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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4 | It’s All About Herbs Festival

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

8 | Meet the Easter Bunny

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!

10-11 | Crazy For You

Irmo Chapin Children’s Theatre present this funny and touching story. Irmo High School. icrc.net

11 | Love, Peace, & Hip-Hop Festival

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.

11 | 2nd Annual Easter Crabfest & Egg Hunt

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

17 | Fabulously Funny Comedy Special

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.

18 | Spring Sheep Shearing Day

“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

18 | Complexions Presents Bach to Bowie

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

23 | Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefer Band, Slack Tide Tour 2020

RESCHEDULED: JUNE 9 Jimmy Buffet cruises into Columbia with his Reefer Band at 8PM at Colonial Life Arena

24 | Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

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.

25 | Kid’s Day of Lexington

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

25 | 4th Annual Taste of Africa Festival

Celebrate the colorful culture, art, fashion, music and food of the continent of Africa. Lake Carolina

26 | 13th Annual Record Fair

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.

30 | Ruth’s Chris Special Wine Dinner

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.