The Red Rose City is gearing up for the seventh annual Red Rose Festival, to be held Friday, May 20 from 6-10pm and Saturday, May 21 from 10am-10pm. Look for this award-winning event to deliver another great weekend of live music, arts & crafts, children’s games and rides, dog show, car show, and (best of all) FREE admission!
Mud Mania | Chapin Elementary School
Saturday May 21, 2016
Bring your children out for a day of good but not so clean fun! Kids are challenged to climb, crawl, jump and slide their way through seven wet and very mucky obstacles! This FREE event includes: Mud Mania Obstacle Course (ages 6–13); Mini Mud Obstacle Course (ages 5 & under and children with disabilities ages 13 & under); and a Sand Castle Area. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. Hosted by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. Learn more here!
3rd Annual South Carolina Cornbread Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 beginning
The North Columbia Business Association (NCBA), in partnership with the City of Columbia, Richland County, and The Columbia Fireflies present the 3rd Annual South Carolina Cornbread Festival. Be a part of this historic event as it will be the inaugural community event in Spirit Communications Park, Home of the Columbia Fireflies Baseball Team! This year’s theme “Cornbread is for Everyone” is more than a statement. South Carolina’s premier festival paying homage to one of the staples of Southern Cuisine will feature a Kids Corner, The Official Cornbread Classic Cornhole Tournament, Classic Car Show, Cornbread Cook Off, eating contest, live entertainment including music by The Manhattans & more! Bring the entire family out for a fun-filled day of contests, music, vendors and of course - cornbread! Go to SCCornbread.com for more info!
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!
Glencairn BloomFest | Rock Hill's Glencairn Garden
Saturday May 21, 2016
Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism invites you to enjoy the 6th Annual Glencairn BloomFest on Sat. May 21 from 9 AM – 3 PM in the Meadow at Glencairn Garden. This fun-filled family event will feature plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from a variety of vendors. There will also be a variety of activities for children as part of “National Kids to Parks Day.” There will be music and garden tours plus food available for purchase. The Meadow at Glencairn Garden is located on Edgemont Avenue. Traffic will be routed 1-way around the Garden for the event, with cars entering Edgemont Avenue from Charlotte Avenue. See more information on their website or call 329-5620.
Columbia Mini Maker Faire | EdVenture Children’s Museum
Saturday May 21, 2016
EdVenture Children's Museum is proud to host Columbia's 4th Annual Mini Maker Faire: A one-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for resourceful, creative people who like to tinker and love to make things. We call them Makers!
Thursday May 19, 2016 - Wednesday May 25, 2016
Pink Power Hour | Cafe Strudel
Thursday May 19, 2016
Breast cancer survivors diagnosed in their 40’s or younger (regardless of your current age) are invited to attend this F2F Meeting. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still undergoing treatments or are several years out, you can come connect with other local young women who have faced breast cancer.
Cancer of Many Colors: An Evening of Hope | River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
Thursday May 19, 2016
Casual attire for an important cause! All proceeds from the 5th annual An Evening of Hope will go towards support for qualified cancer programs that assist local patients with daily living expenses. There will be food, drink, music by The O'Kaysions and you get to take home a wine glass, all for just $60!
Power of the Purse | USC Alumni Center
Thursday May 19, 2016 Power of the Purse is an annual event held by Women in Philanthropy to raise money for women and children in need in our community. The event proudly features a one-of-a-kind live and silent auction of designer purses, spa and restaurant packages and more! We will have the return of "Bourbon, Bacon & Blues" (a man cave area) for all of the strapping men in your lives and other great surprises!
Balloons & Tunes | Blythewood Old Community Center
Friday May 20, 2016
Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy a Free Concert by the VillageBand, see the hot air balloon, enjoy the Free food and much more! Invite your friends and neighbors!
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WIN TICKETS TO The Addams Family : Town Theatre
Now - Saturday May 28, 2016
One of Town Theatre's most popular shows! Win tickets to this hilarious musical that will have you humming along and laughing "with your shawl on"! To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Snap Snap" and we'll notify the winner on Friday May 20th!
Be Kind To Animals Day | Friarsgate Park, Irmo
Saturday May 21, 2016 from 10 AM - 1 PM
Come to the park and bring your pet for a FREE, fun and informative event! Learn about great pet grooming and health tips. Vendors will be on-site and you will even have the opportunity to adopt a pet. Win prizes by joining several of the contests like "Best Pet Trick" or "Pet Owner Look-A-Like" and Pet Fashion Show. All dogs must be leashed!
Historic Happy Hour | USC Horseshoe
Friday May 20, 2016 from 5:30 - 7 PM Join Historic Columbia on the historic Horseshoe, the heart of the USC campus, for a guided tour by authors Katharine Thompson Allen and Elizabeth Cassidy West. Allen and West recently coauthored On the Horseshoe: A Guide to the Historic Campus of the University of South Carolina. The happy hour begins at Immaculate Consumption and, following the Horsehoe tour, wraps up at a Tios for more libations, appetizers, and a book signing. Two drink tickets are included with admission.
