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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Sep
5 - 7
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, vendors, food, classic car show, benefit 5K, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
00000001
Sep
11
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
00000002
Sep
17 - 20
Columbia's Greek Festival
Live music, dances, church tours, and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000003
Sep
19
Veterans Car & Bike Show
Plus silent auction, food and vendors - benefits Alston Wilkes Society
Columbia
Elgin
Expo
00000004
Sep
19
Eau Claire Unity Festival
Car show, kid zone, jewelry, and a full program of music including favorite Gospel and Jazz performers
Columbia
Festival
00000005
Sep
25 - 27
Skirmishes for Lexington
3-day American Civil War reenactment and living history event plus demonstrations, speakers, children's activities
Columbia
Lexington
Historical
00000006
Oct
2 - 3
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000007
Oct
2
Golf Ball Drop
1,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter with the numbered golf ball landing in or closest to the hole winning - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities
Columbia
Elgin
Sports
00000008
Oct
2 - 3
Swampfest at the Congaree
2-day event includes concerts, walk-a-thon, rides, games, hay-rides, food, vendors - hosted by Southeast Rural Community Outreach
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000009
Oct
3
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
00000010
Oct
3
Jam Room Music Festival
Come down to Main Street and enjoy two stages of live music, kid's zone, and cycling events
Columbia
Festival
00000011
Oct
4
Menopause, The Musical
Performance benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Columbia
Arts
00000012
Oct
8 - 10
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000013
Oct
9 - 11
Oktoberfest
German food and music, games, dancers, kids' area - benefits local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000014
Oct
10 - 11
Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival
Native American dancers, story telling, history, children's activities, craft and food vendors
Columbia
Cayce
Festival
00000015
Oct
14 - 25
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000016
Oct
15 - 17
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000017
Oct
17
Walk For Life/Race For Life
10K run and 5K run or walk - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000018
Oct
18
Silent Auction Benefit
Silent auction, hors d'eouvres, music and much more - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Blythewood
Culinary
00000019
Oct
18 - 19
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
00000020
Oct
22 - 24
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000021
Oct
24
Ray Tanner Home Run
12K, 5K, and kids' fun run plus post race party - benefits the Ray Tanner Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000022
Oct
24
Team Hope Walk
Refreshments following walk - benefits the Huntington's Disease Society
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000023
Oct
24
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Plus 5K run/walk and aftermath party - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000024
Oct
24
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
00000025
Oct
25
Columbia Buddy Walk
1.5 mile walk plus bounce houses, food, games, music - celebrating the Down syndrome community
Columbia
Sports
00000026
Oct
29 - 31
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Venture through the halls horrors - benefits local charities
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000027
Nov
7
Kick-Off for a Cure
Watch the USC vs. Tennessee away game with tailgate food, beverages - benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000028
Nov
20 - 22
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
00000029
Nov
20 - 25
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000030
Nov
20 - 22
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
00000031
Nov
26
Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Run
3.1 mile run through downtown Columbia - proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Columbia
Sports
00000032
Nov
27 - 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
Nov
28 - 29
Jamil Shriners Craft Show
Various craft artisans - benefits Shriner hospitals
Columbia
Expo
00000034
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
00000035
Dec
2 - 6
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
00000036
Dec
5
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000037
Dec
10 - 12
Bojangles' Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
00000038
Dec
11 - 13
Columbia Christmas Pageant
Features cast and crew of over 400 people with scenery, music, and state of the art lighting - free but ticket required
Columbia
Holiday
00000039
Dec
19
Carolina Craftisan Holiday Bazaar
Seeking vendors - Unique gifts for last minute Christmas shoppers, food trucks, Lexington Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Unit, live entertainment, and Santa
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Holiday
00000040
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
00000041
Feb
6
MGC Long Run 15K | 5K
Plus kids' fun run, road races are followed by a family-friendly party - benefits USO South Carolina
Columbia
Sports
00000042
Feb
27
March for Meals 5K
Run the Timmerman Trail - benefits Senior Resources and Meals on Wheels
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
00000043
Mar
5
Run Hard Marathon
Marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000044
Mar
18 - 20
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors
Columbia
Expo
00000045
Mar
31
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000046
Apr
1 - 3
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000047
Apr
2
Mustang & Ford Show
Over 20 judged classes - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Harvest Hope Food Bank
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000048
Apr
14
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries at the SC State House
Columbia
Educational
00000049
Apr
16 - 17
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000050
Apr
23
Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler
Run or walk 5 miles or walk 3 miles to raise heart disease awareness - post-race events
Columbia
Sports
00000051
Dates TBD
​For The Love Of Paws
Live music, entertainment, food and much more - benefits the Humane Society
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000052
Dates TBD
5K Race for FIDO
5K run for 2-legged and 4-legged friends with food, drinks, snacks and homemade goodies after the race - benefits FIDO
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000053
Dates TBD
A Night Under the Stars
Dinner, drinks, dancing to live band, awards presentations - for the SC Theatre Association
Columbia
Gala
00000054
Dates TBD
A Taste of Lake Murray
Food from 14 area restaurants, beer, wine, specialty drinks, live music - benefit for the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Columbia
Culinary
00000055
Dates TBD
Black Jack Ball
Evening of live music, entertainment-only casino tables, fabulous food, art from local and regional SC artists - benefits the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund
Columbia
Arts
00000056
Dates TBD
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
An IPRA championship rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000057
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
00000058
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
00000059
Dates TBD
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000060
Dates TBD
Celebrate Sound, Don't Walk in Silence
2.5 mile walk raising funds and awareness of hearing health - benefits Cayce-West Columbia and Richland Sertoma Clubs
Columbia
Sports
00000061
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
Arts
00000062
Dates TBD
Cinco De Mayo at the State Museum
Live music and dance, authentic Mexican and Latin American cuisine, crafts, art and folklore, Spanish puppet show, games, an unbreakable pinata
Columbia
Holiday
00000063
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
Self-guided tour of artists' studios in the Greater Columbia area
Columbia
Arts
00000064
Dates TBD
Community 5K Run/Walk
Benefits Cindy's Place Park at Springdale Elementary School
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000065
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
00000066
Dates TBD
Evening of Hope
Wine, beer, food, live music and hand painted wine glass - benefits Cancer of Many Colors
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000067
Dates TBD
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000068
Dates TBD
Farm to Gallery Makers Dinner
Dine on locally-grown foods while surrounded by the masterful works of South Carolinian artisans at the South Carolina State Museum
Columbia
Culinary
00000069
Dates TBD
Fashion for Fighters Runway Show
Fun night of family fashion - benefits the Cancer of Many Colors Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Arts
00000070
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
00000071
Dates TBD
Fort Jackson Landowners Descendants Reunion
Sharing of family names and history, fascinating speakers, food and meet and greet new family members and friends
Columbia
Historical
00000072
Dates TBD
Funk Fest
Live music plus 'edutainment' session about the entertainment industry - scholarships and support for local programs are donated
Columbia
Concert
00000073
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000074
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000075
Dates TBD
Columbia
Expo
00000076
Dates TBD
Governor's Cup Road Race
Half marathon, 8K, 3-mile walk, kids' cup
Learn more about South Carolina running events
Columbia
Sports
00000077
Dates TBD
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000078
Dates TBD
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000079
Dates TBD
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit!
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000080
Dates TBD
Indie Grits Film Fest
The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers and pros
Columbia
Festival
00000081
Dates TBD
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000082
Dates TBD
Junior League of Columbia's Clean Sweep
Rummage sale benefiting community projects - cash only
Columbia
Expo
00000083
Dates TBD
Kemopalooza
Enjoy food, musical entertainment and a silent auction - raising funds and awareness for CAMP KEMO Programs of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000084
Dates TBD
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
00000085
Dates TBD
Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration
Fireworks launch from Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park to choreographed music airing on local radio
Columbia
Lake Murray
Holiday
00000086
Dates TBD
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, 'peachy' recipe contest, antique car show, Revolutionary War reenactment, fireworks
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
00000087
Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music along Main Street - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000088
Dates TBD
Lexington's Race Against Hunger
10K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run - benefiting five local charities
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000089
Dates TBD
Love for a Cure Tennis Tournament
3-day event - doubles play on Saturday, mixed doubles on Sunday plus social event - proceeds benefit local cancer patients in need
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000090
Dates TBD
Mardi Gras Columbia
Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya Mardi Gras parade, Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras festival, Lagniappe 5k run - benefits the Animal Mission of the Midlands
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000091
Dates TBD
McDaniels Golf Classic
Two-day event includes auction and golf tournament - benefits the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers
Columbia
Sports
00000092
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
00000093
Dates TBD
Midlands Heart Walk
Benefits the American Heart Association
Columbia
Sports
00000094
Dates TBD
Midlands Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
5K - wear a holiday themed costume, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces - raises funds to fight arthritis
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000095
Dates TBD
Midlands Strides for Autism
Fun-walk, resource fair, family-fun activities - benefits the South Carolina Autism Society
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000096
Dates TBD
Miss South Carolina Pageant
Preliminaries are held Tuesday through Thursday with finals on Saturday night where Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen will be crowned
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000097
Dates TBD
Museum Garage Sale
Unusual props and graphics from previous exhibits, framed panels from traveling exhibits, as well as office supplies, furniture and more - no artifacts will be for sale
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000098
Dates TBD
Museum Road Show
Local experts will be onsite in a variety of fields to offer informal verbal appraisals
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000099
Dates TBD
Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Arts
00000100
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
Enjoy an evening of seasonal beers, bratwurst galore and live music - benefits the Contemporaries of Art
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000101
Dates TBD
Olympia Fest
Live music, kids' activities, Quarry Crusher Run
Columbia
Festival
00000102
Dates TBD
Oyster Roast
Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, bottomless beverages, networking, and live music - benefits the Contemporaries of Art
Columbia
Culinary
00000103
Dates TBD
Palmetto Half Marathon
Events over two days also include a 5K run/walk, youth half marathon, kids' fun run, expo - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000104
Dates TBD
Palmetto Patriots' Ball
Reception, dinner, silent auction, guest speaker - Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000105
Dates TBD
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Food, drinks, live music, contests (including tomato bobbing), and more!
