ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF THE COLUMBIA AREA for 3/29 – 4/18/2017

    Outside of the Columbia area there are many fun events that are perfect for a day of fun such as the Springfest at the Uptown Market in Greenwood. There are also many Easter events that are great for all ages including Easter Egg Hunt at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter.

    UPSTATE:

     

    Tuesdays –  Greenville Downtown Line Dance at the Sears Rec Center in Greenville.  For more information call (864) 467-6667.

     

    Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays –  Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of South Carolina at the Hagood Mill State Historic Site in Pickens.  Come see these historical markings open to the public on these days.  For more information call (864) 898-2936.

     

    Thursdays Through July –  Music on Main at Morgan Square in Spartanburg.  Enjoy some after work entertainment and fun.  For more information call (864) 596-2026 or visit http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/music-on-main.

     

    Third Thursdays – Art Walk in downtown Spartanburg.  For more information call (864) 582-7616 or visit http://spartanburgartwalk.com/.

     

    Fridays –  Bluegrass Jam Session at 5301 Dacusville Highway in Pumpkintown.  For more information call (864) 898-3815 or visit http://www.drbanjo.com/classes/2012-03-gilbert-nelson-pumpkintown.php.

     

    First Friday –  First Fridays at the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville.  For more information call (864) 467-3132 or visit http://www.firstfridaysgreenville.com/.

     

    Third Fridays – Contra Dancing at the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.  Enjoy an evening of dancing and learning a variety of cultural dances.  For more information call (864) 308-1337 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Spartanburg-Contra-Dancers-493231910812229/.

    Second Saturdays –  House Concerts at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens.  For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Milling, Music, and Memories at the Hagood Mills Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens.  For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.

     

    Sundays –  Say What Open Mic at Coffee Underground in Greenville.  Singers, poets, musicians, storytellers, comedians, and any others who wish to come out and share their talents are welcome!  For more information call (864) 298-0494 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/525128037629167/.

     

    Sundays –  Sundays Unplugged at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.  Relax, unwind, and unplug while enjoying the galleries and live entertainment.  For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/events.

     

    Saturdays and Sundays –  Historic Building Tours at Oconee Station State Historic Site in Walhalla.  You’ll get to see a 1792 stone block house which is all that remains of a military outpost that existed during conflicts between the white settlers and the Indians, and an 1805 brick house, home of the merchant who owned the outpost. For more information call (864) 638-0079 or visit http://southcarolinaparks.com/oconeestation/oconeestation-programs.aspx.

    Through April 8 –  “Sister Act” at the Center Stage Theatre in Greenville.  Based on the 1992 film, this tremendous musical is about a disco diva who witnesses a murder and ends up in the witness protection program, being placed in a convent.  For more information call (864) 233-6733 or visit http://centrestage.org/sister-act/.

    Through April 15 –  “All My Sons” at the Warehouse Theater in Greenville.  This is the story of two businessmen and friends who send faulty airplane engine parts to the military during WWII which caused the death of twenty one pilots, with one of the men going to prison while the other one lied and going on to have a successful life.  For more information call (864) 2235-6948 or visit http://warehousetheatre.com/all-my-sons/.

    Through September 10 –  “Wyeth Dynasty” at the Greenville County Museum of Art.  Regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, you’ll have the chance to see some of his most astonishing pieces, as well as some of the works of his father.  For more information call (864) 271-7570 or visit http://gcma.org/andrew-wyeth/.

    Through October 25 –  Weekly Porch Series at Greenbriar Farms in Easley.  At this Wednesday event you’ll enjoy a mid-week break with live entertainment, festive farm to table snacks, and yard games.  For more information call (864) 855-9782 or visit http://www.greenbrierfarms.com/Porch-Series.

    March 29 –  “Mike Wiley’s Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” at the Gunter Theater in Greenville.  This presentation tells the story of a 14 year old African American who back in 1955 in the Mississippi Delta made the mistake of whistling at a white woman and the fatal consequences that followed.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/mike-wileys-dar-he-the-story-of-emmett-till.

    March 30 –  “J.S. Bach was Handsome Once” at the Huguenot Mill in Greenville.  This presentation tells the story of Bach, with 20 children, his drinking, his cursing, and even the sword fight he was once in because in spite of his amazing musical talent, he was still human.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/js-bach-was-handsome-once.

    March 31 –  Springfest at the Uptown Market in Greenwood.  This celebration of local music and art will include groups to include Eloveation, Bad Weather States, Pop & Bert, and more!  For more information visit http://www.uptowngreenwood.com/events/springfest.

    March 31 –  “An Evening of Original Music with Maia Sharp and Patrick Davis, with guest start Edwin McCain” at Genevieve’s in Greenville.  You’ll experience an evening of great music with these three wonderful performing artists.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/an-evening-of-original-music-with-maia-sharp-and-patrick-davis-special-guest-edwin-mccain.

    March 31 – April 1 –  Pickleball Spring Smash at Butler Springs Park in Greenville.  Come out and see some of the best pickleball teams around, with three different age divisions. For more information call (864) 288-6470 or visit http://greenvillerec.com/event/greenville-pickleball-spring-smash/.

    March 31 – April 2 –  Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee at the Village Green Pendleton.  Opening night will include a concert followed by 100 of the most coveted artisans across the country being present, as well as lots of live entertainment, food vendors, and a special kid’s area to include a chance to milk a cow, make a musical instrument, and more.  For more information call (864) 646-3782 or visit http://www.crownofthecarolinas.org/?page_id=204.

    April 1 –  Harlem Globetrotters at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.  Here’s another chance to see these amazing athletes show you their tremendous talents with a fun and exciting show.  For more information call (864) 241-3800 or visit http://www.bonsecoursarena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters.

    April 1 –  “Sarah Jarosz” at the Gunter Theater in Greenville.  This tremendous musician is one of acoustics most promising talents.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/sarah-jarosz.

    April 1 –  Songwriters Workshop with Maia Sharp, Patrick Davis, and Edwin McCain at the Huguenot Mill in Greenville.  Get that expert opinion on those songs you’ve been struggling to put together.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/the-songwriters-workshop-with-maia-sharp-patrick-davis-and-edwin-mccain.

    April 1 –  iMAGINE Upstate Festival at the West End of downtown Greenville.  This event is to provide STEAM experiences and STEM education to the public and learn what these types of careers are all about.  For more information call (864) 386-3498 or visit https://imagineupstate.org/.

    April 1 –  Upstate Strides for Autism at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.  This is a fundraising and awareness walk with proceeds to benefit family members with autism, education, advocacy, and training.  For more information call (803) 750-6988 or visit http://scautism.org/strides/.

    April 1 –  Cornhole Derby at Trail Blazer Park in Travelers Rest.  If you enjoy cornhole and like to compete, this is the event for you with prizes for the winners!  For more information call (864) 331-1314 or visit http://cornholederby.com/.

    April 1 – 2 – South Carolina Horse Expo T. Ed Garrison Arena in Pendleton.  You’ll have the chance to learn about different breeds of horses with exhibitions, vendors, and clinicians on hand, as well as activities for the little ones.  For more information call (803) 230-8810 or visit https://www.clemson.edu/public/garrison/calendar.html.

    April 2 – Taste of the Upstate: New Orleans Brunch at Zen in Greenville.  Enjoy great food while enjoying jazz and gospel music.  For more information call (864) 232-3595 or visit http://iongreenville.net/facebook-events/taste-of-the-upstate/.

    April 3 – 6 – Hejaz Shrine Circus at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg.  Kids of all ages will enjoy all the fun this circus will provide!  For more information call (864) 582-8107 or visit http://www.crowdpleaser.com/calendar/94/Hejaz+Shrine+Circus.

    April 4 –  “Toby Mac” at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.  This tremendous Christian artist will bring you a show filled with inspiration!  For more information call (864) 241-3800 or visit http://www.bonsecoursarena.com/events/detail/toby-mac.

    April 4 –  “Once” at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Clemson.  This Broadway musical that won eight Tony Awards for best musical in 2012 tells the tale of a musician who is about to give up on his gift when a young women comes along and encourages him to pursue his dreams.  For more information call (864) 656-7787 or visit http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/brooks/events/event.html?eventid=672744.

    April 4 –  “Paul Taylor Dance Company” at the Peace Center Concert Hall in Greenville.  Dubbed the greatest choreographer alive, this show will not disappoint you!  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/paul-taylor-dance-company.

    April 6 – 8 –  Spring Skunk Festival at the SkunkFarm on Jordan Road in Greer.  You’ll enjoy a weekend filled with live entertainment from groups and solo artists such as Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Darell Scott, Forlorn Strangers, Nikki Talley, and many more, with activities for the kids, and will also include a Tour de Skunk (a 15 mile or 35 mile route) and a Country Mile (a 1 mile fun country run).  For more information visit http://albinoskunk.com/.

    April 6 – 9 –  “Peter Pan Jr.” at the Greenwood Community Theatre in Greenwood.  This is guaranteed to be a fun and enjoyable show for the entire family.  For more information call (864) 229-5704 or visit http://www.emeraldtriangle.us/theatre/main-page.

    April 7 –  1BlueStringHubCity Grand Finale at the University Readiness Center at USC Spartanburg.  As a result of new singer/songwriter competition, this finale will showcase the six finalists with attendees voting for the best of the six.   For more information send an email to http://shrcc.org/2017/01/03/1bluestringhubcity-competition-awareness-event/.

    April 7 – 8 –  Hub City Hog Fest in downtown Spartanburg.  This is a barbecue contest so you may want to enter, or you may just want to come out and be a taste tester and enjoy the fun and nightly entertainment.  For more information send an email to hubcityhogfest@gmail.com or visit http://www.hubcityhogfest.com/.

    April 8 –  Color Me Pink at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson.  This event is a 10K, a 5K, and a 1 mile walk/run, with Zumba being offered before the races as a fun warm up opportunity.  For more information visit http://colormepink.run/.

    April 8 –  Bells and Whistles 29835 Day Festival  in downtown McCormick.  Enjoy a small town street festival with live entertainment, vendors, gold panning at the Gold Mine Park, enjoy a scavenger hunt, ride and train, and more!  For more information call (864) 378-7032 or visit http://www.bellsandwhistles29835.com/.

    April 7 – 8 –  South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship in downtown Belton.  Start the weekend off with wings and a block party with games and live entertainment and Saturday is the big day to check out some of the best chili cooks in the State and vote for your favorite.  For more information call (864) 940-3111 or visit http://www.scchilicookoff.com/schedule-of-events.

    April 8 – 9 –  Triumph of the Human Spirit at the Peace Center in Greenville.  At this event, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra will present you with the premier of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/triumph-of-the-human-spirit.

    April 10 –  Maker Mondays Community Dinner at the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in Greenville.  For more information call (864) 255-3385 or visit http://kiddingaroundgreenville.com/event/makers-monday-and-community-dinner.

    the-nile-projectApril 11 –  The Nile Project at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Clemson.  This Project has brought together artists from 11 Nile countries that have worked together to create music that will astound you.  For more information call (864) 656-7787 or visit http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/brooks/events/event.html?eventid=672762.

    April 11 – 16 –  “Something Rotten!” at the Peace Center in Greenville.  This musical with 10 Tony nominations is set in 1590 telling the story of two brothers wh want to create a hit play but Shakespeare keeps outshining them in this hilarious Broadway hit. For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/something-rotten.

    April 13 – 15 –  Living Gallery: “The Saviors Call” at Bob Jones University in Greenville.  This unique program combines original drama, choral and orchestral arrangements, and amazing live portrayals of classic works of art in celebration of the Easter season.  For more information call (864) 241-1634 or visit http://livinggallery.bju.edu/.

    April 14 –  NXT Live at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg.  Presented by WWE with performers including NXT Champion Bobby Roode and Women’s Champion Asuka, as well as Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger, and more!  For more information call (864) 582-8107 or visit http://www.crowdpleaser.com/calendar/190/NXT+Live.

    April 14 –  Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peace Jr.” at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.  This fun musical tells the story of James and his amazing journey where he finds courage and self-discovery.  For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit https://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/pages/calendar/detail/event/c/e242/.

    April 14 – 15 –  Pickens Azalea Festival on Main Street in Pickens.  Celebrate spring with the beauty of the azaleas in full bloom, while enjoying crafters, artisans, entertainers, as well as food and beverages!  For more information call (864) 508-6483 or visit http://pickensazaleafestival.com/.

    April 15 –  Certified Organic Plant Sale at Greenbriar Farm in Easley.  Get your garden off to a start with healthy organic starter plants started on the farm, as well as visiting with vendors with landscape plants, and even grass fed meats.  For more information call (864) 855-9782 or visit http://www.greenbrierfarms.com/plant-sale.

    April 15 –  Gardens Then and Now at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens.  Talk with local farmers and participate in an heirloom seed swap and plant sale.  For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/event/1636/gardens-then-and-now/.

    April 15 –  5K Challenge Race at South Cove County Park in Seneca.  This event is a 5K, a 1 Mile run/walk, and a fun run with proceeds to benefit Volunteers in Medical Missions.  For more information call (800) 615-8695 or visit http://www.vimm.org/index.php?page=5k.

    April 18 –  “Black Grace” at the Peace Center Concert Hall in Greenville.  Having earned the title of New Zealand’s best contemporary dance group, this performance with a South Pacific inspiration is a show you will certainly enjoy.  For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/black-grace-choreographer-neil-ieremia.

     

    MIDLANDS:

    Second Mondays –  Family Climb Night at the Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill.  Bring the family and challenge yourself by climbing the rock wall.  For more information call (803) 329-5633 or visit http://www.visitrockhillsc.com/events/northside-recreation-center-family-climb-nights-2015-12-14/.

     

    Fourth Saturdays –  Bluegrass Series at Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville.  Add a little Bluegrass music to your month.  For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.

     

    Fourth Saturdays –  Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum in Aiken.  Join these musicians or just enjoy the music, but be sure to stop by and be entertained by these mountain instruments and those who enjoy playing them.  For more information call (803) 293-7846 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/the_mountain_dulcimers_of_aiken.

     

    Saturdays –  Hour Long Historic Train Ride at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro.  Ride an old passenger train from the dining car, a passenger car, or even the caboose. For more information call (803) 635-9893 or visit http://www.scrm.org/welcomepage.html.

    Saturdays weather permitting –  Aiken Trolley Tours at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum.  Explore Aiken’s charm, grace, and elegance with one of these two hour tours.  For more information call (803) 644-1907 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/aiken_historic_tour.

    Through March 29 –  “The Miracle Worker” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  This is the story about the volatile relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, this performance will move you like no other.  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=the-miracle-worker-march-28-2017.

    Through April 9 –  “Birds in Art” at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.  Art lovers and bird lovers will both enjoy this amazing collection of 60 pieces from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. For more information call (803) 329-2121 or visit http://chmuseums.org/exhibits-myco/.

    Through April 14 –  “The 4th Cross” at the Narroway Theater in Fort Mill.  This presentation tells the Easter story.  For more information call (803) 802-2300 or visit https://www.narroway.net/dinner-shows/fourth-cross.

    March 30 –  Food for the Soul Golf Tournament at the Camden Country Club in Camden.  The tournament will be followed by a meal and a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit Food for the Soul.  For more information call (803) 432-4771 or visit http://foodforthesoulkc.com/2017golftournament/.

    March 30 –  “Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  You’ll enjoy an exciting show by these amazing musicians who do a tremendous job performing the Eagles hits!  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=hotel-california-a-salute-to-the-eagles.

    March 30 – 31 –  Jump, Jive and Wail with The Jive Aces at the Aiken Performing Group in Aiken.  This Jive and Swing Band was the first band to make it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent and will provide you with a fun evening of entertainment.  For more information call (803) 648-1438 or visit http://www.apagonline.org/seasons/2016-2017/jumpjivewail.html.

    March 30 – April 2 –  “Fourposter” at the Etherredge Center in Aiken.  This Tony Award winning Best Play is about a husband and wife who married in 1890 and spent the next 35 years in the same house.  For more information call (803) 641-3305 or visit http://etherredge.usca.edu/the-fourposter/2017-03-30-19-30.

    March 31 –  “The Oakridge Boys” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015, they are here to fill your evening with great music and fun entertainment!  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=added-show-oak-ridge-boys.

    March 31 –  Finally Friday Concert at the Town Green in Camden. Spend a Friday evening enjoying local entertainment and start of the fun Carolina Cup weekend.  For more information call (803) 425-7676 or visit https://www.cityofcamden.org/events/finally-friday-free-concert-series.

    March 31 – April 2 –  Aiken Horse Show at Hitchcock Woods in Aiken.  Here’s a chance to see of horses, jumps, courses and events in a truly scenic setting!  For more information call (803) 642-0528 or visit http://www.aikenhorseshow.org/.

    April 1 –  War on the Homefront at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells.  Learn how lives of the locals were changed when young and old men alike joined the Confederacy in the latter years of the Civil War.  For more information call (803) 902-7244 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2233/.

    April 1 –  Blue Star Blitz Hike-a-thon at the Comporium Amphitheater in Ft. Mill.  Enjoy a hike, run, or walk through the Anne Springs Close Greenway with proceeds to benefit the running of the park.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/392492644456393/.

    April 1 –  Carolina Cup at the Springdale Race Track in Camden.  Spanning eight decades, this is one of the areas favorite events with lots of horse racing, socializing, and just having great fun.  For more information call (803) 432-6513 or visit http://www.carolina-cup.org/carolina-cup.

    April 1 –  Civil War Trust Day at Rivers Bridge State Historical Site in Ehrhardt.  This is a chance for you to volunteer to help in the preservation of this historic site.  For more information call (803) 267-3675 or visit http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/.

    April 1 –  Pacers and Polo at the Powderhouse Polo Field in Aiken.  This event if the third leg of the Aiken Triple Crown and the first polo game of the season.  For more information call (803) 648-6851 or visit http://aikenpolo.org/event/pacers-and-polo/.

    April 1 –  School of Hard Rocks: Geology Workshop at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.  This is an introductory workshop on the geology of the Carolina Piedmont with hands on activities such as identifying rocks, testing minerals, and tracing the origins of the earth.  For more information call (803) 981-9182 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2150/.

    April 2 –  A Tribute of Swing Featuring “Flat Out Strangers” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Fill your afternoon with toe tapping tunes, swing dancing, and gypsy jazz swing music!  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=a-tribute-of-swing-featuring-flat-out-strangers.

    April 4 –  “Michael McGuirt” Gallery Opening at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden.  This Camden native is a self-taught artist who has had his work displayed throughout South Carolina.  For more information call (803) 425-7676 or visit https://www.classicallycarolina.com/events/j-michael-mcguirt-abstracts.

    April 4 –  “Emanuel: Love is the Answer” at Wood Auditorium in Camden.  This is an original ballet by the Columbia City Ballet and is dedicated to Fred Sheheen.  For more information call (803) 425-7676 or visit https://www.classicallycarolina.com/events/emanuel-9.

    April 4 –  Horses n’ Courses at The Alley in Aiken.  Enjoy an art walk through downtown Aiken with visual and performing artists at every store, and the chance to purchase artisan goods, snacks to eat, farm fresh items, and stores open late.  For more information call (803) 642-7631 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/horses_and_courses_art_walk1.

    April 6 –  Jazz Ensemble at the Etherredge Center in Aiken.  You’ll enjoy an evening of free jazz music!  For more information call (803) 641-3305 or visit http://etherredge.usca.edu/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20170406#/?i=1.

    April 6 –  “Living Voices: Journey from the Dust” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Hear one man’s story of the impact of the stock market crash of 1929 causing him the loss of his home, separation of his family and economic prejudice.  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=living-voices-journey-from-the-dust.

