With Spring in the air outdoor activities are in abundance. Enjoy a festival or take in a show, or maybe dance in the streets. Columbia offers a little something for everyone.
Sundays – Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. On Sundays one hour before opening, the museum will be open for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing difference’s to tour the museum and enjoy interactive, hands on activities. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=04-17-2016.
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 & Third Wednesdays – Kids Cook at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children 6 – 10 years old will have a unique experience taking participants on an exciting journey of culinary arts partaking in food preparation and meal creation, while learning about nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016.
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 April 23 – “The Tempest” at Drayton Hall Theatre on College Street. Find yourself caught up in this Shakespearean play, one of the last created. For more information call (803) 777-1111 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/OnStage.
Through April 24 – “Seussical” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre. Enjoy a “fantastical, magical, music extravaganza” with all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/seussical/.
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 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.
April 21 – “Pearl Jam” at the Colonial Life Arena. Enjoy an evening of Rock and Roll by this well known band. For more information call (803) 777-4274 or visit http://www.coloniallifearena.com/pearl-jam.php?eventid=113&showtimeid=179.
April 21 – McDaniel’s Golf Classic Auction at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. To support Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, the event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and silent and live auctions to include vacation getaways, signed sports memorabilia, fabulous artwork, and more. For more information call (803) 434-7275 or visit http://events.palmettohealthfoundation.org/site/Calendar?id=100221&view=Detail.
April 21 – 23 – Artista Vista throughout the Vista area. The areas longest standing and most celebrated gallery crawl, you will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, some with live entertainment, all while viewing some of the most fabulous art in the State. For more information http://www.artistavista.com/.
April 21 – 23 – “Gravediggers Tale” at Longstreet Theatre on Greene Street on the University of South Carolina Campus. This is an interactive, one man retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. For more information call (803) 777-2551 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/OnStage.
April 21 – 24 – “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at the Lab Theatre on Wheat Street. You are sure to enjoy this “wickedly funny comedy”. For more information visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/labseason.
April 22 – McDaniel’s Golf Classic at the Ft. Jackson Gold Club. The Golf Classic will follow the Thursday auction in support of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. For more information visit http://events.palmettohealthfoundation.org/site/Calendar?id=100221&view=Detail#.VwBDsfkrLNM.
April 22 – Casually Lit at Rue 77 on Main Street in Columbia. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, shopping, dancing and fun! For more information call (803) 429-6644 or visit http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2531213.
April 22 – 30 – Prom Night Makeover at Remington College. High school girls can come in for a free updo, manicure, pedicure, and make-up. For more information call (803) 214-9062.
April 22 – 30 – “Paper Moon Variety Show” at the Columbia Music Festival Association on Pulaski Street. This event presented by the Soda City Cirque will be a mix of circus and magic and will guarantee to entertain your imagination. For more information call (708) 872-7632 or visit http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2531213.
April 22 – May 7 – “Kimi Maedas Ephemera Trilogy” at the Trustus Theatre. This trilogy, 6 years in the making, consists of three short solo performances that use innovative storytelling and ad amazing visuals to tell the artists bi-cultural story. For more information call (80 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/show/KimiMaedasTHEEPHEMERATRILOGY.
April 23 – Party for the Planet at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Learn how to make a more positive impact on our environment as well as enjoy interactive and educational activities. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.shtml.
April 23 – Antique Toy, Comic and Collectibles Con at the Jamil Shrine Temple. If you are a collector of toys and comics, this is the event for you with over 100 tables of great collectibles! For more information call (803) 358-0444 or visit http://colacollectorscom.webs.com/.
April 23 – Military Appreciation Day at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. In honor of those who serve our country, with a military ID, our men and women who serve and their dependents can get into the museum for free. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/military-appreciation-day/?for=04-23-2016.
April 23 – “Pop Series: Sci-Fi in Hi-Fi” by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Harbison Theatre. Embark on an epic space odyssey through those beloved science fiction and fantasy film scores you love. Feel free to dress in thematic attire if you choose. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/sci-fi-hi-fi.
April 23 – Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler at Finlay Park. Run or walk 5 miles or just walk 3 miles to help raise awareness of the prevalence of the #1 killer of women. . . heart disease. For more information visit http://www.heartandsolerun.com/.
April 23 – Gator Band Food Truck Rally at the River Bluff High School. In addition to a variety of food trucks will be a craft fair, a home décor flea market, and the opportunity to watch the movie Finding Nemo. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/gatorbandfoodtruckrally.
April 23 – International Lunch at the Woodmen of the World building on Augusta Highway. This lunch event will feature delicious dishes from around the world with live entertainment, to include preschoolers performing songs, all to benefit My Amigos Bilingual Education Center. For more information call (803) 256-2232 or visit http://www.myamigosbec.org/es/apoyenos/events.
April 23 – “Poetry of Ballet” at the Township Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of beauty in motion, presented by the Carolina Ballet. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/.
April 23 – Atlas Road Brew Vista Bar Crawl in the Vista area. Take a tour of the Vista and get discount drinks at each stop. End the day with the after-party at the Music Farm where there will be indoor and outdoor games, beverages, all followed by a concert by the “Atlast Road Crew”. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1153269-atlas-road-crew-columbia/.
