ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA 5/31-6/20

    Wednesday May 31, 2017 through Tuesday June 20, 2016

    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.

    Second Sundays –  Stroll on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center on Lincoln Street with the tour beginning at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street.  Learn the significance of this neighborhood with its eclectic mix of architecture where the elites use to live during the war and African Americans lived through the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-arsenal-hill.

    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.

    Thursdays –  City Roots Farmers Market at the City Roots Farm.  Here’s your chance to search for fresh local produce, fresh eggs, meats, cheese, and more, plus local music and food truck vendors!  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/.

     

    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.

    Thursday Nights –  Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.

    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/.

    Fourth Fridays –  Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

    Saturdays – Nature Discovery Walk at the Congaree National Park.  Join a volunteer naturalist for a fun walk along the boardwalk while learning about the diversity of wildlife and plants in the Park.  For more information call (803) 776-4396 or visit https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=56C296E0-1DD8-B71C-07EB09DD87A17E5F.

    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.  Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    Saturdays –  Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  Shop for local and regional foods, crafts, hot coffee, cold fresh lemonade, and even cooked food.  For more information visit http://sodacitysc.com/.

    Through June 9 –  “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about the Indian American experience and how they have and their contributions to American life and culture.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/bollywood/.

    Through June 11 –  “Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Jeter” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This African-American artist from Columbia has debuted his new series of charcoal and pastel drawings.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/enduring-spirit.

    Through August 11 –  Summer Camps through the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department.  A variety of camps is being offered to kids from ages 6 through 16, to include sports camps to adventure camps.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/summer_camp_2017.pdf.

     

    Through August 11 –  Summer Camps at the South Carolina State Museum.  There are a variety of camps for kids ages 6 through 11.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/summercamps/.

    Through August 26 –  “Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  For more information call (803) 737-8095.

    Through September 2 –  “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Columbia Marionette Theater.  Enjoy great fun and laughter with this puppetry production.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/little-red-riding-hood/.

    Through September 4 –  “Savage Ancient Seas” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Go back to 80 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth and learn about those prehistoric animals that lived in the seas.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/ancientseas/.

    June 1 –  Speaker at the Center: Michael Bonner and Fritz Hamer at the South Carolina State Library.  For more information call (803) 545-4432.

    June 1 –  “J. Cole – For Your Eyes Only World Tour” at the Music Farm.  This storytelling rapper will certainly amaze you!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1437992-j-cole-4-your-eyez-only-columbia/.

    June 2 –  Summer Movie: “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” at Finlay Park.  End your week with a movie in the park for the entire family.  For more information visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2526.

    June 2 –  “Street Trash” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is a story about a case of contaminated alcohol and the impact it has on the homeless on the streets and junkyards of Brooklyn.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/street-trash/.

    June 2 –  SoSo Summer 17 Tour at the Township Auditorium.  This tour includes acts from the first three seasons of “The Rap Game” ensuring a fun evening of entertainment.  For more information call (803) 576-2356 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/.

    June 2 –  “Umphrey’s McGee” at the Music Farm.  You’ll enjoy an evening of great rock music by this amazing band.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1445012-umphreys-mcgee-columbia/.

    June 2 – 3 –  DOKO Rodeo at Blythewood Community Park in Blythewood. You’ll have the chance to see 8 professional events, to include bull riding, saddle and bareback bronco riding, barrel racing, and more so be sure not to miss this exciting event!  For more information call (803) 429-7236 or visit http://www.blythewoodrodeo.com/.

    June 2 – 3 –  Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc on Highway 23.  This 44 mile yard sale will include every possible item you could imagine and take you through a number of beautiful and charming small towns with their own shops and food establishments to explore.  For more information visit http://www.peachtree23.com/.

    June 2 – 8 –  “Graduation” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This story takes a look at complex moral choices people make when desperation takes hold.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/graduation/.

    June 2 – July 1 –  “Rock of Ages” at the Trustus Theater.  This is a tale about the end of the 80’s on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, where an aspiring rock star meets a girl when foreign developers come to develop the Strip and they among others try to prevent the development, with rock songs by Journey, Bon Jovi, and more providing the answer. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/rock-of-ages/.

