It’s a weekend full of big events here in Columbia, SC! The South Carolina State Fair, concerts, Oktoberfest and Mud Run are only a few of the things to do today through Sunday. To get a complete list of events in the Columbia region, visit our calendar of events.

Find Your Happy at the South Carolina State Fair
It’s time for rides, concerts, fair food and more at the 2013 South Carolina State Fair! The twelve-day extravaganza kicked off Wednesday, and this week features concerts from entertainment’s big names. Here’s this week’s concert lineup: What’s new at the South Carolina State Fair this year? Lots! New foods include Radical Dogs (Jalapeno Corn Dog, Mr. Elvis Corn Dog, Mighty Chocolate Chip Corn Dog and Corn Dog Puppies), the Redneck Burger (cheese, bacon, fried bologna, baked beans, potato sticks and more on a bun), the Mac & Cheese Burger and Fried Pizza on a Stick. That’s right, FRIED PIZZA ON A STICK!

Foreigner, Friday 7 pm $15
Hunter Hayes, Saturday 7 pm $30
Kirk Franklin, Sunday 4 pm Free

This year’s state fair also features local and regional bands, like Say Brother, at Scene SC’s “3 Nights, 9 Bands” on the WIS Stage. Plus, Nickelodeon Theatre teamed up with the State Fair this year to start the Indie Grits Film Blitz, a 48-hour film competition filmed on the State Fairgrounds. Be sure to check for full details on all the events and happenings this year’s State Fair!
2013 South Carolina State Fair at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Oct. 9-20 Time Varies Daily

Montgomery Gentry
Photo courtesy of Tin Roof Columbia

Kick Back at Tin Roof with Montgomery Gentry
This Friday night, unpack your boots and cowboy hats to celebrate the classic country sounds of Montgomery Gentry and Brent Cobb at the always lively Tin Roof. Enjoy a night of boot-tappin’ tunes, dancing and drinks with some of country music’s greatest artists. $24.50

Montgomery Gentry at Tin Roof Friday 5 pm

Post by Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran.

Celebrate Oktoberfest
Holy schnitzel! It’s time for Oktoberfest.  You can celebrate German culture this Saturday at Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest Columbia. The popular festival offers authentic German food, pastries, beer and entertainment along with children’s activities and real oompah bands to guarantee the full German experience. Free Admission.

Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran Friday - Sunday 11 am – 10 pm; Sunday 12 - 6 pm

Mud Run
Go mud runnin'
If you didn’t register already for the Mud Run, you’re out of luck as registration is full. But don’t fret – there will be another Mud Run in the spring, so stay tuned to for details (and read 5 Reasons You Should Take the Ultimate Challenge on our sports blog). For those of you coming into town for the Mud Run, be sure to relax after the Mud Run at one of Columbia, SC’s spas & salons, restaurants or shopping districts. 
USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at Sandy Run Saturday 7:30 am
Civil Rights Sunday Black Power Mixtape

Remember the Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Sundays at Nickelodeon Theatre are a part of the Columbia SC 63 initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement of 1963. This Civil Rights Sunday features the film, Black Power Mixtape, a documentary by Swedish journalists about the Black Power movement.

Civil Rights Sundays: Black Power Mixtape at Nickelodeon Theatre Sunday 3 pm For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at