And just like that, summer’s here and we’re ready to make the most of it. Start making some vacay plans now with our rundown of all the festivals, concerts, outdoor activities and more going on throughout the month of June.

Summer Fun

Fill up the long summer days and nights with festivals and events around town! Soak up the sun and get on island time with Tiki-Fiesta and South Carolina Carnival 2019, featuring Electric Jouvert, Rise & Lyme, Culture Parade, Block Party, Energy and Punch’D. 

Embrace the music with Drift Jam – Flotilla Music Festival, the Southern Guitar Festival and 97.5 WCOS June Jam Party.

Cool off with an ice-cold pint at Brewmania 2019!, Arts & Draughts and the Summer Kickoff Party at River Rat Brewery. Or get acquainted with the local flavor First Thursday on Main, June Harvest Dinner and the Columbia Shrimp and Grits Festival.

Show your pride with Outfest Columbia, celebrate different cultures with the Pan-African Festival and display some self-love at Self-Care Sunday at Columbia Museum of Art.

Spend time with the kids during the 5th Annual Midlands Family Expo and Family Fun Night at the Columbia Museum of Art.


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Fresh Finds

It’s officially farmers market season, so get ready to stock up on your spring and summer favorites at Soda City Market, Sandhill Farmers Market and the Lexington Farmers Market. Bonus, do your best treasure hunting at Vintage Market Days.


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Up Close and Personal

Enjoy some live entertainment this month! Indulge in your flair for the dramatic with Sweat, Vista Queen 21: Battle Royale and Heathers, The Musical at Trustus Theatre and Play on the Plaza at Columbia Museum of Art.

Catch some concerts this month, too. Get your jazz fix with Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz and Baker & Baker presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder with Noel Freidline. Head to The Senate for Bruce in the USA, Light Up The Night and Frank Iero and The Future Violents. Pop over next door to Tin Roof to see Adam Doleac and Synchronicity: The Police Tribute. Finally, spend some time with the South Carolina Philharmonic during Boyd Plaza Sonatas.


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Sweat It Out

Get in a good workout – or leave it to the pros – with a Columbia Fireflies baseball game, the 5th Thomas Mills Memorial 5K Walk – Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, Weekend With the Pros Pro Wakeboard Show, the 2nd Annual Daddy and Me 5K or Free Yoga at CAE to celebrate International Yoga Day.


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Attractions and Activities

With summer comes a fresh wave of new exhibits. Check out Reflections on the River and Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon at the South Carolina State Museum, Flip Flops & Soap Boxes, Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds and Thank You! Love, McKissick at McKissick Museum, Dinosaurs Around the World at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Keuhnle’s Inflatable Art, Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas, Shades of Greene and Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Participate in some additional museum programming with Nature of Summer with Rudy Mancke at McKissick Museum, and Stop-In Studios, Focal Points: Proud Perspectives and Focal Points: Art ‘Stache at Columbia Museum of Art

Dive into some history with a South Carolina State House Tour or Historic Columbia’s Second Sunday Stroll | Five Points.


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