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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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Oct
23 - 25
Dark Knight's Terror Trail
Outdoor trail, indoor haunted house, Zombie Zone
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
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Oct
24 - 26
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
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Oct
24 - 26
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000003
Oct
25
Columbia Spikeball Tournament
All teams will be given tournament t-shirt and outside of bragging rights there will be prizes for the winning team
Columbia
Sports
00000004
Oct
30 - 31
Dark Knight's Terror Trail
Outdoor trail, indoor haunted house, Zombie Zone
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
00000005
Oct
30
Growl at the Moon
Wear your costume and enjoy food, beer, laser light shows, and a beer growler - SC State Museum
Columbia
Holiday
00000006
Oct
30
Moonlight Masquerade
Music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, black tie or costume and your favorite mask - benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000007
Oct
30 - 31
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000008
Oct
30 - 31
Dracula: Ballet With A Bite
A Columbia City Ballet production with haunting visuals, graphic special effects and pulsating rock/jazz musical score
Columbia
Arts
00000009
Oct
31
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000010
Nov
1
Dark Knight's Terror Trail
Outdoor trail, indoor haunted house, Zombie Zone
Columbia
Elgin
Holiday
00000011
Nov
1
Columbia
Cayce
Holiday
00000012
Nov
1
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
00000013
Nov
1
Dracula: Ballet With A Bite
A Columbia City Ballet production with haunting visuals, graphic special effects and pulsating rock/jazz musical score
Columbia
Arts
00000014
Nov
1
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
00000015
Nov
1
Gilbert House of Terror
Are you ready for 13 rooms of fright? - proceeds benefit local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000016
Nov
2
Journey to the Cross
The story of God's redemptive work from Creation through the Resurrection, told through scripture and song
Columbia
Historical
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Nov
6 - 8
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
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Nov
7
Hollywood Affair Fundraiser
Dress like your favorite celebrity to have your moment on the Red Carpet! Plus auction of memorabilia and experiences - benefit
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000019
Nov
7
Fundable
An evening of dancing, live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and more - benefit for disability programs
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000020
Nov
8
Chili Cook-Off
The 2100 block of Greene Street will be filled with chili cookers plus live entertainment - benefits the Hope Center and Camp Kemo
Columbia
Festival
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Nov
8
Christmas Craft Show & Holiday Bazaar
Over 40 crafters and vendors - silent auction for Harvest Hope Food Bank
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000022
Nov
8
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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Nov
9
Voices of the Generations
Daughter of Holocaust survivors recounts their story, shows a video about her parents that was broadcast as an episode of 'This Is Your Life' in 1953, and answers questions
Columbia
Historical
00000024
Nov
15
Holiday Extravaganza & Women's Expo
Holiday shopping, demonstrations, silent auction - benefit
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000025
Nov
16
​For The Love Of Paws
Live music, entertainment, food and much more - benefits the Humane Society
Columbia
Miscellaneous
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Nov
20
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting
Columbia
Holiday
00000027
Nov
21 - 23
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
00000028
Nov
21 - 26
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000029
Nov
21 - 23
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
00000030
Nov
22
Runway Run 5K
5K or kids' fun run on the main runway of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport - benefits the USO
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
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Nov
26 - 30
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000032
Nov
27
Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Run
3.1 mile run through downtown Columbia - proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Columbia
Sports
00000033
Nov
28 - 30
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000034
Nov
29 - 30
Jamil Shriners Craft Show
Various craft artisans - benefits Shriner hospitals
Columbia
Expo
00000035
Nov
29 - 30
Jamil Shriners Craft Show
Various craft artisans - benefits Shriner hospitals
Columbia
Expo
00000036
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, plus activities, at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000037
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
00000038
Dec
4 - 7
Holiday Market
South Carolina state fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
00000039
Dec
6
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000040
Dec
11 - 13
Bojangles' Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams
Columbia
Sports
00000041
Dec
12 - 14
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
00000042
Dec
13
West Metro Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit!
