Welcome to Columbia SC - The Real Southern Hot Spot! This month is packed with events showcasing our food, culture, scenery and more. Keep reading for a roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more that's going on around town in April.
Bring your appetite to the 3rd Annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, A Chef's Feast, Butcher Paper Dinner Series: Crawfish Boil, James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner and Auction, South Carolina Cornbread Festival, The Contemporaries' Annual Oyster Roast and Sweet & Savory 2017. Cap it all off with bouquets (in more than one sense of the word!) at the Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Be sure to cheers Twisted Spur's one year anniversary at Spur Fest. Or, settle in with a pint and try your hand at Brushes and Brews at Flying Saucer.
Meet and Greet
Spring weather and a full schedule of community events mingle beautifully this month. Get some fresh air at Bark to the Park 2017, First Thursday on Main, Open Streets Columbia, Soda City Market and World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day. Immerse yourself in five days of films, food, music and more at the 11th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival. Enjoy the arts at 701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios and Artista Vista or shop for fun finds at the Greater Columbia Record Fair and Indie South Fair's Spring Colatown Market. Hop into Easter celebrations at Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens and EdVenture Children's Museum's Eggstravaganza. Strut your junk at Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. Spend the Night at the State Museum for a slumber party full of activities, pizza and an enchanting experience. Learn about African culture at the Taste of Africa Festival or plunge into Celtic heritage with five days of Tartan Day South. What's springtime without baseball? Welcome the Columbia Fireflies back to the field as they kick off the season against Augusta, Hickory, Lexington and Asheville.
Take the Stage
You can bet you'll be entertained this month. Head on down to the river for the return of the River Rocks Music Festival. Jam out to Red Hot Chili Peppers or Drive-By Truckers. Laugh the night away at Jerry Seinfeld. Take your little princes and princesses to Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream. Head to Trustus Theatre to catch a production of "Grey Gardens" or "Hand to God." Finally, swing a night at the symphony as SC Philharmonic Presents "Certified Organic" and "Daring Escapades."
Time to Explore
Enter a world of the artistic, historic and unexpected. Muse over Salvador Dali's Fantastical Fairy Tales, Cabaret: Unsung Heroes or Art: A Collection of Collections. Marvel at how far technology has come at App4That: Interactive Exhibit on the Progression of Technology. Prepare to be mystified by prehistoric creatures at Savage Ancient Seas. And make time to remember important moments in history with Holocaust Remembered, South Carolina and the Great War or a South Carolina State House Tour.