    June 3 –  Summer Concert Series: “Ruben Studdard” at Finlay Park.  This R&B artist will open up the summer concert series.  For more information visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    June 3 –  Sewing Basics at Edisto Discovery Park.  Bring your sewing machine, a pattern and other basic supplies and receive guidance on learning how to sew.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/june_2017_workshops.pdf.

    June 3 –  Garage Sale at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  You can participate as a vendor or come out and look for those special finds.  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit http://www.icrc.net/garage-sale-2017-06-03.

    June 3 –  StoryfestSC at the South Carolina State Library.  This summer reading kick-off event is to help instill and enjoyment for reading in children, so bring them out and hear storytellers Rita Williams-Garcia and Sophia Blackall as they enchant children with their tales.  For more information call (803) 734-8666 or visit http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/storyfestsc.

    June 3 –  “Tom Russell” in Concert at the Tapp’s Art Center.  With thirty-five highly acclaimed records, this singer/songwriter will amaze you with his blend of country with other genres of music.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/tom-russell-in-concert/.

    June 3 –  Drift Jam Flotilla Music Festival at Spence Island on Lake Murray.  Bring out your boat and your floats for a fun day filled with music and fun on the Lake.  For more information visit http://www.driftjam.com/.

    June 5 – 9 –  Eco-Adventure Field School at the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 12 to 14 will learn about genotypes and phenotypes, how to use a microscope, look at the anatomy of an eyeball, and then test themselves on a tour through the museum. For more information c

    June 5 – 29 –  Summer Camps at City Root Farm.  Kids will have a chance to learn where there food comes from, make butter, make pickles, collect seeds, make ice cream from fresh eggs, and more!  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/summer-camps/.

    June 5 – August 18 –  Day Camps at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  There are a variety of camps for kids ages 3 through 13 with a variety of topics to choose from.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/day-camps.shtml.

    June 5 – August 18 –  Summer Camp at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  These camps are for ages 4 through 12 and will focus on topics that may include cooking, space exploration, and even robots.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2017/.

    June 6 –  “Maxwell” at the Colonial Life Arena.  You won’t want to miss this talented singer!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/maxwell.php?eventid=135.

    June 7 –  “Eric Paslay” at the Music Farm.  This amazing country singer, songwriter, musician and performing is offering a free concert so come on out and enjoy the show!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1490925-eric-paslay-free-show-columbia/.

    June 8 –  Secrets from the Grave and Moonlight Cemetery Tours at the Elmwood Cemetery.  The former program will help you learn about the symbols found on the the markers and headstones of the graves, and in the latter you will learn about the lives of many prominent individuals who were from Columbia during the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours?date=04/13/2017.

    June 8 – 9 –  Feast Film Fest at the South Carolina State Museum.  This event is in conjunction with the Farm to Table Event Co. and will include speakers and films that focus on food and farming, delicious bites made by local chefs with fresh local foods, tasty spirits, and live entertainment!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/feastfilm/.

    June 9 –  Family On Safari: Summer Fun at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  You’ll all enjoy dinner at the zoo, an animal encounter, behind the scenes tours, crafts and more, then settle down for the night and awaken to a continental breakfast.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/family-programs.shtml.

    June 9 –  Twilight in the Garden featuring “Tarzan” at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Kids can play in the Splash Zone and then everyone can settle down for a fun evening of watching ‘Tarzan”.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/twilight-in-the-garden.shtml.

    June 9 – 15 –  “My Cousin Rachel” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the tale of a young Englishmen who plots revenge against his cousin, but then finds himself falling in love with her.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/my-cousin-rachel/.

    June 9 – 15 –  “It Comes at Night” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  An unnatural threat is terrorizing the world, and a man has established a tenuous order with his wife and sun when a family arrives seeking refuge.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/it-comes-at-night/.

    June 10 –  Introduction to Sumi-e/Chinese Brush Painting at Edisto Discovery Park.  Participants will learn how to apply pigment to Chinese paper and create a traditional Chinese motif.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/june_2017_workshops.pdf.

    June 10 – 11 –  Southern Guitar Festival and Competition at the Richland Public Library.  Here is your chance to see some absolutely amazing musicians!  For more information call (803) 530-2735 or visit http://southernguitarfest.com/.

