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Our event calendar includes fun things to do in Columbia – including Blythewood, Cayce, Chapin, Forest Acres, Gaston, Gilbert, Irmo, Lake Murray, Lexington, Pelion, Sandy Run, Swansea, and West Columbia. See something we're missing? Add your event here!

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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Mar
21 - 28
Soda City Suds Week
Celebrating Columbia's burgeoning craft beer scene with events at various locations
Columbia
Culinary
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Mar
26 - 29
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
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Mar
27 - 29
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors
Columbia
Expo
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Mar
28
Mustang & Ford Show
23 judged classes - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Harvest Hope Food Bank
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
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Mar
28
Abraham.In.Motion Presents: Pavement
An urban-contemporary dance performance which tells the story of two historically black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and their cultural ebbs and flows
Columbia
Irmo
Arts
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Mar
28
South Carolina Cornbread Festival
5K run/walk, cornbread cook-off, children’s cook-off, pageant, live music, classic car show
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
4
Hopefest
Celebrate the Easter season with egg hunt, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting, food
Columbia
Holiday
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Apr
10 - 11
South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference
Variety of workshops on 18th and 19th century muzzleloaders led by gun and history experts plus displays
Columbia
Workshop
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Apr
11
Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show
Designers turn trash into fashionable outfits
Columbia
Fashion
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Apr
11
It's All About Herbs Festival
Plant sale with many varieties of herbs and other plants, educational seminars, Tea Time - benefits the Lexington County Herb Bunch
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
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Apr
11 - 12
Columbia Open Studios
Self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia area
Columbia
Arts
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Apr
11
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
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Apr
11
River Rocks Music Festival
Live bands, kids' area, food, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, environmental education activities and demonstrations
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
11
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
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Apr
11
Palmetto Half Marathon
Events over two days also include a 5K run/walk, youth half marathon, kids' fun run, expo - benefit
Columbia
Sports
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Apr
11
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
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Apr
14
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries a the SC State House
Columbia
Educational
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Apr
15 - 19
Indie Grits Film Fest
The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers and pros
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
15
Walk a Mile In Her Shoes
Men (in heels), women, and children of all ages will walk to raise awareness of sexual assault and abuse
Columbia
Sports
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Apr
18 - 19
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from 60+ countries
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
18
Super Hero 5K
Wear your super hero costumes - benefits the support and research of Mitochondrial diseases in children
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
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Apr
18
Olympia Fest
Live music, kids' activities, Quarry Crusher Run
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
18
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
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Apr
19
Pathway to Adventure Day
Classes and seminars to enhance one's knowledge of nature and matters of life by delving into the mysteries of God's creation
Columbia
Lexington
Workshop
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Apr
23 - 24
McDaniels Golf Classic
Two-day event includes auction and golf tournament - benefits the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers
Columbia
Sports
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Apr
23
Wine, Women & Shoes
Fashion show, world-class wines, auction, food - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities
Columbia
West Columbia
Fashion
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Apr
23
Oyster Roast
Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, bottomless beverages, networking, and live music - benefits the Contemporaries of Art
Columbia
Culinary
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Apr
24 - 25
Sparkleberry Country Fair
2-day event includes petting zoo, rides, food, crafts, tractors, 5K run/walk - proceeds benefit local schools
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Fair
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Apr
24
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Plus food from local chefs, live music - benefits Riverbanks conservation efforts
Columbia
Festival
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Apr
25
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
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Apr
25
Walk MS
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them
Columbia
Sports
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Apr
25
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
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May
1 - 3
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
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May
2
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
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May
2
Step Into Spring Craft Show Extravaganza
Over 40 crafters - silent auction to benefit Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
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May
2
Midlands Strides for Autism
Fun-walk, resource fair, family-fun activities - benefits the South Carolina Autism Society
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
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May
2
