Now that the temps outside have finally caught up with fall, there’s no excuse not to get out and take advantage of the sweater weather in Columbia SC at various festivals, concerts, farmers markets and even early holiday events. Read on for a roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for more happenings in the real Southern hot spot!

Fall Flavors and Festivities

Just because Halloween has passed, who says it has to be over? Cling to all things that go bump in the night with one last trip to Deceased Farm. Or, the faint of heart can still visit during the day for corn maze fun and other activities during Pumpkin Picking at Clinton Sease Farm. And speaking of farms, head to City Roots for unbeatable atmosphere paired with a fantastic meal at the November Wood-Fired Italian Harvest Dinner or wine sampling at Farm to Trunk. Be one of the first to try the cuisine from Black Rooster, a new restaurant set to open soon, at the 701 Whaley 10 Year Anniversary Black Rooster Pop-Up Dinner. Get your shop on at Vintage Market Days – Southern Living and Small Business Saturday in Five Points. Prepare to be dazzled at the 5th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. Cheer on the Gamecocks for the final home game of the season as they take on Chattanooga. And stay forever young at the Fountain of Youth Festival.


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Standing Ovation

Warm up indoors with some live music or a performance. Catch The Silence of the Lambs as you’ve never seen it before – as Silence! The Musical at Trustus Theatre. Learn about the life of a musical legend with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Town Theatre. Spend some time at The Senate at Tin Roof to see Vista After Five Finale ft. Parmalee, Devin Dawson, Cannibal Corpse, Waterparks, Lauv, Platonov, Allen Stone, Chris Lane, Toro y Moi, Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir and Yung Pinch this month. Keep it classic with CMA Chamber Music on Main, USC Wind Ensemble Concert, Baker and Baker Presents VS Guitar Duo and USC Symphony Orchestra Concert: Brahms Symphony No. 1. Slip into some jazz with the Mark Rapp Group at Pearlz Upstairz. Lose yourself in the movements of the USC Dance Company Fall Concert. Finally, you won’t want to miss The Soul Rebels with Tonya Boyd-Cannon at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College.


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‘Tis the Season 

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us once more (where did 2018 even go!?). Kickstart your festive spirit with Devine Night Out, Vista Lights and the 52nd Annual Governor’s Carolighting or tackle your shopping list at the Craftsmen’s Classics Christmas Art & Craft Festival and the Sustainable Holiday Market.


Let’s Get Local

Blend right in and become one with Columbia at recurring community events like First Thursday on Main, City Roots Farmers Market, Soda City Market, River Rat Brewery Sunday Funday and Richland Library Farmers Market.


Museum Moments

Follow the yellow brick road to the South Carolina State Museum for the final days of Museum of Oz. And be sure to stick around for the 30thAnniversary Exhibit, Fill in the Gap, South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 – 1876 and the 30th Anniversary Free Weekend. While we’re on the topic of important milestones, stop by 701 CCA for the Prize 2018 Reception + 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. We hope you packed your walking shoes, because you’ll need them as you dive into a Historic USC Horseshoe Walking Tour, South Carolina State House Tour or Two Gals and a Fork Food Tour. Pop into Columbia Museum of Art for special programming like the Get Out the Vote! Gallery Tour, CineCola: Les Gardiennes, Passport to Art: Don’t Forget Your Layers and the Black Friday Gallery Tour or to check out their latest exhibit, Midcentury Masters: Jasper John’s Gifts to the CMA.


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