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Whats happening in cola aroun May 22?

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I'll be visitin your beatiful city around the 22nd of May. Are there any festivals or events to attend? I want to get a good feel for the city in general so what spots should I check out? I'd like to know what restaurants I could eat at that have some local flavor-- southern cooking, bbq and such. Also, my cousin lives in the St. Andrews area/Irmo area so what is there to do in that area? Are there any parts of town to avoid; I do expect to go clubbing as well and I dont want to go to a hole in a wall in a rough part of town. I'll probably be in town for a week or two so any info will be appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!

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I see that May 22 falls on a Monday. The weekend before, Black Expo will be in Columbia, an event that I will be attending. Actor and humanitarian Danny Glover will be the featured speaker. For other events, I'd encourage you to check out the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website. You'll definitely want to check out the Vista, downtown's historic district which contains several attractions, including Finlay Park, the State Museum, and EdVenture children's museum. And although streetscaping construction is going on, a visit to the Five Points district is always worthwhile. You might also want to check out Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and the Columbia Museum of Art. As for restaurants, you should be able to find some suggestions in this thread.

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I'll be visitin your beatiful city around the 22nd of May. Are there any festivals or events to attend? I want to get a good feel for the city in general so what spots should I check out? I'd like to know what restaurants I could eat at that have some local flavor-- southern cooking, bbq and such. Also, my cousin lives in the St. Andrews area/Irmo area so what is there to do in that area? Are there any parts of town to avoid; I do expect to go clubbing as well and I dont want to go to a hole in a wall in a rough part of town. I'll probably be in town for a week or two so any info will be appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!

And, of course, don't leave town without walking around the State House grounds and the USC Horseshoe a couple of blocks away.

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Also the Gay Pride Parade and Festival is on Saturday the 20th. Of course one doesn't have to be gay to enjoy the parade or the festival, I've got a gaggle of coworkers coming to hear my marching band, lol

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I'll be visitin your beatiful city around the 22nd of May. Are there any festivals or events to attend? I want to get a good feel for the city in general so what spots should I check out? I'd like to know what restaurants I could eat at that have some local flavor-- southern cooking, bbq and such. Also, my cousin lives in the St. Andrews area/Irmo area so what is there to do in that area? Are there any parts of town to avoid; I do expect to go clubbing as well and I dont want to go to a hole in a wall in a rough part of town. I'll probably be in town for a week or two so any info will be appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!

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Opps! I left off the reply:

Here is a list of events you and your family would enjoy:

1: Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series at Finley Park: 7:00pm - 10:00pm Starts May 27.

every Sat for 13 weeks.. Go early around 6:00pm and set up!

*Don't forget your blankets, chairs, candles in bucket,

food (optional) Great food vendors on site.. Enjoy!

Downtown Columbia Taylor Street beside Main Post Office..

2: Trustus Theater: Month of May: See "Wax Work" by Sarah Hammond

(love falters and thrives at a low country wax museum)

Box office and Bar opens 1 hour before curtians go up..

experience local actresses and actors great performances!

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm ($13.50 seniors and students) $17.50

Fri & Sat at 8:00pm $20.. Sunday 3:00pm $15 Take a break

and Enjoy the live stage performance. 803.254.9732

3: Mac's on main: Live Jazz entertaimnent and Great food.. Casual or Business

Casual or Black tie come enjoy the Jazz and cozy dance atmosphere

Downtown Main Street... call for weekly and weekend show timesl

803.929.0037 Have Fun!

4: Family Fest 2006 aka(Gospel Fest) Downtown Finely Park Sun. May 28th

start at 4:00pm.. come early and set up for your family and friends!

Food vendors on site or bring your own! Enjoy.

5: Columbia's Marionette Theater: Fun for you and the little ones who would

enjoy being with you while you experence the life of Coulmbia.

All ticket $4. Kids 2 and under are Free. Month of May "Aladin"

beautiful stage and seating gallery.. I was very impress..

well worth the $4. Downtown Columbia Huger and Laurel Street

across from the Bell South main Headquarter Building along the riverfront

Every Saturday at 11:am and 3:00pm Enjoy the show with Family and kids!

803.252.7366

6: EdVenture Largest children museum in the Southeast. 78,000 square feet!

350 hands-on-exhibits... Again make your week stay impressional on

the kids 211 Gervis street across from McDonalds Downtown Vista.

7: River Front Park: Columbia's 3 rivers greenway.. Get up early one moring or

enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll with the walkers and joggers along

the fantastic river in Downtown Columbia's Vista area A must Do!

well lite, and secure, greenway is sure to let you escape into wonder..

yep it's always good for the body mind and soul to unite! perfect outdoor

adventure so right for downtown Columbia. Peace.

8: Experince Columbia Resturant:

California Dreaming Downtown USC Vista area 401 S. Main street.

803.254.6767

Blue Marlin Steak and Seafood: Downtown Lincoln &Gervis street

803.799.3838

Nonnah's Downtown Vista Gervis street (across from blue marlin)

(I really enjoy this place after a long day of shopping)

Great conversational atmosphere candle light tables..

