Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Columbia SC New Year's Eve 2014

Columbia SC New Year's Eve events feature fireworks, concerts, family activities, ball drops and more!

Ring in the New Year at popular Columbia, South Carolina festivals and events! The Columbia SC Famously Hot New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia features live music and entertainment, a countdown and ball drop, festive fireworks and access to large screen monitors to watch the college football bowl games. EdVenture Children's Museum invites families to attend Columbia's only ball drop for kids and Main Street Crit invites you to kick off your celebrations with a 5K race. Columbia SC celebrations feature activities and events for people of all ages and interests. Share memories of 2014 and create your very first memories of 2015 right here in Columbia, South Carolina with family and friends!

Visiting Columbia for New Year's Eve? Our local hotel partners offer comfortable accommodations, complimentary breakfast and easy access to all of Columbia's New Year's Celebrations. Call them today and ask for their New Year's Eve Packages.

Columbia SC New Year's Eve Events:

Famously Hot New Year Celebration
December 31, 2014
Famously Hot New Year is THE place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Capital City. The Famously Hot New Year's Celebration started four years ago as a New Year’s Eve street concert with a fireworks show. It has grown to a state-wide celebration that is the catalyst for other happenings around the area. Corporate citizens, businesses, non-profits, and public entities have joined in the fun to host their own events during the Famously Hot New Year celebration. The celebration offers attendees a unique way to ring in the New Year. Set at the footsteps of the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol, attendees will ring in the New Year with Southern hospitality. The celebration extends down Main Street and beyond, encompassing the huge, free #FHNY concert featuring The O'Jays with opening acts MisterWives and Lefty at the Washout and a midnight fireworks show, all hosted by WLTX's Darci Strickland and WCOS's Kelly Nash.

New Year’s Eve at Noon
December 31, 2014 - Doors Open at 9AM
Get ready for Columbia’s only BALL DROP for kids! Doors open at EdVenture Children's Museum at 9am with activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world. As the countdown to noon begins, a giant illuminated ball descends and lands at the foot of EDDIE, kicking off the biggest mid-day celebration in town! Free with museum admission. Call 803-779-3100 for more information.

Main Street Crit
December 31, 2014
Kick start 2015 by running Main Street Crit on New Year's Eve. Let your kids come and experience the fun of running and fitness! Main Street Crit features a Kids Fun Run, 5K Open Race and 8K race for elite runners. The races will be on December 31st. The start times are: Kids Fun Run - 3PM, Open 5K - 3:30PM, and Elite 8K - 4:45PM. All of the races are spectator-friendly on a "criterium style," two-block loop in downtown Columbia, SC. Elite runners will compete for over $8,000 in prize money! Click here for additional information.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Newberry Opera House
December 31, 2014
An Opera House tradition! Mark your calendars for the annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Newberry Opera House. Join in as a host of guest performers welcomes the New Year with music and dancing, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, wine and champagne. For ticket information contact the Newberry Opera House at 803.276.6264 or visit If you can't make the show, the grand finale will feature fireworks over Downtown at midnight and the dropping of "the ball" from the Opera House clocktower! Come experience Newberry's version of New Year's Eve celebration.

New Year's Eve at Music Farm
December 31, 2014
Solid Entertainment and Music Farm Productions present the 2014 New Year's Eve Party! Ring in the New Year with Weaving The Fate, Ben G and Death of Paris. Opening set by DM Radio.  The celebration begins at 8PM. Tickets are $12 in davance, $15 day of show. This event is for all ages, under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. Click here for additional information.

New Year's Eve Carnival in Columbia SC
December 31, 2014 from 6PM - 11PM
A family-friendly New Year's Eve Carnival designed with the "family" in mind. Our hours are early so that parents can spend quality time with their children on New Year's Eve. There's a lot for you to do too—amusement rides, carnival games, karaoke, food & drink vendors and more! New Year's Eve Carnival will be held from 6PM - 11PM on December 31, 2014, on Main Street. Call 803-545-3117 for more information.

Happy New Year! 

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Columbia SC 2014 Holiday Events

Celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, South Carolina at incredible annual events including Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo, Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights, WinterFest at the SC State Museum and more.

From twinkling Christmas lights to holiday tunes to your favorite holiday shows, Columbia SC is ready to celebrate the 2014 holiday season. Mark you calendar today so that you and your family can enjoy these festive holiday events!

Visiting from out of town? Contact our local hotel partners for excellent holiday rates!

2014 Holiday Events in Columbia SC

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Now - December 30, 2014
Closed Nov 27, Dec 24 & 25
Experience Columbia's longest running holiday tradition! Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years. Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, counless animated images and dazzling Music in Motion Lights. There will be nightly visits with Santa, and warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Call 803-779-8717 for more information.

Holiday House Tours
Now - January 6, 2014
The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house. Shown as part of the regularly-scheduled tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site from November 21 - January 6.

Now - February 22, 2015
Every day is a SNOW DAY at EdVenture Children's Museum from November 22nd through February 22nd! Strap on some ice skates and pack your mittens for a frosty, fun-filled trip to Snowville. Our most popular seasonal exhibit is cooler than ever! Crawl through an ice tunnel, climb a snow-capped mountain, sled down a snowy hill, or visit the Penguin Observation Station. It’s all in Snowville! Click here for additional information.

Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights
November 26 - December 31, 2014
From November 26th through December 31st, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with its dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. Take a stroll along the boardwalk through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail and watch nature come to life in sparkling lights. Take a hayride to the boardwalk for $1 per person or walk along the new trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show and the Deck the Doors Holiday door display along the way. Click here for more information.

The Nutcracker Ballet
November 26 - 30, 2014
Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker Ballet at the Township Auditorium November 26 - 30, 2014. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Show times: Wednesday, November 26th at 10AM. Friday, November 28th at 7:30PM. Sunday November 30th at 3PM. Call the Township Auditorium at 803-576-2350 for more information.

Columbia Children's Theatre presents Jack Frost
December 5 - 14, 2014
Something’s up with the weather.  The leaves are turning non-existent colors, unexpected snows are blanketing the orange groves and farmers are getting frost bite in the summer.  What is going on?  Is it global warming?  No, it’s Jack Frost being “creative” again. When Jack’s rebellion and yearning for self-expression start landing him in hot water, his parents The Snow Queen and The Frost King, decide that a little time spent with the industrious and practical Kringle family would teach the head-strong lad a lesson. Click here for additional information.

Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree at EdVenture
December 6 - 20, 2014
Santa is coming! EdVenture invites all families to enjoy this holiday event for children featuring photos with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, story time with Frosty the Snowman, festive face painting and holiday arts and crafts. Spend a full day of winter fun together as you visit Santa Claus, his elves and Frosty before heading upstairs to the North and South Pole to play in our seasonal exhibit, Snowville. Click here for additional information.

Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts
December 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2014
Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being the Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With seven snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule. Performances will run December 13th at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM to 14th at 3:00 PM and December 20th and 21st at both 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Click here to purchase tickets.

WinterFest at SC State Museum
December 20, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Take a break from the holiday frenzy with family activities celebrating the winter season! A State Museum holiday tradition kicks off in December with a two-week long celebration of the winter season. Call 803-898-4952 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 Halloween Events in Columbia SC

Celebrate Halloween in Columbia, South Carolina this October 2014. 

Boo at the Zoo, Deceased Farm and all of Columbia’s favorite Halloween attractions are back and they are bigger and better than ever before! From trick-or-treating to corn mazes to haunted house adventures, Columbia SC has Halloween festivities that will entertain audiences of all ages. How many haunted attractions and Halloween activities can you fit in this October 2014?

Visiting Columbia for a Halloween Getaway? Contact our local hotel partners and make your Columbia hotel reservations today!

2014 Columbia SC Halloween Events and Attractions:

Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze: Down On The Farm
September 19 - November 16, 2014
Fridays 6PM - 11PM, Saturdays 10AM - 11PM, Sunday 2PM - 7PM
As you navigate our 8 acre corn maze you will find clues, pictures, and games. Maize-o-Vision secret decoders help you navigate the multi-acre puzzle. Can you find your way out? Maize Quest is a great way for families, scouts, schools, youth groups, and corporate parties to enjoy victory together. Bring your family for a weekend to remember. After 'Getting Lost' in the Corn Maze, visit the Kiddie Corn Maze, Tire Maze, Tricyle Raceway, Cornsnake, Rubber Duck Races, Sand Pile, "Spookley & His Friends Storybook Maze", South Carolina's Original Marshmallow Maze, John Deere combine slide, pumpkin bowling, giant forty foot slide, wooden playground area and much, much more. Click here for more information.

Deceased Farm
September 26 - 28, 2014
October 3-5, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 29-31, 2014
November 1, 2014
Featuring two complete haunted houses, Deceased Farm is fast becoming the Midland’s premiere haunted attraction. Conveniently located in Lexington, South Carolina next to the corn maze at Clinton Sease Farm, you can spend the day wandering the corn maze and when darkness falls come over to test your bravery in one or both attractions. The main haunt encompasses three buildings that are crammed full of state of the art props and sets inhabited by over 30 live characters surrounded by a 2 acre haunted corn maze. Deceased Farm is a very intense attraction and is NOT recomended for small children. Recommended for children 12 years of age and up, but younger children are allowed if accompanied by an adult. Click here for additional information.

Scarecrows in the Garden
October 1, 2014 - November 2, 2014
Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! Presented by Palmetto Parent, the free Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. Call 803-252-7742 for more information.

Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House
October 2014
The scarecrows are on the loose and watching over the pumpkins. Children will pick out and decorate a pumpkin to take home, play games and enjoy a harvest snack. Afterwards they can participate in the Scarecrows in the Garden Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are $7 per child, $6 per child for groups of 20 or more. Call 803-252-1770 x 33 to make arrangements for your group.

