Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Special

It is not too late to find last minute Labor Day specials that feature exciting things to do Labor Day weekend. In fact, we want to share a Labor Day special designed just for you! Escape from reality and enjoy a weekend getaway without the hassles of gas prices, airline tickets, holiday traffic and more. Take advantage of this special discount rate for the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden package at the Wingate by Wyndham Harbison hotel. Enjoy a romantic getaway away with your loved one or bring the entire family along for a fun-filled weekend adventure. Explore Riverbanks Zoo and Garden which has been named one of America's Top 10 Zoos by Tripadvisor and then relax and unwind at one of Columbia's favorite local hotels. The Wingate Harbison is offering this incredible Labor Day Weekend package for ONLY $79 per night. That is $30 off their regular zoo package. Experience the joys of a relaxing vacation, at the Wingate Harbison hotel in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Package
Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, where you can see more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Hang out with the monkeys, admire the 200 pound lions and take your turn feeding the giraffes! When the animals turn in for the evening, head back to the Wingate Harbison hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening at one of Columbia's favorite hotels.  

The Wingate Harbison Riverbanks Zoo Package includes:
  • 2 Tickets to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden 
  • A spacious sleeping room equipped with a microwave & refrigerator
  • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Use of the outdoor pool and fitness center
  • Free access to Gold's Gym
  • Additional discount zoo tickets can be purchased at the hotel if needed
Enjoy this special holiday package brought to you by Wingate Harbison for only $79 per night! Call the Wingate Harbison hotel today at 800-826-5570 to make your reservation. Mention the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Labor Day Weekend special to get this incredible discount rate. The Wingate by Wyndham Harbison Riverbanks Zoo Labor Day Weekend Special is available August 31, 2012 - September 3, 2012. It is not valid with any other promotions or discounts.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carolina Gamecock Football

The 2012 University of South Carolina Gamecocks football season is almost here! Time to fill your wardrobe with garnet and black and dig out all of your tailgating gear for the ultimate game day experience. Check out the University of South Carolina Football Season details below to find out where to park, where to stay, and where to play when you visit Gamecock Country for the USC home games in Columbia, South Carolina. Visiting Columbia for the UAB game on September 15th? Get an incredible discount at the Wingate Harbison hotel.

2012 University of South Carolina Football Schedule
August 30, 2012 - USC at Vanderbilt
September 8, 2012 - USC vs. East Carolina
September 15, 2012 - USC vs. UAB
September 22, 2012 - USC vs. Missouri
September 29, 2012 - USC at Kentucky
October 6, 2012 - USC vs. Georgia
October 13, 2012 - USC at LSU
October 20, 2012 - USC at Florida
October 27, 2012 - USC vs. Tennessee
November 10, 2012 - USC vs. Arkansas
November 17, 2012 - USC vs. Wofford
November 24, 2012 - USC at Clemson

University of South Carolina Football Stadium
Williams-Brice Stadium is the home of the Carolina Gamecocks. It is recognized as one of the finest facilities in all of college football with the ability to seat more than 80,000 people. Join Cocky the mascot at Gamecock home games to cheer on the team as they challenge their opponents in Columbia, South Carolina.

USC Football Game Day Parking Information
Williams-Brice Stadium is surrounded by lots and fields that are excellent for parking and tailgating. The South Carolina State Fairgrounds, located along George Rogers Blvd, are an ideal place to park and tailgate. These lots offer easy access to the stadium and a fun atmosphere. In addition, the former Farmers Market site is now a parking facility. This new site will be open for the 2012 football season offering shaded tent zones, electrical outlets, and restrooms. Read more about Game Day parking near Williams Brice Stadium for additional details.

Hotels near Williams-Brice Stadium
Carolina Gamecock fans travel to Columbia, South Carolina from all over the country to watch the Gamecocks play at home. Make your hotel reservations today to ensure that you have a place to stay while you cheer on the Gamecocks! The Staybridge Suites Downtown is located just 4 miles away from Williams-Brice Stadium, very close to the restaurants and nightlife found in the Vista. Call them today at 866-406-4650 to make your hotel reservations. Interested in staying in a shopping district? Contact the Wingate Harbison at 800-826-5570 or the Holiday Inn Express Harbison at 877-354-7344 and make your hotel reservations today. In addition, the Hampton Inn Lexington is just a short drive away from Williams-Brice Stadium and they offer great football weekend rates. Contact them today at 800-872-9671. Each Columbia hotels offers unique amenities and excellent customer service. Hotel amenities include free hot breakfast, free wireless internet, free parking and more!

Things To Do in Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina attractions entertain people of all ages and interests. Find a Columbia attraction that interests you and turn your visit into a weekend getaway. Watch the Carolina Gamecocks play football and then explore Columbia's most popular attractions. In addition, Columbia is filled with amazing restaurants and live entertainment. Make the most of your football weekend and enjoy everything that this remarkable city has to offer!

