"Spring ahead" into all the fun events and activities going on this weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, SC.




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Music, sports, festivals and more provide a little bit of everything Columbia has to offer this weekend! Friday night is all about the big parties and live entertainment with KEMOPALOOZA at EdVentureHarvest Hope Food Bank 35th Anniversary Gala Featuring Blues Traveler at the convention center and Blue Man Group performing at Koger Center for the Arts. Start your Saturday morning early with the 2016 Midlands Heart Walk and some shopping at Soda City MarketEdVenture has 12-cent admission all day, so take the kids to explore Dinos: The Big Dig. Get in the Irish spirit at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Lexington or hop ahead and celebrate Easter early at the 47th Annual Cottontail Festival. Keep the celebration going at River Rat's Terrible Twos 2nd Anniversary Party. Saturday night goes back to live music with SC Philharmonic 2015/2016 Masterworks Season: Sayaka in Spring and Legends of Southern Hip Hop. We change our clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, so make the most of the remaining day at Patter Pets Dog and Pony Show Spring Festival or the 5th Annual Capital City Blues Fest. Finally, the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show is going on all weekend at South Carolina State Fairgrounds, as are the opening performances of "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Trustus Theatre.

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


Blue Man Group will be at the Koger Center in March and the tickets went on sale today. http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=170

Posted by Koger Center for the Arts on Friday, December 4, 2015


Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body at McMaster Gallery 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
KEMOPALOOZA at EdVenture Children's Museum 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 - $70
Harvest Hope Food Bank 35th Anniversary Gala Featuring Blues Traveler at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 6 - 11 p.m.; $150 per person/ $1,500 per table
Blue Man Group at Koger Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $59

2016 Midlands Heart Walk at Colonial Life Arena 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
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
12-Cent Kids' Day at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 12 cents
Future Stars Camp with Chicago Sky's Cheyenne Parker at Cardinal Newman Gym 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $100 - $125
47th Annual Cottontail Festival at North Springs Park 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5
"Aladdin" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5
Terrible Twos 2nd Anniversary Party at River Rat Brewery 12 - 5 p.m.; Free admission
St. Patrick's Day Parade at Downtown Lexington 2 p.m.; Free admission
SC Philharmonic 2015/2016 Masterworks Season: Sayaka in the Spring at Koger Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m.; $17 - $47
The Infinite Room featuring Wasted Wine at Tapp's Art Center 7:30 p.m.; $6
Legends of Southern Hip Hop at Township Auditorium 8 p.m.; $35 - $75

Patter Pets Dog and Pony Show Spring Festival at Historic Columbia Speedway 1 - 5 p.m.; Free admission
Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection at Columbia Museum of Art 2 p.m.; Free admission
5th Annual Capital City Blues Fest at Township Auditorium 6 p.m.; $43 - $53

Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tickets available at the gate
"Peter and the Starcatcher" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
27th Annual Earlewood Classic Disc Golf Tournament: Pro Weekend at Earlewood Disc Golf Course Saturday 9:30 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.; $63 - $73
South Carolina United FC's 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Cup at BB&T Youth Soccer Complex Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia City Ballet Presents "Body & Movement Explored" at Columbia Music Festival Association Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $25
Workshop Theatre Presents "Steel Magnolias" at 701 Whaley Street Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $10 - $20
"Disney's The Jungle Book Kids" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $8 - $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
Historic Columbia Historic House Museum Tours at Historic Columbia Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $28
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


For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to dorestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.