ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA for 5/3 – 5/23/17

     

    The month of May is filled with activities in the Columbia area. From exotic foods to endangered plants one can always find activities to suit the whole 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 – 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 May 3 –  “The Mother’s Sketch Comedy” at the Trustus Theater.  This troupe is back to provide you with new sketches, new characters, and new laughs!  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/the-mothers-sketch-comedy-show/.

    Through May 6 –  “Hand to God” at the Trustus Theatre.  This hilarious play is about a boy who finds an outlet for his anxiety in the Christian Puppet Ministry.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit https://trustus.org/event/hand-to-god/.

    Through May 6 –  “Black Medicine/White Bodies: An Investigation of Yellow Fever Epidemics in Charleston 1854-1871” at the McKissick Museum.  This exhibition focuses on the role of the African American healers of the Lowcountry.  For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/black-medicinewhite-bodies-investigation-yellow-fever-epidemics-charleston-1854-1871.

    Through May 7 –  An Evening of Late Night One Act Plays at the On Stage Performance Center on Cherokee Lane in West Columbia.  For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/Shows.html.

    Through May 7 –  “Sealed for Freshness Added to Season” at the Firehouse Theater in Chapin.  Presented by the Chapin Theater, the story starts out with a Tupperware Party, but when the ladies begin to drink too many martinis, things get interesting!  For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit http://chapintheatre.org/2017/sealed-for-freshness.html.

    Through May 21 –  “Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll have the chance to see 36 beautiful prints from the Dali Museum including illustrations of his works from Alice in Wonderland, Doon Quixote, and tales of Hans Christian Andersen.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/salvador-dal%C3%AD%E2%80%99s-fantastical-fairy-tales.

    Through June 9 –  “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about the Indian American experience and how they have and their contributions to American life and culture.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/bollywood/.

    Through June 11 –  “Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Jeter” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This African-American artist from Columbia has debuted his new series of charcoal and pastel drawings.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/enduring-spirit.

    Through August 26 –  “Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  For more information call (803) 737-8095.

    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/.

    May 4 –  Senior Expo at Greenview Park on David Street.  Attendees will have the chance to enjoy live entertainment, attend informational and educational sessions, and more!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2471.

    May 4 –  Lexington Live: “Liquid Pleasure” with “Kenny Mann” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  This night is kid’s night, so bring the kids for face painting and a balloon play zone.  For more information visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/.

    May 4 –  Blues, Brews, & BBQ at Doc’s BBQ on Shop Road.  You’ll enjoy live music by The Mustache Brothers, dinner, dessert, beverages, and a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Family Shelter.  For more information call (803) 771-7040 or visit https://www.familysheltersc.org/events.html.

    May 5 –  Homeschool Friday on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center.  Homeschooled students will learn about the history of Arsenal Hill including the Governor’s mansion and grounds, the Matthew J. Perry Courthouse, Finlay Park and the historical diversity of residents in the area.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 26 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/homeschool-friday-arsenal-hill.

    May 5 –  Relay for Life of Greater Columbia at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Come out in support of those with cancer, cancer survivors, and those who have been lost to this horrible disease with entertainment by The Root Doctors.  For more information call (803) 750-1693 or visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17SA?pg=entry&fr_id=83262

    May 5 –  Cinco De Mayo Harvest Dinner at City Roots.  Celebrate this traditional Latin American holiday with a four-course Mexican-American meal created by several amazing chefs.  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/events-calendar/2017/5/5/cinco-de-mayo-harvest-dinner.

    May 5 –  “Villanova” and “Almost Kings” at the Music Farm.  Enjoy an evening filled with great rock music with these great bands.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1432586-villanova-almost-kings-columbia/.

    May 5 – 6 –  Festival of Gardens starting at the Earlewood Park Recreational Building.  Take a springtime stroll through the beautiful historical Elmwood neighborhood and visit 10 homes with the most fabulous gardens and visit the Roy Lynch Park Butterfly Garden.  For more information call (803) 254-7595 or visit http://columbiagreen.org/.

    May 5 – 7 –  “Wizard of Oz” at the Harbison Theater.  Presented by the Irmo Chapin Rec Centers Children’s Theater, this will be a fun event for the children.  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit http://www.icrc.net/wizard-of-oz-icrc-childrens-theatre-2017-05-05.

    May 5 – 13 –  “The Man Who Came to Dinner” at the Village Square Theater.  This tremendous comedy will have you laughing until you leave.  For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com/.

    May 5 – 21 –  “Catch Me If You Can the Musical” at the Town Theater.  The story is based on the film of the same name which was based on Abagnale’s 1980 autobiography.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/98th/.

