February First Thursday on Main

Join us for First Thursday on Main on February 4th. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that Main Street has to offer! City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirts offer complimentary shuttle services along Main Street and to and from the Vista. Call 803-309-7758 for a free shuttle until 11 p.m. 

February Lineup Includes:

1200 Block

  • The Whig- Stop by the Whig for their monthly tap takeover as part of First Thursday on Main.  Allagash Brewing Company purveyors and creators of all things awesome are taking over the basement.  For more information details https://www.facebook.com/events/1545154272475161/  
  • Persona Pizzeria – Stop by Persona and enjoy a Dinner Special for two ($28.00).  Choice of one specialty pizza, two salads, and choice of any two beverages (wine, beer, and non-alcoholic selections).
  • Uptown on Main – Open until 7 pm.  This is a great time to do some Valentine’s Day shopping!  New items arriving every day!
  • The Oak Table- Select wines for $5.00


1300 Block

  • Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas


1400 Block

  • Fancy That Bistro & Catering – Enjoy 10 wings for $5.00, FREE salsa and chips, hot chocolate for $1.00, $2.00 domestic beer, and $3.00 glass of wine.
  • Nest – Nest will host a trunk show featuring the nails-and-string artwork of Sarah Bradford of heART of Sarah. They’ll also be having a sale on many vendors’ work and products to ease your gift shopping worries! As always, the Double Trouble girls will be supplying free Bourbon Lemonade cocktails and light snacks. More details https://www.facebook.com/events/962155863820857/  


1500 Block of Main

  • Columbia Museum of Art – CMA is hosting its members opening for REMIX: Themes & Variations in African American Art – it is members only, but you can join the CMA that night and enjoy the party too! Members receive 30% off in the CMA Shop on First Thursday! Party begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • On Boyd Plaza
    • What’s Next Midlands- What’s Next Midlands is a social innovation program focused on helping people with great ideas connect with the community, the capital, the support and the volunteers they need to turn those into reality. Thanks to a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, we were able to launch our pilot year on July 1, 2015. At First Thursday, we’ll be asking the community for their ideas about “what’s next” for the Midlands. The goal is to generate 1000 ideas between now and February 19. By early March, we will select two ideas to be executed by June. Come interact with our idea board and take this opportunity to create your future community.
    • Public Life Public Space Collaborative- A partnership between the City of Columbia, Central Carolina Community Foundation and the Gehl Institute will host a table to collect ideas and feature possible ideas for enhancing Columbia public spaces. Stop by to chat about the project and propose ideas!
    • Scenario Collective- Enjoy impromptu musical performances by artists from the Scenario Collective, including Paper Shoes, Prince Rupert, Aqua Koala, Pedro LDV, and Mr. B. Make sure to ask them about their upcoming special performance at a mysterious location in the Congaree Vista.
    • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Stop by the informational table to learn about volunteer options and troop information.
  • Cowboy Brazilian SteakhouseCowboy Brazilian Steakhouse will offer a Special 2016 Promotion. Please mention 2016 First Thursday and they will give you a full dinner menu ($34 value) for $20.16!
  • Anastasia & Friends Gallery – Enjoy an exhibition by installation and fiber artist Susan Lenz entitled, PLAYA: A Month in Paradise. The exhibition will open from 6 – 9 pm on First Thursday and continue weekdays from 9 – 5 through February 27th.  This is the first opportunity for the artist to share work made and inspired by a unique, four-week art residency at PLAYA in the remote, Oregon “Outback”.
  • Drake’s Duck-In – Extending their normal business hours: Enjoy burgers, chicken fingers, fries, and ice cream!


1600 Block of Main

  • Mast General Store Enjoy Odd-Hokum-Ragtime-Blues/Jazz – that’s what Sean Thomson makes with various finger pickings of guitar/banjo and his gin dipped voice. You can occasionally catch him doing a solo set of tunes ranging from old 20’s foxtrots with a twist to newer ragtime interpretations. (6 – 7:30 pm)
  • Nickelodeon- Member happy hour!  All Nick members enjoy a discount on beer and wine for all evening.
  • Good Life Café – Enjoy the popular Palmetto Latin Orchestra’s 5-piece ensemble! They will perform from 7 – 9:30 pm.
  • Michael’s Café & Catering– Enjoy Live music by Lakitah and appetizers and pizza specials!   “People Reading”, a visual tribute also opens on First Thursday. Artists whose works will be showcased in this exhibition, in which all the pieces have subjects reading something, include: Stephen Chesley, the late Reuben Gambrell, Bonnie Goldberg, Pete Holland, Cherie Holmes, Robert Kennedy, Meg McLean, Boyd Saunders, Cary Weathers, and Barbara Yongue.
  • One Columbia for Arts and History (1219 Taylor Street) – Enjoy their open house featuring information about the upcoming literary festival, Deckle Edge. And, make sure to stop by the Nickelodeon Theatre to buy some art from the Columbia Art-o-mat!
  • Tapp’s Arts CenterJoin us for the opening reception to Alex Smith’s solo exhibition ‘SITUATIONS’, along with ‘Off Page – Photography’, presented by One Book, One Community, Deckle Edge Literary Festival, The Jasper Project, USC Press, Richland Library and One Columbia for Arts and Culture. Music in the Tapp’s Courtyard will be from Near Extinction. And in the Skyline Room, experience a variety of performances in ‘A Village and Then Some’ presented by Mission A to Zed!
  • Grapes and Gallery
    • Wine Tasting – Some Sweet Stuff – $5 pay at bar Beginning at 6 pm (in The Cellar Bar downstairs). They will be trying 3 sweet wines.  Cost: $5/person. This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar, while supplies last. First come, first serve.
    • Beer Tasting – A Stout, a Witbier and a Sour – $5 pay at bar Beginning at 7:30 pm (in The Cellar Bar downstairs). They will be trying a few new arrivals including a Stout, a Witbier & a Sour.  Cost: $5/person.  This is NOT a ticketed event. Pay at bar, while supplies last. First come, first serve.


1700 Block of Main

  • The Gallery at City Hall– Experience the South Carolina State Museum at a special exhibit in the Gallery at City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street. Selections from the Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display along with work from the Palmetto Portrait Project.  Both exhibits, showcase photographers, fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina. 
  • Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera will be Performing. Reservations are required!  803-256-7677.


1800 Block of Main

  • Main Street United Methodist Church- Enjoy the USC Concert Choir Concert (7:30 pm) The University’s premier choral ensemble presents a free concert. The program includes Tayloe Harding’s “War Prayer,” with text by Mark Twain presenting the idea that when we go to war and pray for victory, we also are praying that people on the other side will suffer death and destruction. Also on the program is the great 19th-century masterpiece, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, written for the composer’s mother, and a set of pieces by William Averitt. A chamber orchestra accompanies the Requiem and War Prayer, which also features soloists bass-baritone Jacob Will and tenor Paul Spencer Adkins, both of whom have international careers singing leading roles in operas and oratorios.