This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!
MAY 2019

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Soda City Market Expands to the 1600 Block Beginning in May

Soda City is pleased to announce it is expanding to the 1600 block of Main Street beginning in May!  

Did you know the weekly street market generates thousands of business licenses and over $6 million in city-taxed gross sales per year? There are 5,000 – 7,000 visitors who attend Soda City on a regular Saturday and up to 10,000 on a special event day.  Come join us this Saturday, and check out all the great items from over 150 vendors! 

Take the Free Soda Cap Connector Route 3 Service to Segra Park During Columbia Fireflies Games this Year!

The Columbia Fireflies and The COMET have partnered together to create the Soda Cap Connector Route 3.  This route is a shuttle designed to serve attendees with a ride from downtown corridors to the Bull Street Development for FREE during Columbia Fireflies game days. 

Why fight traffic and parking? Soda Cap Connector Route 3 will operate  along Laurel, Sumter, Gervais, Assembly, Main, Richland, and Bull Streets to Segra Park. The service will begin one hour before the game and up to one hour after the game, with one bus operating approximately every 25-30 minutes.

Customers can flag the bus down along Laurel, Sumter, Gervais, Assembly, Main, Richland, and Bull Streets to Segra Park. 
  • A 2:05 p.m. game would have service from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • A 6:05 p.m. game would have service from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • A 7:05 p.m. game would have service from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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One of the Many Reasons We ❤️Our #Yellowshirts on Main Street!

“Thank you for providing the wonderful courtesy shuttle for the Main Street District. Darlene, Darius, Jason, and all of the other Yellow Shirts do an outstanding job. They are always so considerate, nice, and polite. I am so grateful and thankful for all of the wonderful services City Center Partnership provides for the Main Street District. All of you are a special blessing to the City of Columbia.” 
- A. Bell

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on May 2 from 6 to 10 pm. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that the Main Street District has to offer!   

To see a complete lineup of special events happening this month, visit  For more information, please email or “Like” First Thursday on Main Facebook page at or follow FirstThursdayonMain @FirstThursMain
Cantina 76
1301 Main Street
(803) 764-1769

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Cantina 76!

Enjoy all day drink specials! Grab a table inside the restaurant or hang out outdoors near the patio bar. Plus, enjoy live music by Emily Wells, Whiskey Mikes, and Mel Washington as you sip, snack & celebrate!

Live Music Schedule:
Emily Wells 12:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Whiskey Mikes 3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Mel Washington 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Every $10 spent at Cantina 76 on Cinco de Mayo earns a raffle ticket for the chance to win special sponsor items and Cantina 76 gift cards. Winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m. before the last music set, and winning guests must be present to receive their prize. 

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1649 Main Street

Rooftop Yoga at Hendrix

Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25
9 am – 10 am

Join resident yogi, Amber, for an all levels, 1-hour pre-brunch flow. One free Hendrix mimosa or cup of Indah coffee included. $12. Pre-registration recommended. Bring your own mat and please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Contact AMBER@UNAPOLOYOGIC.COM to register and with any questions.

Mother’s Day Dinner at Hendrix

Sunday, May 12
5 – 9 pm

Join Hendrix for Mother’s Day dinner!  They are now taking limited reservations from 5 – 9 pm. Please email for availability. Their full dinner menu will be available and served in the dining room. You’re invited to join them on the rooftop before & after dinner for cocktails + dessert.  

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The Pastor’s Study at Lula Drake Wine Parlour
1635 Main Street

The SC Phil Untuxed

(Hosted by South Carolina Philharmonic and Lula Drake)
Thursday, May 16
5:30 – 7:30 pm

The SC Phil // Untuxed is a new program where their musicians choose pieces for small ensembles to perform and also discuss their connection to the music, the orchestra, and their experience as professional musicians. This May performance is the first of many to come!
Drinks, cheese, and charcuterie at 5:30 pm and music at 6:30 pm. Enjoy complimentary cheese and charcuterie and a cash bar by Lula Drake Wine Parlour.
Purchase your ticket here or call the South Carolina Philharmonic office at 803.771.7937
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Jackson Pollock: Mural

Major Exhibit
(On view through May 19, 2019)
Jackson Pollock’s 20-foot-wide Mural changed the destiny of modern art. Not only did it catapult Pollock into the spotlight, but it also brought audacious new scale and experimentation to Abstract Expressionism. Through advanced technical imaging, conservators learned how the painting was created, and visitors are in for a unique treat as their results join the mural to fill two entire galleries with detailed looks into Pollock and his techniques.

Edward Arron, James Ehnes Returns for Season Finale of Chamber Music on Main

Tuesday, May 7
Happy Hour and Galleries Open at 6 pm
Concert Begins at 7 pm


Former Artistic Director and Grammy Winner Join Andrew Armstrong on the CMA Stage

The Columbia Museum of Art presents the final concert of the 17th season of CMA Chamber Music on Main. The evening marks the return of Edward Arron, cellist and former artistic director of the renowned concert series, and James Ehnes, Grammy-winning violinist and popular featured performer at the CMA. 
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Citizen Jane: Battle for The City Documentary Screening

Thursday, May 16
6 – 9 pm
The film is presented by the Columbia Design League at the Columbia Museum of Art and will be introduced by City of Columbia preservation staff.

