What's happening this weekend in Columbia, SC? Simply put: a lot.

Here are just the highlights of what's hot this weekend, October 19 - 21:


South Carolina State Fair
The South Carolina State Fair is still in town, but this weekend is your last chance to catch it before it leaves town! It's been a 'famously hot' couple of weeks at the fairgrounds, and there's no way we could let you come and go without recommending a ride on the Swing Tower or Ferris Wheel, and an elephant ear with a side of Fiske Fries. Plus, the Newboys, Doobie Brothers and Jake Owen close out the concert series at the fair. Read more and get the full concert lineup on our South Carolina State Fair blog
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo, invites kids 12 and under to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein's Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 12 nights leading up to Halloween. $8 admission, $6 for members
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Take a stroll through our historic Hampton-Preston grounds and garden to view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows. The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrows for all to enjoy. Find "Sneaky Steve" who is hiding somewhere on the grounds, but moves to a new location each week, enjoy a scavenger hunt and select your favorite scarecrow. Free admission.
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A celebration of farm-to-table, Motor Supply Co. has celebrated this week (beginning with fun a Meet the Farmer happy hour on Tuesday) with unique dishes featuring dueling ingredients from local, sustainable farms will be highlighted each evening. Reservations can be made by calling 803-256-6687 or by visiting Opentable.com.


Happy Hour History Tour of the Vista with Historic Columbia Foundation
Each Friday in October, enjoy a guided tour of the Congaree Vista and learn about its history and with a cocktail as you stop for happy hour specials along the way. Get a sneak peek into the tour and view our Happy Hour History Tour on Flickr. Reservations requested.5:30 pm

Fall Concerts Series at the Village at Sandhill
Enjoy live music, shopping and dining at the Village at Sandhill's weekly outdoor concert series. This week's headliner is Boomers, a top-40, classic rock/variety band. Free admission.7:00 pm

Pride & Prejudice at Finlay Park  All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Along with swooning romance, the play deals with its accompanying obstacles - family baggage, social class and money matters with delicious wit and surprisingly clear-eyed observations. Free admission.
7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Chapin Community Theatre at Midlands Tech Theatre
Get in the Halloween spirit with a new, innovative interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a man meeting his dark side features a small ensemble of actors, with most cast members having a turn at playing the villain himself. Purchase tickets from Chapin Community Theatre.3:00 and 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday


Soda City Market on Main Street
All Local Farmers Market has moved to Main Street! In its second week, the market still offers the local Certified South Carolina produce and products, just in a new location -- a first for Main Street in more than 60 years. Free admission.
8:00 am - noon

Palmetto Outdoor Presents Halloween History Tour
Take a historical adventure with the entire family along the Congaree River Bridge, Elmwood Cemetery, New Brookland, and hear ghost stories from the region. Call 803.360.4697 for more information.
4:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents "Hansel and Gretel"
This unique adaptation of the classic Grimms fairy tale his based on a look inspired by early animation, with tall, gangly black and white puppets reminiscent of early cartoons. The puppets, coupled with projected computer animation, appear to be moving through a deep and dark, dimensional forest. Admission: $5
11:00 am and 3:00 pm

FAM FEST (Forest Acres Music Festival)
Rock at Richland Mall at the annual music festival in Forest Acres. Featured artists include BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Charlie Bob Smith, Peter Cooper and Eric Brace. Advance tickets are $5, $8 at the door, and children under 12 are admitted for free.
1:00 - 9:00 pm

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Chapin Community Theatre at Midlands Tech Theatre
3:00 and 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday

Pride & Prejudice at Finlay Park
7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday


SC State Fair & Pepsi Grandstand Concerts 
It's your last day! Get your last fair food fix in for the year, and hop on rides before it leaves town. And to close out another 'famously hot' fair, the Pepsi Grandstand act is Jake Owens and the Eli Young Band. Purchase tickets online for Grandstand acts. Fair admission is available at the gates.
Fair Noon - 9:00 pm, concert at 6:00 pm

Palmetto Outdoor Presents Halloween History Tour
4:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday

And there's even more. Visit our calendar of events for a full list. Looking for more ways to celebrate Fall, keep following our blog for a special post on ways to raise your Halloween 'spirits' or visit our calendar of events for a full list. Deciding to stay a while? Find a hotel and make it a weekend.

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