Cinderella | Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet Friday, April 20 - Sunday, ​April 22, 2018 The Columbia Music Festival Association Presents Ann Brodie's C

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Cinderella | Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, ​April 22, 2018
The Columbia Music Festival Association Presents Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet's performance of Cinderella at The Township Auditorium. Enjoy this classic story as choreographed by Ann Brodie, with guest artists Marian Morgan, Camilo Herrera, Jimmy Moon, Colin Jacob, Sehyun Jin, Maurice Johnson, Sakura Oka, Leonardo Victorino, Caleb Roberts, and Corey Mangum. Annual Gala will immediately follow the Saturday performance. Tickets here.


Sheep Shearing at Old McCaskill's Farm

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The farm's Annual Sheep Shearing event is back! Come out and experience a day on a working farm! Enjoy Border Collie Demos, Spinners, Weavers, Quilters and Black Smith, see a Working Saw Mill and Working Grits Mill and much more during the family friendly festivities! There will also be farm fresh concessions available thoroughout the day. Plus, you can visit the farm's store for farm-fresh meats, homemade prepared meals, 100% wool products and many other unique goodies! More here.


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Compton’s Kitchen for Breakfast and Lunch

Since 1977, Compton’s Kitchen has been serving delicious home-style dishes at reasonable prices, and with the friendliest service in town! Compton’s shops the SC State Farmer's Market each week for fresh ingredients. Breakfast lovers enjoy Compton’s' extensive menu of meats, omelets, Eggs Benedict, biscuits and griddle favorites (like Maple Waffle Sliders and Mickey Mouse Pancakes!) The lunch menu includes everything from “meat n’ threes” to great burgers and salads, to Daily Specials like Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie. More here. Also read our staff review of Compton's Kitchen for lunch! Click.

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Allen's Gems & Rocks Now Open!

1505 Charleston Hwy | Granby Village Shopping Center
Rock hounds and jewelry lovers! Hear ye', hear ye'! Allen's Gems & Rocks is open and offers a great selection of tumbled and raw stones, fossils and gemstone jewelry! This is a premier rock shop and you'll love discovering new ones for your collection and learning about them too! Quality jewelry is perfect for you or the person on your gift list! Call (803) 661-8584 or visit their Facebook page for more information!

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Jeff Dunham | Passively Aggressive Tour

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Jeff Dunham is bringing his cast of characters on the road this fall through spring 2018 as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour. Dunham is the Guinness World Record holder for Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour, and has more than a million YouTube subscribers and billion views! He's taped comedy specials for Comedy Central and NBC. More here.


Sailing with Sierra…Bruz Cruz on Lake Murray

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
This is NOT your typical dinner cruise on Lake Murray! Do you love Craft Beer? Join in on the Spirit of Lake Murray’s first annual Sailing with Sierra Bruz Cruz! This cruise will feature a full lineup of Sierra Nevada's AutoBEERiograpy! Enjoy UNLIMITED tastings of all the craft beers on board! Every passenger will be given an awesome Sierra Nevada souvenir tasting glass to take home and remember the night with. Along with the souvenir glass, all passengers will receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes. You'll also enjoy live music and delicious food, like the Spirit’s Famous Pot Roast Sliders! More here.

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Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. Established in 2002, the event attracts women of all ages and athletic abilities. It calls attention to the number one killer of women — heart disease. At its health and wellness expo, the Heart & Sole event offers blood pressure checks, health screenings and information on healthy living to help women protect themselves from this deadly disease. More here.

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Broadway in Columbia Presents RENT

Wednesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 26, 2018
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Tickets here.

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Daytripper Club :: Visit Aiken

May 18, 2018
Looking for a way to connect with others and share some fun adventures? Join the Daytripper Club! We host at least one fun outing each month and in May we will be heading to the lovely little town of Aiken South Carolina. We will board a motorcoach in West Columbia (yes, leaving the driving to us!) and we'll head to the Aiken County Historical Museum (40 exhibits featuring so many interesting subjects from a tiny circus to Winter Colony residents to equestrian topics), lunch at the lovely, historic Willcox Hotel (where former presidents and celebrities have stayed and dined) and then a Trolley Tour with the City of Aiken to discover more about this interesting community. Shopping and relaxing too! Please visit our Eventbrite site for tickets.

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Vista After 5 | Seventy Six and Sunny

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Vista After 5 is a free concert series in partnership with Music Farm and Tin Roof. Shows will be outdoors at the Music Farm and Tin Roof at 1022 Senate Street. The concert series will run from April 5 through May 10, on Thursdays. Free admission. More here.

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South Carolina Carnival: Carnival Showcase

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Come celebrate Caribbean Culture with a showcase of music and food in the Skyline Room at Tapp's Arts Center! Enjoy a buffet, dance moves by Island Vibes, music by DJ GSounds, costume displays and more! More here.

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Artista Vista 2018

Thursday, April 19 & Saturday, April 21, 2018
Join Columbia's most celebrated gallery crawl at Artista Vista! This two-day art-centric event offers something for everyone. Galleries will hang new, unique shows and some will offer complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres with live entertainment. Additionally, enjoy music and other entertainment in the Vista and don’t miss the Light & Lantern Parade Thursday night at 8pm at the Lincoln Street Tunnel! More here.

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CRR Thurmond Brigade

360th Civil Affairs Brigade Exhibit

Through June 30, 2018
The 360th Civil Affairs Brigade "Thurmond's Brigade" 1950-2017 exhibit is now open at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, in the Malvina Gist Gallery. The 360th Civil Affairs Brigade has been a key element of the United States Army Reserve Force for almost 65 years. It was formed in Columbia in 1950, and was organized by Senator Strom Thurmond. More here.

Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment

Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, 2018
Some of the country’s top legal scholars and historians will explore the meaning of American citizenship in the context of the 14th Amendment during this two-day public symposium. Presented by Historic Columbia and USC’s History Center, it will feature a Keynote Address, panel discussions and a luncheon. More here.

Saluda Shoals Jazz Series | Mark Rapp Group

Friday, April 20, 2018
Head to Saluda Shoals Park for some Friday evening Jazz outdoors on the deck! Dance lessons will be offered by Patricia Hill from 7-7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 7:30–9:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. More here.


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Come-See-Me Festival | Rock Hill

Through April 21, 2018
For more than 50 years, the Come-See-Me Festival has served as Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring! With nearly 80 events and activities, there’s something for everyone! Come out and see the Parade, enjoy Broadway Night, live music, food vendors, and much more! More here.

Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Celebrate our world and the universe beyond with a day of exciting planetarium experiences, observatory fun, guest educators, hands-on activities and more at the SC State Museum! See the planetarium experience, Black Holes and get a sneak-peek of the upcoming Lyrid meteor shower. Guests will also have a chance to win a telescope of their own! More here.

The Hidden Gala | Columbia Museum of Art

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Like the featured exhibition, Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham, the CMA itself is both seen and unseen as renovations obscure our views of some areas of the museum. Pull back the veil and see what is to come as you enjoy enchanting cuisine, décor, and entertainment, with chances to win prizes! Tickets here.

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Celebrate Earth Day and some of the planet's most amazing plants and animals at Riverbanks Zoo! Learn how you can make the world a greener place with eco-friendly activities, Zoo and Garden chats, animal encounters, enrichment and fun for the whole family. More here.

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Spring Market | Seven Oaks Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Shoppers are invited to purchase one-of-a-kind items such as paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor items and more from area artists, crafters and business owners. More here.


Broadway Under the Covers

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Join Town Theatre for a special one-night event: Broadway Under the Covers - songs guaranteed NOT to put you to sleep! Some of your favorite Town performers will croon and swoon songs that you know and love – and introduce some tunes that may be new to you. Listen to the “Lullaby of Broadway” with Josh Finch (Big Fish), Kathy Hartzog (White Christmas), Clayton King (The Addams Family), Jeremy Reasoner (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Kerri Roberts (My Fair Lady), Shannon Willis Scruggs (Always Patsy Cline) and Jerryana Williams-Bibiloni (Les Misérables). Includes a pre-show reception. Tickets here.

Earth Day at Wingard's Market

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Spend Earth Day at Wingard's! Carolina Wildlife Care, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, SC Native Plant Society, and SC Bluebird Society will all be here educating everyone about their particular organizations. There will be workshops, speakers, drawings and more. Learn what it takes for you to give back & benefit the planet we call home. Plus, they're giving away a free milkweed plant with every purchase while supplies last! More here.

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Show your grit! Kinetic Derby Day is the City of West Columbia’s unique tribute to wheels, sculptures, gears, and gravity! Build your own human-powered thingamajig or come cheer on the wacky and wonderful parade of whatchamacallits! The event features an adult and kid soap box derby, artisan village, children’s area, live music, and food. More here.

Open Streets Event | Devine Street

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Grab the kids, leave the car at home, and head to Devine Street for the 2nd annual “Open Streets” event! Devine Street will be closed from Sims Ave to Chatham St from 1-4:30pm so you and your family can explore activities that allow you to enjoy the benefits of being OUTSIDE and ON THE STREET! This event connects neighbors and promotes healthy, outdoor living. More here.

Brunch at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Savor the unique culinary skills of Jean-Louis and Yvette (from the Belgian Waffle Truck)! This popular event will sell out quickly, so don’t wait to reserve your seats! Brunch will include four courses, including vegetarian options, an dessert. Drinks are not included, but a special beer pairing will be available for $10/person. Tickets here.

2018 Spurs Up Tour

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 5:30 - 8:30PM
Come out to the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium for a fun evening with your fellow Gamecocks. Coach Muschamp will be signing autographs on free posters only and speaking to the group! Cocky, Cheerleaders, and more!
Tickets here.

Kaminsky's 3 Year Anniversary

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 5-8pm
Celebrate three years of Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe in the Vista with a Buy One Get One THREE deal! Buy one of their delectable desserts at regular price, and get the second for only $3! Kaminsky’s has a rotating selection of scrumptious desserts made in house daily, in addition to heaping milkshakes, specialty coffees and cold beverage creations! More here.

