Wednesday September 6, 2017 through Tuesday September 26, 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. 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 17 – “That 70’s Show: Cool Art from the Collection” at the Columbia Museum of Art. This show “draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that time forgot.” For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/70s-show.
Through October – Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Children and their parents will learn about the different phases a butterfly goes through before becoming a butterfly, and will have the chance to see some of the butterflies’ first hand! For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/.
September 7 – “Momma’s Boy” at the Township Auditorium. This is the tale of how mothers who hold on to their sons too tightly can turn them into a “momma’s boy” in spite of their desires to be macho, and the challenges they face as they grow older. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 7 – 10 – Soda City Cirque’s Paper Moon Variety Show III at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington. See stilt walking, a fire performance, aerial acts, balancing acts, belly dancing, and more! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/667758693428822/.
September 8 – Make Me Dance Back to School Tour at the Township Auditorium. This event especially for kids features “Taylor Girlz” with the shows intention being to improve kid’s self-esteem and confidence, develop independence, create socialization opportunities, develop new skills, and promote activity and healthy living. For more information call (803) 276-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 8 – Bar Stool Classic starting at the fountain in Five Points. This is an 8 hole putt-putt bar crawl through I different bars and restaurants in Five Points, with all proceeds to benefit the Babcock Center. For more information call (803) 748-7373 or visit http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/9th-annual-bar-stool-classic.
September 8 – 14 – “Trip to Spain” at the Nickelodeon Theater. You’ll enjoy great humor while learning about the wonderful foods of Spain. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-trip-to-spain/.
September 8 – 14 – “The Midwife” at the Nickelodeon Theater. A midwife becomes friends with her late fathers’ free-spirited mistress in this bitter-sweet story. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/the-midwife/.
September 8 – 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/.
September 9 – Midlands Farm Tour 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 9 – “Abbey Road Live! – A Beatles Tribute” at the Music Farm. Fill your evening with the amazing songs created by the amazing Beatles. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1490614-abbey-road-live-beatles-columbia/.
September 9 – “James Gregory” at the Harbison Theater. Here is your chance to see the “Funniest Man in America” at this wonderful theater so head out for a night of laughter and fun! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/james-gregory-funniest-man-america.
September 9 – Teal Day 5K at 2801 Devine Street. This is a run/walk to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. For more information call (803) 528-9011 or visit http://www.strictlyrunning.com/images/17TealDay.pdf.
September 9 – Martha’s Market at the Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. This will be a great event to get started early on your Christmas shopping, and enjoy some tasty homemade goodies while you are there. For more information call (803) 781-3013 or visit https://www.facebook.com/marthasmarketuumcirmo/.
September 9 – 10 – Columbia Home and Garden Show at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. If you are looking to build, remodel, revamping your landscape, or are just considering the possibility of changes, this is the place to come and speak with experts about everything you can possibly think of. For more information call (631) 603-2512 or visit http://columbiahomeandgardenshow.com/.
September 10 – Sunday Stroll: University Hill at the Inn at USC on Pendleton Street. This amazing neighborhood, established between 1883 and 1950 is filled with a variety of architectural styles and designs and is one of Columbia’s hidden wonders. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-university-hill.
September 11 – “The Wildmayhem Concert Ft. Behind the Sun – Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute” at the Music Farm. If you like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, you’ll absolutely want to check out this show! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1550687-wildmayhem-concert-ft-behind-columbia/.
September 11 – “Erin Brockovich: Environmental Protection & Citizen Action” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is a true story about the people of Hinkley, CA and their battle against groundwater contamination and a movie you don’t want to miss! For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/environmental-protection-citizen-action-erin-brockovich/.
September 11 – Run for the Troops at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater. This is a 5K late afternoon run/walk to benefit veterans and first responders dealing with emotional or physical injuries due to their heroic service to our nation. For more information call (803) 814-5858 or visit https://www.runforourtroops.com/.
