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Tasty Tomato Festival returns to City Roots this weekend

The celebration of all things tomato is back again this weekend. The seventh annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, hosted by Sustainable Midlands, is returning to City RootsUrban Farm in Columbia this Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. The festival is a celebration of locally grown food, and it highlights the the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their…

More than music: Love, Peace & Hip-Hop returns to Columbia

Midlands residents are invited to unite in Columbia this week to celebrate “Love, Peace & Hip-Hop.” But if you come, prepare to do more than just listen to lively music. Prepare to learn about hip-hop’s important cultural impacts. What began four years ago as a single day of celebration has expanded into a weeklong festival in South Carolina’s capital city….

Band lineup, new attractions announced for St. Pat’s in Five Points

Bands from Charleston, Athens, Nashville and New Jersey will come together in Columbia on March 19 to headline the 34th annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. The headline acts, announced Thursday night, are Drive-By Truckers, Shovels & Rope, Old Dominion and The Front Bottoms. They’ll be joined by 16 other bands at four outdoor stages for the day-long event, which…

Chapin residents invited to share ideas for Labor Day theme

The new year has just begun, but organizers in Chapin already are planning the town’s biggest annual event. Officials are looking for great ideas for the 2016 Labor Day Festival and Parade theme. Ideas from the past few years included Chapin Rocks, Chapin Champions, Hooked on Chapin and last year’s Chapin Proud. “As Chapin’s signature event, the Labor Day Festival…

Local Cola Oct. 23-25: Walking, rising and dancing and all with Pride

The arrival of fall and cooler weather means an annual burst of outdoor events in the Columbia area, and with others postponed during the floods rescheduled for this weekend, a very busy few days are ahead. The Rise Above the Waters benefit concert and the Family Connection Buddy Walk are on the agenda and the South Carolina State Fair continues,…

Photo Gallery and Video: Side-by-side festivals spice up Saturday at State Museum and EdVenture

Edventure Children’s Museum and the South Carolina State Museum share a parking lot, and Saturday each threw a party, giving guests a chance to check out two festivals with one parking spot. EdVenture’s annual Farmville festival offered kids and parents a chance to learn about farms and farmers with hands-on activities including a petting zoo. Actors performed skits showing the…

Farmers Market hosting annual Fall Plant and Flower Festival this weekend

People with and without green thumbs are invited to an annual horticulture showcase this weekend. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is hosting the 6th annual Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival Friday through Sunday at the State Farmers Market on Charleston Highway. With fall just weeks away, cooler temperatures make for the perfect time to get out in the yard….

‘Chapin Proud’ Labor Day Festival features live music, annual parade

Chapin’s Labor Day festival returns this weekend for the 36th year of family fun, local musicians and good food from area restaurants. Capping the event off will be the annual parade led by Chapin residents. The theme of this year’s parade is “Chapin Proud.” (photo by Rachel Ham) Blues on Beaufort Street begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with the stylings of…

S.C. Pride prepares for October festival amid opposition

Organizers of the South Carolina Pride Festival say funding received from the city of Columbia represents their ability to add to the local economy, despite opposition from some religious groups. “We’re getting supported because we have clearly done our job,” said Jeff March, president of South Carolina Pride. Columbia City Council recently approved giving S.C. Pride $47,500 from the city’s hospitality…

Okra Strut Festival set to return this year despite lingering questions, ongoing investigation

The annual Okra Strut is returning with food and fun in a little more than a month, and officials say the festival is in good shape despite financial concerns after the 2014 event. Okra Strut Commission Chairman Kirk Luther said costs are “below budget,” sponsorships are coming in accordingly and vendor booth spots are starting to fill up as expected. Already signed…