Game Day Itinerary

Gamedays become full-fledged weekends in Columbia SC, where the tailgating, live music and food scene is legendary. Plan your gameday getaway like you've been around the Willy B a time or two. 

FRIDAY 

Afternoon 

Roll into town with spirit blazing and prep for the weekend ahead. Purchase tailgate staples like Cromer’s boiled peanuts and ice down some local craft brews from Craft and Draft. Check in to your home-away-from-home at Graduate Columbia for major college vibes or Holiday Inn Downtown Columbia for that Main Street center-of-it-all location. 

Shop for a new gameday outfit at Slate on Devine, Brittons of Columbia or, if you’re cheering for the home team, Miss Cocky

Evening 

Live music abounds in Columbia, so check out the schedule for The White MuleCola ConcertsThe Senate at Tin Roof, or Main Course to catch a local band or one of your favorite headliners passing through. 

SATURDAY 

Morning 

After a night on the town, start the day with a hearty biscuit and a steaming cup of coffee. From legendary staples like Drake’s Duck In to newer spots like Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits and Flying Biscuit (coming soon to Five Points!), there’s enough dough to go around.   

Stroll Soda City Market and the grounds of the South Carolina State House for people-watching along with arts, eats and history. 

Afternoon 

Get your tailgate on or pregame at one of our local breweries (oh hey, River Rat) near the stadium.  

Evening 

Celebrate post-game like you’re in college again at Jake’s or dance the night away at The Woody on Main Street. Grab a night bite from one of our open-late spots or sweet treat at Insomnia Cookies in Five Points. 

SUNDAY 

Morning 

Sleep in, then grab breakfast and coffee from Small SugarThe Gourmet Shop or The Toasty Hot Spot and stretch your legs with a walk by the water at one of the regions numerous stretches of river walk

Afternoon 

Take in public art with a city stroll, then dive into something delicious at one of Columbia’s local delis with a giant sandwich from Groucho’s or Andy’s Deli before hitting the road.