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Five After Five | Five Points

Tonight! Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five Points at the fountain is hosting a free outdoor concert series. Tonight's performance will be by Brave Baby with special guest Barnwell. Bring your neighbors, friends, the whole family. As you enjoy the music you can shop the arts and crafts vendors to look for treasures, find a new favorite local brew, have your dinner at one of the food vendors, or take your little ones to the kids' entertainment stops. There is also a featured Wine Walk. To check out more click here.

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Lexington County Blowfish | Lexington County Baseball Stadium

Today! Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Home Game

Don't strike out! Join the Blowfish for a good old-fashioned game of baseball. They're offering four home games this week and they've got some great themes to go along with the great time-tested game of baseball. July 28th is "Thirsty Thursday" when beverages are $2 each. July 30th's game offers a fantastic firework "Summer Olympics" theme which can't be beat. Aug. 1 Kids Run the Bases and receive school supplies just in time for back to school. Aug. 3rd High School students get in for only $1! For complete details batter up here.

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Larry Bass Fish Fry | First Baptist Church of Columbia

Tonight! Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bring the whole family! Mmm Mmm good....fresh fried fish, hush puppies, yellow grits, coleslaw, homemade desserts, and ice cream are what's on the menu for your taste buds. And for your entertainment and musical pleasure Cathy Schwartz will be showcasing her amazing talents on the piano, dulcimer, "Canjo", handbells, and more. It is sure to be a night of inspiration, fun, and great eats! Info here.


Columbia Fireflies | Spirit Communications Park

Tonight! Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Home Game

Do you hear that buzzing? It's the Columbia Fireflies running the bases on a home run! Come and join the fun at one of the 4 home games this week at the new state-of-the-art Spirit Communications Park. They even have fun themed nights at each home game. July 28th's game offers you half priced drinks. July 29 is fireworks! July 30th will feel like Christmas with the "Christmas in July" event where they're encouraging everyone to wear their ugliest sweater! And July 31 is Autograph and Splash Day so come prepared to get wet. It's also an opportunity when young fans can escort players to their on field positions. So buzz on over to the field for some ball park fun! For more info click here.

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Pigskin Poets | Drew Wellness Center

Friday, July 29, 2016

Don the garnet and black and join the USC football players, cheerleaders, and Cocky for Pigskin Poets - a favorite for summer learners for 20 years now! This event is all about encouraging the setting and reaching of goals to reduce the effects of summer learning loss in school-aged children. Games will be included along with popular storyteller Darion McCloud. The Gamecock student athletes and Richland Library staff will be available to talk to after the event so have your autograph pens, questions, and cameras ready and be prepared to be inspired! Ready, set, hike here for more info.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park

Friday, July 29, 2016

May the force be with you at sunset as you view this movie series modern-day classic at Finlay Park. Outdoor cinema goers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character to bring even more fun to the event. This Friday night includes popcorn and games too. Get comfy on blankets or lawn chairs or pull up your spaceship if you can find enough room at the park! Info can be found here.

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Answering the Call: American Victory | Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Open Now

The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will commemorate the centennial anniversary of World War I with a retrospective exhibit of American war posters this summer. Answering the Call: American Victory Posters from the First World War explores how artists, publishers, and government agencies employed patriotic rhetoric and familiar imagery to motivate patriotic behaviors and stimulate the wartime economy. The exhibit will be on display now through December 31, 2016. Visit for more information.

Summer Chorus | USC School of Music

Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Community singers and USC students participate in this audition-free chorus. Practice is throughout the summer. Come hear these talented people raise their voices with Haydn's "Harmony Mass" and other selections. More here.

American Arm Wrestling National Championships

Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, 2016

Here's a novel spectator sport... watch men and women vie for national arm wrestling titles and prizes at the Columbia Marriott this weekend! And if you are so inclined, you may pay an entry fee and enter to win yourself! This sounds incredibly fun and different! And if you hang around, they're having a party that begins at 9pm and goes to midnight on Saturday night, and everyone is welcome. Click here for more.


