Activities in the Midlands Area – December 5, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    ACTIVITIES IN THE MIDLANDS AREA

    Wednesday December 25, 2019 through Tuesday January 14, 2020

     

    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#.

    Thursdays thru January 2, 2020 –  After School Art at the Columbia Art Center.  Sign up for your child ages 5 to 11 for 6 weeks of creative fun where they will learn to draw, work with multiple mediums, and have a great deal of fun testing out their creativity!  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/parks-recreation/After%20School%20Art%202019.pdf.

    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/.

    First Fridays through May 2020 – Adult Basketball Night at Crooked Creek Park.  If you enjoy basketball, here is a chance to enjoy some end of week fun playing with your friends!  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/adult-basketball-night-0.

    Fridays and Saturdays –  “The Story of Olympia Mill Village Life in the 1920’s” at the Olympia Mill village Museum.  Here is a chance to learn the history of the Olympia Mills creation and the village life that surrounded it.  For more information visit www.olympiagrandymillvillagemuseum.com.

    Saturdays –  Play on the Plaza at the Boyd Plaza of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come out and spend some time tapping in to your creative side with free design challenges where you can use already prepared lesson plans or use your own imagination to tap in to your own engineering ingenuity.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-0.

    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/.

    Second Saturdays –  Stop-In Studios at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is a chance for the whole family to try out their creativity based on what they see in the Museum!  For more information call (803) 254-5008 or visit https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/categories/kids-families/.

    Saturdays Through December 28 –  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 27 –  Thank You! Love, McKissick at the McKissick Museum at USC.  Here is a chance to see some of the newly acquired items that showcase what goes on in the collections department, with new additions of art, silver, quilts, minerals, pottery, political memorability, and items related to the University’s history acquired through gifts, bequests, transfers or purchases.   For more information call (803) 777-7251.

    Through December 28 –  Carolina Lights at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  There is a new holiday light show in town so make your plans now to check it out!  For more information visit https://www.scstatefair.org/carolina-lights.

    Through December 31 –  Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park.  The lights are back so make your plans now to enjoy a ride through the Park and be sure to stop and enjoy the other activities, including a winter wonderland tube slide, take a train ride through the lights, take a walk through the wetlands and see a laser light show, make a craft, visit Santa’s Gift Shop, and enjoy roasting marshmallows over a fire!  (Santa will be on site Dec. 13 – 23 only.)  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/holiday-lights-river-115.

    Through December 31 –   Holiday House Tours at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansions meeting at the Robert Mills Gift Shop.  You have the chance to tour the Robert Mills House decorated for the holidays as it might have been in 1820 before Christmas trees were popular and the Hampton-Preston Mansion as it might have been in 1860’s, so come out and get in the holiday spirit while learning about historical holiday decorating.   For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-11/holiday-house-tours-begin.

    Through December 31, 2020  –  Free First Thursdays at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is a chance to enjoy the Museum for free on the first Thursday of every month.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/visit/about-cma.

    Through January 5, 2020 –  Winter Fest at the South Carolina State Museum.  This event will include not only some holiday fun, but also some winter fun with snowball fights and igloo building.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/winter-fest/.

    Through March 6, 2020 –  A War On Two Fronts at the South Carolina State Library.  This multimedia traveling exhibit presents the injustices faced by the African Americans in World War II.  For more information visit http://theathenaeumpress.com/projects/war-on-two-fronts/.

    Through March 14, 2020 –  Reflections of the River at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through a variety of art you’ll learn about the rivers of the State and the impact they’ve had on South Carolina culture, industry, and landscape.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/reflections-on-the-river/.

    December 25 – 26 –  “Little Women” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This classic and timeless story is one you will certainly enjoy for the holidays!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/little-women-2/.

    December 26 –  Soda City Showdown Round 3 at the Comedy Closet.  Unwind after the holiday chaos with some laughter enjoying another chance to see some of the State’s best comedians as they compete for the best in SC.  For more information call (803) 834-4598 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2202786766489944/.

    December 26 – January 5 –  Snowball Fights & Igloo Building at the South Carolina State Museum.  Your children will enjoy fun in the Museums winter wonderland!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/winter-fest/?utm_source=COLAtoday+MASTER&utm_campaign=7f79ef7b1f-12.03.2019+COLA&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad036b3ff1-7f79ef7b1f-37245113.

    December 27 –  “Billy Creason” at the Skyline Club.  Come unwind with some good country music after all the holiday rush.  For more information call (803) 995-5220 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/433329300673955/.

    December 27 –  5 New Minutes at the Comedy Closet.  You’ll get to see the comedians will have 5 minutes to present new material.  For more information call (803) 834-4598 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/474778240064026/.

    December 27 –  America’s AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” at The Senate.  Enjoy an evening of heavy metal after your holiday with this talented tribute band!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/thunderstruck.

    December 28 –  Play on the Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Bring the kids out and enjoy some creative fun using the big blue blocks.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-28.

    December 28 –  Gallery Tour: “Van Gogh and His Inspirations” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  The exhibit is only here for a limited time, so if you haven’t had the chance to see it, here is your chance to get a first-hand tour.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-11.

    December 28 –  Happy Howlidays at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Palmetto State Furs is celebrating the holidays with this fun event that will include board games, arts and crafts, a video game area, a traditional gift exchange, pictures, and a raffle with the event open to all ages.  For more information visit https://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/psf-presents-happy-howlidays.

    December 28 –  “Kid Rock Tribute: Cowboy” at the Skyline Club.  You will certainly enjoy an evening of high energy music by this talented group!  For more information call (803) 995-5220 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/833272853785048/.

    December 28 –  PUN Fight at the Comedy Closet.  This is a PUN battle that will include the audience, so if you enjoy puns, come out for the fun!  For more information call (803) 834-4598 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/816672232131089/.

    December 29 –  Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Take a tour through the Museum and learn about the works that have been created by South Carolinians and those that have been donated from those who lived in South Carolina.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-carolina-collection-17.

    December 29 –  “Kerwin Claiborne” at the Comedy House.  Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter with this entertaining comedian!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/.

    December 29 –  “Charlie Wilson” at the Township Auditorium.  You’ll enjoy an evening of great music by this talented artist!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://thetownship.org/events/.

    December 30 –  Extended Hours for Van Gogh and His Inspirations at the Columbia Museum of Art.  The gallery isn’t normally open on Mondays but this is the final week for this exhibit, so don’t miss the opportunity to see this extraordinary collection.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/extended-hours-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-0.

    December 30, January 2 – 3, & 6 –  Winter Break Camp Week 2 at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Here is a chance for the kids to have something fun and educational to do on their winter break with kids ages 4 to 10 being broken up into three ages groups.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/programs/camps.

    December 30 – Spy Day at the South Carolina State Museum.  Here is a chance to create your own spa treatment of bath bombs and more!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/winter-fest/?utm_source=COLAtoday+MASTER&utm_campaign=7f79ef7b1f-12.03.2019+COLA&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad036b3ff1-7f79ef7b1f-37245113.

    December 30 –  ZooLife: Penguin Health at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Your children in K to 4th grade will have the chance to learn about the life of penguins and what is needed to take care of them at the Zoo.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    December 30 – January 3 –  Winter Break Art Camp at the Columbia Art Center.  Your kids will have a blast creating art with clay and drawing and painting with mixed media.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:9fca4692-d68e-4b8b-8b9a-5f2741757bd5.

    December 31 –  Noon Year’s Eve at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Kids will enjoy a noon countdown with a juice toast, live music, and STEAM related activities for them to enjoy.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    December 31 –  Noon Year’s Eve at the South Carolina State Museum.  Children will enjoy a noon year’s even countdown with bubble wrap and a sparkling grape juice toast!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/winter-fest/?utm_source=COLAtoday+MASTER&utm_campaign=7f79ef7b1f-12.03.2019+COLA&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad036b3ff1-7f79ef7b1f-37245113.

    December 31 –  Snowflakes & Bubbly at the Teen Center of the Richland Library Main.  Your kids will enjoy a little afternoon enjoyment making snowflakes, enjoying sparkling juice and refreshments.  For more information call (803) 799-9084 or visit https://www.richlandlibrary.com/event/2019-12-31/snowflakes-and-bubbly.

    December 31 –  ZooLife: Penguin Exhibit Design at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Children in K through 4th grade will learn more about these birds that can’t fly, but swim with their wings.   For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Yoga at Bikram Yoga.  You’ll ring in the New Year with mindfulness and focus, followed by food and bubbly to close out the night.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018506705623.

