ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA 9/23 – 10/13/2015

    There is always plenty to do in the great area of Columbia. From activities for the children to shows for the adults and everything in between.

    Wednesday September 23 through Tuesday October 13, 2015

    Through September 26 –  Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  On Saturday mornings, start your day by visiting this wonderful market full of local foods, produce, plants, crafts, and even entertainment.  For more information call (803) 250-5801 or visit http://sodacitysc.com/.

    Through September 27 –  “Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Richland Mall.  Come see the outcome of the animals requests for Farmer Brown to provide electric blankets for the barn! For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com.

    Through September 29 –  Scarecrows in the Garden Contest Submissions for the annual competition to be held at the Robert Mills Carriage House.  Create your own scarecrow to compete for cash, trophies, and tour passes.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit www.historiccolumbia.org/scarecrows-contest.

    Through October 2 –  “Blooming Butterflies” at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Come learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and see more than 20 varieties native to the southeast in this wonderful outdoor display.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/.

    Through October 3 –  “Marie Antoinette” at the Trustus Theatre.  Enjoy this contemporary take on the young Queen of France.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/show/MarieAntoinette.

    Through October 4 –  “Singing in the Rain” at the Town Theatre.  This is a romantic comedy set in 1920 Hollywood in the early days of sound film.   For more information call (803) 779-4764 or visit http://towntheatre.com/singin-in-the-rain/.

    Through October 24 –  South Carolina Biennial 2015 Part 1 at the 701 Contemporary Art Gallery on Whaley Street.   This is an exhibition of some of the best contemporary art by South Carolina artists.  For more information call (803) 779-4571 or visit www.701cca.org.

    Through October 31 –  “The Breman Town Musicians” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.  Join the exciting musical adventures of Donkey, Cat and Rooster.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit http://cmtpuppet.org/.

    Through November 21 –  “Guantanamo Public Memory Project” at the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum.  Learn about the history of this Naval Base, how it has changed over time and the developed dialogue about its future.  For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit www.cas.sc.edu/MCKS

    Through December 15 –  Hand Building Techniques at the Columbia Art Center.  Learn hands on the basics of working with clay.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit http://columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/hand_building_basics.pdf.

    Through December 20 –  Dollar Sunday at Historical Columbia at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House.  Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties can tour one of the historic houses (the Robert Mills House, the Hampton-Preston Mansion, or the Simms-Mann House) on the 3rd Sunday of the months for $1.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/dollar-sunday-admission.

    Through January 3, 2016 –  “Military Cartography on the Western Front” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room.  This exhibit includes original maps from WWI.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit http://www.crr.sc.gov/exhibits/Pages/upcoming.aspx.

    Through January 22, 2016 –  “Threads: The Story in Our Clothes” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about 200 years of clothing and fashion and what it tells us about the culture of that time.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/threads-the-story-in-our-clothes/.

    Through February 7, 2016 –  “Carolina Makers” at the South Carolina State Museum.  See what people in South Carolina are making, such as instruments, furniture, metal, even clothing.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/carolina-makers/.

    Through March 6, 2016 –  “Path’s of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  For more information call (803) 737-8094 or visit http://www.crr.sc.gov/.

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    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.

    Second and fourth Tuesdays through January 26 , 2016 –  Carolina Makers Music Nights at the S.C. State Museum.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/carolina-makers/.

    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.

    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/.

    Wednesdays through October 23 –  Farmers Market at the Richland Fashion Mall.  Purchase fresh produce, baked goods, meats, arts, and more.  For more information call (803) 782-9475 or visit http://www.forestacres.net/farmers-market.

    September 24 –  “The Maxx” playing the Rooftop Rhythms event on the roof at the Richland Mall.  There will be line-dancing during the intermissions, face painting, balloon art, and more.  For more information visit http://www.forestacres.net/rooftop-rhythms.

    September 24 – October 4 –  “Hairspray” at the Town Theatre in Lexington.  This famously funny musical won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com/.

    September 25 –  ZOOfari at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Enjoy live entertainment, sample Southern fusion cocktails and cuisine, get a behind-the-scenes look at the giraffes, and bid on unusual silent and live auction items.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/.

    September 25 –  Rhythm on the River: “Brian Conner and His Amazing Friends” at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater.  For more information visit www.rhythmontheriversc.com.

