This weekend, Columbia, SC is spilling over with great events! The opening of the South Carolina State Fair is the main attraction supported by side stage events such as main-stage performances, competitive exhibits, a kiddie zone and more. Come one, come all to our 8 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!"


the big top
Ever heard of Ramen Noodle burgers or pecan cinnamon roll sundaes? Try these delectable creations and adventurous fried cuisine like fried Kool aid, fried cookie dough and even fried butter! Hop on thrilling rides and experience non-stop entertainment including nationally recognized artists. When you're catching a ride on an elephant or learning about everything this great state has to offer, it's impossible not to "find your happy"!
South Carolina State Fair at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight, Sunday noon - 11 p.m.; Adults $10, Seniors $7, Children 5 & under free, Ride voucher $28 

Have you seen our awesome lineup for this years FREE #jamroomfest ?! Get to @thewhig for a Jam Room Festival sticker & copy of the lineup! #columbiyeah

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main-stage performances
The beautiful, revitalized Main Street will be hosting a variety of eclectic musical troupes this weekend. Witness the spectacle on two stages and join the revelers in cycling events and beer sampling. Then, dance along with Corey Smith, one of country music's hottest new artists.
Corey Smith at Music Farm Friday 8 p.m.; $20-$23
Jam Room Music Festival at Main & Hampton Streets Saturday noon - 10 p.m.; free admission
Jam Room Music Festival After Party at Music Farm Saturday 9 p.m.; $5
Woofstock 2014 at River Rat Brewery Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $30
Ron White: Nutcracker Tour at Township Auditorium Friday 8 p.m.; $56.75 & $46.75



house of mirrors
Nothing is as it seems in the Midland's premiere haunted attraction. Get your heart racing in a two-acre haunted corn maze that will have you lost in terror. Crammed full of state-of-the-art props and sets and terrorized by over 30 live characters, we dare you not to run for your life!
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
Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours at Elmwood Cemetery Thursday 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; HC members: $8 adults, $4 youth | Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth
Second Sunday Roll Wicked Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Sunday 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.; HC members: $8 adults, $4 youth | Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth | Kids 5 & under: Free admission


The scarecrows have landed! Come visit the free Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit in the Robert Mills House gardens now until Nov. 2 & vote for your favorite!

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kiddie zone
Your children will love Midlands Kids Festival, a fun house with inflatables, magicians, face painting and more! Then, prepare for a super evening watching Marvel Comic book movies shown on an inflatable movie screen under the stars.
Midlands Kids Festival at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; free admission
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
Movie Night at Sesquicentennial State Park Friday 7:30 p.m.; $2, children 15 & under free
Early Adventures Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Friday by reservation only; 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


4 days until Oktoberfest!

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candy apples & corn dogs
Treat yourself to delectable goodies at one of our local farmers bazaars. Then, celebrate 25 years of local, sustainable food and farm-to-shaker cocktails at Motor Supply Co. Bistro. Finish off the weekend at a jubilee of German heritage complete with live entertainment, authentic German home-cooked food and plenty of German beer! Holy Schnitzel!
Fall Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co. Bistro Thursday - Sunday 5 p.m.; free admission
Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran Church Friday 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m.; free admission
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 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

athletic exhibits
Jump through hoops to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Run the bases on the Carolina Gamecock baseball field to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families. Keep up the pace with a fun filled event introducing children to the sport of triathlon where everyone is a winner!
Give it a Tri! JCC Kids Triathlon at Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center Sunday noon registration, 2 p.m. race registration; $30-$35
Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence at Finlay Park Saturday 9 a.m.; free admission

"Ajax in Iraq" opens tonight at Longstreet Theatre and runs through Oct. 11! Tickets: 777-2551. More info:

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costumed merry-makers
Enter a world of make-believe and masquerade with several theatrical shows that delve into the lives of military troops and prep school boys. Then, unmask the dark side of Columbia's past with a special book signing.
USC Theatre Ajax in Iraq at Long Street Theatre Thursday - Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3p.m. & 8 p.m.; Student: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+: $16, General Public: $18

historical displays
As always, Soda city offers a wide range of historical and educational exhibits that are huge crowd-pleasers. Come see what all the hullaballoo is about!
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

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