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!"
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"!
- Shovels & Rope Thursday 7 p.m.; free admission
- Jennifer Nettles Friday 7 p.m.; $30
- Lee Brice Saturday 7 p.m.; $20
- Fred Hammond Sunday 4 p.m.; free admission
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
"Ajax in Iraq" opens tonight at Longstreet Theatre and runs through Oct. 11! Tickets: 777-2551. More info: artsandsciences.sc.edu/ajax-Iraq
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.
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!
- Museum Road Show Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $25-$50
- 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/.