    December 31 –  Famously Hot New Year in downtown Columbia.  You’ll enjoy an evening of free fun with the Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa, with opening acts Cottontown Soul Society and The High Divers, and DJ Prince Ice providing music in between sets, with plenty of food and beverage vendors, and a fabulous fireworks display to ring in 2020.  For more information call (978) 609-0521 or visit https://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.

    December 31 –  Famously Hot New Year’s Eve Carnival in downtown Columbia.  Included in the live entertainment will be carnival rides and games, inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts, and street performers.  For more information visit https://festivalnet.com/18083/Columbia-South-Carolina/Family-Kids-Festivals/Famously-Hot-New-Years-Eve-Carnival.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party and Dinner at the Jamil Shrine Center.  You’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner, champagne, and a 50/50 drawing.  For more information call (803) 237-9044 or (803) 600-7950 or visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/2020-happy-new-years-eve-party-amp-dinner.

    December 31 –  Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Siebel’s House and Gardens.  Spend your evening in “Speakeasy” style with the garden transformed in Gatsby style, so put on your 20’s attire and enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 20’s and modern DJ music, surprise entertainers, and a ball drop at midnight!   For more information visit https://allevents.in/columbia/roaring-20s-party-nye-2019/1000055527092027.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve All Night Skate at the Three Fountains Skating Rink.  This will be a fun evening of games and prizes with breakfast being served and those staying all night having the chance to win a new pair of skate.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018401762925.

    December 31 –  An Elegant New Year’s Eve Masquerade at the CCW Warehouse on Alta Vista Drive.  You’ll enjoy an evening of food, beverages, entertainment and fun put on by State of Emergency Productions!   For more information call (803) 786-1716 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/666403250551186/.

    December 31 –  Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve at John Gray Craft Beer and Wine in Leesville.  Ring in the New Year in 20’s style with tickets including two free drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, New Year’s surprises, and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information call (803) 332-5646 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/john-gray-craft-beer-wine/roaring-20s-new-years-eve/507859089765736/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party Through the Decades at Chayz Lounge.  You’ll enjoy an evening of great entertainment by Willie Walker & Conversation Piece, with a variety of music from Grover Washington, Jr. to Prince as you enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.  For more information call (803) 563-8375 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/chayz-lounge/new-years-eve-party-thru-the-decades/431965180842582/.

    December 31 –  “Travers Brothership” New Year’s Eve Party at the White Mule.  You’ll enjoy some great music by this talented group that will include one original set and one Allman Brothers Band tribute, with a champagne toast at midnight.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018507433006.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Cover Show at the New Brookland Tavern.  You’ll enjoy a variety of cover bands that will include music by the Ramones to The Cure.  For more information visit https://www.newbrooklandtavern.com/.

    December 31 –  “Ryan Trotti” at the Skyline Club.  You’ll ring in the New Year with some great country music by this amazing artist from Charlotte!  For more information call (803) 995-5220 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/690272621464447/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve: Roaring in to 2020 at the Tin Roof & the Senate.  You’ll enjoy a block party like no other in the area filled with two stages of music with Seventy-six and Sunny, DJ Payne and  Larger Than Life, with free champagne at midnight.   For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/new-year-s-eve-2020.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Bash at The Grand and Main Course.  You’ll enjoy a DJ at one and Tokyo Joe at the other, with tickets including two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight.   For more information call (803) 726-2323 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/the-grand/new-years-eve-bash/417648542481135/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at Bourbon.  You’ll enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne, with live entertainment right outside of the venue.  For more information visit https://no.fievent.com/e/2019-bourbon-s-new-year-s-eve-party/22780900.

    December 31 –  GIN & JAZZ – A Swinging New Year’s Eve at the Arcade Mall on Main Street.  This 1920’s themed event will include period hors d’oeuvres and desserts, an open bar with specialty cocktails, fun and entertaining jazz music by Mark Rapp and his swing band, followed by pop and period music played by DJ GLDFNGR, and you’ll only be steps away from the outdoor party to come and go as you wish.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gin-jazz-a-swinging-new-years-eve-tickets-75775292941?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve All-Nighter at PLAYLife Nation on Bower Parkway.  You’ll enjoy the chance to game all night with food and drinks provided.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018150377658.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve 2020 at the Hunter-Gatherer.  You’ll enjoy a classic 20’s cocktail menu, assorted hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a live DJ providing you an evening of swing music, a photo booth, a costume contest, New Year’s Eve goodies, a champagne toast at midnight, and a great view of the fireworks!  For more information visit https://allevents.in/hunter/nye-2020-at-hunter-gatherer-alehouse/200018382689318.

