Kick off the Fall Season at FTOM in September


Capture First Thursday on Main Competition! 

Take part in our 2nd  photography competition! Get your photos on display and maybe even win cool Main Street prizes from Hotel Trundle, the Space Hall Darkroom at Tapp’s, and more.  To enter simply take photos at First Thursday in September! Send your submissions to  Twenty photos will be selected and displayed at the Capture FTOM pop-up exhibition at the October First Thursday on Main event. Photos must be taken at the September 2018 First Thursday on Main. Images from previous events will not be considered valid entries. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, September 16. For more details visit

1200 Block

The Whig – High-Wire Brewing Takeover featuring delicious sours.

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 an eclectic group of local artists, jewelry makers, and vintage fashion finders under the Arcade Building’s iconic skylights. 6 – 9 pm.  Fashion show begins at 7:30 pm.

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

1400 Block

Miss Cocky – Enjoy Game day and back-to-campus secret sale. Also, featuring a special guest!  Sip, shop, and have fun!

Richland Library – Featuring the new Artist-in-Residence, Miles Purvis.  Her solo exhibition will be installed in The Richland Library Gallery.  During First Thursday On Main, she and possibly some other artists (to be announced) will be creating works live in the gallery between 6 – 8 pm.

1500 Block

In front of Sylvan’s Jewelers – Meet the South Carolina State Fair’s traveling ticket booth, FRED! Discount fair admission and ride tickets can be purchased from FRED.  You can also spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize! 

Columbia Museum of Art – The collection is back! Check out CMA’s new themes like Vice and Virtue or Art and Identity and see works from East to West and from ancient to modern in a tour at 6:00. Have a laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe from Trustus Theatre at 6:30. At 7:00 enjoy a 15-minute playlet with the final installment of the Ugly Art series. At 7:30 join CMA for a look at Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell with a brief tour. Galleries are free with membership or admission.

Anastasia & Friends – Opening reception of What Moves Us, a solo exhibition of ceramic artist Olga Yukhno. 6 – 9 pm.

Sunday & Co. – Live music wth The Dubber 8 -10 pm 

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

The Center for Architecture – Featuring Clemson students’ work on display. Participate in voting for the AIA Columbia Design Awards People’s Choice Award! Stop in, have a glass of wine, and check out this year’s submissions for the Design Awards.


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 music and food provided by a featured restaurant partner.

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Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) –  Featuring art by Adam Bridges. 6 – 9 pm. Live music with David Dorche’. $5 Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and craft beer. Bar opens at 4 pm and last call is at 9 pm.

Masala on Main – Featuring artist, Linze Yarbrough. Enjoy light refreshments.  Masala will also be holding space for those who wish to practice their yoga or mediation with brief instruction for beginners. This event is free and open to the public. 5 – 8 pm.

Hotel Trundle – (1224 Taylor) –Join the Mark Rapp Group with Mark RappNick BrewerAbiud Flores and Chris Church as they present JAZZ!  6 – 9 pm.

Mast General Store – Featuring live music with the Scollon Family Band. 6 – 7:30 pm.

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

The Grand – Enjoy a special First Thursday Sangria!

Michael’s Café – Live music!


Good Life Café – Enjoy some Bluegrass, Newgrass, & Americana music from Columbia’s own, The Blue Iguanas!  Featuring drink, appetizer, & ice cream specials.

The Shoppes on Main – Enjoy complimentary champagne and a trunk show full of special items!

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

The City of Columbia Art Center (1227 Taylor Street) –  Presenting Cultural Series: World of Creativity/Window to Ukraine. Enjoy singing, dancing, native costumes, food, and more. This event is free to public and family friendly! Cash-only food and souvenir vendors. 6 – 8 pm.


Tapp’s Arts Center