Thursday July 17, 2014 - Wednesday July 23, 2014 Good Eats on the Sweet Tea Trail | Summerville SC Friday, July 18, 2014 Ding, ding! Climb aboard


Thursday July 24, 2014 - Wednesday July 30, 2014

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Saluda Paddle & Pint Paddleboard and Beer Tasting | Saluda Shoals

Tonight! Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6-8pm
Paddle the calm waters of the Saluda River, surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife. Learn a new sport, have fun, and meet new friends. After an hour on the water, sample delicious Big Wave and Longboard craft beers from Kona Brewing Company at the River Overlook. Ages 21 and up. Space is limited! Call 213-2054 to register. More info here, but please note - there are two dates on this page and TONIGHT is RIGHT!


Leading Ladies Cabaret | Comedy House

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Come see the longest running pure entertainment show in Columbia! Celebrity song and dance illusions that will amaze you. Everyone is welcome! You’ll see the top female impersonators in the South perform to old and new school music and artists. This is a Las Vegas style show! Information here.

2014 Football Kickoff with Brett Favre | Township

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kickoff the 2014 football season with Brett Favre at The Township Auditorium on July 24th, benefiting The Calhoun Trauma Brain Injury Foundation. Live silent auction starts at 5:30 with live music from The One Man Band and Elliott & the Untouchables. More info here.

Finally Friday | Lancaster

Friday, July 25, 2014
Beat the heat in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster with cool music, food and dancing. The annual FREE outdoor summer concert series begins this month featuring bands on the corner of Arch and French streets behind City Hall. This week is country night with Alec Bailey and Trey Calloway and the Nightcrawlers. Bring your blanket and chair, dancing shoes and brightest smile for a Finally Friday Fest! Concerts begin at 6 pm. More info.

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Friday July 18 - Saturday August 2, 2014
Winner must pick up tickets at Gardener Guides' West Columbia office on Sunset Blvd between 11am and 3pm Friday! Enter by 10am Friday July 25. Winner chosen and notified by email at 10:15am. Tickets are for the show. To enter, email by 10am Friday and in the subject line put "Peter Pan Tickets". Good luck! More information is available here.


Fall Sports Registration | Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

July 25 - August 21, 2014
Registration for fall youth and adult athletics begins this week! Head over to Crooked Creek and Seven Oaks Parks to get you or your child into a sport like cheerleading, girls and boys lacrosse, cross country, tackle and flag football, soccer, golf and adult softball. Sports are great for team building, boosting confidence, getting in shape, learning teamwork, and making friends. Whether you need it or your kids do, head to Crooked Creek or Seven Oaks to get registered to start having fun! more information is available at Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission's website!


Fourth Fridays | Sumter

Friday, July 25, 2014
Bring your lawn chair and join us for the Fourth Friday's on Main, every month from now through October, in Downtown Sumter with live bands entertaining thousands. More information here!

Christmas in July | Richland Library

Friday, July 25, 2014
Design gingerbread men, snow men, icicles and more Christmas decorations to decorate the library. Details here.

Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park | Monsters vs. Aliens

Friday, July 25, 2014
At 7 p.m., before the film starts rolling, there will be face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. All movies are free and open to the public. More information here.

A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen

Saturday, July 26, 2014
The series kicks off on July 26 with an outdoor screening of Singin’ in the Rain in Hollywood Park – the same neighborhood where Stanley grew up. The celebration continues with a lecture by Stephen Silverman, author of Stanley’s biography Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies. And for the next five weeks, the Nickelodeon will host Monday evening and Tuesday matinee screenings of classic Donen films with pre-film discussions led by local film experts and enthusiasts. More info here.


Ultimate Challange Night Ops Mud Run

Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Leatherneck course will be converted for night operations for the first time this Saturday. In this incarnation of the course, each team of four will face a 5K version of the Leatherneck with 20 obstacles illuminated with chem lights and luminescent paint. Try it if you dare. More info.

4th Annual Bowling for Rhinos

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Join the Riverbanks Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) for a night of bowling, a silent auction, door prizes and more! All proceeds go directly toward efforts that will help protect our remaining rhinos for future generations! Tickets are $15 and include 2 games and shoe rental. Silent Auction will include art inspired by zoo animals and a few pieces created by the animals themselves! More info here.

