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 May 19 – “The Restoration’s Constance” at the Trustus Theatre. The setting, between the late 1800’s and 1930’s in Lexington, South Carolina, you’ll meet the fictional character Constance Owen, “an unrealized musical prodigy born to poor cotton farmers several years after the American Civil War” and her journey toward marriage to a mixed-race man and motherhood and all that follows. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/the-restorations-constance/.
Through May 20 – “The Book of Mormon” at the Koger Center for the Arts. This nine-time Tony Award winning musical is guaranteed to make you laugh and will have you talking about it long after you attend so don’t miss the chance to see it! For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=510.
Through May 26 – “Hairspray” at the Town Theatre. This eight-time Tony Award winning musical has come to town and the actors are ready to show you what they can do in this fun and highly entertaining production! For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/hairspray/.
Through August 4 – “Beauty and the Beast” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre. Bring your children to see this show about a vain Prince who learns his lesson when he is turned into a Beast for his selfish behavior and the Beauty who helps to teach him the error of his ways! For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/beauty-and-the-beast/.
May 16 – Creating Doll Houses at the Columbia Art Center. For adults and kids alike, come learn how to create your own doll house! For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/May%202018%20Workshops.pdf.
May 17 – “The Root Doctors” at the Icehouse Amphitheatre. Spend your Thursday night unwinding with great music, food and drinks, and fun activities for the kids! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
May 17 – 20 – Shawty – What My Name Iz at the Comedy House. Here is a chance to enjoy some clean comedy with this hilarious comedian! For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/shawty-shawty/.
May 18 – Murder in Margaritaville Murder Mystery Dinner at Seven Oaks Park. The Seven Oaks Sleuths adults with disabilities theatre group has put together a Mystery that will require your assistance to solve, with the show including dinner so come see if you can help solve the mystery! For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit http://www.icrc.net/murder-in-margaritaville-murder-mystery-dinner-2018-05-18.
May 18 – Relay for Life Lexington at Lexington High School. Here is a chance for you to honor someone you know who has or has had cancer and to support their recovery or in memory of someone who has lost their battle for cancer and help raise money for research, patient care services, education and prevention initiatives. For more information visit https://www-150p.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_spiritoflakemurray_start.html?ctlsrc2=iW7JIHq3Tvz5Ma2Gh4p62Y7RRnMQrA2NS%2FEVNHrSbzk%3D&src=02n.
May 18 – 19 – Governor’s Cup Road Race at the Hilton Columbia Center (the Expo) and the race will be on Main Street in Columbia. The Expo on Friday will include a vast variety of vendors, with races including the Main Street Mile and the Kids Main Street Mile, followed on Saturday by the Half Marathon and the 5K Run/Walk. For more information visit http://governorscupsc.org/.
May 18 – 19 – Wild Women’s Weekend at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center. This will be a weekend filled with comedy, music, and art with just women in mind! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/wild-womens-weekend-a-two-day-all-female-music-art-and-comedy-weekend/.
May 18 – 24 – “Disobedience” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Ronita returns to her hometown for the burial of her Rabi father, but reconnects with her childhood friend, Esti, who is now married, and their passionate relationship is rekindled. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/disobedience/.
May 18 – 24 – “RBG” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This documentary gives you some insight into the life and rise of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to U.S. Supreme Court Justice. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/rbg/.
May 18 – 27 – “String of Pearls” at the Workshop Theatre. This production for mature audiences only is set around a strand of pearls a grandmother wants her granddaughter to wear for her wedding, but her daughter is unable to produce the pearls her mother gave her and the ensuing story of the lost pearls begins. For more information call (803) 799-6551 or visit https://www.workshoptheatre.com/shows.html#season,
May 19 – Taco Fest at the Historic Columbia Speedway. It’s been rescheduled so be sure to come out and get your fill of tacos from over 25 different vendors, with tequila sampling, live entertainment, margaritas, and a lot of great fun! For more information visit https://www.tasteofyourtown.com/sctacofest.
May 19 – Forest Acres Festival at A.C. Flora High School. This family friendly event will include live music, magic shows, arts and crafts, and food and beverages from a variety of local restaurants. For more information visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/forest-acres-festival.
May 19 – Growing and Cooking with Herbs at Wingard’s Nursery. Learn the art of growing your own herbs and how to use some of them in cooking to replace salt and butter. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/growing-cooking-herbs/.
May 19 – Rhythm on the River: “Bellavida” at the Riverfront Amphitheater in West Columbia. Spend a spring evening out under the stars and on the River with shuttles picking up attendees at the Capital Square Shopping Center on Hwy. 378 and the parking lot at 435 Meeting Street, behind the Terra Restaurant. For more information call (803) 939-8613 or visit http://www.cwcchamber.com/cmc-rhythm-on-the-river-concerts.html.
