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Finally Friday - Lancaster, SC

Friday August 30
Come out and join the City of Lancaster for a night of Karaoke with Chubby’s Karaoke and show the world your beautiful voice. Be a winner! More here.

Justin Pepper 5K Walk, Run, Ruck

Saturday August 31, 2019
The Justin Pepper 5K is so much more than just another 5K…. This 5K has a twist. The introduction of RUCK to a local race! Rucking is a great way for exercise enthusiasts to enhance their walk or run by carrying weight in a backpack. They encourage walkers and runners to step up their game and try the ruck. More here.

Chapin Labor Day Festival Weekend

Saturday August 31 - Monday September 2
A weekend filled with fun for the entire family! Enjoy three days of live music, kids activities, classic car show, arts and crafts vendors and on Monday, one of the finest parades in South Carolina! See the full schedule and details here.

South Carolina Apple Festival

Thursday Sept 5 - Saturday, Sept.7
Westminster’s annual Apple Festival is 3 days of fun! Live music, arts & crafts, parade, children’s pageant, car show, kiddie rides, quilt show, and apples! Lots of food. Saturday ends with a pro rodeo! More here!

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43rd Annual Aiken’s Makin'

Friday Sept. 6 from 9am-6pm – Saturday Sept. 7 from 9am-5pm
There’s something for everyone at Aiken’s Makin’ from the unusual, to the unique, to the extraordinary! Attend one of the best arts and crafts events in the Southeast, with Fine Arts, Glass Works, Wood, Ceramics, Fabric and more in Historic Downtown Aiken,SC. Food Vendors will offer a variety of tastes and treats, from Sausage Dogs to Gyros to Kettle Corn to Funnel Cakes and fresh squeezed lemonade! More here!

Martha's Market

Friday Sept. 6 - Saturday Sept. 7
Come out on Friday for Martha's Night Out and then return for more fun on Saturday for Martha's Market! We have over 70 vendors with a little bit of everything to offer. Breakfast and lunch will be sold in Martha's Kitchen and we will have an outdoor tailgate and activities for the kids! More here!

South Carolina State Library - DISCUS

Kids heading back to school? Make sure they use DISCUS for their projects and homework! Grades 2-5 will enjoy the World Almanac for Kids - Elementary edition for key facts and statistics, maps, videos, and more. Grades 6-9 will love the World Almanac for Kids - Intermediate edition for the videos, key facts and statistics, science projects, reference guides, and more! The Writer's Reference Center targets users from middle school level through adults with tools for writing and conducting research effectively. More here.


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Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet Center for Dance Education

Lessons to Excel in Dance and Life

The school was founded more than 25 years ago to provide a classically-based dance education to students of all backgrounds, levels and interests, from those who want to dance for fun and fitness to serious dancers training for professional careers. Early Childhood | Young Adult | Main Intensive | Adult | Dancing for Theatre. Call 803-771-6303 or Historic Congaree Vista and Downtown Lexington. More here.

AAF Kickoff & Art Auction

Thursday August 22
Stop by to expand your art collection while you expand your network! Silent auction features local artists from around the Midlands. More here.

South Carolina Black Pride

Thursday August 22 - Saturday August 24
Come out and enjoy live entertainment, trans rally, kids zone and more here.

Discover: Craft Beer in Columbia SC

What can we say that hasn’t already been said? We like it. It tastes good. IPAs, Stouts, Wheat, Sour, Red…the list seemingly goes on forever. More here.

Arts & Draughts

Friday August 23
Art museum fun with art projects, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, and a variety of food vendors! More here.

Columbia House & Outdoor Living Show

Friday August 23 - Sunday August 25
Speak directly with local and national experts and receive extremely valuable information all in one place, all under one roof. More here.

Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday August 24
Clean out your garage, attic, kids rooms, and closets and participate as a vendor, or drop by for some great bargains and treasures. More here.

2nd Annual Taco & Tequila Crawl

Saturday August 24
Enjoy the best tacos with amazing beer & margarita drink specials. More on this and other food and drink events here.

Universally Inclusive Playground

Saturday August 24
Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) and the Saluda Shoals Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of the new Universally Inclusive Playground at Saluda Shoals Park. This two-acre playground includes: a Treehouse Village offering a roller slide/roller table, balance beams, spinning elements, and crawling tunnels and much more here!

Main Street Latin Festival

Saturday, August 24
Celebrate and share Latin culture through its foods, arts, dances and music in a fun, family-oriented environment. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company 5th Anniversary

Sunday August 25
Save the date! Join the party and help our friends at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company celebrate 5 years of brewing right here in Columbia! They will have more new beers and your favorites on tap, food, entertainment and a commemorative anniversary glass to add to your collection! More here.


Friday August 23- Saturday August 31
Trustus :: Megan hates country music singer Rick Montgomery, so she and her best friend Kimmy have decided that tonight’s concert will be his last. More here.

Liberty on the Lake | 8/21 Colby Dobbs

O'Hara's Public House | 8/22 Mike Reid

Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | 8/22 Jazz Night

Tombo Grille | 8/24 Alex Whalen

Absolutely Foodie in Lovely Little Lexington

Why would a foodie, who lives in Lexington, drive all the way to the Vista or Downtown Columbia to enjoy a true “foodie” experience? Well, I can only say that they’d be wasting a lot of gasoline! Foodies from far and wide, take note! Whether you live near Lexington or not, this place is every bit worth a 100 mile drive. More here!

New Home Neighborhoods

Shopping for a "new" new home? Search this site's descriptions of new communities in Lexington, Elgin, Blythewood, Lake Carolina, Lake Murray, Irmo, Southeast and Northeast areas near Columbia, South Carolina... More than 60 New Neighborhoods featured, including Shadowbrooke here!

Open Lab

Monday August 26
Visit the children's makerspace for self-directed activities, perfect for practicing social and literacy skills. More here.

Pajama Storytime

Monday August 26
Bring the kids out for songs and stories in their favorite pajamas or bring a stuffed animal. More here.

O'Hara's Public House | 8/24 Guy Lipscomb

Liberty on the Lake | 8/25 Mike Stone Duo

O'Hara's Public House | 8/27 Andy, Davey and Trevor


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