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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Lights on the River
Journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000001
Dec
1 - 31
Lisznyai Christmas House
Enjoy the display and dancing lights from the comfort of your car or from the walking paths - donations for SC Make-A-Wish
Columbia
Spring Valley
Holiday
00000002
Dec
1 - 31
Fireflies Holiday Lights
Over one million LED lights, featuring 10 themed areas plus kids crafts and activities, holiday-themed food and drinks - not open Christmas Day
Columbia
Holiday
00000003
Dec
3 - 26
Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday light show at the SC State Fair grounds - closed Christmas Day
Columbia
Holiday
00000004
Dec
7 - 11
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights
Columbia
Holiday
00000005
Dec
7 - 11
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000006
Dec
11
Christmas at Grace
Piano concert, living nativity, Winter Wonderland area with kids zone, sledding hill, treats, food trucks - hosted by Grace Baptist Church
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000007
Dec
14 - 23
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights
Columbia
Holiday
00000008
Dec
14 - 18
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000009
Dec
15 - 17
The Bash
A three-day, national elite high school basketball showcase with 13 teams
Columbia
Sports
00000010
Dec
16 - 18
The Christmas Angel
An original ballet presented by Nova Ballet Theatre
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000011
Dec
21 - 22
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000012
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
00000013
Dec
28 - 29
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000014
Jan
1
Lisznyai Christmas House
Enjoy the display and dancing lights from the comfort of your car or from the walking paths - donations for SC Make-A-Wish
Columbia
Spring Valley
Holiday
00000015
Feb
11
Cupid's Chase
Run, walk or roll this 5K - benefits Community Options support of people with disabilities
Columbia
Sports
00000016
Mar
4
Light the Fight 5K GLOW Run/Walk
Walkers, runners, and strollers are all welcomed - benefits Lighthouse for Life, a non-profit organization that is fighting against sex trafficking
Columbia
Sports
00000017
Mar
7 - 9
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
00000018
Mar
11
Cottontown Art Crawl
Visit with local artists while strolling the historic Cottontown neighborhood in downtown Columbia
Columbia
Arts
00000019
Mar
24 - 26
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors - benefits the Harry R.E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
Columbia
Expo
00000020
Mar
30 - 31
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations - benefiting the River Alliance
Columbia
Various Locations
Festival
00000021
Mar
31
Arts & Draughts
Live music, food vendors, craft beer, scavenger hunts and art activities - hosted by the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Arts
00000022
Apr
1 - 2
Tartan Day South
4-day event includes music, dance, athletic competitions, pipe bands and demonstrations - benefiting the River Alliance
Columbia
Various Locations
Festival
00000023
Apr
1 - 2
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000024
Apr
7 - 8
Governor's Cup Road Race
2-days of racing with the Main Street Mile and Kids' Main Street Mile on Friday evening then on Saturday is the half marathon and 5K events
Columbia
Sports
00000025
Apr
20
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries at the SC State House with a parade, reading in small groups
Columbia
Educational
00000026
Apr
22
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
00000027
Apr
28
SC Historic Preservation Conference
Speakers present educational sessions that cover a variety of preservation, history, and research topics - hosted by the SC Department of Archives and History
Columbia
Conference
00000028
Apr
30
Irmo International Festival
Family fun with international foods, live musical entertainment, dancers, vendors and booths, art exhibits, kids' activities
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000029
May
11 - 13
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, fireworks, best chicken cooking contest
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
00000030
May
11 - 14
Art Blossoms
4-day event featuring flowers and art with special events, classes, demonstrations, and more - benefits the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Arts
00000031
May
12 - 13
Black Expo Columbia
2-day event with Taste of Black Columbia on Friday and expo with seminars, workshops, live entertainment, youth activities, vendors on Saturday
Columbia
Expo
00000032
Sep
29 - 30
Okra Strut Festival
2-day event includes live bands, lots of food, amusement rides, bounce houses, an okra eating contest
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000033
Oct
11 - 22
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000034
Oct
21
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival
Festival supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000035
Dates TBD
4 Legged 4K
4K walk/run for owners and their pet - benefits Homeward Bound Pet Rescue
