ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA for 12/28/2016 – 1/17/2017

    All around Columbia there are many exciting ways to have fun such as the “FROZEN Sing-a-Long” at the South Carolina State Museum, or the Columbia Canal History Tour meeting at Riverfront Park. Also, the New Year’s Eve Party at the Irmo Branch Library and the Southeast Park Wildlife Walk at Southeast Park on Hazelwood Drive are amazing  ways to have a great time with the entire family.

    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 –  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 December 29 –  “Manchester by the Sea” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll enjoy this touching tale of an uncle who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after his father dies.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/manchester-by-the-sea/.

    Through December 30 –  Winter Break Art Camps at the Columbia Art Center.  Children ages 5 – 9 years old will have the chance to experience pottery as well as mixed art media.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or send an e-mail to bloliver@columbiasc.net.

    Through December 30 –  Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  It’s that time of year again and one of the seasons most enjoyable light displays has returned to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml.

    Through December 30 –  Camp EdVenture at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  This camp for children ages 4 to 12 will include fun, hands on activities to keep them busy throughout the day.  For more information call (803) 400-1151 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/winter-break-camp/?for=12-19-2016.

    Through December 30 –  Winter Break Camp at the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 6 – 14 will have the opportunity to choose the camps they want to participate in or they can attend them all.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/winter-break-camps/.

    Through December 30 –  “Answering the Call: American Victory Posters From the First World War at the Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum.  This exhibit is to commemorate the centennial anniversary of World War I that revisits the war time culture with posters, as there was no quality of contemporary advertising. For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://crr.sc.gov/exhibits?i=95.

    Through December 31 –  Gingerbread Jamboree at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Kids will enjoy the chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate mini-gingerbread houses, and create other holiday arts and crafts.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/gingerbread-jamboree/?for=12-17-2016.

    Through December 31 –  Historic Holiday Tours starting at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House.  Tour the Robert Hills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion which will be decorated festively for the Christmas holiday season and learn about historic traditions in each home.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/historic-holiday-tours-beginning.

    Through December 31 –  Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park.  This beautifully decorated drive-through light show is a seasonal favorite, and be sure to stop for a shuttle ride, a tube slide, a laser light show, skating on the new ice skating rink, shopping, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.  For more information call (803) 772-3903 or visit http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.

    Through January 1 –  Holidays at the State Museum at the South Carolina State Museum.  You’ll enjoy special holiday shows in the 4D theater and the digital dome planetarium. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-show-pass/.

    Through January 1 –  Christmas Laser Fantasy: Manheim Steamroller at the South Carolina State Museum.  You will enjoy holiday music by this amazing group that blends classical and rock music to create a spectacular holiday light show.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 1 –  “Star of Bethlehem” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Investigate the fascinating ideas behind the “Christmas Star” with historical and scientific facts that revolve around this 2,000 year old mystery.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 1 –  Laser Holidays at the South Carolina State Museum.  Enjoy a beautiful laser light show while enjoying your favorite holiday music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 3 – “Polar Express 4D” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Experience this holiday movie like never before when you feel the cold wind, smell the hot chocolate, and dance in the snow.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/the-polar-express-4-d-experience/.

    Through January 16 –  Main Street Ice at the Boyd Plaza on the corner of Hampton Street and Main Street.  What would the holidays be without a little ice skating, so come on out and show your holiday spirit!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    Through February 4 –  “Fame and Fashion: The Photography of John Engstead” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This artist began his career in 1926 when he began his working for Paramount Studios and you will see the many photos he took of famous actors such as Carey Grant and such shows as Bewitched and Bonanza.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/fame-and-fashion.

    Through February 19 –  “From Page to Person: An Exploration of the Character” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  See the created sketches and designs of local middle and high school students and take the opportunity to try on one of their period-inspired costumes.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/page-person.

    Through February 19 –  “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll have the chance to see 43 period costumes from 26 different films that cover five centuries.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/cut.

    Through February 28 –  “South Carolina and the Great War” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn how World War I impacted South Carolina.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/south-carolina-great-war/.

    Through March 4, 2017 –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  One the first Sunday of each month, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences will have the opportunity to enjoy the museum in a safe and accepting environment and enjoy interactive, hands on activities.  For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=07-03-2016.

    Through March 12 –  “Psychedelic Design: Rock Posters from the Mel Byers Collection (1966-1971) at the Columbia Museum of Art.  See the works of this Columbia native that is vastly different from other rock poster artists of the late 1960’s.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/psychedelic-design.