    September 25 – 26 –  Okra Strut Festival at the Community Park in Irmo.  Event includes a parade, live entertainment to include an Elton John tribute by Tokyo Joe, carnival rides, lots of food, and fun.  For more information call (803) 781-7050 or visit http://irmookrastrut.com/.

    September 25 – 27 –  Stand Up Paddle Board Classic starting at the SCE&D Park at the Lake Murray Dam.  This weekend of SUP fun offers something for all levels, from beginners to the experienced, with all proceeds going to benefit the Special Olympics.  For more information call (706) 550-2484 or visit https://paddleguru.com/races/2015LakeMurraySUPClassic.

    September 25 – 27 –  Skirmishes for Lexington at the Clinton Sease Farm in Lexington.  This is an American Civil War Reenactment and Living History event.  For more information call (803) 730-2863 or visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scprnyz/Lexington/MainPage.html.

    September 26 –  TBD –  “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/.

    September 26 – 27 –  National Alpaca Farm Days at the Carolina Pride Pastures in Pomaria.   Learn about these beautiful animals, how they are sheered for their fur, and even purchase products made from the harvested wool.  For more information call (803) 480-3750 or visit http://www.cppastures.com/.

    September 26 – 27 –  South Carolina Big Bass Classic at Dreher Island State Park in Prosperity.  There are $30,000 in prizes to be awarded.  For more information call (803) 364-4152 or visit http://oakleybigbass.com/events/South-Carolina-Big-Bass-Classic.

    October 1 –  Wine & Waltzes Beach Bash Gala at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park.  This event will have entertainment by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, which will play your favorite Beach Music songs, a buffet of Low Country favorites, the famous homemade dessert bar, and a silent auction.  For more information call (803) 400-3540 or visit http://www.lmso.org/#!blank/c59j.

    October 1 – 31 –  Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit at the Robert Mills House Gardens.  Come out and see the fabulous creations of local residents, families, and groups.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/scarecrows-opening.

    October 2 –  Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the Members Club at Woodcreek Golf Course in Elgin.  Purchase tickets for the golf ball drop for the chance to win $1000, with all proceeds to benefit the building of a new, larger Ronald McDonald House, so more families with children in the hospital will have a place to stay locally.  For more information call (803) 254-0118 or visit https://www.facebook.com/RMHCColumbiaSC.

    October 2 –  ‘Caroline Rhea at the Harbison Theatre at the Irmo campus of Midlands Technical College.  This very funny comedian will keep you highly entertained.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit www.harbisontheatre.org.

    October 2 –  Rhythm on the River: “Syr” at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater.  For more information visit www.rhythmontheriversc.com.

    October 2 – 10 –  “The Threepenny Opera” at the Longstreet Theatre on the USC campus.  This play, which initially premiered in 1928, took the world by storm and later made a legendary mid-1950’s Broadway run.  For more information call (803) 777-2551 or visit www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea.

    October 2 – 3 –  Jamil Shriners BBQ Cookoff at the Jamil Temper in Columbia.  Friday evening will include two live bands and everything but pork, and Saturdays BBQ sampling will begin at 10:00 am.  For more information call (803) 772-9380 or visit http://www.jamilshriners.com/news/bbqcookoff.html.

    Swampfest on the CongareeOctober 2 – 3 –  Swampfest at the Congaree to be held at several locations in and near the Congaree National Park.  The opening event will be the Barbecue, Blues, and Jazz at the Historic Harriet Barber House, which will include artists such as, local favorite, Chef Fatback & the Groove Band, Second Nature, Lenny Williams, Carlos Santana, and more.  Saturday the events will continue at the Old Mount Moriah Church Yard in Hopkins with entertainment by many groups to include the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians, as well as entertainers such as The Atlas Road Crew, Jeffrey Lampkin, the Beulah Boys of Atlanta and more.  Shuttles will run throughout the day to the Park where there will be presentations and activities throughout the day.  For more information call (803)261-5596 or visit http://www.congareeswampfest.com/.

    October 3 –  Soggy Doggie Day at Saluda Shoals Park.  Bring out your dog for a day of exercise and play in the Splash Park! For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/home.

    October 3 –  Soda City Comic Con Adult Cosplay Contest at the Music Farm.  Dress up as your favorite comic character for this adult only event!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia/upcoming-shows/.

