What’s Hot This April: Food, Festivals and Fireflies
Friday, March 29, 2019 2:00 PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring is here and so are a myriad of festivals, concerts, baseball games and events to get you out and about in Columbia SC. Read on for our roundup below, then click through our calendar of events for even more that’s going on all month long.
Spring in Columbia SC is a special time of year. See why for yourself with a slew of new and beloved signature festivals like 701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios, Columbia International Festival, Tartan Day South Highland Games and Festival, World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day, Main Street Harvest Dinner, River Rocks Festival 2019, the 2019 Columbia Food and Wine Festival, Feed the City and Soirée on State. Shop for seasonal produce, handmade goods or even hunt for a new treasure at Soda City Market or the Soda City Spring Yard Sale. Bone up on your GoT knowledge before the spring premiere of the new season with Game of Thrones Trivia. Grab your friends for a night out on the town with First Thursday on Main or Trap & Paint Columbia! Part 2. Finally, watch the monster trucks do their thing during Monster Jam.
Drama, drama, drama. Get your fill of it this month with Broadway in Columbia presents Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, The World of Musicals, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Great Gatsby, Town Theatre’s My Son Pinocchio: Gepetto’s Musical Tale, Wonder of the World and Aphra Behn - wanton woman of wit!
Spring isn’t the only thing in the air this month. Follow the music to Vista After Five w/ The Barons and Sabin Sharpe, Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz, the Kickoff to Charleston Songwriters Festival at The White Mule and the 2019 Rhythm on the River Spring Series. Celebrate the legends with Departure - The Journey Tribute Band and A Tom Petty Tribute presented by AJ Lang & Friends.
Head to Tin Roof and The Senate for SuperMega Live!, Hudson Moore, SOJA, Moon Taxi, Elle King, The Powell Brothers, Dance Gavin Dance, Drew Parker and LANY. One of the newest venues in town is serving up some sounds with ColaClassics at 1626, First Thursday with Dueling Pianos at 1626 Main and DM Radio Band at 1626 Main. You won’t want to miss the musical experiences that await at The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, USC Symphony Orchestra presents Scheherazade!, Robert Gardiner and the South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble and South Carolina Philharmonic presents Youth Extravaganza.
As if you needed a reason to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air this month, we’re giving you a few, anyway. Catch a Columbia fireflies baseball game as the team takes the field for their fourth season, join in the kinetic sculpture parade or soapbox derby racing during Kinetic Derby Day, explore the city by bike during SC Tour de Cure, learn about fitness and wellness options during Open Streets Columbia - Soda City or get your pup in on the action with Bark to the Park and 4 Legged 4K 2019.
Visit one of our area’s museums and immerse yourself in history, art and more. Check out Jackson Pollock: Mural, Our Voice: Celebrating the Corbett’s Scott King Illustrator Awards, A Life with Art or get creative during Stop-In Studios at the Columbia Museum of Art. Spend the day at the South Carolina State Museum and test your superhero strength with Hall of Heroes. History buffs will love the 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit, Remember: 1968 or a tour of the South Carolina State House. Pop in to McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe for In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop, Flip Flops & Soap Boxes and Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds.