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March/April 2019

Save the Date

Prisoner Wine Company Tastemaker Dinner

Thursday, May 2
Book your table at Ruth's Chris Steak House to experience a 5-course adventure in food and wine featuring The Prisoner Wine Company! Enjoy dishes like Chilled King Salmon, or the Filet topped with Espresso BBQ Butter, each perfectly paired with Prisoner wines. Reserve seats here.

22nd Annual Blue Ridge Fest

Friday, May 3rd
Welcome to one of the premier charity events in Upstate South Carolina—Blue Ridge Fest. Blue Ridge Fest combines great entertainment and a classic car cruise-in along with good food and the best hosts around. Hosted by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employees, this annual fundraiser has donated nearly $2.8 million throughout its first 21 years to upstate charities located in our four-county service area. More info here.

2019 Sheep Shearing Day

Saturday, May 4th
Head down to Old McCaskill Farm on Saturday, May 4th for the 9th Annual Sheep Shearing Day! From 10 am - 5 pm, guests can enjoy farm fresh concessions, spinners, weavers, baby chicks and lambs, face painting, live music, and more! Details here.


Prosperity's Hoppin'

Saturday, May 4th
The first Saturday in May, Prosperity is Hoppin' with Arts and Crafts. This event celebrates local arts and crafts and downtown stores! There will also be 30+ vendors in the Prosperity Market set up in the square, which will be closed to traffic. More info here.

Pickin' and Piggin'

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Join us for a world class barbecue cook-off and music celebration at Saluda Shoals Park! - 11:00am to 2:30pm Savor the flavor of award winning “Q” from more than 20 of South Carolina’s best barbecue cookers while enjoying great live music from the Randy Lucas Trio! Barbecue tasting is from 11:00 a.m. til it runs out! For tickets and information call 772-1228 or visit

Riverbanks Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Lunch

Thursday, April 25th
Join the Connections 55+ group at Shandon United Methodist for a guided tour of the Riverbanks Zoo’s Botanical Garden. The one-hour guided tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. at Grecian Gardens. Cost is $10 for tour plus your lunch cost. For more information and to register, contact Tanesha at 256-8383, send an email to, or follow this link.

Art Fields 2019

April 26th - May 4th
Art Fields is a 9-day competition and festival that celebrates art and artists from all over the Southeast. Located in the beautiful Lake City, SC, this event awards more than $140,000 in cash prizes! This event features constant art displays, delicious food, tours, and even a 5k! Learn more here.

Saluda Shoals Park Jazz Series

Friday, April 26th
Don't miss out on the last installment of this awesome live jazz series! Hang out on the Saluda Shoals deck and enjoy some food, drinks, and of course jazz. This week's band is the Tony Lee Group! Get your tickets here.

Summer Programs at USC - Register Now & Save 5%

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series is open to rising 6th - 12th grade students who are academically talented or gifted. With Carolina Master Scholars, students have the opportunity to experience college life at the University of South Carolina, explore careers they have dreamt about and dive deep into learning without the pressure of grades. In addition, Carolina Master Scholars provide students the opportunity to have fun, meet new friends, and continue a quest for knowledge! To jumpstart your student’s future and choose from fun and engaging topics, please visit our website. Use promo code: COLUMBIA for 5% off.

Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet Presents: Coppelia

Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th
This 140-year old ballet tells the story of a village girl who pretends to take the place of a life-sized dancing toy doll named Coppelia in order to win back the bewitched heart of her true love and favorite corn-dog vendor. Do not miss the chance to see this delightfully funny ballet! More info here.

Columbia Comic and Toy Con

Saturday, April 27th
The 21th year of the Biggest Little Collector's Show in South Carolina. Some of the best in vintage toys and comics will be offered at this show. Great vendors and excellent deals can be found here with over 100 tables of great stuff. More info here.

Buyers New Construction Home Tour

Saturday, April 27th
Shopping for a new home? You're invited to an afternoon of touring Northeast Columbia's newest and most exciting new home communities built by Columbia's best builders! The bus will leave the parking lot of Kroger located at 1028 Roberts Branch Parkway (look for the blue balloons to find us in the parking lot!) at 11am and return at 3pm! Refreshments and lunch will be provided for attendees. They will stop at several different properties. The tour is FREE upon registration. More info here.

5th Annual SC Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 27th
Don't miss out on the 5th edition of South Carolina's Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival! Held at the SC State Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 27th from 12pm - 5pm, this festival will feature some of South Carolina’s most popular food trucks, craft beers, music, lawn games, and more! Visit the website here.

Soiree on State

Saturday, April 27
The City of Cayce is thrilled to announce the third annual Soiree on State this year will include more artists, a larger kid’s area, variety of musicians, and fun all afternoon long! More info here.

Preserve Day at Peachtree Rock Heritage Day

Saturday, April 27
Celebrate Earth Day, get outside and connect the whole family with nature at our Preserve Day at Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve! Just 30 minutes outside of downtown Columbia, this family-friendly preserve offers native pine forests, ancient sandstone fossils, the famed big and little Peachtree Rocks and the only natural waterfall on South Carolina’s coastal plain. More Info here.

2019 Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday, April 28th
Without a doubt, the 32nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is one of Charleston's most popular events! Head down to Shem Creek, enjoy the festivities, and wish the shrimp boats good luck as they embark on their maiden voyages of the season! More info here.

12th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair

Sunday, April 28th
Bring your niche music taste down to the Columbia Museum of Art this weekend and find some cool records at the 12th Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair! Also enjoy food trucks, a pop-up beer garden, live music, and an all-around great time! Take a guided gallery tour, or check out projects in the newly renovated studios. More info here.

The ColaJazz Crawl

Tuesday, April 30th
Celebrate International Jazz Day with an amazing night rich in jazz and communal spirit! Bounce around from 5 PM - 11 PM and enjoy some fantastic performances at 7 different venues, including Blue Moon Ballroom, Pearlz, and Hunter-Gatherer. More info here.

2019 North Charleston Arts Fest

Wednesday, May 1-Sunday, May 5

The 37th annual North Charleston Arts Fest starts this week! This multi-day celebration of arts and culture attracts residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast. Experience an array of performances, workshops, concerts, public art installations, and much more! Flagship events include the Arty Block Party on May 3, the World Arts Expo at Riverfront Park on May 4, and the Exhibition Encore on May 5. More info here.

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

York, SC
If you're looking for locally grown apples and locally-brewed hard cider, then look no further than Windy Hill Orchard. This family-owned and operated orchard has been around since the 1980s. Guests can enjoy Pick-Your-Own-Apple events, freshly made pork skins, and delicious hard cider! Fall is their busy season, but during weekends in May and June, guests can enjoy Hard Cider tastings and snacks! Visit their website here. Get your South Carolina Agritourism Passport here!


Live Music in Clubs, Restaurants and Theaters

(Major concerts listed elsewhere in this newsletter)
See our list of recommended live music at!

929 Kitchen & Bar | 4/27 - Party of Some, hosted by DJs Alejandro Florez and Dick Not Richard
Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | 4/25 Jazz Night
Icehouse Ampitheater | 4/25 - Finesse
The Senate | 4/25 - Dance Gavin Dance, 4/27 - Lany
Tombo Grille | 4/29 - Kenny George Band
Koger Center | 4/25 - Symphonic Winds Children's Concert, 4/27 - SC Philharmonic, 4/28 - SC Philharmonic, 4/29 - USC String Project
Harbison Theater | 4/26 - Robert Gardiner, 4/28 - Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra
Newberry Opera House | 4/28 - Daily & Vincent
Richland Post 6 | 4/26, Peace Love and Willstock 3

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