Make the transition into the autumn months with (slightly) cooler temps and a full schedule of fall festivals and events this September in Columbia, SC! Read on for a roundup of things to do below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else that’s going throughout the month in the real Southern hot spot.
Enjoy the cool, crisp September air while out and about at local festivals this month! Close out summer with the Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade. Get your fill of gyros and baklava and the 31st Annual Columbia Greek Festival and then balance it out with some veggies at the 44th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival. Prost, y’all! Sip on a stein of local beer and get into the German spirit at River Rat Oktoberfest or Soda City Oktoberfest. Immerse yourself in music, food, art and history at Historic Columbia’s 39th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture. If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, head to Doko Fest 2017 for a barbecue, hamburger and hot dog cookout and a lineup of bluegrass bands.
Out and About
Get to know the Columbia community better and mingle with locals and fellow visitors alike at a number of events happening around town this month. Shop for hyperlocal produce and products at the City Roots Farmers Market on Thursday evenings (and a special Fall Kick Off on the 14th) or at Soda City Market every Saturday morning. Enjoy food trucks, craft beer, live music and art at First Thursday on Main. Dabble in some of our area’s history with Second Sunday Stroll | University Hill, led by Historic Columbia. Get the lay of the Five Points land at the 9th Annual Long’s Bar Stool Classic. Finally, feed your inner interior designer and gain inspiration from the Columbia Home & Garden Show.
Take the Stage
The live entertainment is on point this month with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Cardi B performing at Colonial Life Arena for the 2nd Annual Fall Ball and the debut of Trustus Theatre’s latest production, “Barbecue.” Be sure to also catch GENTRI: The Gentleman Trio pair up with the S.C. Philharmonic at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, as well as the Judah & The Lion and Yelawolf shows at Music Farm Columbia.
Sweat it Out
There are plenty of ways to get active this month. Lace up your running shoes and honor our country’s bravest in remembrance of 9/11 a the Run for Our Troops 5K and Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk. September also means the return of college football! Make your way over to Willy B to see the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. (Tailgating counts as exercise, right?)
Halloween may not be until the end of October, but you can get your first taste of the haunting holiday this month with eerie Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours, hair-raising nights at Deceased Farm and the Hall of Horrors Haunted Attraction or spending an afternoon Pumpkin Picking at Clinton Sease Farm.
Take a Look
Pop into one of our world class museums and see what’s on display! Check out the South Carolina State Museum’s four floors of art, history and science, as well as their current exhibits: Art: A Collection of Collections, Savage Ancient Seas: Prehistoric Predators and South Carolina and the Great War. Then skip across the parking lot to EdVenture Children’s Museum, where the kids will delight in Blooming Butterflies. Get a little dose of the Big Easy in Columbia with McKissick Museum’s exhibit, Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Ailson for HBO’s Treme. You won’t want to miss out on Columbia Museum of Art’s latest – the “far out” That 70’s Show: Cool Art from the Collection. Don’t forget about our capitol building! Take a free tour of the South Carolina State House.