Summer Social Calendar: The Return of Festival Season
Monday, June 15, 2020 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Many of our signature annual events have understandably canceled or postponed this year, but as we work our way into the long summer days and months, we’re here to give you the rundown of a few that are still on (with safety measure in place, of course). Plan ahead, pack up the car and take a little road trip for a quick weekend escape to Columbia SC!
Weekend with the Pros | June 19 – 20
Learn from the best and sharpen your wakeboarding skills with lessons, or just watch the pros do their thing with riding exhibitions and boat demos on the waters of Lake Murray.
Juneteenth carries a special weight this year in the midst of the current social justice movement. Join us at Elmwood Park to celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S. during a day of awareness, live performances, shopping and food.
Crawfish Fest | June 27
In lieu of the cancellation of this year’s Rosewood Crawfish Festival, sate your crawfish cravings at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company instead. Snag a box of these tasty red critters to go or sit and stay a while with an ice cold pint.
Reggaetronic: Lake Murray Music Festival | July 25
It doesn’t get much more socially distant than an event that’s only accessible by boat. Soak up the summer sun and cool off in Lake Murray while listening to a lineup of reggae musicians performing live on a floating stage.
Columbia Food and Wine Festival | August 20 – 23
Postponed from April, the 3rd Annual Columbia Food and Wine Festival has adjusted its plans this year. In lieu of several days of satellite events culminating in the main festival, this year's event will instead occur over a socially distant, four-course dinner spread out in the gardens at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Robert Mills House on Saturday evening, followed by a similar-style brunch at the same venues Sunday morning. Several chefs are collaborating on the menus for each event and dishes will be individually plated. Capacity for each table will max out at six guests and each attendee will be provided a disposable face mask and hand sanitizer.