Can you picture yourself escaping on a hunting expedition or relaxing on an island? Make this fantasy a reality at the Palladium Society's silent auction. OR spend an afternoon immersed in Korean culture, sampling delectable udon noodles and watching colorful performances. P.S. Throw on your lederhosen for the first Oktoberfest celebration at the beloved Soda City Market.
Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ: The Palladium Society's 11th Annual Silent Auction at 1705 Hampton St. Thursday 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.; $15 Palladium Society members, $25 Historic Columbia members, & $30 general public
Korean Festival at 1412 Richland St. Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; free admission
comedy shows & tragic shakespeare
Laugh until your stomach hurts with comedian extraordinaire Kathy Griffin. As an Emmy and Grammy award-winner, she is nationally known for her rapid-fire wit that will have you rolling on the floor. OR spend a night under the stars watching a poignant tale of love and redemption.
Kathy Griffin Live at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 7:30 p.m.; $40 - $95
"The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; $10
SC Shakespeare Company's King Lear at Finlay Park Thursday - Sunday 7:30 p.m.; $10 adults; $5 military and kids
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre Friday - Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; $20
hip hop & horror
Take a trip down memory lane, tracing the hip hop culture's progress from Jamaica to urban New York. OR get in the spirit of All Hallows Eve with a night of baroque music inspired by death, chaos and witches.
Legends of Hip Hop at Colonial Life Arena Saturday 4 p.m.; $87 - $47
Columbia Baroque Concert "Witches, Death and Chaos" at Columbia College Friday 7:30 p.m.; $15 in advance; $20 at door; Students free with ID
Pop Evil at Music Farm Thursday 8 p.m.; $15 - $18
Red Bull Sound Select at Music Farm Friday 9 p.m.; free admission
spartans & sillies
Channel your inner Spartan and battle an epic obstacle course guaranteed to test your bravery, endurance and washing machine after you emerge caked in mud. OR join a family-friendly fun run that you can walk or run at your own leisurely pace.
Pumpkin Fun Run at YMCA of Columbia Saturday 8 a.m.; $10 - $35
Carolinas Beast Spartan Race at Carolina Adventure World Saturday 7:30 a.m.; $170 - $185
Out of the Darkness Walk at Riverfront Park Sunday 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2014 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championship at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center Thursday - Sunday; free admission
creative & creepy
Put on your artist beret for an evening of imaginative fun at the Columbia Museum of Art's Spooktacular event. OR venture through the foggy woods of Seven Oaks Park learning about animals that go bump in the night.
Spooktacular Night at the Columbia Museum of Art Saturday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; free admission with Harvest Hope donation
Thrills at the Mill at Lexington's Old Mill Friday 7 p.m.; free admission
Halloween at the Park at Crooked Creek Park Friday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $5 - $7
Will O' The Wisp at Seven Oaks Park Saturday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $5 per child, $1 per adult
Boo at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Thursday - Sunday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $7 Riverbanks members, $9 general public, children younger than 2 free
quests & crafts
Embark on an adventure to find the mysterious scarecrow, Sneaky Steve or find your way out of an 8-acre corn maze. OR pick up a pumpkin to spend the afternoon sipping hot apple cider and carving a spooky Jack O' Lantern.
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 & Early Adventures Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free admission
modern & historic
Discover the techniques of one of the most famous and beloved American illustrators. OR examine a wide array of fossil animals that used to inhabit SC like the long-nosed crocodile and saber-toothed cat.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 5 p.m.; $12
Tricks & Treats at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and a variety of on-going exhibits 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
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