Activities in the Columbia Area – April 17, 2019 – May 7, 2019

    ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA

    Wednesday April 17, 2019 through Tuesday May 7, 2019

     

    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 –  Play on the Plaza at the Boyd Plaza of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come out and spend some time tapping in to your creative side with free design challenges where you can use already prepared lesson plans or use your own imagination to tap in to your own engineering ingenuity.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-0.

    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 at the South Carolina State House on Gervais Street.  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 April 19 –  Spring Break Camp: Rainforest Adventures at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Children’s ages 5 to 9 will learn about the wonderful rainforests through storytelling, walks through the zoo, animal encounters, and more!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    Through April 19 –  Spring Break Camps at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Here is a chance for kids to enjoy a variety of activities throughout the week including cooking, arts activities, and experiments to help make their spring break more fun!  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/programs/camps.

    Through April 19 –  Spring Break Camps at the South Carolina State Museum.  With camps for two different age groups, they each have a chance to enjoy something new and different every day to help make their spring break a memorable one.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/spring-break-camps/.

    Through April 20 –  “Hall of Heros” at the South Carolina State Museum.  You’ll experience a hands-on interactive adventure that will allow you to try out your own superpowers while learning the history of America’s obsession with superheroes.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/hall-of-heroes/.

    Through April 24 –  Life Drawing at the Columbia Art Center.  In this 4 week class you’ll learn the basics of line drawing and techniques to help you enhance your work.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/parks-recreation/Life%20Drawing%202019.pdf.

    Through April 26 –  Saluda Shoals Jazz Series at Saluda Shoals Park.  Spend your Friday nights enjoying jazz music in this wonderful park!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/saluda-shoals-park-jazz-series.

    Through April 27 –  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” at the Trustus Theatre.  You’ll take a journey back to the Jazz Ages when this classic novel comes to life on the stage in this imaginative re-creation!  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/scott-fitzgeralds-the-great-gatsby/.

    Through April 27 –  “The Frog Princess” at the Columbia Marionette Theater.  This production based on a Russian fairy tale is filled with music, adventure, suspense, romance, and humor, so bring the kids out for a show that even you will enjoy!  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/the-frog-princess/.

    Through June 1 –  Painting Class with Abstract Alexandra at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Each Saturday there will be two different classes: a Happy Fun Time class and a Therapeutic Painting Class so enjoy some fun or overcome some struggles with one of these great classes!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/happy-fun-time-painting-class-every-saturday-2/.

    Through August 19 –  Creative Art Classes with Abstract Alexandra at the Tapp’s Art Center.  This talented professional artist will help you find your creativity and learn how therapeutic and fun using acrylics can be as you find your inner artist!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/happy-fun-time-painting-class-every-saturday-2/.

    Through September 30 – 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  This exhibit will give you some details of information and items from both sides of the lines from items collected locally, donated, and loaned.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/event/100th-anniversary-of-wwi-exhibit/56508/.

    April 17 –  “Shrek” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll experience the life of an ogre whose live is invaded by “annoying fairy tale characters” in this fun and entertaining movie both children and adults alike will enjoy.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/shrek/.

    April 17 –  “Moon Taxi” and “Luthi” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening of indie-alternative rock as well as what has been dubbed “Cumberland Funk” by these two talented groups.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/moon-taxi.

    April 17 – 20 –  Kings of Comedy at the Comedy House.  Top South Carolina comedians, Skip-G Lawson, Steve Wannamaker, & Big Mo Dixon are coming out to give you a fun night of comedy!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    April 17 – 20 –  “Wonder of the World” at the Lab Theatre on the USC Campus.   You’ll enjoy a hilarious comedy by the Pulitzer Prizing winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire as you take a journey to Niagara Falls with Cass who has abandoned her husband once she learned his dirty little secret, and her hope of finding what she has missed in life only to encounter four odd individuals.   For more information visit https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/theatre/productions/lab_theatre/wonderoftheworld.php.

