Upcoming Events in Columbia, South Carolina

Upcoming Events in Columbia, SC
South Carolina State Fair
October 10 - 21, 2018
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 10 - 21, 2018! Special attractions include live performances by talented stunt performers, acrobats, and more! Pepsi Grandstand Entertainment features live music from top artists several nights throughout the fair. Click here for a complete list of State Fair attractions, games and live entertainment!
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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South Carolina State Fair
October 10 - 21, 2018
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 10 - 21, 2018! Special attractions include live performances by talented stunt performers, acrobats, and more! Pepsi Grandstand Entertainment features live music from top artists several nights throughout the fair. Click here for a complete list of State Fair attractions, games and live entertainment!
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Annual South Carolina Peanut Party
November 2-3, 2018
Farmers in Pelion, a mere 20 miles or so from Columbia, have been producing and harvesting peanuts for years. It has long been an autumn tradition for the townspeople to gather for the annual boiling of the peanuts. Today, members of the Pelion Ruritan Club continue the tradition at the annual Pelion Peanut Party. The Ruritans use a secret recipe for boiling the peanuts; however, they are more than happy to share the final product with festival-goers. This year’s festival features a craft show, parade, car show, cooking contest, 5K, softball tournament and more. Click here for additional information.

Walk to End Alzheimer's
November 3, 2018
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! The 2018 Columbia Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place at Spirit Communications Park. Click here for additional information.

31st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Point
November 3, 2018
The #5PointsChiliCookOff in Five Points gives you the chance to watch teams battle it out for Columbia's best chili! Join us for over 30 awesome chilis, live music, children's area, craft beers, cornhole and more! The best part? The event is FREE! Chilis will be tried by our panel of 10 experts and judged in the following categories: Overall Best Chili, Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Style, Best Non-Traditional. All teams will also be competing for "Best Set-Up" and "The Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award" for the most monies raised. Click here for more information.

Repticon Columbia 
November 3-4, 2018
Repticon is coming to Jamil Temple! Repticon, a nationwide promoter of reptile and exotic animal expos, brings its unique blend of vendors, breeders and educators back to Columbia for a family-oriented, fun-filled event. The expo brings thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals to area enthusiasts. Top breeders and vendors will offer animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, live and frozen feeders, and their expert advice where needed. In addition, world-class seminars by industry experts will educate and entertain throughout the event. Click here for additional information.

Riverbanks Run
November 17, 2018 at 7:30AM
Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ first annual 5k race. The wild run will wind through the park’s scenic back roads, cross the Saluda River and pass some of the most popular exhibits in the Zoo! Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Click here to register for this exciting Columbia race.

Lights Before Christmas
November 17 - December 30, 2018 | Closed Nov 22, Dec 24 & 25
Celebrate the holiday season at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Lights Before Christmas family tradition! View nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images at this Columbia holiday event. Santa will be on site every night starting at 6PM through December 23rd. Create warm memories and spread holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Plus, enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods available for purchase! Click here for additional information.
USC Gamecocks Football - 2018 Home Games
October 27, 2018: Gamecocks vs Tennessee
November 17, 2018: Gamecocks vs Chattanooga
Cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium during the 2018 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 2018-2019 football schedule and ticket information.
Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze
NOW Through November 11, 2018
The 2018 theme for the Clinton Sease Farm corn maze is "The Amazing Bee". Included in Admission: Corn Snake, Tire Climbing Wall, Tire Swing, Tube Swing, Tricycle Raceway, Tire Maze, Marshmallow Maze, Animals, Stick Pony Corral, Pedcal Carts, Cow Train, Corn Hole, Gaga Ball, Combine Slide, Big 40 foot slide, rubber duck races, 4 Square ball, Sand Box, Corn Table, 3 Wooden Playground Structures, Art Barn, Admission to Pumpkin Patch, Horse Go Around, Farm Basketball, Jenga and more! Click here for additional information.
Boo at the Zoo
October 19-30, 2018
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.
Terror Falls
October 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 2018
Welcome to the Town of Terror Falls! Visit if you dare! But beware, you may hear the screams and screeches of past visitors who have become close-knit residents of the Town of Terror Falls. Stop by Meemaw’s Bed and Breakfast and hang out on our patio, but watch where you step as things may not be as they seem. Walk the Terror Trail through the haunted swamp and stop for a snack at Uncle Rick’s Smokehouse. Rumor has it, Uncle Rick helps Meemaw supply her legendary breakfast specials! You can also stop by the Field of Distortion and help the search party find our dear friend, Lydia. She is believed to have been last seen taken by two of the Terror Falls residents. Grab a treat at the Terror Falls General Store and enjoy it around the firepit. Don’t worry too much if the residents are in rare form, we have a full on-call staff at the Terror Falls Hospital. Click here for additional information.
Deceased Farm
October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, 2018 | November 2-3, 2018 
Experience your deepest fears as they are brought to life at Deceased Farm in 2018! 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. While wearing your glasses, you will be surrounded with astonishingly detailed artwork, ghastly monsters with their toys, and 3D effects sure to have you questioning your sanity. 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. No one really knows what lurks in those fields! Click here for additional details!
Hall of Horrors
October 12-13, 18-20, 25-27, 31, 2018
New for 2018: Indoor Escape Room and Outdoor Interactive Escape Maze! Hall of Horrors' inaugural escape experience places your group captive in the basement of a serial killer known as “The G.H.O.S.T.,” where you will need to work together to escape before time runs out and you become his next victim! For the interactive experience, your group has been tasked with extracting a kidnapped student from the clutches of a demented cannibalistic family known for trapping and torturing its victims in their maze compound known as "The Stockyards." Click here for additional information.