The Columbia Metropolitan Visitor and Convention and Visitor's Bureau has gone through a lot of growing pains over the past couple of years. They've adopted a new city motto, "Where Friendliness Flows," and has really put an emphasis on the Vista area. Their showpiece and operating location is the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, a facility in the heart of downtown that can accomodate thousands of people. It's right next to the relatively new Colonial Center, where major musicians perform as well as the University of South Carolina basketball teams. 

The growing pains have extended to their web site which has changed a lot since the completion of the convention center. So instead of searching through the site page by page on your own, below there are convenient links to the important information. If you have any questions, here is their contact information:

Telephone: (803) 545-0001
Toll Free: (800) 264-4884
Fax: (803) 545-0013

Physical Address:
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address:
PO Box 15
Columbia, SC 29202



Their calendar of events is extensive, but can be out of date, so double check with the specific event organizer to be sure the dates are the same.

Calendar of Events

2006 Visitor's Information (PDFs) 

Listing of all local visitor's bureaus - quite useful if you are visiting the Midlands area

Photo Gallery of Columbia