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Check out all the summer camps in the YMCA's catalog

YMCA Teen Camps | Innovation

July 28 - August 1
Innovation Camp: Get thinking this week - find a new way of doing something; maybe incremental, radical, or revolutionary. Discover the newest innovations in aerospace engineering, architecture, robotics, and more. Meet and talk with the scientists and professionals who are turning the possibilities of today into the realities of tomorrow. Become inspired to be an innovator! More information available in the Y's Parent Handbook!

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100 Dating Ideas

We are updating's fabulous pages with new looks, new content, and a lot of new fun ideas for couples in Columbia! Explore Soda City with your significant other and find out what we're famously hot for. From restaurant ideas to unique recreational ideas, get out of the house and go make it a date. You can thank us later! To check out all of the cool recommendations we have to offer, head on over to


Sign Up for Our Foodie News Monthly Email and Be Entered to Win a $130 Trio of Restaurant Gift Certificates!

We'd love to send you our newest email, Foodie News - it's all about FOOD and DRINK... who doesn't love those? Once we get 1000 sign-ups (and since the Top 10 goes to 60,000 of you, that shouldn't be hard!) we'll draw a name at random for a 3-Pack of Foodie Fun! Includes $50 to use at your choice in the Homegrown Hospitality group (Liberty Tap Room, Liberty on the Lake, Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, Pearlz), $50 to your choice in the Caffe Ventures group (Mr. Friendly's, Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar, Cellar on Greene) and $30 to Old Mill Brewpub in Lexington. Sign up here. If you're already signed up, sign up again - you'll only get each email once.

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Wine Down Wednesday | Five Points

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Come “wine down” each Wednesday in July in the village! From 5pm – 7pm, Five Points merchants offer hot summer specials and cool complimentary refreshments, including wine… this sounds fun! Website Click for info.

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SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

Our State's History
The century long mission of the SC Confederate Relic Room is to collect and preserve the military history of the state of South Carolina. Columbia's oldest museum holds relics and artifacts from bygone wars to the War on Terror from our time right now. Learn about our parts in the Revolutionary Way all the way to today's wars and explore the expansive collections of weapons, uniforms, flags, and more. More information and a list of exhibits are available here.

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2014 Farmers Markets

South Carolina State Farmers Market
3483 Charleston Highway (US 321)
6am - 9pm Monday - Saturday | Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Sandhill Farmers Market
Clemson Road across from Village at Sandhill
2pm - 7pm

Blythewood Farmers Market
171 Langford Road next to Town Hall
4pm - 7pm through July 23

Forest Acres Farmers Market
Under the big tent at Richland Mall
3-7 pm through October 29

Northeast Farmers Market
Lake Carolina Town Center
3pm - 7pm

Lexington Farmers Market
Lexington Square Park at 205 E. Main St.
9am - 12pm
Soda City Market
1400 &1500 Main Street (2 blocks) Downtown Columbia
9am - 1pm
Newberry Farmers Market
Downtown Newberry
9am - 11:30am
Kershaw County Farmers Market
631 DeKalb St. Camden
8am - 12pm
Irmo Farmers Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays only
Carlisle Street in Irmo
9am - 12pm
Ridge Spring Farmers Market
Highway 23/Main Street on Town Square

Music - Outdoor Concerts

Friday, July 25, 2014

Newberry Opera House Concerts in the Park | Jerry Sims and Kristi Hood

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Finlay Park Summer Concert Series | Mystic Vibrations (Reggae)

Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass | New Bluegrass Gospel Connection & Bluegrass Junction

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The Fantastic Shakers - Live Shag! | Jillian's

Thursday July 24, 2014 6pm - 11:30pm
Come join us as the Fantastic Shakers take the stage at Jillian’s Columbia on July 24th! After the Shakers, stick around for more Shagging in the Shack with DJ Butch! We’ll have great specials on food and beverages so come out and EAT! DRINK! and SHAG! Details here.

Music - Clubs and Concerts

Jillian's On Gervais
Come hang out with us in the Groove Shack on Thursday night for the finest Shag and Beach music with DJ Butch!

Old Mill Brew Pub Located in the Old Mill in Lexington
Every Monday "Family Karaoke" | 7pm-10pm
Every Thursday Red Fraley | 7pm-10pm
Friday July 11th | Aaron Terrapin 8pm-11pm
Saturday July 12th | Touch of April 8pm-11pm
Shag and Beach Party with your Hosts Bob Patterson & Jimmy Davis starting every Tuesday, 7pm-9pm on our "Screened Porch" Food and Drink Specials for participants only!!!!!