    Through March 12 –  “Spoken: Making Maps: The Art of James Williams” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  In his works, the artist creates a “map” of his surroundings using graphic representations of his spatial reality.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/spoken-1./

    frozen-sing-a-longDecember 28 –  “FROZEN Sing-a-Long” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Bring the kids and sing along to all of your favorite songs from this movie, meet with some of your favorite characters, and enjoy craft activities.  For more information call (803) 898-4952 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/frozen-sing-long/.

    December 28 –  Vision Boards and Manifesting 101 at Bloom Healing Arts Studio on Shandon Street.  Prepare for the New Year by creating a board that will help you to accomplish all you would like for the coming year.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1308500399196592/.

    December 28 –  John Chile’s Cooking Class at the Grace United Methodist Church Educational Building.  This interactive and hands on cooking class from a local chef will give you the chance to enhance your cooking skills.  For more information call (864) 414-8864 or send an email to office@gracecolumbia.org.   

    December 28 – 29 –  “Lion” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  A lost boy in Calcutta is, after surviving many challenges, adopted by a couple in Australia and 25 years later sets out to find his lost family.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/lion/.

    December 29 –  City Roots Farmers Market at the City Roots Farm.  Here’s your chance to search for fresh local produce, fresh eggs, meat, cheese, and more, plus local music and food truck vendors!  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/.

    December 30 –  Pre-New Year’s Eve Party and Open Mic at the GMG Music Center.  Teens in grades 9 thru 12 will enjoy an evening of fun, singing, and pizza, but you must RSVP to attend!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-new-years-eve-party-and-open-mic-tickets-29961125533?aff=ebapi.

    December 30 – 31 – Vista Keys Dueling Piano Show at Vista Keys.  Enjoy a fun evening making requests or even offering challenges to these amazing pianists.  For more information call (803) 317-3676 or visit http://www.vistakeys.com/.

    December 30 – January 1 –  “Bruce Bruce” at the Comedy House.  Bring in the New Year with some fun and laughter with this great comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/bruce-bruce/.

    December 31 –  Columbia Canal History Tour meeting at Riverfront Park.  Take a tour of the canal and learn about its 200 year history and impact on the city of Columbia.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at The Woody.  Enjoy an evening of fun music, dancing, BBQ sliders, party favors, and champagne at midnight!  For more information call (803) 309-1283 or 309-2941 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/547568475328483/.

    December 31 –  Eddie’s New Year’s Eve at Noon Celebration at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Kid’s will enjoy activities celebrating New Year’s Eve in different parts around the world, with a giant illuminated ball drop at noon, with a juicebox toast for each child.  For more information call (803) 400-1166 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/new-years-eve-at-noon/?for=12-31-2016.

    happy-new-year-2017December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at the Irmo Branch Library.  This event for all ages will include making time capsules, creating noise makers, dancing, games, and more!  For more information call (803) 798-7880 ext. 3 or visit http://www.lex.lib.sc.us/calendar.asp#/?i=1.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Candlelit Yoga at AMSA Yoga.  Take the time before the New Year begins for introspection, reflection, in a quiet and calming space.  For more information call (803) 738-5305 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2183012985256160/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Glow Troll Spa Party at Glitter Rock & Glam Nail Bar and Spa Party Studio Place.  Your little princess will get the chance to get a glow mani, a glow pedi, sparkling beverages, and a special glow snack bar, music and lots of fun.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-glow-troll-spa-party-tickets-29720460698?aff=es2.

    December 31 –  A Luxe-Scale New Year’s Eve Masquerade at Studio Cellar.  This is a black tie event will include delectable food and drinks, and be sure to wear a mask!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-luxe-scale-new-years-eve-masquerade-tickets-28594473841?aff=es2.

    December 31 –  Women of Hope New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.  This black tie event is to benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. For more information call (803) 791-2540 or visit http://www.lexmed.com/classes-events/events/detail/253/new-years-eve-gala.

    December 31 –  Famously Hot New Year  on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  This event is for the entire family, with outdoor entertainment, carnival rides, karaoke, and the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the State.  For more information call (803) 212-7118 or visit http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at the Music Farm.  Bring in the New Year with the Music Farm in conjunction with Tin Roof.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1398042-new-years-eve-party-columbia/.

