Celebrate the Last Days of Summer at First Thursday in September

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

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/

Boyd Plaza – 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.

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/

SC State Fair’s FRED – (Corner of Hampton & Main) – FRED, the SC State Fair’s roving ticket booth, is returning to First Thursday and is bringing a mascot friend with him. This year’s State Fair promises some Prize Winning Memories as it is their 150th anniversary! FRED will be selling discount tickets and promoting the fun. Stop by and spin the wheel to win a prize! (Corner of Hampton and Main).


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! 

1600 Block


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

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 –  Enjoy live music and amazing food!

Lula Drake – Featuring live gypsy swing music with Les Flat Out Strangers.