    April 7 –  “Balsam Range” at the Sumter Opera House in Sumter.  This group from Western North Carolina takes a blend of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music to create a sound that will certainly entertain you!  For more information call (803) 436-2616 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/the-sumter-opera-house-presents-balsam-range-2017-04-07.

    April 7 –  “Children’s Show: American Legends” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Children will learn about legends such as Johnny Appleseed and Harriet Tubman in this theatrical performance.  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=children-s-show-american-legends.

    April 8 –  Easter Bunny Eggspress Train Rides at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro.  Families will enjoy a 70 minute train ride with the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting, storytelling, and more!  For more information call (803) 635-9893 or visit http://www.scrm.org/.

    April 8 –  Hands on Science for the Birds at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.  Learn how birds fly and more during this fun event!  For more information call (803) 909-7244 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2253/.

    April 8 –  Sheep Shearing at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells.  It’s time to sheer the sheep so come out and learn how it’s done as well as what’s done with the wool once the sheep are sheared, as well as seeing how the wool is processed into a usable product by carding, spinning, dyeing and more.  For more information call (803) 909-7244 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2169/.

    April 9 –  Solomon Eichner” Pianist at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  From Carnegie Hall, this amazing pianist recently performed at Spoleto in Charleston.  For more information call (803) 276-5179 or visit https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=solomon-eichner-pianist.

    lunch-with-an-astronautApril 12 –  Lunch with an Astronaut at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.  Families will have the chance to have a pizza lunch with astronaut Tom Jones who will speak and will answer follow up questions.  For more information call (803) 909-7244 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2187/.

    April 12 –  Ask an Astronaut at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill.  Spend an evening enjoying a talk by astronaut Tom Jones and having him answer your questions about his missions and what it’s like to be an astronaut.  For more information call 9803) 909-7244 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2188/.

    April 15 –  Easter Egg Hunt at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter. Bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt while enjoying the beautiful lake and gardens!  For more information call (803) 436-2500 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/sumter-county-easter-egg-hunt-2017-04-15.

    April 15 –  Easter Bunny Eggspress Train Rides at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro.  You’ll have the chance to enjoy a 70 minute train ride, meet the Easter bunny, get a face painting, hear a story, and more!  For more information call (803) 635-9893 or visit http://www.scrm.org/.

    April 15 –  “Alice in Wonderland” at the Etherredge Center in Aiken.  Presented by the Aiken Civic Ballet, this will be a fun and exciting performance!  For more information call (803) 641-3305 or visit http://etherredge.usca.edu/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20170403#/?i=1.

    April 15 –  Historic Stable and Barn Experience meeting at 100 Berrie Road in Aiken.  This tour will take you to see the stables of some of the iconic race horses that came from this area who all trained on the Aiken Racing Track.  For more information call (803) 643-2121 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/historic_stable_barn_experience.

     

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    Daily –  “Day in the Life of a Sailor” at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston.  Board the 17th Century sailing ketch and learn about the trade and travel of that period.  For more information call (843) 852-4200 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003481.

     

    Daily –  History Tours at the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in Charleston.  Learn about the history of the Old Exchange, which presents an array of relics from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, as well as a fun tour of the Provost Dungeon while hearing stories of pirates and patriots.  For more information call (888) 763-0448 or visit http://oldexchange.org/planavisit/.

     

    Mondays –  Coastal Kayaking at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet.  Enjoy some salt water kayaking on the marsh of this beautiful State Park.  For more information call (843) 235-8755 or visit http://www.sout hcarolinaparks.com/products/10002638.

     

    Tuesdays and Thursdays – Saturdays  –  Bulls Island Ferry Service and Eco Tour, starting at Garris Landing in Awendaw.  Bulls Island is part of the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge and can only be accessed by boat or by ferry.  For more information call (843) 881-4582 or visit http://www.bullsislandferry.com/.

     

    Tuesdays through Sundays –  Guided Tours at the McLeod Plantation Historic Site on James Island.  Enjoy a tour of the last of 17 antebellum plantations on James Island.   For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site.

     

    Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays –  Myrtle’s Market at Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street in Myrtle Beach.  This local market is the place to get fresh produce for your vacation.  For more information call (843) 918-4906 or visit http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/market.html.

     

    Thursdays –  “The Civil War Era” at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.  Learn a little about Hilton Head’s part in the history of the Civil War.  For more information call (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or visit http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/home/discover-and-learn/site-tours-programs/.

     

    Fridays thru Tuesdays –  Guided House Tours at Hampton Plantation  State Historic Site in McClellanville.  Learn about the prominent Colonial families that lived in the home and about the construction of the homes of that period.  For more information call (843) 546-9361 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10002645.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Craft Show at the Bi-Lo Palmetto Pavilion in Mount Pleasant.  Event includes crafts by local artisans.  For more information call (843) 884-0163 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ECCG3rdSaturdays.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Cannon Firings at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston.  Come experience the firing of a 17th century cannon.  For more information call (843) 852-4200 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/files/State%20Parks%20Files/CTL/CTL_3Sat_Cannon.pdf.

     

    Saturdays –  Honey Horn Nature Walk at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.  Enjoy a tour of some of the natural areas, as well as the gardens, at this beautiful site.  For more information call (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or visit http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/event-registration/?ee=3398.

     

    Saturdays –  Snakes and Reptiles at Huntington Beach State Park  in Murrells Inlet.  Learn about these secretive animals while learning about their benefit in nature.  You’ll even get the chance to touch one of these fascinating creatures.  For more information call (843) 237-4440 or visit http://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10002642.

     

    Tuesday through Sunday –  Guided Tours of the McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston.  This is a 60 acre plantation with one of the best intact examples of slaves quarters.  For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit http://www.mcleodplantation.org/.

    Through March 31 –  Tea Room and Gift Shop at St. Paul’s in Summerville.  Specials on the menu will be Tomato Pie and She Crab Soup, along with delicious salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts, and don’t forget to visit the gift shop with a large variety of handmade products.  For more information call (843) 873-1991 or visit http://stpaulssummerville.org/tea-room-gift-shop.

    Through March 31 –  “Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art” at the Verdier House Museum in Beaufort.  You’ll view art that presents the history of rice fields in the Lowcountry and their creation by slave labor. For more information call (803) 771-2477 or visit http://schumanities.org/news/remnants-of-the-rice-culture-agricultural-history-as-art/.

    Through April 16 –  “Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints” at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.  For more information call (843) 238-2510 or visit http://myrtlebeachartmuseum.org/envira/gees-bend-from-quilts-to-prints-2016-17/.

    Through April 22 –  Festival of Houses and Gardens at various locations throughout Charleston.  Here is your chance to tour some of the most fabulous houses and gardens in the Charleston area.  For more information call (843) 722-3405 or visit http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/70th-annual-festival-of-houses-and-gardens-~8749/.

    Through April 30 –  “History, Labor, Life: The Print of Jacob Lawrence” at the Gibbs Museum of Art in Charleston.  This influential American artist began with painting, but then began making prints and even intertwined the two.  For more information call (843) 722-2706 or visit http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/exhibitions/history-labor-life-the-prints-of-jacob-lawrence/78.

     

    Through May 28 –  “Stayin’ Alive” at the 34 West Theatre in Charleston.  This hilarious 70’s musical includes a “smooth talking soap star” who fights for “love, bellbottoms, and disco fever.” For more information call (843) 901-9343 or visit http://www.34west.org/calendar/.

     

    March 30 –  Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In at the Shelter Cove Town Center on Hilton Head Island.  Bring out your classic car and enjoy the beautiful view at Shelter Cove.  For more information call (843) 757-9889 or visit http://www.hiltonheadisland.com/events/event/carolina-dreamers-car-club-cruise/.

    March 31 –  “Thunderstruck: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute” at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach.  If you’re an AC/DC fan, this event is for you!  For more information call (843) 272-3000 or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach/EventDetail?tmeventid=0E00524813ADCFB0&offerid=42424.

    March 31 –  “Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This great Indie group has been selling out shows, so don’t miss the chance to see them.  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1399248-drew-holcomb-neighbors-charleston/.

    March 31 – April 1 –  Prince George Plantation and Town House Tours at a variety of locations around Georgetown.  Tour a variety of beautiful homes and the Prince George Episcopal Church at this event that has spanned 70 years!  For more information call (843) 545-8291 or visit http://www.princegeorgeplantationtours.com/faq.

    March 31 – April 2 –  Flowertown Festival in downtown Summerville.  Enjoy the beauty of spring with blooming azaleas, wisteria, and dogwood trees, with the festival providing a vast number of arts and craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, and lots of fun activities for the entire family.  For more information visit https://summervilleymca.org/flowertown-festival/.

    April 1 –  “Emanuel” at the Sottile Theatre in Charleston.  Presented by the Columbia City Ballet is just in time for the Easter holiday season. For more information call (843) 805-5507 or visit http://widget.ebsmartsite.com/shared/event_detail.aspx?EventID=935050&WebLink=C.150F3641&xml_path=https://us2.eventbooking.com/.

    April 1 –  Kickin’ BBQ Pickin’ at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant.  This family friendly event will include great BBQ and other foods, fabulous music, a silent auction, local beverages, and a great view of downtown Charleston and the Ravenel Bridge.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-kickin-bbq-pickin-tickets-31028236290.

    April 1 –  Run for the Shelter at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach.  This event will include a 5K, a 1 mile dog walk, and a doggie bone hunt with proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.  For more information call (843) 249-4948 or visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/NorthMyrtleBeach/TheHumaneSocietyofNMBRunfortheShelter5k.

    April 1 –  “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  With strings of top ten hits, two of which are in the Grammy Hall of Fame, you are sure to have a night to remember!  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1390059-nitty-gritty-dirt-band-charleston/.

    cooper-river-bridge-runApril 1 –  Cooper River Bridge Run from Mount Pleasant to downtown Charleston.  Run the bridge, and then fill the remainder of your day with food, beverages, entertainment, and downright fun in Marion Square.  For more information call (843) 856-1949 or visit http://bridgerun.com/.