    January 1 –  Start it Right at the Riverfront Park, meeting at the Red Schoolhouse at the Riverfront Parking South lot on Laurel Street.  Start off the New Year with fitness related activities at the Park, such as fast paced hiking and even climbing. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    January 4 –  Magic Hour Presents: “Valley Maker with Those Lavendar Whales” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Austin Crane, a South Carolina native, under the moniker Valley Maker and has amazed the nation with his contemplative, minimalist music.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/events/magic-hour-valley-maker/.

    January 6 –  “The Mutilator” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is a story about a teenager who accidentally kills his mother and is now hunted by his father.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-mutilator/.

    January 7 –  Riverfront North Winter Bird Count at Riverfront Park, meeting at the Canal Head Gates at the Riverfront Parking North lot on Rivers Drive.  This Ranger led outing will run between the Broad River and the Historic Columbia Canal looking for the varieties of birds in the area. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    January 7 –  “Root Doctors” – Video Shoot and 30th Anniversary Party at the Music Farm.  Help the group celebrate 30 years of providing great local entertainment!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1406026-root-doctors-video-shoot-columbia/.

    January 8 –  Passport to Art: What a Relief at the Columbia Museum of Art.  In this family event, participants will have the chance to learn about relief sculptures and create relief sculptures of your own.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/page-person.

    ikebana-flower-arranging-demonstrationJanuary 8 –  Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstration at the South Carolina Museum of Art.  Learn about this special Japanese art where nature is used in conjunction with an artistic touch.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/ikebana-flower-arrangement-demonstration.

    January 10 –  Columbia Canal History Tour at Riverfront Park, meeting at the Red Schoolhouse at the Riverfront Parking South lot on Laurel Street.  Learn about the original 1820’s canal and the historic buildings surrounding it. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    January 10 –  “Riff Raff” at the Music Farm.  Fill your evening with some good rap music.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1367837-riff-raff-columbia/.

    January 11 –  “Our Little Sister” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Three sisters in their twenties living in a big house in Kamakura meet their younger half-sister when their father dies, who then comes to live with them and they build a very special bond.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/our-little-sister/.

    January 12 –  “ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” at the Music Farm.  Their back and again they’ll provide you with an experience that will make you feel like you are truly at a real Led Zeppelin concert.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1295727-zoso-ultimate-led-zeppelin-columbia/.

    January 12 –  Southeast Park Wildlife Walk at Southeast Park on Hazelwood Drive.  This Ranger led hike will tour the 64 acres in search of the variety of wildlife that make this park their home.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    January 12 – 14 –  “Mulan Jr.” at the Harbison Theater.  This Disney musical, produced by the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission, will prove to be very fun and entertaining!  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/mulan-jr.

    January 13 –  Visualize a Character: Educator Workshop at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Using the museums art collection and exhibits, they will introduce new ways of thinking about the curriculum and showing innovative teaching approaches.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/visualizing-character%C2%A0-educator-workshop.

    January 13 – 14 –  Night at the Museum at the South Carolina State Museum.  Spend a night at the museum, getting the chance to see the new Savage Ancient Seas exhibit, sleep among the exhibits and artifacts, exploring constellations, plants, the moon, and more through the planetarium SkyTour, and observing the sky through the 1926 Alvin Clark telescope.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/night-sc-state-museum/.

    January 13 – 15 & 18 – 22 –  “Sylvia” at the Workshop Theatre.  This story about a married couple and the dog her husband brings home that puts their marriage in jeopardy, is a touching comedy of how Sylvia becomes an important part of their lives. For more information call (803) 799-4876 or visit https://www.workshoptheatre.com/shows.html#season.

    January 14 –  Rainbarrel Workshop at Riverfront Park meeting at the Red Schoolhouse in the Riverfront Park South parking lot on Laurel Street.  Prepare for that spring and summer garden by attending this workshop on how to put together a rain barrel, with residents of the City of Columbia being entitle to receive one free for attending the workshop, with other area residents having the chance to purchase one at a discounted rate.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    January 14 –  “Mook: Red Roses Concert” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1380333-mook-red-roses-concert-columbia/.

    January 15 –  “An Evening with Jaheim” at the Township Auditorium.  Enjoy an evening of great music with this famous R&B singer.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    January 17 –  Winter is for the Birds at Riverfront Park, meeting at the Canal Head gates at the Riverfront Park North parking lot on Rivers Drive.  Begin this event by learning about the birds in the area and those in your yard, and by ending the event making a pinecone and seed feeders for you to take home.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

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