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Congaree New Horizons Band Concert

Tonight: April 28, 2016 7PM

This is a free concert being performed at the Recital Hall at the USC School of Music. The Congaree NHB is dedicated to providing musical experiences and opportunities to senior adults in Midlands of South Carolina. The band is approximately 80 strong, and members come from all walks of life - teachers, doctors, lawyers, business people, and nurses - even clergymen! Come hear this accomplished group of musicians perform tonight. Again, FREE. More here.

PrAna Yoga Night | Half Moon Outfitters

Tonight: April 28, 2016 at 7PM
FREE evening of yoga with class led by Stacey Millner-Collins beginning at 7pm. There will be free snacks and refreshments along with swag and prizes from PrAna. Don't forget to bring your own yoga mat!

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Day Trippin' :: Summerville South Carolina

Whoever you are, whatever your interests, whatever your age... a wonderful getaway is yours in Summerville. Less than 100 miles from Columbia, Summerville is absolutely stunning this time of year... flowers everywhere (hence its nickname, Flowertown), historic homes, lovely parks, gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping, antiques.... the list goes on. Visit FunAfterFifty.net for details and share with a friend!

AKC Dog Agility Trial | South Congaree Horse Arena

Thursday April 28, 2016 - Sunday May 1, 2016
The last Spring 2016 dog agility trial is happening in West Columbia this weekend, featuring vendors, judges and amazing canine feats!

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North Charleston Arts Festival

Friday April 29, 2016 - Saturday May 7, 2016
One of the most comprehensive arts festivals in SC, the North Charleston Arts Fest includes nine full days of free and ticketed programming! The City looks forward to this event each year as it allows both residents and visitors access to the talents of local, regional & national artists in the areas of performing, visual media & literary arts. North Charleston welcomes its Columbia-area neighbors to come enjoy the Arts with them!

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"...make no Doubt we shall carry this post..." The History & Archaeology of Fort Motte

Now - October, 2016
Fort Motte, in present Calhoun County, SC, was a Revolutionary War British outpost built in early 1781. In May, 1781, an American force under Francis Marion & Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee lay siege to the fort, and the British garrison of 184 men surrendered after resisting for seven days. The fall of Fort Motte on May 12, 1781, signaled the beginning of the end of the British occupation of SC during the American Revolution.

This Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Exhibit features a variety of American and British artifacts, most of which have never been on display: weapon fragments, ammunition, pottery, buttons, coins, arrowheads & much more!

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SC Garden Jamboree | Saluda Shoals Park

Friday April 29, 2016
Calling All Foodies. This one day event allows you to choose three out of ten interactive workshops to attend featuring various themes that involve food & wine tastings, gardening and cooking.There will be a catered luncheon, many take home projects, vendors and loads of door prizes. Open to all who love to garden and EAT!

Midlands Prowl & Growl | Jamil Temple

Friday April 29, 2016
Tiger fans will not want to miss this Clemson Club Event! Head football coach, Dabo Swinney, head men’s basketball coach, Brad Brownell, and Clemson University Athletics Director, Dan Radakovich will be in Columbia to give athletic updates, show highlight videos, participate in a Q&A and sign autographs this Friday.

Alexa's Painting Experience | That Computer Store

Friday April 29, 2016
Are you a gaming enthusiast? Bring your minis and get your hobby on this Friday, local painting diva Alexa Miano will be in house to teach some of the tabletop world's basics, as well as more expert techniques as needed (from simple drybrushing to detailed layering and artificial lighting).

Soda City Cirque presents: The 2nd Annual Paper Moon Variety Show

Friday & Saturday April 29-30, 2016
This 2nd annual, family-friendly production is open to all ages and features breathtaking circus arts! Inspired by the innocence of dreams and childhood laughter, this pastiche style circus show beckons to olden memories of cool spring nights and sweet vintage charm. Enter into the attic of make-believe where inspiration turns the ordinary into the extraordinary and the far off places created during childhood still flourish, a world where anything is possible.

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Summer Camps at Challenger Learning Center

Weekly Through the Summer Beginning June 6

Help your child channel all his/her curiosity about science, robots, rockets and astronauts into a summer full of fun at the Challenger Learning Center, Richland One. He/she can enroll in a week's worth or an entire summer of exciting programs including
* Robotics
* Rockets
* Astronaut Academy
* Arduino
* Fischertechnik

Learn more or sign up here.

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Frankie's Fun Park : Dark Ride XD

Don your 3D glasses, sit down, strap in, hold onto your weapon and get ready to shoot an unending march of sharp-fanged, drooling, trouble-making, city-stomping dinosaurs! You'll be thrown through town on a wild ride that will have you laughing and screaming at the same time, firing your gun over and over in an attempt to save yourself and mankind! You'll see your score with a photo of yourself as you play! The Dark Ride XD is a rich, multi-sensory adventure with cutting edge graphics and visual effects. There are 3 rides available... I was on Gigamon and can't wait to try the other two! It's a blast.. and just $7 per person! More at Frankie's website.

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Sparkleberry Country Fair | Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center

Saturday April 30, 2016 - 9 AM
It’s a good time for the whole family at the Sparkleberry Fair. Come enjoy: parachute jumpers, petting zoos, sheep shearing, local entertainers, master gardeners, model trains, rocket launches, a parade, military vehicles, antique tractors, classic cars, remote control airplanes, hay rides, amusement rides, pony rides, herding sheep dogs, climbing wall, animal exhibits, saw mill, dog competitions, arts & crafts, flight simulators, farm animals, tractor races, helicopter & much, much more! The theme of this year’s fair is ‘Honoring Law Enforcement’. Please join us in recognizing those men and women who serve & protect our community. Admission: $5 a car load. See ya there!

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Orangeburg Festival of Roses | Edisto Memorial Gardens

Friday April 29, 2016 - Sunday May 1, 2016
This will be the 45th celebration of the blooming of Edisto Memorial's award-winning roses. It has a little bit of everything, including three stages with ongoing performances, culinary vendors, a new Market Place, arts & crafts, Street Dance & Showcase, golf, softball, disc golf, canoe racing, a kickball tournament and MORE.

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Sweet Potato Festival

Saturday April 30, 2016
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a day full of live musical entertainment, plus free carnival rides, arts and crafts, praise dancers, a health fair and delicious treats including sweet potato ice cream and sweet potato pie! Musical guests include The Redeemers, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Women of Strength, The Heavenly Aires, Flossie Boyd Johnson & Favor! Emcee is Curtis Wilson with music from DJ So-Smooth!

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Saluda Splash Opens!

Saturday April 30, 2016

The forecast calls for partly sunny and 84 degrees on Saturday... perfect for gathering up the wee ones and heading to their favorite play destination... Saluda Splash! A zero depth water spray playground that keeps the squeals coming! Located at beautiful Saluda Shoals Park.

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First Annual Sidewalk Sale | River District

Saturday April 30 8am - 12pm

Just heard of this money-saving event in West Columbia on Saturday... from consignment shops, art galleries, antique malls and shops! Get there as the sun rises and the selection is best. State St and Meeting St. Look for the blue and white balloons!

Kids Day of Lexington | Virginia Hylton Park

Saturday April 30, 2016
This FREE family-friendly event is happening Saturday in downtown Lexington, featuring Health Screenings (Spinal, Speech & Dental), Child ID Kits, Fire & Bike Safety Exhibits, Air Fun Inatables, Stage Entertainment and more! Kids will also get a chance to meet sports mascots (USC's Cocky, Sir Purr, a Clemson Tiger & the Lexington County Blowfish), Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear, the Chick-Fil-A Cow, ETV's Smart Cat & Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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$39.99 1st Spray | Mosquito Joe

It's time to get out and play! Is your yard ready?

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers. Technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy being outside again. Outfitted with the latest gear and backed by the coordination of a top-notch support staff, their technicians in the field get the job done swiftly, thoroughly and safely.
Call 803.999.2658 & mention the coupon code "Top10" to get your first spray for just $39.99!

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Second South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday April 30, 2016

The 2016 festival will feature 25+ food trucks, serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, and much more. For the perfect pairings, there will also be 50+ regional and national craft beers, with enough variety to please every beer drinker. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! See more at ColumbiaFoodieNews.com!

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Heroes and Dragons 2 Day Sale

Saturday and Sunday April 30-May1, 2016

Head to Heroes and Dragons this weekend for one of their signature sales where EVERYTHING is 25% OFF and TRADES are 50% OFF! This amazing retailer of comics, book and toys has 20,000 back issues in stock, 10,000 trades/graphic novels, 10,000 dollar books, 5,000 books in stock, action figures, statues and models! Everybody loves this place... now in the Boozer Shopping Center. More at heroesanddragons.com

West African Dance Workshops | Lourie Center

Saturday April 30, 2016
These Live Drumming Workshops are FREE and open to the public.. Seating for elders and audience members will be available. Refreshments provided.

Cars on State: Charity Exotic Car Show | State Street

Saturday April 30, 2016
FREE to the community, but accepting donations for PETS INC. This is a Judged Automobile Event will have mostly Italian and German cars like (Think Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and BMW!) There will also be live music by Ropeswing.

