From chili and ballet to Michael Jackson and cabaret, we've got all that and more this weekend! Scroll down for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, SC!



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Whether you're looking to spend some time with the family, immerse yourself in the arts or delve into Columbia's culinary scene this weekend, there are plenty of events and activities going on to suit each taste. Don't be late to the ball Friday night as Columbia Classical Ballet Presents "Cinderella." The sights, sounds and delightful aromas of local food vendors await you at Soda City Market Saturday morning. Grab some breakfast, then head over to the Benedict College Harambee Festival - one of the largest college-sponsored festivals in the nation! Keep the momentum going into the evening with The Palladium Society's 18th Annual Chili Cook-Offat Music Farm ColumbiaJames Gregory's comedy at Newberry Opera House"Ruins" at Harbison Theatre or Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson at Township Auditorium. Get ready for Sunday Funday! You can cheer on the Lady Gamecocks as they take on LSU, get swept up in the music as Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Presents "Classical Shuffle," catch the Cabaret Celebrity Impersonator Show at The Comedy House or go see Clint Black in concert. Spend some time with the kids this weekend. Take them to Dinos: The Big Dig at EdVenture or "Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play!" at Columbia Children's Theatre. Finally, don't miss all the exciting exhibits currently on display at Columbia Museum of ArtSouth Carolina State Museum or McKissick Museum!

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


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Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South at McKissick Museum 3:30 - 5 p.m. and Johnson Performance Hall at Darla Moore School of Business 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Free admission
Winter Jam 2016 at Colonial Life Arena 6:45 p.m.; $10 donation
Columbia Classical Ballet Presents "Cinderella" at Koger Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m.; $5 - $32

Soda City Market at City Center/ Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South at Brookland Baptist Church - Old Sanctuary 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Free admission
Benedict College Harambee Festival at Mays Human Resources Center Arena 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Free admission
"The Snow Queen" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5
The Palladium Society's 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Music Farm Columbia 5 - 9 p.m.; $20 - $40
James Gregory - "The Funniest Man in America" at Newberry Opera House 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $31
Harbison Theatre Presents "Ruins" at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 7:30 p.m.; $22
Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson at Township Auditorium 8 p.m.; $26 - $76

Bridal Showcase at South Carolina State Fairgrounds 1 - 5 p.m.; $8
USC Women's Basketball vs. LSU at Colonial Life Arena 2 p.m.; $4 - $7
Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA at Columbia Museum of Art 2 p.m.; Free admission
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Presents "Classical Shuffle" at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 3:30 p.m.
Cabaret Celebrity Impersonator Show at The Comedy House 7 p.m.
Clint Black at Newberry Opera House 7 - 9 p.m.; $86

Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet Presents "Hansel and Gretel" at Columbia Music Festival Association Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m.; $10.50
Steve Wannamaker at The Comedy House Friday 8 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; $15
"The Honky Tonk Angels" at Town Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
Opera at USC Presents "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Drayton Hall Theater Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $7 - $25
USC Lab Theatre Presents "Still Life" at Booker T. Washington High School Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 p.m.; $5
USC Center for Performance Experiment Presents "Mad Forest" at 718 Devine Street Friday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m.; Free admission
USC School of Theatre and Dance Presents "Scapin" at Longstreet Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; $12 - $18
"Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play!" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $5 - $10
Dinos: The Big Dig at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $2 - $5
Columbia Museum of Art has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
• REMIX: Themes & Variations in African American Art
• Spoken: African American Art from the Collection
• Art Reimagined
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
• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
McKissick Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
• A Spirit of Place: USC's Buildings and Their Namesakes
• Family Ties: South Carolina Women Photographers on Family
• Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina
• Identi-Tee: Beyond the White T-Shirt


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