Easter fun has begun in the Columbia area. There are so many adventures to be found in Columbia from music to car shows and touch a truck opportunities.
Tuesdays – Toddler Tuesdays at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Bring your toddler for seasonal art activities, music, and our sand tray exploration in the Early Learning Classroom. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.
Tuesdays – Second Shift Twosdays at the South Carolina State Museum. The museum has extended hours with special after hours pricing. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/second-shift-twosdays/.
First Thursdays – First Thursdays on Main Street at the 1200-1700 block of Main Street in downtown Columbia. The event lasts from 6 pm to 10 pm and is a collaboration of a number of vendors in the area. For more information call (803) 988-1065 or visit http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/.
Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia. This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more. For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.
Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street. Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music. For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.
Saturdays – State House Tours. Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area. For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.
Saturdays – Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street. Music will be performed by a band. For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.
Through March 26 – Soda City Suds Week at a variety of locations throughout Columbia and Lexington. Events will include learning about the history of beer in the area, the Soda City Market Festival to include a biergarten, a beach party in Elgin, homebrewing demonstrations, beer and board games, and so much more. For more information visit http://sodacitysudsweek.com/
Through April – “Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines” opening at the S.C. State Museum. Learn about one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/caesar/.
Through April 17 – “Holocaust Remembered” at the South Carolina State Museum. This special exhibit honors the memories of the holocaust survivors and victims of this horrific event, with stories from the survivors and liberators from South Carolina through their own personal experiences. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/holocaust-remembered/.
Through May – Solar Observing at the South Carolina State Museum. Weather permitting, take a look a close-up look at the sun through the solar telescope. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/solar-observing-in-the-boeing-observatory/.
Through July 1, 2016 – “Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper” at the South Carolina State Museum. This artist/printmaker creates beautiful Lowcountry landscapes displaying farm labor and life growing up in rural South Carolina. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/time-and-place-the-artwork-of-james-fowler-cooper/.
Through July 16, 2016 – “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina” at the McKissick Museum. Exhibit looks at the many cultural groups that brought music traditions to South Carolina over the years. For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.
Through July 16, 2016 – 12-Cent Kids Day at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. For the Museums 12th Anniversary, kids get into the Museum for 12-cents on the 12th day of every month. In addition, if a membership is purchased on that day and get 12 Chick-fil-A Kids Meals for free. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.
March 24 – Taste of Lake Murray at the Doubletree Hilton on Bush River Road. Event will include local cuisine, food trucks, refreshments, and live entertainment. For more information call (803) 781-5940 ext. 3 or visit http://lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/events/a-taste-of-lake-murray.
March 24 – “Sister Hazel” at the Music Farm. Enjoy an evening with this awesome that has been around for over 20 years. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1007777-sister-hazel-columbia/.
March 25 – Harlem Globetrotters at the Colonial Life Arena. See these amazing athletes perform some of the best basketball skills you’ve ever seen. For more information call (803) 796-9053 or visit http://www.coloniallifearena.com/harlem-globetrotters.php?eventid=107&showtimeid=166.
March 25 – “Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show” at the Music Farm. Fill your evening with reminders of the great songs this 1970’s band created. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1074803-rumours-ultimate-fleetwood-columbia/.
March 26 – International Day of Reconciliation at the South Carolina State House. This event is planned to create awareness for Social Justice. For more information visit https://www.gofundme.com/reconciliationday.
March 26 – EdVenture Spring Carnival at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Event will include photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt in the museum, pet an animal at the petting zoo, and enjoy face painting, snowcones, popcorn, and carnival games. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/spring-carnival/?for=03-26-2016.
March 26 – Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center. Event will include an Easter Bunny costume contest, interactive games, cooking demonstrations, an edible garden workshop, face painting, vendors, refreshments, and more. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://twitter.com/letsmovecolasc.
March 26 – “Slope Valley and High Ridge Bluegrass Band” at the Haynes Auditorium in Leesville. Enjoy an evening filled with entertaining bluegrass music. For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.
March 26 – “Scarface: Icon Tour” at the Music Farm. Believed to be the definer of Southern Rap and will be sure to put on a show to enjoy. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1090803-scarface-columbia/.
March 26 – to be determined – “A Collection of Collections” at the South Carolina State Museum. The museum has taken some of the best one of a kind items from throughout the existing exhibits and some that have never even been put on display to create this special exhibit. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/art-a-collection-of-collections/.
March 28 – 31 – Spring Break Art Camps at the Columbia Art Center. Camp will include lessons in pottery, drawing, and painting and recycled art. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit http://columbiasc.net/news/021620161607-art-center-offers-spring-break-art-camp-.
March 28 – April 1 – Camp EdVenture – Spring Break at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. For kids ages 3 – 12, there will be a variety of camps available to keep your kids busy, happy, and learning during the day. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/programs/camps/.
March 28 – April 1 – Spring Break Camps at the South Carolina State Museum. The camps are for children 6 through 13 with each day focusing on a different topic. For more information call (803) 898-4999 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/spring-break-camps/.
March 28 – April 1 – Spring Break Zoo Camp: Wild Neighbors at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Kids ages 5 – 9 will learn about some of South Carolinas magnificent creatures and their habitats in comparison to some of the zoo animals and their habitats. Kids 6 – 10 will gain an understanding of wildlife and how to appreciate the natural world. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/day-camps.shtml.
March 30 – 31 – “Once A New Musical” at the Koger Center for the Arts. This Broadway experience was winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards for including Best Musical. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=125.
March 31 – April 3 – Tartan Day South Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater and the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce. Thursday night is movie night at the Amphitheater; Fridays events at the Speedway will include a Flaming Caber Ceremony; Saturdays events at the Speedway include music, athletics, food and fun, a Plaid Fashion Show and a Quidditch exhibitor; Saturday evening at the Speedway will be drumming, campfires, music and is free; Sunday is a Kirkin of the Tartan at the Amphitheater, which is a type of spiritual event based on customs devised following Scotland’s fall in 1746 to the English, when the wearing of Tartans were banned. For more information call (803) 499-9733 or visit http://tartandaysouth.com/.
April 1 – 3 – Nashicon at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This premier anime and Japanese culture convention will include guest actors, DJ’s, and artists; a cosplay contest; cosplay chess; and formal ball and more. For more information call (803) 545-0001 or visit http://nashicon.com/.
April 2 – Mustang and Ford Show at Jim Hudson Ford in Lexington. Come out and see some of the most beautiful Mustangs and Fords from old to new. For more information visit http://www.centralscmustangclub.org/2016mustangfordshow.htm.
April 2 – Touch a Truck at the South Carolina State Farmers Market. This event gives kids the opportunity to sit in a tank, a fire truck, a police car, a bull dozer, just to name a few, with their also being entertainment, healthy eating activities, face painting and much more. For more information visit https://www.jlcolumbia.org/?nd=tat.
April 2 – Light Up the Five Points Fountain Blue in Five Points at the Fountain. Join the Autism Academy of South Carolina as they dye the water in the fountain blue. For more information call (803) 929-0011 or visit http://autismacademyofsc.org/newsevents/.
April 2 – Freeway Music Festival at the Music Farm. The headliner is G. Love & Special Sauce with a large variety of other bands and performances to be offered at this family event. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1003645-freeway-music-festival-g-columbia/.
April 2 – 3 – Columbia Open Studios at multiple locations around the greater Columbia area. This driving tour, put on by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, will cover studios in the City of Columbia and both Richland and Lexington counties. For more information call (803) 779-4571 or visit http://www.701cca.org/programs-and-events-2/columbia_open_studios/.
April 3 – “Confronting the Holocaust and the Aftermath” Panel Discussion at the South Carolina State Museum. The panel will represent families of holocaust survivors and a liberator from a concentration camp. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/holocaust-remembered/.
April 7 – Waterfall Junction at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. This part of the Zoo expansion includes a three-acre garden oasis for children to explore and use their imaginations and relate to caring for natural world. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit
April 8 – “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” at the Koger Center for the Arts. You’ll enjoy comedy, talk show antics, multi-media presentations, and even music, all while creating edible experiments. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=165.
April 9 – Adult Garden Workshops: Vermicomposting at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Learn how to set up a small vermicomposting bin to allow worms to help take care of some of your waste and learn how to worm castings can them be used to enhance your garden spaces. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs.shtml.
April 9 – Cayce Festival of Arts at the Historic Brookland Cayce High School at 1300 Senate Street. The show will include artists, crafters, and authors/writers from South Carolina and surrounding states. For more information http://caycefestivalofthearts.blogspot.com/p/about.html.
April 9 – Fire Truck Pull at the Columbia Fire Department & Museum on Laurel Street. Proceeds from the teams who try to pull a fire truck will go to finding a cure for kids cancer. For more information call (803) 238-1920 or visit http://curingkidscancer.org/event-columbia-fire-truck-pull.aspx.
April 9 – The Blue Bash & Dash at the Autism Academy of South Carolina on Blanding Street. This walk/run/roll will be from the Academy to the Firefly Stadium and back, followed by a bash of food, fun, and entertainment. For more information call (803) 929-0011 or visit http://autismacademyofsc.org/newsevents/.
April 9 – Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals at Finlay Park. This event is in support of Pawmetto Lifeline and will include a walk followed by an after party. For more information visit http://support.pawmettolifeline.org/site/TR?fr_id=1340&pg=entry.
April 9 – Walk MS at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. Walk to not only raise money, but also awareness of the severity of multiple sclerosis. For more information call (855) 372-1331 or visit http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCTWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=27206.
April 9 – Palmetto Half Marathon at the Village of Sandhill in front of Academy Sports & Outdoors. Event includes a half marathon, a youth half marathon, a 5K run and walk and a kids fun run. For more information call (803) 600-1800 or visit http://palmettohalfmarathon.com/.
April 9 – Walk Like MADD 2016 at Saluda Shoals Park. In support of ending drinking and driving, people all across the country will be walking a 5K. For more information call (803) 748-7333 or visit http://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=628.