Wednesday September 20, 2017 through Tuesday October 10, 2017
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 September 21 – “Columbus” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of a renowned architecture scholar who becomes ill and his son who becomes stranded in Columbus, Indiana and the intimate relationship he develops with a local girl. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/columbus/.
Through September 23 – “Barbecue” at the Trustus Theater. Playwright Robert O’Hara has brought to town an amazing production that begin with a white family having a barbecue in the park but then the lights go down and when they come back up, the white family has been replaced with a black family, so don’t miss out on this unique tale that may challenge the way you think about what we believe, who we are, and what we’ve become. For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/shows/.
Through September 24 – “Frog and Toad” at the Columbia Children’s Theater. Children love the tale of these two characters and this will most certainly be a show they will love! For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.
Through October 1 – “Sister Act” at the Village Square Theater. This musical comedy based on the 1992 film will not disappoint you! For more information call (803) 359-1436 or visit http://villagesquaretheatre.com/.
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/.
Through November 25 – “Snow White” at the Columbia Marionette Theater. This fun feature will show you the seven lovable Dwarfs with a tale filled with a few surprises. For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/about-us/.
September 20 – “Dreamers: Immigration in America” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Watch the film and stay around for the discussion about immigration in America and to discuss the humane and inclusive immigration reform with a focus on childhood arrivals. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/dreamers-immigration-in-america/.
September 21 – “The Business” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. These are six great musicians who love performing and working to create a show that you will absolutely love! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
September 21 – Vista After Five with “Tokyo Joe” in the parking lot of the Music Farm. With fall in the air, this will certainly be a prime evening to enjoy an outdoor concert! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1555580-vista-after-five-tokyo-joe-columbia/.
September 21 – Haynes Bluegrass at the Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville. Bands performing this month will be Slope Valley and Subject to Change Bluegrass Band and will be the last concert of the season. For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.
September 21 – 23 – “The Water Station” at the Center for Performance Experimentation Production on Devine Street. For more information call (803) 777-0169 or visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/cpeseason.
September 21 – October 1 – “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Onstage Performance Center on Main Street in Lexington. Come on out for a fun and entertaining show! For more information call (803) 351-6751 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/Shows.html.
September 22 – The Ultimate Rock Tribute with “The Resurrection” and “On the Border” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. This two terrific cover bands will feature songs from bands such as The Eagles and Journey. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
September 22 – “YELAWOLF” at the Music Farm. His interest in a variety of music will guarantee he’ll play something you will enjoy! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1508793-yelawolf-columbia/.
September 22 – ZOOfari at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Enjoy fabulous food and cocktails, dance to live music, bid on silent and live auction items, and enjoy backstage experiences in the zoo. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/events/zoofari.shtml.
September 22 – 28 – “Beach Rats” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of one young man’s conflict with his sexuality. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/beach-rats/.
September 22 – October 8 – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Town Theatre. Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this heart-warming musical will capture your heart until well after the performance is over. For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame/.
September 23 – Splash and Dash Adventure Race at Saluda Shoals Park. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/splash-and-dash-adventure-race-2017-09-23.
September 23 – Midlands Farm Tour (Rescheduled Date) at a variety of locations around Richland and Lexington Counties. You’ll have the chance to visit farms that use aquaponics, use rainwater harvesting, utilize the “360 method” of composting, use experimental heirloom cultivation, and more! For more information call (803) 470-4302 or visit https://midlandsfarmtour.com.
September 23 – “Eric Gales” at the Music Farm. You’ll hear a blend of blues and rock from this tremendous guitarist! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1537165-eric-gales-columbia/.
September 23 – Midlands Health and Wellness Expo at the Jamil Shrine Temple. Women will have a chance to have health screenings done, fitness assessments and classes, massages, CPR & first aid training, car seat checks, dozens of vendors, and even fun activities for the kids. For more information call (813) 463-2712 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midlands-health-wellness-expo-tickets-31850647143.
September 24 – The Grand Tour by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra at the Harbison Theater. This talented group of musicians will be performing works by some of the most celebrated composers in Western Europe. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/lake-murray-symphony-orchestra-presents-grand-tour.
September 24 – November 7 – “For the Record” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Presented in this showing are new and old documentaries that challenge “cinematic realism”. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/series/for-the-record/.
September 25 – “Hidden Figures” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of three brilliant African American women mathematicians who helped prepare for the first NASA launch and how “cruel inequalities . . . obscured the role of key figures in shaping history.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/hidden-figures-know-your-rights-workers-and-discrimination/.