Make Connections | Enjoy SC

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Join the What She Said Project and the Royal African Company for "36 Questions," a 45-minute experience where participants will be matched with one another and guided through a curated series of questions which have been scientifically proven to lead to a feeling of closeness. Popular Trustus Theatre improv troupe, The Mothers, will be performing a short set thereafter. More here.


Live Music!

Click on the venue below to see who's playing this week:
Main Street Public House | Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | Tombo Grille | Vacchios | Home Team Tavern


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April Lunch and Learn - Voices from Vietnam, Reflecting at the Wall

Friday, April 27, 2018
Raymond Smith will present the documentary "Voices from Vietnam, Reflecting at the Wall," with veterans present afterwards. This lecture takes place in the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s Education Room and is free to attend. Lectures are from 12-1pm and you are invited to bring your lunch to enjoy while listening. Visit the museum’s website or contact the museum in advance to confirm. More here.


Sparkleberry Country Fair

Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29, 2018
If you want to see the way it was done in the old days, then come to the Sparkleberry Country Fair! It's the only fair in the state where you can have lots of fun, get an education, give to education and have hands-on demonstrations from the past! Attractions include Master Gardeners' Plant Sale and Community Education Day, 4-H Shooting Sports, amusement rides, "Red Barn Activities" like sheep shearing, wood turning, and blacksmithing demos, community booths, live entertainment, animal exhibits and much more family fun! All proceeds go to local schools in the form of scholarships and grants. More here.


Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, April 28, 2018
The S.C. Philharmonic's season closes with a vivid flourish! Enjoy the season finale - Masterworks 6 Pictures at an Exhibition - at the Koger Center for the Arts. Featuring J.S. Bach/Stokowski's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Torsten Rasch's Violin Concerto, Tropoi, with Mira Wang on violin, and Modest Petrovich Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets here.

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2018 Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Sunday, April 29, 2018
The 31st Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in the Town of Mount Pleasant! The festival pays tribute to the local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, Mt. Pleasant Artists Guild display, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! Admission and activities are free! More here.


North Charleston Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 2 - Sunday, May 6, 2018
The North Charleston Arts Fest is an annual multi-day celebration of arts and culture that highlights national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Literature. The event offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. The Arts Fest Expo will have over 40 performances on multiple stages, art and photography shows, Craft Exhibit, demos, hands-on children’s activities and more! More here.

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The South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Monday, April 30 to Saturday, May 5, 2018
Celebrate the Sweetest Strawberries in the South! The SC Strawberry Festival is Fort Mill's welcome to spring, where you will spend the week enjoying the sweet taste of our homegrown sun-kissed strawberries. Events include festival pageant, golf tournament, pig races, rides, movies, pancake breakfast, car show, butterfly exhibit, ice cream, hot wing and strawberry Shortcake eating contests, and much more family fun. More here.


Gamecocks Curing Kids Cancer Dinner

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Join Curing Kids Cancer and the University of South Carolina Athletics Department for a one-of-a-kind event at Williams-Brice Stadium! Would you like to have dinner with Marcus Lattimore and coaches from the University of South Carolina? If so, join Curing Kids Cancer in a night of giving at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. The evening will include a cocktail hour, a delicious plated dinner, silent auction and programming from former Gamecock Running Back and current Director of Player Development, Marcus Lattimore and Curing Kids Cancer founders Grainne and Clay Owen. Hosted by the SEC Network's Tony Barnhart. Mix and mingle with coaches from all different sports at USC! More here.


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Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner | Ruth's Chris

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6:30PM
A night filled with fine wine, food and fun! Sip your way through history as Ruth's celebrates the 130th anniversary of one of California’s oldest wineries, Freemark Abbey, over an incredible five course dinner. From having the first female-owned winery in Napa to their landmark recognition leading up to “The Judgment of Paris” and beyond, Freemark Abbey is known as a legacy and trailblazer in the world of Napa Valley winemaking. Join Ruth's for an exploration of the Freemark Abbey collection, which includes an unprecedented double wine pairing, and delicious dishes like Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Beet-Cured King Salmon, Petite Filet and more! Call 803.212.6666 for reservations. More here.


Cinco de Mayo Pre-Party Cruise

Friday, May 4, 2018
Start your Cinco de Mayo Weekend off right aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray! Eat, Drink, Dance & Be Merry as David Rodriguez and the Palmetto Latin 4 play all your Latin favorites! With a loaded Mexican menu and full latin band, this 3-hour cruise is sure to sell out quickly, so hurry and get your tickets now! More here.


Blue Ridge Fest | Downtown Pickens

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 5:30 - 10pm
Blue Ridge Fest is set to bring out the best in great entertainment to raise money for 12 local charities! Fest-goers will be entertained by a local band out of Anderson, Magic, followed by Jim Quick and Coastline. The headline band, the Spinners, will be
performing their many hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Add to this the Largest Cruise-in in the Upstate, drawing hundreds of classic cars, lots of great food, and you have the ingredients for Great Times for Great Causes. Purchase advance tickets here.

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