In the Heat of the Summer

Capture First Thursday on Main Competition!

Attention local photographers: We want to see First Thursday from your eyes. Take part in our first photography competition! To enter simply come to First Thursday on August 3 and take photographs. All formats are welcome, but the images must be submitted digitally. The photographer determines the subject matter and focus, but the images must be taken during the event. Send your submissions to Up to 3 submissions per applicant will be accepted. A panel of judges will review all submissions, and the winners will be displayed at the September First Thursday on Main event, with prizes being awarded to first, second, and third place. All skill levels are welcome to apply. See you there!

1200 Block

The Whig – International IPA Day with Founders & Holy City! Enjoy a full tap lineup of 10+ IPA’s and special food menu.

Persona Pizzeria – Enjoy $5.99 wood fired pizza and $3 beer specials! Open until 10 pm.

The Lobby of 1201 Main Street – Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017! Meet us in the Lobby of 1201 Main Street for a family-fun presentation about the Eclipse! John Adams Hodge will present the fun slide-show beginning at 6:15 pm on First Thursday! Mr. Hodge is a member of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors Program. He is a geologist, airline pilot, environmental and aviation lawyer, and part-time professor who resides in Columbia.

Oak Table – Enjoy a three course dinner curated by Chef Todd Woods for $35.

Uptown on Main – Stop by Uptown and take a look at their Eclipse display! They will have items to help educate your kids and souvenir items for this 100-year event! Open until 8 pm.

Bourbon – Featuring $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules!

1300 Block

Cantina 76 – Stop by for their First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita

Pelliclaude – Handmade. Local. Modern. Art. Clothing. Jewelry. Skincare. Shop local, sip mimosas, and visit the bunny!

Blue Sky Gallery (Arcade Mall) – Check out artist, Blue Sky’s new renovated gallery space!

1400 Block

East Bay Deli – Join us for 1st Thursday for a DELIcious deal! Buy one prepared salad and get a 2nd prepared salad 50% off with the purchase of two fountain drinks. Equal or lesser value. Must mention 1st Thursday to redeem offer. Not valid on salad bar or with any other offer or discount. Featured: Chef Salad

Miss Cocky –Check out their new collections and location! Go Gamecocks! Open late.

1500 Block


Columbia Museum of Art – Panel discussion on “More than a Home: The Art and Craft of Historic Preservation.” What goes into planning and constructing a community? Who does the work? How is the work done? How does historic preservation balance with structural changes in a community? Cash bar. 6 – 8pm.

  • Galleries open until 8:00 p.m. (free with membership or admission)
  • Museum Shop – A trunk show featuring local jewelry artist, Londres Noir. Free wine with ID. 6 – 8pm.

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Join us for the opening reception of Art Pop & Alchemy, an art show of works by Caitlin Maloney and Lindsay Radford Wiggins.

Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

Drake’s Duck-in – Open until 9:00 pm. Enjoy craft beer and wine on the patio!

1600 Block

Mast General Store – Enjoy live music with Stillhouse, an eclectic blending of styles and philosophies that is nothing less than stellar. With five capable vocalists and a myriad of talents, they create intricate harmonies and arrangements that leave their audiences wide-eyed and amazed. 6 – 7:30pm.

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Flat Out Strangers.

Agape Conference Center – The American Advertising Federation of the Midlands is hosting its Annual Local Art Auction featuring Midlands artists.  5:30 – 8 pm. Free event.  More than 15 local artists will be featured, including “That Godzilla Guy” Sean McGuiness, Tim Floyd, Melissa Ligon, Jeff Amberg, Shelby LeBlanc, Trina Jester, and Olivia Rae.

Good Life Cafe –  Check out their First Thursday Specials!

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Art show opening for O’Neal Peterson in the Cellar at Grapes.  Happy hour $5 off bottles of wine.

Tapp’s Arts Center – Opening reception of The Great Barrier: An Installation by Flavia Lovatelli, which is a visual metaphor highlighting the destructive results of man’s waste and consumption. The Great Barrier, is a 46-foot-long barrier reef constructed from cups, plastic bags, and other detritus collected during her three-month residency. 6 – 9pm.

1700 Block

Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera singers. 6 -8:30 pm. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677.