Columbia Tango Marathon | The Barn

Friday, July 29, 2016

Travel to Argentina without leaving Columbia! Explore this beautiful and exotic land with dance, food, and culture. And take a chance to win a FULL pass to other tango events in the region! This is a multimedia presentation including live dance, Argentine culture and history. For more info click here.

Baker & Baker, "The Art of Music Series" | Columbia Museum of Art

Friday, July 29, 2016

Let Columbia Baroque, the professional chamber ensemble, take you away to the Renaissance era featuring the music of Vivaldi, Corelli, and Handel. The life of one of the museum's masterpiece painters, Giovanni Antonio Canaletto and his relationship with London will be explored through the music and brought to life through this historically inspired performance. Learn more here.

South Congaree Championship Rodeo | South Congaree Horse Arena

Friday, July 29- Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lasso your family, grab your cowboy or cowgirl hats and boots and mosey on over to the rodeo where you'll find world-class riders under a covered arena. Try your turn on a mechanical bull or for those less daring, there will be pony rides available too! Vendors will be set up to fill your bellies and fun inflatables for the little cowpokes. Hee haw! See you at the rodeo!


Back to School Bash | North Springs Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Celebrate summer's end with a WHAM! and a ZAP! as you charge back into the new school year with all the powers of a superhero in this youth event of the year! This is going to be a fun-filled event with vendors and free goodies, sports demonstrations, school supplies, arts and crafts, and video games. Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and be a part of the heroes challenge! Click Back 2 School Bash for more info.


Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon | Irmo, SC

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This event is a "Tri"athlon in two ways. One way is that it honors Tom Hoskins, its proceeds benefit the YMCA of Columbia's Annual Campaign, and it helps you stay in shape! Another way is that it involves swimming, biking, and running. The Annual Campaign supports the Y's mission to assist the community with school readiness, chronic diseases, youth feeding and other much needed programs. Music and activities will be provided for the children. Be sure to stay for your award after the race is over. Maybe do some stretches and enjoy one of the food items that will be provided for all the participants. On your mark..... More info here.

Southern Heat Music Festival

Southern Heat Music Festival | Colonial Life Arena

Saturday July 30, 2016
Featuring T.I., Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Dreezy, Baby E, Malachiae, and Bankroll Mafia! Get your tix here.

Concerned that Doomsday is Right Around the Corner?

Saturday and Sunday July 30 - 31, 2016

This is the show for you. This weekend, the SC State Fairgrounds hosts a unique exhibition of vendors and demonstrators, helping you prepare for the end of the world. Topics will include: basics of body armor, urban survival, food storage, ammo cans, and society ending events. You can take a Complete Wound Care Class with hands-on suturing and stapling instruction with Dr Bones and Nurse Amy on Sunday 9:30-1pm. Complete schedule here.


28th Annual Columbia CROWN Grass Volleyball Tournament | Gibson Road Soccer Fields

Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31, 2016

$10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away at this fun volleyball weekend! Divisions are for ALL levels of players from beginners to semi-pros so don't be afraid to come out and volley. There will be free Gatorade and other freebies for those 21 and older. Safety is always important so athletic trainers will be close by on this fantastic soccer complex. For more info click here.


Meditation Workshop with Haley | Masala on Main

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ohm... Are you seeking a calmer, more peaceful version of you? This may just be the workshop for you then. Masala on Main is offering a one hour informative and experiential workshop aimed at those who are curious about, new to meditation or not sure what it's all about. It's aim is to not break your piggy bank and to give you peace of mind and inner peace. Who couldn't use more of that? Info here.

Blythewood Rescue Walk | Doko Meadows Park

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Calling all animal lovers, their dogs, or those wanting to adopt a new furry companion. This event was created to help put a bite in the issue of pet homelessness. It will raise public awareness for shelter pets, educate the public, provide an opportunity for donations toward animal welfare organizations, and inspire the community of people and animals to come together as one! Click here to learn more.

