Don’t miss the Soda City Comic Convention at the Columbia Convention Center. Other activities around the Columbia area include auctions, festivals, theater, competitions, food summits and much more.
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.
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.
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 – 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 August 27 – On Air in South Carolina: Preserving Radio and Television History in South Carolina at the McKissick Museum. This exhibit introduces the history of radio and television broadcasting in S.C. and reveals the changing trends over time. For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/air-south-carolina-preserving-radio-and-television-history-scba-archives.
Through August 27 – “Anatomy of a Hug” at the Trustus Theatre. A girl’s mother is released from prison under Compassionate Release into her care and she struggles to determine if her fictional life is safer than her real one. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/TrustusTheatre.
Through August 31 – Déjà Vu’ at the Tapps Art Center. This is a collection of multi-media artworks fabricated from re-purposed materials. For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/deja-vu/.
Through August 31 – Cutz for Kids at Remington College. Students 17 years old and under qualify for a free back-to-school haircut. For more information call (803) 214-9062 or visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/cuts-for-kids-has-provided-thousands-of-haircuts/.
Through September 30 – Blooming Butterflies at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly and see a variety of beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house. For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/exhibits/seasonal/blooming-butterflies/.
Through March 4, 2017 – Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. One the first Sunday of each month, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences will have the opportunity to enjoy the museum in a safe and accepting environment and enjoy interactive, hands on activities. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=07-03-2016.
August 24 – South Carolina Food Access Summit at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park. Many regions of our State lack the availability of food for those in need and this Summit offers individuals the opportunity to learn about ways they can help families in their region of the State. For more information call (843) 973-7285 or visit http://sccommunityloanfund.org/blog/event/food-access-summit/.
August 24 – 25 – Behind the Scenes Tour: Columbia Down Under at the Equitable Arcade Building (formerly the Arcade Mall) at 1332 Main Street. Learn about the history of Columbia’s first indoor shopping center, a series of bars, restaurants, and shops that existed between 1972 and 1974 just below the store and what the current owner has planned for the space. For more information call (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/behind-the-scenes-tour-down-under-columbia.
August 24 – 31 – Cassell Brothers Back to School Shoe Drive at Cassell Brothers Heating and Cooling. This effort is to collect brand new shoes for school age children who attend schools in under privileged school districts throughout the State. For more information visit http://greaterirmochamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/cassell-brothers-back-to-school-shoe-drive-2462.
August 25 – Serve. Rally. Pour. Young Professionals Tennis League at St. Andrews Park. Here is an opportunity for young professionals to come out get some exercise and enjoy some fun with friends. For more information call (803) 781-2574 or visit http://www.southcarolina.usta.com/adult_seniors/serve_rally_pour.
August 25 – Gateway to Fall Madness: “Naan Violence” and “Death Panels” at the Tapps Art Center. Come out for this entertaining concert! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/gateway-to-fall-madness-2016/.
August 25 – “The Wailers Reunited” at the Music Farm. This event will feature the Original Wailers Anderson and Aston “Family Man” Barret. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/157392204682876.
August 26 – Back to School Bash at Whole Foods Market. Enjoy live music, food, beer, face painting and a watermelon contest. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 26 – Long’s Barstool Classic at a variety of bars in the Five Points district. See if you have what it takes to be this year’s Champion putt putter while enjoying specially prices drinks and food at the participating bars. For more information call (803) 748-7373 or visit http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/Bar-Stool-Classic.
August 26 – Super Heros and Villains Ball at the Tin Roof. Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain and “battle for the fate of the world.” For more information call (803) 771-1158 or visit http://www.tinroofcolumbia.com/.
August 26 – “The Dave Matthews Tribute Band” at the Music Farm. For all the many Dave Matthews lovers, come out and enjoy the show. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1174837-dave-matthews-tribute-band-columbia/.
August 27 – Children’s Film Festival Seattle: Animation Program at the Nickelodeon Theatre. This event for all ages will take you around the world with lots of high-energy and high imagination animated short films. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/childrens-film-festival-seattle/.
August 27 – Storm Survivors: Broken But Not Defeated Womens Conference at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. Be empowered by the workshops being offered. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storm-survivors-broken-but-not-defeated-womens-conference-tickets-24794227201?aff=ebapi.
August 27 – Summer Celebration of Water at Riverfront Park. Learn about a watershed and where Columbia’s water comes from, and even tour the water plant; test your skills with free canoeing, kayaking, water tubing, or paddle boarding in the canal; and there will even be a kids Play Zone with inflatable water slides, sprinklers, and special presentations during the event. For more information call (803) 545-3227 or visit http://summercelebrationofwater.com/.
August 27 – Museum Road Show at the South Carolina State Museum. Find out what those heirlooms or yard sale purchases are actually worth. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/museum-road-show-2/.
August 27 – Clarity Bootcamp at Saluda Shoals Park. Put on by the Positive Academy, this half day training is for those in need of strategies to create the type of life they want. For more information visit http://www.thepositivityacademy.com/events.
August 27 – Canning and Lacto-Fermenting at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Learn the art of canning and using vegetables and fruits to create sauerkraut, pickles, and jams. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.shtml.
August 27 – “Jill Scott” at the Township Auditorium. This R&B three time Grammy Award winner will fill your evening with great entertainment. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
August 27 – Children’s Trust Benefit Gala and Auction at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. All proceeds from this event go to help support efforts to keep children safe. For more information call (803) 744-4025 or visit http://scchildren.org/about_us/get_involved/benefit_gala_and_auction/.
August 27 – Main Street Latin Festival on Main Street in downtown Columbia. Celebrate the Latin culture with great food, fun and lively music, dancing, art, and lots of fun. For more information call (803) 939-0360 or visit http://www.mainstreetlatinfestival.com/contact/.
August 27 – Wine on the River at the Stone River event hall in West Columbia. Come out and support Women of Hope with hors d’oeuvres, wine, specialty beers, and music. For more information call (803) 727-8047 or visit http://www.lexmed.com/classes-events/events/detail/248/wine-on-the-river-2016.
August 27 – “Sugarloaf Mountain Boys” at the Haynes Auditorium in Leesville. For the bluegrass lovers . . . come out for an evening of great fun and live entertainment. For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.
August 27 – 28 – Soda City Comic Convention at the Columbia Convention Center. This premier pop culture events brings together comics, toys, cosplay, gaming, and artists together for a fun filled weekend. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soda-city-comic-convention-2016-tickets-22504208694?aff=ebapi.
August 28 – Kickoff Cookout at the Dogwood Shelter of Saluda Shoals Park. The Columbia Auburn Club is offering this event to kickoff another year of school and football season. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-kickoff-cookout-tickets-26455214258?aff=ebapi.
August 28 – “Wreck and Reference”, “Some Ember”, “Falling Off a Bridge”, “Hallowborn”, and “Lull” at the Tapps Art Center. Spend your evening enjoying some live music! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/concert-wreck-and-reference-some-ember-falling-off-a-bridge-hollowborn-lull/.
August 29 – The Intentional Entrepreneur Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Columbia College. This workshop is for those women who have dreamed of owning their own business and will offer you the opportunity to explore the emotional and practical aspects of business ownership. For more information call (803) 786-3822 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-intentional-entrepreneur-workshop-for-female-entrepreneurs-innovators-tickets-27014860174.
August 30 – Trustus Youth Cabaret Night at the Trustus Theatre. Enjoy a musical journey “from classic and contemporary musical theater to pop songs reimagined.” For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/trustus-youth-cabaret/.
August 31 – John Chilie’s Cooking Class at Grace United Methodist Church Educational Building. Enjoy an interactive, hands on cooking class offered by a part-owner of the Blue Marlin/Signature Catering, and is Executive Chef and General Manager of Catering Operation. For more call (864) 414-8864 or visit http://greaterirmochamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/john-chiles-cooking-class-08-31-2016-2295.
September 1 – Serve. Rally. Pour. Young Professionals Tennis League at St. Andrews Park. Here is an opportunity for young professionals to come out get some exercise and enjoy some fun with friends. For more information call (803) 781-2574 or visit http://www.southcarolina.usta.com/adult_seniors/serve_rally_pour.
September 1 – First Thursday After Party: “Nepotism” at the Tapps Art Center. This local band bases their music on social justice and equality issues. For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/first-thursday-after-party/.
September 2 – “Freddie Jackson & SOS Band” at the Township Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of R&B music with this R&B sensation. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/.
September 2 – “Master of the Flying Guillotine” at the Nickelodeon Theatre. A vengeful blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to kill the one armed man who killed his students. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/master-of-the-flying-guillotine/.
September 2 – 3 – Jamil Shriners Annual BBQ Cook-off at the Jamil Shrine Center. Come out Friday night for everything “BUTT” and enjoy live entertainment and Saturday morning purchase a Boston Butt to take home and throughout the day enjoy sampling a variety of great tasting BBQ. For more information call (803) 772-9380 or send an e-mail to Hemi57insc@gmail.com.
September 3 – Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midlands Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert. Enjoy an evening of good gospel music by Oasis and Sonrise. For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit http://www.midgsc.com/.
September 3 – South Carolina Pride Festival and Parade on Main Street in Columbia. There will be live entertainment, refreshments, and more all to benefit the LGBT community. For more information call (803) 771-7713 or visit http://scpride.org/.
