ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA
Wednesday September 9 through Tuesday September 29, 2015
If you are looking for all the fun things to do in Columbia, South Carolina, look no further. Below is a list of activities including contact information and websites.
Through September 10 – Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours at the Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens on the 2nd Thursdays of each month. Come learn about one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the area. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours.
Through September 11 – “From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol ‘s Famous Faces” at the Columbia Museum of Art. Come view works from one of Americas greatest 20th Century artists. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit http://www.columbiamuseum.org/.
Through September 20 – “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Come enjoy an adventure in the world of Mr. Potato Head. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/.
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 29 – Scarecrows in the Garden Contest Submissions for the annual competition to be held at the Robert Mills Carriage House. 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. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.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 December 15 – Hand Building Techniques at the Columbia Art Center. Come learn 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 Out 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. Come 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/.
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 In 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/.
Through September 16 – “The Apu Trilogy” at the Nickelodeon Theatre. This trilogy includes Panther Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu, all about a boy from India and his life journey during a changing period in history. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/.
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 10 – “Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” at the Music Farm. With 18 years of experience perfecting their performance, you’ll not find another band that comes this close to replicating the Led Zeppelin experience. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/all-shows/.
September 10 – Sertoma Tailgate Fundraiser at The Coop on Key Road. Come out for all you can eat barbeque and unlimited spirits with proceeds benefiting a number of local charities in the area. For more information call (843) 833-2218 or visit www.ColumbiaSertoma.org/Tailgate2015./
September 11 – Run for Our Troops at the W.M. Rish Riverwalk Park & Amphitheater in West Columbia. Come out and support our troops who have risked their lives for the benefit of all of us. For more information call (803) 814-5858 or visit http://www.runforourtroops.com/.
September 11 – “Blue Dogs” at the Music Farm. With over 25 years of playing for may national and international venues, this band from Charleston is a must see. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/all-shows/.
September 11 – “Noises Off” at the Harbison Theatre in Irmo. Often called the “funniest farce ever written” the play offers an menagerie of actors rehearsing a flop play, Noises Off, in this hilarious story. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit www.harbisontheatre.org.
September 11 – S.C. Public Health Association’s Annual Golf Tournament at the Charwood Country Club. The proceeds from this event will support health centered initiatives through the United Way. For more information call (803) 289-8117 or visit www.scpha.com.
September 11 – 12 – Soda City Cirques “Finding Elysian” at the Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia. This theatrical production presents witty storytelling and joyful circus arts. The event is outdoors, so be sure to bring a chair or blanket. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/113857902294462/.
September 11 – October 4 – “Singing in the Rain” at the Town Theatre. Come out and enjoy this 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/.
September 11 – October 24 – South Carolina Biennial 2015 Part 1 at the 701 Contemporary Art Gallery on Whaley Street. Exhibition of some of the best contemporary art by South Carolina artists. For more information call (803) 779-4571 or visit www.701cca.org.
September 12 – Martha’s Market at the Union United Methodist Church Family Ministry Center in Irmo. There will be over 60 vendors selling jewelry, art, homemade goods, and much more. For more information call (803) 781-3013 or visit https://www.facebook.com/marthasmarketuumcirmo?_rdr=p.
September 12 – Splash and Dash at Saluda Shoals Park. This team event includes biking, trail running, and paddling with teams doing each part of the course together and finishing the race together. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/splash-and-dash.
September 12 – USC Symphony Orchestra: Paremski Plays Tchaikovsky at the Koger Center for the Arts. This opening concert includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by guest artist Natasha Paremski. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit www.koger.sc.edu.
September 12 – Musical Theatre Saturday Session at the Broadway Bound Musical Theatre on Gadsden Street. There will be two workshops: one for ages 8-20 a nd one for ages 5-7. For more information call (803) 457-1126 or visit www.broadwayboundmtc.com.
September 12 – Saturday Scenes & Monologues at the Broadway Bound Musical Theatre on Gadsden Street. Learn new memorization and audition techniques while developing your body language and ability to feel at east on stage. For more information call (803) 457-1126 or visi8t www.broadwayboundmtc.com.
