classic or something inventive, this weekend has theater performances across the Columbia region to enjoy:
Biloxi Blues at Workshop Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Jackie & Me at Theatre South Carolina Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7pm, Saturday 10:30am, 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 3pm
Henry Ford's Animalia at Columbia Marionette Theatre Friday 10am & 7pm, Saturday 11am & 3pm $5 admission
Little Red Riding Hood at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11am & 3pm $5.75 admission
Oliver Twist at Town Theatre Saturday – Sunday 3pm $10 admission
“See Rock City and Other Destinations” at Trustus Theatre Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm $11 - $27
galleries + exhibits
New exhibits for kids at EdVenture Children’s Museum and the South Carolina State Museum are sure to be fun, while adults or the whole family can enjoy the history at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House and the artistry of paintings and housewares featured in the Columbia Museum of Art’s Japan and the Jazz Age exhibit.
Galleries & Gardens | Making a Way Out of No Way at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House Thursday 12 – 1pm Free for HC members | $5 adult | $3 student
Gallery Tour: Japan and the Jazz Age at Columbia Museum of Art Saturday 1pm Free with membership or admission
Make Your Move! at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
Mama Let's Make a Moon at South Carolina State Museum Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 5pm Included with general admission, $7 Adult, $6 Senior, $5 Child
This weekend holds both the annual Carolina Cup in Camden, SC and the SEC Equestrian Championship in Blythewood. You can cheer on the #1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks equestrian team as theycompete in the championship (read more on our blog) or don your spring best to watch the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course.
SEC Equestrian Championship at One Wood Farm Friday - Saturday
Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course Saturday Gates Open 9am