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Kids' area, Creole & Cajun cuisine, live music, Crawdaddy Dash 5K run, artist village
Columbia
Festival
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May
3
The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival
Authentic foods, live performances, children's activities, food drive, art
Columbia
Festival
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May
4
Columbia
Expo
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May
7 - 9
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, street dance
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
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May
9
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
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May
15 - 17
South Carolina Book Festival
Speakers, workshops, exhibits, autograph sessions
Learn more about and shop for South Carolina Books
Columbia
Educational
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May
16
A Night Under the Stars
Dinner, drinks, dancing to live band, awards presentations - for the SC Theatre Association
Columbia
Gala
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May
16
Palmetto Patriots' Ball
Reception, dinner, silent auction, guest speaker - Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina benefit
Columbia
Gala
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May
21
Evening of Hope
Wine, beer, food, live music and hand painted wine glass - benefits Cancer of Many Colors
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
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May
23
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
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May
30
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling with choice of 5 distances - benefits the American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Sports
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Jun
14 - 21
Southeastern Piano Festival
Nightly concerts, international piano competition, pre-college pianists training
Columbia
Arts
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Jun
23 - 27
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
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Jul
12
XTERRA Harbison Trail Run
Choose half-marathon or 5K through Harbison State Forest
Columbia
Sports
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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
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Oct
14 - 25
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
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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
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Oct
24
Ray Tanner Home Run
12K, 5K, and kids' fun run plus post race party - benefits the Ray Tanner Foundation
Columbia
Sports
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Nov
20 - 22
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
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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
00000056
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
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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
00000058
Nov
28 - 29
Jamil Shriners Craft Show
Various craft artisans - benefits Shriner hospitals
Columbia
Expo
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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
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Dec
2 - 6
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
5
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
10 - 12
Bojangles' Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
00000063
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
00000064
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
00000065
Dates TBD
​For The Love Of Paws
Live music, entertainment, food and much more - benefits the Humane Society
Columbia
Miscellaneous
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Dates TBD
Bar Stool Classic
A self-guided, putt-putt bar crawl plus drink and food specials at each of the stops and after-party event - benefit
Columbia
Sports
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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
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Dates TBD
Black Men of South Carolina Rally and Family Festival
Speakers, music, family games, food - encouraging black men to get engaged in their communities and the lives of the youth and the elderly
Columbia
Festival
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Dates TBD
Blythefest
2-day event includes live entertainment, 5K run/walk or kids fun run, arts & crafts, food, silent auction, kids' activities, book sale - benefit
Columbia
Blythewood
Festival
00000070
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
00000071
Dates TBD
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000072
Dates TBD
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000073
Dates TBD
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, vendors, food, talent contest, car show, 5K, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
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Dates TBD
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, vendors, food, talent contest, car show, 5K, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
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Dates TBD
Children's Trust Benefit Gala and Auction
Live music, heavy hors d’eouvres, silent auction, black tie optional - benefit
Columbia
Gala
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Dates TBD
Columbia Buddy Walk
1.5 mile walk plus bounce houses, food, games, music - celebrating the Down syndrome community
Columbia
Sports
00000077
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
Live music, dances, church tours, and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000078
Dates TBD
Dark Knight's Terror Trail
Outdoor trail, indoor haunted house, Zombie Zone
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
00000079
Dates TBD
Dark Knight's Terror Trail
Outdoor trail, indoor haunted house, Zombie Zone
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
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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
00000081
Dates TBD
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000082
Dates TBD
Fashion for Fighters Runway Show
Fun night of family fashion - benefits the Cancer of Many Colors Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Arts
00000083
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
00000084
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
00000085
Dates TBD
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival
2-day event includes entertainment, rides, parade, BBQ contest, and of course, collards!
