As the summer season begins to wind down, there are still plenty of entertainment options and opportunities to get out and explore Columbia, SC this weekend, including outdoor concerts and movies, river trips and performances. Here are some of the weekend's highlights taking place July 27 - July 29:

Movies in the Park at Finlay Park
This week is the last of the summer outdoor movies series presented by the City of Columbia at Finlay Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and get set to wrap up with the series with We Bought a Zoo and relax under the stars. Free admission.
Movie begins at dusk, around 8:00 pm

Music at Sandhill at the Village at Sandhill
Bring the family out for a night of more than shopping and dining at the Village at Sandhill with their summer concert series. This week's feature performer is classic rock band, Rock Candy. Free admission.
6:00 pm

ZOOvie Night at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Grab your lawn chair and enjoy family-friendly, outdoor movies at the zoo! Concessions will be available for purchase. This week's movie: Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa. $5 admission, $3 for members. Tickets are available at the gate only.
Zoo opens at 7:00 PM, movie starts at dusk.

Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park
Every Friday the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation presents Le Cafe Jazz at Finlay Park, which offers an indoor and outdoor bistro with French and American cuisine, featuring a happy hour piano jazz set, followed by a professional jazz set with the house band and an open jam session. View admission information.
6:00 - 11:00 pm

Alternicirque at Art Bar
Every fourth Friday, Alternacirque, Columbia's funky alternative circus arts performance company, performs at the eclectic downtown Art Bar. The two performances are free to attend with no cover charge.
First show at 9:30, second at 10:30 pm

Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Florence at Capital City Stadium

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7:05 pm


Broad River - St. Andrews Music Festival at St. Andrews Park

The 3 Rivers Music Festival, in partnership with the Richland County Commission and Council Member Joyce Dickerson, will host the First Annual Broad River ' St. Andrews Communities Music Festival. Performances include Tokyo Joe (Rock), Terence Young (Jazz) and Cheri Maree (R&B). Enjoy a variety of food, merchant vendors, inflatables, face painting and much more. Bring the family and friends to the newly renovated green space and ball fields of St. Andrews Park and feel the music. Free admission.
3:00 - 8:00 pm

Sizzling Summer Concert at Finlay ParkBring your lawn chairs, blankets, dancing shoes and come engulf yourself in the sounds of summer with the Big Band, The Ross Holmes Band. Free admission.
7:00 - 10:00 pm

All Local Farmers Market at 701 Whaley

Pinocchio at Columbia Marionette Theatre

Columbia Blowfish Baseball  vs. Gastonia at Capital City Stadium


Free Sunday at Columbia Museum of Art
Admission is free every Sunday, courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Sunday Brunch & Jazz Series at Senate's End


"Little Princess" at Midlands Technical College Theatre - Harbison Campus
Chapin Community Theatre presents "Little Princess," the classic story of Sara Crews, a little girl born in India who is sent to a London private school after her mother dies. After word arrives that her father has lost his fortune and disappeared, she is banished to the garret where she must use her creative imagination and spirited optimism to overcome her circumstances.
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm

Death by Disco - Murder Mystery Dinner Show at Forest Acres Fine Art Center
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Thursday - Saturday 7:30 pm, Saturday matinee 1:30pm

Guided River Tours on the Congaree, Saluda and Broad Rivers

Adventure Carolina and Get Your Gear On offer a variety of guided river trips during the day or evening, from Congaree River trips to Spider Lily tours to romantic moonlight paddles. View Adventure Carolina's tours offered and a tour schedule or Get Your Gear On's tours and schedule.Various Times

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit at South Carolina State Museum

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design at Columbia Museum of Art

Blooming Butterflies and EdLympics at EdVenture Children's Museum

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