Art, Live Music, & Tons of Fun in August!

1200 Block

The Whig – Bell’s Takeover at The Whig. Enjoy Quinnnian Falls Hoppy Lager,
Hopfendunkel, Oberon, Amber, Two Hearted, and Larry’s Latest IPA.

Bourbon – Featuring $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules!

1300 Block

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

Arcade Mall

  • Pelliclaude- Meet and shop with artists as they demonstrate their craft live and display finished work. Join in the creativity by adding an interactive piece that will be displayed in Pelliclaude all month.

  • Blue Sky Gallery – Stop by the gallery and visit with Blue Sky!  See his most recent masterpieces.

1400 Block

Miss Cocky – Featuring Cocky Brow Consults to make sure every fan has the perfect Gamecock brow, and a fall preview of all their new garnet and black apparel. Plus a secret sale – it’s never a First Thursday without a secret sale at Miss Cocky!

1500 Block

Anastasia & FriendsThe Jasper Project is delighted to guest host the August show at Anastasia & Friends and welcomes artist Kathryn Van Aernum as their featured artist.

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


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

Renaissance Foundation – Bethel AME Church (1528 Sumter Street) – The Renaissance Foundation is hosting an open house at the Historic Bethel Sanctuary. Take a tour of the sanctuary prior to its restoration and enjoy food provided by Grilled Teriyaki and desserts from Sweet Temptations.  Their guest artist is the Ethnomusicologists Ltd. Co., a group of artists/educators with hearts deeply rooted in the African Diaspora.  High energy and good vibrations are elements of Capoeira, Blues, Afrobeat, Jazz, and Reggae and can all be heard in their unique music.  The first tour will begin at 6:00pm and the second tour at 7:00pm.

1600 Block


Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) –  Stop by Grapes and Gallery and check out the solo exhibition by Elizabeth Palmisano – It’s Rough: Paper as a Luxury.  Enjoy live music by David Dorche’at from 6-8 pm. Bar opens at 4 pm and last call is at 9 pm.

Hotel Trundle – (1224 Taylor) – Join the Mark Rapp Group with Mark RappNick BrewerAbiud Flores and Chris Church as they present JAZZ! for First Thursday on Main, 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy local beers on tap, a variety of wines, amazing Herban-Eats, LLC. food, and a very hip lounge!

Mast General Store – It’s an extra special First Thursday on Main! Mast General Store is hosting a Let’s Taco ’bout Chacos with their friends from Cantina 76 – Main Street!  Try on a pair of Chacos during the Chaco/Taco event and then take a short walk down Main Street to enjoy a taco imagined just for you!

The Nick – Happy hour discounts on craft beer and wine! 5 – 7:30 pm.

The Grand – Stop by for their special First Thursday Grand Sangria.


SugarBelle – Enjoy a complimentary cocktail while you shop! Enter their Raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Michael’s Café – Enjoy live music outside.

Good Life Café – Live music from Sound Supply Co. & Paisley Marie, plus plenty of specials, including their new addition — Ice Cream!

The Shoppes on Main – “Adopt a Duck” kick-off event for the Soda City Duck Race 2018! NextHome Specialists have partnered with Transitions by helping them raise money through a Rubber Duck Race. 

Lula Drake – Featuring live music with the Flat Out Strangers.

The City of Columbia Art Center (1227 Taylor Street) – Enjoy an evening of ballet performances, African dancing, drumming, and more while you learn about Artists for Africa.  6 – 8 pm.

Tapp’s Arts Center –  Enjoy an Exhibition (BRUISE: body as medium) by Michaela Pilar Brown and Kendalprojects (Jason Kendall).  Opening reception: 6 – 9 pm. Beer & Wine Bar.

1700 Block

The Gallery at City Hall – The Columbia Police Department in collaboration with Benson Artworks, LLC is pleased to unveil “A Look Behind The Badge”.  Enjoy a collection of arts and crafts created by sworn/non-sworn police department employees, retirees, and their family members. 5 – 7 pm.  Enjoy a meet and greet with the artists.