Activities in the Columbia Area – December 26, 2018 – January 15, 2019

     

    ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA

    Wednesday December 26, 2018 through Tuesday January 15, 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 – 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 December 30 –  Holiday House Tours at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion.  Take a tour of both of these historical homes that will be decorated in historical holiday fashion and learn how they celebrated the holidays in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-11/holiday-house-tours-begin.

    Through December 30 –  Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  It is that time of year again to plan to bring the family out to enjoy the beautiful holiday lights at the zoo.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.

    Through December 31 –  Gingerbread Jamboree at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Each weekend through the month, children will have a chance to have a new and different holiday experience, from decorating gingerbread houses to hearing readings of holiday stories, and this year they even have the chance to do some family holiday shopping with the help of Santa’s elves, at Santa’s Secret Workshop offering items at children’s prices, so take the children out for a fun holiday experience!  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/events/gingerbread-jamboree/?for=11-25-2018.

    Through December 31 –  Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park.  Spend an evening with the family riding through these amazing lights while enjoying Christmas music on the radio, and be sure to stop for a little hot chocolate and to roast some marshmallows!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/holiday-lights-river-49.

    Through January 10, 2019 –  “Mary, Queen of Scots” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of Mary Stuart, who became the Queen of France at 16 and was widowed at 18, and decided to take her rightful thrown in Scotland, but although she is the rightful heir of the throne in England, but the men under each Queen who dislike that women are running their countries cause bitterness between the two women in this powerful production.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/mary-queen-of-scots/.

    Through January 10 –  “The Favourite” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  The setting is 18th century England who is at war with France, and Queen Anne is frail, when a servant is hired as a helper to the Queen and finds an opportunity to “return to her aristocratic roots”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-favourite/.

    Through January 21, 2019 –  Holiday ICE at the Columbiana Center.  It’s back and at a new location, so make plans now to enjoy some fun family time in the outdoors ice skating to create memories of this year’s holiday season!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    Through February 3, 2019 – 30th Anniversary Exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum.  See some of the Museum’s artifacts and fossils collected over the last 30 years.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/30th-anniversary-exhibit/.

    Through September 30, 2019 – 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/.

    December 26 –  “Die Hard” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Seeing this favorite Bruce Willis film is a great way to spend the day after Christmas!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/die-hard/.

    December 27 –  Frozen Tea Party at the South Carolina State Museum.  This is an event for the kids to dress up and watch this fun movie, and create crafts and participate other activities with light snacks and refreshments. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/frozen-party/?fbclid=IwAR0rdlOhelBUTBMZem9NfIB0RcRz7fdh7JeFY_WcI6nkL_i0ZYoJx2WN_aY.

    December 27 – Sip and Strategize Vision Board Party at the Capital City Club.  Led by an integration strategist and leadership mentor, define what you want and where you want to go in 2019.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-and-strategize-vision-board-party-tickets-52806193747?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 27 – 30 –  Kings of S.C. Comedy at the Comedy House.  Here is a chance to see South Carolina’s best comedians, Skip G-Lawson, Timmy Tim, Steve Wannamaker, and Big Mo Dixon, for what is sure to be one great laughter filled show!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    December 30 –  “Charlie Wilson” at the Township Auditorium.  Enjoy an evening with this amazingly talented artist!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://thetownship.org/events/.

    December 30 –  “Let’s Reconnect” Piano Concert at the Gilbert United Methodist Church in Gilbert.  You’ll enjoy nationally renowned Christian pianist, Jim Hendricks, as he displays his incredible talent in what is sure to be an entertaining show. For more information call (803) 892-3546.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve at Noon at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Here is the chance for children to celebrate the coming New Year in advance of the actual event with a clock countdown and an actual ball drop.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    December 31 –  Get Dressed Up to Get Down  in the Vista at The Senate and the Tin Roof.  You’ll enjoy music by The Matt Bennett Band at the Tin Roof, and DJ Apollo spinning at The Senate, so bring in the New Year with a variety of fun and a free champagne toast at midnight!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/.

    December 31 –  Famously Hot New Year at Main Street and Gervais Streets.  End 2018 and begin 2019 with this fun and free outdoor event filled with food, spirits, fun, a great fireworks display and live entertainment by En Vogue so make your plans now to attend! For more information visit https://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.

    December 31 –  Watch Night Breakfast at the First Nazareth Baptist Church on Gervais Street.  Enjoy breakfast after your downtown New Year’s Eve fun!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-nazareth-baptist-church-watch-night-breakfast-2018-tickets-53404218455?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at the Blue Moon Ballroom.  Spend your New Year’s Eve enjoying live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, free beer and wine, party favors and champagne at midnight!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-party-tickets-51150338038?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at the VFW 641 on South Beltline Boulevard.  Spend your evening enjoying the Dick Goodwin Quintet, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and party favors at midnight, followed by a frittata breakfast.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-vfw-641-new-years-masqerade-dance-tickets-53310569348?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  Vista Union’s 2019 Countdown Party at the Vista Union.  Spend your evening enjoying tasty hors d’oeuvres, free parking, billiards, music by DJ Payne, and a free champagne toast at midnight.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vista-unions-2019-countdown-party-tickets-53117227056?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve at Le Café Jazz/Pops Place on Laurel Street.  Enjoy an evening of great jazz music by Willie Lyle and Friends, which will include 3 courses, a champagne toast, and a holiday gift bag for 2.  For more information call (803) 400-1879 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-at-le-cafe-jazz-tickets-53261359159?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  Bourbons New Year’s Eve Party at Bourbons on Main Street Columbia.  You’ll enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, and other beverages while right outside is the Famously Hot New Year’s Eve party!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-bourbons-new-years-eve-party-tickets-52826830472?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  Savagents New Year’s Eve Spectacular and Countdown at the Comedy House.  You’ll enjoy an evening of R&B music from this group that sings the most popular songs, with a little bit of comedy and drama included, with the late show offering a choice of party favors and a midnight buffet. For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at Sapori on North Lake Drive in Lexington.  You’ll enjoy an evening of good food, beverages, music and fun!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-party-at-sapori-tickets-52993661468?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party Through the Decades at Chayze Lounge on Gervais Street.  Take a tour down memory lane with Willie Walker & Conversation Piece as they play you songs across the decades, while you enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-party-thru-the-decades-tickets-51988558177?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    January 1, 2019 –  New Year Running & Walking Challenge – Year of the Pig.  This is a virtual race challenge for you to complete by the Chinese New Year on February 5th where you commit to complete 2.019 miles, 20.19 miles, or 201.9 miles with 15 % of the proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, with the race being at your own pace in your own place in order to raise awareness of this debilitating disease.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-year-running-and-walking-challenge-year-of-the-pig-columbia-tickets-52600989977?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    January 1 –  First Day Hike at Sesquicentennial State Park.  Take a guided hike through the park, whether a short one or a longer one, and learn about the plans and animals in this wonderful local State Park!  For more information call (803) 788-2706 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004007.

