Your Guide to Columbia Farmers Markets

Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients or a new piece of artwork, the farmers market is the perfect spot to relax on the weekends near your home at CanalSide apartments. Choose from a vibrant selection of local produce, gather freshly picked flowers, or try some eclectic food truck bites. You can stock up on honey, baked goods and locally-produced snacks while you’re there, and it’s always worth the weekly trip to enjoy the sights and familiar faces.

Soda City Farmers Market ( is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street and it’s only a short walk from your home at CanalSide Lofts! Park for free in the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street then stroll through Downtown Columbia to find fresh produce, beer & wine, local art, clothing, and handmade crafts vendors, food trucks, and street performers. Grab some friends, including your furry ones, and join your neighbors to have fun in this special part of Columbia!

Columbia’s Best Bites During Restaurant Week SC

Every year, we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. CanalSide residents can discover new flavors throughout Columbia’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.

Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by CanalSide that you won’t want to miss!

  1. Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience curated by owner and chef, Il Giorgione himself. Eat at Gio’s and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy with them – buon appetito! Three courses is only $28 per person!
  2. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe – Simply Southern dishes with a side of sophistication, Mr. Friendly’s serves up ocean-fresh fish and innovative meat, poultry and wild game dishes. Three courses will be $33 a person, and don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of wine! Their extensive wine list has won “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence” 10 times!
  3. Bourbon – This Cajun-Creole establishment will woo you with its Southern charm and stunning whiskey bar. Dive into locally sourced comfort food like jambalaya and gumbo with a #RWSC offering for three courses for $40 per person. The flavors and spices will be hard to forget!

We hope you find something you enjoy during this fun and delicious celebration of South Carolina’s best dishes!

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near CanalSide Lofts that you should go enjoy!

1. Lights Before Christmas | November 18, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Enjoy a vivid presentation of holiday lights and cheer at the Lights Before Christmas daily phenomenon located at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

2. Main Street ICE | Thursday, November 23- Monday, January 15, 2018.
The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE, is a holiday tradition at Boyd Plaza.

3. Holiday Lights on the River | November 22-December 31, 2017
There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!

4. Henri Mattisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper | September 15, 2017-January 15, 2018
From Columbia Museum of Art: Daringly modern artist Henri Matisse experimented with many mediums and devoted a major part of his career to reimagining books as art objects in their own right. He brought to life some of the greatest works of French literature, interpreting poetry and myths with playfully looping gestures, elegant lines, and brightly colored shapes in a way that is always distinctly his own. The CMA is proud to present 81 works in a sweeping exhibition that celebrates four of the artist’s books, including his most famous, the colorful Jazz portfolio from 1947. Together, these pages offer meditations on life, love, hardship, and utter joy.

5. Historic Holiday Tours | Until Dec. 31st
Historic Columbia offers a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

There is always something happening nearby CanalSide Lofts, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!

Residents’ Top 5 Coffee Shops in Columbia

With the cool fall weather slowly making its way to Columbia, it’s time to find the hottest coffee shops all under 10 minutes from our apartments! We asked our residents where their favorite nearby cafe is and here are the results:

1. The Wired Goat Cafe Vista (4 mins away)
2. Drip (9 mins away)
3. Starbucks (5 mins away)
4. Indah Coffee (8 mins away)
5. 116 Espresso and Wine Bar (3 mins away)

Our property is close to a variety of trendy coffee shops for you to get your pumpkin spice fix or get fueled up with a crafty select brew!

Come by our offices today and find out how you can live in the most convenient spot in Columbia!

Summer Date Night Ideas

It’s time to ditch your routine movie night and bring some adventure into your date nights with exciting specials happening around CanalSide Lofts this summer! July is full of fun events and deals, so take a look at some of our recommendations and treat your date to something new.

On July 27th, the Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s Bistro will feature relaxing tunes from Jonathan “Strot Juru” Jones from 6 to 8 p.m. Listen to a live jazz performance by the talented saxophonist while enjoying a light meal, dessert and a full service bar. The intimate setting at Chayz Lounge invites patrons to experience the finest local and national jazz talents frequently, so be sure to check back for future shows.

Celebrate Christmas in July with Santa and his elves at the EdVenture Children’s Museum July 22nd! There will be holiday cookie decorating and special art and science projects all day long, so go get festive with your date! Continue reading

Soda City Market

Looking for a fun weekend activity? Look less than a mile away at Soda City Market! Just a 15-minute walk from your apartment at CanalSide Lofts in downtown Columbia, Soda City Market will start your Saturday morning off the right way.

Soda City Market runs every Saturday morning year-round from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. It’s a great spot to pick up fresh food, local produce, one-of-a-kind gifts, and artisan crafts, or to just spend the morning with friends and family strolling around Main Street!

With musicians performing along the street and the sweet smell of coffee in the air, you’re sure to be energized for the rest of your weekend. We recommend picking up some fresh fruit and enjoying it later in the day by the CanalSide pool!

CanalSide Can’t Miss: Dave & Buster’s

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Columbia! Sometimes it can be hard to choose where to spend your time. That’s why the team at CanalSide Lofts brings you our Can’t Miss spots, to help narrow down your choices! This week, we’re talking about one of our new favorite hangouts, Dave & Buster’s!

If you’ve heard of the national chain before, you’ll be excited to know Columbia’s first location just opened a few months ago at Columbiana Mall on Harbison Boulevard.

With great food and cocktails and, of course, an incredible arcade, you can enjoy a night out to remember.

That’s right! Just a 15-minute drive from your apartment at CanalSide and you’ll be ready to be a kid all over again. Unwind from a tough day or celebrate something great in your life at Dave & Buster’s!

Where’s your favorite Columbia hangout? Let us know on social media!

May Events

April showers bring…May events! From neighborhood bonding activities to major festivals, musicals, and beyond, there’s something for everyone in Columbia this May! Here are a few of your CanalSide Lofts’ team favorites:

May 6: Rosewood Crawfish Festival

This springtime tradition takes place just a few minutes away from your apartment at CanalSide. If you’re feeling energetic, kick off your day with over 700 other runners at the Crawdash and be the first to get in the festival gates! Attendees will also get to enjoy Spin Doctors, the headlining band. Continue reading

April Events

Spring is in full swing in downtown Columbia! Whether going to an event at your just downstairs from your CanalSide apartment, or driving with the windows down to another, this is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy some wonderful events before the city gets back to being #famouslyhot! Continue reading

CanalSide Can’t Miss: DaufusKEYS

CanalSide Lofts’ downtown Columbia location gives our apartment residents easy access to some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, bars, cafes, and venues. Each month, we’re highlighting one of these places we know our residents will love in our CanalSide Can’t Miss series.

We are so happy to have as many incredible, talented residents at CanalSide as we do. We’re always thrilled to boast about what they’re accomplishing in Columbia.

CanalSide resident Earl Ware recently opened DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro and Piano Bar, a new southern eatery and piano bar! Only a five-minute drive from CanalSide on Main Street, DaufusKEYS is quickly becoming a resident favorite.  Continue reading