Gathering people together is part of what we do here in Columbia SC, whether it’s for a national tournament, a regional tradeshow, or a wedding. In a city chockablock with creative locals and rich history, you’ll find both modern meeting venues and unexpected places to get together. 

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center sits in the heart of the Vista, Columbia’s arts district. With over 142,000 square feet of meeting space and 15 hotels within a 1-mile radius, it is the only downtown convention center in South Carolina. The Convention Center has hosted everything from the World Cornhole Championship to the South Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball and has welcomed high profile speakers and presenters. Behind the scenes at CMCC, sustainability efforts from the kitchen to the design of the building have won several awards. 

Revitalized historic buildings make a wonderful backdrop to your next tradeshow, company retreat or wedding. History is evident in every corner of 701 Whaley, the renovated recreation center of the Mill District. Glass covers one of the state’s oldest underground swimming pools making for a truly unique setting for any banquet, gala or networking gathering. Across town in the Bull Street District, Central Energy provides lofty ceilings, an open floorplan and a stage perfect for a live band or presentations. 

The natural landscape of Columbia is one of our centerpieces, and it’s on full display at Stone River. With a patio that overlooks the Gervais Street Bridge and the Congaree River, this space has been the site for many weddings, panel discussions and more. If you’re crew is especially wild, consider the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for a venue that won’t soon be forgotten. The Ndoki Lodge is only steps from gorillas, meerkats and rhinos, while the Botanical Gardens provide a refined and elegant backdrop to your event. 

If you’re looking for hotel rooms and meeting space all in one, Columbia SC has you covered. From the Hilton Garden Inn at the Columbia Airport to the Columbia Marriot right on Main Street, you’ll find welcoming hotels ready to welcome guests for your event and accommodations. 

Find out more about these and other venues in Columbia by contacting our sales staff.