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 

Main Street District's 21st Annual Meeting & Celebration

The Main Street District will hold its 21st Annual Meeting and Celebration on Monday, November 7 at 5:30 pm in the Bourbon Lounge, located at 1214 Main Street. Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate this year’s successes and look ahead to 2023.

Each year, the Main Street District recognizes outstanding contributions to the district through the presentation of the Chairman’s Award. Two recipients will be honored at this year’s Annual Meeting: Phill Blair, co-owner of the Whig and First Thursday on Main board member, and Historic Columbia.

RSVP by emailing  or call 803-233-0620. There is no charge to attend.

Welcome Hanabi Hibachi & Sushi to the Main Street District

The new Hibachi restaurant is located at the former Main Course location at 1624 Main Street. It offers a modern take on fiery hibachi and fresh sushi.

The restaurant features two separate spaces, together highlighting the balanced opposites of the pairing: the light, garden-inspired Sushi Bar with its massive wall of windows and the Hibachi Room with a moody and lively environment. 

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Mark Your Calendar for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join us in supporting our local small businesses.

Take a Spin in Our Complimentary Shuttle this Holiday Season

The Main Street District has acquired a new hybrid electric Jeep and resumed complimentary shuttle rides around the district.  The hybrid Jeep, which operates using electric power, is an environmentally option to revive the service.  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

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 First Thursday on Main

Thursday, November 3
6:00 – 10:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of live music, art, great food, and more!  Move up and down the Main Street District for happenings from the 1200 block to the 1700 block! For a list of events visit

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Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300

Wombat Junction Live in Columbia

Thursday, November 3
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Wombat Junction is a band rooted in rock but not bound by its limitations. The Columbia quartet brings its fusion of high-energy sounds to the front porch of the Mast Store for November’s First Thursday event.
1213 Blanding Street 
(803) 256-7677

Opera Thursday

Thursdays – November 3 & 10
Dinner (6:00 pm) Performance (7:00 pm)
Join Palmetto Opera every month at Villa Tronco for magical evenings of great food, lively company, beautiful arias, and Broadway classics sung by Midlands-area opera singers.  Dinner reservations are required for the evening (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.).
Up next on Opera Thursday at Villa Tronco: Anna Flynn, soprano and Madeline Olivera, mezzo-soprano accompanied by Claudio Olivera. Call 803-256-7677 to make your reservation today!
Cantina 76
1301 Main Street
(803) 764-1769

Live Music and Half-off Original Margaritas

Thursday, November 3
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Enjoy live music by MK & The Guys as well as half-off original margaritas starting at 4:00 pm.
*Cantina 76 will be closed for Thanksgiving
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Holiday Open House

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pick an ornament off the tree to reveal your discount!  The ornament ($15.00 Retail) is yours to keep.

*$20.00 minimum purchase. Limited to one per customer.  Excludes consignment items.
Gift Card, Raffle, and Refreshments
Shop Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for Storewide select specials.

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The Pastor’s Study
1633 Main Street

New Pop-up Art Gallery at First Thursday on Main

Thursday, November 3
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Be sure to stop by the Pastor’s Study and check out the second installment at the new pop-up art gallery.  Columbia Music Festival Association and The Pastor’s Study will present Cameron Porter. The works to be shown are non-objective, geometric wood sculptures expertly crafted using several advanced woodworking techniques. The artist’s studio practice is an extension of his popular YouTube channel, Cammie’s Garage.
This will be the first time this nationally known artist will be exhibiting in conjunction with First Thursday on Main. While visiting the space, open house refreshments will be available for purchase at Lula Drake Wine Parlour downstairs.
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

The Contemporaries Present Public Art Walk

Thursday, November 3
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Meet the Columbia Museum of Art affinity group, the Contemporaries, on Boyd Plaza for a walking tour — guided by the talented public-art docents of One Columbia — exploring the amazing public art around the Main Street District.
After the tour, sip on a brew at Smoked and discuss the art you saw. Registration is suggested as space is limited. Admission includes one drink ticket.  $18 / $15 for Contemporaries members. Join today!

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Discover the First-Ever Cross-Laminated Timber Building

Thursday, November 10
6:00 – 8:00 pm
(2151 Pickens Street, Suite 500)

Meet the Columbia Museum of Art affinity group, the Columbia Design League (CDL), in the heart of the BullStreet District to explore the WestLawn project, Columbia’s first-ever cross-laminated timber building. Learn about sustainable building processes and explore the space with the designers from Perkins & Will, who have set a new standard for green office building design in Columbia with efficient construction, comfortable living, and environmental responsibility.
$10 / free for CDL members

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Arts & Draughts

Friday, November 11
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Your favorite museum party returns this fall! Groove to live music from Autocorrect, Leone & the Ascension, Monsoon, and DJ Preach Jacobs. Check out Anamnesis, a live dance and interactive experience from Moving Body Dance Co. Laugh it up with live comedy from local comedians Topher Riddle, Jenn Snyder, and Christian Williams.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, take a Unique Perspective Tour through the CMA galleries with veterans of CMA staff and Ana Sazonov and Sergio Alarcón from the nonprofit organization Bullets and Bandaids (and veterans of the current war in Ukraine). 
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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Meet Author Stephen Graham Jones

Friday, November 4
7:00 – 9:00 pm
NYT Bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones discusses being a Native American author, horror writing, and his latest books The Only Good Indians and My Heart is a Chainsaw.