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000043
Dec
13
Columbia Half Marathon
Half-marathon, 5K, 1-mile fun run, post race celebration with refreshments and music - benefit
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
00000044
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
00000045
Dec
31
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000046
Feb
28
March for Meals 5K Run and Walk
Certified 5K course for runners, 1.5 or 3.1 mile courses for walkers - benefit
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
00000047
Mar
7
Run Hard Marathon
Marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000048
Mar
27 - 29
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors
Columbia
Expo
00000049
Apr
11
Touch A Truck
Kids can explore more than 30 vehicles and exhibits, live entertainment, and more
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000050
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
00000051
Apr
14
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries a the SC State House
Columbia
Educational
00000052
Apr
16 - 19
Midlands Plant and Flower Festival
Come out and explore the South Carolina State Farmers Market
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000053
Apr
18 - 19
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from 60+ countries
Columbia
Festival
00000054
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
00000055
Apr
25
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
00000056
May
15 - 17
South Carolina Book Festival
Speakers, workshops, exhibits, autograph sessions
Learn more about and shop for South Carolina Books
Columbia
Educational
00000057
May
23
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000058
May
30
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling with choice of 5 distances - for American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Sports
00000059
Jun
14 - 21
Southeastern Piano Festival
Nightly concerts, international piano competition, pre-college pianists training
Columbia
Arts
00000060
Jul
12
XTERRA Harbison Trail Run
Choose half-marathon or 5K through Harbison State Forest
Columbia
Sports
00000061
Dates TBD
A Taste of Lake Murray
Food from 14 area restaurants, beer, wine, specialty drinks, live music - benefit
Columbia
Culinary
00000062
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
00000063
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
00000064
Dates TBD
Burrito Dash 5K
Run or walk and at the half-way point a race-friendly sized burrito awaits all participants - benefits Epworth Children's Home
Columbia
Sports
00000065
Dates TBD
Cancer of Many Colors Event
Sample great southern cuisine, live music, beer, wine and more - benefit
Columbia
Lexington
Miscellaneous
00000066
Dates TBD
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances plus Jingle All the Way 5K run
Columbia
Holiday
00000067
Dates TBD
Celebrate Sound, Don’t Walk in Silence
Walk raising funds and awareness of hearing health
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000068
Dates TBD
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, vendors, food, talent contest, car show, 5K, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
00000069
Dates TBD
Chapin Labor Day Festival
3-day event includes parade, vendors, food, talent contest, car show, 5K, children's carnival
Columbia
Chapin
Festival
00000070
Dates TBD
Children's Trust Benefit Gala and Auction
Live music, heavy hors d’eouvres, silent auction, black tie optional - benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000071
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
Self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia area
Columbia
Arts
00000072
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
Live music, dances, church tours, and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000073
Dates TBD
Cones for a Cure 5K
Run or walk and at the end get an ice cream - benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports
00000074
Dates TBD
Eau Claire Fest
Unique marketplace of visual and performing arts, food, games, history, entertainment, parade, kidzone
Columbia
Festival
00000075
Dates TBD
Ernie Magaro Midlands Technical College Foundation Golf Classic
Captain’s Choice tournament - in support of college programs and services
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000076
Dates TBD
Fight For Air Climb
Climb the 479 steps in the Capitol Center - benefits American Lung Association
Columbia
Sports
00000077
Dates TBD
Columbia
Expo
00000078
Dates TBD
Indie Grits Film Fest
The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers and pros
Columbia
Festival
00000079
Dates TBD
It's All About Herbs Festival
Plant sale with many varieties of herbs, bake sale, herb mini-demonstrations, seminars, silent auction, raffle - benefit
Columbia
Lexington
Festival
00000080
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
00000081
Dates TBD
Jazz Under the Stars Jazzfest
Various venues - 4-day event includes live performances, jam sessions - benefit
Columbia
Arts
00000082
Dates TBD
July 4th Celebration on Lake Murray
Boat parade, fireworks to choreographed music airing on local radio
Columbia
Lake Murray
Holiday
00000083
Dates TBD
Junior League of Columbia's Clean Sweep
Yard sale benefiting community projects - cash only
Columbia
Expo
00000084
Dates TBD
Kemopalooza
Live entertainment, auction - benefit
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000085
Dates TBD
Leadership Summit - Schools for SC's Future
2-day summit will focus on the role of public charter schools with panels and presenters
Columbia
Workshop
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 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
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
MIdlands Walk to Defeat ALS
3-mile walk to raise money to help find a cure for ALS
Columbia
Sports
00000090
Dates TBD
Main Street Ice @ Boyd Plaza
Come out and skate at this open-air rink in front of the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Sports
00000091
Dates TBD
Main Street Ice @ Boyd Plaza
Come out and skate at this open-air rink in front of the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Sports
00000092
Dates TBD
Main Street Latin Festival
Latin and Caribbean music, authentic food, kids' activities
Columbia
Festival
00000093
Dates TBD
McDaniels Golf Classic
Two-day event includes auction and golf tournament - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000094
Dates TBD
Midlands Strides for Autism
Fun-walk, plus music, games, and entertainment
Columbia
Sports
00000095
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
00000096
Dates TBD
Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Arts
00000097
Dates TBD
Olympia Fest
Live music, kids' activities, Quarry Crusher Run
Columbia
Festival
00000098
Dates TBD
Oysters Down on the Farm
Steamed oysters, barbecue, hamburgers, hotdogs, beer, wine, corn hole, live music
Columbia
Gilbert
Miscellaneous
00000099
Dates TBD
Palmetto Patriots' Ball
Reception, dinner, silent auction, guest speaker - Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina benefit
Columbia
Gala
00000100
Dates TBD
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Food, drinks, live music, contests (including tomato bobbing), and more!
Columbia
Festival
00000101
Dates TBD
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Miscellaneous
00000102
Dates TBD
River Rocks Music Festival
Five bands, kids' area, food, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, environmental education activities and demonstrations
Columbia
Festival
00000103
Dates TBD
Ronny Train's
Family-friendly event on a stroller-friendly course - benefits Autism Speaks
Columbia
Sports
00000104
Dates TBD
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Kids' area, Creole & Cajun cuisine, live music, Crawdaddy Dash 5K run, artist village
Columbia
Festival
00000105
Dates TBD
Run Ella Run 5K
Run or walk, kids fun run - benefits the Gabriella Shumate Memorial Foundation
Columbia
South Congaree
Sports
00000106
Dates TBD
Run For Our Troops
5K run/walk - USA Track & Field Certified course - benefit
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000107
Dates TBD
Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show
Designers turn trash into fashionable outfits
Columbia
Fashion
00000108
Dates TBD
SC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony
Reception, banquet, induction ceremony
Columbia
Gala
00000109
Dates TBD
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Plus 5K run/walk - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of South Carolina
Columbia
Festival
00000110
Dates TBD
Salute to the Nation
The 282d Army Rock Band will perform, kids' activities, concessions, fireworks
Columbia
Fort Jackson
Holiday
00000111
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
00000112
Dates TBD
South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo
Exhibits, workshops - open to the public
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000113
Dates TBD
South Carolina Cornbread Festival
5K run/walk, cornbread cook-off, children’s cook-off, Little Miss Muffin pageant, live music
Columbia
Festival
00000114
Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, street dance
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
00000115
Dates TBD
South Carolina Salute to Manufacturing
Awards honoring SC's leading manufacturers
Columbia
Expo
00000116
Dates TBD
South Carolina Turkish Cultural Festival
Turkish folk music, dancing, art, food
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000117
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
00000118
Dates TBD
Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
Concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition
Columbia
Arts
00000119
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
00000120
Dates TBD
St. Pat's in Five Points
'Get to the Green Race', parade, live music, shag area, children's carnival - proceeds for charities
Columbia
Festival
00000121
Dates TBD
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000122
Dates TBD
The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival
Authentic foods, live performances, children's activities, food drive, art
Columbia
Festival
00000123
Dates TBD
The Friends Gala
Enjoy an evening of dancing, heavy hors d’oevres and an open bar - benefits Epworth Children’s Home
Columbia
Gala
00000124
Dates TBD
Therapalooza
A night of food, fun and entertainment - benefits Midlands children with special need
Columbia
Miscellaneous
00000125
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
Sandy Run
Sports
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
Valentines from France
Romantic and exciting classical music centered around French composers and themes by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra
Columbia
Irmo
Educational
00000128
Dates TBD
Veterans Car & Bike Show
Plus silent auction, door prizes, food and drinks, entertainment, and vendors - benefits Alston Wilkes Society
Columbia
Expo
00000129
Dates TBD
Walk MS: Columbia
1-3 mile options along riverwalk - benefit
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000130
Dates TBD
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
00000131
Dates TBD
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Plus food from local chefs, music - benefits Riverbanks conservation efforts
Columbia
Festival


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