A Step in the Right Direction: Homelessness Awareness Walk | Transitions Homeless Recovery Center

Saturday April 30, 2016
YOU can help end homelessness one step at a time! Register today for Transitions' Homelessness Awareness Walk and take part in this community wide event to raise awareness about homelessness in the Midlands. This 2 mile walk begins at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center and will make an impact as participants cover the perimeter of their facility. Afterwards, participants will receive a full guided tour and will join staff and clients for a lunch sponsored by PDQ in the Day Center. Student & Military discounted registrations available.

Beltane Crafters' Faire | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Sunday May 1, 2016
Craft Faire with a Book & Media Sale going on this Sunday will be an indoor/outdoor shoppers’ paradise! Media will include a collection of video and vinyl records. Festivities will include a crowning of the Queen & King and Maypole dancing. Food and drink will also be available.

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Fresh, Light and Delicious!

Come by M Kitchen on Columbiana Drive in Harbison today and celebrate Spring with a healthy and delicious lunch or dinner! You'll find foods creatively crafted using the freshest ingredients (many of them local), and served by a friendly staff who each go the extra mile to please their customers. You're going to love it! While it's nice, dine outside on their lovely patio! Pictures of their beautiful restaurant and food here.

8th Annual Spring Open House | Lexington County Museum

Sunday May 1, 2016 from 2-5 PM
The public is invited to tour the circa 1832 John Fox House, the 1771 Laurence Corley Log House, the ca. 1815 Oak Grove Schoolhouse, and all the rest of the historic structures. This FREE kid-friendly event will have a scavenger hunt, a local beekeeper will be bringing an observation hive and there will be hands-on activities happening with themes like "In the 19th century kitchen." There will also be historic crafts demonstrations (such as blacksmithing & cloth spinning) and Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, will be on hand with his program, “Inalienable Rights” Visitors will have the opportunity to explore buildings not normally featured on the typical hour long tour and light refreshments will be served.

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Gervais & Vine Located in the Vista.
Monday May 2, 2016 - Walter Finley (plays EVERY Monday 6:00 - 9:00 pm)
Wednesday May 4, 2016 - Jon Rooks
-EVERY Wednesday: Wine Tastings 5:30 - 7:30 PM (Cheese plate & 4 wines to try for only $8!)

Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
Only 1 minute away from the Gervais Street bridge on W. Columbia's Meeting St.
Friday April 29, 2016 - Carolina Rebels
Saturday April 30, 2016 - Real Country
- EVERY Friday Night: Bluegrass & acoustic open stage and jam! Doors open at 6:00, stage show 7:30 - 9:00 & jammin' until midnight
- EVERY Saturday: Country Dances Lessons from 6 - 7 PM with a band & open dance floor from 7 - 10 PM for only $8/person or $15/couple.

Old Mill Brewpub Located in the Old Mill in Lexington
Friday April 29, 2016 - Joe Lansburg
Saturday April 30, 2016 - Roots Uncultured
Sunday May 1, 2016 - Red Fraley
- EVERY Monday: Family Karaoke
- EVERY Tuesday: Shag & Beach Dancing
- EVERY Wednesday: Team Bingo
- EVERY Thursday: Open Mic Night

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Saturday April 30, 2016 - The Blue Pickups

Tombo Grille Located in the heart of Forest Acres.
Monday May 2, 2016 - Kenny George Band
- EVERY Monday: Music, CAB Burger & a Beer for 9 Bucks!
- EVERY Wednesday: Live music with Billy Sloan
- EVERY Thursday: Date night (3-Course Dinner for 2 for $49 + $10 off any full bottle of wine!)

Pearlz Upstairz Lounge Live music in the Vista.
Thursday April 28, 2016 - Mark Rapp
Friday April 29, 2016 - Robert Gardiner
Saturday April 30, 2016 - DM Radio

Five After Five Free outdoor concert series by the 5 Points Fountain
Thursday April 28, 2016 - Terence Young and Finesse, with special guests Muscle Memory

Rhythm on the River Free outdoor concert series on the River
Saturday April 30, 2016 - The Quiet Storm

Hopelands Gardens Concert Series Free Aiken concert series happening every Monday through August 29th
Monday May 2, 2016 - Aiken Concert Band

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The Addams Family Opens May 6!

Friday May 6 - Saturday May 28

"So gather with your shawl on, a roost that you can crawl on, we're gonna make a call on..... the Addams Family!" YAY! A stage adaptation of the TV show that was an adaptation of the famous wry cartoons... get creepy! And get your tickets NOW as this show is SELLING OUT FAST! Town Theatre has all the info.