Columbia
Sports
00000036
Dates TBD
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
00000037
Dates TBD
52 Windows: An Evening of Art
Event includes a silent art auction, food, open bar and live music - benefits Mental Illness Recovery Center
Columbia
Arts
00000038
Dates TBD
A Night to Celebrate Community
A spring soirée benefiting the statewide network of local First Steps nonprofits that directly serve young children, their families and communities
Columbia
Gala
00000039
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Columbia
Lexington County
Arts
00000040
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Columbia
Richland County
Arts
00000041
Dates TBD
American Revolution Symposium
Speakers will discuss Gen. Francis Marion, Battle of Kings Mountain, examples of war-time heroism, and more - hosted by SC Archives and History Foundation
Columbia
Historical
00000042
Dates TBD
Ancient Order Of Hibernians Ceili
A celebration of Irish music, food, dance, and culture - benefits Connick School of Irish Dance and other education causes
Columbia
Lexington
Misc
00000043
Dates TBD
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and the community for a family-friendly day of activities and demonstrations
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000044
Dates TBD
Arkhaios Film Festival
Showcases the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films
Columbia
Historical
00000045
Dates TBD
Artista Vista
3-day event with gallery crawl, live music, demonstrations, pop-up exhibits and galleries, visual art performances
Columbia
Arts
00000046
Dates TBD
Autumn Faire Arts Festival
Celebrate the arts in SC with 50+ fine art and fine craft participants from potters, jewelers, photographers, sculptures, painters, dance and live music
Columbia
Arts
00000047
Dates TBD
Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals
Variable length walk, ranging from .5-2 miles, with or without your dog, followed by After Pawty with music, vendors, contests - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000048
Dates TBD
Biscuits & Bluegrass
Biscuit brunch, craft beer, mimosas, live music, corn hole tournament - benefits Senior Resources
Columbia
Culinary
00000049
Dates TBD
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
IPRA sanctioned rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000050
Dates TBD
Blythewood Oktoberfest
2-day event with live music, 5K, yodeling contest, keg rolling contest, food, biergartens, children's games
Columbia
Blythewood
Festival
00000051
Dates TBD
Braelyn Aubrey Foundation 5K
Run or walk the 5K - benefits the Braelyn Aubrey Foundation's mission to advocate for children with impairing conditions and special needs
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000052
Dates TBD
Christmas Arts & Crafts Market
Over 100 vendors with photography, pottery plants, and one a kind items - hosted by the Midlands Crafters Association
Columbia
West Columbia
Misc
00000053
Dates TBD
ColaJazz Fest
2-day event featuring live bands performing blues, Latin, gypsy, swing, fusion, groove to straight-ahead jazz
Columbia
Festival
00000054
Dates TBD
Colaroo Micro-Music Festival
Opening DJ, live band - organized by USC students
Columbia
Concert
00000055
Dates TBD
Columbia Fashion Week
Runway shows, a vendor village, mixers, networking, and after-parties
Columbia
Fashion
00000056
Dates TBD
Columbia Food and Wine Festival
5-day event at various locations with dinners, tasting featuring samples from local chefs and mixologists
Columbia
Culinary
00000057
Dates TBD
Columbia Food and Wine Festival
5-day event at various locations with dinners, tasting featuring samples from local chefs and mixologists
Columbia
Culinary
00000058
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
2-day event of self-guided tours of artists' studios in Richland and Lexington counties
Columbia
Various
Arts
00000059
Dates TBD
Columbia VegFest
Live music, a family fun zone, education, vendors, food trucks, and lots of vegan food
Columbia
Festival
00000060
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
4-day event with live music, dances, church tours, vendors and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000061
Dates TBD
Corvette Expo & Swapmeet
Showcasing some of the most beautiful Corvettes from across six states, music, chili cook-off - benefits Project Unity USA
Columbia
Expo
00000062
Dates TBD
DOKO Rib Fest Cookoff
2-day event includes cook-offs, live music, other food trucks, vendors, 5K - hosted by the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce
Columbia
Blythewood
Culinary
00000063
Dates TBD
Doko Film Fest
High school age film makers, from the across the USA and beyond
Columbia
Arts
00000064
Dates TBD
Drift Jam
Boats tie up near Spence Island for a day of live music on Lake Murray - benefits OperationHomefront.org
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
00000065
Dates TBD
Fall Arts & Crafts Market
Over 150 crafters and vendors with silent auction to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank - hosted by the Midlands Crafters Association
Columbia
West Columbia
Misc
00000066
Dates TBD
Fall Festival Rodeo
Eight pro events, food, axe throwing, pony rides, mechanical bull, patriotic grand entry
