Looking for activities in the Columbia area? From entertaining children to adult activities. There is sure to be something for everyone. Check out the activities below and enjoy all that the Columbia area has to offer.
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 – “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.
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 8 – Gardening Symposium Keynote Address at the Robert Mills Carriage House. Hear keynote speaker, Dr. David Shields, presenting “The Revival of the Carolinas Greatest Fruits and Berries”, with a garden reception and book signing to follow the keynote address. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2016-gardening-symposium-keynote.
April 8 – 10 – “Aries Spears” at the Comedy House. At 6 years of age, he entertained his family by impersonating family members at the dinner table, and began his comedy career at the age of 14 years old, has been a regular on Mad TV, has been in several featured films, has been on numerous talk shows, and keeps himself busy traveling the comedy circuit. For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/aries-spears/.
April 9 – Gardening Symposium at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. Learn about heirloom plant seed saving, reproducing plants at home, and take a botanical walk around the grounds with Dr. John Nelson, curator for USC’s Herbarium. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2016-gardening-symposium.
April 9 – River Rocks Festival at Canalside near Riverfront Park off the Three Rivers Greenway. The event features Dank from Atlanta, Sol Driven Rain from Charleston, The Empire Strikes Brass from Asheville, The Marcus King Band from Greenville, & Debbie & The Shanks from our own Columbia, as well as food, beverages, and activities for the kids. For more information visit http://riverrocksfestival.com/.
April 9 – Ladies and Gents Mixed Doubles Disc Gold Tournament at the Earlwood Park Disc Golf Course. All proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Cancer Alliance. For more information call (484) 995-7079 or visit https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Third_Annual_Ladies_and_Gents_Mixed_Doubles_2016.
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.
April 10 – Midlands Ride for Kids starting at Lexington High School. This event is to raise funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For more information call (800) 253-6530 or visit http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2620&pg=entry#.VwA7F_krLNN.
April 11 – April Harvest Dinner at the City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm and Event Venue. Enjoy a four course farm to table dinner featuring wine maker, Jerry Sass of Sass Vineyards, and his wines. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-harvest-dinner-featuring-winemaker-jerry-sass-from-sass-vineyards-tickets-19582419544.
April 11 – 16 – Week of the Young Child at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. In celebration of National Week for the Young Child, the museum will have offerings for the little ones, to include story times, puppet shows, music, art activities, games, and more. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/week-of-the-young-child/?for=04-11-2016.
April 14 – Women of Distinction at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This is a recognition and fundraising event to honor outstanding women of the midlands and to raise money for Girl Scouts of South Carolina. For more information call (803) 545-0001 or visit http://gssc-mm.wix.com/womenofdistinction.
April 14 – Read-In at the South Carolina State House. School from across the State will come to the State House to honor reading and libraries and to promote and encourage our children to read. For more information visit http://read-in-sc.org/.
April 14 – 17 – Indie Grits Film Festival at the Nickelodeon Theatre. To celebrate 10 years of the Southeasts premier & cultural festival for DIY media makers, this year’s events will be free. For more information on the film schedule call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://www.indiegrits.com/.
April 15 – “Flappy Bird Hour of Code” at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. This program for ages 8 years old and up, using drag-and-drop programming, make your own Flappy Bird game and customize it just for you. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/flappy-bird-hour-of-code/?for=04-15-2016.
April 15 – Ballet Stars of New York Gala at the Koger Center for the Arts. Stars of the New York City Ballet will perform with the USC Dance Company for an evening of beautiful classical ballet. For more information call (803) 777-5112 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance/11th-annual-ballet-stars-new-york-gala-performance.
April 15 – 16 – Olympia Fest at the Olympia and Granby Mills on Heyward Street. This fun festival will include Pasta in the Park with live music, street dancing, food, beer, and fun; and the Quarry Crusher Run, one of the most challenging races in the nation. For more information call (803) 237-1793 or visit http://olympiafest.com/.
April 15 – 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/.
April 16 – Resale Bus Tour starting at the Curious Closet in Lexington. Take a luxury bus tour to some of the best resale boutiques in the Columbia and Lexington areas, to include a gourmet boxed lunch, and discounts at each stop. For more information call (803) 750-0052 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Curious-Closet-Lexington-162139709265/.
April 16 – Indie Grits River Concert at the Gervais and Gist Riverwalk. This will be an all-day event with the headliner being Big Freedia. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://www.indiegrits.com/events/river-concert/.
April 16 – Haynes Bluegrass Festival at the Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville. Offering two sets, you will have the opportunity to hear Pinehill Ramblers, Palmetto Blue, Rabon Creek, and Trinity River Band. For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.
April 16 – 17 – Columbia International Festival at the State Fairgrounds. Showcased at the event will be music, culture, food, and performing arts of a variety of cultures, races, nationalities, and language groups represented in South Carolina, with an Olympic size parade of nations. For more information call (803) 799-3452 or visit http://cifonline.org/.
April 17 – The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival at the Tree of Life Congregation on North Trenholm Road. Event will include authentic foods, live performances, children’s activities, art, and more. For more information visit http://www.bignosh.org/.
April 17 – 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.
April 19 – Tasty Tuesday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children 8 to 12 years old will have the opportunity to engage in food preparation and meal creation activities while learning about healthy cooking and nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/tasty-tuesday/?for=04-19-2016.
April 19 – “Celtic Women” at the Koger Center for the Arts. If you have never seen or heard these fabulous Celtic musicians, this is a show you don’t want to miss, or if you’ve seen them before, will want to see again. For more information call (803) 251-2222 or visit http://www.broadwayincolumbia.com/upcoming-shows/#celtic.
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 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 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 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.
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