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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Jul
2
4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray
Boat parade then evening fireworks launched from Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park to choreographed music airing on local radio
Columbia
Lake Murray
Holiday
00000001
Jul
4
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, 'peachy' recipe contest, car show
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
00000002
Jul
8
CrownBEAT
Seven top drum corps from across the country will perform - benefits Carolina Crown which encourages education in the performing arts
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000003
Jul
10
Harbison Trail Run
Choose half-marathon or 5K through Harbison State Forest
Columbia
Sports
00000004
Jul
16
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Food, drinks, live music, contests (including tomato bobbing), and more!
Columbia
Festival
00000005
Jul
30
Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon
Triathlon is 350-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run out then back; Duathlon is 1-mile run, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run out then back; triathlon relay option - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000006
Aug
12 - 13
South Carolina Peanut Party
Live music, pageant, food, parade, amusements, crafts, and special exhibits
Columbia
Pelion
Festival
00000007
Aug
20
Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run
3.1 mile run with obstacles and crossfit-style exercises - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000008
Aug
27
Children's Trust Benefit Gala and Auction
Live music, heavy hors d'eouvres, silent auction, black tie optional - benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000009
Sep
3 - 5
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, live music, vendors, food, classic car show, benefit 5K run/walk, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
00000010
Sep
10
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Festival of visual and performing arts with two stages, kids poetry workshop, juried art event, jugglers, puppets, magicians and other performers roaming
Columbia
Festival
00000011
Sep
30
Skirmishes for Lexington
3-day American Civil War reenactment and living history event plus demonstrations, speakers, children's activities
Columbia
Lexington
Historical
00000012
Oct
1 - 2
Congaree Bluegrass Festival
2-days of live Bluegrass music, arts & crafts, food, beverages, children's activities, bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Columbia
Cayce
Festival
00000013
Oct
1 - 2
Skirmishes for Lexington
3-day American Civil War reenactment and living history event plus demonstrations, speakers, children's activities
Columbia
Lexington
Historical
00000014
Oct
2
JerryFest
Celebrate the life and art of Jerry Garcia with live music, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors and family friendly activities for the kids
Columbia
Festival
00000015
Oct
12 - 23
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000016
Oct
22
Walk For Life/Race For Life
10K run and 5K run or walk - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000017
Oct
27 - 29
Dracula: Ballet with a Bite
Blood, fangs, and death are just a few of the things you will find in this favorite Halloween cult classic
Columbia
Arts
00000018
Oct
29
Pumpkin Run
5K run/walk on USATF certified course, Kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000019
Nov
10
Wine, Women & Shoes
Fashion show, world-class wines, auction, food - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities
Columbia
Fashion
00000020
Nov
19 - 23
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000021
Nov
23 - 30
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, wetland wonderland walking trail, laser light show, plus other activities at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000022
Nov
25 - 30
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000023
Nov
30
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
00000024
Dec
1 - 4
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
00000025
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, wetland wonderland walking trail, laser light show, plus other activities at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000026
Dec
1 - 23
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000027
Dec
3
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000028
Dec
8 - 10
Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
00000029
Dec
10
Harbor Side Lights 5K
Run or walk USATF certified course, kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Northest Columbia
Sports
00000030
Dec
10 - 11
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000031
Dec
17 - 18
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000032
Dec
26 - 30
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000033
Dec
31
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000034
Feb
4
Junior League of Columbia's Clean Sweep
Rummage sale benefiting community projects - cash only
Columbia
Expo
00000035
Mar
4
Run Hard Marathon
Marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000036
Mar
24 - 26
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors
Columbia
Expo
00000037
Mar
30 - 31
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000038
Apr
1 - 2
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000039
Apr
22
Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler
Run or walk 5 miles or walk 3 miles to raise heart disease awareness plus post-race events - charity event
Columbia
Sports
00000040
May
20
Governor's Cup Road Race
Half marathon, 5K run/walk, kids' fun run
Learn more about South Carolina running events
Columbia
Sports
00000041
Dates TBD
50 Shades of Purple
Lupus benefit gala with a formal dinner
Columbia
Gala
00000042
Dates TBD
5K Community Walk/Run
Prizes and t-shirts - benefits the Cindy Roof Wilkerson Foundation
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000043
Dates TBD
A Taste of Lake Murray
Enjoy local cuisines, food truck fare, live music - benefit for the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Columbia
Culinary
00000044
Dates TBD
Archaeology Fall Field Day
Demonstrators and story-tellers represent daily life of both distant and recent pasts
Columbia
Historical
00000045
Dates TBD
Artista Vista
Gallery crawl with some locations offers complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment - hosted by the Congaree Vista Guild
Columbia
Arts
00000046
Dates TBD
Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals
Walk followed by after-party - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Sports
00000047
Dates TBD
Blue Bash and Dash
Family-friendly celebration with inflatables, food trucks, games, face painting, music then run/walk/roll to Sprit Communications Park - benefits Autism Academy of SC
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000048
Dates TBD
Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ
Silent auction, live music, specialty drinks and delicious food - auction benefits Historic Columbia
Columbia
Culinary
00000049
Dates TBD
Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk
USATF certified course - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Sports
00000050
Dates TBD
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances plus Jingle All the Way 5K, walk and dog jog
Columbia
Holiday
00000051
Dates TBD
Cayce Festival of the Arts
Featuring artists, crafters and authors/writers from around the region - net proceeds to benefit a local charity selected by the Cayce Avenues Neighborhood Association
Columbia
Cayce
Arts
00000052
Dates TBD
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000053
Dates TBD
Charity Bridal Showcase
Fashion show, 100+ booths by wedding services providers in the Midlands - local community charities will receive the proceeds from the event
Columbia
Expo
00000054
Dates TBD
Chili Cook-Off
Plus other food and games - benefits Glenforest School
Columbia
West Columbia
Culinary
00000055
Dates TBD
Chili Cook-Off
Over 50 different chilis to sample, local brews and beverages, live entertainment - benefits Camp Kemo, Happy Wheels and SC Special Olympics
Columbia
Culinary
00000056
Dates TBD
Columbia Buddy Walk
1.5 mile walk plus bounce houses, food, games, music - celebrating the Down syndrome community
Columbia
Sports
00000057
Dates TBD
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000058
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
Self-guided tour of artists' studios in the Greater Columbia area
Columbia
Arts
00000059
Dates TBD
Columbia Walk Like MADD
5K walk - benefits Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000060
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
Live music, dances, church tours, and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000061
Dates TBD
Cookout for Kids
Barbeque fresh off the grill, homemade baked goods, live music, and vintage automobiles - benefits Epworth Children's Home
Columbia
Culinary
00000062
Dates TBD
Cottontail Festival
Egg hunt, games, rides, activities, concessions - hosted by the Richland County Recreation Commission
Columbia
Holiday
00000063
Dates TBD
Elgin Lights
See antique tractors, miniature trains and more decorated with thousands of lights - donations for Camp Kemo being accepted
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
00000064
Dates TBD
Evening of Hope
Wine, beer, food, live music and hand painted wine glass - benefits Cancer of Many Colors
Columbia
Culinary
00000065
Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Tour ten private, residential gardens in the Hollywood-Rose Hill and Wales Garden neighborhoods - hosted by Columbia Green
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000066
Dates TBD
Festival of Trees
Features decorated trees and other holiday items that are up for bid during a weekend-long silent auction plus other activities - benefits Palmetto Health Foundation
Columbia
Holiday
00000067
Dates TBD
Fire Truck Pull for Curing Kids Cancer
Gather 10 of your strongest friends, family or co-workers to play the ultimate tug of war with a 55,000 lb. fire truck to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer cures
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000068
Dates TBD
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
00000069
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000070
Dates TBD
Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
Sunday will be a tournament party & silent auction with golf tournament on Monday - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000071
Dates TBD
Columbia
Expo
00000072
Dates TBD
Growl at the Moon
The SC State Museum's after-hours Halloween party for adults 21+ which includes planetarium and laser shows, live music, food, and craft beer
Columbia
Holiday
00000073
Dates TBD
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit!
