ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA
Wednesday December 27, 2017 through Tuesday January 16, 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 December 30 – Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. You will be totally mesmerized by the beautiful and amazing light displays at this favorite annual holiday event! For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml.
Through December 31 – Historic Holidays Tours at the Robert Mills House and Hampton Preston Mansion. Hear stories of Christmas’s in the past in Columbia and learn how they decorated and entertained during the holidays in the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/historic-holiday-tours-beginning.
Through December 31 – Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park. One of the areas favorite activities has returned so make plans to travel through the areas longest drive through light show, enjoy special activities each night (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve) and be sure to stop for some hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows to top off your evening! For more information call (803) 772-3903 or visit http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.
Through January 1 – Jingle Days at the South Carolina State Museum. The kids are out of school so here is a chance for them to have some fun with crafts, games, a holiday scavenger hunt, learn about holidays from around the world, and a chance to meet with Santa. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/jingle-days-state-museum/.
Through January 15, 2018 – Main Street ICE at the Boyd Plaza. This is one of Columbia’s favorite holiday events especially since we don’t tend to get the snowy cold seasons other States have for the holidays, so bring the family out and experience the fun of ice skating to make it feel more like Christmas! For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/news/110120171001-main-street-ice-returns-.
December 29 – January 1 – “Kountry Wayne” at the Comedy House. Having been blessed with the gift of making people laugh, this rising comedy star is one you won’t want to miss! For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/kountry-wayne/.
December 30 – New Year’s Weekend Celebration at the Township Auditorium. Start out your holiday weekend with a concert with Fantasia and Bell Biv Devoe. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.
December 31 – A Famously Hot New Year on Main Street in downtown Columbia. Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown with live entertainment by the famous singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and banjoist Elle King as well as the Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots, and local hip-hop artist FatRat De Czar, with plenty of food and spirits available and a fabulous fireworks display to celebrate the arrival of 2018! For more information call (803) 730-3521 or visit http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.
December 31 – Family New Year’s Eve at Dave & Busters. Bring the family out for an exciting evening of fun to ring in the New Year with two price packages available, both which include appetizer buffets, desserts, and unlimited soft drinks with different gaming options. For more information call (803) 576-4806 or visit https://dnb.ticketbud.com/woburnnye2-columbia-45509a838f3b.
December 31 – Adult New Year’s Eve at Dave & Busters. For adults only, choose from two different gaming options, one which also includes 2 premium drinks, with both options including a tasty dinner buffet and a choice of desserts. For more information call (803) 576-4806 or visit https://dnb.ticketbud.com/woburnnye3-columbia-sc-a830672ae73b.
December 31 – New Year’s at the Tin Roof and Music Farm. Celebrate the coming year with music by Jerry Jacob and DJ Blake with a champagne toast at midnight. For more information visit https://www.musicfarm.com/event/1606782-new-years-tin-roof-music-columbia/.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at the Blue Moon Ballroom in West Columbia. If you are looking for a fun night of dancing, this is the event for you, with music being provided by the Soda City Dance Band, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, a midnight champagne toast, and door prizes throughout the night. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-party-tickets-39303624198?aff=es2.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party for Kids at Boyd Plaza (Main Street ICE) and the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department with a carnival that includes games, face painting, jumps, a Ferris wheel and more! For more information visit http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/wow-kids.
December 31 – A Luxe-Scale New Year’s Eve Masquerade at the Food Academy. If you want to dress up, wear a mask, enjoy heavy tapas, craft cocktails, and dance to live entertainment, this is likely the event for you! For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-luxe-scale-new-years-eve-masquerade-tickets-40998104434?aff=es2.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. This is a black tie optional event presented by the Women of Hope of Lexington Medical Center. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-hope-presents-new-years-eve-gala-2017-tickets-36836586221?aff=es2.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Day/Night Party “Dubai” at 2047 Two Notch Road. This event will have a “Dubai” feel, with laser lights, belly dancers, music by three different DJ’s, and food from around the world. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-3-nye-day-party-tent-party-dubai-tickets-37388735715?aff=es2.
January 2 – Bloom Vision Board Party at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. Start out your New Year by creating a vision board to give you an idea of where you’d like to go and what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/bloom-vision-board-party/.
January 2 – February 6 – Immersion into Sun Style Tai Chi Chaun at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. Learn about the art of Sun Style Tai Chi as well as gain the benefits of this amazing art! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/immersion-into-sun-style-tai-chi-chuan/.
January 4 – 26 – “Through the Eyes of Salvador: Afro–Cuban Public Art” at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. You will most certainly want to see the works of this very talented public artist! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/through-the-eyes-of-salvador-afro-cuban-public-art/.
January 5 – “Suburbia” at the Nickelodeon Theater. Penelope Spheeris produced this film with the research she obtained from “The Decline of Western Civilization” to create a narrative about “young squatters in the condemned suburbs of LA”. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/suburbia/.
January 6 – Sass Attack Hip Hop & Heels Dance Workshop at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. This is for the ladies only to come out for two hours of fun and a chance to be sassy and even sensual, and there is no experience necessary! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/sassy-sensual-hip-hop-with-brittney/.
January 6 – April 28 – “Jack and the Giant” at the Columbia Marionette Theater. Meet a giant who is teased by his brothers because he isn’t mean and nasty, but is sweet and caring. For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/jack-and-the-giants/.
January 7 – Ikebana Flower Arrangement at the Columbia Museum of Art. See arrangements created by the local Ikebana Chapter. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/ikebana-flower-arrangement-0.
January 9 – “For Ahkeem” at the Nickelodeon Theater. This is the story of a seventeen year old who is court ordered to attend alternative school in Ferguson, Missouri showing the challenges of the troubled educational and economic systems in the St. Louis area and the personal experiences of the young people who live there. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/for-akheem/.
January 10, 17, & 24 – “Stopping Traffic: The Movement to Stop Sex Trafficing” Film Screening at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. This film is being shown to help raise awareness of this horrific problem, expand the movement to stop it and provide solutions, so don’t miss the show and the question and answer session to follow! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/stopping-traffic-film-screening-first-screening-2/.
January 11 – “ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience” at the Music Farm. Spend an evening reminiscing with all of your favorite songs from the past! For more information visit https://www.musicfarm.com/event/1508804-zoso-ultimate-led-zeppelin-columbia/.
January 11 – 21 – South Carolina Restaurant Week at various restaurants around the area. Here is your chance to check out some new restaurants with discounts on specialty dishes, so don’t miss out on this once a year event! For more information visit https://restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com/.
January 12 – “Harlem Globetrotters” at the Colonial Life Arena. Come out and see this fantastic show by these talented and humorous basketball players. For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters.
January 12 – Sass, Hop & Heels with Meechy at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. Let your hair down and be yourself in this sassy hip-hop dance class for amateur and experienced dancers alike! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/sass-hop-heels-with-meechy-the-m-a-c/.
January 12 – 14 – “Legally Blonde, Jr.” at the Harbison Theatre. See Elle Woods transform as she takes revenge on her former boyfriend by wedeling her way into Law School and even amazing herself at her own transformation in this show presented by the ICRC Children’s Theatre! For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/icrc-presents-legally-blonde-jr.
January 13 – Sexy Hip-Hop Dance with Pret at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. In this class you’ll learn how to add a sexy flare to hip hop dance and enjoy two hours of fun in the process with no experience necessary! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/sexy-hip-hop-dance-with-pret-the-m-a-c/.
January 13 – “St. Paul & The Broken Bones” at the Music Farm. You’ll enjoy an evening of soulful sounds by this wonderfully talented singer and his band! For more information visit https://www.musicfarm.com/event/1578539-st-paul-broken-bones-columbia/.
January 13 – “West Side Story Concert” at the Koger Center for the Arts. Presented by the South Carolina Philharmonic, come out and celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein. For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=465.
January 14 – “Slick Rick” at the Music Farm. Fill your evening with some great rap music by this tremendous artist! For more information visit https://www.musicfarm.com/event/1615513-slick-rick-columbia/.
January 15 – Alpha Wreath Laying Ceremony to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the corner of Harden and Greene Streets. Celebrate this special day by honoring this great man! For more information visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2718.
January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center. To commemorate the accomplishments of this amazing man, the first female president of Benedict College will speak. For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2717.
January 16 – Katrina’s Kids Annual Music Benefit at the Music Farm. You’ll get to hear The Blue Pickups, Hit Mob, & Rockfish at this music benefit so come out and support this great cause! For more information visit https://www.musicfarm.com/event/1577199-katrinas-kids-second-annual-columbia/.
January 16 – February 6 – Yoga and Mindfulness with Heather Parsons at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. Start off your new year by practicing both of these amazing arts! For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/yoga-and-mindfulness/.