Witch's Night Out at Deceased Farm
October 16, 2014 from 6PM - 7:30PM
Leave the ghouls and little goblins at home, this event is just for the witches. Featuring devilishly delicious food from The Farmer's Shed, custom brew from Krafty Draft and live entertainment by DJ, Ronny Lane. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, beverages, early and unlimited entry into both haunted attractions. Click here for additional information.

Boo at the Zoo
October 17 - 30, 2014 from 6PM - 9PM
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden presents Boo at the Zoo - a 2014 Halloween Spooktacular event! Featured attractions include the trick-or-treat trail, Moonlight Magic with Ray, a nightly costume parade, marshmallow roasts, Frankenstein's Foam Zone, the Spooky Safari, Haunted Carousel, Spooky Hay Maze and more. Tickets are only $9 for the general public and children younger than 2 are free! Make plans now to attend this family friendly Halloween event in Columbia, SC.

Spooktacular Night at the CMA
October 19, 2014
As darkness falls, the Museum transforms into a Spooktacular place filled with ghosts, art, music and goodies. Explore the galleries by taking a 'spooky'-themed tour and participating in a haunted gallery hunt, as well as creating Halloween art. Buy a burger for dinner from the Pawley?s food truck on the plaza. At the stroke of 7PM, enjoy a performance by Lunch Money followed by a trip to the Garden of Curiosities. Click here for additional information.

Halloween at the Park
October 24, 2014
Trick-or-treat on the outdoor trick-or-treat trail from 6:30–7:30PM at Crooked Creek Park.Then enjoy carnival games and prizes, a costume contest, SCREAM contest, concessions, and all the fun you can imagine! This is a great event for the whole family. A wristband can be purchased for $5 per child. Concessions will available for purchase from the American Legion. Call 803-345-6181 for more information.

Halloween Zumbathon
October 25, 2014 at 10AM
Join some of Columbia's hottest Zumba instructors to dance for a good cause during the Halloween Zumbathon at Seven Oaks Park. This event will benefit ICRC Meals on Wheels. There will be a prize for the best costume! Call 803-772-3336 for more information.

Will O'The Wisp
October 25, 2014 at 6PM
Children can stroll along the boardwalk gathering candy and visiting with Nature Interpreters to learn about nocturnal animals. Other activities include games, cookie decorating, making s’mores, and hot cocoa! Lighted Jack-o-lanterns will sing songs and tell stories!  Come in costume and bring a flashlight or lantern. Click here for more information.

Trunk or Treat at the Robert Mills House
Put your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House with our first Trunk or Treat. Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House, and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk. Don’t forget to explore the Scarecrows in the Gardens exhibit and visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills during this free event! Call 803-252-7742 for more information.

Halloween Hustle at Saluda Shoals Park
October 30, 2014
Dress in your Halloween best for this run held on a fast, fun course that runs through Saluda Shoals Park.  The festivities continue after the hustle with a laser light show, DJ, and fun activities.  Costumes are encouraged.  Prizes will be awarded to Best Youth, Best Adult, Best Group, and Best Overall Costumes. T-Shirts available for purchase. Click here for additional information.

Dracula: Ballet with a Bite
October 30, 2014 - November 1, 2014 at 7:30PM
Blood, Fangs, and Death are just a few of the things you will find in this favorite Halloween cult classic. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, we see Count Dracula continue his seductive reign of terror with his Brides of Darkness in Transylvania. Performance dates for this Halloween “must see” dance favorite are at 7:30 PM from October 30th – November 1st with our annual costume contest during the Saturday performance. Click here for additional information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Thursday, August 21, 2014

South Carolina Gamecock Football 2014 - 2015 Season

The South Carolina Gamecocks will challenge Texas A&M at Williams-Brice Stadium one week from today to kick off the 2014 - 2015 football season.

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team will challenge seven opponents at home and five opponents on the road during the 2014 - 2015 college football season. Purchase your tickets today to see Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the SC Gamecocks take on the SEC right here in Columbia, South Carolina.

2014 - 2015 South Carolina Gamecocks Football Schedule:

8/18/14 - USC vs. Texas A&M - Columbia, SC
9/6/14 - USC vs. East Carolina - Columbia, SC
9/13/14 - USC vs. Georgia - Columbia, SC
9/20/14 - USC at Vanderbilt - Nashville, TN
9/27/14 - USC vs. Missouri - Columbia, SC
10/4/14 - USC at Kentucky - Lexington, KY
10/18/14 - USC vs. Furman - Columbia, SC
10/25/14 - USC at Auburn - Auburn, AL
11/1/14 - USC vs. Tennessee - Columbia, SC
11/15/14 - USC at Florida - Gainesville, FL
11/22/14 - USC vs. South Alabama - Columbia, SC
11/29/14 - USC at Clemson - Clemson, SC

Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, cheer with Cocky at Williams-Brice Stadium and celebrate each victory in the Vista Downtown. These football season memories will last a lifetime!

