Celebrate Oktoberfest at First Thursday on Main!

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

Arcade Mall

Pelliclaude –  Take a bath in audio-visual art. Immersive soundscapes & live music meet kinetic & static visual projects.  Featuring a special performance by the Ritter Jazz Duo. https://www.facebook.com/events/349064066022775/

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

Indah Coffee – The Matt Hallman Band is rockin’ the Main Street at Indah Coffee on First Thursday on Main!

The Jeffcoat Firm(1333 Main) Stop by their table for a chance to win a Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat and a Main Street-themed gift basket!

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Columbia Museum of Art –  Come experience an evening filled with art! Catch a preview of the upcoming performance of Harlem South with the The NiA Company at 6:30, take a Focal Points: Proud Perspectives tour with docent John Tomashek at 7:00, and check out Oktoberfest with The Whig on Boyd Plaza. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. https://www.facebook.com/events/672969576539497/

Museum Shop – Enjoy 25% off on everything in the shop! They’re making room for new items for Van Gogh & His Inspirations, which opens the next day.

SC State Fair’s FRED – (Corner of Hampton & Main) – FRED, the SC State Fair’s roving ticket booth, is returning to First Thursday.  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).

Browtopia – Enjoy a creative “cocktail” cultivation for haunted happy brows and ghoulishly glowy skin. This one night only event includes a delightfully decadent chocolate eye “treat”- ment, which is perfect for anti-aging and combating dark circles! This amazing autumn tea-infused cocoa organic eye masque is paired with a complimenting cocktail for every ghoul! $32 includes treatment, cocktail, and “eyebrow divination” card reading.  Due to the nature of the treatment, you must prepay for your experience. There will be no refunds for cancellations. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!  Space is very limited. 803.931.2769

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! 

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Columbia Art Center (1227 Taylor Street) –  Join Columbia Art Center for a jewelry exhibition by Valerie Lamott – Came Out and Played

“The 47 jewelry pieces are each inspired by my experiences at one of South Carolina’s State Parks.”

Valerie Lamott creates handcrafted jewelry for everyday wear using traditional metalsmithing and lapidary techniques. Heavily influenced by her time spent living in Japan and hiking all over the world, Valerie strives to create pieces that incorporate a minimal aesthetic and appreciation for the outdoors. https://www.facebook.com/events/392778598015084/

Hotel Trundle – Enjoy live jazz from Mark Rapp Group, Stardust Fairy Hair by @Sarah Dippity Face Painter, Magician, Birthday Party, Columbia Lexington SC, a jewelry pop up shop with The Citron Shop, and a cash bar of local beers and wine in their lobby. Register on site for their 2019 Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K Walk For Life Team, too!

Grapes & Gallery – Featuring Autumn Lily Leaphart, a young artist based in Columbia. She creates art with connection. Her figurative style is consistent in its attention to detail and finding the soul behind every form. Working in various mediums to express the intimacy of her chosen subject.  6 – 9 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/510151806447569/ 

Mast General Store –  Enjoy live music performed by Julia & Barton Beckham and Friends from 6  – 7:30 pm. Their music is inspired by the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and other great musical storytellers and jam bands. They’ll be performing covers and original works. https://www.facebook.com/events/674342473043678/?notif_t=event_description_mention&notif_id=1568662026414562

The Shoppes on Main – Check out their new Fall arrivals and Sip and Shop! 6 – 8 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.

RevIVe Wellness Studio – Enjoy a VIP Beauty Event featuring monthly membership specials, exclusive promotional pricing on treatments and products, giveaways, cocktails & Hors D’ Oeuvres.  Free gift with purchase of any monthly membership.  Bring a friend for additional incentives! https://www.facebook.com/events/601129067378019/  


Good Life Café –  Enjoy live music with Niles Lewis Trio and build your own pizza! $4 draft beers.

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

The NickCelebrate the Nickelodeon Theatre‘s 40th Anniversary with a free outdoor screening of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and free popcorn. See you at the movies…outside!  The screening will be in the parking lot behind Cyberwoven, accessible via the alley off Main Street between 1634 Main (Cyberwoven) and 1626 Main (The Venue on Main).  Be sure to bring your favorite portable chair.   Chairs can be left at the screening site so you can enjoy First Thursday on Main before the film.  7:30 -9:30 pm.

Tapp’s Arts Center – Featuring Dirt Dance Floor – a solo show by Andy White. Tapp’s is thrilled to announce the second installment of magical beasts from the wildly creative Andy White. Dirt Dance Floor, an exhibition of welded animals will open to the public on First Thursday through November 29, 2019.












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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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