This Month’s Lineup

Showcasing Main Street

JULY 2024 Lineup

We’ve got an awesome lineup of businesses and artists featured for this month’s First Thursday on Main! View the businesses and artists along with special sales and opportunities below.

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Art at the Arcade Building

Arcade Building – 1332 Main Street

Take a break from the heat and join us in the Arcade Mall for our monthly artist market on August 1st!

Live Music @ TakoSushi

Arcade Building – 1332 Main Street

Casual joint with an eclectic menu including Mexican, Southwestern, Asian & sushi, in vibrant digs.

August 1st, enjoy live music by Prettier Than Matt

FTOM Soccer Ball Scavenger Hunt

Main Street district

Get to First Thursday early on August 1st – as a special promotion in honor of the United/Liverpool soccer game on August 3rd, we’ve got a game for you, and the best part is – you get to keep the prize!

Here’s how it works:

1. 20 soccer balls, graciously donated by South Carolina United FC, will be hidden in 20 different businesses within the Main Street District.

2. 20 amazing local artists are re-designing them in their own art style, creating an original piece of soccer ball art.

3. Beginning at 6pm, FTOM attendees can search inside any business in the district to find one original piece of art – Finders Keepers!! (please limit one ball per household)

4. Lucky scavengers will take a selfie with their soccer balls and tag First Thursday on Main, the artist, and use the hashtag #FTOMSoccerballArt so we can see them all!

Participating Artists include:
Alex Ruskell World’s Most Handsomest Artist
Amanda Ladymon
Jugnu Verma
Sabrina White
Ija Monet
Casey Cline
Tennyson Corley Art
Ara-viktoria McKinney
Keith Tolen
Mark Dreher
Jamie Peterson
Cait Maloney Creative
Regina Langston
Nancy Tolson
Yeshaya “YYUSRI” Drayton
Victoria Rikards
Yevheniia Bazaliy
Michael Krajewski
Ryan McClendon


Thanks to Experience Columbia SC and Experience Columbia SC Sports and the Main Street District for your support. ⚽️❤️⚽️

Queer Haven Books

1332 Main Street, Suite 120 6-9 p.m.

Come on down to the new Queer Haven Books in the historic Arcade Mall Building.

Gather and Grow Series – Annual Reminders

Raw Essence Natural Soaps & Bath Co.

1332 Main Street Suite 110, 6:30-8 p.m.

Handcrafted Soaps, Natural Skincare &
Unique Gifts. We have something for everyBODY!

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First Thursday Presents:

Rivals Weekends Kick-Off

1515 Main Street

You don’t want to miss this month’s First Thursday on Main!

It’s an EXTRA HOT edition, celebrating the kick-off of Rivals in Red Weekend – the epic soccer match United vs Liverpool!

What’s on tap:
5:30 – 6:30 DJ Kelly Kel
6:30 – 7:15 Burrito Wolf
7:30 RHYTHM 54 – get your dance on with familiar classic rock jams.

Food Trucks provided by
Kusina Filipina & Luna’s Grill

Bar Tent provided by Transmission Arcade

Soccer Ball Art Scavenger Hunt – get there early and try to track down 1 of 20 soccer balls re-designed by 20 local artists! You’ll find them at participating businesses in the Main Street District! One per household, please!

Boyd Plaza Soccer Dribbling station

British Invasion Main Street Karaoke

Artist market in the historic Arcade Mall 1332 Main Street

Hampton Street Vineyard

1207 Hampton Street

Join us for First Thursday on Main Street! Experience live music from 5pm to 8pm and treat yourself to our French happy hour, L’Apero, available from 4pm until close!

Free First Thursday at the CMA

1515 Main Street

Enjoy free admission and extended hours. Take a guided tour of (Un)Settled at 6:00 p.m. Last gallery entry at 7:30 p.m. Be on Boyd Plaza in the evening for live music, food vendors, and a beer garden. Free. 

Plaza events by First Thursday on Main. Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

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Edited in Prisma app with Wild Horse

Good Life Game Night

1216 Taylor street

Enjoy games and happy hour specials from 5 PM until closing!

SMOKED Patio Party

1626 Main street

Immerse yourself in an evening where your First Thursdays transform into extraordinary gatherings.

Revel in live tunes, savor beer specials, and engage in thrilling games, all set on our enchanting back patio. Be part of this vibrant community event, free and open to all.

See you at Smoked’s back patio this First Thursday on Main Street.

Sake and Sushi at Hanabi

1624 Main street

Every First Thursday on Main Street, enjoy $8 chicken, steak, or shrimp bowls. 

Take your street hibachi to-go for a stroll down Main Street, the one day of the month where you can drink and walk down Main Street.

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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

City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirts offer complimentary shuttle services around the Main Street District. Call 803-309-7758 for a free shuttle until 11 p.m.

First Thursdays are sponsored by:

Beam and Hinge Logo
CMA Logo