Visiting from out of town? Our Columbia hotel partners offer free parking, free breakfast and free WiFi. Contact the Staybridge Suites, Wingate Harbison, Hampton Inn Lexington or Holiday Inn Express Harbison today to make reservations for USC football weekends in Columbia, South Carolina.

Gamecock Country is the place to be during the 2014 - 2015 college football season. So, put on your very best garnet and black and head to Columbia to cheer for the Gamecocks!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014 Festivals, Concerts and Special Events

Columbia South Carolina June 2014 events feature festivals, concerts, shows, competitions, tours and more.

Miss South Carolina, an Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel, Bruno Mars at Colonial LifeColumbia Fashion Week and more are coming up this June 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. Enjoy music by world caliber guitarists at the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, watch the Columbia QuadSquad team compete at home against Duke City in the Roller Derby at Jamil Temple, check out handcrafted items from local artists at the 46th Annual Ceramic & Handcrafts Show and attend the Miss South Carolina Pageant right here in Columbia, SC.

Visiting Columbia, South Carolina to attend these June events? Enjoy special discount rates from our Columbia hotel partners. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking at these Columbia hotels.

June 2014 Columbia South Carolina Events:

Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
June 6-8, 2014
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition is an annual event that will bring world caliber guitarists to Columbia, South Carolina. This Columbia festival inspires and educates guitar professionals as well as amateurs. The Southern Guitar Festival will encompass concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition. Click here to purchase your SGFC tickets today.

An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel
June 6, 2014 
Music Farm Productions, Ear For Music, and the Columbia Museum of Art proudly present an intimate evening with legendary singer and songwriter Art Garfunkel. Join the iconic and incomparable musician for an enthralling show of songs, stories, and a post-show question-and-answer period. Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The renowned countertenor leads a stripped-down band in a performance of lovely originals and interpretations of durable standards. Call 803-799-2810 for more information.

Palmetto State Guitar Show
June 7, 2014 from 10AM - 6PM
The Palmetto State Guitar Show held at Jamil Shrine Temple features guitars, equipment, speakers, etc. Bring an instrument and get $1.00 off admission. Tickets are $7 per person.  For more information visit

South Carolina Strike Out HD
June 7, 2014 at 12PM
Sign up for the inaugural South Carolina Bowl-A-Thon Strike Out HD. Teams are invited to participate in this bowl-a-thon at AMF Columbia Lanes on Bush River Road to support Huntington's Disease Society of America. Registration for this Columbia event includes two hours of bowling and shoes. Teams must have a minimum of two people and a maximum of four people. Individual bowlers can be matched up with a team when they arrive. Call 803-543-7072 for more information.

Roller Derby at Jamil Temple
June 8, 2014
The Columbia QuadSquad will compete at home against Duke City on June 8, 2014. The game will be at Jamil Temple in Columbia, South Carolina.  Flat track roller derby is a fast paced, hard-hittig sport requiring athleticism and agility. Bouts consist of a series of two minute jams with four blockers and one jammer, designated by a star on her helmet, from each team on the track. This fierce ladies flat track competition is guaranteed to excite. Call 803-772-0732 for more information.

SC Philharmonic Patriotic Concert
June 11, 2014 at 7:30PM
Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the musicians of the S.C. Phil honor members of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Green Berets, with this special concert event that features all the patriotic favorites, from Francis Scott Key to John Philip Sousa. Call 803-254-7445 to order tickets for this event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours
June 12, 2014
One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery's acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Call 803-252-1770 to purchase tickets.

46th Annual Ceramic & Handcrafts Show
June 13 - 14, 2014 from 10AM - 5PM
The 46th Annual Ceramic & Handcrafts Show features handcrafted items from local artists. Check out jewelry, woodworking, hand painted gourds, glass, pottery, give-a-ways and much more.Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 - 12. Call Jamil Temple at 803-772-9380 for more information about this event.

Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle World Tour
June 13, 2014 at 8PM
Bruno Mars has announced the eagerly anticipated additional leg of his blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.” Following two back-to-back nights in Mars’ hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, April 18th and 19th, the acclaimed trek will hit arenas and amphitheaters across North America throughout summer 2014, including a stop Friday, June 13th at the Colonial Life Arena. The GRAMMY®-winning global superstar will be joined in Columbia by Aloe Blacc. Call 803-576-9200 for tickets.

Southeastern Piano Festival
June 15 - 22, 2014
Each summer the Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. The Southeastern Piano Festival embraces a multi-faceted personality: it is a high-level training platform for the young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond. For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists. Call 803-777-1209 for more information.