    May 6 –  Kids Day Warrior Challenge at Finlay Park.  This free event for kids ages 6 and up will include a rock wall, an obstacle course, boxing, an inflatable maze, and more with prizes to the top winners! For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    May 6 –  Dance1Studio: Love is in the Air at the Township Auditorium.  Come out and support this local studio and the student’s recital!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    May 6 –  Prosperity’s Hoppin’ with Arts and Crafts in downtown Prosperity.  This festival is to celebrate the local arts and craft stores and the local art center, but will also include over 35 craft and artisan vendors, a 5K race, a 3 mile walk, historical walks, food truck vendors, and more!  For more information call (803) 364-2622 or visit http://www.prosperitysc.com/page/hoppin.

    May 6 –  Pickin’ & Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park.  This is a BBQ cook-off by some of the best cookers in the area, with live music by the Black Iron Gathering.  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/pickin-piggin-2017-05-06.

    May 6 –  Rhythm on the River: “Prettier Than Matt” and “Sweet Sweet” at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.  You’ll enjoy an evening of great entertainment and fun, with food truck vendor “Wolfe Pizza” available to feed your hunger.  For more information call (803) 794-6504 or visit http://www.cwcchamber.com/cmc-steel-rhythm-on-the-river-concerts.html.

    May 6 –  Rosewood Crawfish Festival on Rosewood Drive.  There will be four stages of live entertainment, to include music by The Blue Dogs and The Spin Doctors, a 5K, try CrossFit, visit the artists village, and of course the Carnival for the kids.  For more information visit http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/.

    May 6 –  4-Legged 4K at 2801 Devine Street.  Pets and their humans will walk or run to raise proceeds for the Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, with their being a post-race pool party and puppy prizes!  For more information call (803) 509-5848 or visit http://4legged4k.com/.

    May 6 –  Natural History Walk at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce.  Learn about the floodplain along the Congaree River and how people adapted to and use the natural setting over the years.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-historical-walking-tours-12000-year-history-park-on-congaree-creek-tickets-31617416544.

    May 6 –  Monthly Gospel Singing: “Oasis” and “Shine On Trio” at the Midlands Gospel Center in Gilbert.  Enjoy an evening of beautiful Gospel music with these wonderful groups.  For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit https://www.midgsc.com/.

    May 6 –  We Care Sticky Open Golf Tournament at Timberlake Country Club in Chapin.  Proceeds for this event help the We Care Center, a Community Interfaith Outreach. For more information call (803) 345-3244 or visit http://www.chapinwecare.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=70935.

    May 6 – 7 –  South Carolina National Guard Air and Ground Expo at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.  The event starts with a salute to the fallen, followed by air performances, a combined arms demonstration, and ending with a Welcome Home to South Carolina concert.  For more information call (803) 647-8208 or visit https://www.scguard.com/expo/.

    May 6 – 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/.

    May 6 & 13 –  “Dessert Imposters” at the Town Theatre.  Bring your dinner receipt to the show and you’ll receive free dessert before the show with one lucky winner getting their dinner cost reimbursed.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/special-events/.

    May 7 –  Victorian Tea Party at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home on Hampton Street.  Parents and children alike will learn about Victorian customs, calling cards, make Victorian inspired crafts, and enjoy a Victorian tea.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 26 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/victorian-tea-party.

    May 7 –  The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival at the Tree of Life Congregation.  Come out and try out some great homemade Jewish foods, while having a chance to see a mock Jewish wedding, a mock bar mitzvah, and just learning more about the Jewish culture.  For more information call (803) 361-4858 or visit http://www.bignosh.org/.

    rock-shoals-spider-lily-happy-hourMay 9 –  Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hour beginning at the Riverfront Park South at the I-126 bridge.  This is a chance to take a kayak trip to view this endangered plant, one of only 50 populations in the southeast. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    May 9 –  Remembering Columbia: Establishment of Camp Jackson at the Robert Mills House.  This lecture will talk about the establishment of what is now Fort Jackson, how it came to be in its current location, its early years, and the long term impact it has had on the area.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/remembering-columbia-may-2017.

    May 9 –  “Beyond Bollywood” – Traditional Food and Spices of India at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about the cultural significance of Indian spices and food, and see how those spices are used in those dishes in a demonstration.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/.

    May 9 – 10 – Broadway in Columbia: “Dirty Dancing- The Classic Story on Stage” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This sensational record breaking production is filled with fabulous music, romance, and incredible dancing!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=232.

    May 10 –  Muffins for Mom at Lorick Park.  This free event to celebrate all Mom’s includes a free muffin and a free manicure!  For more information call (803) 691-9339 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2472.

    May 10 –  Storytime in the Garden at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens.  Children will enjoy stories, songs, and old fashioned historic games in the gardens.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/storytime-in-the-gardens.

    May 11 –  “Mary J. Blige” with Special Guest “Joe” at the Colonial Life Arena.  Known as the “Queen of R&B”, this 6 time Grammy Award winner will give you one great evening of entertainment!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/mary-j-blige.php?eventid=134.

    May 11 –  Road to Throttlefest Featuring “Cowboy – Kid Rock Tribute” at the Music Farm.  This group will have you believing you are at a real live Kid Rock concert!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1466446-road-throttlefest-cowboy-columbia/.

    May 11 –  Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery.  Bring a flashlight and tour one of the oldest cemeteries in Columbia, learning about the various symbols on the headstones, and/or learning about the lives of some of the families and prominent citizens buried here during the 19th and 20th centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours?date=04/13/2017.

    May 11 – 13 –  South Carolina Poultry Festival at 101 Main Street in Batesburg-Leesville.  You’ll enjoy 6 stages of entertainment, carnival rides, a parade, a chicken cooking contest, over 120 crafts, and more!  For more information call (888) 427-7273 or visit http://scpoultryfestival.com/.

    May 12 –  “Vista Queen” at the Trustus Theatre.  Vote on line for your choice of who should be “queen”.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/vista-queen/.

    May 12 –  “Flux Pavilion”, “Kayzo”, and “Moksi” at the Music Farm.  These digital artists will have you dancing the night away!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1427544-flux-pavilion-columbia/.

    May 12 – 14 –  “Don’t Dress for Dinner” at the Workshop Theater.  This will be one hysterical comedy that will have you laughing for days following the event!  For more information call (803) 799-6551 or visit https://www.workshoptheatre.com/shows.html.

    May 13 –  North End Nature Walk at Riverfront Parks north parking lot on Rivers Drive.  Explore the rich natural areas on this nature walk, as well as learn about a variety of aquatic species that thrive here, and those that enjoy the shade.   For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    May 13 –  Dance World 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Township Auditorium.  Come out and support this local dance studios recital and Anniversary Celebration.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    May 13 –  Dragon Boat Festival at South Shore Marina on Lake Murray in Leesville.  Get 20 family members, friends, coworkers, and get a team together to participate, or just come out and watch the fun, enjoy cultural performances, the food vendors, and live commentary about the races throughout the day!  For more information call (813) 426-3544 or visit http://www.greatercolumbiadragonboat.com/.

    May 13 –  Preservation Workshop: Restoring Historic Windows at the Historic Thompson Cottage on Richland Street.  This is a hands-on workshop to celebrate National Preservation Week will teach you how and why to restore historic windows.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/hands-on-window-workshop-2.

    May 13 –  Civil War Battle of Congaree Creek at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce.  Learn about the 1865 battle, as well as soldier and civilian accounts of what happened during the Burning of Columbia.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-historical-walking-tours-12000-year-history-park-on-congaree-creek-tickets-31617416544.

    May 13 –  Native American Lifeways at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce.  Learn about the Native Americans that lived in the area with insights into their lifeways and the role they played in the welfare and economy of the Carolina colony.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-historical-walking-tours-12000-year-history-park-on-congaree-creek-tickets-31617416544.

    May 13 –  Lexington Wine Walk at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, and a complimentary wine glass. For more information visit http://www.lexingtonwinewalk.com/.

    May 13 –  “Alice Cooper” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This artist whose career spans 50 years will certainly bring you a show you won’t soon forget!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=376.

    May 13 –  Binact Brings the Beats Showcase at the Music Farm.  This event will feature Massimo, AXNT, DH Scrib, & Xavier Blk.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1467855-binact-brings-beats-columbia/.

    May 13 –  The Divas of the Vista Drag Revue at the Trustus Theatre.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/the-divas-of-the-vista-dragtime-revue/.

    May 14 –  Second Sunday Stroll in Melrose Heights at Melrose Park on Fairview Drive.  Enjoy a guided walking tour of this Historic Neighborhood, learning about the variety of architectural styles, kits homes popular in the 1910’s, and historic locations in one of Columbia’s earliest suburbs.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-melrose-heights.

    May 16 – Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hour beginning at the Riverfront Park South at the I-126 bridge.  This is a chance to take a kayak trip to view this endangered plant, one of only 50 populations in the southeast. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

     

    May 16 –  “Beyond Bollywood” – Clothing and Costumes of India at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about the variety of fashions from throughout India, including different weaves, patterns, textiles, handwork, and ways of wearing these beautiful fabrics.  For more information call (803) 898-4948 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/bollywood/.

    May 18 –  Lexington Live with “The Root Doctors” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Enjoy a fun family evening under the stars with this free concert.  For more information visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/.

    May 19 –  Relay for Life of Lexington at Lexington High School.  Come out and support those with cancer, the survivors, and remembering those who lost the battle.  For more information visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17SA?pg=entry&fr_id=83272

    May 19 –  Taste of Black Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum.  This event celebrates local caterers, chefs, and restaurants, with a chance to taste their specialties while enjoying live entertainment by R&B artist, Rabeem DeVaughn, and enjoying a live food demonstration by celebrity chef guest Monica D. Smith.  For more information visit http://blackexposouth.com/columbia-taste/.

    May 19 –  “Robert Randolph & the Family Band” with “Luke Wade” at the Music Farm.  You’ll enjoy an evening of some great blues entertainment!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1456598-robert-randolph-family-band-columbia/.

    May 19 – 20 –  Governor’s Cup Road Race on Main Street.  This event will start with a 1 mile run down Main Street and a kids 1 mile fun run on Friday followed by a half-marathon and a 5K on Saturday with entertainment along the course, and followed by music, food, vendors, and activities.  For more information call (803) 960-6202 or visit http://governorscupsc.org/.

    May 20 –  Everything Tomato Garden Workshop at Earlewood Park Community Center on Parkside Drive.  This free workshop will show you how to make a spaghetti container garden, with one being given away free. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2496.

    May 20 –  Tour de Cure at the Robert Mills House.  This Country wide event to benefit the American Diabetes Foundation will offer everything from stationary bikes, a 4 mile ride and 2 mile walk, all the way up to a 100 mile ride.  For more information call (803) 799-4246 or visit http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=11708.

    May 20 –  Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at the Leatherneck in Gaston.  Get your best bud(s) together and come out for this 6.2 mile, 36 obstacle course, enter the kids in the Devil Pup Challenge, volunteer your time, or just come on out and support the teams and enjoy watching the fun!  For more information call (803) 477-0541 or visit http://www.ultimatechallengemudrun.org/.

    blythewood-butterfly-festivalMay 20 –  Blythewood Butterfly Festival at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood.  You’ll have a chance to have a “butterfly experience” in a butterfly tent and feeding the 6 different types of butterflies, enjoy a caterpillar petting zoo, see a live butterfly release, butterfly face painting, make and take crafts, and more, all to benefit Camp Discovery.  For more information visit http://www.campdiscoverysc.org/ways-to-give/family-special-events/blythewood-butterfly-festival.

    May 20 –  Black Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  You’ll enjoy seminars, concerts, vendors, celebrities, and more!  For more information visit http://blackexposouth.com/columbia-black-expo/.

    May 20 –  Spring Arts and Crafts Show at Lexington Middle School.  There will be over 40 craft and artisan vendors with everything from jewelry to Christmas decorations, as well as a silent auction, all to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.  For more information call (803) 553-4912 or visit http://midlandcrafters.wixsite.com/spring-craft-show.

    May 20 –  Freeway Music Festival Featuring “Joe Pug” at the Music Farm.  You’re your day with some great music and fun!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1454051-freeway-music-festival-joe-columbia/.

    May 21 –  Drink Rose Pink Festival at City Roots.  This event will feature over 100 different Rose wines, with tasty foods to pair with them and jazz music to entertain you, and local artisans selling cheese and other products on hand to sample and purchase.  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/events-calendar/2016/11/16/58cl5t8p7w1gmy99rwj72sik6aj7us.

    May 21 –  One City, Two Canals, Three Rivers at the Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park south parking lot on Laurel Street.  Learn the history of how Columbia used the waterways, the addition of the greenways, and more on this ranger-guided tour.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    May 21 –  Concertos and Cupcakes Concert at the Harbison Theater.  Presented by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, this concert is free and will feature the winners of the 2017 Young Artists Competition.  For more information call (803) 400-33540 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/lake-murray-symphony-orchestra-presents-concertos-cupcakes.

    May 21 –  Haynes Bluegrass: “Carolina Rebels” & “High Lonesome Mountain River Coal Train” at the Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville.  Come out for an evening of fun and good ole’ bluegrass!  For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.

    May 23 & 30 –  Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hour beginning at the Riverfront Park South at the I-126 bridge.  This is a chance to take a kayak trip to view this endangered plant, one of only 50 populations in the southeast. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.

    May 23 –  “Beyond Bollywood” – Classical Music and Dance from India at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about the music and dance traditions of India.  For more information call (803) 898-4948 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/bollywood/.

    May 23 –  Behind the Scenes Tour: 1600 Block of Main at the 1600 block of Main Street.  You will learn about the physical evolution of the structures with the construction phase of 1619-1621 Main Street being highlighted.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/behind-the-scenes-tour-1600-block-of-main.

     

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