April 24 – Record Fair at the Columbia Museum of Art. If you are an avid listener or vinyl collector, you will want to pay a visit to this event which will also include live entertainment. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit http://columbiarecordfair.com/.
April 26 – CMA Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum of Art. Set in the museums beautiful Dubose-Poston reception hall, you will enjoy chamber music featuring world-renowned artistic director, Edward Aaron. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit http://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/chamber-music-main-5.
April 26 – 27 – “42nd Street” at Koger Center for the Arts. Put on by Broadway in Columbia, this musical comedy classic including some of the greatest songs every written. For more information call (803) 251-2222 or visit http://www.broadwayincolumbia.com/upcoming-shows/#street42.
April 28 – Sweet and Savory Chefs Competition at the South Carolina State Museum Planetarium Lobby. Come out for an evening of great food, voting for your favorite chef, and bidding on wonderful auction items, with all proceeds to benefit the Palmetto Children’s Shelter. For more information call (803) 748-2357 or visit http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/sweet-savory-chefs-competition-2016/.
April 28 – “Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” at the Music Farm. As close to the real thing as you can get. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1100197-zoso-ultimate-led-zeppelin-columbia/.
April 29 – South Carolina Garden Jamboree at Saluda Shoals Park. There will be a variety of presenters, to include those offering a workshop on using herbs in making bread, learn about edible wild plants, vertical gardening, and more. For more information call (803) 356-6695 or visit http://scjamboree.lcmgv.org/.
April 29 – Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. In addition to wine will be craft beer, food prepared by local chefs, and live entertainment. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/events/wine-tasting.shtml.
April 29 – SPRUMMER 2016 10th Edition with “Big Head Todd and the Monsters” at the Music Farm. Event will include delicious food prepared by chefs from Farm-to-Table, followed by entertainment from this great band. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1117057-sprummer-2016-10th-edition-columbia/.
April 29 – May 1 – Sparkleberry Country Fair at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center in Northeast Columbia. Come experience things as they were in the olden days, such as plowing with horses, milking by hand, blacksmithing, sheep herding, just to name a few. For more information call (803) 920-1621 or visit http://www.sparkleberrycountryfair.org/.
April 30 – South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. There will be more than 20 food trucks and 20 local breweries with music and other entertainment to make your day enjoyable! For more information visit www.ftfa.evenbrite.com.
April 30 – Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival at Hopkins Park in Hopkins. Enjoy sweet potatoes prepared in a variety of fashions, including sweet potato ice cream, while enjoying live entertainment, a parade, carnival rides, and more. For more information call (803) 776-2778 or visit http://www.lowerrichlandsweetpotatofest.com/.
April 30 – Midlands Strides for Autism at Saluda Shoals Park. This fundraiser is a walk to create awareness about autism. For more information call (803) 750-6988 or visit http://scautism.org/strides-for-autism/.
April 30 – Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at the Leatherneck in Gaston (1215 Valley Ridge Road). If you wish to participate, get prepared for 36 military style obstacles over 6 miles that will challenge your speed, strength, and endurance. Spectators are also welcome. For more information call (803) 477-0541 or visit http://www.ultimatechallengemudrun.org/.
April 30 – Kid’s Day of Lexington at the Virginia Hilton Park. The Columbia Children’s Theater will be there to make you laugh, as will Ronald McDonald, Cocky, the Clemson Tiger, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and many more, with food and lots of fun activities! For more information call (803) 356-8554 or visit http://www.lexingtonkidsday.com/.
May 3 – “Queensrych” at the Music Farm. Enjoy an evening of heavy metal rock by this 1980’s band. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1120965-queensryche-columbia/.
May 5 – Cinco De Mayo Harvest Dinner at City Roots. Two fabulous chefs will prepare a Farm-to-Table 4 course meal with wine and a complementary cocktail. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-cinco-de-mayo-harvest-dinner-tickets-19583059458?aff=erelexpmlt.
May 5 – Ladies Night Out at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. The event will include a runway show, a live auction, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventuregno.com/.
May 5, 12, 19, & 26 – Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Enjoy live entertainment at the new Waterfall Junction at the Zoo. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/rhythm-and-blooms.shtml.
May 6 – 28 – “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” at the Town Theatre. Moving beyond the television show to a time when Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a sweet, smart you man from a respectable family. For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/the-addams-family/.
May 7 – Rosewood Crawfish Festival on Rosewood Avenue with shuttle parking from the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event will include a 5K race, a carnival, an artist village, food, entertainment by Cowboy Mouth and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and much more. For more information visit http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/.
May 7 – 8 – Battle for Columbia at the Leatherneck in Gaston (1291 Valley Ridge Road). This living history event will give you an example of what the war between the States was like, while enjoying picnic food, viewing souvenirs for purchase, and enjoying a day of history and fun. through reenactments, For more information call (803) 206-8040 or visit http://www.wadehamptoncamp.org/bfc-event.html.
May 7 – September 30 – Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly and see a variety of beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house. For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/blooming-butterflies/.
May 10 – “Saving Abel” with “Smile Empty Soul”, “The Veer Union”, and “Kirra” at the Music Farm. Enjoy an evening of alternative and good old rock and roll! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1105903-saving-abel-columbia/.