ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA July 12 – Aug 1

     

     

    Wednesday July 12, 2017 through Tuesday August 1, 2016

     

    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 August 11 –  Summer Camps through the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department.  A variety of camps is being offered to kids from ages 6 through 16, to include sports camps to adventure camps.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/summer_camp_2017.pdf.

    Through August 11 –  Summer Camps at the South Carolina State Museum.  There are a variety of camps for kids ages 6 through 11.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/summercamps/.

    Through August 18 –  Day Camps at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  There are a variety of camps for kids ages 3 through 13 with a variety of topics to choose from.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/education/day-camps.shtml.

    Through August 18 –  Summer Camp at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  These camps are for ages 4 through 12 and will focus on topics that may include cooking, space exploration, and even robots.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2017/.

    Through August 25 –  Purple Martin Tours of Bomb Island meeting at Jakes Landing on Lake Murray.  If you’ve never had the chance to be on one of these tours, you certainly need to take the opportunity with this resident wildlife specialist!  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/guided-purple-martin-tours-of-bomb-island-all-summer-long.

    Through August 26 –  “Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  This amazing artists has earned a national reputation as one of the foremost military painters of the 19th Century with a focus on life in battle and at camp during the Civil War in South Carolina.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://crr.sc.gov/exhibits?i=95.

    Through August 27 –  “Light Beings” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  The artist, Sana Arjumand, is a contemporary artist who presents to you a mystical and spiritual display of works through the use of birds to depict a metaphorical symbol of energy beings.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/light-beings.

    Through August 27 – “Retooled” at the Columbia Museum of Arts.  Local individuals are taking their tools and seeing what they can create with them.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/retooled.

    Second Thursdays through August –  Elmwood Cemetery Tours at Elmwood Cemetery.  These tours will teach you about the meaning of the etchings on the grave markers, as well as discuss the prominent South Carolinians who are buried here.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours.

    Through August 31 –  “Ron Rash Archive Exhibit: More than a Southern Author” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  For more information call (803) 545-0000 or visit http://www.columbiacvb.com/events/.

    Through 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/.

    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/.

    June 30 – September 17 –  “That 70’s Show: Cool Art from the Collection” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This show “draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that time forgot.” For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/70s-show.

    Through October –  Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children and their parents will learn about the different phases a butterfly goes through before becoming a butterfly, and will have the chance to see some of the butterflies’ first hand!  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/.

    July 10 – 14 –  Historic Columbia Summer Camp at the Robert Mills House.  Kids ages 8 to 12 will have the chance to learn about history through interactive activities and exploration.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/education/summer-camp.

    July 12 –  “As I Open My Eyes”  at the Nickelodeon Theater.  After the revolution of Tunisia, a young woman wishes to be a singer in a political rock band but her mother knows the dangers and tries to persuade her to become a doctor.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/as-i-open-my-eyes/.

    July 12 –  “The Iron Giant” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  An alien giant robot crash lands in a small town when a 9 year old boy fines him. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-iron-giant/.

    July 12 –  Traditional Beading/Mixed Media at the Columbia Art Center.  If you’ve had the desire to try your hand at jewelry making, this opportunity is a good place to start.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/jewelry_classes.pdf.

    July 13 –  Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets of the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery.  Here is your chance to tour one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries and learn about the last 160 years of history through gravestone markings and discussions about prominent Columbians who are buried in the Cemetery. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours?date=04/13/2017.

    July 14 –  “Magic Mike Tribute Tour” at the Music Farm.  Come on out ladies and enjoy a fun night out enjoying this amazing revue.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1503159-magic-mike-tour-columbia/.

    July 14 –  “The Big Sick” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  When Pakistani comedian, Kumail, falls in love with a grad student, his life becomes complicated by the complications of his parents’ Muslim faith.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-big-sick/.

    July 14 –  Twilight in the Garden featuring “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Come out for a fun movie under the stars!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/media-center/releases-2017/0523.

    July 14 –  “Finding Dory” at Finlay Park.  There will be a scavenger hunt before this fun movie begins.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events#Summer%20Movies%20Series.

    July 15 –  Owens Field Park Grand Opening at Owens Field.  This grand opening is for the Miracle League Field and the Playground.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2558.

    July 15 –  One City, Two Canals, Three Rivers at the Riverfront Park South Red Schoolhouse.  Learn how the Columbia waterways have been used in the past, the evaluation of the Canal after the 2015 flood, and about the established Columbia greenways along the rivers.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2557.

    July 15 –  The Science of Flight at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  This new and exciting exhibit is a NASA supported exhibit that explores the wonders and science of flying so be one of the first to experience this new exhibit.  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/the-science-of-flight/?for=07-15-2017.

    July 15 –  Haynes Bluegrass at Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville.  The bands playing at this event will be “King James 1611 Boys” and “New Bluegrass Gospel Connection”.  For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.

    July 15 –  “Ocean Breeze”  at Finlay Park.  Enjoy a fun evening under the stars with live entertainment in a beautiful location.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    July 15 –  “WONKAville” at the Town Theatre.  This fun event will allow kids to meet Willy Wonka, get a sneak peek at his chocolate factory, play pin the tail on the squirrel with Veruca, make a chocolatey treat with Gloops, and much more!  For more information call (803) 799-4764 or visit http://towntheatre.com/special-events/.

    July 16 –  Dollar Sunday at the Hampton-Preston Mansion.  Here is a chance for Richland and Lexington County residents to tour this beautiful mansion for just $1 this day only!  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/dollar-sunday-hampton-preston-mansion.

    July 16 – 17 – “Easy Rider” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/easy-rider/.

    July 18 –  Wet Sandal Walk at the Riverfront North parking lot.  Learn about the Broad River and its abundant resources and learn about the ecological importance of the Columbia Canal.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2559.

    July 18 –  “The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  When a drag queen is asked to take his act on the road, he invites two of his closest friends, but when they learn why he took the job, it puts their friendship and their show in jeopardy.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-adventures-of-priscilla-queen-of-the-desert/.

    July 19 –  “Ryan Davis” at the Comedy House.  Take a mid-week break and come out for some laughter and fun.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/ryan-davis/.

    July 19 –  “Babe” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Get out and enjoy a family friendly film that will make you laugh and warm your heart!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/babe/.

    July 20 –  “Duel” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This early Spielberg film is about a business commuter who is terrorized by a tractor trailer driver.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/duel/.

    July 20 – 23 – “Kasper Nelson” at the Comedy House.  You are certain to laugh until you cry with this amazing comedian!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/black-kasper/.

    July 21 –  “Zootopia” at Finlay Park.  Come out and enjoy a movie in the park and enjoy a trivia contest before the movie.  For more information visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events#Summer Movies Series.

    July 21 –  Til Death Do Us Part: A Murder Mystery Dinner at the Saluda Shoals Park River Center.  You’ll enjoy the murder mystery dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar.  For more information call (803) 213-2035 or visit http://www.icrc.net/events.

    July 21 – 23 –  AVP Alternatives To Violence Project: Basic Community Workshop at the Columbia Quaker Meeting House on Pisgah Church Road.  Participate in this interactive workshop on how to resolve conflicts nonviolently.  For more information call (803) 470-4432 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avp-alternatives-to-violence-project-basic-community-workshop-columbia-sc-721-723-tickets-35265786918?aff=erelexpmlt.

    July 21 – 30 –  “The Jungle Book Kids” at the On Stage Performance Center on East Main Street in Lexington.  This is guaranteed to be a fun performance showcasing all the hard work the kids did this summer to present this show.  For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/Shows.html.

    July 21 – August 6 –  “Willy Wonka” at the Town Theatre.  It’s been a fun summer with a lot of practice and the kids are now ready to show you what they’ve learned with this tremendous show!  For more information call (803) 779-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/willywonka/.

    July 22 –  Canal History Tour at the Riverfront Park South at the Red Schoolhouse.  Take a guided tour along the Canal and learn the important role it has played over the last 200 years.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2560.

    July 22 –  Polar Challenge at Saluda Shoals Park.  Take a dip or take the challenge with all participants getting a free snow cone.  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/polar-challenge-2017-07-22.

    July 22 –  Christmas in July at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children will have a chance to meet with Santa, some of his elves, decorate graham cracker gingerbread houses, and participate in holiday themed art and science projects. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/christmas-in-july/?for=07-22-2017.

    July 22 –  An Evening with Jeanne Robertson at the Medallion Conference Center on Garners Ferry Road.  This fund raising event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction, and of course, lots of great laughter with this amazing comedian, with all proceeds to benefit the 1028 Summer Skills Camp for children suffering with dyslexia.  For more information call (803) 665-9667 or visit http://columbiasc.chambermaster.com/events/details/an-evening-with-jeanne-robertson-6774.

    July 23 – 24 –  “Badlands” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This film is the adaptation of a true 1958 crime story about two young lovers on the run. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/badlands/.

    July 23 – 30 –  “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” at the Village Square Theater.  The kids have been working all summer on this event, so come out and support their efforts and enjoy an amazing show!  For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com/season.html.

    July 24 –  Reggae and Caribbean Dinner at the Music Farm.  This farm to table event will include a fabulous four course dinner with entertainment by “Mystic Vibrations”.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1393536-reggae-caribbean-dinner-columbia/.

    July 25 –  Envision Columbia Women’s Summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Learn about City Councils vision statement and strategic plan and provide your input into what you believe would make Columbia a better place to live and work.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/envision-columbia-womens-summit-tickets-35877929854?aff=erelexpmlt.

    July 25 –  “The Fifth Element” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This film was chosen by the Nick Manager celebrating this movies 20th anniversary and will include a scavenger hunt on Main Street and ice cream by the Sweet Cream Company.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-fifth-element/.

    July 26 –  Columbia’s Got Talent at the Comedy House.  This event will be two shows in one, with the show beginning with kids ages 3 to 12 followed by teens and adults from ages 13 and up, so enter the show or come out and support those who do!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/columbias-got-talent/.

    July 26 –  “The Land Before Time” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This fun children’s movie about an orphaned dinosaur will capture the hearts of their parents as well.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-land-before-time/.

    July 27 –  Hip Hop Karaoke at the Comedy House.  If you think you’ve got what it takes to win at this event, come on out and see if you can win the $100.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/wild-out-hip-hop-karaoke/.

    July 27 –  Night Hike at Saluda Shoals Park.  Take a ranger lead night hike through the park, learning about local history, park facts, and details about the environment.  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/night-hike-at-saluda-shoals-park-2017-07-27.

    July 27 –  “The Hitcher” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the story of a man who escapes from the hands of a hitch hiker who stalks him and frames him for his murders. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-hitcher/.

    July 28 –  “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” at Finlay Park.  Enjoy a family night out with a movie in the park and enjoy the chance to participate in a Quidditch game before the show.  For more information visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events#Summer Movies Series.

    July 28 – 29 –  South Congaree Championship Rodeo at the South Congaree Horse Arena in South Congaree.  This fun annual event will again include bull riding, barrel racing, and calf roping, with a chance for spectators to ride a mechanical bull, kids to ride ponies, and much more!  For more information call (803) 513-5750 or visit http://www.southcongareerodeo.com/.

    July 28 – 30 –  “Tony Roberts” at the Comedy House.  Head out for a night of comedy to brighten your spirit!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/tony-roberts/.

    July 28 – August 5 –  “Madagascar” at the Harbison Theatre.  The Junior Company of the Chapin Theatre is putting on this amazing and fun event, so be sure to come out and support them.  For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit http://chapintheatre.org/2017/junior.html.

    July 29 –  Introduction to Woodburning at the Columbia Museum of Art.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of woodburning, here is your chance to get the basics.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/intro-woodburning.

    July 29 –  Canal History Tour at the Riverfront Park South at the Red Schoolhouse.  Take a guided tour along the Canal and learn the role it played in Columbia’s growth over the last 200 years.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/calendar/2560.

    July 29 –  “The Voltage Brothers” at Finlay Park.  Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment is this beautiful setting under the stars!  For more information visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    July 29 –  Kids and Kites at Saluda Shoals Park.  Here is a chance for your child to learn to fly a kite using your own or one loaned by the park.  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/kids-and-kites-2017-07-29.

    July 29 –  “Stop Making Sense” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the concert movie about “The Talking Heads” with music performed by “The Ugly Chords”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/series/sound-vision/.

    July 29 –  Midlands Women’s Fair at the Jamil Shrine Temple.  Here’s a chance for Mom to enjoy a day with the girls who will all enjoy facials, make overs, airbrush tattoos, massages, canvas painting, a fashion show and a whole lot of fun!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midlands-womens-fair-tickets-33763706154.

    July 29 –  Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon at 1501 Kennerly Road Irmo.  Triathlon participants will swim 350 yards, bike 13 miles and run 3.1 miles while duathlon participants will run 1 mile, bike 13 miles and run another 3.1 miles.  For more information send an email to iliaowens@columbiaymna.org  or visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Irmo/TomHoskinsTri.

    July 29 –  Wild Summer Nights Auction and Wild Game Feast at Seawells Catering on Rosewood Drive.  Here’s a chance to enjoy fresh wild game prepared in a variety of ways, as well as bid on fabulous auction items, such as fishing equipment, wildlife excursions, beautiful artwork, and so much more all to benefit the South Carolina Wildlife Federation!  For more information call (803) 256-0670 or visit http://www.scwf.org/events/2016/12/24/wild-summers-night-auction-wild-game-feast.

    July 30 –  “The O’Jays” with special guest “Stephanie Mills” at the Township Auditorium.  Enjoy an evening of great entertainment with this two amazing artists!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    July 30 – 31 –  “Stand By Me” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the tale of four 12 year old boys who set off into the woods to find a body.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/stand-by-me/.

     

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