Columbia, South Carolina's second-largest city, boasts hot summers and mild winters, making it an appealing destination year-round. In fact, more than 3 million out-of-towners visit Columbia annually. A robust college athletics program and several music venues make Columbia a must-visit for sports and music fans alike.
Things to do in Columbia, SC
College sports fans flock to Columbia to cheer on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Most notably, more than 80,000 fans fill Williams-Brice Stadium to cheer on the Gamecocks during football season, running from September to November. College hoops fans don their garnet and black to cheer on the men's and women's basketball teams as well.
Music fans have plenty to enjoy in Columbia as well. Colonial Life Arena also plays host to big-name acts throughout the year. For a more intimate vibe, check out the Township Auditorium, which welcomes R&B and hip-hop acts, among others.
If outdoor festivals are more your style, check out the Music Farm Columbia. This production company hosts solo concerts and weekend-long festivals in the area. Columbia also offers plenty of other live music joints, perfect for easy listening while sipping on your drink of choice. Enjoy a little jazz at Chayz's Lounge at Nonnah's, for example.