The Columbia City Jazz Summer Intensive
June 18 - 22, 2014
The 2013 Summer Intensive was an amazing success with dancers from all over the U.S. attending! This year, it's going to be BETTER! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of positions available, so if you're interested in attending, get your registrations in early. We have three levels of instruction, Mini/Junior, Preteen/Teen, and Senior. Currently scheduled instructors include Stacey Tookey, Sonya Tayeh, Jason Parsons, Nick Lazzarini and more. These instructors are subject to change. Call 803-252-0252 for more information.

Columbia Fashion Week
June 18-21, 2014
Columbia Fashion Week is Columbia’s first official 5 day / night fashion week. Enjoy fashion, arts, chic mixers, live entertainment, exclusive shopping, and fashion education. 2012 and 2013 Designers and Retailers included Tsvety Fashion, BelindaBilly, Bianca Loren, Boutique MS, Cuties, Matching Dots, Circa Duds and more. Call 803-701-0172 for more information about this Columbia event.

SouthEast Crab Feast
June 21, 2014
The 4th Annual SouthEast Crab Feast is an All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza. Enjoy the Low Country heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood. There will be fresh out of the ocean Blue Crabs, Low Country Boil (shrimp, potatoes, corn & beef sausage), music and family fun environment. This event sells out early every year therefore we highly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance. Call 980-202-1142 for more information.

Museum Road Show at the SC State Museum
June 21, 2014 
Aunt Martha’s coin silver wine holders, Kewpie dolls, a Picasso drawing, a Japanese bayonet, a Russian samovar, an Edgar Allan Poe first edition – you never know what might turn up at the Museum Road Show! Inspired by PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” the program will offer informal appraisals of a variety of objects.  Museum curators and local experts will be on hand not only to discuss items, but also to provide tips on caring for the objects. Participants are responsible for moving objects from their vehicles to the Museum and back again. The Museum assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any object. Call 803-898-4952 for more information.

Miss South Carolina
June 24 - 28, 2014
Miss South Carolina serves as an official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant and celebrated its 75th Anniversary as part of the Miss America Family in 2011. The Miss America Organization provides over forty five million dollars annually in scholarships to young ladies throughout the country. The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is proud to rank number one among the 50 states, District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, making available over ten million dollars available in cash and tuition scholarships annually. Call 843-857-9173 for more information about this event.

Quilters Gallery Quilting & Knitting Expo
June 27-28, 2014
The Quilting and Knitting Expo in Columbia SC presents quilting fabrics, books, notions, and patterns.  Fiber enthusiasts will find yarns and sorts of things for knitting and felting.  If you love wool, there will be several wool vendors from which to choose.  Sewing machine and longarm machine vendors will be glad to give you test drive on any of the machines that they have in their booths.  Parking is free and there will be food available on site. Click here for $1.00 off admission.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Columbia SC Events

The Rosewood Crawfish Festival, 2014 SEC Softball Tournament, Fight for Air Climb and more are coming up this May 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Enjoy live music and flowers at Riverbanks Botanical Garden's Rhythm and Blooms, eat all things Creole and Cajun at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival, compete in the SC Tour de Cure and raise money for the American Lung Association in the Fight For Air Climb. These are just a few of the exciting events coming up this May 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. Mark your calendar and tell your friends so that you can join in on the excitement!

Visiting from out of town? Our local Columbia hotel partners offer spacious guest rooms, complimentary breakfast and complimentary internet. Make your hotel reservations today!

Columbia SC Events May 2014:

Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
May 1, 2014 - ReggaeInfinity
May 8, 2014 - Bobby Houck
May 15, 2014 - Age Olde Trade
May 22, 2014 - Don Russo, Reggie Sullivan and Tony Lee
May 29, 2014 - John Wesley Satterfield
Music and flowers after hours. You won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment and local artists in the Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Call Riverbanks Zoo at 803-779-8717 for more information.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival
May 3, 2014 from 11AM - 8PM
For the 9th year, the Greater Rosewood Merchants Association is gearing up to bring some infamous Creole cuisine to the Midlands! Lovers of all things Creole and Cajun are invited to Rosewood Drive to take part in one of the city’s favorite celebrations, featuring over 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish. If crawfish aren’t your thing, lots of other tasty treats will be available for your dining pleasure. Visit tickets to purchase tickets.

5th Annual Crawdaddy 5K Run Dash
May 3, 2014
Kick-off your visit to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival at the 5th Annual Crawdaddy 5K. Run with 1,000 other Cajuns-at-heart through Columbia’s Rosewood neighborhood. Registration includes a signature race t-shirt, delicious post-race Cajun fare and free entry to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival. Awards will begin at 10:30AM. After you run plan to stay and play as lovers of all things Cajun fill Rosewood Drive and revel in one of the city’s favorite celebrations. Visit for more information.

SC Tour de Cure
May 3, 2014
The American Diabetes Association’s 2014 SC Tour de Cure is pleased to announce we will be riding from downtown Columbia at the historic Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Please come enjoy this beautiful historic venue and springtime ride around the Columbia area. All riders will enjoy a safe and well-marked route, superior support and gear, medical support, and outstanding volunteer support. After the ride, the Tour serves lunch, music, and fun family activities. Call 803-799-4246 for more information.