September 12 – James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk at the William F. O’Neal Gymnasium at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Pine Street. For more information call (803) 765-9916 or visit www.jamesrclarksicklecell.org.
September 12 – 5K Dryrun & Walk starting at 600 King Street. This is a 5 mile walk/run and team relay to honor the faces and voices of those in recovery in the Midlands. For more information call (803) 799-IRUN or visit http://www.strictlyrunning.com/labor.htm.
September 12 – Dam Swim for Drew at the SCE&G Park at the Dam in Lexington. This is a two-mile open water race to promote boating and swimming safety. For more information call (803) 799-IRUN or visit https://sites.google.com/site/lhsdamswimfordrew/.
September 14 – HT Behind the Scenes – Theatre at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Irmo. Learn what it takes to put on a theatrical performance. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/ht-behind-scenes-theatre.
September 17 – Singing with the Stars Costume Party at the 701 Whaley Street Contemporary Art Gallery. Dress as your favorite singer, star, or come as you are and enjoy an evening of entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and open bar refreshments. Those who are dressed will have a chance to “walk the red carpet”, get their picture taken, and compete for fabulous prizes for the best dressed. For more information visit http://www.sandlappersingers.org/concerts.html.
September 17 – “Terrance Young and the Finesse Band” at the Loading Dock at the Township Auditorium. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/.
September 17 – 20 – Columbia’s Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Columbia. Enjoy cultural food, crafts, entertainment, and enjoy tours of the church where you can see some of the most fabulous renaissance type painting at this favorite Columbia event. For more information call (803) 461-0248 or visit http://columbiasgreekfestival.com/.
September 18 – 20 – Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the Farmers Market in West Columbia. This is a fun event filled with all the plants you could possibly want to beautify your yard. For more information call (803) 734-2210 or visit https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/state-farmers-markets/plant-and-flower-festivals/.
September 18 – 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.
September 19 – St. Andrews Rotary Club Dam Run starting on the Lexington side of the dam and ending at the boat ramp at Saluda Shoals Park. This is a 10K run and a 6K walk. For more information call (803) 799-4786 or visit http://www.strictlyrunning.com/images/15DamRun.pdf.
September 19 – Sofrito & Soul Music and Food Festival at the Sandhills Research and Education Center on Clemson Road. Event will include Latin music, food, and culture. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/395546563975513.
September 19 – Back to Our Roots Ridge Spring Harvest Festival in downtown Ridge Spring. Event will include a parade, cake and pie contest, arts and crafts, a country store, other vendors, and much more. For more information call (803) 609-7152 or visit http://www.ridgespringharvestfestival.com/.
September 19 – Jubilee Festival of Heritage at the Mann-Simons Site in downtown Columbia. Learn about the African American culture in the Columbia area through tours, entertainment, and artisans/craftsmen. For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit www.historiccolumbia.org/jubilee.
September 19 – Fall Festival & Pickin’ Party at the S.C. State Museum. Enjoy a day of barbecue and food, craft beer, and life bluegrass music. For more information call (803) 898-4952 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/fall-festival/.
September 19 – “Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper” opening at the S.C. State Museum. This exhibit tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of a printmaker. For more information call (803) 898-4952 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/time-and-place-the-artwork-of-james-fowler-cooper/.
September 19 – Eau Claire’s Unity Festival at Hyatt Park. Event will include live gospel and jazz entertainers, arts and craft vendors, a classic car show, food, and more. For more information call (803) 691-1168 or visit http://www.sandlappersingers.org/concerts.html.
September 19 – Veterans Car and Bike Show at Thunder Tower in Elgin. Proceeds will benefit the Alston Wilkes Society. For more information call (803) 799-2490 or visit http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org/veterans-car—bike-show.html.
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 – 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 – “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 is a $30,000 guaranteed grand prize. For more information call (803) 364-4152 or visit http://oakleybigbass.com/events/South-Carolina-Big-Bass-Classic.
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