The last few weeks of summer are closing, and fall is just around the corner. But that doesn't mean things are slowing down in Columbia. Actually, they're just heating up with students back in town and fall events kicking off! Here are the highlights of what's hot this weekend, August 24 - 26:








FRIDAY, AUGUST 24Famously Hot Music Festival at Finlay Park
The inaugural Famously Hot Music Festival kicks off with a day-long lineup of EDM (electronic dance music) bands, including EOTO, Savoy and more. View the band lineup. $25-$35.
2:00 - 10:00 pm           

Music At Sandhill Summer Concert Series
Enjoy R&B, Motown and Jazz from Finesse at the Village at Sandhill. Free admission.
6:00 pm






'Saying Goodbye' at the Nickelodeon
This is the last weekend to 'say goodbye' to the Nickelodeon's old location before their move up Main Street. Tonight's showings: The Squid and the Whale and Volver. Read our blog for more information about the Nick's move. $7.50. 
6:00 & 8:00 pm

Get Cocky! at McKissick Museum
This new exhibit displays historic USC artifacts that explain how Gamecock athletics have impacted students' college experiences. Free admission.
9:00 pm ' 5:00 pm


3rd Annual Summer Celebration of Water at Riverfront Park
The best way to spend a Famously Hot day is to enjoy the cool rivers surrounding Columbia. This family-friendly event features water-themed activities from a splash zone for children and tubes for adults. Free Admission.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Boiled Peanut Day at South Carolina State Farmers Market
Celebrate the holiday honoring Boiled Peanut Day at the farmers market as they give out free boiled peanuts. Plus, taste and shop for local South Carolina foods, produce, hand-made art and more.
11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Free peanuts while supplies last)

5th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil at The Loose Cockaboose
Share your love for South Carolina's official state snack with a boiled peanut contest and live music at this family-friendly festival. Admission is a $5 donation to the Ronald McDonald House.
1:00 - 11:30 pm 





Love boiled peanuts as much as we do? Read one of our visitors' favorite blogs, Boiled Peanuts: South Carolina's Official State Snack, for where to buy the boiled peanuts and how to do it yourself.

Famously Hot Music Festival at Finlay Park
The second day of the Festival features a rock lineup, including Collective Soul, Eve6, Buckcherry and more. View the band lineup. $25-$35.
2:00 - 10:00 pm

'Saying Goodbye' at the Nickelodeon
Tonight's showings: Let the Right One In and A Single Man. Read our blog for more information about the Nick's move. $7.50. 
5:00 & 8:00 pm

Famously Hot Music Festival
The last day of the Festival features country music singers including Lonestar, Corey Smith, Josh Thompson and more. View the band lineup. $25-$35.1:00 - 9:00 pm




Free Sunday at CMA
Every Sunday is free, thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina. Why not stop in and check out the Carolina Chair Affair or the last weekend of the Art of Seating exhibit? Or, just walk in and be amazed by the Chihuly chandelier in the museum lobby. Free.
Noon ' 5 pm

Saturday + Sunday:
River Trips
Get your Gear On offers guided canoe, kayak and other river trips all weekend. Take a calm paddle trip on Lake Murray or a more adventurous whitewater paddle on the lower Saluda. Call 803.799.0999for reservation and admission information. 

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