Summer officially starts Friday, beginning over 90 days of fun events, time spent out in the sun, vacations and more. To kick off the summer season, here are 8 'famously hot' things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend. For a full list of events, view our calendar of events

Go to the theatre

It's a theatre-filled weekend with Murder Ahoy!, "The Comedia Rapunzel", Chapin Community Theatre Presents "Mama Won't Fly", Stage 5 Theatre Presents Shakespeare's "Macbeth", and "Kevin Bush's Off the Top of My Head." From comedy to tragedy or from mystery to the cabaret, Columbia, SC's theatres offer whatever theatrical experience you'd like to have this weekend.
Performances this weekend: Ain't Misbehavin' at Trustus Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 pm; Kevin Bush's Off the Top of My Head at Trustus Theatre Friday 11:15 pmSunday 3 pm; Chapin Community Theatre Presents "Mama Won't Fly" at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Thursday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm; Murder Ahoy! at Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres Friday and Saturday 7 pm; The Comedia Rapunzel at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 pm, Saturday 10:30 am & 2 pm; "Macbeth" at Stage 5 Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm.

Take 'em out to the ball game
It's Crafty Beer Night and SC National Guard Appreciation Night at Capital City Stadium this Friday, as the Columbia Blowfish battle the Asheboro Copperheads. Don't miss the game, the beer and the fireworks! Admission $6.00-$7.00.
Columbia Blowfish v. Asheboro Copperheads at Capital City Stadium Friday, 6 - 11 pm

Cruise Lake Murray to see the purple martins
Friday's the first day of summer! What better way to celebrate than by welcoming a million purple martins to Columbia, SC? Sail on the Spirit of Lake Murray, watch the purple martins fly to Bomb Island and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres. $54 per person.
Purple Martin Cruise: Spirit of Lake Murray at Lake Murray Marina at Marina Bay Friday, 6:30 pm

Catch a flick under the stars
Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and watch The Three Stooges at Riverfront Park or Oz: The Great and Powerful at Gibson Road Sports Complex (with optional camping out after the movie). Or take a trip to the Monetta Drive-In/The Big Mo for a classic drive-in movie.
Outdoor movies this weekend: Friday Nights Riverfront Park: The Three Stooges at Riverfront Park Friday 8 pm; Movie in the Park & Campout at Gibson Road Soccer Complex Friday 7 pm - Saturday 9 am

Strum up a good weekend with a guitar festival
The Southern Guitar Festival at Columbia College is a three-day festival featuring a competition, master workshop sessions and concerts from world-renowned guitarists like Artyom Dervoed, Rovshan Mamedkuliev and the Maharajah Flamenco Trio. You can find more information and purchase concert tickets on the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition's website. Concert tickets are $15-$20.
Southern Guitar Festival at Columbia College Friday-Sunday

Image courtesy of South Carolina State Museum

Visit King Tut
The blockbuster exhibit, Tutankhamun: Return of the King returns to South Carolina State Museum after its debut ten years ago. Featuring 124 reproductions of "King Tut's" treasures, the exhibit will showcase the wonder and mystery of ancient Egypt found in King Tut's tomb, one of the greatest archaeological finds in history. Tickets $5-$7 in addition to general admission.
Tutankhamun: Return of the King at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Wish you were Irish
Celebrate the Irish arts with Irish Heritage Weekend, including Irish music concerts, dance, workshops and sessions. Featured artists include Pat O'Connor from County Clare, Eoghan O'Sullivan from Cork, singer Sean-nós, Mai Hernon from Sligo, Myron Bretholz and Alex Reidinger. Free admissionIrish Heritage Weekend also includes Friday and Sunday events at various locations. Find a full schedule of events on the SC Irish Arts Weekend website. 
Irish Heritage Weekend at Columbia Museum of Art Saturday 10 am - 5pm

Take in a classic movie
The Nick (Nickelodeon Theatre) continues its National Treasures series this weekend with the groundbreaking 1960s film on race relations, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Wealthy and "progressive" Californians, played by famous duo Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, are surprised when their daughter (Katharine Houghton) introduces them to her African-American fiancé (Sidney Poitier). $8 per ticket.
National Treasures: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner at Nickelodeon Theatre Saturday 12:30; Sunday 3:00 

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