2014 SEC Softball Tournament
May 7-10, 2014
The University of South Carolina is hosting the 2014 SEC Softball Tournament. Join us at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field May 7-10, 2014 to experience the excitement of this SEC tournament. Watch your favorite SEC softball teams compete for the title.

South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball - May 2014 Games
May 7, 2014 - USC vs Wofford
May 9, 10 & 11, 2014 - USC vs Missouri
May 13, 2014 - USC vs The Citadel
Cheer on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball team as they challenge opponents at home in Carolina Stadium. Throw on your best garnet and black outfit and join Cocky at the stadium to support your favorite college baseball team.

All About Love Mother's Day Concert
May 11, 2014 at 7PM
The Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina invites you to attend the All About Love Mother's Day Concert presented by L. Lace Entertainment. This Columbia show will feature Keith Sweat & Joe. Tickets start at $49.50 for this Columbia event. Doors will open at 6PM and the show begins at 7PM.

Black Expo
May 17, 2014
The 17th Annual Columbia Black Expo will be held on May 17, 2014 from 10:30AM – 6PM in the heart of the Capitol City at the Colonial Life Arena. This historic event will provide the opportunity for attendees to experience a health and wellness pavilion, kids’ corner, seminars, local talent, food pavilion, celebrity appearances and much more. Do not miss out on one of the largest trade shows in Columbia, SC! For more information call 800-419-2417.

Fight For Air Climb
May 31, 2014
Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. Participate in Columbia's Fight For Air Climb at the Capitol Center May 31, 2014. All Climb participants, families, friends, and supporters are invited to celebrate with ALASC after the Climb. Click here for additional information.

6th Annual Spring Valley Open Car and Truck Show
May 31, 2014 from 9AM - 3PM
Spring Valley High School presents the 6th Annual Spring Valley Open Car & Truck Show on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Enjoy food, entertainment, vendors, an auction, door prizes and more. Register between 9AM - 12PM. Participant judging ends at 2PM and awards begin at 3PM. Call 803-240-1364 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Friday, April 4, 2014

Columbia SC April 2014 Events

Columbia South Carolina April 2014 events include Easter celebrations, festivals, fundraisers, races, concerts and more.

Hunt for Easter eggs at the Easter Eggstravaganza, enjoy great music at the 2014 River Rocks event, compete in the Quarry Crusher Run, catch some of your favorite characters at Disney On Ice, and attend Riverbanks Botanical Garden's 2014 wine tasting this April 2014. These are just a few of the exciting events coming up this month in Columbia, South Carolina. We look forward to seeing you at these Columbia events!

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Columbia SC April 2014 Events:

701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios
April 5, 2014 from 10AM - 6PM
April 6, 2014 from 12PM - 6PM
701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ talented visual art community. By organizing this weekend-long tour of artists’ studios, the nonprofit 701 CCA hopes to provide easy access for the community to the visual arts; expose the public to the wealth of fine artists in Columbia & Richland & Lexington Counties; create new marketing opportunities for artists; and generate excitement about area artists among seasoned collectors and first-time buyers. Call 803-779-4571 for more information.

Kemopalooza at EdVenture Children's Museum
April 11, 2014 from 7-11PM
Mark your calendars for a jammin' good time at Kemopalooza at EdVenture Children’s Museum! A former partner event and now one of Palmetto Health Foundation’s signature fundraising events, Kemopalooza raises funds and awareness for CAMP KEMO Programs of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC, with great music, delicious food and a live and silent auction.

Indie Grits Film Festival
April 11 - 20, 2014
Indie Grits was born in 2007, charging blindly and passionately onto the scene, with a do-it-yourself attitude. Propelled by a far-flung artistic vision, festival organizers sought to break down the walls intimidating Southern media makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked elsewhere. The spirit of Indie Grits comes from the heart of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre. The Nick serves as the festival’s anchor in historic downtown Columbia. More than a film festival full of youthful audacity, Indie Grits, now in its eighth year, is a showcase for the very best of the city’s culinary, theatrical, art and music talent. Call 803-254-8324 for more information.

Palmetto Half Marathon
April 11-12, 2014
The Palmetto Half Marathon has become a Columbia tradition since the inaugural race in 2010. The course starts inside the Village at Sandhill and finishes at the Fountain in the center of the Village at Sandhill. The out and back course takes runners through parts of Northeast Columbia including The Woodland’s and Wildewood neighborhoods. At the finish line participants will be awarded a finisher’s medal and will be able to enjoy food, drinks, music, awards & visit with the sponsors and the Health & Fitness vendors that will be there. After the race, participants and their families can enjoy visiting the local shops and restaurants at the Village at Sandhill.