    October 3 –  Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament at the Robert Mills House in Columbia.  Enjoy a day of free entertainment, lots of good food, and dancing, Italian cars, and vendors.  For more information call (803) 413-7124 or visit http://www.osiacolumbiasc.org/NewSite/festival_home.htm.

    October 3 –  Jam Room Festival at Main and Hampton in downtown Columbia.  This free event will include live entertainment with two stages and twelve bands, craft beer and food vendors, kids activities, a bicycle event, and even a bicycle valet.  For more information call (803) 787-6908 or visit http://jamroommusicfestival.com/.

    October 3 – 4 –  Soda City Comic Con at the Carolina Metropolitan Convention Center.  Event will include a variety of comic vendors to please those with any level of interest, toy vendors, famous creators and artists, a Cosplay Contest for children on Sunday (dress up as your favorite comic character!), and more.  For more information call (803) 361-6318 or visit http://sodacitycomiccon.com/.

    October 3 – 4 –  Congaree Bluegrass Festival at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.  Event will include the Crowe Brothers, Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Ladies of the Pickin’ Parlor, and more.  For more information visit www.facebook.com/cayce.bluegrass.

    October 3 – 4 –  Laser Tag Two-Day Event at Seven Oaks Park.  This event will provide two full days of full scale laser tag fun!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 ext. 2005 or visit http://icrc.net/laser-tag-2-day-event-2015-10-03.

    October 3 – 4 –  Gaston Collard and BBQ Festival in downtown Gaston.  Event will include a parade, rides, karaoke, live entertainment in the auditorium and outdoors, and of course, the BBQ contest.  For more information call (803) 796-7725 or visit http://gastonsc.org/home/32nd-annual-gaston-collardbarbeque-festival.

    October 4 –  “Menopause the Musical” at the Township Auditorium.  Come out and enjoy this enlightening and very comical event.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit www.thetownship.org.

    October 6 –  “Collective Soul” at the Music Farm.  A digital download of their album, “See What You’ve Started by Continuing”, will be provided to anyone who purchases a ticket on-line.  For more information call visit http://www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia/upcoming-shows/.

    October 8 –  Spirits Alive at the Elmwood Cemetery.  Bring your flashlight and take a guided walk by moonlight through this old cemetery and learn about the eerie and peculiar stories from the area.  Event includes children’s crafts, snacks, and other Halloween related activities.  For more information call (803) 252- 1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/spirits-alive.

    October 8 –  Third Eye Blind” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia/upcoming-shows/.

    October 9 –  Rhythm on the River: “Elliott and the Untouchables” at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater.  For more information visit www.rhythmontheriversc.com.

    October 9 –  “Northern Lights” by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Koger Center for the Arts.  For more information call (803) 771-7937 or visit http://www.scphilharmonic.com/calendar.aspx?event_id=1092.

    October 9 – 11 –  Oktoberfest Columbia at the corner of Devine Street and Sims Avenue.  Event will include German foods, refreshments, music, dancing, and vendors.  For more information visit http://www.oktoberfestcolumbia.com/.

    October 9 – January 10, 2016 –  “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This exhibit includes approximately 30 works created by women from around the State in a variety of art forms.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

    October 9 – January 10, 2016 –  “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This exhibit celebrates one of the most important female and art careers of American history and celebrates the 100th anniversary of this woman’s time teaching at Columbia College.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

    Native American Cherokee Trail River FestivalOctober 10 – 11 –  Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival at the Cayce Historical Museum.  Event will include demonstrations of dancing, music, storytelling, children will learn Native American children’s games, craft vendors, cultural food, reenactments, and more.  For more information call (803) 366-1705 or visit http://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/27621.

     

    October 11 –  “The Magical Music of Harry Potter” at the Harbison Theatre at the Irmo campus of Midlands Technical College.  This musical event is put on by the South Carolina Philharmonic.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit www.harbisontheatre.org.

    October 12 –  “Zedd: True Colors Tour”  at the Township Auditorium.  Come out and hear the fabulous music of these great musicians.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit www.thetownship.org.

    October 14 – 25 –  South Carolina State Fair at the State Fairground.  Come out and enjoy the food, rides, games, live entertainment, horse shows and other agricultural show, and so much more. For more information call (803) 799-3387 or visit www.scstatefair.org.

     

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