USC’s Family Weekend is happening this weekend, Friday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 23. It’s an opportunity for the families of USC students to experience the true essence of the Carolina community while exploring USC’s campus.
This year’s Family Weekend offers a lineup of signature events filled with entertainment, the chance to meet USC’s president, and a traditional tailgate party ahead of the football game against Mississippi State.
But don’t just limit your visit to campus activities; we’ve got a few local recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Columbia.
A trip to Cola wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic State House. Consider stopping by after attending our local Saturday market, Soda City. For a deeper understanding of Columbia, consider taking a local tour.
Take a picture at the Five Points Postcard mural, perfect for a group photo. Columbia boasts an impressive collection of public art, with around 200 pieces scattered throughout the city. Be sure to check out One Columbia’s public art directory or our mural guide, featuring 36 captivating art displays.
Food + Beverages
As the sun sets, elevate your experience at one of the city’s rooftop bars, such as Hendrix, Black Rooster, or Savage Craft Ale Works. Pro tip: If you’re not attending the game but still want a game-time atmosphere, River Rat Brewery has a rooftop bar with a view of Williams-Brice Stadium.
We’ve got you covered with plenty of recommendations to help you navigate Columbia’s diverse culinary scene:
- Discover classic BBQ spots beloved by locals and visitors alike.
- Enjoy a Cola lunch for $10 or less.
- Explore over 20 vegan and vegetarian dining options.
- The Main Street District boasts numerous patio dining choices like Halls Chophouse, Smoked, Cantina 76, and more.
Follow this guide and we think you’ll love Columbia as much as we do.