Celebrate the Last Days of Summer at First Thursday in September

Enjoy live music, art exhibits, shopping, and dining while strolling along Main Street on First Thursday in September. Rain or Shine!

1300 Block

Cantina 76 – Featuring live music and their special First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita.

(Arcade Mall)

Pelliclaude – Alewisproject and Tina Darlene Torres present ARTistik Vibrationz- Suicide Prevention Month. Come check out some vendors, spoken words, visual artists, and live performances at The Arcade Mall.  https://www.facebook.com/events/550304435494257/

Blue Sky Gallery – Join Lynn and Blue Sky for art and wine! See his most recent masterpieces.  6 – 9 pm.

Richland Library – (1431 Assembly Street)- Dance and sing the night away with AlumnEYE Band. This local favorite performs a variety of songs that are sure to get you up out of your seat and grooving along to their beat! https://www.richlandlibrary.com/event/2019-09-05/alumneye-band

1500 Block

Columbia Museum of Art –  Have a laugh with improv group The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, explore Black artistry in the CMA collection at 6:30 with Docent Nancy Tolsen, and take a guided tour of featured exhibitions at 7:00. Plus, see screenings of Lower Richland High School student films from the Guignard Gallery exhibition Indie Grits Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom and pop into the studios to create your own landscape inspired by Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Freshman Mixer at CMA – Incoming college freshmen — come learn about local art events, community resources, and the perks of becoming a museum member during Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA. Explore current exhibitions with a competitive scavenger hunt for prizes. Enjoy a photobooth; a complimentary mocktail bar; an interactive vignette from CMA affinity groups the Contemporaries, Columbia Design League, and Friends of African American Art & Culture; and art activities from the CMA and USC printmaking club Ink & Paper. Snow cones and food available for purchase.  5 – 8 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/399760543993967/

Join Congaree Riverkeeper for a special First Thursday Edition of Save Our Water — brought to you by SweetWater Brewing Company and its BRAND NEW #KickPlastic Pilsner! This summer, Sweetwater is teaming up with Costa Sunglasses to #KickPlastic for GOOD. (Event will be inside)

All you have to do is:
1. Show up
2. Drink SweetWater Brewing Company (provided by The Whig)
3. Save our rivers!

With every Sweetwater you purchase, you’ll ALSO receive 1 raffle ticket to win an extra special, decked-out Sweetwater kayak! https://www.facebook.com/events/621319121607125/


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! 

Main Street Public House -Enjoy a Bold Rock Hard Cider tap takeover from 6-9pm. Join them tonight for the BEARS VS PACKERS as we kick off NFL Football with food specials, which include Bratwurst and Sausages by Blackforest Bratwurst, and drink specials by BOLD ROCK CIDER! Full dinner menu is also available including their House Smoked Wings and six varieties of Personal Pizzas.

1600 Block

Grapes & Gallery – Featuring two young artists who specialize in Western and Eastern comic style artwork. https://www.facebook.com/events/732228377198673/

Mast General Store – Live music with Hadrian’s Wall.  The band is inspired by a wide variety of genres from Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Johnny Cash to the Drifters, the Beatles, Ryan Adams, and the Avett Brothers – and many more.   Band: Chris Cobbs, Mike Cameron, Daniel Wilson, Jeff Miller, and Jim Brightly.


Columbia Art Center (1227 Taylor Street) – Worlds of Creativity presents Sites, Sounds and Smells of Jewish Culture. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, Krav Mega, food, stories, and more!  https://www.facebook.com/events/415918432357962/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1565292335951405

Hotel Trundle – Enjoy live music with the Mark Rapp Group, a beer and wine cash bar, and a little sparkle in your hair from Sarah Dippity!

1626 on Main – Enjoy Dueling Pianos! The Rock And Roll Piano Show is a mobile, high-energy, singalong show, with lots of audience interaction. This event is free to the public! 8 -11 pm.

Good Life Café –  Build your own Pizza and $4 Draft Beers.  Enjoy live music with the Blue Iguanas.

The Venue on Main – Enjoy live music from 5 – 8 pm and all Draft Beers are $4 after 4 pm.

Lula Drake Wine Parlour – Enjoy live music with The Flat Out Strangers

Tapps Arts Center – Featuring The About Face Group, a collection of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw and paint. The disciplines include Figure, Portrait, and Plein Air. All works of art will be shown from the efforts of new to well-seasoned and award winning artists.  Opening reception 6 – 9 pm.

1700 Block

The Joint – Enjoy live jazz with the Mike Barber Blues Band! 8 – 11 pm.