Join us for First Thursday on Main in August!

1200 Block

The Whig –  Free House Brewery takeover at The Whig! Featuring SC’s #1 best organic beer!

1300 Block

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

Arcade Mall

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

1400 Block

Miss Cocky –  Check out their exclusive new Gamecock clothing and enjoy snacks and beverages!

1500 Block


Columbia Museum of Art – Come experience an evening filled with art! Enjoy an artists’ reception for Indie Grits Labs Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom at 6:00, take a guided tour of featured exhibitions at 6:00, have a laugh with improv group The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, and join Columbia Design League founders Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory at 7:00 for a lecture on inflatable art and architecture. On Boyd Plaza, enjoy a pop-up beer and wine garden from The Whig with live music benefitting the Jam Room Music Festival, and stay for an 8:00 outdoor screening of Miss Hokusai.

Museum Shop – Enjoy 20% off of every item in the shop all day! Register to have a chance at winning a $50 gift certificate.  Entries will be taken from 5-8pm. The winner will be notified the next day via email.


Browtopia –  Browtopia and Neo Monster Island are presenting a Monster Art Show! So be sure to check it out at Browtopia. 5 – 9 pm.   Also Enjoy a hydrating and soothing serenade
of organic cucumbers and unfiltered nigori sake!  Tired, dry, and puffy eyes will be be revitalized as you relax on monster island with a sake cocktail in hand. $18

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) – Enjoy an evening of ballet performances, African dancing, drumming, and more while you learn about Artists for Africa!

Hotel Trundle – (1224 Taylor Street) – Featuring live jazz music from the Mark Rapp Group as well as a cash bar of wine and locally brewed beer in their lobby. This will be the kick off for their 2019 Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K Registration! Anyone who joins their team during First Thursday will receive a little gift.  Sarah Dippity will also be in our lobby to add a little sparkle and shine to your look with fairy hair!

Mast General Store – Mast is featuring live music with Wombat Junction from 6 – 7:30 pm


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.

The Venue on Main – Celebrate National IPA Day with $4 local brewery draft IPA’s and live music with Ryan Trotti. Cool down on the patio with a nice cold beer!

Good Life Café –  Enjoy live music and amazing food!

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

Hendrix  – Happy Hour specials from 4-6 pm.  Live music with Jeff Lucero beginning at 7 pm.

1700 Block

The Joint – Natural Desire is back at The Joint at 1710 Main! 8 – 11 pm. Enjoy live entertainment, craft cocktails, and an excellent menu selection.

Villa Tronco – Enjoy live performances from members of the Palmetto Opera.  Featuring Fran Coleman, soprano; Elliott Brown, tenor;  and Sharon Rattray, piano.  Early reservations are recommended.  803-256-7677.  Dinner reservations are for 6 pm and performance begins at 7 pm.

Gallery at City Hall –  If you haven’t checked it out already, you should! Expressions of Creativity is now on view through September. See the latest exhibition at the City Hall Gallery located on 1737 Main Street. Admission is FREE.  Reception with the artists is from 6 – 8 pm.