In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in Columbia. It's a modern city where stately buildings buzz with new businesses, and centuries-old sites give rise to fresh perspectives. For an accessible, affordable destination with big-city amenities and a small town feel, Columbia SC is the ideal place for your event. The mix of hotels provide lots of options, and with three interstates that intersect the city and a regional airport, getting here is straightforward. With so much to see and do around the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, event attendees can look forward to exploring this capital city beyond the main event. 


The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located in the heart of The Vista - an entertainment district that encompasses everything from art galleries to farm-to-table dining to local dive bars. Step out for a quick bite or coffee run within walking distance, or experience the city's vibrancy after your meeting. The walkable districts offer you a no hassle evening (or morning after). 

Fit for foodies

When was the last time you asked for seconds during a meal at a convention center? In Columbia SC, get used to surprises. Our catering company, Spectra, works in-house with us to create 90% customized menus that will have you looking forward to what's next. If you're on your own for meals, don't fret. Just steps away from the Convention Center you will find a list of lunch spots that looms large. While there are plenty of nationally-known favorites in the district, locals and savvy travelers alike head to places like Motor Supply Co. Bistro and Blue Marlin for Southern favorites. Or, for something a little more casual try 1801 Grill, Twisted Spur, or M Vista - just to name a few. 

City meets nature

Columbia SC lies at the confluence of the Saluda and Broad Rivers which merge right in town to form the Congaree. The region is flush with regional parks and opportunities for outdoor adventure such as kayaking, tubing, or just walking along the Riverwalk. With so many trails, gardens and Lake Murray nearby, it doesn't take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere. After your meeting, escape the bustling city and get lost in your thoughts amidst fresh air, cool waters and old growth hardwood forest in next to no time flat.

Nightlife in The Vista


Things to Do Near the CMCC

As South Carolina's only downtown convention center, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is just a short walk from over 60 bars and restaurants in the historic Vista district. Here you're just...

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