This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

A Portion of Columbia’s Main Street is a Bit More Festive at Night

The Main Street District, the City of Columbia, and a number of Main Street stakeholders have launched a year-round “ceiling of lights” along the downtown 1600 block of Main Street.

“This project has been in the works for months and we are so excited to finally see it happen,” said Matt Kennell, President, and CEO of the Main Street District. “We have seen this in other cities and really think it will be wonderful for Main Street, potentially as a prototype for other blocks. It’s a way to add some additional lighting with a lot of charm on one of our busiest blocks, and we think people will just love it.”

Sponsors include the Main Street District, City of Columbia, Mast General Store, Belser Law Firm, Cyberwoven, Garvin Design Group, Smoked, Peak Drift Brewing Company, The Grand on Main, Hanabi, Player's Club, Good Life Cafe, Dominion Energy, Martha Fowler, Tom and Madeline Prioreschi, Jeff and Amy Prioreschi, Chris Rogers, and Robert Lewis.

Kelsey Bickley Joins Main Street District as Director of Marketing

Welcome, Kelsey Bickley to the Main Street District! Bickley is a marketing professional with over seven years of experience promoting the Columbia region through her previous role with Experience Columbia SC. Born and raised in the Columbia area, she received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson University before coming back to serve her community. Over the years, Bickley has been involved in the marketing and execution of community-wide events involving the Main Street District, as well as serving in area volunteer roles with Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) and co-founding Crash Course Columbia, a talent retention initiative.

Main Street District Promotes Adrian Nelson to Director of Operations

Sgt. Major (Retired) Adrian Nelson has been promoted to Director of Operations with the Main Street District. Adrian will continue to work with Main Street’s Yellow Shirt Ambassadors, heading up the program after 12 years as operations supervisor.

"Adrian is a great asset to downtown and very well respected," said Matt Kennell, President, and CEO. “He has done and will do an incredible job in this new role.”

Take a Spin in Our Complimentary Shuttle this New Year

If you want to take a free spin around the Main Street District, give us a call at 803-205-5245. Current hours of operation are Monday – Sunday from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm.

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main, January 5 from 6 to 10 pm.   

1200 – 1700 Main Street
Thursday, January 5
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Celebrate the New Year with an evening of live music, great food, and more!  Move up and down the Main St District for happenings from the 1200 block to the 1700 block!

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Cantina 76
1301 Main Street
(803) 764-1769

Kick Off the New Year at Cantina 76

Thursday, January 5
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Enjoy live music by MK & The Guys and half-off original margaritas start at 4:00 pm.
The Venue
1626 Main Street

Brooks Herring Farewell Concert

Sunday, January 8
7:30 – 10:30 pm
US Navy veteran and South Carolina-raised; Brooks Herring has made quite the splash in the local music scene. You don't want to miss your last chance to see Brooks before he moves to Nashville! VIP tables and merchandise are on sale for this special occasion. Pictures with Brooks start at 5 pm and dinner starts at 6 pm.
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Koger Center for the Arts

Wolfgang & Wine

(Event at Koger Center for the Arts)
Saturday, January 14
7:30 pm

This program pairs an exciting program of Handel, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, and (of course) Mozart with a special preshow wine-tasting event. Upgrade your concert ticket to enjoy a selection of vino curated for lovers of Amadeus. Think of it as a “teaser” for their popular annual Tasting Notes event.

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The Pastor’s Study
1633 Main Street

ColaJazz Loft Session

Monday, January 16
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Enjoy a true jazz listening room series presented at the historic Pastor’s Study above Lula Drake Wine Parlour on Main Street. 

The ColaJazz Loft Sessions serve as a cultural center where jazz musicians are nurtured with opportunities to collaborate with their peers, discover and refine their creativity, and perform in front of eager audiences.
  • $25 for ColaJazz Members, $20 for non-members
  • Wine, beer, sodas, and water included
  • Light food and snacks included
  • Limited seating capacity to ensure the best overall experience
Get Tickets
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the CMA

Monday, January 16
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the CMA is open and offering free admission. Don’t miss FAAAC presents A Storytelling Celebration, an event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: From the Collection of Samella Lewis, with CMA affinity group the Friends of African American Art and Culture from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free.
The Grand
1621 Main Street

Oyster Roast Featuring Sycamore Brewing

Thursday, January 12
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Come out to the Grand for their first oyster roast of 2023! Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters and two beers from Sycamore Brewing!

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1643 Main Street

Smoked Wine & Seafood Dinner

Tuesday, January 17
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join Smoke for a four-course meal featuring French wines and excellent seafood dishes in their wonderful Palm Room.
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January Oyster Roast

Thursday, January 19
6:00 pm

Join Smoked for an All-You-Can-Eat Oyster Roast to celebrate Oyster season, a South Carolina Lowcountry Tradition.
Pair your oysters with one of their very own house-made microbrews from Peak Drift Brewing. Enjoy a generous supply of napkins, saltine crackers, cocktails sauce, fresh horseradish, lemon wedges, and hot sauces to top off the oysters.  

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Corazon Holistic Health
1631 Main Street
(803) 567-1217

Resolution Ideas for 2023

Carolina Hair Studios
1537 Main Street

Happy New Year Specials

Visit Carolina Hair Studios at
Hotel Trundle
1224 Taylor Street

It's the Year to Treat Yourself!

Enjoy $23 off at Hotel Trundle in 2023. Book by Jan 31, stay by February 27.
The Main Street District
Is a private non-profit organization that manages the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing, and public advocacy for the Main Street District.
The Board of Directors oversees the organization’s mission — to focus on filling vacancies in commercial properties, retaining existing downtown businesses and recruiting new ones, expanding the downtown residential base, and creating a safe, clean, and friendly downtown environment.
If you are located in the downtown Business Improvement District (36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia) and are offering any specials NEXT MONTH, please email Lorri-Ann Carter at or call 803.779.4005.
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