    April 18 –  “Whiskey Run” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Spend your Thursday evening enjoying some fresh air and great music.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    April 18 –  Rudy Mancke Lecture – Birds of a Feather: The Natural History of Birds at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Learn about the history of birds that is in conjunction with the Centers newest gallery show, Ethereal Plumage.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=702.

    April 18 –  Loading Dock Live: “The Finesse Band” at the Township Auditorium Loading Dock.  Enjoy a free outdoor concert to celebrate the beautiful spring season!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    April 18 –  International Strategy in an Era of Trade Uncertainty at the USC Darla Moore School of Business.  You’ll enjoy a discussion about the changes that have occurred in the global trading arena and the impact it’s had on the U.S. trade policy and practices.   For more information visit https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/moore/business_solutions/conferences/international_strategy_trade_uncertainty_event.php.

    April 18 –  Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Melvin Park in Chapin.  Bring your children ages 1 through 12 out for a fun Easter egg hunt in the dark, so remember to bring a basket and a flashlight!  For more information call (803) 345-8113 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/flashlight-egg-hunt-0.

    April 18 –  Harvest Dinner at City Roots.  You’ll enjoy a fabulous four-course meal featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, with wine from Italian estate wines of America.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/4/15/april-harvest-dinner.

    April 18 –  “Elle King: Shake The Spirit Tour” with “Barns Courtney” at The Senate.  You’ll spend your evening enjoying a blend of country, soul, rock and blues with these two talented artists.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/elle-king-shake-the-spirit-tour.

    April 18, May 28, & June 8 –  Much More Than A Drum at the Columbia Art Center.  In this 3 day workshop, you’ll learn several different ways you can use a gourd to create an instrument.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/April%202019%20Web%20Sheet.pdf.

    April 19 –  Good Friday Service at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Watershed Fellowship Church will have this special service with music and speaking.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    April 19 –  “Sprung! A Latinx Benefit Showcase at the Space Hall of the Tapp’s Art Center.  You’ll have the chance to see some of the Latinx artwork while enjoying live music with proceeds to benefit RAICES that offers legal assistance to separated families.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/sprung-a-latinx-benefit-showcase/.

    April 19 –  “The Public” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  A brutal cold front is coming into Cincinnati and the homeless shelters are full, and a group of homeless are refusing to leave the library which turns into a standoff with local riot police with two librarians caught in the middle. For more information call (803) 2254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-public/.

    April 19 –  Hoppy Hour History at the Seibels House in Richland Street.  You’ll enjoy a happy hour themed Easter Egg hunt while enjoying the beauty of the spring gardens!  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/hoppy-hour-history.

    April 19 –  Vista After Five Finale: “Blue Dogs” and “The Travelin Kine”  in the Vista.  Two of the areas favorite bands will serenade you after work in the last of the Vista After Five series.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/vista-after-five-finale-w-the-blue-dogs.

    April 19 –  “ZOSO: Led Zeppelin Tribute Band” at The Senate.  For all the Zeppelin fans, take a journey down memory lane with this talented group!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/zoso-(tribute-to-led-zeppelin).

    April 20 –  Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Extravaganza at the Robert Mills House.  Bring the whole family out for some outdoor fun with egg-ercises, egg dyeing, face painting, a bunny hunt, raffles, exhibitors, refreshments, and more!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    April 20 –  Dagobah (BooHag / Apricot Blush / Numbtongue / FlowerShopping) at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Enjoy an evening of some great rock music.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/%E2%88%85-presents-dagobah-boohag-a-blush-numbtongue-flowershopping/.

    April 20 –  Maria Nunes Artist Talk – “In A World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers” in the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  You’ll have a chance to hear the artist talk about her work, and about her new book, “A World of Their Own” which documents her work on the Trinidad Carnival.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/maria-nunes-artist-talk-in-a-world-of-their-own-carnival-dreamers-and-makers/.

