Wednesday August 23, 2017 through Tuesday September 12, 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 August 25 – Purple Martin Tours of Bomb Island meeting at Jakes Landing on Lake Murray. If you’ve never had the chance to be on one of these tours, you certainly need to take the opportunity with this resident wildlife specialist! For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/guided-purple-martin-tours-of-bomb-island-all-summer-long.
Through August 26 – “Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. This amazing artists has earned a national reputation as one of the foremost military painters of the 19th Century with a focus on life in battle and at camp during the Civil War in South Carolina. For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://crr.sc.gov/exhibits?i=95.
Through August 27 – “Light Beings” at the Columbia Museum of Art. The artist, Sana Arjumand, is a contemporary artist who presents to you a mystical and spiritual display of works through the use of birds to depict a metaphorical symbol of energy beings. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/light-beings.
Through August 27 – “Retooled” at the Columbia Museum of Arts. Local individuals are taking their tools and seeing what they can create with them. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/retooled.
Second Thursdays through August – Elmwood Cemetery Tours at Elmwood Cemetery. These tours will teach you about the meaning of the etchings on the grave markers, as well as discuss the prominent South Carolinians who are buried here. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours.
Through August 31 – “Ron Rash Archive Exhibit: More than a Southern Author” at the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information call (803) 545-0000 or visit http://www.columbiacvb.com/events/.
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/.
Through September 17 – “That 70’s Show: Cool Art from the Collection” at the Columbia Museum of Art. This show “draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that time forgot.” For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/70s-show.
Through October – Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children and their parents will learn about the different phases a butterfly goes through before becoming a butterfly, and will have the chance to see some of the butterflies’ first hand! For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/.
August 23 – CSA Cooking Class with Rachel Hartley at City Roots. Learn how to cook 4 different eggplant dishes from this registered dietician all while enjoying snacks and wine, tasting of each item made, and then take home the recipe cards and a veggie bag. For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/events-calendar/2017/8/23/csa-cooking-class-with-rachael-hartley.
August 24 – “Decades Rewind” at the Koger Center for the Arts. This entertaining performance will encompass songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with lots of dancing and even theatrics, so don’t miss out on this fun event that will take you back in time. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=413.
August 24 – “Moon Taxi” with “Big Something” at the Music Farm. Take a break from your work week to enjoy an evening of good music and great fun! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1488264-moon-taxi-columbia/.
August 25 – Lexington’s Mid-Summer Festival at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Headliner at this event is “Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors” with three preceding bands, food truck vendors, and a lot of fun! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.midsummerfestival.org/.
August 25 – Shandon Baptist Back to School Bash at the Music Farm. Enjoy a worship night at the Music Farm with shuttles from the Horseshoe at USC to the Music Farm. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1545383-shandon-baptist-back-school-columbia/.
August 25 – “Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors” at the Ice House Amphitheater. See this amazing artist on the Main Stage, or hang out at the Local Stage and see “Prettier than Matt”, “Slim Pickens”, and “The Post-Timey String Band. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
August 25 – 31 – “Good Time” at the Nickelodeon Theater. When a man’s younger brother lands in jail for a botched bank robbery, the man is desperate to find a way to get his brother out of jail. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/good-time/.
August 26 – Summer Celebration of Water at the Columbia Water Treatment Plant. This family friendly event allows everyone the chance to try out a kayak, a stand-up paddleboard, how to fish, and just learn how to have fun on the water since our area is blessed with so much of it! For more information call (803) 545-3227 or visit http://www.columbiasc.net/stormwater/educational-programs/summer-celebration-water/.
August 26 – Wink Pop Up Clothing and Accessory Sale at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Here is a chance to get some designer items for the kids for school at a very reduced rate, and of course, to buy something for yourself too. For more information call (803) 466-7836 or visit https://www.winkconsign.com/.
August 26 – Children’s Trust Benefit Gala and Silent Auction at the South Carolina State Museum. This will be a fun evening enjoying live entertainment, great food and refreshments, and a chance to bid on some of the most fabulous auction items all to benefit the Children’s Trust. For more information call (803) 744-4025 or visit https://scchildren.org/about_us/get_involved/benefit_gala_and_auction/.
August 26 – 27 – Soda City Comic Con at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For those of you who love comic books, here is your chance to dress up as your favorite character and meet others who enjoy comics, as well as attend hourly workshops, visit with vendors, participate in a cosplay contest and just have a great time! For more information call (803) 361-6318 or visit http://www.sodacitycomiccon.com/index.html.
August 27 – “Antony & Cleopatra” performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company will be shown at the Nickelodeon Theater. Mark Antony is now in power after Caesar’s assassination but is neglecting his empire because of his love for Cleopatra, leading them both to a tragic end. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/rscs-antony-cleopatra/.
August 29 – Grilling Class with Kristian Niemi at City Roots. Learning grilling techniques with a focus on fish and seafood, all while enjoy an appetizer, wine, and a salad with fresh fish, and leave with the recipe cards and grilling instructions. For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/events-calendar/2017/8/29/grilling-class-with-kristian-niemi.
August 29 – Remembering Columbia at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Here is your chance to learn about this amazing Mansion and its many uses over 200 years as something other than a family residence and museum. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/storytime-in-the-gardens-2.
August 29 – “Wayne’s World” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of this classic film, come out and enjoy the show! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/waynes-world-25th-anniversary/.
August 30 – “Patty Cakes$” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is a coming of age story set in New Jersey about an “unlikely rapper find her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/patti-cake/.
September 1 – “The Burning” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This movie is identified as one of the best slasher films, so be sure to not miss it. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-burning/.
September 1 – “Barns Courtney” with “Sondorblue” at the Music Farm. Come out for an evening of great music and great fun! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1537815-barns-courtney-columbia/.
September 1 – Palmetto City Classic Concert: “Guy” and “SWV” and guest comedian “Michael Blackson” at the Township Auditorium. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 2 – Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midlands Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert. Singing this month will be “The Rivenbarks” and “Eastern Sky Gospel” so come on out for a great night of gospel music! For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit https://www.midgsc.com/concerts.
September 2 – 4 – Labor Day Festival and Parade in downtown Chapin. This weekend will be filled with lots of fun things to do, to include watching the parade, listening to get live entertainment, enjoying a classic car show, allowing kids to participate in the children’s carnival, see the AMROC model train exhibit, and a large number of vendors to visit. For more information call (803) 345-2444 or visit http://www.chapinsc.com/269/Chapin-Labor-Day-Festival-Parade.
September 3 – “Modern Times” at the Nickelodeon Theater. A young Charlie Chaplin plays a “giddy inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/modern-times/.
September 5 – “Whose Streets” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Taken from news media, phones, and the filmmakers, this is a look at the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, MO following the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/whose-streets/.
September 7 – “Momma’s Boy” at the Township Auditorium. This is the tale of how mothers who hold on to their sons too tightly can turn them into a “momma’s boy” in spite of their desires to be macho, and the challenges they face as they grow older. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 7 – 10 – Soda City Cirque’s Paper Moon Variety Show III at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington. See stilt walking, a fire performance, aerial acts, balancing acts, belly dancing, and more! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/667758693428822/.
September 8 – Make Me Dance Back to School Tour at the Township Auditorium. This event especially for kids features “Taylor Girlz” with the shows intention being to improve kids self-esteem and confidence, develop independence, create socialization opportunities, develop new skills, and promote activity and healthy living. For more information call (803) 276-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 8 – Bar Stool Classic starting at the fountain in Five Points. This is an 8 hole putt-putt bar crawl through I different bars and restaurants in Five Points, with all proceeds to benefit the Babcock Center. For more information call (803) 748-7373 or visit http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/9th-annual-bar-stool-classic.
September 8 – 23 – “Barbecue” at the Trustus Theater. Playwright Robert O’Hara has brought to town an amazing production that begin with a white family having a barbecue in the park but then the lights go down and when they come back up, the white family has been replaced with a black family, so don’t miss out on this unique tale that may challenge the way you think about what we believe, who we are, and what we’ve become. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/shows/.
September 9 – Midlands Farm Tour at a variety of locations around Columbia and Lexington Counties. You’ll have a chance to visit farms doing aquaponics, rainwater harvesting, using the “370 Method” of composting, doing experimental heirloom cultivation, and more! For more information call (803) 470-4302 or visit https://midlandsfarmtour.com/.
September 9 – “Abbey Road Live! – A Beatles Tribute” at the Music Farm. Fill your evening with the amazing songs created by the amazing Beatles. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1490614-abbey-road-live-beatles-columbia/.
September 9 – “James Gregory” at the Harbison Theater. Here is your chance to see the “Funniest Man in America” at this wonderful theater so head out for a night of laughter and fun! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/james-gregory-funniest-man-america.
September 9 – Teal Day 5K at 2801 Devine Street. This is a run/walk to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. For more information call (803) 528-9011 or visit http://www.strictlyrunning.com/images/17TealDay.pdf.
September 9 – Martha’s Market at the Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. This will be a great event to get started early on your Christmas shopping, and enjoy some tasty homemade goodies while you are there. For more information call (803) 781-3013 or visit https://www.facebook.com/marthasmarketuumcirmo/.
September 9 – 10 – Columbia Home and Garden Show at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. If you are looking to build, remodel, revamping your landscape, or are just considering the possibility of changes, this is the place to come and speak with experts about everything you can possibly think of. For more information call (631) 603-2512 or visit http://columbiahomeandgardenshow.com/.
September 10 – Sunday Stroll: University Hill at the Inn at USC on Pendleton Street. This amazing neighborhood, established between 1883 and 1950 is filled with a variety of architectural styles and designs and is one of Columbia’s hidden wonders. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-university-hill.
September 11 – “Erin Brockovich: Environmental Protection & Citizen Action” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is a true story about the people of Hinkley, CA and their battle against groundwater contamination and a movie you don’t want to miss! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/environmental-protection-citizen-action-erin-brockovich/.
September 11 – Run for the Troops at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater. This is a 5K late afternoon run/walk to benefit veterans and first responders dealing with emotional or physical injuries due to their heroic service to our nation. For more information call (803) 814-5858 or visit https://www.runforourtroops.com/.