    January 2 & 3 –  Winter Zoo Camp at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  These camps for children ages 5 to 10 will be an all-day event that will allow them to learn about the art created in the animal world and will have a chance to create their own art based on what they’ve learned, in addition to enjoying storytelling, games, zoo walks, and more!  For more information call (803) 799-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 3 – 6 –  “Shawty: What My Name Iz?” at the Comedy House.  You are sure to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter with this talented comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    January 3 – February 5 –  Strengthening Practice – Together We Create at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Starting with an opening reception on January 3rd, this even will showcase the work of artists of all skill levels with them having the chance to receive critiques from the Center staff.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/strengthening-practice-together-we-create-opening-reception/.

    January 4 – 20 –  “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Town Theatre.  You are sure to enjoy this dark but hilarious story based on the 1944 film that stared Cary Grant.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit https://towntheatre.com/arsenic-and-old-lace/.

    January 5 –  Stamped Copper Jewelry at the Columbia Art Center.  Learn the art of stamping copper with available stamps or those hand made by Native Americans.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/parks-recreation/January%202019%20Workshops%20pg1.pdf.

    January 5 – 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/.

    January 6 –  Mac & Cheese Cook-Off at the Jamil Temple.  Here is a chance for you to have unlimited tasting of mac & cheese dishes and enjoy non-alcoholic beverages with a chance to vote for your favorite mac & cheese dish.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mac-cheese-cookoff-festival-columbia-tickets-50017958059?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

    January 7 –  “Lake Street Dive” at The Senate of the Tin Roof.  Spend an evening enjoying a variety of music by these talented musicians!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.ticketweb.com/event/lake-street-dive-the-senate-tickets/8769975?pl=tinroofAEG.

    January 8 –  “Las Sandinistas!” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is a story of women in Nicaragua who helped fight 30 years of waring, only to be denied meaningful roles in government and today a staggering level of violence against women.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/las-sandanistas/.

    January 9 –  “Burning” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the story of Jongsu who enjoys a quiet life until he meets two new friends, one who he has a romantic interest but then she brings home a male friend from a trip, and then she disappears.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/burning/.

    January 11 – “Harlem Globetrotters” at the Colonial Life Arena.  They’re back with their fun and entertaining show, so bring the kids out and enjoy this extremely talented basketball players and performers.  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-1.

    January 11 –  “If Beale Street Could Talk” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  The setting is Harlem in early 1970 when a young couple in love when their dreams for the future are derailed by the boyfriend being arrested for a crime he did not commit. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/if-beale-street-could-talk/.

    January 11 – 13 –  “Peter Pan, Jr.” at the Harbison Theater.  Presented by the Irmo Chapin Recreational Commission Children’s Theatre, you won’t want to miss this incredible performance that the children have worked very hard to put on!  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/icrc-presents-peter-pan-jr.

    January 11 – 13 –  “Bruce, Bruce” at the Comedy House.  You are guaranteed to enjoy a show filled with laughter with this amazing comedian!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    January 12 –  iPhone Photography at the Columbia Art Center.  Learn about the features of your iPhone camera and learn tips that can help improve the quality of your pictures.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/parks-recreation/January%202019%20Workshops%20pg1.pdf.

    January 12 –  Purple Martins: Beyond Bomb Island at Wingard’s Nursery.  Learn how to attract Purple Martins to your yard in this workshop.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/purple-martins-need-you/.

    January 12 –  “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Presented by the South Carolina Philharmonic, enjoy an evening of wonderful chamber music by our very talented Philharmonic!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=614.

    January 12 –  New York International Kids Film Festival / Kids Flicks Two at the Nickelodeon Theater.  The festival will include a variety of themes and styles that should appeal to and inspire kids 8 years of age and older.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/new-york-international-childrens-film-festival-kids-flicks-two/.

    January 13 –  Ikebana Flower Arrangement & Display at the South Carolina Museum of Art.  This Japanese art form that blends nature with art, with a tea demonstration as well as Chinese dancing during the day.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/ikebana-flower-arrangement-demonstration-and-display.

    January 13 –  “Kinky Boots” at  the Koger Center for the Arts.  You won’t want to miss this fun and entertaining Broadway performance!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=597.

    January 15 –  “Macbeth” at the Harbison Theater.  This production put on by the National Theatre Live will be shown on the big screen, and you won’t want to miss this incredible performance of Shakespears’ most intense tragedy.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/macbeth.

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