Columbia
Festival
00000106
Dates TBD
Panda Claus Market
Enjoy an evening of shopping, food and fun featuring locally made treasures and fine holiday gifts - benefits the East Point Academy PTO
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000107
Dates TBD
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Miscellaneous
00000108
Dates TBD
Promise Walk
Community walk to raise awareness and funds for the Preeclampsia Foundation
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000109
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
00000110
Dates TBD
River Rocks Music Festival
Live bands, kids' area, food, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, environmental education activities and demonstrations
Columbia
Festival
00000111
Dates TBD
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Kids' area, Creole & Cajun cuisine, live music, Crawdaddy Dash 5K run, artist village
Columbia
Festival
00000112
Dates TBD
Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show
Designers turn trash into fashionable outfits
Columbia
Fashion
00000113
Dates TBD
Runway Run 5K
5K or kids' fun run on the main runway of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport - benefits the USO
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000114
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
00000115
Dates TBD
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling with choice of 5 distances - benefits the American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Sports
00000116
Dates TBD
Soda City Suds Week
Celebrating Columbia's burgeoning craft beer scene with events at various locations
Columbia
Culinary
00000117
Dates TBD
South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo
Exhibits, workshops - open to the public
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000118
Dates TBD
South Carolina Cornbread Festival
5K run/walk, cornbread cook-off, children's cook-off, pageant, live music, classic car show
Columbia
Festival
00000119
Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, street dance
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
00000120
Dates TBD
South Carolina Public Charter School Conference
Discussion panels and breakout sessions will share the best practices in classroom innovations, leadership, operations, and governance
Columbia
Expo
00000121
Dates TBD
Southeast Crab Feast
Charleston blue crabs, lowcountry boil, music, family fun - portion of proceeds benefit the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Columbia
Culinary
00000122
Dates TBD
Southeastern Piano Festival
Nightly concerts, international piano competition, pre-college pianists training
Columbia
Arts
00000123
Dates TBD
Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
Concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition
Columbia
Arts
00000124
Dates TBD
Sparkleberry Country Fair
2-day event includes petting zoo, rides, food, crafts, tractors, 5K run/walk - proceeds benefit local schools
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Fair
00000125
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
00000126
Dates TBD
Strong Threads
African American Heritage Festival & Celebration with concerts, food, art exhibits, storytelling, dancing, games
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000127
Dates TBD
Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition
Local chefs compete for a People's Choice award for best savory hors d'oeuvres and sweet treat - benefits Palmetto Place
Columbia
Culinary
00000128
Dates TBD
The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival
Authentic foods, live performances, children's activities, food drive, art
Columbia
Festival
00000129
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
00000130
Dates TBD
Torchlight Tattoo - Independance Day Celebration
The 282d Army Rock Band will perform, kids' activities, concessions, fireworks
Columbia
Fort Jackson
Holiday
00000131
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
00000132
Dates TBD
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run
6.2 mile course with 36 obstacles, 4 person teams, Devil Pup Challenge for children - benefits veteran and military organizations
Columbia
Gaston
Sports
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
Sports
00000135
Dates TBD
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Plus food from local chefs, live music - benefits Riverbanks conservation efforts
Columbia
Festival
00000136
Dates TBD
Wine, Women & Shoes
Fashion show, world-class wines, auction, food - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities
Columbia
West Columbia
Fashion
00000137
Dates TBD
XTERRA Harbison Trail Run
Choose half-marathon or 5K through Harbison State Forest
Columbia
Sports



                       
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