ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA for 9/21 – 10/11/2016

    All around Colombia you can enjoy an array of fun and exciting events. Many of these events are perfect for music lovers, ranging from the dance, funk, rock and electronic group “Cherub” to the English artist “Corinne Bailey Rae.” There are also many plays and shows such as “My Fair Lady” and “Duck For President. No matter how you spend your nights in Columbia, you are bound to have a great time.

    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.

    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.

    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 September 30 –  Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly and see a variety of beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house.  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/blooming-butterflies/.

    Through October 23 –  “J Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  See the Carolina coast like you’ve never seen it before.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-edge.

    Through December 17 – Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Columbia’s Sesquicentennial Time Capsule at the McKissick Museum.  See items that were placed in the time capsule 150 years ago.  For more information visit http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/looking-backlooking-ahead-columbias-sesquicentennial-time-capsule.

    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 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 September 25 –  “My Fair Lady” at the Town Theatre.  When a phonetics professor hears a flower seller speak, he tells her he can teach her how to speak “properly” so she will fit in with high society in this classic 1938 musical.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/98th/.

    Through September 25 –  “Duck for President” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre.  Follow Duck, Hen, Pig, and Cow on the campaign trail in this fun and entertaining presentation!  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/duck-for-president/.

    Candlelight Vigil for PeaceSeptember 21 –  Candlelight Vigil for Peace at the Fountain in Five Points.  In honor of the National Day of Peace there will be speakers and sharing from 7 – 8 pm. For more information visit https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=cTNpb2w5MXVsdm5paDNtMjQ4c29kZXM4aDQgYXltYW5AY2Fyb2xpbmFwZWFjZS5vcmc&ctz=America/New_York.

    September 21 – 22 –  “Snowden” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  Learn about the untold personal story of Edward Snowden who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/snowden/.

    September 22 –  A Fine Affair at DoubleTree by Hilton.  Grab your favorite evening attire and dance the night away with the “Reggie Sullivan Band”, savor wonderful delicacies from top local restaurants, sip on cocktails and participate in a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.   For more information call (803) 254-0118 or visit https://afineaffair2016.eventbrite.com/.

    September 22 –  “Enter the Realm” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Fill you evening with joyful gospel music from these three fabulous singers!  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=349.

    September 23 –  Oyster Roast at Forts Pond in Pelion.  Enjoy oysters, Beaufort Stew, Chicken and other items, as well as live entertainment and a cash bar with proceeds to benefit the Lisa Rucker Scholarship Fund. For more information call (803) 206-6942 or visit http://www.pondpullers.com/index.html.

    September 23 –  Zoofari at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, Pacific Northwest cuisine, get a look behind the scenes of the new sea lion exhibit, and bid on unique silent or live auction items.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/events/zoofari.shtml?utm_source=GoogleGrant&utm_medium=Search&utm_content=GG201627&utm_campaign=TZoofari16&tlcsource=RIVZ16008GG1627&gclid=CIrq7oif984CFdgQgQodsMwBiw.

    September 23 –  “The Second City Hits Home” at the Harbison Theatre.  Enjoy this show featuring hilarious sketches, songs and improvisation by this legendary Chicago sketch and improve comedy group.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/second-city-hits-home.

    September 23 –  “Cherub” at the Music Farm.  These guys are known for creating a mixture of dance, funk, rock and electronic music for an evening of exciting entertainment.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1255531-cherub-columbia/.

    September 23 – 24 –  Okra Strut Festival at the new Irmo Community Park in Irmo.  Spend your Friday night enjoying entertainment by the “Atlanta Rhythm Section” and “The Blue Pickups”, and Saturday enjoy a parade, more live entertainment, carnival rides, an okra eating contest, arts and crafts, and lots of good food.  For more information call (803) 781-7050 or visit http://theokrastrut.com/.

    September 23 – 25 – “Dominique” at the Comedy House.  Fill your evening with fun and laughter with this enjoyable comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/dominique/.

    September 23 – October 9 –  “Music Man” at the Village Square Theatre.  This is a family friendly story about a salesman who gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.  For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com/season.html.

    September 24 –  Fall Festival and Pig Pickin’ Party at the South Carolina State Museum.  Enjoy a variety of barbecue and other foods while enjoying live entertainment, meet folk artists and craftsmen, watch demonstrations of their skills and even purchase some of their works. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/signature-events/.

    September 24 –  Forts Pond Antique Truck and Tractor Pull at Forts Pond in Pelion.  Bring your tractor or truck out to the event or just come out and enjoy the fun from the sidelines, with the proceeds from this event to benefit the Lisa Rucker Scholarship Fund.  For more information call (803) 206-6942 or visit http://www.pondpullers.com/index.html.

    September 24  –  Guided Walking Tour: Native American Lifeways at the Cayce Tennis Center on Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce.  Learn about the lifeways and strategic ways this group of people contributed to the economy and welfare of the Carolina colony and how they used historic resources of the Park throughout history and today.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit http://guidedwalkingtoursoncongareecreek.eventbrite.com/.

    September 24 –  Guided Walking Tour: Battle of Congaree Creek at the Cayce Tennis Center on Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce.  Learn about the 1865 battle and hear stories from soldiers and civilians alike of the Burning of Columbia.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit http://guidedwalkingtoursoncongareecreek.eventbrite.com/.

    September 24 –  FOLKFabulous at the McKissick Museum.  This event will bring together some of the State’s best woodworking artisans and musicians for a day filled with hands on activities, music and fun. For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/folkfabulous.

    September 24 –  “The Thomas Family” and “Crossroads Bluegrass” at Haynes Auditorium in Leesville.  Fill your evening with some good ole’ bluegrass music!  For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.

    September 24 –  Carolina Marine Aquarium Expo at the Jamil Shrine Temple.  Search for that special salt water fish you’ve been looking for or create a new, enhanced variety for your fish!  For more information visit http://columbiamac.org/index.html.

    September 24 –  Basketweaving at Edisto Discovery Park on Wiley Street.  Learn how to make a champagne basket.  For more information email bloliver@columbiasc.net or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/september_2016_workshops.pdf.

    September 24 –  “Carrie Underwood” at the Colonial Life Arena.  This amazing artist is coming to Columbia, so get your tickets and see her fantastic show!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/carrie-underwood.php?eventid=119&showtimeid=186.

    September 24 –  “Chase Rice” at the Township Auditorium.  Come out for an evening of country music with this upcoming artist.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    September 24 –  Art House Theatre Day at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  In addition to the independent film, “Time Bandits” will be a poster sale of over 250 lobby case film posters.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/events/art-house-theater-day/.

    September 24 –  “Time Bandits” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they look for treasure to steal.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/time-bandits/.

    September 25 –  “Donald Merckle and the Blacksmiths” at the Riverwalk Amphitheater.  Enjoy a fall afternoon of live entertainment, food and beverage trucks vendors, and time with the family.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/633670916786419.

    September 25 –  “Beethoven and Broadway” at the Harbison Theater.  Performed by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, you will hear Beethoven’s Symphony #1 and a variety of Broadway tunes.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/lake-murray-symphony-orchestra-presents-beethoven-broadway.

    September 27 –  Wet Sand Walk: Broad River at the Riverfront Park (North) parking lot on River Drive.  Take a Ranger guided tour along the Broad River, learn some history, see some aquatic critters, and learn the ecological importance of the waterway.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2143.

    September 27 –  “Corinne Bailey Rae” at the Music Farm.  The songs from this beautiful English artist will provide you with a relaxing and enjoyable evening of entertainment.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1280555-corinne-bailey-rae-columbia/.

    September 28 –  “Lucky Chops” at the Harbison Theatre.  This brass band will provide you with an evening of fun and enjoyable entertainment.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/lucky-chops.

    September 29 –  The Great American Whiskey Fair at the 701 Contemporary Gallery on Whaley Street.  Try a variety of whiskeys from all around the world and food provided by Bourbon.  For more information call (828) 301-2328 or visit http://www.lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/events/the-great-american-whiskey-fair-2016.

    September 30 – October 1 –  Swampfest at the Congaree at several locations in Hopkins.  Friday evening you will enjoy the BBQ and Jazz Concert with “Deniece Williams” and “Carlos Santana” at the Historic Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, and Saturday more concerts at the Mt. Moriah Site & Grounds, as well as events all day at the Congaree National Park.  For more information visit http://www.congareeswampfest.com/.

    September 30 – October 2 –  Skirmishes for Lexington at the Clinton Sease Farm in Lexington.  This is an American Civil War Reenactment and Living History event commemorating the actions that took place in and around Lexington in 1865 when Sherman marched his troops north from Savannah.  For more information call (803) 730-2863 or visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scprnyz/Lexington/MainPage.html.

    September 30 – October 8 –  “A Mid Summers Night Dream” at the Drayton Hall Theatre.  Four young lovers and a group of roaming actors wander through an enchanted forest and come upon a band of powerful fairies with a wicked sense of humor in this entertaining and thoughtful Shakespearian play.  For more information call (803) 777-2551 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/midsummer-nights-dream-drayton-hall-theatre.

    September 30 – October 9 –   “Big The Musical” at On Stage Productions on Cherokee Lane in West Columbia.  This 1987 motion picture with Tom Hanks has come to the stage and will be a fun presentation for the entire family.  For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/Shows.html.

    October 1 –  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Lake Carolina Community Center.  This event is in honor of cancer survivors and to raise awareness of this horrible life threatening disease.  For more information call (623) 810-9522 or visit http://makingstrideswalk.org/columbiasc.

    October 1 –  Gaston Collard and BBQ Festival on Carlisle Street in Gaston.  Come out and enjoy some BBQ and collards while enjoying live entertainment, a parade, a amusements for the kids.  For more information call (803) 796-7725 or visit http://www.lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/events/gaston-collard-bbq-festival-2016.

    October 1 –  “Cosmic Charlie: High Energy Grateful Dead Tribute” at the Music Farm.  For all you “Dead Heads” out there, this one’s for you!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1210551-cosmic-charlie-high-energy-columbia/.

    October 1 –  Monthly Gospel Singing: “Vocal Reunion” and “Chordsmen Quartet” at the Midlands Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert.  Fill your evening with enjoyable gospel music.  A fundraiser steak dinner will be provided prior to the concert for those interested. For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit http://www.midgsc.com/concerts.

    October 1 – 2 –  Congaree Bluegrass Festival at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.  This will be a fun weekend of music and entertainment as well as vendors displaying their wares, activities for the kids, dancing, interactive activities, festival food, and more!  For more information visit http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/cbf/.

    Legends of Ancient GreeceOctober 1 – 15 –  “Legends of Ancient Greece” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.  Pan, the protector of the forest, will tell the most famous stories from Greek Mythology in this fun and entertaining event for the whole family.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit http://cmtpuppet.org/shows/legends-of-ancient-greece/.

    October 1 – 31 –  Hall of Horrors: Xperiment 13 on Walter Price Street in Cayce.  It’s back again and scarier than ever!  For more information call (803) 814-5858 or visit http://www.hallofhorrors.com/home.

    October 2 –  “Whiskey Tango Review with the Kenny George Band” at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre.  Bring a chair and blanket and fill your fall afternoon with enjoyable entertainment along the River.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1161160390594029.

    October 2 –  JerryFest at the Five Points Fountain.  This day-long event in memory of Jerry Garcia will be filled with lots of live music, local artisans and food vendors, and family friendly activities to include activities for the kids!  For more information call (803) 748-7373 or visit http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/Jerryfest.

    October 2 –  Oktoberfest at the Music Farm.  Enjoy unlimited samples of craft brews from breweries around the region with the Tin Roof offering a special Oktoberfest menu and live music will grace the stage.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1210707-oktoberfest-columbia/.

    October 3 –  “A Face in the Crowd” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  This is the story of how an Arkansas drifter becomes on overnight media sensation but will the public ever see the fraud he is?  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/a-face-in-the-crowd/.

    October 4 –  “Blue October” at the Music Farm.  Enjoy an evening of fabulous melodies and lyrics with this great band. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1209973-blue-october-columbia/.

    October 6 –  “Lettuce” at the Music Farm.  Enjoy an evening of funk!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1229031-lettuce-columbia/.

    October 7 –  “Dangerous Men” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  A woman’s fiancé is killed and she is almost sexually assaulted, so she sets out to kill all dangerous men who would harm women.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/dangerous-men/.

    October 7 –  “The Birth of a Nation” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  Set in the antebellum South, a literate slave and preacher accepts his financially strained owners request to preach to unruly slaves and orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-birth-of-a-nation/.

    October 7 –  “Drivin’ N’ Cryin’” at the Music Farm.  This band has been producing songs since the ‘80’s covering a variety of different sounds, so you will enjoy an evening of old and new from this famous band!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1243351-drivin-n-cryin-columbia/.

    October 7 –  Heroes in Blue Inaugural Knights of Honor Gala at the Rockbridge Club.  This medieval themed celebration is in honor of law enforcement and citizen heroes across the Midlands who will be knighted for their compassionate, self-less acts of service.   For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/please-join-heroes-in-blue-for-a-knight-of-honor-gala-tickets-26914622360.

    October 7 – 9 –  Midlands Plant & Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market.  Come out for this fun event and purchase those winter greens, perennials, trees, and fall favors!  For more information or visit www.agriculture.sc.gov.

    October 7 – November 5 –  “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Trustus Theatre.  It’s back so prepare to do the “Time Warp Again” with this fun & interactive theatrical presentation.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit https://trustus.org/event/the-rocky-horror-show/.

    October 8 –  Columbia Bombshells Women’s Rugby Game at North Springs Park.  Come out and support our local women’s rugby team!  For more information call (803) 521-9171 or visit http://bombshellsrugby.wixsite.com/columbiawomensrugby/schedule.

    October 8 –  Mayors Walk Against Domestic Violence with the location to be determined.  In honor of survivors, fighters, and the taken, providing awareness of the problem and letting those in need know that there is help and hope in the Midlands.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mayors-walk-against-domestic-violence-registration-27013440929?aff=ebapi.

    October 8 –  Guided Walking Tour: Battle of Congaree Creek at the Cayce Tennis Center on Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce.  Learn about the 1865 battle and hear stories from soldiers and civilians alike of the Burning of Columbia.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit http://guidedwalkingtoursoncongareecreek.eventbrite.com/.

    October 8 –  Guided Walking Tour: Colonial Fort Congaree at the Cayce Tennis Center on Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce.  Hear the story of the 1718 to 1722 frontier fort and trading post and the multi-ethnic groups that came together at Congaree Creek.  For more information call (803) 765-2200 or visit http://guidedwalkingtoursoncongareecreek.eventbrite.com/.

    October 8 –  Call for Artists – Art Along the Trail at Riverfront Park North.  Artists will showcase their works along the trail and provide interaction with viewers, with children and adults alike having the chance to create their own natural work of art.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2145.

    October 8 –  “A Night to Imagine/John Lennon Birthday FT: Abbey Road Live! : Beatles Tribute at the Music Farm.  Fill your evening with this John Lennon and Beatles Tribute!  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1281177-night-imagine-john-lennon-columbia/.

    October 8 – 12 –  “Grounded” at the Longstreet Theatre.  See George Bryant’s “gripping drama about drone warfare.”  For more information call (803) 777-93553 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/grounded-longstreet-theatre.

    October 9 –  “Stolen Hearts with Chris Compton” at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre.  Bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy an afternoon under the sun with some enjoyable entertainment.   For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/829626597138833.

    October 10 –  “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  Learn the story of this blues playing rogue turned GOP Chairman making him a “political rock star”.  For more information call (803) 254-3433 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/boogie-man-the-lee-atwater-story/.

    October 11 –  “Gayle Tzemach Lemmon” at the Harbison Theatre.  This entrepreneur will fill you with an evening of story, inspiration, and hope for the future through women.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/gayle-tzemach-lemmon.

     

     

     

     

     

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