First Thursdays On Main

A monthly dose of the best of Columbia’s Arts and Culture

Celebrating Columbia’s Artists and Main Street since 2009

First Thursday on Main is proud to highlight our local hardworking local businesses and talented artists. Since 2009, the event now encompasses five city blocks of activities.

Artists & Performers

Interested in showcasing your talents at First Thursday on Main? Find out how to participate.

Main Street Merchants

Interested in including your business in First Thursday events?

Open Container Policy

Those of legal age will be permitted to drink beer and wine anywhere on the 1200 to 1700 blocks of Main Street between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

CPD Security

Columbia Police Department provides security services for the event to ensure you feel safe while enjoying the festivities.

Shuttle Services

The Main Street District Yellow Shirt Ambassadors offer courtesy shuttle services around the district until 11 PM. Call 803-205-5245 for a complimentary ride.

Artist Feature

lori isom

Visual Artist

“Nostalgic, atmospheric and otherworldly are words I use to describe my art. I am stimulated by interesting composition, structure and use of color, however the emotion is really what drives me.”

Lori can be found selling and exhibiting her work regularly at First Thursday on Main’s Art in the Arcade Building.


First Thursdays are sponsored by:

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