Columbia
Gaston
Festival
00000086
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000087
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000088
Dates TBD
Golf Tournament
With lunch and prizes - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000089
Dates TBD
Governor's Cup Road Race
Half marathon, 8K, 3-mile walk, kids' cup
Learn more about South Carolina running events
Columbia
Sports
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Dates TBD
Growl at the Moon
Wear your costume and enjoy food, beer, laser light shows, and a beer growler - SC State Museum
Columbia
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Hair Walk: The Movement
Hair and fashion show, cosmetology students compete by creating wigs for people with cancer-related hair loss - raising money and awareness to fight cancer
Columbia
Expo
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Dates TBD
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000093
Dates TBD
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000094
Dates TBD
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit!
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000095
Dates TBD
Italian Festival
Live music, Italian food and market, Italian autos exhibit, bocce tournament, grape stomping, games
Columbia
Festival
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Dates TBD
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
00000097
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
00000098
Dates TBD
Jazz Under the Stars Jazzfest
Various venues - 4-day event includes live performances, jam sessions - benefit
Columbia
Arts
00000099
Dates TBD
July 4th Celebration on Lake Murray
Boat parade, fireworks to choreographed music airing on local radio
Columbia
Lake Murray
Holiday
00000100
Dates TBD
Junior League of Columbia's Clean Sweep
Rummage sale benefiting community projects - cash only
Columbia
Expo
00000101
Dates TBD
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, 'peachy' recipe contest, antique car show, Revolutionary War reenactment, fireworks
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
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Dates TBD
Lexington's Race Against Hunger
10K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run - benefiting five local charities
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
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Dates TBD
Main Street Latin Festival
Latin and Caribbean music, authentic food, kids' activities
Columbia
Festival
00000104
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
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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
00000106
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
00000107
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
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Dates TBD
Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Arts
00000109
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
German food and music, games, dancers, kids' area - benefits local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000110
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
Enjoy an evening of seasonal beers, bratwurst galore and live music - benefits the Contemporaries of Art
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000111
Dates TBD
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Food, drinks, live music, contests (including tomato bobbing), and more!
Columbia
Festival
00000112
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
00000113
Dates TBD
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Miscellaneous
00000114
Dates TBD
Run Ella Run 5K
Run or walk, kids fun run - benefits the Gabriella Shumate Memorial Foundation
Columbia
South Congaree
Sports
00000115
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
00000116
Dates TBD
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Plus 5K run/walk - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of South Carolina
Columbia
Festival
00000117
Dates TBD
Salute to the Nation
The 282d Army Rock Band will perform, kids' activities, concessions, fireworks
Columbia
Fort Jackson
Holiday
00000118
Dates TBD
Silent Auction Benefit
Silent auction, hors d'eouvres, music and much more - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Blythewood
Culinary
00000119
Dates TBD
Silver Fox 5K Trail Run @ Saluda Shoals
Benefits the Dutch Fork High School Cross Country Teams
Learn more about South Carolina running events
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
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
All you can eat Charleston blue crabs, lowcountry boil, music, family fun - portion of proceeds benefit the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Columbia
Culinary
00000122
Dates TBD
Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
Concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition
Columbia
Arts
00000123
Dates TBD
Strong Threads
African American Heritage Festival & Celebration with concerts, food, art exhibits, storytelling, dancing, games
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000124
Dates TBD
Team Hope Walk
Supporting the mission and services of the Huntington's Disease Society of America
Columbia
Sports
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
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Night Ops
5K course with 20 obstacles illuinated with lights and luminescent paint, 4 person teams - benefits veteran and military organizations
Columbia
Sandy Run
Sports
00000127
Dates TBD
Veterans Car & Bike Show
Plus silent auction, door prizes, food and drinks, entertainment, and vendors - benefits Alston Wilkes Society
Columbia
Expo
00000128
Dates TBD
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting
Columbia
Holiday
00000129
Dates TBD
Walk For Life/Race For Life
10K run and 5K run or walk - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000130
Dates TBD
Wine, Dine & Design
Fashion show and party - benefits the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
Columbia
Fashion


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