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Spiritfest and National Night Out | Winnsboro

Tuesday August 2, 2016

Kick off the 2016-2017 Academic and Athletic Year with Safety! This is the 5th Annual National Night Out, sponsored by the Fairfield County Sheriff and Winnsboro Public Safety. Scheduled to appear are the athletic teams of Fairfield Central High and Middle Schools and Richard Winn Academy along with cheerleaders and coaching staffs. Also meet with school boards of the RWA and Fairfield County Schools, local and state elected officials and school administrators.
On display: Fire trucks, ambulance and rescue trucks
Amusements: Dunk-A-Cop, bounce houses, balloon art, face painting, horses and book bags.
Health screenings, Girl Scout displays, music, dancing, food vendors and more! Click here for more info.



Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
Only 1 minute away from the Gervais Street bridge on W. Columbia's Meeting St.
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Bear & Friends
First Thursday of the Month: Shag Dance for 18 Years and Under; Shag lesson with Denton Williamson 7-7:30pm, dance 7:30-8:30pm (Aug. 4 "Back to School" Dance)

- EVERY Thursday Night - Young Adult Shag Night - 18 and up, ID Required; dance lesson 9-9:30pm, dance til 11:30pm.
- EVERY Friday Night: Bluegrass & acoustic open stage and jam!
Doors open at 6:00, Open Stage 7:30 - 8:15, Closing Band 8:15 - 9:00 & Jammin' until midnight
- EVERY Saturday Night: Dance Lessons (6 - 7 PM) + Band & Open Dance Floor (7 - 10 PM) Only $8/person.

Grill Marks
Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016 - Walter Finley

Liberty on the Lake
Friday July 29, 2016 - Miranda Renee
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Natty Vibes

Liberty Tap Room
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Chris Sanchez

Pearlz Upstairz Lounge
Located above Pearlz Oyster Bar in the Vista (Open Thurs. - Sat.)
Thursday July 28, 2016 - Mark Rapp (9 PM - 12 AM)
Friday July 29, 2016 - Robert Gardiner (10 PM - 1 AM)
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Rod Franco (10 PM - 1 AM)

Old Mill Brewpub
Located in the Old Mill in Lexington.
Friday July 29, 2016 - Time Pirates
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Jeff Liberty
Sunday July 31, 2016 - Red Fraley - every Sunday night at 6:30pm

- EVERY Monday: Family Karaoke
- EVERY Tuesday: Shag & Beach Dancing
- EVERY Wednesday: Team Bingo
- EVERY Thursday: Open Mic Night

Tombo Grille
Saturday July 30, 2016 Billy Sloan and Jamie Ford
Monday Aug 1, 2016 Jim LeBlanc

Gervais & Vine Located in the Vista.
Monday August 1 , 2016 - Walter Finley (Plays EVERY Monday!)
- EVERY WEEKDAY: Get Happy Hour from 4 - 7 PM:
$8 Wine Flights: Three 2 oz. glasses | $5 Margaritas: Bartender's Choice | $2 Domestics and $3 Craft Beers
- EVERY Wednesday: Wine Tastings
5:30 - 7:30 PM: Only $8 for a small cheese plate + 4 wines to try!

City of Columbia City Summer Concert Series
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Pantasia Steel Band and Coolie G & Lion Soul

Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert Series Free Aiken concert series happening every Monday through August 29th
Monday August 1, 2016 - Savannah River String Band

Willy Wonka

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka | Harbison Theatre

Thursday, August 4- Sunday, August 7, 2016

Purchase your very own ticket and you may be the lucky one to find that it's golden in hue or perhaps its made of chocolate goodness. Mr. Willy Wonka, the owner of a magical and mysterious chocolate and sweet treats factory has decided it's time for him to retire and he needs to find his worthy replacement to run his factory. Join him and the other ticket holders on a journey of pure, sweet, "dark and light" imagination as he finds the person who is to carry on his legacy of creating confectionary treats for the world to enjoy! Info here.

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Back To School Movie Night | Zootopia

Saturday August 6, 2016

Crooked Creek Park will host its annual Back to School Movie night featuring the recent Disney hit Zootopia. The movie will begin at dark, 8:45 p.m. and is free to the public. Complimentary movie snacks (popcorn, snow cones, candy, sodas, water) will be available. More here.

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