Wednesday May 2, 2018 through Tuesday May 22 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 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/.
Through May 6 – “Matching Up Mabel” at the Firehouse Theatre in Chapin. Fill your evening with comedy when the girls from “Heck the Dolls” return to show you what to do when your mother-in-law moves in! For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit http://www.chapintheatre.org/2018/matching-up-mabel.html.
Through May 6 – “A Raisin In The Sun” at Cottingham Theatre of Columbia College. This Workshop Theatre production written by the first African American female producer on Broadway is set on the South Side of Chicago with the plot set around three generations of one family and the dreams and conflicts that combine when the husband dies and the tensions that arise over his life insurance money and the hostilities they face when they try to move to an upscale white neighborhood. For more information call (803) 799-6551 or visit https://www.workshoptheatre.com/raisin-in-the-sun.html.
Through May 6 – “Gilligan’s Island The Musical” at the On Stage Performance Center. Everyone loves this famous comedy show, so you are sure to enjoy this wonderfully entertaining production. For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/index.html.
May 3 – A Boogie College Tour at the Music Farm. Boogie on down to the Music Farm for a fun evening of fun and celebrating the close of the school year! For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/a-boogie-college-tour/.
May 3 – Gamecocks Curing Kids Cancer Dinner at the Williams-Brice Stadium. Here is a chance for you to not only support a great cause, but to have dinner with Marcus Latimore and the coaches of USC. For more information https://curingkidscancer.org/events/gamecocks-curing-kids-cancer.
May 3 – “The Tams” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. For those who love Beach music, this is a night you’ll want to grab your dancing partner and enjoy an evening of dancing under the stars! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
May 3 – Power of the Purse at 701 Whaley Street. This event is a one of a kind live and silent auction event with unique purses, vacations, spas, restaurant packages available to bid on, with lots of tasty bites and adult beverages available, with proceeds to benefit Women in Philanthropy’s support of children and families in need in the area. For more information call (803) 733-7312 or visit https://www.uway.org/events/power-purse-3.
May 4 – Columbia Children’s Theatre Concert Series: “From Stage to Screen and Back” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre. You will enjoy an evening of song from performers from CCT and around the area who will present songs from Broadway and television for an evening you will absolutely enjoy, with a surprise performer you won’t want to miss! For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/skysthelimit-2/.
May 4 – “Nevermind: A Nirvana Tribute Band” at the Music Farm. Enjoy an evening reminiscing to your favorite Nirvana songs! For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/nevermind-the-nirvana-tribute-band/.
May 4 – Cinco de Mayo Pre-Party on the Spirit of Lake Murray at Hallow Creek Marina in Leesville. Enjoy a 3 hour sunset cruise on beautiful Lake Murray while enjoying Mexican food and live Latin music by David Rodriguez and the Palmetto Latin 4. For more information call (803) 730-3044 or visit https://www-150p.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_spiritoflakemurray_start.html?ctlsrc2=iW7JIHq3Tvz5Ma2Gh4p62Y7RRnMQrA2NS%2FEVNHrSbzk%3D&src=02n.
May 4 – Relay for Life Columbia at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Come out and support this fundraiser for cancer and memorial event for those who have won or lost the battle against cancer and even support those currently battling cancer. For more information visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY18SER?pg=entry&fr_id=88828.
May 4 – 5 – Festival of Gardens starting at Cricket Newman Designs on Gervais Street. Enjoy some fun outdoors with a stroll through the Forest Hills neighborhood to enjoy seeing some of the most beautiful gardens and even be inspired by others creativity. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.columbiagreen.org/events/festival2018/index.html.
May 4 – 6 – “High School Musical Jr.” at the Harbison Theatre. Presented by the Irmo Chapin Recreational Commission, be sure to come out for an enjoyable show and support our wonderfully talented young artists! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/high-school-musical-jr.
May 4 – 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/.
May 5 – Rhythm on the River: “The Distributors” at the Riverfront Amphitheater in West Columbia. Enjoy an evening of music 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 5 – Kids Superhero Challenge at Finlay Park. This event is for kids who want to be superheros, so have them put on their costumes and come out for some fun and challenging games and activities that will test their mental and physical strength while having a whole lot of fun! For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.
May 5 – Pickin’ and Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park. Enjoy a day filled with great BBQ from some of the best cookers in the State as well as live music with Pickled Hollar and the Kenny George Band. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/pickin-piggin-2018-05-05.
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Street Fest in the Robert Mills District in downtown. Enjoy live music with a Mariachi Band, salsa lessons, more live music, games, a silent auction, food and drinks, and lots of Latin American fun! For more information visit http://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/cinco-de-mayo-street-fest/.
May 5 – Eco Printing on a Silk Scarf at the Columbia Art Center on Taylor Street. You will learn how to use natural dyeing methods to create a design on a silk scarf that will be steamed to set the dye. For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit http://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/eco-printing-on-silk-scarf/.
May 5 – “Be You Tiful” at the Township Auditorium. Dance 1 Studio is set to show you what they can do, so come out and cheer on their hard work and talent. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
May 5 – Emerging Choreographers Show at the Tapp’s Art Center. Four of the areas great upcoming “dynamic and diverse” dance choreographers will bring you an evening of cutting edge dance. For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/columbias-emerging-choreographers-show/.
May 5 – Rosewood Crawfish Festival on Rosewood Drive. This is one of the areas favorite events with lots of great creole food, 4 stages of entertainment with a performance by the Spin Doctors closing out the day, an artists’ village, a carnival, a 5K, and even CrossFit demonstrations and so you’ll know, proceeds from this event go back to support a variety of community initiatives, so make plans to attend! For more information visit http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/.
May 5 – “BINACT Brings the Beats” at the Music Farm. The line-up isn’t available so keep an eye on the website for this 2nd anniversary show! For more information visit http://musicfarm.com/event/binact-brings-beats/.
May 5 – 6 – Make Your Own Fairy Garden at Wingards Nursery. Come create your own mini-garden that will include fairies and whatever other miniatures you wish to add at this fun workshop! For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/make-fairy-garden/.
May 5 – 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 6 – Victorian Tea Party at the Woodrow Wilson Family House. Children and their parents are invited over for a Victorian Tea that will include learning the etiquette and table manners, the opportunity to learn about Victorian customs such as calling cards and the language of the fan, as well as make Victorian crafts. For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-05/victorian-tea-party.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Kayak Trip at the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. If you have never seen these beautiful rare Lily’s in bloom on the River, you must take one of these trips! For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.picatic.com/event15233045341655.
May 8 – 9 – Find Your Inner Star at the Columbia Children’s Theatre. This two-day workshop led by instructors with Broadway experience will take your singing and activing skills to a whole new level. For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/innerstar/.
May 9 – 12 – K-Dubb at the Comedy House. Enjoy an evening of humor and fun with this entertaining comedian. For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/k-dubb-kelly-walker/.
May 9 & 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 10 – Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery. Take a trip through one of the oldest cemeteries in the area, with the first tour including a look at the symbols on the headstones and learning what they mean and the second including stories of the lives of some of the area’s most prominent individuals and their burial locations in the Cemetery. For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-05/moonlight-cemetery-secrets-grave-tours.
May 10 – “Tokyo Joe” at the Icehouse Amphitheatre. Wind down your week with a free concert on a cool spring evening! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
May 10 – 12 – Poultry Festival in downtown Batesburg-Leesville. Here is a chance to enjoy a fun day out with rides, games, three stages of live entertainment that will include a chicken calling contest and of course bands including The Root Doctors, Men of Distinction, and South Bend Band, K-9’s in Flight, a chicken cooking contest, and so much more! For more information visit http://scpoultryfestival.com/.
May 11 – 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/.
May 12 – Rhythm on the River: “The Kenny George Band” at the Riverfront Amphitheater in West Columbia. Enjoy an evening of great music and fun 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 12 – The Melvin Derby – Mother Daughter Tea at Melvin Park in Chapin. Enjoy some girl time together with sandwiches, tea, and scones and participate in some fun race-themed activities. For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit http://www.icrc.net/the-melvin-derby-%E2%80%94-mother-daughter-tea-2018-05-12.
May 12 – “Off The Page and Onto The Stage” at the Township Auditorium. Dance World is set to show you their amazing talent so come out and support these dancers and their hard work! For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
May 12 – Midlands Girls Softball Spring Festival and Reunion at the Midlands Dixie Youth Baseball Field on Fish Hatchery Road. This event is for everyone with vendors, a car show, a silent auction, and more. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/164265214285742/.
May 12 – Hampton-Preston Mansion Reopening at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Come out and see the improvements that have been made to the home, the gardens, the interpretation, including hands-on interactive elements all to commemorate the houses 200th anniversary. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-05/hampton-preston-reopening.
May 12 – Lexington Wine Walk at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Main Street merchants and restaurants will be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres, with a wine glass included, live music, and exhibitors. For more information send an email to email@example.com or visit http://www.lexingtonwinewalk.com/.
May 13 – “Tyrese and K. Michele” at the Township Auditorium. These two talented artists are set to present their Mother’s Day edition of their show, “A Night of Love and Laugher Part 4”. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
May 15 – 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.
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 – 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 – 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” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. You won’t want to miss spending your Saturday night with one of South Carolinas legendary bands and all of it’s 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 – 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 – 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/.