Thursday August 21, 2014 - Wednesday August 27, 2014 EdVenture After Dark presents LOL for Adults! Thursday, August 21, 2014 Kids aren't the only o


Thursday August 21, 2014 - Wednesday August 27, 2014

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EdVenture After Dark presents LOL for Adults!

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Kids aren't the only ones who can have fun at the museum! Join us for a night of laughter in support of EdVenture Children’s Museum. Enjoy the side-splitting performances of local comedians - Wayne Cousins, Jenn Snyder, Topher Riddle, Joe Coughlin and John Gibson while River Rat Brewery serves up its own signature craft brews. Information here.

Vista Nights

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Vista Nights offers later shopping hours at the most popular galleries and retailers on 3rd Thursdays in the Vista, which is already bustling with locals and hotel guests in the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars. More info here.

7th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil: The Publick House

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 2pm - 7pm
The 7th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil is a boiled peanut competition held each year in Columbia! Live music, children's activities, door prizes and great food! The boil celebrates food, friends and fun while supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities. More info here.

FOLKFabulous 2014: McKissick Museum

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 10am - 4pm
FOLKFabulous is a day-long celebration of Native American communities and artists in the Southeast, held at the Historic Horseshoe on the campus of the University of South Carolina. This event will be the largest gathering of Eastern North American Indian artists in the history of the University. The festival will feature musical performances, demonstrating artisans, dialog with community members, and engaging storytellers - perfect for the whole family. More information is available on this website and on facebook.

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David Nail | Jillian's

August 22, 2014
Country music artist David Nail is coming to rock Jillian's as a part of his I'm A Fire headlining tour. His classic southern charm flows into his singing and music, making this wonderful musician a heartthrob as well. Come pick up your tickets at Jillian's to see David Nail in an intimate venue before he starts selling out stadiums! More information is available on Jillian's website.


Food, dancing, and music you won't soon forget.

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Main Street Latin Festival 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Annual Main Street Latin Festival is back! Come join the thousands of people that flock to Main Street to celebrate everything amazing and great about Latin culture. Try new foods from all around the world, learn how to dance from an old pro, and listen to the sweet sounds of Latin influenced music. Have fun being immersed in the sounds of salsa, meringue, reggaeton and grupero music, folkloric dancers and the wonderful smell of Latin food. More information is available here.

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Elizapalooza 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 10am - 7pm
Join us for the 1st-ever Elizapalooza 2014 to help fund a clinical trial to aid in Eliza's fight against San Filippo, a terrible and debilitating disease. Elizapalooza will be a FUN day with live music, a vendors expo, a kids corner, face-painting, corn hole tournament for kids and adults, yard sale, food trucks and more! Click here for details.

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Wine on the River 2014: Stone River

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Join Women of Hope at Wine on the River for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine, specialty beers, and music. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Women and Children Fund, which helps to financially support high-quality health services and patient-centered care at Lexington Medical Center. More information here.

Freeway Music Festival: Music Farm

Saturday, August 23, 2014
2 stages, 20 bands and only $10. The proceeds go to benefit the On Ramp Scholarship. There will be tours of the new Music Farm venue. More info here.

3rd Annual Bluegrass, BBQ & Building (“BBB”) Family Festival | Lancaster

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Barbecue will be unbeatable, and so will the Bluegrass entertainment! The Hinson Girls and the Sun City Cloggers are returning by popular demand. Two more great bands will be joining them this year - the Carolina Rebels and Blue Ridge Junction. BBQ dinner, included with admission, begins serving at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment starts at 5:15 p.m. and wraps up around 9:30 p.m. More information is available here.

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Celebrate everything fantastic about everyone's favorite season.

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Summerfest 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014
2014 marks the 31st year for this annual festival celebrating the end of summer. Held on Saturday, August 23rd, this event, identified as the Best One-Day Festival in South Carolina, will attract over 40,000 thousand visitors. Events include the 10K, 5K and Fun Run, classic car show, craft and food fair, children’s activities, robotics demonstrations, sports tournaments, musical entertainment, Healthy Fair, Texaco Country Showdown, and much more. Summerfest kicks off with a Friday night concert and concludes with a concert the evening of Summerfest. Contact the Greater York Chamber of Commerce 803-684-2590 or visit


A festival a day keeps the doctor away. Wait, that's not right...

Summer Celebration of Water | Riverfront Park

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Celebrate clean water! Free family festival with paddle sports, water slides, and fun for all ages at Riverfront Park in Columbia. Festival activities include canoeing, kayaking, tubing, stand-up paddle boards, water slides, fishing demos, kid's activities, story time, food, and much more. More information here.

Summer Relief Music Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Summer Relief Music Festival is designed to showcase the best in local and regional talent and the only music festival in NW Columbia - featuring 10 Car Pile Up, The Root Doctors, Tweito, The World Optic, All New Badges. For admission please bring a canned food item to donate to the Irmo Community Food Bank at Sharing God's Love. Details are available here.

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Try a kabob! Click here for the coupon!