    April 1 –  Sand Dollar Horse Show Series at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island.  Enjoy a free horse show that includes Hunter, Jumper, and Open shows.  For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=7120.

    April 2 –  Choral Festival at Hope Family Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island.  World renowned composter, Paul Baser, will join the Choral Society along with university and high school choruses from across the country for an evening of amazing music!  For more information call (843) 341-3818 or visit http://hiltonheadchoralsociety.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=885085.

    April 2 –  Bowen Island Blues Bash at Bowen’s Island Restaurant in Charleston.  Enjoy oysters, other foods, beverages, a silent auction, and great Blues music all to benefit the Alston Wilkes Foundation.  For more information call (844) 297-1962 or visit http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org/lowcountry-blues-bash.html.

    April 2 –  Charleston Honey and Bee Expo at Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant.  Learn about the art of bee keeping from experts, taste a variety of different honey, observe live hives, with an area just for the kids.  For more information email fisherbee@gmail.com or visit https://sites.google.com/site/charlestonareabeekeepers/calendar/expo.

    April 2 –  Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park in Charleston.  Enjoy a taste of Louisiana with Zydeco music, Creole and Cajun foods, kids activities, and more! For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit http://ccprc.com/calendar.aspx?EID=7146.

    April 2 –  Starr Ward Chamber Music Series: “Lysander Piano Trio”  at the Waters Building in Florence.  This event presents the winners of the Concert Guild Artists Competition, the Lysander Piano Trio.  For more information call (843) 260-6210 or visit http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_15c8920a-d76b-11e6-9d44-13e9e60a8419.html.

    April 4 –  “Buddy Guy” at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.  This tremendous blues artist guarantees you’ll have an evening of amazing music!  For more information call (843) 724-5212 or visit http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/5e4ef951-9a76-e611-80d9-a0d3c1fbbce7/buddy-guy.html.

    April 5 –  Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park in North Charleston.  Take a break in the middle of the week to unwind and enjoy good music, food truck fare, and a beautiful location!  For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit http://ccprc.com/1724/Wine-Down-Wednesday.

    April 6 –  “Pippin” at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.  This wonderful Broadway musical is filled with acrobatics, magical feats, and wonderful songs leaving you filled and smiling when you leave!  For more information call (843) 724-5212 or visit http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/a5521a6d-8cfa-418e-9f55-9499c92bc299/pippin.html.

    April 6 –  Portugal. The Man at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This band has a unique style all their own that doesn’t fit any particular genre so you’ll want to check them out.  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1422951-portugal-man-charleston/.

    April 6 – 8 –  Puddin’ Swamp Festival in downtown Turbeville.  You’ll have the chance to enjoy live entertainment, street dancing, carnival rides, pony rides, a wildlife exhibit, and more with the weekend closing with a fun fireworks display!  For more information call (843) 598-2116 or visit http://www.puddinswamp.com/.

    April 7 –  “Loretta Lynn” at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.  This self-taught guitarist and songwriter has been around for 55 years and continues to astound audiences everywhere with her continued tremendous talent.  For more information call (843) 724-5212 or visit http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/52e854a3-2033-e611-80d9-a0d3c1fbbce7/loretta-lynn.html.

    April 7 –  Kiawah Island Art and House Tour at a variety of locations on Kiawah Island.  This is your chance to see 5 of the most exquisite homes on this beautiful low country island!  For more information call (301) 404-6605 or visit http://www.kiawahartsetc.org/2017/2017_Tour.htm.

    April 7 –  “The Wood Brothers” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This group has been dubbed the “masters of soulful folk” so if you like the blues, you’ll definitely like this group.  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1422626-wood-brothers-charleston/.

    April 7 – 8 –  Charleston Bluegrass Festival at the Middleton Place Woodlands in North Charleston.  This weekend is filled with great bands and musicians, such as Band of Rhuks, The Barefoot Movement, The Grass is Dead, Violet Bell, and many many more!  For more information call (843) 452-1642 or visit http://www.awendawgreen.com/charleston-bluegrass-festival-april-7-8.html.

    April 7 – 9 –  Battle of Charleston at Legare Farms in Johns Island.  There will be a living history time line featuring Pirates through the Vietnam War, with living history and skirmishes.  For more information call (843) 559-0788 or visit http://www.battleofchas.com/.

    April 7 – 16 –  Horry County Fair at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach.  This will be a week filled with loads of fun, to include entertainment, concerts, rides, food, an interactive butterfly exhibit, a chance to drive or ride in a real NASCAR, and much more!  For more information call visit http://www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com/hcfair/.

    April 8 –  “Cole Swindell” at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach.  This tremendous country singer/songwriter has had numerous top 10 singles and will definitely provide you with a great performance!  For more information call (843) 272-3000 or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach/EventDetail?tmeventid=0E00523BE298CCD8&offerid=41863.

