Arts & Entertainment

West Columbia’s 13th Annual Tree Lighting is Dec. 1

The City of West Columbia is hosting the 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. It’s at the West Columbia Municipal Complex on the corner of North 12th Street and Jarvis Klapman Boulevard. At the event, West Columbia area elementary schools will hold a “What Christmas Means To Me” contest. The winners from each school…

Photos – Christmas season is officially underway with Vista Lights

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Rock, blues maven Elle King will headline Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year’s party

Elle King will perform live at S.C.’s largest New Year’s Eve party, the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia,. on Dec. 31. She is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist famous for her hit single “Ex’s and Oh’s,” and internationally renowned for her unique sound encompassing rock, soul, blues and country. Since #FHNY is on a Sunday night this year, we’re encouraging visitors to make a long weekend of it!  www.famouslyhotnewyear.com…

EdVenture to host Gabrielle Goodwin, kidpreneur and owner of GaBBY Bows

Gabrielle Goodwin EdVenture announced today that Gabrielle Goodwin, owner of GaBBY Bows, will be there Saturday, presenting her workshop “Big Courage: How I Went from a Shy Kid to Kid CEO” and will also be doing a book signing for her new book, Gabby Creates the Perfect Hair Bow. The first workshop will start at 11:00 am, with the book…

Vista Lights, holiday open house, kicks off Thursday, with new features

The 32nd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday (Nov. 16) from 5-10 p.m. with artistic performances, live music, dancing, shopping, dining and the annual Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m. “We’re so excited about what our Vista Guild members and neighborhood shops, galleries, restaurants, retailers and businesses are doing this…

Photo gallery – Summer fading into winter on the river

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Columbia salutes veterans on a beautiful day downtown

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Chapin Marching Band’s Holiday Market is Nov. 18

The Chapin Marching Band is having a Holiday Market with more than 70 local crafters and vendors. There will also be a huge silent auction. Five food trucks will be on-site too.  along with 5 food trucks. The Holiday Market will be held at the Chapin High School Nov. 18th from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. There will be something for everyone.

Free admission to S.C. State Museum for active, retired military personnel, Friday, Saturday

FREE General Admission for Active and Retired Military Personnel, Fri., Nov. 10 and Sat., Nov. 11 The South Carolina State Museum will be open on Veterans Day and will offer free general admission for all active and retired military personnel Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. Guests can explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits like South Carolina and the Great…

Cats on display at new Cat Cafe, opening Friday in River District

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Music Farm hosts Wildmayhem, Honor Project concert for first responders

By Karamie Sullivan Music Farm was rocking Wednesday night in downtown Columbia, with two bands who performed for a worthy cause. The Wildmayhem Music Concert began at 8 p.m. with Grassroots, a tribute band to 311. The headliner band was Behind the Sun, a tribute band to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The proceeds from the ticket purchases went to…

A.C. Flora students to perform “High School Musical”

Get ready to start tapping your toes. The fine arts students at A.C. Flora High School will be performing their rendition of “High School Musical” on November 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee performance on November 19. This popular teen romantic comedy, tells the story of rivals, Troy and Gabriella, who must overcome peer pressure and the intrigues of…

City of Columbia’s 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade is at 11 a.m., Friday 

Click to enlarge The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10. The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House. This year’s grand marshal will…

Some Lexington streets to be closed Sunday afternoon for Veterans Parade

The Town of Lexington road close some road and institute detours due to the Veterans Parade in downtown Lexington Sunday, afternoon. The road closures and detours will begin at 1 p.m. with the closing of West Butler Street, from Columbia Avenue to North Church Street, along with Haygood Street and part of Meetze Street, to allow those involved in the…

West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest, Friday, introducing new “Art on State” – City issues parking map, too

Alicia Leeke, Art on State Mural Artist. The City of West Columbia is hosting the 2nd Annual Fall Back Fest on the 100 Block of State Street on Friday (Nov. 3)  from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  with live music from After 10, food and beverages from Pawley’s Front Porch, Café Strudel, State Street Pub, 116 Espresso + Wine Bar,…

Columbia Art Center holds grand opening Saturday

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department held a grand opening ceremony for the new Columbia Art Center on Saturday morning. The new 5,000-square-foot center, located in the Cannon Garage, includes classroom space, a glaze room, clay room, office space and gallery. The event featured a ribbon cutting followed by an open house that included art demos, tours of…

The City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party” is Oct. 31

Celebrate Halloween at the City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Dutch Square Mall. The year’s event will feature escape rooms, a pumpkin patch, games, entertainment, a costume contest, and more! WHAT: “Spooktacular Halloween Party” WHERE: Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road WHEN: 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 COST: Free AGES: 6 and up…

State Street merchants welcome Fall Back Fest in West Columbia, on Friday Nov. 3

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Vista’s Wet Willies hosts fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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West Columbia prepares for new Kinetic Derby Day festival, planned for April

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Grammy-award winning producers collaborate with talent in Columbia

By Bri Hamlin Four Midlands’ musicians had the opportunity to record with an A-list producer last Friday. Grammy-Award winning producer David Wyatt was at the locally renowned studio, The Jam Room. Wyatt, his brother Kelly, and their team of powerhouse producers selected local music talent from a submission pool of dozens of entries. The artists included Shelby Raye and MC3…

2017 S.C. State Fair closes, attendance more than 427,000

The 2017 South Carolina State Fair closed the gates on the 148th anniversary fair Sunday night after welcoming 427,466 guests during the 12-day run. “We had a great run,” said State Fair manager, Gary Goodman, who is retiring this year after 33 years in that role. Goodman said this year’s attendance took an early hit because of extremely hot weather the first several…

“Big Bad Moores,” Columbia firefighters winners in 5 Points Association’s Chili Cook-Off

There are many big events each year in Five Points, but if one judges by smell alone. Saturday’s may be the best of all. Mouthwatering aromas filled the air as the Five Points Association hosted the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off, with dozens of local chefs, both amateur and professional, competing for trophies and bragging rights. A panel of 10 judges took on the…

Boo at the Zoo, EdVenture’s Halloween Hoopla, SC State Museum’s Growl at the Moon and Zombies – Halloween season offers options

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Palmetto Place Putting Par-Tee raises funds for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter

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