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EdVenture Children's Museum presents Ladies' Night Out!

May 5, 2016 at EdVenture Children's Museum

Gather your girlfriends and reserve your tickets for a Ladies' Night Out! The runway is heating up with designer fashions from Granger Owings Bespoke, Granger Owings Women and The Blake. Women and men will model a sizzling summer collection of Columbia's finest attire. Enjoy a live auction, music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and fashion. Sip a margarita while you shop at some of Columbia's best including POUT, Copper Penny and Studio O2!

VIP Lounge opens at 6:30 pm, General Admission at 7:00 pm
VIP Lounge presented by POUT, VIP After Party sponsored by Studio O2

​Proceeds from Ladies' Night Out benefit Yes, Every Child, EdVenture’s commitment to providing the joy of learning to under resourced families in South Carolina through reduced admission, outreach and educational programming.

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The Largest Cruise-In in the Upstate!

Blue Ridge Fest Will Bring Out the Best!

Friday May 6, 2016 6pm - 10:30pm

Blue Ridge Fest on Main Street in Pickens, is set to bring out the best in great entertainment to raise money for 12 local charities. On May 6, Fest-goers will be entertained by Jay and The Americans (“This Magic Moment’”, “Come a Little Closer”), Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners (“Since I Don’t Have You”, “This I Swear”), and Jim Quick & Coastline with their fun, energetic performances. Add to this the Largest Cruise-in In the Upstate, drawing in hundreds of classic cars, and you have the ingredients for Great Times for Great Causes. Join them for one of the Upstate’s major charity events. Purchase advance discounted tickets online.

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Strawberry Festival

Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, 2016

The award winning South Carolina Strawberry Festival is definitely one you don't want to miss! It is Fort Mill's signature salute to spring! Join us for a week of events and activities, culminating in the festival on May 6 and 7. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast, a Car Show, Pig Race, Strawberries... and strawberries, and strawberries (ice cream, cup cakes, strawberry pies and more!) Live entertainment both days, carnival rides... Fireworks! Parking is $5 with FREE shuttle transportation, Admission is free.

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Wings and Wheels Air Festival | Fairfield County Airport

Saturday May 7, 2016

This 12th Annual Air Celebration in Winnsboro, SC will have a Cruise-In Car Show, Skydiving Demonstrations, Vintage Aircraft & Farm Equipment Displays, Children's Activities, Food, Music and More!

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Prosperity's Hoppin'

Saturday May 7, 2016

Prosperity is a charming small town with a big story. Trains are an important part of that big story. So All Aboard for the Prosperity’s Hoppin’ Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 7th . Come enjoy all things train, juried arts and crafts, an eclectic market featuring old and new treasures, a classic car show, a Kids Zone, food trucks, and much more. There’s something for everyone. Have fun and celebrate the BIG story of Prosperity on Saturday, May 7th, 10 to 4 in the heart of Prosperity.

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Beer Bacon and Music Festival | Hilton Head Island

Saturday May 7, 2016

This extraordinary culinary adventure will be all the fun of a bacon themed block party mixed with a full-scale festival experience! Hundreds of the area's top food lover will gather at Shelter Cove Park to celebrate American traditions – Beer, Bacon & Music. There will be bacon sampling and full sized bacon cuisine, bacon confectionary delights, live music from some of the area's top bands (who also love bacon), local breweries and full service bars with beer, liquor, wine and bacon themed cocktails.

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Sustainable Midlands Farm Tour | Local Farms

Saturday May 21, 2016
From strawberries, to honey; heirlooms to heritage hogs – this year’s Midlands Farm Tour has local variety at its best! This self-guided, one-day event allows you to meet the farmers and staff at each farm, tour the properties, explore what is harvested and ask questions. Most farms will have goods for sale and a variety of items to sample!

Earlybird Tickets will be sold until May 20th for $10 per person. After that tickets will cost $15 per person. One ticket gets you in to see all participating farms! Children under 10 are FREE!

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Shrimp and Grits Festival | Columbia Marriott

Saturday June 18th, 2016 from 6 – 11 PM
Many restaurants have shrimp and grits on their menus; most even claim theirs are the best. Now’s your chance to find out who really has the best in Columbia at the first ever Shrimp & Grits Fest. where one restaurant will be chosen by a panel of judges. There will also be a winner in the “People’s Choice” division. Celebrity guest judge Marcus Lattimore will be present and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Tickets include unlimited shrimp and grits samples from participating restaurants, live music, door prizes, and the opportunity to meet Marcus Lattimore!

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