November is great because fall is in full swing, you get the first taste of the holiday season and because there are so many fun things to do around Columbia SC all month long. Read on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else that’s happening in the real Southern hot spot.
Get Your Fill of Fall
Just because Halloween’s over doesn’t mean the festivities have to end right away. Fit in some last-minute frights for the final weekend of Deceased Farm. In Columbia, we’re big on celebration, so why not celebrate daylight savings time? Pop over to the City of West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest 2017 for a night of food, drink and live art. Gourds are still in season, so make time to go Pumpkin Picking at Clinton Sease Farm and enjoy autumnal activities like a corn maze, hayride and campfire.
Out and About in Columbia
Kick the month off on Main Street with food, shopping and music during First Thursday on Main. Then come back each Saturday morning for breakfast and handmade goods at Soda City Market (be sure to check out their special Soda City Antique & Vintage Pop-Up, too!). Or, stock up on the season’s bounty with a local brew in hand at the City Roots Farmers Market each Thursday evening. Sundays are for brunch and what could be better than Brookland Brunch’s weekly combo of coffee, food and scenic river views? (The answer is nothing.) Have a shucking good time at the 8th Annual Oyster Roast and 22nd Annual SC Oyster Festival. Shop all things shiny and sparkling at the 50th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. Ear your fill of Bul-Go-Gi and Bibimbob at the 2017 Korean Festival or nosh on Kugel and Matzah Ball Soup at Beth Shalom Synagogue’s 9th Annual Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery. Grab a drink with Historic Columbia for the Historic Happy Hour Tour: Main Street or stop and smell the roses at their Garden Tour of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Bring your four-legged friend with you for an afternoon of live music at Woofstock 2017. Make some time for your two-legged friends, too (I guess) and check out Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art.
The holidays are officially upon us and November brings you a jumpstart on festive events and shopping opportunities. Find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list early at the Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival and Devine Night Out. Enjoy carols, treats and Christmas tree lightings at Vista Lights and the 51st Annual Governor’s Carolighting. Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular light displays at Lights Before Christmas and Holiday Lights on the River. Take a look at holidays past with Historic Columbia’s Historic Holiday Tours.
Find out if Ash can save the day from demons as Trustus Theatre Presents “Evil Dead, The Musical.” Watch Sir Ian McKellen and his bestie Sir Patrick Steward perform at the National Theatre from the comfort of Harbison Theatre with NTL on Screen: No Man’s Land. The hills are definitely alive in Columbia SC with Broadway in Columbia Presents “The Sound of Music.”
On the Move
Get ready for that upcoming Thanksgiving feast by burning some calories for a good cause at the SC Run for the Fallen 5K. Then, soak up the last bits of the regular college football season as the South Carolina Gamecocks face off against the Florida Gators, Wofford Terriers and Clemson Tigers.
Museums and More
Stop in at Tapp’s Arts Center this month for Columbia SC 63 Presents: “Double Take: Artistic Interpretations of Columbia’s Civil Rights History,” celebrating South Carolina Civil Rights stories. History lovers will also enjoy a tour of the South Carolina State House or the South Carolina and the Great War exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum. Get your creative juices flowing with a visit to McKissick Museum for Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Ailson for HBO’s Treme or the Columbia Museum of Art for Henri Matisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper.