Upcoming Events in Columbia, South Carolina

Upcoming Events in Columbia, SC
Columbia South Carolina Events - Events in Columbia, South Carolina include exciting festivals, concerts, museum displays, social gatherings, holiday festivities, and more. We want YOU to participate and share in the excitement! Take a glance at these upcoming events and start planning your trip to Columbia, South Carolina today! Enjoy comfortable Columbia accommodations and take part in all of the wonderful events that Columbia art galleries, performing arts centers, theaters, and other local businesses host throughout the year. 

Events coming to Columbia South Carolina - Whether you are searching for some exciting nightlife, delicious dining, family fun things to do, outdoor adventures, or indoor activities, Columbia is the place to be! Enjoy fantastic local events and activities all year long. 

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Featured Upcoming Columbia SC Event:
McDaniels Golf Classic
April 23, 2015 from 6-9PM
Join Palmetto Health Foundation for the 25th McDaniels Golf Classic, benefiting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers! This year’s event will kick-off on Thursday, April 23rd with an auction and reception at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The evening will include a seated dinner, open bar and mobile bidding on silent and live auctions items, including great getaways and fantastic dining packages. Auction reservations are available for $175 each. You can also reserve a table for eight with a table sponsorship for $1,500 (limited number available). The golf tournament will follow on Friday, April 24th, at Ft. Jackson Golf Club. Golfers will take to both the Old Hickory and Wildcat courses for a day on the links and enjoy a delicious steak dinner at the end of the tournament. See complete details at mcdanielsgolfclassic.org.
McDaniels Golf Classic
April 23, 2015 from 6-9PM
Join Palmetto Health Foundation for the 25th McDaniels Golf Classic, benefiting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers! This year’s event will kick-off on Thursday, April 23rd with an auction and reception at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The evening will include a seated dinner, open bar and mobile bidding on silent and live auctions items, including great getaways and fantastic dining packages. Auction reservations are available for $175 each. You can also reserve a table for eight with a table sponsorship for $1,500 (limited number available). The golf tournament will follow on Friday, April 24th, at Ft. Jackson Golf Club. Golfers will take to both the Old Hickory and Wildcat courses for a day on the links and enjoy a delicious steak dinner at the end of the tournament. See complete details at mcdanielsgolfclassic.org.

BattleFrog Carolinas Obstacle Race
April 25-26, 2015
Be a human dirt bike when the BattleFrog returns to Carolina Adventure World on April 25 and 26, 2015, the largest ATV course in the Southeast. We will take you through the best of over 100 miles of trails, mud bogs, rock crawls, and some of the highest elevations in the state. Some of the best racers on the course at the June, 2014 event clocked in under an hour for the 15k. Sign up and see if you can beat that! Click here to register.

South Carolina VisionWalk
May 2, 2015 at 10AM
Since 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $30 million to support the mission of the Foundation. Over 50 walks are planned for 2015, including the 2nd Annual South Carolina VisionWalk at Riverfront Park. The VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K (3.1 mile) walk complete with music, food, kids activities, bounce houses and more! Join people like you who are committed to changing the future for their friends and family members affected with retinal degenerative diseases. Click here for more details and to officially register for this event.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival
May 2, 2015 from 11AM - 8PM
For the 10th year, the Greater Rosewood Merchants Association is gearing up to bring some infamous Creole cuisine to the Midlands! Lovers of all things Creole and Cajun are invited to Rosewood Drive to take part in one of the city’s favorite celebrations, featuring over 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish. If crawfish aren’t your thing, lots of other tasty treats will be available for your dining pleasure. Plus, enjoy a great line-up of live music with over 15 bands playing on three stages. New this year, the Li’l Crawdaddy Carnival has been expanded and moved to the area in front of Publix providing nearly a full city block of rides, games and entertainment for the li’l (and big) crawdaddys to enjoy. Click here for more information.

South Carolina Book Festival
May 15 - 17, 2015
The SC Book Festival presents a diverse group of over 80 national, regional, and local authors in solo and panel presentations over the festival weekend. During the SC Book Festival, the Exhibit Hall will be packed with exhibitors representing the best of local, regional, and national book dealers, antiquarians, publishers, independent presses, writers’ collectives, educational groups, individual writers, and non-profit organizations. Authors featured at the SC Book Festival in solo and panel presentations will also be available to autograph books following their sessions. The SC Book Festival features a Children’s Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday of the festival with storytelling, performances, music, crafts, and more! Click here for additional information.

Lake Murray Triathlon
May 24, 2015 at 8AM
The Lake Murray Triathlon has become a favorite chance for all South Carolina Triathletes to showcase their talents against the best in the state. Nestled in the center of South Carolina athletes from the Upstate, Midlands and Coastal regions converge into Columbia each year for this sprint distance event. The swim is one counter-clockwise 750 meter loop. The bike course is long for a sprint distance event - one 16 mile loop. The 5k run course is very unique in that runners get several opportunities to see where they are in relation to the competition.

2015 SC Tour de Cure
May 30, 2015
Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. So take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today. Whether you are an occasional rider or an experienced cyclist, there is a route just for you!

Southern Guitar Festival and Competition 
June 5 - 7, 2015
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition is an annual event that brings world caliber guitarists to Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to inspire and educate all music lovers. This three day festival will present concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition, with divisions for elementary/middle school, high school, and college/professional levels. Click here for additional information.

Southeastern Piano Festival 
June 14 - 21, 2015
Each summer the Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. The Southeastern Piano Festival embraces a multi-faceted personality: it is a high-level training platform for the young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond. The week's events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic. For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists. Click here for additional information.

Miss South Carolina Pageant
June 23 - 27, 2015
The 2015 Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant promises to be a vibrant, colorful and exciting event. Each of the contestants compete in the preliminaries Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25, 2015. The final night of competition will held on Saturday, June 27, 2014. All competitions will be held once again at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina. The contestants vying for the titles of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen exemplify all that is best in today’s modern woman. Click here for additional information.

Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration
July 4, 2015
South Carolina's largest fireworks display will begin at dusk (approximately 9:15PM) on Saturday, July 4th ta the beautiful Lake Murray. Fireworks will be set off from two great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. The show is choreographed to a patriotic concert that will air simultaneously on B106.7. The best places to view the fireworks are Dreher Island State Park and both parks at the Lake Murray dam. Bring a chair or blanket, picnics are welcomed. Alcohol is not permitted at any of the locations.

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
July 18, 2015
Presented by Sustainable Midlands, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is a celebration of locally grown food – the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their menus, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it! Continuing its traditions of old-time festival fun, Tasty Tomato’s programming includes a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, local food and drink vendors, tomato bobbing, and the highly anticipated Tasty Tomato Contest. Festival food will feature local food with a tomato theme! The festival will be held at City Roots Urban Farm in Columbia, SC. Click here for additional information.
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