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 – Main Street Civil Rights Walking Tour meeting at the African American History Monument of the State House Grounds. This tour will take place every Sunday in February. For more information call (803) 851-5064 or visit http://columbiasc63.com/category/events/.
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 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 August 10 – Summer Camps at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Kids ages 4 to 12 can participate in a variety of activities to keep them busy this summer. For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/programs/camps/.
Through August 12 – “The Music Man, Jr.” at the W.G. Sanders Middle School Freddie E. Grace Jr. Theatre. Based on the story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, which won six Tony Awards for best comedy musical, you’ll meet the traveling salesman Harold Hill who has trombones for sale and offers to help organize a boys band if they purchase one, but as you’ll learn, he doesn’t have a clue about how to play one, so be sure to come see the outcome at this fun production! For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/musicman/.
Through August 17 – Zoo Summer Camps at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Kids ages 3 to 13 can enjoy fun summer camps at the zoo with a variety of camps to choose from. For more information call (803) 602-0803 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/education/day-camps.
Through August 24 – Purple Martin Boat Tours at Jake’s Landing. Wingard’s naturalist and Captain Zach will take you on a trip for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the largest Purple Martin roosts in North America on Doolittle Island on Lake Murray. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/event/purple-martin-boat-tour-june-18/.
August 8 – Mixed Media Art at the Columbia Art Center. This Indian inspired workshop will use a variety of media to create a colorful masterpiece! For more information call (803) 254-5008 or visit https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/mixed-media-art-instruction-by-jugnu-verma/.
August 9 – Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets From The Grave at Elmwood Cemetery. Enjoy one or both of these tours where you will learn about the symbols on the headstones and what they mean, and where you can learn about historical figures from Columbia who are buried here. For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-08/moonlight-cemetery-secrets-grave-tours.
August 10 – Twilight in the Garden at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Enjoy an evening with some good music under the stars to end your week! For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://etickets.riverbanks.org/TicketsandEvents/TwilightintheGarden/tabid/177/ctl/SearchResult/mid/890/TourTypeId/0/ViewAllDate/0/Default.aspx?StartDate=8/5/2018%2012:00:00%20AM&EndDate=8/5/2019%2012:00:00%20AM.
August 11 – “Moana” at Melvin Park off Hwy. 76 toward Chapin. Bring the kids out and enjoy this great movie while you have some fun family time together! For more information call (803) 345-8113 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/summer-movie-moana.
August 11 – Pasta Making at the Columbia Art Center. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta, don’t miss the chance with this workshop! For more information call (803) 254-5008 or visit https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/pasta-making-instruction-by-alice-leri/.
August 11 – Tasty Tomato Festival at City Roots. Enjoy a day filled with great music, beverages and lots of food including tasty tomatoes!! For more information call (803) 470-4302 or visit https://tastytomatofestival.com/.
August 11 – Jamil Food Truck Jamboree at the Jamil Temple. Enjoy a day filled with good music, great food and beverages, and fun kid’s activities including rides! For more information call (803) 772-9380 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1693200514099337/?active_tab=about.
August 11 – “Erica Campbell & Deitrick Haddon: Get Up And Praise” at the Township Auditorium. Come enjoy an evening of inspirational music by these two talented performers. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
August 12 – “Romeo and Juliet” by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Nickelodeon Theater. This historical story about love at first sight displays intense passion and will hopefully set a precedence for generations to come! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/rome-and-juliet-royal-shakespeare-company/.
August 12 – “Kegs and Eggs” at the Liberty Tapp Room. Experience the blend of great brunch items including Pork Belly Biscuits and Red Eye Gravy, and Mango and Pepper Jelly Monte Cristo paired with a variety of beers including Indah Coffee Stout and Bull Street Wheat. For more information call (803) 461-4677 or visit http://www.libertytaproom.com/news/story/liberty-tap-room-vista-kegs—eggs-beer-brunch-sunday-8-12—1pm.