    December 31 –  The Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve with Mark Rapp at The Joint.  This fun event will include an entrée of your choice, a cocktail, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and live music by Mark Rapp and Company. For more information visit https://allevents.in/columbia/the-roaring-20s-new-years-eve-with-mark-rapp/200018339605820.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Disco Party at MJ’s Grill at Lake Carolina.  You’ll enjoy all you can eat hors d’oeuvres, hot and cold buffet selections from 9 to 11 pm, assorted desserts, 5 drink tickets with a cash bar available, a photo booth, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.  For more information call (803) 445-1455 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/485453348752015/.

    December 31 –  Fox Field New Year’s Eve at Fox Field Neighborhood Bar and Grill.  You’ll enjoy entertainment by Wombat Junction, The Runout, & Dr. Roundhouse, with the fire going, hot soup and chili on, and your favorite drinks available, and just likely a few more surprises.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018318635057.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at the Carolina Western Pub.  You’ll enjoy an evening filled with great entertainment by Maddie Rean, & Black Water Shine, with a western buffet and a dessert bar, party favors & a champagne toast at midnight, and door prizes.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018346904332.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company.  You’ll enjoy an all you can eat heavy hors d’oeuvres, with something different every hour, three beverage tickets, a firepit station with all you can eat marshmallows and s’mores, live music, a DJ, and dancing, with a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks.  For more information visit https://www.swampcabbagebrewing.com/events/2019/12/31/party-like-its-1999-new-years-eve-party.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Resolution at Social Bar and Lounge.  You’ll enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, live DJ’s, a champagne toast at midnight with party favors, a Time’s Square Countdown with a balloon and confetti drop, and more! For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018424898320.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Celebration at Top Dawg Tavery in Sandhills.  Enjoy an evening of discounted wings, live entertainment by Wayne Capps, and a champagne toast at midnight.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018481171954.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Bash at Moonshiners.  Bombshell is back to help you ring in the New Year!  For more information call (803) 520-0621 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/moonshiners-patio-bar-grill/new-years-eve-bash-with-bombshell-at-moonshiners/401707620695931/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at Chevy’s Sports Bar.  Enjoy an evening with music by Driveway Stories.  For more information visit https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018451349318.

    January 1 –  First Day Hike at Sesquicentennial State Park.  Start your New Year off with a 2 mile hike through the Park.  For more information call (803) 788-2706 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004007.

    January 1 –  First Day Hike at Dreher Island State Park.  Star your New Year off with a 2.5 mile hike on the Little Gap Trail at this Park on Lake Murray.  For more information call (803) 364-4152 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004055.

    January 1 –  Gallery Tour: “Van Gogh and His Inspirations” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Enjoy a Docent led tour of this amazing collection.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-23.

    January 2 –  Free First Thursdays on Main and Gallery Tour: “Van Gogh and His Inspirations” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is a chance to tour this incredible collection before it is moved to its next location.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-22.

    January 2 –  ZooLife: Penguin Enrichment at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Children in K through 4th grade will learn about these birds that don’t fly and how they are cared for at the zoo.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 2 – 5 –  “Jordan Rock” at the Comedy House.  You will most certainly enjoy an evening of laughter with this talented comedian!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

    January 2 – December 31 –  Free First Thursdays at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Spend a Thursday evening relaxing and enjoy a tour of the Museum and enjoy some laughter on the Plaza with the Mother’s of Trustus Theatre.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/free-first-thursday-main-cma-9.

    January 3 –  ZooLife: Penguin Conservation at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Kids in K through 4th grade will enjoy learning about these birds that don’t actually fly, and how they are cared for at the zoo.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 3 –  Harlem Globetrotters at the Colonial Life Arena.  Here is a chance to enjoy a fun and entertaining evening presenting some of the finest and funniest basketball players in existence!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-2.

    January 3 –  “Angry Chair: A Tribute to Alice in Chains” at The Senate.  If you like the original band, you will enjoy a show by this talented tribute band!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/angry-chair-tribute-to-alice-in-chains.

    January 3 “Latonya Smalls” at Chayz Lounge.  Come out and enjoy an evening of filled with songs by artists to include Natalie Cole, George Benson, & Sarah Vaughn sung by this very talented singer!  For more information call (803) 563-8375 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latonya-smalls-presents-elements-of-jazz-soul-tickets-86056905521.

