Tag Archives: Art Crawl

Groundhog Day

There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him. –  Phil (Bill Murray), Groundhog Day

1200 Block

The Whig – Ballast Point Night! Enjoy all taps, bottles, cans, and snacks to match! https://www.facebook.com/events/384574978600708/

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for their First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita

Pelliclaude (Arcade Mall) – Drop by to find handmade goodies, sweet treats, and a good time! Get a free handmade candle or coaster when you spend $10 + // Open 10am – 9pm

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East Bay Deli – Open until 10 pm. Mention First Thursday, and receive 10% off your entire bill. Enjoy a beer on their patio or dive into one of their DELIcious sandwiches!

Land Bank Lofts (1401 Hampton Street) – Stop by their Grand Opening of The Gallery featuring South Carolina artists. Tour three “Large Art” gallery floors and six hallway exhibits featuring original two & three-dimensional art. Enjoy refreshments, music and more from 6 – 8 pm

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Columbia Museum of Art – Join Nepotism and Izms of Art as they premier the new visual to “War Zone (Choppa)” inside the Columbia Museum of Art at 6pm. “War Zone (Choppa)” is lifted from Nepotism’s latest tape, The Free Lunch Program. Nepotism will be joined by The Dubber for a live concert experience

CMA Museum Shop – Stop by the Museum and enjoy free, tasty samples from Zoe’s Kitchen and a trunk show featuring local artist Heart of Sarah and her string art. Enjoy one complimentary glass of wine (photo ID required).

Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of Reinvented, a Sustainable Collection; a solo exhibition of works by Flavia Isabel Lovatelli. 6 – 9 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/374463446244545/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1484855202838637

Random Records – Pop-up sidewalk record stand with vintage vinyl for sale!

Drake’s Duck-in: Open until 9:00 pm. Enjoy craft beer on the patio!

Main Street Public House – Live Jazz with the Mark Rapp Group. 7-10 pm.

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Mast General Store – Live music with Pharaohs in Space, a feel-good Southern Rock Trio.  Enjoy their eclectic country rock performance of original and classic songs.  6 -7:30 pm.

The Nickelodeon – Enjoy a Groundhog Day double screening of the Bill Murray/Andie McDowell classic about a newsman who goes to report on Punxsutawney Phil and ends up getting stuck living the same day over and over again! 8 & 10 pm.

Good Life Café – Stop by and enjoy some great First Thursday specials!

Michael’s Café & Catering – Live music with Flat Out Strangers. Enjoy food and drink specials: fig & prosciutto pizza, $2.50 on all domestic bottles, and a special California Jade Tree cocktail (Tito’s Vodka, St. Germaine, orange-cilantro shrub, and a splash of soda water).

Grapes & Gallery (1113 Taylor) – Stop by The Cellar, the newest art gallery located in their basement. Enjoy an opening of Dark Arts-New Works by Lucas Sams. Meet the artist in person, while enjoying Grapes and Gallery’s fine selection of craft beers and wine. 6 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/206154016521986/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1484868664638727

Tapp’s Arts Center – Join us at February’s First Thursday for ‘Love Letter’, an exhibition centering around radical self care, affirmation, and acknowledgement of the humanity of marginalized groups and individuals most threatened by Trump’s America. Curated by Michaela Pilar Brown and featuring Atlanta-based artist, Sheila Turner and Columbia-based artist, Roni Nicole Henderson, this exhibition presents photography, installation, and participatory art centered around the collective experience of voices from the periphery.

Infinite Room After Party at Tapp’s: Malefica vol. 1 featuring Nermal + Hissy Fit. This show is the first episode in a series of multi-genre, multi-media shows and events as spells with Malefica + Friends. Doors open 8 pm and show begins 8:30 pm. $6. https://www.facebook.com/events/1128117113954328/

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Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera singers. 6 -8:30 pm. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677.

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Main Street United Methodist Church – Enjoy USC’s premier choral ensemble! The USC Concert Choir and USC Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus present a free concert. 7:30 pm.

An October Fest

There are only a few changes to the First Thursday activities on account of evacuations and closings. We hope that everyone stuck at home with the kids, those getting out of the way of the storm, and those visiting friends here in the Midlands will join us for a beer and some music. It’s our way of saying welcome!


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The Whig – Straight to Ale Tap Takeover from 5 – 11:45 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/578989032304779/


Uptown – Uptown is celebrating their 8th birthday. Stop by for a piece of birthday cake!

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Cantina 76 – Stop by for their First Thursday 1/2 off Original House Margarita

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Nest – Featuring baby and adult clothing by Owlette. Enjoy free Bourbon Lemonade and Bourbon Soda Shooters, as well as a sampling table of Nest’s delicious foods!

Fancy That Bistro (1212 Hampton Street) – Open until 9 pm!  Enjoy bucket of beer for $10.00, $3.00 wine, and free salsa & chips.

1500 Block

Walk through a colorful, knitted cityscape on the 1500 block. It’s the Yarnbombing of Columbia!

Columbia Museum of Art –
Admission to the galleries is only $5 all evening. Spark Tour begins at 7 pm.

Museum Shop – 50% off select merchandise! Make a purchase between 5 – 8 pm, and you’ll have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

Boyd Plaza-


  • Whigtoberfest supporting Animal Mission of the Midlands. Live performances by The Distributors, The Poor Decisions, and more. Food by The Wurst Wagen & KC Hotdogs. Cash beer and wine bar by The Whig!! Featuring beers by Palmetto Brewing,Catawba, North CarolinaHi-Wire BrewingSugar Creek Brewing and more.
  • The cast of Trustus Theatre’s “The Rocky Horror Show” will be sneaking around the Art Museum at 6:30pm. Perhaps it’ll be time for all of us to do the “The Time Warp” again?


  • Stop by the information tent for some special giveaways! First 100 people will receive free t-shirts and koozies from the Main Street District! At 6:45, Matt Kennell, CEO of City Center Partnership will give special remarks on the new look of the Main Street District.

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse – Purchase a $50 gift card and receive an additional $10. Purchase a $100 gift card and receive an additional $25!


Anastasia & Friends Gallery (Free Times) – Opening reception of Document (s), a solo exhibition of photographs by Sean Rayford and the release of his book Inundated. https://www.facebook.com/events/652192994962155/

Drake’s Duck-in: Open until 7:30 pm. They have teamed up with @weirdbeerguysc and will be selling craft beer on the patio.  Stop by and enjoy a cold one and some delicious chicken!


Main Street Public House – First Thursday 1/2 off select bottles of wine, and $1 off glasses of First Thursday house wine all night. Palmetto Conservation Foundation will be featuring the Palmetto Trail Pale Ale and will be giving away visors to those who purchase a pint.

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Mast General Store – Enjoy bluegrass with River Baby Bathwater Revival from 6 -7:30 pm.

The Nick – Member happy hour! Discount on beer and wine for members.


Michael’s Café & Catering – State of Main Street Address (5:30pm) – To call attention to Columbia’s position as the first American city named for the explorer credited with discovering America, John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources, Historic Columbia, will lead off a State of Main Street Columbia address.  This event also launches a small show of local art and photography depicting some of the city’s notable preservation successes. Following Sherrer’s concise account of significant restoration and preservation projects that conserve Columbia’s architectural uniqueness, other speakers will add brief comments. Confirmed to speak are: Matt Kennell, Director, City Center Partnership; Amy Moore, City of Columbia Planning and Preservation department; and Dr. Lydia Brandt, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of South Carolina, School of Visual Art and Design. Mayor Steve Benjamin also has been invited to wrap up the State of Main Street Columbia address with commentary regarding preservation as part of his vision for the city. Following the State of Main Street address, Sherrer will sign copies of “Remembering Columbia.”

Following the State of Main Street, enjoy musical performance by Prairie Willows and First Thursday beer and food specials.


Good Life Cafe – Good Life welcomes back the Palmetto Latin 5 Jazz Band from 7 – 10pm to satisfy your HOT HOT HOT salsa desires.  They are also excited to announce that Olivia Thompson will be their featured artist for October.  Olivia has a passion for a healthy conscious lifestyle and also art.  She likes unconventional styles including collages, crafts, and paint-anythings that convey a positive concept.  Lastly, they welcome the fall flavors by offering Noda Pumpkin pints for $4.00.

Grapes & Gallery – Featuring art by Allison C Fowler and photography by Tony Claremont. Happy Hour 4-7 pm with $5 off all bottles of wine and $4 craft beer specials. Painting session starts at 6 pm. Register for painting online at grapesandgallery.com.

Tapp’s Arts Center

  • Exhibit – Jasper project presents Marked By The Water. Opening from 6 -10 pm.
  • After Party –Infinite Room After Party presents Carnaval , Release the Dog, and Pretty Static from 8:30 – 11 pm.

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Gallery at City Hall – Opening reception of Zote Kuhusu Rangi (All About Colour) Art Exhibtion, featuring the wonderful works of Baruti Tucker (Staten Island, NY), John Hairston Jr. (Charlotte, NC), Jahsun (NJ, Charleston, SC) and Tariq Mix (Durham, NC). Also featuring performances from THE Dubber and Saraph Sunman.

Villa Tronco – Palmetto Opera singers. 6 -8:30 pm. Reservations are required. 803-256-7677. Stop by for a taste of fall with their special pumpkin cheesecake!