Art, theatre, dinosaurs, craft beer - we've got all of this and more this weekend! Read through for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's happening in Columbia, SC.



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Experience a little bit of everything Columbia has to offer this weekend! Marvel at Columbia Museum of Art's dazzling displays for free on Friday at Free Days at the CMA, then stick around for CMA Jazz on Main. If you can't make it on Friday, stop in for Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA on Sunday. With performances of "Strings and Salsa," "Tommy Ellison's Legendary Singing Stars," "LifeChance" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" happening, it's a great weekend for some theatre. EdVenture unveils its newest exhibit, Dinos: The Big Dig, this weekend, so take the kiddos and dig up some fun! The State Museum Roadshow is back for its winter edition, so don't miss out on finding something neat to take home. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to The Greatest Show on Earth! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is back in town with their exhilarating new show, "Circus XTREME." Finally, be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at Soda City Market before delving into the many craft beer offerings at World Beer Festival.

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


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Free Days at the CMA at Columbia Museum of Art 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia Baroque Concert, Across the Water with Columbia Baroque: "The Seine" at USC School of Music 7 p.m.; $15 - $20
"Strings and Salsa" at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 7:30 p.m.; $20
CMA Jazz on Main at Columbia Museum of Art 7:30 p.m.; $5 - $35

Red Shoe Run at Hand Middle School 6:30 a.m.; $20 - $35
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
State Museum Roadshow: Winter Edition at South Carolina State Museum 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $20 - $45
World Beer Festival at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 12 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 - $50
"Tommy Ellison's Legendary Singing Stars" at Township Auditorium 4 p.m.; $35 - $45
The Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series at The Haynes Auditorium Jam Session: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Open Stage: 6:30 p.m., Bluegrass Shows: 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; $7
Columbia Classical Ballet Presents "LifeChance" at Koger Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m.; $5 - $32

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA at Columbia Museum of Art 2 p.m.; Free admission

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents "Circus XTREME" at Colonial Life Arena Friday 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; $14.25 - $58
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" at Town Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 - $25
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
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.; $5 - $12
• Art Reimagined
• 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
• 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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