1200 Block

The Whig – Stop by The Whig on First Thursday on Main and drink local during an all out tap takeover from New Holland Brewing.  Read more…

The Oak Table- Select wines for $5.00

1300 Block

Cantina 76 – Stop by for their famous 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

1400 Block

Fancy That Bistro & Catering- Enjoy 10 wings for $5.00, FREE salsa and chips, hot chocolate for $1.00, $2.00 domestic beer, and $3.00 glass of wine.

Columbia Marriott- Enjoy full bar and live music on the Outdoor Patio.

Nest – Enjoy a trunk show featuring the work of Laura Burns Fine Art.  As usual, they’ll have their free snacks and Bourbon Lemonade cocktails!  Read more…

1500 Block

Columbia Museum of Art-

  • Galleries open until 8 p.m. – Free with admission or membership.
  • CMA Shop – Enjoy a glass of wine and a 30% discount on all Georgia O’Keeffe items.
  • Friends of African American Art and Culture Lecture – Meet Artists Tonya Gregg and Kimberley LeDee at 5:30 pm (Free).   Artists Tonya Gregg and Kimberley LeDee discuss their work in the Independent Spirits exhibition, celebrating the creativity of 30 contemporary South Carolina women artists. The talk is followed by a screening of the film Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and a reception immediately after. Presented by the Friends of African American Art & Culture, a CMA membership affiliate.

Main Street ICE – Enjoy downtown outdoor ice skating!

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse – To celebrate 2016, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse will offer Full Dinner Rodizio including all 16 meats for $20.16 for everyone who mentions First Thursday Special!

Anastasia & Friends Gallery– Stop by the gallery from 6 to 9 pm for an opening reception of “Casa de fruta y pan.” (Photography exhibition and book signing by Meg Griffiths).  Read more…

Drake’s Duck-In- Extending their normal business hours: Enjoy burgers, chicken fingers, fries, and ice cream!

1600 Block

Nickelodeon- Member happy hour!  All Nick members enjoy a discount on beer and wine all evening.

Good Life Café – will feature Flat Out Strangers starting at 7:00 pm, with swing dancers most likely joining them.

Michael’s Café & Catering- Enjoy live music with Bradley Sanders, various food specials, and featured Columbia bridge artwork from various artists.

Tapp’s Arts Center –  Stop by Tapp’s at 6 p.m. for the opening reception of “Where They Cut Her I Bleed”, an exhibition of work by Tapp’s Artist in Residence, Michaela Pilar Brown.Read more…

Grapes and Gallery (1113 Taylor Street)- Stop by Grapes and Gallery for First Thursday!
  • $5 Wine Tasting at 6:30.  They will be trying at least 3 new wines. Come help them choose what to keep around. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar. While supplies last. First come, first served.  Read more…
  • $5 Beer Tasting 7:30.  They will be trying at least 3 new beers. Join them in helping to choose which ones to keep around. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar. While supplies last. First come, first served. Read more…
  • Artist-Led Painting Session 6 p.m.  They will be painting “Alone” at 6 pm with Allison Fowler. Please reserve your easel ahead of time atgrapesandgallery.com
One Columbia for Arts and History (1219 Taylor Street) – Hosts an open house/drop-in for folks interested in joining Ron Hagell‘s Cola Screenwriters group. Stop in and  chat about screenwriting or any other art form in Columbia as you move along Main Street!
1700 Block

Villa TroncoPalmetto Opera will be performing. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677

For more information, please email la@cartertodd.com or visit and “Like” First Thursday on Main’s Facebook page , or follow FirstThursdayonMain @FirstThursMain for updates.