    April 20 –  “Valley Maker with Cayla Fralick” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Valley Makers 2nd full length album, Rhododendron, you’ll hear songs about movement and transitions, and the “journey’s in between”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/events/valley-maker/.

    April 20 –  Eggstravaganza at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Bring the kids out for a fun day with Easter egg hunting, other Easter festivities, STEAM programs and more!  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    April 20 –  Hippie Fest at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.  This will be a fun day filled with live music, bohemian vendors, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, kid’s activities, cirque performers, good food, and great fun!  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/historic-columbia-speedway/hippie-fest-cayce-sc/2063453470592445/.

    April 20 –  Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler at Finlay Park.  The event includes a 5 mile and a 3 mile run and a 5 mile walk followed by live entertainment, a wellness expo and post-event foods.  For more information visit http://heartandsolerun.com/.

    April 20 –  City of Columbia Easter Egg Hunt at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.  You’ll enjoy a fun and enjoyable Easter Egg hunt so bring the whole family out for the fun!  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/city-columbia-easter-egg-hunt.

    April 20 –  “Love From The Soul” at the Township Auditorium.  Spend your evening enjoying the talented of artists such as Faith Evans, Musiq Soulchild, & Carl Thomas just to name a few.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    April 20 & 27 –  Nature at the North End Riverfront Park North on River Drive.  Talk a walk along the river and learn about the fish, the birds, and the blooming plants.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    April 20 – 28 –  “The Three Little Pigs” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre.  Bring the kids out for a fun and highly entertaining musical comedy!  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.

    April 21 –  Easter Sunrise Service at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Presented by Calvary Chapel in Lexington, you’ll enjoy a wonderful service with special guests Bobby and Jake Bentley as the sunrises followed by free Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks coffee.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    April 21 –  Easter Sunrise Service at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin.  Come by boat or bring a blanket and enjoy watching the sun rise over the Lake while you any a wonderful Easter service, followed by refreshments and coffee.  For more information visit https://www.evensi.us/community-easter-sunrise-service-931-sugar-mill-chapin-sc-29036-8703-united-states/298213619.

    April 21 –  Canal History Tour at Riverfront Park South on Laurel Street.  Here is a chance to learn about the history of the Columbia canal.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    April 21 –  Dance Church Sunday at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  This monthly improvisational dance experience will provide you with a chance to express and explore yourself through movement.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/dance-church-sunday-tapps/.

    April 21 – 28 –  “Aphra Behn: Wanton. Wit. Women.” At the Center for Performance Experiment on the USC Campus.  Set in lawless 1660’s London, you’ll experience the challenges of woman’s equality in a witty and entertaining style.  For more information visit https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/theatre/productions/center_for_performance_experiment/aphrabehn.php.

    April 23 –  “Scheherazade” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Presented by the USC Symphony Orchestra spend an evening enjoy the wonderful voice of the wonderfully talented mezzo-soprano, Rachel Calloway.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=610.

    April 23 –  “Call Her Ganda” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  When a Filipino transgender woman is murdered by a U.S. marine, three women invested in the case work for justice as a result of many prior American perpetrators evading consequences.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/call-her-ganda/.

    April 23 & 30 –  Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hour at Riverfront Park South on Laurel Street. Just as last year, the German style biergartens return and you’ll enjoy a walk with the Ranger while learning about these incredible beautiful lilies!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    April 24 –  “El Norte” at the Nickelodeon Theater.   This is the story of a brother and sister who flea Guatemala, traveling through Mexico and into the United States with the hope and expectation of starting a new, better life, with the story showing the challenges faced by immigrants who come to the United States and their efforts just to survive.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/el-norte/.

    April 25 –  An Evening with Steve Martin at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll enjoy a seated dinner while hearing the extremely talented Mr. Martin talk about his interest in art and his personal collection. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/evening-steve-martin.