    January 3 –  “Mat Alano Martin LIVE at the Comedy Closet.  Spend an evening enjoying some fun and laughter with this talented comedian!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mat-alano-martin-live-tickets-85776049473.

    January 4 –  Backyard Birds of Prey at Wingard’s Nursery.  You’ll enjoy a wonderful presentation by the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston to learn more about the raptors in your back yard and to meet the animal ambassadors up close and personal.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/backyard-birds-of-prey/.

    January 4 –  Gallery Tour: “Van Gogh and His Inspirations” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is another chance to tour this incredible collection led by one of the Museums docents.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-12.

    January 4 –  “Kyle Dills Band” at the Skyline Club.  Spend a Saturday night enjoying country music by this talented band.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/584048019035181/.

    January 4 –  “Kristen Jamison Live!” at Chayz Lounge.  You’ll enjoy songs created by some of the greatest artists, including Aretha Frankling & Jill Scott, as well as Bob Marley & Frankie Beverly so come out for a great evening of music performed by this tremendous singer!  For more information call (803) 563-8375 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kristen-jamison-live-a-soulful-musical-experience-tickets-76832573295.

    January 4 –  “Krish Mohan” at the Comedy Closet.  Enjoy an evening of laughter with this fun and entertaining comedian!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/krish-mohan-live-tickets-85642768827.

    January 5 –  Wedding Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  If you are in the process of planning a wedding, you’ll want to be sure to visit this Expo to see what resources are available to help you with your planning.  For more information visit https://bridecitybridalshows.com/.

    January 5 –  Focal Points: An Artistic Epiphany at the Columbia Museum of Art.  In the Christian tradition, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany when the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem and it also represented the Twelfth Night ending the traditional Christmas season, so take a tour of the collection with a look at those Medieval and Renaissance pieces specific to the Christmas holiday.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/focal-points-artistic-epiphany-0.

    January 5 –  Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is a chance to learn about some of the pieces in the Museum’s collection, the materials used, the history behind the artists’ creation, what leads the Museum to purchase an item, and what’s required to maintain the items integrity for thousands of years into the future.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-behind-collection-3.

    January 5 –  Dinner by Design: Van Gogh and His Culinary Inspirations at the Columbia Museum of Art.  The Columbia Design League has connected with the owner of Bourbon and the Black Rooster to create a culinary tour through the countries that inspired this amazing artist as well as Steve Naifeh, the author, collector, and owner of many of the pieces in the collection with foods that will absolutely amaze you!

    January 5 –  “Pouf” is Lou Clyde’s latest comedy and will be testing it out so come out and see what you think, with refreshments offered at the intermissions and beer and wine available and your feedback is requested prior to working toward the a final publication.  For more information call (803) 520-7328 or visit http://www.onstagesc.com/Workshops.html.

    January 5 – December 7 –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Here is a chance for kids with Autism and other sensory processing differences to have the Museum all to themselves for the first hour the Museum is open with their special needs in mind and fun and interactive activities for them to enjoy.  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    January 5 to December 31 –  $1 First Sundays at the South Carolina State Museum.  $1 entry to the Museum and an additional $5 for a 4-D movie or a planetarium show gives you the chance to bring the entire family out to enjoy the Museum at an affordable cost.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/first-citizens-first-sunday/.

    January 6 –  Extended Hours for Van Gogh and His Inspirations at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This is the final week for the showing of this tremendous exhibit, so make your plans now to attend before it’s gone.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/extended-hours-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-1.

    January 6 – February 17 –  Adventures in Clay at the Columbia Art Center.  Adolescents ages 11 to 17 will enjoy the opportunity to experience creating with clay in this 6 week class.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 6 – February 17 –  Introduction to Pottery at the Columbia Art Center.  Here is a chance to try your hand at creating pottery in this 6 week evening class.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 6 – December 15 –  Toddler Take-Over at the EdVenture Childrens Museum.  Every Monday and Tuesday when school is in session, you can bring your little ones in to enjoy a few hours of educational play.  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    January 7 – 28 –  Nine Patch Quilting at the Columbia Art Center.  This class that will meet each Tuesday, is a great chance for beginners to learn the art of quilting, where you will learn basic stitches, but students must already have experience with their machines rotary cutting and accurate sewing skills.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Afe03e09e-71a6-4655-8bcf-4dd7e9178f69.