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 12, 2014
Join us at Windsor UMC on Saturday, April 12th for the 2014 Easter Eggstravaganza. This exciting Easter event will take place from 3-5PM. Enjoy an Easter egg scavenger hunt, free food, games and an egg drop contest. Mark your calendar and don't forget to bring your own basket! Call 803-788-1858 for more information.

River Rocks at Riverfront Park
April 13, 2014
Enjoy great music, food and drinks at the 2014 River Rocks event. Five great bands playing an eclectic range of music styles for all ages include: Toubab Krewe, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Town Mountain, Black Iron Gathering and The Restoration. Guests can go canoeing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding with local outfitters and there will be a SUP race with prizes. Kids 12 and under get in free! Call 803-960-3552 for more information.

Disney On Ice at the Colonial Life Arena
April 17 - 20, 2014
Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney Pixar film, Brave, compete to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. Call 803-576-9200 for more information.

McDaniels Golf Classic Auction
April 24, 2014 from 6-10PM
Join Coach Steve Spurrier in supporting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers and get involved in Palmetto Health Foundation’s 24th annual McDaniels Golf Classic! The event begins with an auction on Thurs., April 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 6-10 p.m. Don’t miss out on an exciting night featuring a seated dinner, open bar, live music and silent and live auctions featuring great getaways, fantastic dining packages and more! Tickets are $125 each.

2014 Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
April 25, 2014 from 7PM - 9PM
This annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites wine novices and enthusiasts alike to sip a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Listen to live jazz, enjoy savory light bites from local restaurants, gab about grapes with wine experts and check out the beer garden. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Event is held rain or shine. Call 803-779-8717 for ticket information.

Quarry Crusher Run
April 26, 2014
Can you rock the Quarry? The Quarry Crusher Run is the only race of its kind in the southeast. This once-in-a-lifetime look inside a magnificent landscape that is prohibited to the general public will leave a lasting memory in addition to the aching of your muscles and bones. The approximately 3.72-mile route starts and finishes near the Olympia-Granby Mills in the Olympia Village, but it grows each year as the quarry gets deeper. Once in the quarry, the route winds down a 10% grade through granite cliffs to the quarry floor. The approximately 400-foot ascent from the quarry floor to the finish marks the grueling event as Columbia’s most challenging foot race. Call 803-269-0001 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 2014 Columbia SC Events

The Color Run Race, St. Pat's in Five Points Celebration, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic and more are happening this March in Columbia SC.

Get plastered in color at the 2014 Color Run, check out original designs and work from hundreds of Craftsmen's Classic Art & Craft Festival, see reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals at Repticon, celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Five Points and sample delicious cornbread at the South Carolina Cornbread Festival this month in Columbia, South Carolina. These are just a few of the exciting events coming up in Columbia, SC. Mark your calendar today!
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March 2014 Columbia SC Events:

The Color Run in Columbia SC
March 1, 2014
The Color Run is a 5 kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of 'Color Runners' are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. There are two simple rules to follow: Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color! After the race, enjoy an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party features music, dancing and massive color throws which create millions of vivid color combinations. Sign up today for the best 5K on the planet!

Gun & Knife Show at Jamil Temple
March 1-2, 2014
The South Carolina Arms Collectors Association presents the areas largest selection of guns, knives and military under one roof. Show hours are Saturday from 9AM to 5PM and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. If you join NRA, admission is free for this event.

Craftsmen's Classic Art & Craft Festival
March 7, 2014 from 10AM - 8PM
March 8, 2014 from 10AM - 6PM
March 9, 2014 from 11AM - 5PM
Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “200 Best” awards.

Run Hard Columbia Marathon
March 8, 2014
Run Hard Running Club presents the 2014 Run Hard Columbia Marathon on Saturday, March 8th. This all new spring race is fun for all ages. It provides course support, fluids / nutrition, shirts, medals and awards. From 5K to Marathon, this Columbia race weekend features the race you need at a price you will love. Visit for details.

March 8-9, 2014
Vendors at Repticon present reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals, supplies and merchandise. Do not miss your chance to attend this thrilling Columbia SC snake show. Show hours are Saturday from 10AM - 5PM and Sunday from 10AM - 4PM. Admission is $10 for guests 13 years and older, $5 for guests ages 5-12 and free for children under four.

Winter Jam 2014
March 14, 2014 at 7PM
The 2014 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is scheduled for March 14, 2014 at the Colonial Life Arena. Get your tickets today to Christian Music's largest annual tour. Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Newsong and more will perform at this live concert in Columbia, South Carolina. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 803-576-9200 for more information.

St. Pat's in Five Points
March 15, 2014
Experience St. Pat's in Five Points this March 2014! Race in the Get To The Green 10K, 5K or Family Fun 1-Miler, listen to 15 plus bands and DJ's on 5 stages and catch a FREE St. Patrick's Day Parade. Over 30 bars and restaurants will participate in this exciting holiday event. Plus, there is a children's play area available to guests. Mark your calendar today so that you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Five points!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus
March 27 - 30, 2014
Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS! Call 803-576-9200 for more information.