September 28 – “Men of Distinction” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. This is kids night so come out for fun with the kids and great entertainment! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
September 28 – USC Symphony Orchestra Concert #1 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Zuill Bailey returns to perform his cello concerto that won him a in 2017 Grammy for the Best Solo Classical Performance, Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemmingway. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=419.
September 28 – Vista After Five: “Lefty at the Washout” outside at the Music Farm. Spend a nice fall evening outside with great music in a great setting and it’s free! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1555585-vista-after-five-lefty-columbia/.
September 28 – Night Hike at Saluda Shoals Park. Tour the beautiful woodlands of this amazing park while learning about the history of the park and possibly catching a peak at some of the wonderful wildlife that live in the park. For more information call (803) 213-2062 or visit http://www.icrc.net/night-hike-at-saluda-shoals-park-2017-09-28.
September 29 – GENTRI – The Gentlemen Trio at the Harbison Theater. These three talented musicians will absolutely astound you with their beautiful vocals. For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/gentri-gentlemen-trio.
September 29 – 30 – Ocra Strut at Irmo Community Park in downtown Irmo. This will be a weekend filled with fun to include live entertainment by The Root Doctors and Mother’s Finest, a parade, an okra recipe contest, lots of okra to eat, amusement rides, and so much more! For more information call (803) 781-7050 or visit http://www.okrastrut.com/.
September 29 – October 8 – “The Rabbit Hole” at the Firehouse Theater in Chapin. A couple has everything they could imagine, until an earth shattering tragedy occurs that challenges their marriage and they have to find their own way to cope and salvage their marriage. For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit http://www.chapintheatre.org/2017/rabbit-hole.html.
September 30 – “Madonna: Truth or Dare” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Get a behind the scenes look at life on the road during this artists 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. For more information visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/madonna-truth-or-dare/.
September 30 – Kids and Kites at Saluda Shoals Park. Here’s a chance for you and/or your kids to learn how to fly a kite, so bring your own or one will be provided to help you learn this fun activity to enjoy with your children! For more information call (803) 213-2062 or visit http://www.icrc.net/kids-and-kites-2017-09-30.
September 30 – Military Honors at the South Carolina State House. This event is in honor of and to recognize the late Skipp Pearson, Ambassador of Jazz Music for the State of South Carolina. For more information call (803) 400-1879 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-honors-for-pops-tickets-37394312395.
September 30 – Jazz Music Tribute at Le Café Jazz on Laurel Street. This is the last opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great Skipp Pearson, before he is taken to Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. For more information call (803) 400-1879 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-honors-for-pops-tickets-37394312395.
September 30 – Rosewood Art and Music Festival at Rockaways on Rosewood Drive. At this fun yearly event you’ll find a variety of fabulously designed local art, activities for kids of all ages, and of course, great music on two different stages. For more information call (803) 960-3552 or visit http://rosewoodfestival.com/.
September 30 – Annual Fall Ball with “Lil Wayne, Cardi B, 2Chainz, & Tory Lanze” at the Colonial Life Arena. Come out for a fun evening of dancing in the isles! For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/the-2nd-annual-fall-ball.php?eventid=143.
September 30 – October 31 – Jaycees Hall of Horrors on Walter Price Street in Cayce. This year a new attraction has been included that you won’t want to miss but you’ll need to be early as tickets are limited each night and be sure to check their calendar as their schedule varies weekly and you’ll want to be aware of the “blackout nights” when all of the lights will be out! For more information call (803) 814-5858 or visit https://www.hallofhorrors.com/.
October 1 – “Beats Antique” at the Music Farm. This music group blends a variety of music styles to create a very eclectic sound that is like no other group you’ve ever heard. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1537175-beats-antique-columbia/.
October 1 – JerryFest at the Five Points Fountain. This free event for adults, kids, and pets alike will include live music, artisans, food truck vendors, and refreshments. For more information visit http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/Jerryfest.
October 1 – 31 – Pumpkin Patch at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Batesburg-Leesville. It is that time of year again and the volunteers for this event will have a variety of activities throughout the month to honor the fall season with all proceeds to benefit local outreach ministries. For more information call (803) 532-6968.
October 2 – “Twelve Angry Men: Im-partial Juries” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Twelve white jurors deliberate a racially charged murder case when one juror questions his fellow jurors’ quick agreement on the defendants’ guilt and the biases that ensue. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/twelve-angry-men-impartial-juries/.