August 12 – Sunday Brunch Cruise on Lake Murray on the Spirit of Lake Murray in Leesville. Enjoy a Sunday morning cruise on the Lake with great foods, such as Shrimp and Grits and Sausage Frittata with a cash bar. For more information call (803) 730-3044 or visit https://www-150p.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_spiritoflakemurray_start.html?ctlsrc2=Tjd%2Bl6TRtmdbAhVyE8FJ6TdcX1dHmExPjNinLX4gePk%3D&src=02b.
August 12 – Civil Rights Walking Tour at the African American History Monument of the State House Grounds. Take a walk down Main Street at your hear stories of the Civil Rights movement in the Columbia area. For more information call (803) 851-5064 or visit http://columbiasc63.com/category/events/.
August 13 – WWE LIVE Summerslam Heatwave Tour at the Colonial Life Arena. Okay wrestling fans, they’re back with WWE Champion AJ Styles, United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and a whole lot more so don’t miss it! For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/wwe-live-summerslam-heatwave.
August 14 – “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This movie starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor is set in Mississippi “is a sweltering melodrama of unfulfilled desires and simmering frustrations.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/.
August 15 – Stamped Copper Jewelry at the Columbia Art Center. Learn the art of creating jewelry from copper. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/August%202018%20Workshops%20p2.pdf.
August 15 – “Journey” and “Def Leppard” at the Colonial Life Arena. You will most certainly enjoy a walk down memory lane with these two famous 80’s and 90’s bands! For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/journey-def-leppard.
August 15 – Blended Blues in the Fountain Room of the Tapp’s Art Center. Enjoy an evening of blues and fusion dance, so even if you are new to dance, come on out and learn and it’s free for your first visit! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/blended-blues-in-the-fountain-room-3/.
August 15 – Songversation: “Noah Ballou” in the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. This amazingly talented musician who plays the piano and the guitar will not disappoint you! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/songversation-presents-singer-songwriter-noah-ballou/.
August 16 – “Rass Kass” with “Al Gant” & “J57” of Jamo Gang in the Fountain Room of the Tapp’s Art Center. This variety of talented artists will fill your evening with some great rap music! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/ras-kass-w-el-gant-j57-of-jamo-gang/.
August 17 – Sunset on the Shoals at Saluda Shoal Park. You’ll enjoy an evening paddling on the beautiful Saluda River as you learn the history of the area, followed by wine tasting on the River Overlook with a commemorative wine glass to take home to remember your experience. For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/sunset-shoals.
August 17 – “Coco” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Bring the kids out for a fun evening before school starts with a free movie under the the stars! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
August 17 – 18 – Allegria Bellydance and Friends Fundraiser at On Stage Productions in Lexington. This will be an enjoyable evening of dancing with two different groups presenting traditional and modern Tribal Fusion with proceeds benefiting both Allegria Bellydancing and On Stage Productions. For more information call (803) 361-6751 or visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=90704.
August 17 – 19 – “Faizon Love” at the Comedy House. Enjoy an evening of laughter with this talented comedian. For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.
August 17 – 25 – “Boy About Ten” at the Trustus Theatre. This production is “a savage farce about what happens to kids when their parents don’t grow up” by South Carolina playwright Jon Tuttle. For more information call (803) 254=9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/boy-about-ten/.
August 18 – Composting and Fall Vegetable Gardening at Wingard’s Nursery. Learn the basics of composting as well as what vegetables to place in your fall vegetable garden. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/workshops/.
August 18 – Mixed Media Painted Palm Trees at the Columbia Art Center. This is a great starter class where you will learn about painting and composition. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/August%202018%20Workshops%20p2.pdf.
August 18 – Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. This 3.1 mile race will include obstacles and cross-fit style exercises and activities to challenge participants of all ages and fitness levels. For more information visit https://www.jailbreaklexington.com/jailbreak-escape.html.