    June 10 – 18 –  “The Commedia Sleeping Beauty” at the Columbia Children’s Theater.  This improvisational production will have children and adults alike laughing from beginning to end.  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/the-commedia-sleeping-beauty/.

    June 11 –  Second Sunday Roll . . . Lower Richland at the Robert Mills House.  This event is a bus tour that will take you past some of the historic locations in Lower Richland County that date to the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-lower-richland.

    June 12 – 16 –  Professionals . . . in spaaace! At the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 12 to 14 will learn how to assemble a crew for space, analyze the surface of Mars, learn how to stay fit in microgravity and then talk with the “training crew” by video chat to answer any questions the students may have.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/summer-field-study/.

    June 13 –  “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” Holistic Healing at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn some of the Indian methods of holistic healing by Hemi Dalai who is a licensed Occupational Therapist and has over 30 years of experience as an energy practitioner.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/bollywood/.

    June 13 –  Tech Tuesday: Upgrading Your Old Mac at the South Carolina State Library.  For more information call (803) 545-4432.

    June 13 – 17 –  Columbia Fashion Week at the Hampton Room on Main Street.  Each night will offer something special and there is even a kids night and student designer night during the course of the event.  For more information email info@columbiafashionweek.com or visit http://www.columbiafashionweek.com/.

    June 14 –  “After the Storm” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  A typhoon hits and a private detective has spent the night with his mother, his ex-wife, and his son, and things just don’t go well.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/after-the-storm/.

    June 14 –  “Midland” at the Music Farm.  Here’s another free concert with a great country band!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1490962-midland-free-show-columbia/.

    June 16 –  “La La Land” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Spend your Friday night taking the family out to enjoy a movie at the amphitheater.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    June 17 –  Waterfall Junction Family on Safari: Noises of the Night at the Botanical Gardens at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  The evening will begin with a pizza dinner, followed by games, scavenger hunts, marshmallow roasting, and more! For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/family-programs.shtml.

    June 17 –  Integrated Pest Management at the Earlwood Park Community Center.  Here is your chance to learn from experts the best way to maintain a healthy garden and the program is free!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2502.

    June 17 –  Summer Concert Series: “The Boomers” at Finlay Park.  Come out for an evening of fun with this variety band.  For more information visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    June 17 –  Columbia Shrimp and Grits Festival at the Columbia Conference Center.  If you like shrimp and grits, you don’t want to miss this event, as you’ll have the chance to try all the local varieties and choose the one you think is the best!  For more information call (803) 772-9811 or visit https://columbiashrimpandgrits.com/.

    June 17 –  Paleo Palooza at the South Carolina State Museum.  Meet with a paleontologist, learn about a new dinosaur, see birds of prey in action, Skype with scientists in the jungle of Panama looking for snakes, make a “fossil” and more!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/paleopalooza/.

    June 18 –  “Anthony Hamilton” at the Colonial Life Arena.  You’ll definitely want to come out and hear this amazing artist!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/anthony-hamilton.php?eventid=138.

    June 18 – 24 –  Southeastern Piano Festival at a variety of locations around Columbia.  During the course of the week, you’ll have the chance to hear some of the greatest pianists in the world, with everything from Master Classes and presentations, to the final competition. For more information visit http://sepf.music.sc.edu/.

    June 19 –  “Deconstructing the Beatles: Revolver” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Lear about the constructing techniques used for what some say is the best album ever written.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/deconstructing-the-beatles-revolver/.

    June 19 – 23 –  Historic Columbia Summer Camp at the Robert Mills House.  Kids ages 8 through 12 will participate in historical exploration and interactive activities, learning historical games, sports, and amusements, and learning about historical toys.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/education/summer-camp.

    June 19 – 23 –  SciFi Science at the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 12 to 14 will learn about those things that were fiction that have become fact, such as going to the moon, and discuss what possible things that we currently just imagine that could actually come to pass in the future, as well as build a robot, learn how warp drives work, and more!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/summer-field-study/.

    June 20 – 24 –  Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Competitions at the Township Auditorium.  See which of the contestants you think should win!  For more information call (843) 857-9173 or visit http://www.miss-sc.org/.

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