Ariana's Gourmet Greek Restaurant

Greek, but Unique

If you have not tried Ariana’s, you don’t know what you’re missing. Moe, proprietor and chef, prepares everything from scratch. Absolutely NOT your typical Greek food or restaurant. Picture beautifully presented healthful foods – kabobs are done over charcoal so meats are grill-marked and fats have dripped away; delicious soups are made with no MSG or thickeners; salads are cut fresh for each customer (horiatiki is chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, olives, feta and olive oil Greek dressing); vegetarian sampler allows you to select three veggies – be sure to try the Kadu (pumpkin spiced with mint). And throughout August, you can Buy One Entree and Get the Second Entree for 50% off! Get the coupon here. Ariana's is located on Hwy 378 near the West Columbia entrance to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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Sign Up for 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 (we're almost there!) 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.


With an annual audience of 30,000, the Chapin Labor Day Festival is doing all the right things.

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

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 - Clubs and Concerts

Liberty on the Lake Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 3pm - 7pm.

River Rat Brewery Located off Shop Rd. River Rat Brewery is throwing an End of Summer Bash for Cystic Fibrosis! At this event, we will have live music, a cornhole tournament, food trucks, River Rat beer, vendors, and more. Featuring music by: Ben G and BFAM, Wyze Mindz, Prettier Than Matt, Jeff Liberty, DJ Dez-One. More info here!

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 Tuesday "Shag & Beach Party" | 7:30pm-10pm
Every Wednesday "Team Bingo" | 7pm-9pm
Every Thursday Red Fraley | 7pm-10pm
Friday August 22nd, Jesse Moore | 8pm-11pm
Saturday August 23rd, Alex Davis "Passing Wentworth" | 8pm-11pm

Pearlz Upstairz Above Pearlz Restaurant on Gervais St. Very cool, intimate club.
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9pm - 12am | Mark Rapp Psycho Jazz Contigency
Friday, August 22, 2014, 10pm - 1am | Robert Gardiner
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10pm - 1am | The Patchwork

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

Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series
Saturday, August 23, 2014

The 4th Saturday House Band, Blue 52

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Benefit for Aaron ft. The Fishing Journal, Casio Mio, MyBrother MySister


2014 Labor Day Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2014
Known to draw a crowd of more than 30,000 people, the Chapin Labor Day Festival is a fantastic way to spend a weekend. There are street fairs, great food, arts and crafts vendors, a 5k walk-run, an annual book sale, a fantastic classic car show, talent contests, and, of course, amazing free live entertainment! Watch the parade and then go grab up some food, hit up the street fair, and finish the day off by watching a great concert. You're sure to be hooked on Chapin after this weekend. More information is available here.


Run or Walk a Crooked 5K for Meals on Wheels

REGISTER NOW for August 30, 2014
Proceeds from this 5K will help provide meals and support for individuals who have already spent their lifetime giving back to the community, our seniors. Meals on Wheels provides more than 11,000 meals annual to senior citizens and they need more help making this all possible. So gather up your family or your friends and register to run or walk the Crooked 5K. It's for an amazing cause. More information is available here.


Aiken's Makin'

September 5 - 6, 2014
Celebrating its 38th year, the popular outdoor event will take place on September 5 & 6, 2014. Vendor booths open daily at 9AM and will feature original art and handmade crafts, local and regional entertainment and more food choices than one can sample in a day. Casual and serious shoppers find many unique pieces of art and handmade crafts. Selections range from pottery, glass art, paintings, and wood creations to handmade quilts and clothing, metalwork, jewelry and yard art. There are also many other unique handcrafted items from around the county. Visit to see what is in store for the 2014 show.



A $104 Value for $60 includes: 4 Admission Tickets, 2 Ride Vouchers and $1 Food Coupons. Offer ends September 22!

Can't wait for the whirrr of the rides, the sweet smell of fair food, the art, the animals... the fun! SAVE $44 NOW! Online Ticket Sale Only! Buy your tickets here!


Midlands Workforce Job Fair

September 5, 2014
Midlands Workforce is hosting a job fair for the Midlands! Come out to meet local employers to find out about all the exciting opportunities the Midlands has to offer. Don't just get another job, get a career in the field you love. There will be opportunities in Healthcare, Business Administration and the Cosmetology industries. This job fair is for those who are serious about their work so dress your best! More information is available here!


53rd South Carolina Apple Festival | Westminster

September 5 - 6, 2014
Come up to Westminster, SC and get festive at the 53rd South Carolina Apple Festival. There will be kiddie rides, (apple themed) food vendors, mechanical bull rides, rock climbing, a parade, more arts and crafts and a ton of fun to be had. Sink your teeth into some apple pie, apple pastries, and apple flavored goods while checking out the classic car show and all the great live entertainment--from dancers to musicians and everything in between. Have fun and remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away. More information is available on their website.


Splash and Dash | Adventure Race

Splash and Dash Adventure Race is a teamwork challenge that combines mountain biking (5 miles), trail running (2 miles), and canoeing (1 mile). Teams must complete each section of the course and cross the finish line as a team, challenging them to work and stay together. Whether you're a veteran or a first time adventure racer, everyone competes on the same playing field. Each team must provide the following equipment for each team member: mountain bike, helmet, running gear, and equipment for the transition area. Matching team shirts are encouraged! More information here.

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