Free admission is first come, first served and includes light refreshments and cash bar. Current members of the Columbia Design League will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Please RSVP online
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Hamptons on Hampton

Friday, May 31
7 – 10 pm

Kick off summer in style with the 2nd  annual Hamptons on Hampton, a unique fundraising event that brings Montauk to the museum. Dress in your stylish all-white outfit and celebrate on Boyd Plaza. Be among the first to preview the art of Jimmy Kuehnle as his giant pink inflatable sculpture bursts from the museum’s façade. Dance to tunes spun by DJ D DUBB and enjoy summer-inspired hors d’oeuvres, rosé wine, local craft beer, and a signature cocktail - all included in the ticket price.

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The Venue on Main
1626 Main Street

BLUES deLuxe Band at 1626 on Main

Friday, May 3
8 – 11 pm
BLUES deLuxe is a Columbia South Carolina based four-piece blues band offering a rich mix of original creative songs. With a mission to keep your foot tapping and ensure that you don’t hear the same 15 songs you heard from the last bar band you saw, you are sure to be entertained! This event is free to the public. 

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The Blue Pickups at 1626 on Main

Saturday, May 4
8 – 11 pm
Hear the award-winning Blue Pickups Band at 1626, while they rock the night away! Come early and enjoy dinner before the show! This event is free to the public. 

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Mother’s Day Brunch at 1626

Sunday, May 12
9 am – 2 pm
Enjoy live music and a brunch buffet in celebration of Mother's Day! Brunch includes a full buffet for $14/person, with build your own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bars available.

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James Brown Tribute with Ceasar Entertainment

Friday, May 17
8 – 11 pm

Get down with James Brown's hits! Ceasar Entertainment takes you to another stratum of entertainment to ensure that electrifying and exhilarating are the two words that are emblazoned on people’s minds once they have experienced this dynamic performance. Free and open to the public! 

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Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Stop by Uptown and Pick Up the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 1 –  Saturday, May 11
Uptown has a fantastic selection of gifts for Mom!  Shop early and remember they offer complimentary gift wrap!  Purchase $75 in Nora Fleming merchandise and receive a FREE mini storage box!  Limit one per customer through May 11 or while supplies last. 

Book Signing with Patricia Moore-Pastides

Thursday, May 9
4 - 5 pm

Patricia Moore-Pastides will visit Uptown for a book-signing for her three beautiful books, Greek Revival-Cooking for Life, Greek Revival-From the Garden, and At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe. Please join Uptown as we wish her well as she “retires” as First Lady of the University of South Carolina. Her books are really beautiful and make wonderful gifts. Call Uptown, 803-661-7651 and reserve your copy today!  

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

May the 4th Be With You Improv

Saturday, May 4
3 – 4 pm

Whether you know next to nothing about Star Wars or you can write poetry in Shyriiwook about the weather patterns on Dagobah, we invite you to a library not very far away to witness an hour of Star Wars-themed improv on Saturday, May 4th, hosted by The Mothers.

Free! Family-friendly! The force!  

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Musical Landscapes: From Spain to Russia and Beyond

Sunday, May 12
3 - 4:30 p.m.,
(Age Recommendation: Adults; Families)

The Palmetto Chamber Orchestra presents a brand new performance featuring works by Albeniz, Shostakovich, Schnittke, and Ligon along with guest artists Randy Lucas, Dave Holder, and Jim Graddick.  Free and open to the public!

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Sylvan’s Jewelry
1500 Main Street
(803) 779-2250

Annual Estate Jewelry Event at Sylvan’s

Wednesday, May 8 – Saturday, May 11

Shop Sylvan’s largest collection of estate and vintage jewelry from all eras! 

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The Whig
1200 Main Street

Episode X: A New Whig

Wednesday, May 22
8:30 – 11:30 pm

A short time from now in a basement far, far below…patrons will gather for an after party for STAR WARS with the S.C. Phil.

Come down to the darkest side for Star Wars inspired cocktails and playlist. Receive a 10% discount for ticket holders and anyone in a Stars Wars themed costume. It should be quite an Episode!

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1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Register Now for Summer Camp!

June 24 -28 & July 8-12
9 am – 4 pm

Make your plans now for "I Love the 90s" - Historic Columbia's amazing Summer Camp! Campers ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure through the ‘90s and see history come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Historic Columbia’s summer camp will be offered June 24-28 and July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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Main Street Public House
1556 Main Street

Tilted Glass Tuesdays

Every Tuesday
Enjoy Tilted Glass Tuesdays at Main Street Public House for Half Off select wines after 4 pm and all night! 

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 Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street

Treat Your Mom, Friend, or Yourself with an Organic Facial

Personalized services make the best gift certificates!  The Mother’s Day special includes a delightful one-hour customized Balancing Facial featuring Eminence products for $60. (regularly $70).  Call Patti at (803) 254-1507 for details.
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

East Bay Deli Gift Cards Make a Great Gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduation!

'Tis the season for Moms, Dads, and Grads!  Give them a gift you know they'll love AND use. You can purchase a gift card from East Bay Deli in any amount in-store or online at  
Who is City Center Partnership and the BID?
In 2001, City Center Partnership was formed to manage the downtown Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets in Columbia, SC. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing services, and public advocacy for the Main Street District.
The Board of Directors oversee 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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