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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia (no tours on Mondays) - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
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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
00000002
Dec
7 - 28
Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday light show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds
Columbia
Holiday
00000003
Dec
11 - 15
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000004
Dec
12 - 14
Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
00000005
Dec
13 - 15
Columbia Christmas Pageant
Thousands of Christmas lights, lots of music, and a cast and crew of hundreds - tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter
Columbia
Holiday
00000006
Dec
14
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000007
Dec
14
Ugly Sweater 5K
Run/walk, wear your ugliest holiday sweater with holiday themed awards celebration after - benefits Friends of the Metropolitan Children's Advocacy Center
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports
00000008
Dec
18 - 23
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000009
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
00000010
Dec
31
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000011
Jan
18
Red Shoe Run
10K run or 5K walk/run - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC
Columbia
Sports
00000012
Jan
26
Great Amazing Race
1.5-mile adventure run/walk for adults and kids - benefits pediatric cancer foundations
Columbia
Sports
00000013
Feb
1
MGC Long Run 15K | 5K
Plus kids' fun run, road races are followed by a family-friendly party - benefits USO South Carolina
Columbia
Sports
00000014
Feb
15
Guitar Gala
Dinner buffet, live music - benefits the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
Columbia
Misc
00000015
Mar
3
South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo
Exhibits, workshops, speakers - open to the public
Columbia
Expo
00000016
Mar
4 - 6
SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations Summit
Workshops, seminars, breakout sessions, networking and more about social issues that impact SC's nonprofit community and citizens
Columbia
Convention
00000017
Mar
7
The Cinderella Project
Gathers donations of gently worn formal gowns, shoes and accessories for disadvantaged high school students - click link for donation and boutique details
Columbia
West Columbia
Fashion
00000018
Mar
7
Run Hard Marathon
Marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000019
Mar
7
Party with PAALS - an UN-Gala
Food, entertainment, silent and live auctions, games, adult beverages, casual dress - 21+ only - benefits Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services
Columbia
Misc
00000020
Mar
13 - 14
Doko Film Fest
SC high school film makers, ages 15-18, present and explain their films to a live audience and receive reaction and comment on their work
Columbia
Blythewood
Arts
00000021
Mar
21
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
00000022
Mar
27 - 29
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors - benefits the Harry R.E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
Columbia
Expo
00000023
Apr
2 - 5
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations - benefiting the River Alliance
Columbia
Mulitple Sites
Festival
00000024
Apr
2
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries at the SC State House
Columbia
Educational
00000025
Apr
4
Theatre for Youth Festival
Festival is open to all community and school theatre programs that have students in grades third through eighth
Columbia
West Columbia
Festival
00000026
Apr
4 - 5
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000027
Apr
17 - 18
South Carolina Square & Round Dancers Convention
For all levels of dancers - several dances plus clinics, workshops and more
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000028
Apr
17 - 18
South Carolina Square & Round Dancers Convention
For all levels of dancers - several dances plus clinics, workshops and more
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000029
Apr
18
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
00000030
Apr
18
Braelyn Aubrey Foundation 5K
5K benefiting the Braelyn Aubrey Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000031
Apr
25
Kinetic Derby Day
Parade of kinetic sculptures (human-powered, handmade floats), adult and child soapbox derby racing, food trucks - hosted by City of West Columbia
Columbia
West Columbia
Educational
00000032
Apr
25
Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
Parade, live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, health fair and more
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000033
May
2
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lots of fresh crawfish and other tasty treats, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, 5K crawdaddy dash run, and more
Columbia
Festival
00000034
May
4
Columbia
Convention
00000035
May
15 - 16
Governor's Cup Road Race
2-days of racing with the Main Street Mile on Friday evening with kid's open and elite divisions then on Saturday is the half marathon and 5K events
Columbia
Sports
00000036
Jun
5 - 6
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Misc
00000037
Jun
8 - 13
South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference
Training, education, exhibit hall, competitions
Columbia
Convention
00000038
Jun
11 - 14
South Carolina Carnival
4-day event of culture blending experiences of the Caribbean American heritage with parade, block party and events at various venues
Columbia
Festival
00000039
Jun
13 - 21
Southeastern Piano Festival
Nightly concerts, international piano competition, pre-college pianists training
Columbia
Arts
00000040
Jun
23 - 27
Miss South Carolina Pageant
Preliminaries held Tuesday through Thursday with finals on Friday and Saturday night - Miss South Carolina Teen and Miss South Carolina will be crowned
Columbia
Misc
00000041
Jul
4
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
00000042
Jul
25
Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast
Event will include live and silent auctions, prize drawings and games, wild game feast, open bar - benefits the SC Wildlife Federation
Columbia
Misc
00000043
Oct
3
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling event with choice of 4 distances plus 5K ride, run/walk - benefits the American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000044
Oct
14 - 25
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000045
Dates TBD
4 Legged 4K
4K walk/run for owners and their pets plus special pet vendors, prizes, pet adoptions and more - benefits Homeward Bound Pet Rescue
Columbia
Sports
00000046
Dates TBD
Ancient Order Of Hibernians Ceili
Enjoy all things Irish - music, beer, food, dancing
Columbia
Misc
00000047
Dates TBD
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000048
Dates TBD
Arkhaios Film Festival
3-day event showcasing the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films
Columbia
Historical
00000049
Dates TBD
Bands 4 Better
Live music, food and drink available - benefits Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center
Columbia
Lexington
Misc
00000050
Dates TBD
Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals
Walk followed by After Paw-ty - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000051
Dates TBD
Big Nosh
Sample popular Jewish foods and experience cultural events and activities
Columbia
Festival
00000052
Dates TBD
Blues Berries and BBQ & Richland Music Festival
Two evenings of live music plus bbq contest and pie eating contests on Saturday
Columbia
Festival
00000053
Dates TBD
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
An IPRA championship rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000054
Dates TBD
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
An IPRA championship rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000055
Dates TBD
Cayce Festival of the Arts
Featuring artists, crafters and authors from around the region - net proceeds to benefit a local charity selected by the Cayce Avenues Neighborhood Association
Columbia
Cayce
Arts
00000056
Dates TBD
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
00000057
Dates TBD
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
00000058
Dates TBD
Cocktails & Cockabooses
Tailgate at two Cockabooses for the University of South Carolina versus the University of Alabama football game - benefits Curing Kids Cancer
Columbia
Sports
00000059
Dates TBD
ColaJazz Crawl: International Jazz Day
Multiple area venues will be hosting local and international jazz musicians - hosted by ColaJazz
Columbia
Arts
00000060
Dates TBD
ColaJazz Festival
Hear the sounds of Grammy-award winners, internationally known artists, and celebrated local talent plus gumbo and jambalaya
Columbia
Arts
00000061
Dates TBD
Colour of Music Festival
5-days includes events at various venues that highlight the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on culture
Columbia
Arts
00000062
Dates TBD
Columbia Buddy Walk
1.5 mile walk celebrating the Down syndrome community
Columbia
Sports
00000063
Dates TBD
Columbia Fashion Week
4-days of runway shows, a vendor village, mixers, networking, and after-parties
Columbia
Fashion
00000064
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
Self-guided tour of artists' studios in the Greater Columbia area
Columbia
Arts
00000065
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
4-day event with live music, dances, church tours, and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000066
Dates TBD
Congaree Swampfest
2-day event with live music, bbq, oyster roast, food vendors, family fun - hosted by South East Rural Community Outreach
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000067
Dates TBD
Drift Jam
Boats tie up near Spence Island for a day of live music on Lake Murray - benefits 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of SC
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
00000068
Dates TBD
Emerging Choreographers Show
Emerging artists present their works - hosted by Yuhas & Dancers, Tapp's Arts Center, and SC Arts Commission
Columbia
Arts
00000069
Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Visit eight private gardens in the Forest Lake neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Columbia
Misc
00000070
Dates TBD
Festival of Trees
Decorated trees and other holiday items are up for bid during a weekend-long silent auction plus other activities - benefits Prisma Health Children's Hospital
Columbia
Holiday
00000071
Dates TBD
Fire Truck Pull for Curing Kids Cancer
Teams of 10 play tug of war with a 35,000 lb. fire truck - benefits the Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital
Columbia
Misc
00000072
Dates TBD
Fundable
Heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, 90s music, and empowering entertainment - benefits Able South Carolina
Columbia
Misc
00000073
Dates TBD
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Event features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner, raffles - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000074
Dates TBD
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
00000075
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000076
Dates TBD
Girls on the Run Columbia 5K
Non-timed 5K with post-run celebration
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
00000077
Dates TBD
Healthy Kids Fun Fair
Features fun learning about healthy eating, exercising, and healthy lifestyles, plus screenings and entertainment - hosted by Junior League of Columbia
Columbia
Educational
00000078
Dates TBD
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia (no tours on Mondays) - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000079
Dates TBD
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
00000080
Dates TBD
Hops and Harvest Craft Beer Festival
Craft brew tastings, live music - 21+ event - benefits Virginia Hylton Park Committee's efforts to upgrade the park
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000081
Dates TBD
Hot Summer's Night
5K run/walk evening road race and 1/4 non-competitive youth fun run
Columbia
Sports
00000082
Dates TBD
Indie Grits Festival
The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers and pros plus workshops and education opportunities
Columbia
Festival
00000083
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
00000084
Dates TBD
Jam Room Music Festival
Come down to Main Street and enjoy live music
Columbia
Festival
00000085
Dates TBD
Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture
Hands-on demonstrations from artists and craftsmen, live music, and vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise
Columbia
Festival
00000086
Dates TBD
Kemopalooza
Live music, food, silent auction - benefits Camp Kemo programs of Prisma Health Children's Hospital
Columbia
Misc
00000087
Dates TBD
Kick-Off to St Pats in Five Points
Irish-themed entertainment plus children can help dye the fountain green and go on a scavenger hunt through Five Points
Columbia
Festival
00000088
Dates TBD
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
00000089
Dates TBD
Korean Festival
Celebrate the Korean community's rich heritage, culture and traditions with food, music and special attractions - benefits several local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000090
Dates TBD
Lake Murray Dam Run
10K and 5K - benefits the St Andrews-Columbia Rotary Club
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000091
Dates TBD
Lemonade II
Living. Every. Moment. Optimistically. NonStop. And. Defying. Expectations is a cultural day party celebrating culture and arts - 21+ only at Hampton Preston Mansion
Columbia
Arts
00000092
Dates TBD
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, 'peachy' recipe contest, antique car show, fireworks
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
00000093
Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, live music - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000094
Dates TBD
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000095
Dates TBD
LoCo Craft Beer Jam
Live bands, wide range of craft beers, local cuisine, children's rides and local cuisine - raising money for community improvements
Columbia
Culinary
00000096
Dates TBD
Martha's Market
2-day vendor market - hosted by Union United Methodist Church - benefits Lexington 5 Foundation Snack Pack Program and Wallace Family Life Center
Columbia
Irmo
Misc
00000097
Dates TBD
Metropolitan Bridal Expo
Plan the wedding of your dreams with vendors from the area inspiring you on the different aspects of wedding planning
Columbia
Expo
00000098
Dates TBD
Okra Strut Festival
2-day event includes live bands, lots of food, amusement rides, bounce houses, an okra eating contest
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000099
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Columbia
German beer, homemade German food and treats, entertainment for all ages
Columbia
Festival
00000100
Dates TBD
Palate Party
Food and wine pairings, open bar, live music, dance floor, dress is upscale casual - benefits Epworth Children's Home
Columbia
Culinary
00000101
Dates TBD
Palmetto Half Marathon
Events include half marathon, 5K run/walk, youth half marathon, kids' fun run - benefit
Columbia
Sports
00000102
Dates TBD
Palmetto Peanut Boil
Teams battle for the championship trophy plus live music, other food, kids entertainment - benefits the Animal Mission
Columbia
Festival
00000103
Dates TBD
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Music, contests (including tomato bobbing and homegrown tomato contest), vendors, activities for kids
Columbia
Festival
00000104
Dates TBD
Peace in the Park
11 religions will each have activity area plus common area with entertainment, nature walks - hosted by Interfaith Partners of SC and UofSC Interfaith Initiatives
Columbia
Festival
00000105
Dates TBD
Power of the Purse
Auctions of designer purses, spa packages and more - Women in Philanthropy event to raise money for women and children in need
Columbia
Fashion
00000106
Dates TBD
Quarry Crusher Run
Run approximately 3.72 miles at 475' below sea level at the Columbia Quarry - benefits Olympia Education Community Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000107
Dates TBD
Ray Tanner Home Run
12K run, 5K run/walk 1-mile run, and kids' fun run plus post race party - benefits the Ray Tanner Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000108
Dates TBD
Reggaetronic
Outdoor music festival with live bands - accessible by boat only
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
00000109
Dates TBD
River Rocks Festival
Live music, food, beverages, kids activities and environmental education - benefits Congaree Riverkeeper
Columbia
Festival
00000110
Dates TBD
Riverbanks ZOOfari
Live entertainment, enjoy cuisine and cocktails, behind-the-scenes view of the zoo - benefits Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Columbia
Misc
00000111
Dates TBD
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, visual artists, fine crafters, performing arts, authors, poets and more
Columbia
Festival
00000112
Dates TBD
SC Guard Air & Ground Expo
2-day event featuring more than 100 ground displays of military equipment from past and present, plus aerial and ground demonstrations
Columbia
Eastover
Expo
00000113
Dates TBD
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Friday night parade on Main Street and Saturday festival - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000114
Dates TBD
See Spot Run
5K run/walk with food and vendors at the finish line, leashed dogs welcomed - benefits The Humane Society
Columbia
Sports
00000115
Dates TBD
She Festival
Professional, amateur, and emerging female artists ages 13+ and share their talents including visual artists, poets, dancers, singers and more
Columbia
Arts
00000116
Dates TBD
She Festival
Professional, amateur, and emerging female artists ages 13+ and share their talents including visual artists, poets, dancers, singers and more
Columbia
Arts
00000117
Dates TBD
South Carolina Cornbread Festival
Day of entertainment, food, carnival rides, bounce houses, corn hole tournament, cornbread cook off, cornbread eating contest - benefits two local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000118
Dates TBD
South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference
Celebrate the impact that museums have made on SC and learn from fellow museum professionals
Columbia
Convention
00000119
Dates TBD
South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference
Workshops and lectures on a variety of historic preservation issues and research
Columbia
Conference
00000120
Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, street dances, fireworks, best chicken cooking contest
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
00000121
Dates TBD
Southern Guitar Festival & Competition
3-day event includes concerts, classes, lectures, solo and ensemble competitions for professionals plus elementary/middle/high school, college levels
Columbia
Arts
00000122
Dates TBD
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk
Plus pre and post-event party with live music, family-friendly activities, food - benefits the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000123
Dates TBD
Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition
A night of sweet treats, savory hors d'oeurves, live music and vote for your favorite dishes - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
Columbia
Culinary
00000124
Dates TBD
Teal Day 5K
Run or walk 5K - benefits the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central South Carolina
Columbia
Sports
00000125
Dates TBD
The Golden Gourd: Grand Prix of Pumpkin Racing
Create your own pumpkin racer and compete for "best of" awards in addition to the races - benefits the SC Autism Society
Columbia
Holiday
00000126
Dates TBD
The Nutcracker
The holiday classic performed by Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet and the Columbia Festival Orchestra
Columbia
Holiday
00000127
Dates TBD
Trinity Bazaar
Children's carnival, homemade foods, crafts, plus new and used clothing and furniture, musical instruments, household decor - benefits five local charities
Columbia
Misc
00000128
Dates TBD
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting, stage performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000129
Dates TBD
Walk For Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon
Take a 3.1-mile walk through historic Columbia, or run in the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000130
Dates TBD
Walk MS
1-mile and 3-mile routes, Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them
Columbia
Sports
00000131
Dates TBD
Walk to End Hydrocephalus
Help raise money for hydrocephalus research, education, advocacy, and community support networks
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Sports
00000132
Dates TBD
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Plus food from local chefs, micro-brew, live music - benefits Riverbanks conservation and education efforts
Columbia
Culinary



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