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There’s plenty of time before and after Saturday’s game to get out and explore some of Columbia’s offerings! Here are some suggestions from the opens in a new windowColumbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau to give you a jump-start on making your weekend plans:

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Soda City Market

Get a feel for Columbia culture at opens in a new windowSoda City Market! Locals and visitors alike flock to Main Street every Saturday for the downtown farmer’s market. Fuel up for the big game with delicious food items from local and regional vendors and shop the stalls for some art or handmade products to take back home with you.


(Photo courtesy of The Southern Belly BBQ)


For a hearty sandwich with an array of toppings and sauces, stop in to opens in a new windowThe Southern Belly BBQ located right by the stadium on Rosewood Drive. For a lunch with no limits, check out the buffets at Doc’s Barbecue or Palmetto Pig. For traditional barbecue passed down from generations before, settle in to one of The War Mouth’s picnic tables and dig in to their Heritage Pork Barbecue Plate. Although our barbecue can stand on its own, round out the meal with some collard greens, mac-and-cheese, hash and fried okra.

Models kayak on the Congaree River, under the Gervais Street Bridge, near the West Columbia Riverwalk on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (© 2012 Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)

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Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy the fall weather and spend some time outside! Go hiking in opens in a new windowCongaree National Park, mountain biking at Harbison State Forest or kayaking on the Congaree, Saluda or Broad Rivers. Or simply take a walk at Riverfront Park and admire the fall foliage!


(Photo courtesy of River Rat Brewery)

Craft Beer and Cocktails

Win or lose, an after-game celebration will definitely be in order! Sip on something from one of our local breweries – opens in a new windowRiver Rat, Conquest, Swamp Cabbage and Twisted Spur – or hop on the Columbia Brew Bus and try them all. Not a fan of beer? Not to worry, Bourbon, The Oak Table, Motor Supply Co. Bistro and The War Mouth serve up expertly crafted cocktails.

Dining at the Gourmet Shop in Columbia's Five Points, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (© 2009, Brett Flashnick/ flashnick | visuals)

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You can’t leave town without indulging in the best meal of the week! Dine on Hangover Hashbrowns and Cinnamon Pancakes at Café Strudel, Three Potato Hashbrowns at 116 State, a Breakfast Panini at opens in a new windowThe Gourmet Shop, the Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Waffle at Henry’s or the Biscuit of Champions at Bourbon. You’ll be stuffed and satisfied for your journey back home.

Thanks to our friends at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for the tips! 

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