    April 25 –  USC University Bands Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Including students pursuing a variety of degrees, this large ensemble of talented students will provide you with an evening of great music!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=665.

    April 25 –  “Finesse at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  You’ll enjoy a break from your work week with some fun and entertaining music!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    April 25 –  Game and Garden Spring Feast at Hay Hill Events on Bluff Road.  Presented by the Congaree Land Trust, attendees will enjoy chef prepared South Carolina game and seasonal ingredients, along with craft beer, wine, cocktails, a live auction, and live entertainment with proceeds to benefit land conservation across central South Carolina!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/game-and-garden-spring-feast-tickets-59114667562.

    April 25 –  “Dance Gavin Dance” at The Senate.  Spend your evening enjoy some serious hardcore rock music!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/dance-gavin-dance.

    April 25 –  Live @ the Space Hall: UltraDeluxe / StressFractures / ComeTherapy / LLeau at the Tapp’s Art Center.  You’ll spend your evening enjoying punk rock.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/livespacehall-ultradeluxe-stressfractures-comatherapy-lleau/.

    April 26 –  “Tony Lee Group” at Saluda Shoals Park.  Enjoy some jazz music to end your week in this beautiful outdoor setting with food, beer, and wine available!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/saluda-shoals-park-jazz-series-1.

    April 26 –  “Jumanji” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Bring the family out for a fun free Friday night movie!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    April 26 –  Master Distiller Dinner Series: Women on Whiskey at City Roots.  You’ll enjoy a family style farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans that will include some whiskey inspired items and a whiskey cocktail.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/4/12/master-distiller-dinner-series-women-in-whiskey.

    April 26 –  Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo Botanical Gardens.  You’ll enjoy tasting fabulous wines in a beautiful setting!  For more information call (803) 799-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/wine-tasting.

    April 26 –  “Carolina Shout! With the South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble at the Harbison Theater.  In this final concert of the season, the Ensemble will be joined by jazz trumpeter, Justin Ray who has been traveling for over 15 years with Michael Buble and has recorded three of his own records.  For more information send an email to robert@scjazz.org or visit https://scjazz.org/events-calendar/2018/7/19/carolina-shout-with-the-jazz-masterworks-ensemble-at-the-harbison-theater.

    April 26 –  Historic Preservation Conference at the South Carolina Archives & History Center.  Attendees will enjoy learning about a wide range of topics revolved around South Carolina history, historic properties, and current preservation topics.  For more information call (803) 896-0339 or visit https://scarchivesandhistoryfoundation.org/2019/01/14/sc-historic-preservation-conference-2019/.

    April 26 – 27 –  Student Choreography Showcase at Drayton Hall.  Here is a chance to see what the dance students of USC have created to perform just for you!  For more information visit https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/dance/index.php.

    April 26 – 27 –  DOKO Film Festival in Blythewood.  This film festival showcases selected works of High School Students with the films being shown at Westwood High School and other activities at Doko Manor, so bring the family out to see what some of these talented students have created and it just might inspire your own kids to try their hand at filmmaking.  For more information visit https://dokofilmfest.com/.

    April 26 – 27 –  “Coppelia” at the Township Auditorium.  Presented by the Carolina Ballet, this is the story of a village girl who is trying to win the heart of her true love by taking the place of a life-size dancing toy doll, a sentimental comic performance that will win your heart.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    April 26 – May 5 –  “Bull In A China Shop” at On-Stage Productions.  You will certainly enjoy this hilarious tale of six older ladies who spy on their neighbor across the street and learn that he is a homicide detective and search for a way to get him to visit them.  For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=88237.

    April 26 – May 5 –  “Dixie Swim Club” at the Firehouse Theatre in Chapin. You will surely enjoy the fun and laughter in this story of five Southern women who met in college and vowed to spend a weekend every year on the Outer Banks catching up.  For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit https://www.chapintheatre.org/2019/dixie-swim-club.html#cast.

    April 27 –  South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  With more than 25 food trucks and 20 craft beer vendors, you will not lack for choices of what to eat or drink.  For more information visit https://foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/south-carolina/.

    April 27 –  Garden Workshop: Summer Vegetables at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.  You’ll spend time with the Historic Columbia horticulturalists as they plant the vegetable gardens while you learn about starting plants from seeds, participate in fun gardening related activities, and take home seeds to start on your own. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/garden-workshop-summer-vegetables.

    April 27 –  Columbia Food and Wine Festival at the Seibels House and Gardens.  Motor Supply Company Bistro and Spotted Salamander Café & Catering will create a fabulous four-course meal using heirloom and sustainable ingredients served in the outdoor garden preceded by cocktails in the amazing House!   For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/columbia-food-and-wine-festival-heirloom-breeds-seeds.

    April 27 –  Youth Extravaganza by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This chamber concert will include Catherine Huang, winner of the Southeastern Piano Festival, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=617.

    April 27 –  Crab Crack Scholarship Fundraiser at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.  Here is a chance to have all you can eat freshly cooked Snow Crab legs, hamburgers, hotdogs, fried fish, fried turkey, BBQ grilled chicken, multiple side dishes, and beverages, with DJ music, and fun activities for the entire family! For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/2019-crab-crack-scholarship-fundraiser.

    April 27 –  BeABoss Youth Summit at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  6th to 10th graders will enjoy a free one day event that will help them develop their leadership skills, increase their self-confidence, and develop a healthy self-image, and make a plan for success!  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    April 27 –  4-Legged 4K at 2801 Devine Street.  This walk/run for dogs and their owners will benefit the animals taken in by Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, with the event followed by prizes, pet vendors, pet adoptions, and more.  For more information call (803) 999-1387 or visit https://www.4legged4kcsa.com/.

    April 27 –  Cayce Festival of Arts on State Street in Cayce.  You’ll enjoy visiting with artists, crafters, and authors and writers from South Carolina and surrounding states.  For more information send an email to caycefest@gmail.com or visit http://www.caycefestivalofthearts.com/p/about.html.

    April 27 –  Kid’s Day of Lexington at Virginia Hylton Park.  This will be a day dedicated to the kids with lots of fun activities, entertainment, mascots and other characters, all to build a sense of community closeness through education and caring, with proceeds to benefit the Dickerson Center for Children and the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter.  For more information call (803) 356-8554 or visit http://www.lexingtonkidsday.com/.

    April 27 –  Kinetic Derby Day on Meeting Street.  This will be a day starting with a kinetic sculpture parade displaying human powered handmade floats using gravity and kinetic energy to move along the float route, followed by soapbox racing with several awards being given after this activity, as well as art, food trucks, interactive science, and more, so make plans to either participate or just enjoy viewing others creations that might inspire you to participate next year!  For more information call (803) 791-1880 ext. 623 or visit https://www.kineticderbyday.com/.

    April 27 –  Sweet Potato Festival at Hopkins Park in Hopkins.  Enjoy a day filled with fun starting with a parade, followed by lots of live music and other entertainment, arts and craft vendors, sweet potato contest, carnival rides, and more!  For more information call (803) 776-2778 or visit https://lowerrichlandsweetpotatofest.com/.

    April 27 –  We Can All Eat Showcase at the Tapp’s Art Center.  This show will showcase and respecting the diversity of Women in Hip Hop with the show offering something for everyone with artists from around South Carolina performing and the intent to address sexism in the music industry.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/we-can-all-eat-showcase/.

    April 27 –  “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the story of the rock band Wilco who was set to become the next great American rock band when the corporate label rejected them and two band members left with the documentary including live performances and the behind the scenes “corporate shenanigans”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/i-am-trying-to-break-your-heart/.

    April 27 –  Walk MS at Riverfront Park.  The event includes a 1 mile and 3 mile walk, with both routes accessible for wheel chairs, scooters, walkers and canes, with proceeds to benefit continued research to find a cure for this horrible debilitating disease!  For more information call (855) 372-1331 or visit https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCTWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=30356.

    April 27 – 28 –  American Dance Championships at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  This national dance competition is stopping in Columbia and will include some of the best dancers from across the country.  For more information call (803) 545-0181 or visit https://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/american-dance-championship.

    April 27 – 28 –  Beginner Furniture Building Workshop with Greg Alexander at the 701 Gallery on Whaley Street.  Whether you’ve wanted to learn about building furniture or dabble some, here is a chance to learn the basics of building and gain tips from this talented artist while you build your own staked stool.  For more information call (803) 319-9949 or visit https://www.701cca.org/workshops.

    April 28 –  Greater Columbia Record Fair at the Columbia Museum of Art.  If you’re looking for a particular vinyl record or just want to see what the fair is about, come on out and enjoy live DJ music, food and beer, guided gallery tours, and art projects  in the newly renovated studios.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/12th-annual-greater-columbia-record-fair.

    April 28 –  South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Come out and support the hard work of these very talented youth performers who are sure to give you a show that will astound you!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=638.

    April 28 –  Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents Cupcakes & Concertos at the Harbison Theatre.  Spend your Sunday enjoy some wonderful chamber music that will include the winners of the 2019 Youth Artist Competition, with cupcakes following the concert.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/lake-murray-symphony-orchestra-presents-cupcakes-concertos.

    April 28 – October 27 –  Brookland Brunch at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.  Enjoy a Sunday morning with good food and mimosas on the river.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2828999113991902/.

    April 29 –  Feed the City: Kugels & Collards at the Historic City Market at 705 Gervais Street.  You’ll enjoy a four-course meal featuring the cuisine of Hillary Sterling and Fany Gerson, two Jewish chefs from New York, and Lissadell Cohen-Serrins and Kristian Neimi who found their culinary skills through southern cooking.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/feed-city-kugels-collards-historic-city-market.

    April 29 –  USC String Project Spring Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=666.

    April 29 –  Sweet and Savory Chefs Competition – The Golden Spatula Awards at The Hall at Senate’s End.  This fund raiser for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter will include an open bar, wonderful food, and a silent auction.  For more information call (803) 786-6819 or visit https://palmettoplaceshelter.networkforgood.com/events/10749-sweet-and-savory-chefs-competition-the-golden-spatula-awards.

    April 30 –  ColaJazz Crawl at several different locations around Columbia.  In celebration of International Jazz Day, you’ll enjoy an evening traveling to some of the most wonderful venues around Columbia to hear some fantastic jazz music and see some of the areas greatest and even some international jazz musicians!  For more information visit https://colajazz.com/event/colajazz-crawl-international-jazz-day/.

    May 2 –  “Sing Me To Heaven” at the United Methodist Church in Chapin.  You’ll enjoy a beautiful concert by the Dutch Fork Choral Society.  For more information call (803) 318-0488 or visit http://dutchforkchoralsociety.com/.

    May 2 –  “The Tams” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  You’ll enjoy a break from work with some entertaining beach music.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    May 2 – 5 –  Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the Colonial Life Arena.  In this wonderful show you’ll have the chance to see over 50 of your favorite Disney characters and sing 30 of your favorite Disney songs, so bring the entire family for what is sure to be a show you won’t soon forget.   For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-celebrates-100-years-of-magic.

    May 3 –  “Black Stone Cherry” and “Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown” at The Senate.  Spend an evening enjoying some great rock and roll with these talented groups!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/black-stone-cherry-tyler-bryant-and-the-shakedow.