Enjoy football season everyone! We look forward to seeing you in Columbia, South Carolina.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Events on Labor Day Weekend in Columbia SC

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina with family and friends. Columbia is looking forward to a weekend full of exciting local events including outdoor adventures, theatrical performances, festivals, and more. Interested in a weekend getaway? Celebrate this long holiday weekend exploring a city nearby. Check out the list of 2012 Labor Day Weekend Events listed below and start making your holiday plans today! 

Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Special
August 31 - September 3, 2012
Tripadvisor has ranked Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the 4th best zoo in the country and we are lucky enough to live just minutes away from this amazing South Carolina attraction. Treat your family to a Labor Day Weekend getaway at the Wingate Harbison hotel and get TWO FREE tickets to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. For only $79 you can enjoy a spacious room at the Wingate hotel, two free tickets to Riverbanks Zoo, free breakfast, free internet, and use of the outdoor pool. Hurry and call the Wingate today at 800-826-5570 to make your Labor Day Weekend reservation. Click here for more details. 

Labor Day Parade and Festival near Columbia South Carolina
September 1 - 3, 2012
Looking for a Labor Day Weekend parade? Chapin is just a short drive away from Columbia and they will be celebrating Labor Day all weekend long with a spectacular parade and more. Kick off Labor Day Weekend with the Crooked 5K for Meals on Wheels at Crooked Creek Park. Registration is at 7AM and the race begins at 8AM. Call 803-345-6181 for details. On Saturday, September 2nd, there will be a free concert with free food at Chapin Presbyterian Church from 4PM to 6PM. Live music will be provided by Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and The Hinson Girls. On Labor Day, guests will enjoy a big parade, acclaimed one of the finest in South Carolina. The parade lines up beginning at 8AM at the GIS lot on Chapin Road. Trophies will be awarded for the best floats. Finally, enjoy a children's carnival, the Chapin Idol talent contest, a classic car show, an AMROC model train display, arts and crafts vendors, food concessions, and an old-fashioned gospel concert. There will be fun and entertainment all weekend long! Read more about the Chapin Labor Day Weekend Festival and start making plans today.

Congaree River Moonlight Paddle
August 31, 2012 from 7:30PM - 10:30PM
September 1, 2012 from 7:30PM - 10:30PM
Paddle in Columbia, South Carolina along the Congaree River to see the full moon and views of the town and bridges. This unique and romantic venture occurs on the Friday and Saturday closest to the full moon. This year, we are lucky enough to have a full moon on Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy lots of history, scenery, and night views of the city. Perfect for people of all ages and skill levels. Visit for more information.
Pinocchio at Columbia Marionette Theatre
September 1, 2012 at 11:00AM
Columbia SC puppet shows are fun for the entire family. CMT presents the classic story of Pinocchio this Labor Day Weekend. Gepetta has lovingly carved a little boy named Pinocchio out of wood, though a real boy to call his very own is what he dreams of. One magical night, his wish is granted and Pinocchio comes to life. From dancing on stage, to escaping the Isle of Joy, and being swallowed by a whale, Pinocchio learns valuable lessons that are essential to being a good, little real boy. Never been to a puppet show before? Make this a fun, new Labor Day weekend experience for your entire family! Visit for more information.

Museum On Us Weekend at Edventure
September 1 - 2, 2012
If you are a Bank of America cardholder, enjoy FREE admission to EdVenture on the first full weekend of every month. Just present your card at EdVenture's Welcome Center and the cardholder will receive free admission. Regular admission applies to additional guests. Learn more at

Let's Go Sailing Labor Day Weekend Event
September 1, 2012 - 9:30AM, 12:00PM, 2:30PM and 5:00PM
September 2, 2012 - 9:30AM, 12:00PM, 2:30PM, and 5:00PM
September 3, 2012 - 9:30AM, 12:00PM, 2:30PM, and 5:00PM
Sail with Lanier Sailing Academy over Labor Day Weekend for just $30 per person. Enjoy an incredible 2 hour sailing experience on the beautiful Lake Murray. Try your hand at sailing or just sit back and let your instructor guide the boat as your 'personal' Captain. For more details, read about the Labor Day 2012 Let's Go Sailing event on Facebook.

2012 Main Street Latin Festival
September 2, 2012 from 11:00AM -10:00PM
The Main Street Latin Festival features live entertainment throughout the day and night, a wide variety of authentic Latin food and other favorites, vendors on hand with your favorite Latin wares, giveaways and surprise guests. Join us on Main Street in Columbia, SC for this FREE Columbia event on Labor Day Weekend.

