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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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May
20 - 21
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
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May
21 - 22
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000002
Jun
3 - 4
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Misc
00000003
Jun
4
Reggaetronic
Outdoor music festival with live bands - accessible by boat only - benefits the Shriners Children's Hospital
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
00000004
Jun
10 - 12
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
00000005
Jun
11 - 12
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Columbia
Lexington County
Arts
00000006
Jun
11 - 12
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Columbia
Richland County
Arts
00000007
Jun
18 - 19
The SC Juneteenth Freedom Fest
2-day event with carnival rides, games, national recording artists, live entertainment, food trucks, job fair, vendors, exhibitors and more - at SC State Fairgrounds
Columbia
Festival
00000008
Jun
20 - 25
Columbia Fashion Week
Runway shows, a vendor village, mixers, networking, and after-parties
Columbia
Fashion
00000009
Jun
21 - 25
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
00000010
Aug
6
Hot Summer's Night
5K run/walk evening road race and 1/4 non-competitive youth fun run
Columbia
Sports
00000011
Sep
10
Walk to End Hydrocephalus
Help raise money for hydrocephalus research, education, advocacy, and community support networks
Columbia
Northeast Columbia
Sports
00000012
Sep
23 - 24
Okra Strut Festival
2-day event includes live bands, lots of food, amusement rides, bounce houses, an okra eating contest
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000013
Sep
23
Riverbanks ZOOfari
Live entertainment, enjoy cuisine and cocktails, behind-the-scenes view of the zoo - benefits Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Columbia
Culinary
00000014
Oct
7 - 8
Doko Film Fest
High school age film makers, from the across the USA and beyond
Columbia
Arts
00000015
Oct
10 - 16
Arkhaios Film Festival
Showcases the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Columbia
Historical
00000016
Oct
12 - 23
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000017
Oct
15
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
00000018
Oct
15
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival
Festival supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000019
Oct
15
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, visual artists, fine crafters, performing arts, authors, poets and more
Columbia
Festival
00000020
Nov
4 - 6
SC Underground Film Festival
Celebrates all genres of independent film with films from all over the globe being featured
Columbia
Arts
00000021
Nov
5
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
00000022
Dec
3
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000023
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
00000024
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
00000025
Dates TBD
4 Legged 4K
4K walk/run for owners and their pet - benefits Homeward Bound Pet Rescue
Columbia
Sports
00000026
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
00000027
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
00000028
Dates TBD
A Rockin' Red, White & Blue Celebration
Family fun with food vendors, fun, live music, fireworks - bring your lawn chairs and blankets but no coolers
Columbia
Blythewood
Holiday
00000029
Dates TBD
American Revolution Symposium
Speakers will discuss specific battles, genealogical searches, archaeological discoveries and more - hosted by SC Archives and History Foundation
Columbia
Historical
00000030
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
00000031
Dates TBD
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000032
Dates TBD
Artista Vista
3-day event with gallery crawl, live music, demonstrations, pop-up exhibits and galleries, visual art performances
Columbia
Arts
00000033
Dates TBD
Arts & Draughts
Live music, food, craft beer and art activities - hosted by the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Misc
00000034
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
00000035
Dates TBD
Biscuits & Bluegrass
Biscuit brunch, craft beer, mimosas, live music, corn hole tournament - benefits Senior Resources
Columbia
Culinary
00000036
Dates TBD
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
IPRA sanctioned rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000037
Dates TBD
Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday light show at the SC State Fair grounds - closed Christmas Day
Columbia
Holiday
00000038
Dates TBD
Climate Ready Columbia
2-day conference with sustainability experts, climate scientists, policy activists and concerned citizens to discuss preparations for climate changes
Columbia
Conference
00000039
Dates TBD
Colour of Music Festival
Three days of diverse classical performances - presented by the UofSC School of Music in collaboration with the Auntie Karen Foundation
Columbia
Concert
00000040
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
00000041
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
00000042
Dates TBD
Columbia Open Studios
2-day event of self-guided tours of artists' studios in Richland and Lexington counties
Columbia
Various
Arts
00000043
Dates TBD
Columbia's Greek Festival
4-day event with live music, dances, church tours, vendors and lots of Greek food
Columbia
Festival
00000044
Dates TBD
Cupid's Chase
Run, walk or roll this 5K - benefits Community Options support of people with disabilities
Columbia
Sports
00000045
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
00000046
Dates TBD
Dare2Care
Dinner, live entertainment, live auction, open bar - attire is semi-formal - benefits Leeza's Care Connection + virtual option
Columbia
Misc
00000047
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
00000048
Dates TBD
Fall Festival Rodeo
Eight pro events, food, axe throwing, mechanical bull, patriotic grand entry
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000049
Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Visit private gardens in the University Hill neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Columbia
Misc
00000050
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
00000051