Shaw Air Expo and Open House: "Thunder Over the Midlands" | Shaw Air Force Base
Saturday & Sunday May 21 – 22, 2016
Gates open at 8AM for the FREE air expo, headlined by the Thunderbirds (U.S. Air Force precision-flying demonstration team) and the Black Daggers (official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team). They will demonstrate the capabilities of the Air Force through a variety of aerial demonstrations, displays, and static aircraft displays to those in attendance. See more details here!
This Week's Food and Drink Events on Foodie News!
Learn what's happening where it's fun to eat and drink... the Midlands of South Carolina!
This Week: Midlands Sustainable Farm Tour: From strawberries, to honey; heirlooms to heritage hogs – this year’s Midlands Farm Tour offers local variety at its best! This Lexington County farm tour is a self guided, one day event. At each farm you can meet the farmers, their families and staff, tour the property, explore what is harvested and ask questions. Details here. Dinner on Main Street: Join Farm to Table for their Dinner on Main St. What a concept! You’ll dine in style with the beautiful Columbia cityscape as the backdrop. Imagine toasting one another with the State House at your side. Dinner will be served in the 1200 block of Main Street. Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon will prepare... read more at ColumbiaFoodieNews.com
Sign up now for a very special day - learn the fine art of making French crepes from our friend Laurent of Crepes and Croissants while visiting a lavendar farm... more here.
Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign
Details Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots of the Civil War. Focuses on the march’s impact on the people of South Carolina and its significance in the development of the concept of total war and the ethics involved by examining multiple aspects of the campaign. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia in flames, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map.
NEW RIDE - Frankie's Fun Park
A revolving, exhilarating new attraction has found itself at Frankie's Fun Park - the Drop Zone. (Insert thrilling music) The ride attendant fastens your harness and then a minute later you are headed for the clouds, as you elevate to the top of the central tower. Offering beautiful views of the whole park, Drop Zone at Frankie’s is not your typical Drop Zone ride where you are sent to the top to well...drop. Rather this $5 ride spins you around, while moving up and down. Once you have traveled 65 feet up in the air, it feels as though the anticipation of the first drop might just seal your fate, but the ride is not over yet - experience scenic views of all areas of the park as you revolve around the central tower. Lots of screams, lots of fun! Visit Frankie's Fun Park online here.
Bring Back the Monarch & Milkweed | Wingard's Market
Saturday May 21, 2016 at 10 AM
Help to bring back monarch butterflies by planting native milkweed to your yard. Find out how to tag migrating monarchs in fall in your backyard waystation. This workshop is being conducted by Dr. Arlene Marturano, garden writer, master gardener, children’s garden expert, science educator and founder of the SC Garden-based Learning Network, who has been tagging migrating monarch butterflies since Monarch Watch started the tracking in 1992.
Learn more here!
Spring 2016 Camp Out in the Park | Lexington's Gibson Road Soccer Fields
Saturday & Sunday May 21- 22, 2016
South Carolina State Park Ranger, David Baker, will be giving information and tips about camping at one of the many South Carolina State Parks. If you are thinking about taking the next step in camping this will be a great opportunity to learn more. Ranger David will also be leading some camping games and activities.
Must be 18+ to register for a camp site. Proof of identification will be required at check-in. Space is limited so sign up here today!
Monkey Bar Storage System
Lots of us fun-havers in the Columbia area have garages that are full of all our fun-havin' equipment... bikes, golf clubs, strollers, kayaks, croquet sets... and it makes for a cluttered mess. Check out Monkey Bars! Other do-it-yourself storage systems don't compare to their fully customized solutions. They provide the very best line of shelving, racks and hooks that come with a lifetime warranty. Their products are tough and adjustable. Every four feet of shelving can hold over 1,000 pounds and each piece can be moved easily as your needs change.... more here!
Beth Shalom Art Auction | Beth Shalom Synagogue
Sunday May 22, 2016 at 6 PM
Come enjoy art and friends while supporting the Beth Shalom Synagogue! Tickets are $12.00 per person with RSVP by May 20th and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes drawing for Free Art, Hors D’oeuvres, Dessert & Beer/Wine.
Canine (and Human) Communication | Earlewood's Bark Park
Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 7 PM
Learn to listen to your dog with your eyes, play styles and dog to dog issues, Red Amber and Green behaviors and how to make the park safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog! More details here!
Creating a Pollinator Garden Workshop | Sandhill Research & Education Center
In this FREE workshop you will learn about the importance of pollinators and how you can encourage these beneficial insects in your garden. Participants will then help to install a pollinator garden on site!
Open Mic Nights - Songwriters & Covers | Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor
Tuesday May 24, 2016 Open Mic Nights at Bill's happen on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7 - 9 PM
The last May Open Mic night is Tuesday the 24th, so if you've written a song and would like to perform it on stage, come on over! Performances of cover songs are also allowed. If you want to come and enjoy the show from the audience, that's fine, too! Admission is $3 per person.
Ricky's Tire and Auto Center... Now Open! $10 Off Any Service!