Pearlz Upstairz Above Pearlz Restaurant on Gervais St. Very cool, intimate club.

River Rat Brewery Located off Shop Rd. Friday, July 25, 2014 The Rat Cave opens at 4 PM we'll be hanging out and enjoying great music and craft brew. Sitting on the covered deck or playing corn-hole. Don't forget KC Hotdogs will be making his great dogs come alive with fresh ingredients! Saturday, July 26, 2014 The Blue Iguanas and the BBQ Bus will be here to make your afternoon relaxing and fun. Bring friends or your pooch on a leash and enjoy a craft draft!

Tsubaki. Columbia's Only True Karaoke Bar, next to Inakaya on Oneil Court in NE Columbia. Come make your own music! [Specials include $10 buckets of domestic beer, daily specials. Private Karaoke Rooms (for you and your pals to belt those tunes out) available! Open Tuesday - Sunday at 6pm! 224 Oneil Court. (803) 736-7474

Liberty on the Lake Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 3pm - 7pm. 76 and Sunny is playing on Saturday and Ronnie Hopkins plays on Sunday. Come sit lakeside, relax and listen!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 | An Evening with Grind, An Alice in Chains Tribute

Township Auditorium | Steely Dan
Monday, July 29, 2014
Steely Dan is an American jazz rock/rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, and their seven albums over that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop.[2] Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies."

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An Orchestra Concert Featuring Gifted Young Solo Artists

Friday, August 1, 7:00 pm
Union United Methodist Church, Irmo

An Orchestra Concert Featuring Gifted Young Solo Artists! Please come and invite your friends to experience this rare opportunity to hear young instrumental solo artists playing concertos as the composer intended...with orchestra! Jenning Chen, piano, Becan Floyd, viola, Dillon Smith, saxophone and Jacob Surak, cello, are playing concertos by Mendelssohn, Hoffmeister, Glazounov and Elgar. The orchestra includes some of Columbia's finest professionals including conductor, Kim Williams and SC Philharmonic concert master Mary Kinosian. The orchestral musicians are giving of their time and talents to support and encourage this new generation of young artists. The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact, call 803-781-3013, or visit their website for more information.

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Devine Street and Five Points Sidewalk Sale

August 1 - 3, 2014 | 10am - 6pm
Devine Street and Five Points merchants are joining together for the first joint Sidewalk Sale. Enjoy fabulous markdowns up to 90% off at participating merchants! On Saturday, August 2nd, while you shop you will have the opportunity to visit with local artists who will display their work on the sidewalks of Devine Street and Five Points and inside participating stores. As the majority of businesses in these two shopping districts are locally owned and operated, you can feel great as you BUY LOCAL this TAX FREE WEEKEND! For more information about this event, visit

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The Magical Land of Oz | Chapin Community Theatre

August 1-3 & 8-10, 2014
The timeless musical gets new twist with original songs to provide a modern take on the classic tale. Suitable for the whole family, this musical is going to blow you away as you travel down the yellow brick road with a dynamite cast! Have fun traveling with Dorothy and her friends while they all try their hardest to get their wishes granted. More information is available on Chapin Theatre Company's website.

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Joey from Disney's Liv & Maddie | Dutch Square Mall

Saturday, August 2, 2014 | 12pm - 3pm
Joey Bragg will be at Dutch Square Mall for a meet and greet during the tax-free weekend! Stop by and say hello and while you're there, snatch up the savings that are always rampant during tax-free weekend. Also, visit their facebook page for a chance to win prizes and attend a VIP meet and greet with Joey from Liv & Maddie! Only five winners will be selected and the contest is from July 22 to July 31. Bring your fan of the show and make their day while getting them new clothes for the start of school. It'll be an event to remember. More information is available.


Dinner Cruises | Spirit of Lake Murray

August 3 & 10, 2014
Experience the beauty of the Jewel of South Carolina aboard the luxury yacht, The Spirit of Lake Murray! Make it a date or just treat yourself and your friends to a wonderful relaxing ride along the calm waters of Lake Murray. View a stunning sunset and watch the full moon light up the water on August 10th while eating a wonderful home cooked dinner. The August 3 cruise is a Farm to Boat cruise and features a made-from-scratch gourmet dinner featuring local ingredients and prepared by Chef Keith of Raid My Pantry. The August 10th menu is to be decided but will surely be a wonderful meal! Tickets and more information are available here!

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