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 Prisma Children's Hospital
Columbia
Misc
00000052
Dates TBD
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Gourmet food, open bars, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000053
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
00000054
Dates TBD
Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
More than 20 dealers and displays
Columbia
Expo
00000055
Dates TBD
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
00000056
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
00000057
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
00000058
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
00000059
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
00000060
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
00000061
Dates TBD
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
00000062
Dates TBD
Homes for the Holidays Tour of Homes
Tour holiday decorated homes in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods - benefits the neighborhoods' four schools
Columbia
Holiday
00000063
Dates TBD
Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run
3.1 mile run with obstacles and CrossFit-style exercises plus kids 2 mile course with obstacles - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000064
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
00000065
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
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Dates TBD
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
00000067
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
00000068
Dates TBD
Lexington County Peach Festival
Parade, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks
Columbia
Gilbert
Festival
00000069
Dates TBD
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
00000070
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
00000071
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
00000072
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
00000073
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
00000074
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
00000075
Dates TBD
Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
Parade, live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, health fair and more
Columbia
Hopkins
Festival
00000076
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
00000077
Dates TBD
Martha's Market
Vendor market hosted by Union United Methodist Church - benefits Lexington 5 Foundation Snack Pack Program and Wallace Family Life Center
Columbia
Irmo
Misc
00000078
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Columbia
German beer, homemade German food and treats, entertainment for all ages
Columbia
Festival
00000079
Dates TBD
Palmetto Peanut Boil
Teams battle for the championship trophy plus live music, other food, kids entertainment - benefits the Animal Mission
Columbia
Festival
00000080
Dates TBD
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Hunting, fishing, and outdoors show, over 300 exhibitors - benefits the Harry R.E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
Columbia
Expo
00000081
Dates TBD
Read-In
Schools across the state celebrate reading and libraries at the SC State House with a parade, reading in small groups + virtual option
Columbia
Educational
00000082
Dates TBD
Run With All Your Heart
5K fun run for all ages and running abilities - benefits Curing Kids Cancer
Columbia
Sports
00000083
Dates TBD
SC African American Heritage Commission Conference
2-day event with reception on Wednesday followed by conference on Thursday
Columbia
Conference
00000084
Dates TBD
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
00000085
Dates TBD
SC Oyster Festival
Oysters in various ways, other food, and beer available to purchase, live music - bring chairs, oyster knives - some proceeds for PAALS and God's Storehouse
Columbia
Culinary
00000086
Dates TBD
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling event with choice of 4 distances plus 5K ride, run/walk - benefits the American Diabetes Association
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000087
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
00000088
Dates TBD
Shuckin' on the Shoals Festival
Oysters, BBQ, chili, live music, craft beer and wine - benefits the Saluda Shoals Foundation
Columbia
Irmo
Festival
00000089
Dates TBD
Snowball Festival
4-day event includes carnival, craft fair, holiday movies, tree lighting, parade
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000090
Dates TBD
Soiree on State
Live music, local artists, kids area, food vendors - hosted by the City of Cayce
Columbia
Cayce
Festival
00000091
Dates TBD
South Carolina Square & Round Dancers Convention
For all levels of dancers - several dances plus clinics, workshops and more
Columbia
West Columbia
Expo
00000092
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
00000093
Dates TBD
Spring Fair Food Drive-Through
Drive-through at the state fairgrounds and enjoy many of your favorite fair foods
Columbia
Culinary
00000094
Dates TBD
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Eastern European, Ethiopian and Russian food, children's activities, crafts, choral performances - benefits local charities
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000095
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
00000096
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
00000097
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
00000098
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
00000099
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
00000100
Dates TBD
Trinity Bazaar
Children's carnival, homemade foods, crafts, plus new and used clothing and furniture, musical instruments, household deco - benefits three local charities
Columbia
Misc
00000101
Dates TBD
Vista Lights
Family celebration of food and arts, tree lighting, stage performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000102
Dates TBD
Walk For Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon
Take a 3.1-mile walk or run in the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon or 5K - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000103
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
00000104
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
00000105
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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