September 13 – “Pop Aye” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of a successful Bangkok architect who connects with an elephant he knew in childhood and the two take a road trip through the Thai countryside to the man’s childhood home. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/pop-aye/.
September 14 – “Judah and the Lion – Going to Mars Tour” at the Music Farm. These artists with their variety of musical interests have created a sound that blends them all in to their own version of music in their album Folk, Hop N Roll. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1452917-judah-lion-going-mars-columbia/.
September 14 – Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tour at Elwood Cemetery. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this historic cemetery, these two tours will teach you about the etchings on the old headstones, as well as some of the historic figures from Columbia who are buried here. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours?date=04/13/2017.
September 14 – 17 – Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Sumter Street. This is one of the areas favorite events with great food (especially the desserts), fun and engaging live entertainment, lots of vendors, and of course a must is to tour the church with its fabulously painted renaissance type art on the interior that will just amaze you! For more information call (803) 461-0248 or visit http://columbiasgreekfestival.com/.
September 15 – “Make Me Dance Tour” at the Township Auditorium. This will be a fun and entertaining event especially for the teens! For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
September 15 – Steven Siller’s Tunnel of Towers 5K Run and Walk at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the Vista. This event started in honor of a member of the Siller family who lost his life during 9/11 with proceeds used to construct “specially adapted smart homes for our most critically injured service members.” For more information visit http://t2trunsc.org/about/.
September 15 – 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/.
September 15 – 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/.
September 16 – “Blue Dogs” at the Music Farm. One of the areas favorite bands is back again for another great show! For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1509189-blue-dogs-columbia/.
September 16 – Summer Celebration of Water at the Riverfront Park. Learn about our local watersheds, try some of Columbia’s award winning tap water, learning about pollution prevention, try out a paddle board or a kayak on the Canal, and youngsters can enjoy an inflatable water slide, sprinklers, and lots of good clean fun! For more information call (803) 545-3227 or visit http://summercelebrationofwater.com/.
September 16 – Lake Murray Dam Run at the Lake Murray Dam in Irmo (parking is at the Saluda Shoals east entrance behind Bi-Lo on St. Andrews Road. The 10K run will be at the Dam and the 5K walk/run will be a wilderness run through the Saluda Shoals Park. For more information visit http://www.strictlyrunning.com/images/17DamRun.pdf.
September 16 – DokoFest at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood. This annual bluegrass festival sponsored by the Lions Club will include live music by The BunchQuitters, A Deeper Shade of Blue, and Snyder Family Band, with BBQ, hamburgers and hotdogs available, as well as roasted peanuts and ice cream, there will be free eye exams for those in need, craft and artisan vendors, and jam sessions around the park, so bring your acoustical instruments. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1412060485520432/.
September 16 – Jubilee Festival of Black History and Culture at the Mann-Simmons site on Richland Street in downtown Columbia. This is a fun and educational festival that includes live music, including singer/songwriter Cheri Maree, house tours, crafters and artisans, and an amazing bus tour that showcases some of the historic buildings and locations in Columbia and the stories behind them, such as the black bank and the history behind The Big Appel. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/jubilee.
September 16 – 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/.
September 16 – 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 17 – Freeway Music at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington. Freeway Music School is showcasing some of their greatest talent at this free show. For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.
September 17 – Dollar Sunday at the Robert Mills House and Gardens on Blanding Street. Robert Mills was a magnificent historical architect who designed several buildings in the Columbia area, so if you haven’t seen the house he designed, you will certainly want to take a tour of the house, as well as the beautiful gardens. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/dollar-sunday-admission.
September 18 – Golf Tournament at Cobblestone Brook Golf Club in Blythewood. Proceeds from this event go to help families cope with the loss of a teen from a car collision and to education teens on making good decisions when behind the wheel. For more information visit https://www.kennywolfefoundation.com/events/2017-golf-tournament.
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 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 – ZOOfarie 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 – 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 – “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 – Women’s 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.