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000074
Dates TBD
Indie Grits Film Fest
The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers and pros
Columbia
Festival
00000075
Dates TBD
Italian Festival
Live music, Italian food and market, Italian autos exhibit, bocce tournament, grape stomping, games - benefits the local charities supported by Bella Italia Lodge 2808
Columbia
Festival
00000076
Dates TBD
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000077
Dates TBD
Jam Room Music Festival
Come down to Main Street and enjoy two stages of live music, kid's zone, and cycling events
Columbia
Festival
00000078
Dates TBD
Kemopalooza
Enjoy food, musical entertainment and a silent auction - 21+ event - raising funds and awareness for CAMP KEMO Programs of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000079
Dates TBD
Kick-Off for a Cure
Watch the USC away game with tailgate food, beverages - benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000080
Dates TBD
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
00000081
Dates TBD
Lexington's Race Against Hunger
10K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run - benefiting five local charities
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000082
Dates TBD
Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
Parade, live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, health fair and more - benefiting local area flood victims
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000083
Dates TBD
MGC Long Run 15K | 5K
Plus kids' fun run, road races are followed by a family-friendly party - benefits USO South Carolina
Columbia
Sports
00000084
Dates TBD
Main Street ICE
Outdoor ice skating rink in Boyd Plaza, located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets
Columbia
Sports
00000085
Dates TBD
Main Street ICE
Outdoor ice skating rink in Boyd Plaza, located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets
Columbia
Sports
00000086
Dates TBD
Main Street ICE
Outdoor ice skating rink in Boyd Plaza, located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets
Columbia
Sports
00000087
Dates TBD
Main Street Latin Festival
Latin and Caribbean music, authentic food, kids' activities
Columbia
Festival
00000088
Dates TBD
McDaniels Golf Classic
Two-day event includes auction and golf tournament - benefits the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers
Columbia
Sports
00000089
Dates TBD
Midlands Farm Tour
Self-guided, meet the farmers and staff, tour the property, explore what is harvested - hosted by Midlands Food Alliance and Sustainable Midlands
Columbia
Various
Culinary
00000090
Dates TBD
Midlands Heart Ball
Black-tie festivities will include dinner, entertainment, dancing and an exciting auction - benefits the the American Heart Association
Columbia
Gala
00000091
Dates TBD
Midlands Ride for Kids
Motorcycle ride plus food and entertainment - benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000092
Dates TBD
Midlands Strides for Autism
Fun-walk, resource fair, family-fun activities - benefits the South Carolina Autism Society
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000093
Dates TBD
Mustang & Ford Show
Over 20 judged classes - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Harvest Hope Food Bank
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000094
Dates TBD
Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival
Native American dancers, story telling, history, children's activities, craft and food vendors
Columbia
Cayce
Festival
00000095
Dates TBD
New Year's Eve Carnival
Family-friendly event features carnival rides, inflatables, carnival games, face painting food vendors and ice skating
Columbia
Holiday
00000096
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
German food and music, games, dancers, kids' area - benefits local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000097
Dates TBD
Olympia Fest
2- day event with Pasta in the Park on Friday with live music then festival and Quarry Crusher Run on Saturday
Columbia
Festival
00000098
Dates TBD
Palmetto Half Marathon
Events include a 5K run/walk, youth half marathon, kids' fun run - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000099
Dates TBD
Palmetto Patriots' Ball
Reception, dinner, silent auction, guest speaker - Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000100
Dates TBD
Ray Tanner Home Run
12K, 5K, and kids' fun run plus post race party - benefits the Ray Tanner Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000101
Dates TBD
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries at the SC State House
Columbia
Educational
00000102
Dates TBD
Red Shoe Run
10K run or 5K walk/run - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC
Columbia
Sports
00000103
Dates TBD
Relay For Life of Lexington
Community event to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness and money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000104
Dates TBD
River Rocks Festival
Live music, food, beverages, kids activities and environmental education - benefits Congaree Riverkeeper
Columbia
Festival
00000105
Dates TBD
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Kids' area, Creole & Cajun cuisine, live music, Crawdaddy Dash 5K run, artist village
Columbia
Festival
00000106
Dates TBD
Run For Our Troops
5K run/walk - USA Track & Field Certified course - benefits military veterans and first responders that with physical and emotional injuries resulting from their service
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000107
Dates TBD
SC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony
This annual ceremony celebrates the lives of men and women whose remarkable talent and drive to succeed will earn them a place in athletic history
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000108
Dates TBD
SC Oyster Festival
Steamed oysters, fried oysters, oyster gumbo, live music, bring chairs, blankets & oyster knives - benefits God's Store House, PAALS
Columbia
Festival
00000109
Dates TBD
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Plus 5K run/walk and aftermath party - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000110
Dates TBD
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling event with choice of 5 distances - benefits the American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Sports
00000111
Dates TBD
Snowball Festival
3-day event includes concert, carnival, tree lighting, 5K/10K race, movie in the square, and the Lexington Christmas Parade on Sunday
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000112
Dates TBD
Soda City Suds Week
Celebrating Columbia's burgeoning craft beer scene with events at various locations
Columbia
Culinary
00000113
Dates TBD
South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo
Exhibits, workshops, speakers - open to the public
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000114
Dates TBD
South Carolina Cornbread Festival
Cornhole tournament, cornbread cook-off and eating contest, play area, live music, classic car show
Columbia
Festival
00000115
Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, street dances, best chicken cooking contest
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
00000116
Dates TBD
Sparkleberry Country Fair
3-day event includes petting zoo, rides, food, crafts, tractors, 5K run/walk - proceeds benefit local schools
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Fair
00000117
Dates TBD
Sparkleberry Country Fair
3-day event includes petting zoo, rides, food, crafts, tractors, 5K run/walk - proceeds benefit local schools
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Fair
00000118
Dates TBD
St. Pat's in Five Points
Get to the Green Race, parade, live music, shag area, children's carnival - a portion of money made during the festival goes to local organizations
Columbia
Festival
00000119
Dates TBD
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Parade route is down West Main Street from Haygood Avenue to North Lake Drive
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000120
Dates TBD
Strong Threads
African American Heritage Festival & Celebration with concerts, food, art exhibits, storytelling, dancing, games
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000121
Dates TBD
Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition
A night of tasty treats and one-of-a-kind auction items plus vote for your favorite dishes - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Culinary
00000122
Dates TBD
Taste of Black Columbia
Taste a diverse selection of local flavors from caterers, chefs and restaurants - benefits local charities
Columbia
Culinary
00000123
Dates TBD
The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival
Authentic foods, live performances, children's activities, food drive, art
Columbia
Festival
00000124
Dates TBD
The Cinderella Project
Gathers donations of gently worn formal gowns, shoes and accessories for disadvantaged high school students - click the link for donation and boutique details
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000125
Dates TBD
The Friends Gala
Black-tie optional event includes live music, a large dance floor, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar - benefits Epworth Children's Home
Columbia
West Columbia
Gala
00000126
Dates TBD
The Gilded Gala
Dinner, drinks, dancing to live band, awards presentations - for the SC Theatre Association
Columbia
Gala
00000127
Dates TBD
The Haunt at Clemson Sandhill
Travel a maze with a spooky array of characters and scenarios - benefits Clemson Sandhill REC and Westwood High School
Columbia
Holiday
00000128
Dates TBD
Touch A Truck
Kids can explore more than 30 vehicles and exhibits, live entertainment, and more - presented by the Junior League of Columbia
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000129
Dates TBD
Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Run
3.1 mile run through downtown Columbia - proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Columbia
Sports
00000130
Dates TBD
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run
6.2 mile course with 36 obstacles, 2 and 4 person teams, Devil Pup Challenge for children - benefits veteran and military organizations
Columbia
Gaston
Sports
00000131
Dates TBD
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Night Ops
6.2 mile course with 36 obstacles, 2 and 4 person teams, Devil Pup Challenge for children, after party - benefits veteran and military organizations
Columbia
Gaston
Sports
00000132
Dates TBD
Veterans Car & Bike Show
Plus silent auction, food and vendors - benefits Alston Wilkes Society
Columbia
Elgin
Expo
00000133
Dates TBD
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting
Columbia
Holiday
00000134
Dates TBD
Walk MS
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000135
Dates TBD
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Plus food from local chefs, micro-brew, live music - benefits Riverbanks conservation efforts
Columbia
Festival
00000136
Dates TBD
Women of Distinction
A recognition and fundraising dinner that celebrates and honors outstanding women from the Midlands area - benefits Girl Scouts of SC - Mountains to Midlands
Columbia
Miscellaneous



                       
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