    January 7 – February 8 –  Spring Sports Registration at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  It’s time to sign your kids up for the spring sports they enjoy.  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit https://www.icrc.net/parks/crooked-creek-park/athletics.

    January 7 – February 11 –  Hand Building Basics at the Columbia Art Center.  This afternoon six week class will give you a chance to try your hand at creating with clay.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 7 – February 11 –  Evening Sculpture at the Columbia Art Center.  For those who enjoy creating sculptures, here’s another workshop for you to participate in.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 8 –  Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Opposites Attract at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This program for 2 to 3 year olds will teach them about opposites in life and in the gallery and will allow them to create a work of art using their own idea of opposites.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gladys-gang-toddler-edition-opposites-attract.

    January 9 –  Historic Horseshow Walking Tour starting at the South Caroliniana Library on Sumter Street.  This free tour will give you some insight into historical events that have occurred on the USC campus, including the story of the Great Biscuit Rebellion of 1852 and the 1902 Carolina Clemson Riot.  For more information visit https://sc.edu/calendar/uofsc/index.php#/?i=1.

    January 9 –  Plarn Crocheting at the Columbia Art Center.  You will learn how to use plastic yarn to create portable sleeping mats that will be donated to the homeless, and have the skills to make one of your own!  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Afe03e09e-71a6-4655-8bcf-4dd7e9178f69.

    January 9 –  Behind the Scenes Tour: Columbia Down Under at the Equitable Arcade Building. You’ll have the chance to experience shops, bars, and restaurants that were in existence between 1972 and 1977 and speak with property owners about future plans for this space.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2020/2020-01/behind-scenes-tour-columbia-down-under.

    January 9 – 11 –  January 6 –  Extended Hours for Van Gogh and His Inspirations at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This is the final week for the showing of this tremendous exhibit, so make your plans now to attend before it’s gone.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/extended-hours-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-3.

    January 9 – February 10 –  Spring Sports Registration at Seven Oaks Park.  It’s time to sign up your kids for the spring sports so make your plans to do that now.  For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit https://www.icrc.net/parks/seven-oaks-park/athletics.

    January 9 – February 13 –  After School Art at the Columbia Art Center.  Your children ages 5 to 11 will enjoy some after school time using their creativity in this 6 week class.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 9 – February 13 – Throwing the Mud at the Columbia Art Center.  This workshop for adolescents ages 10 to 14 will give them a chance to work on their pottery throwing skills.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 9 – February 13 –  Intermediate Hand Building at the Columbia Art Center.  Take your creativity to the next level in this intermediate class.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 10 –  Van Gogh to the Movies: Loving Vincent and Talkback Featuring Steven Naifeh at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll enjoy an “oil painted animation” related to the Van Gogh’s last days, with a talk-back session with the artist, collector, and owner of many of the pieces in this Collection to close out this wonderful exhibit.   For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/van-gogh-movies-loving-vincent-and-talkback-featuring-steven-naifeh.

    January 10 –  Knee High Naturalist: Water Wonders at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  You little ones ages 2 to 5 will enjoy learning about the living creatures that need water and learn how fish breath in the water.   For more information call (803) 799-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 10 –  “J White Live!” at Chayz Lounge.  You won’t want to miss the chance to see this amazing saxophonist with his smooth soul jazz sound playing tunes by Bill Withers, Jay-Z, & Grover Washington, Jr., just to name a few!   For more information call (803) 563-8375 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/j-white-live-an-evening-of-jazz-soul-and-sax-tickets-85936750133.

    January 10 –  “Irly Bird Books Literacy & STEM Tour ” at the Township Auditorium.  Bring the kids out for this fun and inspirational as well as educational show!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/?event_id=3574.

    January 10 –  Full Moon Hike at Sesquicentennial State Park.  This event for those 10 years old and older, you’ll enjoy a hike through the Park by moonlight looking and listening for the animals that come out only after dark.  For more information call (803) 788-2706 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004937.

    January 10 –  “Joe Kelley” at the Comedy Closet.  Enjoy an evening of laughter with this fun and entertaining comedian!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joe-kelley-live-tickets-86945421095.

    January 10 – 12 – Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Showcase at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  If you are planning to build a home or make improvements, you’ll want to come out and meet with the vendors on hand to get some pointers and even obtain some assistance if necessary.  For more information visit http://www.homeshowcenter.com/overview/columbia?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1.