Artist paintings on the walls all around, great wines, salads, and

cream cheese cake on plate which has been artistically decorated

in the topping you choose... at least it was for me when I went...

sort of an european flair but Downtown Columbia! Nice.

Jillians video Cafe' & Bar - enjoy the night life 21 - 40ish pretty laid bak atmosphere

can be private.. one on one pool tables and games Great Food! huge bar area

very lage facillity! dance floor in back.. DJ, good music, dark, private again

ages 40 and over can very easily enjoy the laid back but hip dance atmosphere

its whatever you make of it. Downtown Vista Gervis Street. Hip to hipbidy hip hop!

803.779.7789

New Orleans on the River: Downtown Columbia Gervis street bridge overlooking the River

West Columbia side.. Go ahead experince Columbia and Have Fun! :thumbsup:

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Opps! I left off the reply:

Here is a list of events you and your family would enjoy:

1: Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series at Finley Park: 7:00pm - 10:00pm Starts May 27.

every Sat for 13 weeks.. Go early around 6:00pm and set up!

*Don't forget your blankets, chairs, candles in bucket,

food (optional) Great food vendors on site.. Enjoy!

Downtown Columbia Taylor Street beside Main Post Office..

2: Trustus Theater: Month of May: See "Wax Work" by Sarah Hammond

(love falters and thrives at a low country wax museum)

Box office and Bar opens 1 hour before curtians go up..

experience local actresses and actors great performances!

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm ($13.50 seniors and students) $17.50

Fri & Sat at 8:00pm $20.. Sunday 3:00pm $15 Take a break

and Enjoy the live stage performance. 803.254.9732

3: Mac's on main: Live Jazz entertaimnent and Great food.. Casual or Business

Casual or Black tie come enjoy the Jazz and cozy dance atmosphere

Downtown Main Street... call for weekly and weekend show timesl

803.929.0037 Have Fun!

4: Family Fest 2006 aka(Gospel Fest) Downtown Finely Park Sun. May 28th

start at 4:00pm.. come early and set up for your family and friends!

Food vendors on site or bring your own! Enjoy.

5: Columbia's Marionette Theater: Fun for you and the little ones who would

enjoy being with you while you experence the life of Coulmbia.

All ticket $4. Kids 2 and under are Free. Month of May "Aladin"

beautiful stage and seating gallery.. I was very impress..

well worth the $4. Downtown Columbia Huger and Laurel Street

across from the Bell South main Headquarter Building along the riverfront

Every Saturday at 11:am and 3:00pm Enjoy the show with Family and kids!

803.252.7366

6: EdVenture Largest children museum in the Southeast. 78,000 square feet!

350 hands-on-exhibits... Again make your week stay impressional on

the kids 211 Gervis street across from McDonalds Downtown Vista.

7: River Front Park: Columbia's 3 rivers greenway.. Get up early one moring or

enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll with the walkers and joggers along

the fantastic river in Downtown Columbia's Vista area A must Do!

well lite, and secure, greenway is sure to let you escape into wonder..

yep it's always good for the body mind and soul to unite! perfect outdoor

adventure so right for downtown Columbia. Peace.

8: Experince Columbia Resturant:

California Dreaming Downtown USC Vista area 401 S. Main street.

803.254.6767

Blue Marlin Steak and Seafood: Downtown Lincoln &Gervis street

803.799.3838

Nonnah's Downtown Vista Gervis street (across from blue marlin)

(I really enjoy this place after a long day of shopping)

Great conversational atmosphere candle light tables..

Artist paintings on the walls all around, great wines, salads, and

cream cheese cake on plate which has been artistically decorated

in the topping you choose... at least it was for me when I went...

sort of an european flair but Downtown Columbia! Nice.

Jillians video Cafe' & Bar - enjoy the night life 21 - 40ish pretty laid bak atmosphere

can be private.. one on one pool tables and games Great Food! huge bar area

very lage facillity! dance floor in back.. DJ, good music, dark, private again

ages 40 and over can very easily enjoy the laid back but hip dance atmosphere

its whatever you make of it. Downtown Vista Gervis Street. Hip to hipbidy hip hop!

803.779.7789

New Orleans on the River: Downtown Columbia Gervis street bridge overlooking the River

West Columbia side.. Go ahead experince Columbia and Have Fun! :thumbsup:

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Thanks so much to all of you!! I've heard that Columbia was kind of dull!! I can see that isnt true!! All of your suggestions sound great! I will have to definitely extend my vist!

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There was a cool sounding jazz concert on the state house grounds this evening, I wish I had known about it; what I heard sounded good as I was driving by.

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Thanks so much to all of you!! I've heard that Columbia was kind of dull!! I can see that isnt true!! All of your suggestions sound great! I will have to definitely extend my vist!

As with just about any city except the absolute largest ones, you have to do your homework in order to get the most out of a city. Unfortunately people who fail to do this end up dismissing a city and badmouthing it. We're glad you came to a credible source first. ;)

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