Ricky Branham just opened his shop on Sunset Blvd in West Columbia, convenient to the Lexington Medical Center area, I-26 and all of West Columbia! It's right next door to the "mannequin in the wheelchair" (everyone knows where that is!) With Ricky's 20 years of experience (at another shop in Cayce), his investment in superior equipment, his friendly manner and that of his staff... you're going to love this place! He's a super guy and would appreciate it if you'd give him a try for your next car maintenance, repair or for tires.
Address: 1534 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia.
Stop by or call (803) 828-9662 and check him out on Facebook!
Mention that you saw his ad here for $10 OFF ANY SERVICE!
Gervais & Vine Located in the Vista.
Monday May 23, 2016 - Walter Finley (plays EVERY Monday 6 - 9 PM)
Wednesday May 25, 2016 - Kristi Hood
-EVERY Wednesday: Wine Tastings 5:30 - 7:30 PM (Cheese plate & 4 wines to try for only $8!)
Friday May 20, 2016 - Cottonwood
Saturday May 21, 2016 - Bob Strickland and Freestyle Band
Tuesday May 24, 2016 - Open Mic Night
- EVERY Thursday Night: is Shag Night! For $2 you get lessons from 9-9:30 PM and dancing until 11 PM.
- 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: Dance 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 May 20, 2016 - Run Away Jug Band
Saturday May 21, 2016 - Jeff Liberty
Sunday May 22, 2016 - Red Fraley
- EVERY Monday: Family Karaoke
- EVERY Tuesday: Shag & Beach Dancing
- EVERY Wednesday: Team Bingo
- EVERY Thursday: Open Mic Night
Tombo Grille Located in the heart of Forest Acres.
Monday May 23, 2016 - Flat Out Strangers
- 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!)
World of Beer Friday May 20, 2016 - Sugarhead
Saturday May 21, 2016 - Black Bottom Biscuits (ft. Oskar Blues Brewery)
Rhythm and Blooms Concert series happening every Thursday from 6 - 9 PM at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.
Thursday May 19, 2016 - Bobby Houck of the Blue Dogs
Rhythm on the River FREE outdoor concert series on the River on Saturdays from 6 - 9 PM
Saturday May 21, 2016 - Flat Out Strangers with opener: The Runaway Jug Band
Love Letters is a play that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. They sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards – in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats – that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. Performed outdoors at Saluda Shoals Park and directed by Columbia-favorite Larry Hembree, Love Letters is a must-see. Tickets here.
Shrimp Shaggin' and Suds | Lexington, SC
Saturday May 28, 2016
Shrimp, Shaggin, and Suds will be held in the beautiful Leonard Price Garden at the Palmetto
Collegiate Institute located at 104 Hendrix Street, Lexington, SC. The event begins at 6 PM with a low country shrimp boil, catered by Diimmler’s, full of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes with a side of coleslaw. You won’t want to miss the dessert bar with scrumptious goodies from Blue Marlin, Di Pratos, and Travinia’s to name just a few. The party continues with music, dancing, and plenty of thirst quenching adult beverages. This year, Hollow Creek Distillery will be providing tastings of their moonshines at the event.
Individual tickets can be purchased online at www.lcrac.com or by calling 356-5111. For larger
groups a reserved table and (8) tickets can be purchased for $300. If interested in a $300 table,
please call 356-5111 and ask for Donna.
3rd Annual Carolina's Caribbean Culture Festival |
Thursday through Sunday June 2 - 5, 2016
Come out and celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month over 4 days with 5 fabulous events! The fun kicks off on Thursday with a Carolina Lyme party $10 admission at Sensations, 110 Two Notch Rd, Columbia. CCCF cast of DJ's will certainly entertain you into the wee hours of the morning. On Friday from midnight you can enjoy the J'ouvert, traditional dance before the parade – Cooler Fete, (bring your own cooler, NO glass bottles, NO ice). Saturday the celebrations include a street parade along Garners Ferry Road, beginning at the intersection of Trotter Road ending at the Garners Ferry Sports Complex where the Caribbean culture will be exhibited with live performances, food, arts and craft, live entertainment and a special kids zone to keep your little ones occupied. Saturday night, the celebration continues with a talented line up of Caribbean DJ’s and Artists, talent that will keep you dancing for hours. Active Military only, with ID, gets a special rate. Kids 12 and under are $5 admission and Adults. Check out their Facebook too!
Storyfest SC 2016 | South Carolina State Museum
Saturday June 4, 2016 from 9 AM - 4 PM
On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!
This year's Storyfest SC will be our state’s 6th annual FREE summer reading kick-off event! All SC public libraries participate in this coordinated summer reading program that exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story, fostering an excitement for reading. Events include presentations & book signings by each author, Readers’ Theater, storytelling, crafts, face painting, visits from literacy friends Cocky & the Clemson Tiger and a special performance by family entertainer Jim Gill.
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!
Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour | Greenville's PEACE Center
June 28, 2016 - July 3, 2016
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand! Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Tickets are on sale now for the North American leg of the Tour, which will arrive directly after a sold out run across Europe and Asia!