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000067
Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Visit private gardens in the University Hill neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Columbia
Misc
00000068
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
00000069
Dates TBD
Find Your HeART
Dinner, art performance, exhibit, silent auction - benefits Leeza's Care Connection
Columbia
Gala
00000070
Dates TBD
Fireflies Holiday Lights
Over one million LED lights, featuring 10 themed areas plus kids crafts and activities, holiday-themed food and drinks - not open Thanksgiving Day
Columbia
Holiday
00000071
Dates TBD
Fort Jackson Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Fireworks, live music, kids zone with carnival rides and crafts tents, food/beverages, food trucks, beer and wine - general public welcome
Columbia
Fort Jackson
Holiday
00000072
Dates TBD
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Gourmet food, open bars, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000073
Dates TBD
Game & Garden Soiree
Cocktails, small plates from local chefs, silent auction, live music - benefits Congaree Land Trust's land conservation efforts
Columbia
Misc
00000074
Dates TBD
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays with jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, tools, geodes sold and cut
Columbia
Expo
00000075
Dates TBD
Columbia
Convention
00000076
Dates TBD
Healthy Kids Fun Fair
Fun learning about healthy eating, exercising, and healthy lifestyles, plus screenings and entertainment - hosted by Junior League of Columbia
Columbia
Educational
00000077
Dates TBD
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000078
Dates TBD
Holiday Lights on the River
Journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000079
Dates TBD
Hot Summer's Night
5K run/walk evening road race and 1/4 non-competitive youth fun run
Columbia
Sports
00000080
Dates TBD
Hush No More Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
Awareness walk, community outreach, vendors, live performances, Domestic Violence Survivor and Fallen Officer Tributes
Columbia
Misc
00000081
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
00000082
Dates TBD
Jam Room Music Festival
Enjoy live music at the intersection of Main and Hampton streets in Downtown Columbia
Columbia
Festival
00000083
Dates TBD
JerryFest
Outdoor concert featuring multiple bands performing Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead music, vendors - family and pet friendly
Columbia
Concert
00000084
Dates TBD
Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture
Live entertainment, artist demonstrations, historic storytelling, reenactors, children's area, vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise
Columbia
Festival
00000085
Dates TBD
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances - benefits local children's charities
Columbia
Lexington
Expo
00000086
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
00000087
Dates TBD
Lake Murray Charity Run
3-days with pre-event meet-ups then participants visit 5 of the stops to receive a colored ticket for prize drawing - benefits Big Red Barn Retreat
Columbia
Lake Murray
Misc
00000088
Dates TBD
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
00000089
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
00000090
Dates TBD
Lisznyai Christmas House
Enjoy the display and dancing lights from the comfort of your car or from the walking paths - donations for SC Make-A-Wish
Columbia
Spring Valley
Holiday
00000091
Dates TBD
Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
Parade, live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, health fair and more
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000092
Dates TBD
Mad Hatter's Art Party
Juried art show, 70+ curated booths by local and regional artists craftsmen, live entertainment, food and drinks - hosted by SC Artists
Columbia
Arts
00000093
Dates TBD
Main Street Latin Festival
Showcasing the Latin culture through food, art, dance and music in a fun, family-oriented environment
Columbia
Festival
00000094
Dates TBD
Mardi Gras Columbia
Mardi Gras parade followed by a music festival with 12 live bands on 3 stages, food trucks, vendors - family and dog friendly - hosted by Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya
Columbia
Festival
00000095
Dates TBD
Miracles in Motion: 5K Walk, Run & Roll
Heroes walk, run and roll for TTP Kids, 5K, 1 miler plus family-friendly after party - benefits The Therapy Place
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports
00000096
Dates TBD
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
00000097
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Columbia
Two biergartens with German beer, homemade German food and treats, kinderzone, entertainment for all ages
Columbia
Festival
00000098
Dates TBD
Outfest Columbia
Focuses on the LGBT community, showcasing local talent, vendors, and businesses - hosted by SC Pride
Columbia
Festival
00000099
Dates TBD
Palmetto Peanut Boil
Teams battle for the championship trophy plus live music, other food, kids entertainment - benefits the Animal Mission
Columbia
Festival
00000100
Dates TBD