This Author Talk is a Broader Bookshelf Challenge culminating event and a highlight during #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. There will be a reception, book sale, and book signing.

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SC Philharmonic
1704 Main Street

Prokofiev's Piano

Saturday, November 5
7:30 pm
(Koger Center for the Arts)
The South Carolina Philharmonic presents Prokofiev’s Piano at the Koger Center for the Arts. This second concert of the orchestra’s 22/23 Masterworks Series features a stimulating lineup of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Coleridge-Tayor’s Ballade in A minor and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major. The Prokofiev will feature guest soloist, and winner of the 2021 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Solomon Ge on piano.

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Friday, November 11
3:00 pm
(Saluda Shoals Park)
Join the SC Phil at Saluda Shoals for their 1st SK run/walk! This autumn event is perfect for the avid runner or the family looking for an afternoon stroll. After your run/walk relax with food, beverages, and live music! The evening will conclude with a Chamber Crawl concert by SC Phil musicians!

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The City of Columbia’s 44th Annual Veteran's Day Parade

Friday, November 11
11:00 am
Sumter Street
The Veteran’s Day Parade, known as one of the Southeast’s largest Veteran’s Day parades, will begin at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.
This year’s grand marshals will be representatives from the Women Veterans of SC and USC Military & Veterans Program.
1643 Main Street

One Year Birthday Oyster Roast

Thursday, November 17
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for Smoked’s first birthday celebration. Celebrate in style with beer, oysters, and excellent food. Tickets include two beer tickets, passed hors d’oeuvres, all-you-can-eat oysters, and live music. Visit the website today to grab your tickets.

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2022 Governor’s Carolighting

Sunday, November 20
6:00 pm

Come celebrate the start of the holiday season at the annual Governor’s Carolighting ceremony on Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 pm at the South Carolina State House. Performers include the Carolighting Children’s Choir, Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble, Miss South Carolina Jill Dudley, The Mark Rapp Group, HBCUs from across South Carolina, and more!  Santa will arrive prior to the program to visit with families and will be available for photos. The live program will be televised on SCETV from 6:00 -7:00 pm.
Hotel Trundle
1224 Taylor Street

Join Hotel Trundle for Pictures with Santa

Sunday, November 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come take your holiday photos with Santa at the most magical hotel in Columbia! Hotel Trundle will create a whimsical holiday backdrop so that you may take as many photos as your heart desires for 10 minutes. Enjoy hot chocolate, games, and other holiday activities while you're visiting our friend from the North Pole. This event is first come first served, so make sure to come early to take advantage of a holiday gift to you! There will not be a photographer onsite, so please bring your camera.

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USC Columbia Technology Incubator
1225 Laurel Street

The USC Columbia Technology Incubator Workshop Series is Back

Every Thursday
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join the Incubator in the 4th-floor conference room for a new business-related workshop hosted by a local expert in their field every Thursday from now until December 1st (except for Thanksgiving Day).
Market on Main
1320 Main Street

Heated Igloos are Back for Large Group Parties of Six or More

Enjoy a cozy outdoor experience in the warmth of your reserved Igloo. Check out their Happy Hour specials too! Call (803) 722-4222 to reserve your table or Igloo today!
*Visit this link to see all of their spectacular events at their Market Party Express Railcar located at 1040 Key Road. 

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East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Turkey Day News for East Bay Deli

All East Bay Deli locations will close on Wednesday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m. and will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, so that staff can enjoy the day with their families.  All stores will open for regular hours on Friday, November 25.  Everyone at East Bay Deli wishes all of you a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving!
Capitol Places
1520 Main Street

Looking for a New Home Downtown?

1321 Lady Street

Check out the units with amazing views and large floor plans at 1321 Lofts. Call them to schedule a tour at 803-779-5171 or visit and

Prime Lease Opportunity at 1534 Main Street

Looking for an office or retail space? Surrounded by six major hotels, shopping, and dining, and more, this is a prime location!  Call Aaron Seekford at 703-447-4663 for more information about the property.
Corazon Holistic Health
1631 Main Street
(803) 567-1217

Looking for a Special Gift this Season?

Pick up a unique Holiday Gift Basket at Corazon.
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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