    January 10 – February 14 –  Beginning Wheel Throwing at the Columbia Art Center.  You’ll enjoy this introductory class to learning how to throw pottery on the wheel and create things to take home with you.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaArt/.

    January 11 –  Purple Martin’s: Beyond Bomb Island at Wingard’s Nursery.  Learn about these amazing birds, why they need protection, and how to create your own houses for these incredible birds in your own yard.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/purple-martins-need-you/.

    January 11 –  Stop In Studios at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come by the studio with the entire family to create a work of art, this month a weaving project at the closing of the Van Gogh exhibit.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/stop-studios-11.

    January 11 –  Gallery Tour: Van Gogh and His Inspirations at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This is the last day you can view this exhibit so come out and take one last tour of this one of a kind exhibit.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-van-gogh-and-his-inspirations-13.

    January 11 –  “Alan Jackson” at the Colonial Life Arena.  You will most certainly enjoy a great evening of country music with this historical country icon!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/alan-jackson.

    January 11 –  “Trey Calloway” at the Skyline Club.  You will surely enjoy a fun night out enjoying country music by this talented artist!  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/466528737313553/.

    January 11 –  “JaVonne Jones” at Chayz Lounge.  Spend an evening enjoying music presented by this talented violinist that will include music by Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, & the Gap Band.  For more information call (803) 563-8375 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-soulful-night-of-music-with-javonne-jones-tickets-67909413885.

    January 11 – 12 –  “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Come celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with these two evening of Symphonies 5 & 6 with Saturday including a pre-concert lecture by Morihiko.   For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://kogercenterforthearts.com/upcoming.php.

    January 11 – February 29 –  Snowville at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Bring your kids out for some great fun with snowtubing, “sock” ice hockey, snow experiments, and more!  For more information call (803) 799-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/calendar.

    January 11 – April 11 –  “The Little Mermaid” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.  Your little ones will certainly enjoy this wonderfully modified version of this Hans Christian Anderson tale.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/the-little-mermaid/.

    January 12 –  Blended Mamas Monthly Market at CoCreate in Lexington.  Spend that money you got for the holidays at this fun event that includes a variety of local businesses selling jewelry, makeup, skin care products, boutique clothing, home décor, and much more!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blended-mamas-monthly-market-new-year-new-you-tickets-85699340033?ref=eios&fbclid=IwAR3hTalL1ep4sgtmMi5UaqA47eTBEPIvXXEJtAMMXNFHZBsk-pE2ElBz0-g.

    January 12 –  Ikebana Display and Demonstration at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll have a chance to view some of the local Ikebana chapters works inspired by the Van Gogh exhibit and they’ll be on hand to answer your questions.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/ikebana-display-and-demonstration.

    January 12 –  Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll get a first-hand look at some of the most wonderful pieces of art in the Museum’s collection.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/gallery-tour-cornerstones-collection-20.

    January 13 –  Stargazing at the Melton Observatory next to the Horseshoe on the USC Campus.  The Observatory is currently open on Monday nights for visitors to take a look through the 16 inch Cassegrain telescope and other smaller telescopes on the Observatory deck, from 8 to 10 pm and it’s free!  For more information visit https://sc.edu/calendar/uofsc/index.php#/?i=1.

    January 13 –  Zoo Homeschool: Found in Nature at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  You children ages 5 to 12 will learn about natural resources we use in our daily lives and how they are managed. For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 13 –  Knee High Naturalist: Water Wonderings at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Your little ones ages 2 to 5 will learn about how all living creatures need water and how those that live in the water can breathe.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 13 –  Little Learners Homeschool: Water Wonderings at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Your little ones ages 2 to 5 and their adult companion will learn about how all living creatures need water and how those that live in the water can breathe.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 13 –  Garden Homeschool: Hydroponics at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Kids ages 7 to 13 years old will learn how plants can be grown without soil with the kids having a chance to create their own miniature hydroponic planter to put lettuce in as they learn about the necessary nutrients for the plants to grow successfully.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

    January 14 – December 29 – Accessibility Night at the South Carolina State Museum.  Once a month the Museum is open late for those with special needs and their families to enjoy the Museum with a new theme each month, fun activities, as well as adapted hands on activities and free admission for those with special needs.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

    January 14 – December 29 –  Second Shift Tuesdays at the South Carolina State Museum.  One evening a week, you can come to the Museum after hours with a special admission price of 2 for $10, special programs and exhibits, planetarium and 4-D theater shows, and more!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/second-shift-twosdays/.

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