Spring is in full swing! The season's baseball games continue with South Carolina Gamecocks v. Texas A&M on Friday and Saturday. Then Saturday, it's time to tie those bow ties and don those hats as 65,000 steeplechase enthusiasts enjoy Carolina Cup. Let your weekend slow down on Sunday to celebrate with family and friends over Easter brunch. That's just a portion of the spring events that await you this weekend.

Here's what's hot March 29 - 31, 2013:

FRIDAY, March 29

Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience at the Robert Mills House
Join the Historic Columbia Foundation as they explore religion in Columbia, SC during the Reconstruction era (1865-1876). The exhibit will highlight the post-emancipation emergence of separate African American churches such as Ladson Presbyterian. Runs through May 12. $3 - $6.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Spirit of Lake Murray Sunset and Dinner Cruise at Spirit of Lake Murray
Enjoy the food, the music and the sights of a tour on the Spirit of Lake Murray. Revel in "Caribbean Night" with the music of Bob Benjamin and a meal with island flavor. $54 per person.
6:30 pm - Boarding Begins; 7:00 pm - Set Sail

USC Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M at Carolina Stadium
Second game of the Gamecock-Aggie series, which kicked off Thursday. 
7:00 pm

"The Color Purple" at Workshop Theatre
This inspiring family saga tells the story of a woman who triumphs over adversity and finds the healing power of love. Features jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues. Admission $12 - $22.
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, March 30

Carolina Cup
 at Springdale Race Course
The hats, the dresses, the bow ties! Southern gents and ladies strut their feathers for the 80th Annual Carolina Cup. Watch the races, eat Southern favorites, sip on cocktails and enjoy South Carolina's premier social event of the spring. Wearing a 'famously hot' bow tie or hat to Cup on Saturday? Tweet or Instagram your pics with #famouslyhot to let us know! $30.00 general admission.
9:00 am - Gates Open; 1:30 pm - Races Begin

Fellas - we know those bow ties are tricky. Watch the video to learn 'How to Tie a Bow Tie' with Lucky Levinson from Brittons of Columbia.

Farmers Markets
Cook this year's Easter dinner with all-local products from The Market at Whaley or Soda City Market. The Market at Whaley will be open from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, while Soda City Market starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.  Free.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience at the Robert Mills House
Runs through May 12. $3 - $6.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

USC Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M at Carolina Stadium
Third and final game of the Gamecock-Aggie series! 1:30 pm 

Carolina Clash - Professional MMA at Township Auditorium
South Carolina's biggest MMA event will feature 10 fights and state, national and international MMA talent. Don't miss the action! $20.00 - $49.00.
7:30 pm

"The Color Purple" at Workshop Theatre
Admission $12 - $22.
8:00 pm

SUNDAY, March 31 - Easter Sunday

Easter Brunch at Columbia, SC Restaurants
Celebrate Easter with family and friends while enjoying amazing brunch menus at many of Columbia, SC's premier restaurants. Rue 77, MoMo's Bistro, Columbo's at Doubletree, Rosso Trattoria Italia and Spirit of Lake Murray all feature special Easter menus. Want to learn more? Be sure to read our blog post on your brunch options for Easter 2013.

Happy Easter, y'all!

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