May 19 – Preservation Workshop – Restoring Historic Homes at 723 Laurel Street. Explore the preservation of a circa 1910 home in the Arsenal Hill District that will showcase the final results, including the restoration of the original heart pine floors, interior molding, and original windows. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-05/preservation-workshop-restoring-historic-homes.
May 19 – Mother Daughter Paint and Tea at Seven Oaks Park. Get together with your mother, daughter, grandmother and/or guardian for some fun time together painting, tea, and finger foods! For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit http://www.icrc.net/mother-daughter-paint-tea-2018-05-19.
May 19 – Touch-a-Truck at Saluda Shoals Park East. Bring the family out to see the variety of trucks and tractors with kids getting a chance to get hands-on experience with large commercial vehicles and talk with the people who operate them. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/touch-a-truck-2018-05-19.
May 19 – “Sourwood Honey Tribute” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. You won’t want to miss spending your Saturday night with one of South Carolinas legendary bands and all of its original members and guest musicians from VillaNova and opening act guest, Emma Kate McClain. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
May 19 – Open Car and Truck Show at Spring Valley High School. Enjoy a day viewing some of the most amazing cars and trucks, or plan to enter your own, with trophies for the winners in various categories, with the event also including an auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Spring Valley Automotive program. For more information visit http://www.capitolcitycorvetteclub.com/pdf/2018%20Forms/2018SHOWFLYERFINAL.pdf.
May 19 – South Carolina Tour de Cure at the Robert Mills House. This event, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, will include a 15 mile, 35 mile and 65 mile bike ride and a 5K run and walk. For more information call (800) 342-2383 ext. 3293 or visit http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=12310.
May 19 – The Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at the Leatherneck off I-26 off Old Sandy Run Road at exit 125 in Gaston. If you like physical challenges, this is the event for you with 6.2 miles that includes 36 military type obstacles that have been created by marines, with the course being changed to create different challenges for past participants, so come prepared to get muddy, or just come out and cheer your favorite team on! For more information visit http://www.ultimatechallengemudrun.org/.
May 19 – First Responders Appreciate Day at Finlay Park. Spend a day honoring our first responders with rides for the kids, live bands covering 4 genres of music, vendors, games, and if you bring two cans of food to donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank, you will be entered to win a door prize. For more information visit https://www.scfirstresponders.com/.
May 19 – 20 – Fill the Red Truck Drive in Shandon at the corner of Heyward and Holly Streets. The City of Columbia Animal Services is in need of some supplies so check out their list on line and see if you can help them out with what they need to help those animals they find be safe and supported until they find their forever home! For more information call (803) 776-PETS or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/headlines/05-02-2018/center-article-fill-the-red-truck.
May 19 – 20 – Columbia Conservatory of Dance at the Harbison Theatre. The students are set to show you what they have learned over the year and have a show that won’t disappoint so come out and support all of their effort and hard work! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/columbia-conservatory-dance-2018-commencement-performance.
May 20 – “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This beautiful musical is an emotionally riveting tale of love between working class youth. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg/.
May 20 – Freeway Music Showcase at the Music Farm. Spend your Sunday enjoying a free afternoon of music and fun! For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/freeway-music-showcase/.
May 22 – Build a Backyard Pond Oasis – Frog Ponds & Water Plants at Wingards Nursery. Learn how to create and maintain your own water garden to benefit birds and other wildlife in your yard and what plants to use in your water garden. For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/build-backyard-pond-oasis/.
May 23 – Alcohol Ink Tiles at the Columbia Art Center. This art form is very different and very abstract, so come out and see what you can create! For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202018%20Workshops.pdf.
May 23 – “Josie and the Pussycats” at the Nickelodeon Theater. A small town girl band becomes famous only to discover the despicable music industry. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/josie-and-the-pussycats/.
May 24 – “Finesse” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Spend an evening unwinding under the stars with good music, good food and drink, and fun activities for the kids. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
May 24 – 27 – “Ragin Cajun John Morgan” at the Comedy House Theater. Come out for an evening of fun and laughter with this great comedian! For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.
May 25 – Build a Rain Barrel at the EMS Station on Ball Park Road in Lexington. Here is a chance to create your own rain barrel to collect rain to water your plants! For more information call (803) 358-8679 or visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/build-your-own-rain-barrel-workshop.
May 25 – Vista Queen at the Trustus Theatre. Come out and vote for your favorite “Queen”. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/vista-queen/.
May 26 – Bird Walk on the Timmerman Trail in Cayce. If you enjoy birding, here is a chance to learn about some of our local birds and find out what plants are great to put in your yard in hopes of enticing the birds to visit you! For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/bird-walk-timmerman-trail/.