South Carolina State Museum Discount Admission
September 2, 2012 
General Admission to the South Carolina State Museum is only $1.00 on the first Sunday of each month. Take advantage of this excellent discount rate available on Labor Day Weekend 2012.

Columbia South Carolina Visitors
If you are visiting Columbia, South Carolina this Labor Day Weekend, we invite you to stay with one of our local hotel partners. These Columbia hotels offer excellent amenities, exceptional customer service, and affordable rates. Call the Wingate at 800-826-5570, the Staybridge Suites at 866-406-4650, the Holiday Inn Express at 877-354-7344, or the Hampton Inn at 800-872-9671 to make your hotel reservations today.

2012 Labor Day Weekend Getaway 
Spend a weekend in a nearby city with family and friends. Read the Charleston, South Carolina blog entry to find out what's happening in Charleston over Labor Day Weekend. Interested in visiting the North Carolina Coast? Read the Wilmington North Carolina Labor Day Weekend blog entry and start making your travel plans today!

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Events in Columbia SC - August 2012

Columbia SC Events promise to entertain the entire family this August 2012. From puppet shows to free concerts to local festivals, there are special events and activities designed for people of all ages and interests. Check out the August 2012 Columbia SC Events listed below and start making plans with family and friends. We even included a special Weekend Getaway opportunity to one of South Carolina's favorite nearby cities. Happy August Everyone!

Brew at the Zoo
August 3, 2012
Sample a wide variety of imports, domestics and micros while you enjoy listening to live music with John Wesley Satterfield and His Damn Fine Band. Encounter animals up close and catch presentations throughout the event. Call 803-779-8717 for more information. 

August - 4, 11, 18, 20, 25, 2012
Columbia Marionette Theatre presents Pinocchio! Gepetto has lovingly carved a little boy named Pinocchio out of wood, though a real boy to call his very own is what he dreams of. One magical night, his wish is granted, and Pinocchio comes to life. Watch as Pinocchio embarks on an adventure that tests his understanding of right and wrong. Purchase your Columbia Marionette Theatre tickets today.

National Night Out
August 4, 2012
The 2012 National Night Out will feature local entertainment, carnival rides, food and refreshments, local safety officers and vehicles on display, and a chance to break the world record for the largest Zumba class. Visit for more information.  

Summer Concert Series 2012
August 4, 2012 - National Night Out - The Finesse Band
August 11, 2012 - Saxaphonist Dante Lewis (Jazz)
August 18, 2012 - Karaoke Finals - The Mighty Kicks
The 2012 Summer Concert Series features a variety of musicians from around the city and surrounding areas. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, dancing shows and come engulf yourself in the sounds of summer at Finlay Park. Food & drink fendors are available. No pets or no glass containers allowed. For more information, check out the Finlay Park Summer Concert Series schedule.

Jubilee Festival of Heritage
August 18, 2012 from 11AM - 5PM
This free Columbia SC festival features hands-on demonstrations from artists and caftsmen, vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise, tours of the Mann-Simons site and more. Plus, guests will enjoy live musical entertainment that includes R&B, jazz, blues, and gospel. For more information, check out the full list of Jubilee: Festival of Heritage activities.

Famously Hot Music Festival
August 24 - 26, 2012
This three day Columbia SC music festival will take place at Finlay Park. Enjoy spectacular live music from the following musicians: EOTO, Savoy, Buckcherry, Seven Mary Three, Eve 6, Lonestar, Corey Smith, Josh Thompson, and more. Purchase your Famously Hot Music Festival tickets today.

Summer Celebration of Water
August 25, 2012 from 10AM - 2PM
The 3rd annual Summer Celebration of Water is a free Columbia event. Enjoy inflatable water slides, sprinklers and more at Play Zone, explore engineering and technology with moving water at the Science of Splash, and discover aquatic life along the banks of the Broad River at the Life at the Water's Edge exhibit. Plus there will be free canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and paddle boarding in the Columbia Canal. Join us at Riverfront Park (Laurel & Huger Streets) for this wonderful Columbia event. 

Vacation Escape
Looking for a chance to escape on a long weekend getaway? Charleston, South Carolina is the place to be August 9 - 12, 2012. Start your long weekend off with the talented comedian Jim Gaffigan. He is recognized as one of the top 5 most successful touring comedians in the country today, and you can watch him perform live in Charleston, SC. Next up is the Moonlight Mixer on August 10th. Dance the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Only 600 tickets will be sold for this event so call 843-795-4386 to get your tickets today. Spend a relaxing day at the beach on August 11th and then finish up your long weekend celebrating 2nd Sunday on King Street. Enjoy shopping, music, and delicious dining on Charleston's Main Street. If this sounds like the weekend escape you have been looking for, call the Staybridge Suites North Charleston at 866-497-7963 to make your Charleston hotel reservations today!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events