April 2020 Events in Columbia SC and the Midlands
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS-19, MANY OF THE EVENTS BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED. WE HAVE NOTED THEM IN RED BELOW. AS NEW DATES ARE SET, OR EVENTS ARE CANCELED, WE WILL UPDATE THE INFORMATION.
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Admission is free. Festival activities include a plant sale, herb and plant vendors, delicious food and a funtastic bake sale and more! Proceeds benefit the Herb Bunch Scholarship Fund. 231 Fox St. Lexington
Each Wednesday, kids eat free at East Bay Deli in West Columbia… and one very special night each month, it’s Kids Night with a special activity. On April 8, bring your kiddies in to meet none other than the Easter Bunny himself! Don’t forget your camera!
POSTPONED: NO DATE SET YET This annual festival gathers world famous hip-hop performers for a free festival that combines visual, audio, and culinary arts for family-friendly enjoyment. This year’s headliner is Rakim. Main St. Columbia
11 | Eggstravaganza
CANCELED: This annual festival in Lake City at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens where more than 10,000 eggs are hidden with special golden eggs that entitle finders to special gifts. Fun activities all day.
Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is known for their fun-loving spirit and their events always reflect that! Join them for an AYCE crabfest and adult egg hunt! You’ll have a ball (& beer!)
16-20 | Midlands Plant & Flower Festival
CANCELED: Shop at the area’s largest selection of plants for spring planting to liven up your garden. Master Gardeners and local food vendors will be on site, free admission and parking. SC State Farmers Market
POSTPONED: NO DATE SET YET Mike Epps, Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford & Kountry Wayne. Colonial Life Arena
17-18 | Newberry Pork in the Park
POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 5-6 Showcases the tastiest, finger-licking BBQ in the southeast! Live music, activities and inflatables for family fun. Downtown Newberry
17-19 | Artista Vista
Light and Lantern Parade, Gallery Crawl throughout the Vista District and art studios open. Culminates on Sunday with Crafty Feast handmade crafts show.
“A Day in the Life” on a working family farm features the sheep shearing, border collie demo, spinners, weavers, sheep shearer, grist mill, saw mill, wood working, baby chicks & baby lambs to touch, face painting, concessions, live music, and more! Old McCaskills Farm
POSTPONED: NO DATE SET YET A tribute to two extraodinary and legendary artists, David Bowie and Johann Sebastian Bach. Featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” ! Harbison Theatre
18 | River Rocks Festival
Join Congaree Riverkeeper for a day of community-fellowship, fun, and LIVE music on the banks the Congaree River. Proceeds enable Riverkeeper to continue advocating for our region’s most precious natural resource: our rivers! 2030 Gregg St.
18-19 | Hippie Fest
Celebrate the groovy life with live music, DIY tie-dye, giant bubble garden, vintage hippie car show, food, bohemian shopping, kids activities, and more at this grassroots festival! Historic Columbia Speedway
20-22 | Augusta Baker’s Dozen
Acclaimed author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney will visit Richland Library as the featured guest for the 31st annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen: A Celebration of Stories. Downtown Columbia
RESCHEDULED: JUNE 9 Jimmy Buffet cruises into Columbia with his Reefer Band at 8PM at Colonial Life Arena
Taste a variety of domestic and imported wines, enjoy light bites from local restaurants and enjoy live music! Microbrews also available
24-25 | A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Presented by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet. A two-act ballet choreographed by George Balanchine to Felix Mendelssohn’s music to Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Township Auditorium
24-25 | 10th Annual Blythewood Rodeo
Premier IPRA sanctioned rodeo, plenty of fun for the whole family! Gates open at 5:30pm
24-May 2 | ArtFields
POSTPONED: NO DATE SET YET Come enjoy the most creative Southern art competition around! This art festival and competition awards over $145,000 dollars in prize money, with winners chosen by a juried panel and by visitors’ popular vote. Up to 400 works of art showcased in unique venues throughout Lake City, SC.
25 | Spring Market
Shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind items including but not limited to paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor, etc. Free admission. Seven Oaks Park
25 | Kinetic Derby Day
POSTPONED: NO DATE SET YET West Columbia’s 3rd Annual, calling all creative kids to participate in a funky parade of kinetic sculptures and a soapbox derby race! Fun activities and foodtrucks on site! Meeting & State Sts.
Learning, laughing, eating, entertainment, togetherness, and a whole bunch of FUN!!!
25 | Soiree on State
CANCELED: Showcases a variety of talented artists & bands, local food & drink and commmunity vendors. Tokyo Joe headlines. State St. in Cayce
Celebrate the colorful culture, art, fashion, music and food of the continent of Africa. Lake Carolina
Vendors from across the Southeast bring everything from well-loved classics to rare and highly collectible finds. Columbia Museum of Art
29-30 | Bandstand
Broadway in Columbia presents this Tony-winning broadway musical by Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler! It tells the story of six soldiers who return from war and, through the power of music, finally find a place to call home. Koger Center for the Arts
29-May 3 | North Charleston Arts Fest
CANCELED: An annual multi-day event highlighting national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Literature. The annual event draws more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and takes place in a variety of venues within the City of North Charleston, SC.
Known for combining “Old World” winemaking techniques with “New World” technology, Justin Winery consistently produces award-winning Bordeaux style blends that fully express their varietal character. Join Ruth’s Chris and you’ll sip and savor five different Justin wines – including their flagship, Isosceles – alongside a chef inspired, multi-course menu. This is sure to be a dining event that’s “exceptional from every angle”. Reservations at 803-212-6666.
30-May 3 | Black Cowboy Festival
3 days of fun at Greenfield Farm in Rembert. Learn about black cowboys, horse-riding, enjoy a Western dinner dance, live music, disco, and cowboy competitions.