October has arrived! Even though the weather is still famously hot, it's time for spooky attractions and all things pumpkin flavored. Browse our 7 autumn-themed things to do listed below and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for even more information on everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"
Stomp grapes into wine, sample finger-licking barbecue, tap your foot to local music and enjoy outrageously fun science activities at these free, family-friendly events.
Italian Festival at 1600 Block of Blanding St Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; free admission
Jamil Shriners 4th Annual BBQ Cook-Off at Jamil Shrine Center Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -noon; Friday $12, Saturday free admission
12th Annual Congaree SwampFest at Congaree National Park Friday 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free admission
First Thursdays on Main Street at Main St Thursday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; free admission
Eddie's Block Party at Martin Luther King Park Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free admission
Columbia, SC is a vibrant and diverse city, so naturally our music tastes span from classical to alternative and everything in between. Meet up with old friends and attend a Grateful Dead tribute, modern rock concert, jazz workshop or classical choir concert.
Stoplight Observations at Music Farm Friday 8 p.m.; $12-15
American Harvest Presents Jazz Showcase & Workshop at Music Farm Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; free admission
JerryFest: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Jerry Garcia at Five Points Fountain Sunday 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; free admission
USC Cornelia Freeman Concert Series at 813 Assembly St Sunday 3 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors citizens, USC faculty and staff, $5 students.
USC Concert Choir & University Chorus Concert For A Cause at Main Street United Methodist Church Thursday 7:30 p.m.; free admission
Look out -- ghastly ghouls are around every corner! There are plenty of places to get your fright on around town these days. Get lost in a creepy maze, find a murderer hidden among zoo animals, venture inside a haunted house or conquer a terror trail. Are you brave enough?
Murder Mystery with Riverbanks Zoo Keepers at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Friday 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; $35
Dark Knights Terror Trail at 2076 Highway Church Rd Friday - Saturday 7 p.m.; $13 - $30
Hall of Horrors Haunted Attraction at 1153 Walter Price St Friday - Sunday 7:30 p.m.; $10
Deceased Farm's Madness Murder & Maize at Clinton Sease Farm and Corn Maze Thursday - Saturday 7:30 p.m. tickets, tours begin when dark; $13 - $35
pumpkins and hayrides
In the mood for a tamer Halloween experience? Smiling scarecrows, sugary apple pies and tricky corn mazes are must-haves for a fall family weekend. Or pick up your own pumpkin and start carving for a friendly jack-o-lantern competition!
2014 Corn Maze - Down on the Farm at Clinton Sease Farm and Corn Maze Friday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.; $10, 2 & under free admission
Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission
Early Adventures Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Friday by reservation only; free admission
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
season for sports
Be your own hero after conquering a 6.2 mile all-terrain course with 36 Military Obstacles including mud holes, walls and trenches that can only be overcome with sheer determination. Keep up the pace with old-fashioned swing dancing, a soccer tournament and a walk for a cure. Don't forget to hydrate!
USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at The Leatherneck Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
SC United FC 16th Annual Carolina Cup '14 at Polo Road Park Saturday - Sunday
SC Team Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease at Finlay Park Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Adults: $20, Students: $10
Harley Haven's 24th Anniversary & 2015 My Open House at Harley Haven Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission
Swingin' at the Big Apple at Big Apple Friday 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; HC & PSDA members $5 | Non-members $8
Attention: this is the last weekend to get into to the Columbia Museum of Art free of charge! Then, grab a seat in the historical Long Street Theatre to catch USC's latest theatrical production, a contemporary masterpiece that explores the hardships of military troops.
Beloved Broadway at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $28
USC Theatre Ajax in Iraq at Long Street Theatre Friday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; Student: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+: $16, General Public: $18
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $5.75
Free Days at the CMA at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; free admission until October 3
Our famously hot attractions always have great exhibits. Check out these Columbia favorites:
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th Century Columbia & Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick Museum Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Variety of on-going exhibits at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
- Chapman's Charleston, 1863 - 1864
- Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time
- South Carolina Unearthed
- The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World
- Building a Universe
For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractions, outdoor things to do, restaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at columbiacvb.com/hotels/.