September 3 – 5 – Chapin Labor Day Festival in downtown Chapin. Spend your holiday weekend enjoying a parade, run/walk a 5K race, enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, a classic car show, a kids carnival, and much more! For more information call (803) 345-2444 or visit http://www.chapinsc.com/179/2016-Labor-Day-Festival-Parade.
September 4 – Rock for the Recovery with the Columbia Fireflies at Spirit Communications Park. This event is in support of National Recovery Month with a portion of each ticket benefiting the recovery efforts in the Midlands. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-for-recovery-with-the-columbia-fireflies-tickets-26549573489?aff=ebapi.
September 5 – December 17 – Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Columbia’s Sesquicentennial Time Capsule at the McKissick Museum. See items that were placed in the time capsule 150 years ago. For more information visit http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/looking-backlooking-ahead-columbias-sesquicentennial-time-capsule.
September 7 – “Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour” at the Koger Center for the Arts. For all of the “Weird Al” fans, he’s finally here! For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=187.
September 8 – Music Faculty’s Welcome Back Concert at Columbia College. Enjoy an evening of entertainment by the College’s fantastic music professors. For more information call (800) 277-1301 or visit http://www.columbiasc.edu/academics/arts-a-communication-studies/studio-art/art-events.
September 8 – Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours at Elmwood Cemetery. With Secrets from the Grave you will tour the cemetery before dark to view the symbols on some of the markers followed by the Moonlight Cemetery Tour to discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent Columbia citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/moonlight-cemetery-tours?date=07%2F14%2F2016.
September 9 – “Atlas Road Crew” & “Brave Baby” at the Music Farm. Enjoy this well-known rock band with a little bit of southern soul. For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1244967-atlas-road-crew-brave-baby-columbia/.
September 9 – “Russian Fireworks” by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Koger Center for the Arts. Enjoy an evening by the fantastic musicians in our own Philharmonic. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.scphilharmonic.com/calendar.aspx?event_id=1100.
September 9 – 10 – 85-Mile Big Grab Yard Sale running from I-26 in Newberry County down Hwy 34 to the intersection of I-20 and Hwy 21 near Columbia. There is also a route that goes down Hwy. 321 from Hwy. 34 to Hwy. 21. Head out for a fun day of bargain shopping and even antique shopping in the towns along the route. For more information call (803) 635-4242 or visit http://www.biggrabyardsale.com/.
September 9 – 17 – “Tail! Spin!” at Trustus Theatre. Enjoy this comedy that portrays some of South Carolinas past politicians and their “tail spins”. For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/tail-spin/.
September 9 – 18 – “The Hounds of Baskerville” at the Harbison Theatre. See if you can figure out who killed Sir Charles Baskerville in this classic Sherlock Holmes story. For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit http://www.chapintheatre.org/2016/hound-of-the-baskervilles.html.
September 10 – Splash and Dash Adventure Race at Saluda Shoals Park. This two or three person event includes a 2 mile run, a 1 mile canoe paddle, and a 5 mile mountain bike pedal through the Park. For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/splash-and-dash-adventure-race-2016-09-10.
September 10 – Women’s Empowerment Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This event is intended to empower, entertain, and uplift women through seminars, guest speakers, live entertainment, and vendors. For more information call (803) 545-0001 or visit http://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=13705.
September 10 – Martha’s Market at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. Find crafts, jewelry, homemade goods, soaps, garden art, and more, with all proceeds from this event benefiting Epworth’s Children’s Home and the Snack Pack Program. For more information call (803) 781-3013 or visit https://www.facebook.com/marthasmarketuumcirmo/.
September 10 – South Carolina Moon Festival at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre. Enjoy an evening of dragon dancing, games, face painting, Chinese food, Asian inspired crafts, local vendors, and more. For more information visit http://www.scmoonfest.org/.
September 10 – Rosewood Art & Music Festival on Rosewood Drive. You will find artists presenting a variety of art to include digital, drawing, ceramic, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and more; musicians; performers; and writers. For more information call (803) 608-3057 or visit http://www.rosewoodfestival.com/.
September 10 – Busa and Baggar Fest Motorsports and Food Festival at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce. See a large variety of custom and classic bikes and cars, as well as a vast array of food vendors to suit everyone. For more information call (877) 854-6788 or visit https://www.ticketalternative.com/event/busa-and-bagger-fest-motorsports-festival.
September 10 – “Maroon 5” at the Colonial Life Arena. Finally a modern rock band has come to the Colonial Life Arena! For more information call (803) 576-9053 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/maroon-5.php?eventid=122&showtimeid=212.
September 11 – Run For Our Troops at the West Columbia Riverwalk. This 5K event will benefit our veterans and first responders who are coping with physical and emotional injuries resulting from their heroic service to our nation. For more information visit http://cwcjaycees.wix.com/rfot.
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