August 18 – First Fort Congaree at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce. Enjoy a 2 mile walk along this beautiful trail while learning about the 1718 to 1722 frontier fort and trading post led by a National Park Service trained volunteer. For more information call (850) 322-5636 or visit https://www.facebook.com/12000YearHistoryPark/.
August 18 – November 4 – “Dino Tales” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre. Bring the kids out for a show they will most certain enjoy filled with fun and educational dinosaur stories! For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/dino-tales/.
August 19 – Woodrow Wilson Family Home Tour at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. It’s Dollar Sunday for Richland and Lexington County residents, so enjoy a Sunday out with the family and take a tour of this lovely home! For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-08/dollar-sunday-woodrow-wilson-family-home.
August 19 – 23 – “Yellow Submarine” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Ok Beatles fans, here is a chance to enjoy this fun film that blends music, film, and art with some of your favorite songs being All You Need Is Love and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/yellow-submarine-50th-anniversary/.
August 21 – “Jay Z” and “Beyoncé” at the Williams Brice Stadium. This outdoor concert is certain to be the concert of the year for the city so don’t miss the chance to see this fantastic duo! For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/jay-z-and-beyonce-otr-ii.
August 22 – Evening for Educators at the Columbia Museum of Art. Educators will enjoy an evening of art, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while they enjoy recently opened galleries! For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/evening-educators-6.
August 23 – Watercolor Calligraphy with a Brush at the Columbia Art Center. Attendees will learn how to use a brush to create beautiful “modern calligraphy”. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/August%202018%20Workshops%20p2.pdf.
August 24 – Historic Water Balloon Battle at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. What better way to end a hot work week in August than with a fun water balloon battle, as the adults break up into teams and learns military tactics throughout history and participate in their own battle right on the grounds of this beautiful mansion! For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-08/historic-happy-hour-water-balloon-battle.
August 24 – “The Darkest Hour” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. This film about Winston Churchill will take you back to his early days as Prime Minister during the World War II so come out and enjoy a free movie to end your week. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
August 25 – Warli Painting on Pots at the Columbia Art Center. Learn how to create this India folk art that is symbolic tribal art that tells a story. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/August%202018%20Workshops%20p2.pdf.
August 25 – “Dave Chappelles Block Party” at the Nickelodeon Theater. You are sure to enjoy this 2004 film which is a blend of comedy by this talented comedian and music by artists that were just coming on the scene, in this celebration of hip hop! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/dave-chappelles-block-party/.
August 25 – Main Street Latin Festival on Main Street in downtown Columbia. This fun event will be filled with great Latin music, foods, beverages, and more so be sure to come out and enjoy yourself! For more information call (803) 939-0360 or visit http://www.mainstreetlatinfestivalsc.com/.
August 25 – Taco Crawl in the Vista. If you like tacos you won’t want to miss the chance to try a variety of tacos at restaurants in the Vista area of Columbia with a variety of music being provided as well as the chance to vote for the best taco and the best margarita! For more information visit http://barcrawl-usa.com/events/the-taco-crawl-columbnia/.
August 25 – 26 – Soda City Comic Con at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. You’ll enjoy a weekend filled with comics, gaming, toys, and artists, so dress up as your favorite comic con character with contests for children and adults alike! For more information call (803) 361-6318 or visit http://www.sodacitycomiccon.com/.
August 27 – August Harvest Dinner at the City Roots Farm. The Executive Chef from Bourbon and F2T Productions will create a fabulous 4 course farm to table dinner using seasonal ingredients from the Farm, with a welcome cocktail and wine pairings included. For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2018/8/27/august-harvest-dinner.
August 28 – Research Roundtable at the Seibels House on Richland Street. Take your lunch break (and your lunch if you wish) and learn about the research initiatives and hear about the recently donation that has allowed Historic Columbia to learn more about the post-bellum capital city! For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 28 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-08/research-roundtable.