Thursday / 5:30PM / Missouri Theatre
For opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at the Missouri Theatre right before diving into the sweeping vistas of The Rider. Don your favorite Western wear, black tie, little black dress, or whatever makes you feel fashion-forward, and of course don’t forget your mask. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations from bleu Events and Fresh Ideas. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites prepared by the students of the Columbia Area Career Center. Stop by the Pinckney Bend and Flor de Caña cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, rum or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.
No ticket required; open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders