Wednesday March 21, 2018 through Tuesday April 10, 2018
Sundays – Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. On Sundays one hour before opening, the museum will be open for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing difference’s to tour the museum and enjoy interactive, hands on activities. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=04-17-2016.
Second Sundays – Stroll on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center on Lincoln Street with the tour beginning at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street. Learn the significance of this neighborhood with its eclectic mix of architecture where the elites use to live during the war and African Americans lived through the 19th and 20th Centuries. For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-arsenal-hill.
Tuesdays – Toddler Tuesdays at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Bring your toddler for seasonal art activities, music, and our sand tray exploration in the Early Learning Classroom. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.
Tuesdays – Second Shift Twosdays at the South Carolina State Museum. The museum has extended hours with special after hours pricing. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/second-shift-twosdays/.
First & Third Wednesdays – Kids Cook at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children 6 – 10 years old will have a unique experience taking participants on an exciting journey of culinary arts partaking in food preparation and meal creation, while learning about nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016.
Thursdays – City Roots Farmers Market at the City Roots Farm. Here’s your chance to search for fresh local produce, fresh eggs, meats, cheese, and more, plus local music and food truck vendors! For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/.
First Thursdays – First Thursdays on Main Street at the 1200-1700 block of Main Street in downtown Columbia. The event lasts from 6 pm to 10 pm and is a collaboration of a number of vendors in the area. For more information call (803) 988-1065 or visit http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/.
Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia. This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more. For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.
Thursday Nights – Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street. Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away. For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.
Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street. Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music. For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.
Fourth Fridays – Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum. Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.
Saturdays – Nature Discovery Walk at the Congaree National Park. Join a volunteer naturalist for a fun walk along the boardwalk while learning about the diversity of wildlife and plants in the Park. For more information call (803) 776-4396 or visit https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=56C296E0-1DD8-B71C-07EB09DD87A17E5F.
Saturdays – State House Tours at the South Carolina State House on Gervais Street. Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area. For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.
Saturdays – Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street. Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment. For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.
Saturdays – Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia. Shop for local and regional foods, crafts, hot coffee, cold fresh lemonade, and even cooked food. For more information visit http://sodacitysc.com/.
Through March 21 – Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Music Farm. Travel to places you’ve never been, see things you’ve never seen, experience things you’ve never done, so plan on attending one of these evenings! For more information visit https://musicfarm.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-day-2/.
Through March 27 – Richland School District I K-12 Art Show at the Tapp’s Art Center. Be sure to stop by and see some of the most amazing talent of the children and adolescents from our area! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/richland-district-school-district-1-k-12-art-show/.
Through March 29 – Life Drawing at the Columbia Art Center. This class is intended to teach or improve skills in basic line drawing and teach techniques that will enhance your drawings. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/Life%20Drawing%20March%202018.pdf.
Through April 28 – “Jack and the Giant” at the Columbia Marionette Theater. Meet a giant who is teased by his brothers because he isn’t mean and nasty, but is sweet and caring. For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/jack-and-the-giants/.
Through May 6 – “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited” at the Richland County Main Library. This is a multi-media exhibit that is dedicated to African American philanthropy. For more information call (803) 799-9084 or visit https://tsopcola.org/.
March 21 – “Get Out” at the Nickelodeon Theater. To celebrate End Racism Day, this film produced by the first African American filmmaker is being shown about a young Black man who visits his white girlfriends’ parents in upstate New York and the disturbing discoveries that follow. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/get-out/.
March 22 – 25 – Tartan Day South at a variety of locations around the area. The festivities begin with a kick-off party at the British Bulldog Pub where Syr will play, followed by a concert at the Icehouse Amphitheater on the 23rd by Celtic Commotion, then the full festivities at the Columbia Speedway with dancing, Highland games, music, and much more ending the day with Drumsmoke in the evening, followed on the 25th by “Kirkin of the Tartans on the River” at the Riverwalk Amphitheater Park in West Columbia. For more information visit http://tartandaysouth.com/.
March 23 – Basketball Night at Seven Oaks Park. Kids in grades 6th through 8th can enjoy a couple of hours of fun on the basketball court! For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit http://www.icrc.net/basketball-night-2018-03-23.
March 23 – Columbia Ballet Outreach: “Cinderella” at the Koger Center for the Arts. Bring your students out for a chance to learn about ballet and the stories this form of dance can tell. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://columbiacityballet.com/outreach/.
March 23 – Winter Jam at the Colonial Life Arena. The artists for this years Jam will be Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, KB, Jordan Feliz, & New Song, with comedian John Crist and speaker Nick Hall, and a pre-jam party of up and coming new Christian artists! For more information call (803) 576-9053 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/winter-jam.
March 23 – 25 – “Pirate’s of Penzance” at the Columbia’s Children’s Theatre. The teenagers have done it again, so come out and support them in this fun and highly entertaining production! For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.
March 23 – 25 – Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. This annual fun event isn’t just for sportsmen and women, and is a good chance to expose those who aren’t to fun activities such as fishing, with the chance for kids to actually catch and release fish, view largemouth bass aquariums filled with fish, view a raptor show, meet with a variety of vendors, eat unique foods, and Saturday will give kids the chance to participated in the Youth Bass Fishing Tournament to see who can make the big catch so be sure to stop by and see what it’s all about! For more information call (803) 734-4008 or visit http://www.psclassic.com/.
March 23 – 25 – “Donnell Rawlings” at the Comedy House. If you need a good laugh, come out and enjoy this funny and entertaining comedian who’s been dubbed “an overnight success.” For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.
March 23 – April 14 – “Fun Home” at Trustus Theatre. This musical production was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in drama, telling the story of a women who tells her story after her father dies and the challenges she faced with her parents as she was growing up. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/fun-home/.
March 24 – Dollhouse Magazines: Childhood Ruined at Tapp’s Art Center. You will be “taken on a nostalgic ride with some of your favorite Saturday morning icons” in a unique art show that will also include a cereal bar, a retro video game tournament, comics and clothing vendors, a cosplay costume contest, and a dance party so come out and enjoy the fun! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/dollhouse-magazines-childhood-ruined/.
March 24 – Kids Hip Hop with Pret at the M.A.C. in the Tapp’s Art Center. Kids will have the chance to work one on one with the Center’s hip hop instructor and learn how to put their own spin on her routine. For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/kids-hip-hop-with-pret-the-m-a-c/.
March 24 – Mosaic Tile Art at the Edisto Discovery Park. This 2-day workshop will teach you how to use colored ceramic tiles to create a 12” x 12” piece of art. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/March%202018%20Workshops.pdf.
March 24 – Bird Walk at Saluda Shoals Park. Enjoy a walk in this beautiful park searching for local birds, migratory birds, and discussing birding habitats with Wingard’s Market wildlife specialist Zach Steinhauser. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/saluda-shoals-bird-walk-copy/.
March 24 – Limited Space Vegetable Gardening at Wingard’s Market. Create a small garden that will produce a larger amount of vegetables than you think you can in a small space. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/limited-space-vegetable-gardening-workshop-2/.
March 24 – “Cleopatra” at the Koger Center for the Arts. The Columbia City Ballet will take you on a journey to Egypt and Rome telling the tale of this historically iconic Queen. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=428.
March 24 – “Patti Labelle” at the Township Auditorium. This iconic artist will fill your evening with a variety of music such as rhythm and blues, to the spiritual sonnets so don’t miss the chance to see this extremely talented artist . For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
March 24 – Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens at the Seibels House and Garden. Kids will have the chance to hunt for filled Easter eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and dye eggs using natural colors, and families will have the chance to play outdoor games, so bring the kids out and enjoy a morning of family fun! For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/family-friendly-easter-egg-hunt.
March 24 – Garden Symposium at the Robert Mills Carriage House. You’ll have a chance to attend workshops that tell about the establishment of historical gardens around the State and meet with vendors and purchase plants propagated from Historic Columbia properties and participate in a seed swap. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018-gardening-symposium.
March 24 – Hot Flash 5K starting on Clovis Parkway in Cayce. This walk run event on the Timmerman Trail is offered by the Women’s Club of Cayce and celebrates the challenges of life with food and beverages provided and generous gifts and awards being given. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/384763685307894/.
March 24 – Civil War Battle of Congaree Creek Walk at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce. Hear the stories of the Burning of Columbia during the Civil War. For more information call (850) 322-5636 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/159213994734146/.
March 24 – First Fort Congaree at the 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce. Take a journey back in time to 1718 to 1722 learning about the frontier fort and trading post that once existed in the area. For more information call (850) 322-5636 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/159213994734146/.
March 25 – Super Beauty Launch at the EdVenture children’s Museum. There will be entertainment, a costume contest, and games to play! For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/super-sunday-super-beauty-launch/?for=03-25-2018.
March 25 – “Persona” at the Nickelodeon Theater. In celebration of the centennial anniversary of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is being shown this film unlike any of his others about “the melding identified of a psychiatric patient and her seemingly supportive nurse.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/persona/.
March 25 – Shoot and Shuck at the Palmetto Outdoor Shooting Facility in Swansea. Sponsored by the Congaree Land Trust, enjoy clay shooting, oysters, and beverages all to benefit this great cause. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/congaree-land-trust-shoot-n-shuck-tickets-42748321380.
March 27 – Toddler Egg Hunt at Crooked Creek Park. Little ones from birth to age 4 can come out and search for eggs filled with healthy age-appropriate treats so bring a basket and the little ones out for an evening of fun! For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit http://www.icrc.net/toddler-egg-hunt-2018-03-27.
March 29 – Flashlight Egg Hunt at Saluda Shoals Park in Lexington and Melvin Park in Chapin. For more information call Saluda Shoals at (803) 731-5208 or Crooked Creek Park in Chapin at (803) 345-6181 or visit http://www.icrc.net/calendar.
March 29 – A Taste of Lake Murray at the Doubletree Hilton. You’ll enjoy an evening of great food and drinks, live entertainment by Men of Distinction and Tokyo Joe, lots of opportunities to dance all to raise money for the 4th of July fireworks display on Lake Murray. For more information call (803) 781-5940 or visit https://www.lakemurraycountry.com/events/2017/taste-of-lake-murray-2018.
March 29 – April 1 – Disney on Ice presents: “Dream Big” at the Colonial Life Arena. Join the Disney princesses as they “embark on adventures to make their dreams come true.” For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-dream-big.
March 30 – “Wavecraft: Live from the Underground” at The Space Hall of the Tapp’s Art Center. Enjoy some great underground bass music from this local band! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/wavecraft-live-from-the-underground-the-space-hall/.
March 30 – “Villanova” and “Super Bob” at the Music Farm. Come out for an evening of great rock music with one of our favorite local rock bands and this unique rock/hip hop band from D.C.! For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/villanova-super-bob/.
March 30 – 31 – Don’t Get Fooled House Museum Tours at the Robert Mills House. Tour the house with each room including an April Fools Day inspired pun or anachronism as well as some weird history from the 19th Century. For more information call (803) 254-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/don-t-get-fooled-house-museum-tours.
March 31 – Eggstravaganza at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. This will be a full day of activities with photo ops with the Easter Bunny, hunt for egg, hop like a bunny, and enjoy spring themed activities. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/eggstravaganza/?for=03-31-2018.
March 31 – Breakfast with the Bunny at Seven Oaks Park. Bring the kids out for breakfast with the Bunny, crafts and other activities, and an egg hunt. For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit http://www.icrc.net/breakfast-with-the-bunny-2018-03-31.
March 31 – Tips & Techniques for Growing Tomatoes Workshop at Wingard’s Nursery. Learn how to grow any type of tomatoes successfully! For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/growing-tomatoes/.
March 31 – Eggstravaganza at Wingard’s Nursery. Families can come out and get their photos taken in a beautiful spring setting and with every purchase you’ll receive an Easter egg that will have candy and prizes, with one egg having a $50 gift certificate! For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/eggstravaganza/.
March 31 – BBQ and Blues at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Come out for the day and enjoy good music and great BBQ from a number of local restaurants so you can see who has the best! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
March 31 – Hoop Dance Skill Builder Workshop at The M.A.C. of the Tapp’s Art Center. Join a HoopYogini Master Trainer to develop your hoop skills! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/hoop-dance-skill-builder-workshop-the-m-a-c/.
March 31 – Improvisational Movement Workshop: Space and Composition at The M.A.C. of the Tapp’s Art Center. Break free from the traditional form of dance and create your own form of dance movement! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/improvisational-movement-workshop-space-and-composition-the-m-a-c/.
March 31 – “Slim Pickens”, “The Witness Marks”, & “The Titos” at the Tapp’s Art Center. You’ll enjoy a variety of music between these three bands! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/infinite-room-presents-slim-pickens-the-witness-marks-the-titos/.
March 31 – “Purple Rain” at the Nickelodeon Theater. In remembrance of the extremely talented musician Prince. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/purple-rain/.
March 31 – Bunny Hop 5K at the downtown YMCA in Columbia. This run/walk 5K and will include a Run Hard 1 miler for novice runners and elementary and middle school aged children for them to test the waters as a runner, so come out and enjoy some great exercise at this family friendly event to ring in the spring! For more information call (803) 748-9622 ext. 130 or visit https://racesonline.com/events/bunny-hop-5k-run-walk.
March 31 – AAG KI RATT: “Night of Fire” presented by Indian Cultural Exchange at the Koger Center for the Arts. You are in for a treat with some of the best Bollywood dancing around at this fun, energy filled, and highly entertaining competition. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=543.
March 31 – “Big K.R.I.T.” at the Music Farm. Your evening will be filled with great music by this American rap artist and record producer. For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/big-k-r-i-t/.
April 2 – 6 – Spring Break Art Camp at the Columbia Art Center. Kids ages 5 to 12 will have the chance to dabble in a variety of mediums to include pottery, drawing, paint, and recycled art. For more information call (803) 254-5008 or visit http://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/spring-break-art-camp-4/.
April 2 – 6 – Spring Break Camps at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Kids ages 5 to 9 will enjoy a week of adventure as they learn how a variety of animals move and maneuver from one place to another. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/education/day-camps.
April 2 – 6 – Spring Break Camps at the South Carolina State Museum. Children ages 6 to 11 will enjoy a week of educational fun with each day focusing on a different topic. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/spring-break-camps/.
April 2 – 6 – Spring Break Camps at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy a week of fun activities such as time in the cooking lab to favorite fairy tale characters. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/programs/camps/.
April 3 – 5 – “Motown the Musical” at the Koger Center for the Arts. Based on the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, you’ll learn about his journey from feather weight boxer to the amazing music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, just to name a few, so learn about the creation of Motown through this legendary man. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=506.
April 4 – Carolina Wildlife Center Kids Day at Wingard’s Nursery. Representatives from Carolina Wildlife Care will be on hand with some of their “ambassador” animals to introduce the kids to what they do to rehabilitate animals and release them back to the wild, with kids also having a chance to plant a flower, paint a garden mural on a fence, take a look inside a firetruck, police car, or ambulance, and enjoy some tasty treats with all proceeds taken being given to Carolina Wildlife Care to help the animals. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/kids-day/.
April 6 – “Reggie Sullivan Band” at Saluda Shoals Park. End your week with good jazz music in a beautiful outdoor setting. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/saluda-shoals-jazz-series-2018-04-06.
April 6 – “She Returns From War”, “Faline”, & “Brian Robert” at the Tapp’s Art Center. Enjoy an evening of great entertainment by these three talented groups! For more information call (803) 9898-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/infinite-room-presents-she-returns-from-war-faline-brian-robert/.
April 6 – 7 – “Avett Brothers” at the Township Auditorium. This American folk-rock band from North Carolina has been around since 2000 and will mesmerize you with their songs and musical talent. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
April 6 – 8 – “Gary Owen” at the Comedy House. Fill your evening with some laughter and fun with this talented comedian. For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.
April 7 – Quick and Easy Basket Workshop at the Columbia Art Center. Enjoy the fun of making your own basket in this easy hands on workshop. For more information call (803) 254-5008 or visit http://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/quick-easy-basket-workshop/.
April 7 – Climb the Clay 8K Trail Race at Saluda Shoals Park. Your run will take you through dense forest, along the river, and climbing the mountain of clay at the park, with all skill levels welcome! For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/climb-the-clay-8k-trail-race-2018-04-07-1.
April 7 – Newcomers Workshop at Wingard’s Nursery. If you are new to the area, just purchased a house, want to landscape your yard, come out and meet the experts who will give you an idea of where to start and develop a plan. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/newcomers-workshop/.
April 7 – Steak Supper Fundraiser and Monthly Singing at the Midland Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert. For more information call (803) 719-1289.
April 7 – “Jimmie’s Chicken Shack” at the Music Farm. Don’t let the name of this band fool you, as they are one very good alternative rock band from Maryland. For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/jimmies-chicken-shack/.
April 7 – 8 – Open Studios at a variety of art studios around Richland and Lexington Counties. If you love art, you won’t want to miss the chance to view a variety of art types and the chance to meet some of those who have created them at this self-guided tour. For more information call (803) 779-4571 or visit https://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/.
April 8 – Pops: “Wizards, Witches, & Fantastic Beasts” at the Harbison Theatre. Fill your evening with the beautiful sounds from the soundtrack from Harry Potter. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/pops-wizards-witches-and-fantastic-beasts.
April 10 – “High School” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Known as one of the greatest documentary films of all time, experience what it was like to be a teenager during the Vietnam War when people feared teenagers attempts at individualism. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/high-school/.