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
A celebration of local farmers, food, live music, kids activities, arts, sustainability, and tomatoes - hosted by Sustainable Midlands
Columbia
Festival
00000101
Dates TBD
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Misc
00000102
Dates TBD
Pelion Peanut Party
2-day event with lots of peanuts, crafts, parade, car show, military exhibits, peanut butter & jelly sandwich eating contest, festival food, amusement rides
Columbia
Pelion
Festival
00000103
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
00000104
Dates TBD
Reggaetronic
Outdoor music festival with live bands - accessible by boat only - benefits the Shriners Children's Hospital
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
00000105
Dates TBD
Riverbanks ZOOfari
Live entertainment, enjoy cuisine and cocktails, behind-the-scenes view of the zoo - benefits Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Columbia
Culinary
00000106
Dates TBD
Rock 4 Recovery
Featuring Revisiting Creedence, a Creedence Clearwater Revival legacy band - food trucks - benefits LRADAC Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Concert
00000107
Dates TBD
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, visual artists, fine crafters, performing arts, authors, poets and more
Columbia
Festival
00000108
Dates TBD
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
00000109
Dates TBD
SC African American Heritage Commission Conference
2-day event with reception on Wednesday followed by conference on Thursday
Columbia
Conference
00000110
Dates TBD
SC Oyster Festival
Oysters in various ways, other food, beer all available to purchase, music - bring chairs, oyster knives - some proceeds to Christ Central Hannah House
Columbia
Culinary
00000111
Dates TBD
SC Underground Film Festival
Celebrates all genres of independent film with films from all over the globe being featured
Columbia
Arts
00000112
Dates TBD
Shuckin' on the Shoals Festival
Oysters, BBQ, chili, live music, craft beer and wine - benefits the Saluda Shoals Foundation
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000113
Dates TBD
Soiree on State
Live music, local artists, kids area, food vendors - hosted by the City of Cayce
Columbia
Cayce
Festival
00000114
Dates TBD
South Carolina Carnival
3-day event of culture blending experiences of the Caribbean American heritage with parade, block party and events at various venues
Columbia
Festival
00000115
Dates TBD
Spring Fair Food Drive-Through
Drive-through at the state fairgrounds and enjoy many of your favorite fair foods
Columbia
Culinary
00000116
Dates TBD
St. Pat's in Five Points
Get to the Green Race, parade, live music, children's carnival a portion of money made during the festival goes to local organizations
Columbia
Festival
00000117
Dates TBD
Starry Night Senior Prom
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, music and dancing under the stars - benefits Leeza's Care Connection
Columbia
West Columbia
Misc
00000118
Dates TBD
Taste of Lake Murray
Enjoy cuisine made by local chefs, live music, vote for your favorite chefs - event raises funds for the Lake Murray July 4th Fireworks Show
Columbia
Culinary
00000119
Dates TBD
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
00000120
Dates TBD
The SC Juneteenth Freedom Fest
3-day event with carnival rides, games, national recording artists, live entertainment, food trucks, job fair, vendors, exhibitors at Fairgrounds - Monday parade
Columbia
Festival
00000121
Dates TBD
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
00000122
Dates TBD
Training Camp
An entertaining evening of live football competitions by former college football athletes - benefits Camp Cole
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports
00000123
Dates TBD
Trinity Bazaar
Children's carnival, homemade foods, crafts, plus new and used clothing and furniture, musical instruments, household decor - benefits local charities
Columbia
Misc
00000124
Dates TBD
Turkey Day Run
5K run/walk, 1K family fun run/walk plus virtual 5K option - benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Columbia
Sports
00000125
Dates TBD
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting, stage performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000126
Dates TBD
Walk For Life & Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon + 5K
In person 5K/3.1-mile walk or run + virtual option for 5K and half-marthon - benefits the Prisma Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000127
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
00000128
Dates TBD
Walk a Mile in Our Shoes
Walk a mile and help support Pathways to Healing's mission to end sexual violence and its effects
Columbia
Misc
00000129
Dates TBD
Walk to End Hydrocephalus
Help raise money for hydrocephalus research, education, advocacy, and community support networks
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Sports
00000130
Dates TBD
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Sip domestic and imported wines plus food from local restaurants, micro-brew, live music - benefits Riverbanks conservation and education efforts
Columbia
Culinary



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