    April 8 –  “Keller Williams” and “Leo Kottke” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  You’ll have the chance to hear a set from both musicians, as well as collaborations between them.  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1377065-keller-williams-leo-kottke-charleston/.

    April 8 –  Taste of Bluffton on Calhoun Street in Bluffton.  You’ll enjoy fabulous lowcountry foods while watching a waiter’s race, a non-chef cooking contest, and listening to a Battle of the Bands.  For more information call (843) 757-1010 or visit http://www.tasteofbluffton.com/.

    April 8 –  Migratory Bird Walk at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw.  Take a two hour walk to see if you can see some of the rare species of birds that pass through on their migratory journey.  For more information call (843) 971-7474 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/977229249077995/.

    April 8 – 9 –  “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue” at the North Charelston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston.  It’s time for the Mayor’s race, but one of them is missing, so the pups are off to find her and run the race for her.  For more information call (843) 529-5000 or visit https://www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com/events/detail/paw-patrol-live-race-to-the-rescue.

    April 8 – 9 –  “Beauty and the Beast” at the Sottile Theatre in Charleston.  This is a beautiful presentation of the classic story!  For more information call (843) 805-5507 or visit http://widget.ebsmartsite.com/shared/event_detail.aspx?EventID=367530&WebLink=C.150F3641&xml_path=https://us2.eventbooking.com/.

    April 9 –  “Bruce Hornsby” & “The Noisemakers” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This Grammy award winning artist and amazing musicians will fill your evening with some great music!  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1418114-bruce-hornsby-noisemakers-charleston/.

    April 10 –  Monday After the Masters in Myrtle Beach.  The Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach and the concert will be held at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach.  This event sponsored by Hootie and the Blowfish has become one of their signature events to raise money for education in South Carolina, so come out and support them!  For more information call (843) 343-7451 or visit http://www.hootiegolf.com/.

    April 13 –  iFiveK at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.  This run is a networking event for Charleston tech professionals with proceeds to benefit CODECamp scholarships and other education related programs.  For more information call (843) 579-7659 or visit http://www.ifivek.com/.

    April 13 –  Hops and Vines at the McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston.  Explore this beautiful plantation while enjoying wine, beer, and live music!  For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit http://ccprc.com/calendar.aspx?EID=7144.

    April 14 – 30 –  “Sister Act” at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston.  This Broadway musical about a women placed in a convent under the witness protection program will fill you with laughter!  For more information call (843) 577-7183 or visit https://www.charlestonstage.com/shows-and-tickets/the-shows/45-sister-act.html.

    April 15 –  “Big Sean: I Decided Tour” at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. You won’t want to miss this amazing Rap artist!  For more information call (843) 272-3000 or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach/EventDetail?tmeventid=0E005194C6C04A15&offerid=40999.

    April 15 –  “The Chainsmokers” at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston.  With their top 40 songs, such as “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” this is guaranteed to be an awesome concert!  For more information call (843) 529-5000 or visit https://www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com/events/detail/the-chainsmokers.

    April 15 –  “Motown: The Groove that Changed America” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This performance is to celebrate MOTOWN and its unique rhythm and groove that chance American music.  For more information call (843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1422743-motown-groove-that-changed-charleston/.

    April 15 –  The Hat Ladies Easter Promenade on Broad Street in downtown Charleston.  If you are one of those ladies that love to wear a hat, but feel uncomfortable wearing one in today’s society, this is just the event for  you to wear that favorite hat you’ve kept hidden away.  For more information call (843) 762-6679 or visit http://www.hatladies.org/.

    April 15 –  Soft Shell Crab Festival and Charity Crab Race in Port Royal and Beaufort.  Come to Port Royal and savor a variety of chef specialty cooked soft shell crab dishes while enjoying live entertainment, and also take the opportunity to participate in or just watch the fun crab races down Battery Creek in Beaufort.    For more information call (843) 717-3090 or visit http://www.portroyalcrabrace.com/.

    April 15 –  Kiawah Kids Triathlon at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island.  Kids ages 3 to 14 will have the chance to challenge themselves on a course designed for their age group with swimming in the park pool and running and bike riding on trails around the park and/or on the beach.  For more information call (843) 768-6001 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com/featured-events/2015-01-20-18-38-55/kiawah-kids-triathlon.

    April 15 –  Unveiling McLeod: Women of McLeod  at the McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston.  Learn about the role and complex relationships of the women of McLeod Plantation especially after the abolishment of slavery.  For more information call (803) 795-4386 or visit http://ccprc.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=7378&month=3&year=2017&day=24&calType=0.

    April 18 –  “Chicago” at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.  This Broadway show, not the band, won six Tony Awards and a Grammy and will take you back to the roaring ‘20’s with murder and corruption.  For more information call (843) 724-5212 or visit http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/d74a368c-2762-4941-bafc-dda23fce5baf/chicago.html.

    April 18 –  “Dark Star Orchestra” at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston.  This talented group of musicians will fill your evening with a “Grateful Dead” experience.  For more information call 9843) 853-2252 or visit http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1393599-dark-star-orchestra-charleston/.

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