From eating your fill of fresh oysters and brisket to cheering on the Gamecocks and beginning to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there's a wide array of fun events happening this weekend. Continue reading for our comprehensive roundup, then take a peek at our calendar of events for everything else going on in Columbia, SC! 



The New Artistic Hot Spot
Performances, exhibits and handmade products are taking over Columbia this weekend. On Friday you can catch Willie Nelson at Township Auditorium or enjoy some jazz music at Columbia Museum of Art. Shop for artisanal products at Soda City Market or interesting jewelry at the 48th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. Saturday's shows include Bach & Beer with Cellist Steuart Pincombe"The Lead Us Back Tour," and Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. Sunday sees two performances by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra - Hits of the Big Screen and Handel's "Messiah," Palmetto Concert Band's Fall Concert and the kick off to the Native American Film & Video Festival. Support USC students by attending performances of "Herculine and Lola," "Blithe Spirit" and "Circle Mirror Transformation" happening all weekend long. Plus, Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina StoryIndependent Spirits: Women Artists of South CarolinaThe Art of Joseph NormanCarolina Makers and Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper are on display at Columbia Museum of Art and South Carolina State Museum.

The New Holiday Hot Spot
The holidays are quickly approaching and with them come s special programming and events to get you feeling festive! Start the weekend rocking out with lasers, fire and the powerful sounds of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Colonial Life Arena. Get a jumpstart on your holiday decorating by bidding on trees, wreaths, gifts and more at Festival of Trees. Take your kids to marvel at the beautiful Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden or let them play in a winter wonderland at EdVenture's Snowville. Find out how Columbians celebrated the holidays back in the day by going on a Holiday Tour of Historic House Museums with Historic Columbia. Experience holiday magic by stage or screen! Catch a showing of "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Trustus Theatre"A Christmas Story" at Town Theatre or Star of Bethlehem and The Polar Express 4D Experience at the South Carolina State Museum.

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





Happy Hour History Tours | Columbia's Historic Main Street at Michael's Café and Catering 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $20
Jazz on Main at Columbia Museum of Art 7:30 p.m.; $5 - $35
Willie Nelson at Township Auditorium 7:30 p.m.; $45.50 - $85.50
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Colonial Life Arena 8 p.m.; $35.50 - $72.50
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
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina Gamecocks Football vs. The Citadel at Williams-Brice Stadium 12 p.m.
Bach & Beer with Cellist Steuart Pincombe at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse 4 p.m.; Name-your-own ticket price
The Township with Third Day presents "The Lead Us Back Tour" at Township Auditorium 6 p.m.; $26 - $76
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 7:30 p.m.; $29
Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 donation

20th Annual South Carolina Oyster Festival at Robert Mills House & Gardens 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $5
7th Annual Bubbie's Brisket and Bakery at Beth Shalom Synagogue 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
18th Annual Native American Film & Video Festival at Trustus Theatre 1 - 10 p.m.; $5 - $7
Junior Roller Derby at Skate Station USA 1 p.m.; $10
Russel Moore & Illrd Tyme Out Concert at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 2:30 p.m.; $15
LMSO Presents Hits of the Big Screen at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 3:30 p.m.; Free admission
Palmetto Concert Band - Fall Concert at Koger Center for the Arts 4 p.m.; Free admission
LMSO Presents Handel's "Messiah" at Lexington Baptist Church 7 p.m.; Free admission

26th Annual Festival of Trees at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday 7 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $2 - $5
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 5 - 9 p.m.; $8 - $10
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
48th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show at Jamil Shrine Center Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5
Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums at Historic Columbia Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $2.59 - $6
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
John Morgan aka Ragin Cajun at The Comedy House Friday 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.; $15
USC Center for Performance Experiment Presents "Herculine and Lola" at 718 Devine Street Friday 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m.; Free admission
USC School of Theatre and Dance Presents "Blithe Spirit" at Drayton Hall Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; $12 - $18
USC Lab Theatre Presents "Circle Mirror Transformation" at Booker T. Washington High SchoolFriday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $12 - $18
"A Christmas Story" at Town Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
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
• Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina Story
• Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina
• The Art of Joseph Norman
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
• Star of Bethlehem
• The Polar Express 4D Experience
• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
• Threads: The Story in Our Clothes
• Carolina Makers


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