30th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
March 28 - 30, 2014
Discover the great outdoors at the 30th annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic. Bring the whole family to the South Carolina State Fairgrounds to experience hunting, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking...whatever you are interested in, you will find at the Classic! Browse booth after booth stocked with the latest and greatest hunting, fishing and outdoor sports equipment and clothing, unusual foods and unique gifts. You will find over 300 exhibitors in six buildings, plus more outside. Let the kids try catch-and-release fishing in the SCDNR Aquatic Education Fishing Pond and more. Call 803-734-4008 for more information.

Aiken's First Baptist Church Kidsignment Sale
March 28 - 29, 2014
Aiken's First Baptist Church Kidsignment Sale is a benefit to the PDO program at the church as well as many people in need throughout the community. The sale offers a large selection of clothing, toys and room decor for infant through teen and even maternity. For more information and to find out how to donate, consign or volunteer, please visit

South Carolina Cornbread Festival
March 29, 2014
The 2014 South Carolina Cornbread Festival and 5K Run/Walk promises fun for the entire family. The event will take place at the corner of the 2800 Block of Main Street and Newman Street, in North Columbia. Enjoy a 5K Run / Walk, a Cornbread Cook-off, the Little Miss Muffin Pageant, live music and more. ​The Cornbread Festival will offer the “Corn Muffin Play Land” for kids. “Cocky” will be in attendance along with Benedict's Tiger Mascot and Clemson’s Tiger! Mark your calendars for this family friendly fun-filled day!

Columbia Jewish Film Festival
March 30, 2013 - April 3, 2014
The Columbia Jewish Film Festival offers outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish experience. Reaching out to the entire greater Columbia area, the Festival's aim is to educate, illuminate and entertain views about the language, history and contemporary issues of the Jewish People and Israel through film. All films will be show at Nickelodeon Theater. Call 803-254-8234 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Columbia SC February 2014 Events

Columbia SC February 2014 events include Monster Jam, Orchids on the Riverbanks at Riverbanks Zoo and Darius Rucker Live.

February 2014 will be an exciting month in Columbia, South Carolina. Take the kids to see some of their favorite Disney characters at Disney Junior Live, enjoy live music at the Township Auditorium, cheer on the USC Gamecocks basketball team at the Colonial Life Arena and sing along to your favorite Darius Rucker songs at his live concert in Columbia.

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Columbia South Carolina February 2014 Events

Gov't Mule at Township Auditorium
February 6, 2014
If you love live music, this event is for you. Visit the Township Auditorium on February 6, 2014 to see Gov't Mule perform live in Columbia, South Carolina. Doors will open at 7PM and the show will begin at 8PM. Call the Township Auditorium at 803-576-2350 for ticket information.

Monster Jam in Columbia SC
February 7, 2014 at 7:30PM
February 8, 2014 at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Get your tickets today to see Spider Man, Raminator, Crushstation, Bad News, Samson and more of your favorite trucks at the Colonial Life Arena. Enjoy 2 full days of Monster Jam excitement in Columbia, South Carolina. Get together with family and friends for this thrilling event. Trucks attending are subject to change. Call 803-576-9200 for ticket information.

Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival at Riverbanks Zoo
February 7 - 9, 2014
The South Carolina Orchid Society, Ikebana International Chapter 182 and Riverbanks Botanical Garden present the 2014 Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival. Enjoy hundreds of blooming orchids and find out how to grow orchids from the experts. Entry to this Columbia event is free with paid regular admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Call 803-779-8717 for more information.

SC Philharmonic at Koger Center
February 8, 2014
SC Philharmonic presents 'The Russian Soul' at Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This premium concert features works by Borodin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Call 803-251-2222 for tickets!

2014 Capital City Clogging Classic
February 8 - 9, 2014
Visit the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center February 8-9, 2014 for a spectacular Columbia event. The Capital City Clogging Classic will entertain audiences of all ages. Call 828-320-9095 for more information.

USC Gamecocks vs Vanderbilt
February 12, 2014 at 8PM
Watch the USC Gamecocks basketball team challenge Vanderbilt at home this February 2014. Join Cocky at the Colonial Life Arena to cheer on the Gamecocks. Don't forget to wear garnet and black to support your favorite college basketball team!

Disney Junior Live in Columbia SC
February 19, 2014 at 4PM & 7PM
Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into Columbia SC. Call 803-576-9200 for ticket information.

Darius Rucker Live 
February 21, 2014 at 7:30PM
It’s been a record year for South Carolina native, Darius Rucker. Arguably one of the most applauded singles of the year, “Wagon Wheel” has helped the platinum-selling entertainer earn multiple nominations from the CMA and ACA Awards. Do not miss your chance to see Darius Rucker live in Columbia, South Carolina! Call 803-576-9200 for ticket information.

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events