    May 3 – 4 –  Festival of Gardens starting at Forest Lake Gardens on Trenholm Road.  Here is a chance to see everything from beautifully designed gardens, magnificent trees, sculptures, fountains, vegetable gardens, chickens and ducks, and more!  For more information send an email to cgreen1984@hotmail.com or visit http://www.columbiagreen.org/events/festival2019/index.html.

    May 3 – 19 –  “Mamma Mia!” at the Town Theatre.  You’ll enjoy this fun story about a bride who wants a traditional wedding with her father walking her down the aisle, but she doesn’t know who he is and her mother isn’t talking. For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit https://towntheatre.com/mammamia/.

    May 3 – 19 –  “The Wizard of Oz” at the Village Square Theatre.  This will be a wonderful show the entire family will enjoy!  For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com/tickets.html.

    May 4 –  Play on the Plaza at the Boyd Plaza of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come out and spend some time tapping in to your creative side with free design challenges where you can use already prepared lesson plans or use your own imagination to tap in to your own engineering ingenuity.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-0.

    May 4 –  NAMI Walks Mid-Carolina at Finlay Park.  This free family friendly fun event is to help raise awareness of the many thousands of children and adults in the area who suffer from mental illness, and to raise money to help those individuals and their families struggling with mental illness. For more information call (803) 206-2916 or visit https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=810.

    May 4 –  “Shine: An Original Production Featuring Terrance Henderson” at the Harbison Theater.  Columbia Children’s Theater in conjunction with IndigoSOUL, will present this musical about a young boy who sets out on a journey to find his “light” and meets three muses who help him through story, poetry, song and dance in what is sure to be a great show!  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/shine-original-production-featuring-terrance-henderson.

    May 4 –  NPC Palmetto Classic Competition at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  If you enjoy body building competitions, this is the show for you!  For more information call (803) 545-0181 or visit https://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/npc-palmetto-classic-competition.

    May 4 –  Crawfish Festival at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  You’ll enjoy a day filled with tons of terrific Cajun and other foods, live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, carnival rides, and a whole lot of great fun!  For more information call (803) 960-3552 or visit http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/.

    May 4 –  Crawdaddy Dash starting at City Roots.  As part of the Crawfish Festival, you can start your day with a fun 5K race which also gives you a free ticket to the Festival.  For more information call (803) 960-3552 or visit http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/activities/#dash.

    May 4 –  “Dirty Honey” at The Senate.  This Los Angeles rock band has an invitation to travel with Slash this summer and has had a support slot with Red Sun Rising this spring so you’ll want to check these guys out!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/dirty-honey.

    May 4 –  River Bluff Gator Band Food Truck Festival at River Bluff High School.  You’ll enjoy good food, local artisans and crafters, kid’s activities, and more!  For more information visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/river-bluff-gator-band-food-truck-festival.

    May 4 –  Steak Supper Fundraiser & Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midland Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert.  Spend an evening enjoy a wonderful meal and great music by The Mylon Hayes Family.  For more information call (803) 206-1730 or visit https://www.facebook.com/midgsc/.

    May 4 – August 3 –  “Pinocchio” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.  Bring the kids out for a great puppet show about this wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy and his journey to learning how to become one.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/pinocchio/.

    May 5 –  Big Nosh at the Tree of Life Church.  You’ll learn about the Jewish cultural traditions, tour the church, visit with vendors, and enjoy some fabulous foods!  For more information visit http://www.bignosh.org/.

    May 5 –  Freeway Music Spring Showcase at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  The students have been working and practicing all year and here is the chance for them to showcase their talent live just for you so come out and support them!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

    May 5 –  Pickin’ & Piggin’ in the Park at Saluda Shoals Park.  You’ll enjoy some tasty BBQ and live bluegrass music in this beautiful park!  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/pickin-piggin-0.

    May 7 –  May Harvest Dinner at City Roots.  You’ll enjoy a fabulous four course meal created with fresh seasonal ingredients by local farmers and artisans and a complimentary cocktail.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/5/6/may-harvest-dinner.

     

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