There's much to do both indoors and out this weekend! Read our roundup of weekend activities below for inspiration on how to either beat the heat or soak up the sun. Be sure to also check out our calendar of events for the complete rundown of all that's happening in Columbia, SC!



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Bask in the blessing of air conditioning as you explore the exhibits in one of Columbia's world-class museums. The kids will get a kick out of Blooming ButterfliesThe Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD and Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures. Art lovers won't want to miss out on From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous FacesCarolina Makers or Exhibition "In and Out of the Wild: Animals in Art." Or, retreat into the cool, dark screening rooms at Nickelodeon Theatre for the 3-day Blaktastik festival. Don't spend the whole weekend inside! Feel the warmth on your skin as you watch Ferngully: The Last Rainforest at the Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series, peruse the offerings of the vendors at Soda City Market or root, root, root for the home team at a Lexington County Blowfish Baseball game.

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!



Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park 7 p.m.; Free admission
Friday Bluegrass & Acoustic Open Stage & Jam at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $5 donation

Soda City Market at Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
Bremen Town Musicians at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 donation
The Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series at The Haynes Auditorium Jam Session: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Open Stage: 6:30 p.m., Bluegrass Shows: 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; $7

Blaktastik at Nickelodeon Theatre Friday - Sunday various screenings; $8 - $10
Lexington County Blowfish Baseball at Lexington County Baseball Stadium Saturday 7:05 p.m., Sunday 6:05 p.m.; $6 - $9
The Columbia Quilting Expo at Jamil Shrine Center Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $6
"Dreamgirls" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $11.75
The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $11.75
From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Exhibition "In and Out of the Wild: Animals in Art" at Gallery West Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Free admission
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
• Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures
• Carolina Makers
• Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It
• Finding Freedom's Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville
• The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World
• Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War


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