May 26 – Walk Against Homelessness at Finlay Park. Help educate others about the seriousness of homeless by participating in this event with all proceeds to support this population and advocate for abuse and sexual assault which often leads to homelessness. For more information call (803) 447-7224 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bkbg-walk-against-homelessness-tickets-43345886714?aff=es2.
May 26 – “Travelin’ Kine” and “Finnegan Bell” at Rhythm on the River at the West Columbia Riverfront Amphitheater. Fill your Saturday night with some great music and great fun but be sure to visit the web site for instructions on where to park! For more information call (803) 794-6504 or visit http://www.cwcchamber.com/cmc-rhythm-on-the-river-concerts.html.
May 26 – “Shut Up and Play the Hits” at the Nickelodeon Theater. In 2012 the dance rock band LCD Soundsystem planned their own funeral at Madison Square Gardens, with this documentary including the four hour show and the realities of a band composing its’ own eulogy. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/shut-up-and-play-the-hits/.
May 27 – “Black AF” at the Trustus Theatre. This production, written and performed by local writer and musician, Preacher Jacobs, explores his experience growing up black in the south, with a combination of TED Talk, stand-up comedy, and musical performance. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/black-af/.
May 28 – “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is surely on everyone’s list of favorite classic movies so come out and enjoy another viewing! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/indiana-jones-and-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark/.
May 29 – “The Love Witch” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This great thriller from the 60’s explores female fantasy and the “repercussions of pathological narcissism. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-love-witch/.
May 31 – Columbia’s Got Talent at the Comedy House. If you’ve got a talent you want to share, or your child does, or your parent, come on out and see if you have what it takes to take home the winning prize! For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.
June 1 – “The Darkest Hour” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Bring the kids out for a fun night out with a movie and popcorn! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
June 1 – Historic USC Horseshoe Walking Tour at the South Carolinian Library. Take a tour around the Horseshoe and learn about the history that surrounds it! For more information call (803) 777-5158 or visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/event/historic-usc-horseshoe-walking-tour/53413/.
June 1 – 2 – Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale along several county roads running from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc along Hwy. 23. For the 12th straight year, this yard sale is known as the longest yard sale in the State so don’t miss this chance to visit 7 of our greatest little towns, while searching for those special items on your list! For more information visit http://www.peachtree23.com/.
June 1 – 2 – DOKO Rodeo at the Community Park Arena in Blythewood. You’ll get to enjoy bronco riders, bull riding, barrel racing, steer roping, pony rides for the kids, a mechanical bull, and so much more to include the national celebrity funny man, Matt Merritt! For more information visit https://blythewoodrodeo.com/.
June 1 – 9 – “HIR” at the Trustus Theatre. Isaac has returned from the wars to help care for his ailing father, but life at home isn’t what it was when he left and he struggles to deal with his mother’s crusade against patriarchy and his brothers’ new transgender identity. For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit http://trustus.org/event/hir/.
June 2 – Sweetgrass Basket Weaving at the Columbia Art Center. Here is a chance to learn this 300 year old African American art form! For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202018%20Workshops.pdf.
June 2 – Jazzercise for Meals on Wheels at Seven Oaks Park. Come out and enjoy some great fun exercising while helping raise money for a great cause! For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/jazzercise-meals-wheels.
June 2 – EcoFab Trashion Show at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center. Come see what creations the selected artists came up with for this fun event! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/ecofab-fashion-show-2018/.
June 2 – StoryfestSC at the South Carolina State Museum. This wonderful festival helps introduce kids to the wonderful adventures of reading and storytelling, with storytelling for all ages, crafts, presentations and book signings, and more! For more information call (803) 734-8666 or visit http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/storyfestsc.
June 2 – Drift Jam Flotilla Music Festival at Spence Island on Lake Murray. Here is a chance to enjoy a day on Lake Murray filled with fun and live entertainment with bands to include Drivin’ & Cryin’, Villa Nova, and Almost Kings just to name a few. For more information send an email to email@example.com or visit http://www.driftjam.com/.
June 2 – “A Tribute to Luther Vandross by Danny Clay” at the Koger Center for the Arts. This tour in honor of this historic icon is to help raise awareness of mental illness. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=547.
June 2 – July 28 – Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park. Fill your summer Saturday nights enjoying music, food, beverages, and fun in this beautiful park in downtown Columbia. For more information visit https://festivalnet.com/11548/Columbia-South-Carolina/Festival-Concerts/Columbia-Summer-Concert-Series.
June 4 – Broadway Bound Music Showcase at the Harbison Theatre. The students of Broadway Bound will present for you an evening of vocals and dance to showcase their talent so come out and support their hard work! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/broadway-bound-2018-showcase.
June 4- “My Neighbor Totoro” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Children will surely enjoy this fun tale about four year old Mei who discovers the nest of King Totoro, a giant forest spirit that resembles a giant rabbit. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/my-neighbor-totoro/.