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:
Irmo Okra Strut Festival
September 23 - 24, 2016
The 43rd Annual Irmo Okra Strut is scheduled for September 23 - 24, 2016. Enjoy a street dance on Friday night featuring headlining entertainers: Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Okra Strut Parade, South Carolina's largest parade, will be held September 24th from 9 - 11AM. Following the parade, enjoy musical entertainers, carnival rides, an okra eating contest and arts and crafts vendors. The Lexington Medical Center Irmo Okra Strut Festival is held in the NEW Irmo Community Park, conveniently located off of Lake Murray Boulevard at 7507 Eastview Drive in Irmo, SC. Click here for additional information.
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Riverbanks Zoofari
September 23, 2016
The 2016 Riverbanks Zoofari is the wildest fundraiser in town! Enjoy live entertainment and sample Southern-fusion cocktails and cuisine. Bid on unusual silent and live auction items and get a behind-the-scenes look at the giraffes. Proceeds from this event support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Click here for additional information.

Irmo Okra Strut Festival
September 23 - 24, 2016
The 43rd Annual Irmo Okra Strut is scheduled for September 23 - 24, 2016. Enjoy a street dance on Friday night featuring headlining entertainers: Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Okra Strut Parade, South Carolina's largest parade, will be held September 24th from 9 - 11AM. Following the parade, enjoy musical entertainers, carnival rides, an okra eating contest and arts and crafts vendors. The Lexington Medical Center Irmo Okra Strut Festival is held in the NEW Irmo Community Park, conveniently located off of Lake Murray Boulevard at 7507 Eastview Drive in Irmo, SC. Click here for additional information.

Deceased Farm
September 23, 24, 29 & 30, 2016 | October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31, 2016
Experience your deepest fears as they are brought to life at Deceased Farm in 2016! The two attractions at Deceased Farm have been combined into one continuous self guided haunt. Now you can experience all 6 buildings that are guaranteed to leave you screaming with less waiting in line. Deceased Farm begins with a unique, mind-warping trip through a 3D nightmare. You will then be transported to a dark and desolate farm, inhabited by unspeakable creatures hoping to make you this year's harvest! Just when you think you have made it out alive, you will be plunged into 2 acres of dark cornfields. Good luck escaping the horror hiding behind the stalks. Be sure to bring your friends. You don't want to be lost in these fields alone. Click here for additional details!

Carrie Underwood at Colonial Life Arena
September 24, 2016 at 7PM
Carrie Underwood is bringing The Storyteller Tour to the Colonial Life Arena on September 24, 2016. Tickets prices from $46 - $76 per seat. Doors open at 6PM and the show begins at 7PM. Join us at the Colonial Life Arena for this exciting Columbia concert! #CarrieCLA Click here for additional information and tickets.

14th Annual Swampfest at the Congaree 2016
September 30 & October 1, 2016
The Congaree SwampFest is 2 days of Family, Food, Entertainment, & Fun. Join us for the most fun and excitement with some of best food from tastemakers across the midlands and music from National and local recording artists and bands. This years spectacular event will feature "4x GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER" THE LEGENDARY "DENIECE WILLIAMS" with Special Guests, R&B SINGER "CARLOS SANTAN", & "RAY CHARLES EXPERIENCE with THE RAELETTES BAND & SHOW. A cash bar is offered for beer, wine and soda. This event is "FREE" and features LIVE entertainment and lot's more! Click here for additional information.











9th Annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival
October 1 - 2, 2016 
The Congaree Bluegrass Festival has expanded with a new venue, more music, more exhibits and attractions, as well as a second day dedicated to Gospel Bluegrass Music. In addition to some top notch bluegrass bands, Saturday’s event will include an Artists’ Village, made possible by some of the same folks that bring you the Cayce Arts Festival each year, and will feature local artists and craftsman showcasing their work. There will also be a variety of other exhibits, arts & crafts vendors, a large Jam Tent, dancing, children’s interactive activities, and always popular festival food. Sunday will bring the introduction of the Gospel Bluegrass Gathering, an afternoon of Gospel music and great food. Headlining Saturday is Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The other acts sharing the stage on Saturday include the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, Wilson Banjo Co., and Slope Valley. Sunday, the stage will feature the bands The Southern Gospel Express, Left Lane and The Thomas Family, all performing traditional gospel bluegrass music. Click here for additional information.

South Carolina State Fair
October 12 - 23, 2016
Get ready for 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides and big name entertainment! The South Carolina State Fair is coming to Columbia, South Carolina October 12 - 23, 2016! Special attractions include the King BMX Stunt Show, Kenya SafariAcrobats, Border Collie Exhibition, Sandscapes, Balloonopolis and more! Pepsi Grandstand Live Entertainment features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch, Alabama, for King & Country and Kirk Franklin! Click here for a complete list of State Fair attractions, games and live entertainment!

Boo at the Zoo
October 21-30, 2016
Treat your family to Boo at the Zoo – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dress up for the trick-or-treat trail, take a ride on the haunted carousel and swing by the marshmallow roast! Don’t forget to check out the Spooky Safari, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone and Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party. Click here for additional information.

Columbia Winter Jazz Fest
November 4 - 6, 2016
Join us at the Township Auditorium November 4 - 6th for the 2016 Columbia Winter Jazz Fest! Enjoy live entertainment from these amazing performers: Boney James, Pieces of A Dream, Najee, Norman Brown, Alex Bugnon and more. The Township Auditorium is located at 1703 Taylor Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Click here for additional information and tickets.



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USC Gamecocks Football - 2016 Home Games
October 1, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Texas A&M
October 8, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Georgia
October 22, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Massachusetts
October 29, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Tennessee
November 5, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Missouri
November 19, 2016 - Gamecocks vs Western Carolina
Cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium during the 2016 Fall Season! Dress in garnet and black and tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds with family and friends. Click here for the full South Carolina 2016-2017 football schedule and ticket information.