October 3 – “Grey Gardens” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This film will show “how the presence of a camera transforms the behavior of its subjects.” For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/grey-gardens/.
October 4 – “Thundercat” at the Music Farm. This is one amazing bassist and singer you won’t want to miss! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1488184-thundercat-columbia/.
October 5 – “Liquid Pleasure” at the Icehouse Amphitheater. You will certainly enjoy a fun evening of great music and dancing with this terrific band! For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
October 5 – Vista After Five: “Mark Bryan” of Hootie and the Blowfish outside at the Music Farm. This great guitarist and singer who recently won an Emmy is not to be missed! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1555586-vista-after-five-mark-bryan-columbia/.
October 6 – “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” at the Nickelodeon Theater. When her mother dies, a teenager sets out with her sister and her cousin to create a punk-band in spite of a lack of musical talent or experience. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/ladies-and-gentlemen-the-fabulous-stains/.
October 6 – “Old Dominion” at the Township Auditorium. This tremendous country band will not disappoint you! For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
October 6 – “Manchester Orchestra” at the Music Farm. This is one terrific band that produces songs that tell stories and take you on a journey! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1501799-manchester-orchestra-columbia/.
October 6 – Homeschool Friday: Octoberfest – Columbia’s German History at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. Kids will learn the impact the German community had on the local area and their contribution to science and music, and will have the chance to learn how to make pretzels and how to yodel. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 36 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/homeschool-friday-oktoberfest-columbia-s-german-history.
October 6 – 7 – Over the Edge to End Hunger at The Hub on Main Street in Columbia. This is a competition to raise money for Harvest Hope Food Band, in which the first 70 people to raise $500 will have the chance to repel 326 feet down The Hub in downtown. For more information call (803) 540-2011 or visit http://columbiasc.chambermaster.com/events/details/harvest-hope-s-over-the-edge-7007.
October 6 – 7 – Collard & Barbeque Festival at the Civic Center in Gaston. The barbeque competition begins Friday night, and then start Saturday with a parade, live music, rides, crafters, vendors, and of course, a barbeque meal with collards and other fixins! For more information call (803) 796-7725 or visit http://gastonsc.org/home/event/35th-annual-gaston-pageant-and-gaston-collard-barbeque-festival.
October 6 – 12 – “Victoria and Abdul” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the true tale of Queen Victoria’s unexpected friendship with a clerk from India, Abdul Karim, that all close to the Queen attempt to destroy. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/victoria-abdul/.
October 6 – 14 – “Building the Wall” at the Trustus Theater. This newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, Robert Shenkkan, presents a riveting story that delivers a message of how “when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.” For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit http://trustus.org/event/building-the-wall/.
October 7 – “Before You Say I Do” at the Township Auditorium. Dr. Adele Masters is a world renowned couple’s therapist who will help you determine if you know enough about your partner to make a permanent commitment through marriage. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
October 7 – Laser Tag at Seven Oaks Park. Enjoy some time playing laser tag, and the event will be indoors, so the rain shouldn’t stop you from coming out to play! For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit http://www.icrc.net/laser-tag-at-seven-oaks-park-2017-10-07.
October 7 – Soggy Doggy Day at Saluda Shoals Park. Bring your dog out for a day of playing in the water with a fenced in version of the Splash Pad. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/soggy-doggy-day-2017-10-07.
October 7 – Fallen Firemen 5K at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium. This 5K run and/or walk is to benefit the Jeffery Vaden Chavis House at the Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. For more information visit http://fallenfiremen5k.com/about/.
October 7 – Midlands Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midland Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert. This evenings singing event will be preceded by a cube steak dinner fundraiser, followed by music by Jordan River and The Glorymen. For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit https://www.midgsc.com/.
October 7 – 8 – Congaree Bluegrass Festival at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce. Enjoy a weekend filled with top named bluegrass bands, such as Sugarloaf Mountain Boys and The Crowe Brothers, and gospel bluegrass on Sunday, with plenty of activities for the kids, food, beverages, and a weekend filled with fun! For more information call (803) 550-9520 or visit http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/cbf/.
October 9 – “The House I Live In: Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This investigation into the criminal justice system presents the economically, socially, and culturally devastating impact of “The War on Drugs” and its connection to American racism and economic disparity. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-house-i-live-in-criminal-justice-and-mass-incarceration/.
October 10 – Grilling Class with Kristian Niemi at City Roots. This wonderful chef will teach you some grilling techniques using chicken and vegetables. For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/events-calendar/2017/10/10/grilling-class-with-kristian-niemi.