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:
​Holiday Lights on the River
NOW Through December 31, 2018
Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and see more than 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River. Fun-filled Family Activities Nightly include: Ride the Saluda Shoals Park train, Slide on the Winter Wonder Ride Tube Slide, Stroll the Wetland trail and enjoy a laser light show, Make a craft, Visit Santa's Claus'et gift shop, Roast marshmallows, Visits and photos with Santa (Dec. 14–23 only). Click here for additional information
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Lights Before Christmas
NOW through December 30, 2018 | Closed 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.
Gamecock Men's Basketball Home Games
December 19, 22, 31, 2018
January 8, 12, 22, 29, 2019
February 9, 16, 19, 26, 2019
March 9, 2019
Cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks Basketball team in Columbia, SC as they challenge opponents at home during the 2018-2019 Season. Purchase tickets online
 or at the South Carolina Ticket Office located in the Rice Athletics Center.
Gamecock Women's Basketball Home Games
December 21, 30, 2018
January 6, 10, 21, 28, 2019
February 7, 14, 21, 2019
March 3, 2019
Join us in Columbia, SC to cheer on the South Carolina Women's Basketball team as they challenge opponents at home during the 2018 - 2019 season. Visit the South Carolina Ticket Office or purchase your tickets online today!
Holiday Lights on the River
NOW Through December 31, 2018
Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and see more than 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River. Fun-filled Family Activities Nightly include: Ride the Saluda Shoals Park train, Slide on the Winter Wonder Ride Tube Slide, Stroll the Wetland trail and enjoy a laser light show, Make a craft, Visit Santa's Claus'et gift shop, Roast marshmallows, Visits and photos with Santa (Dec. 14–23 only). Click here for additional information
Chick-fil-A Classic
December 26-29, 2018
The Chick-Fil-A Classic is one of the premier high school basketball tournaments in the nation every year. The tournament is designed with two different brackets that are each filled with a plethora of high major players. On the event website, you can find a list of the players and where they will play college basketball next year. Click here for additional details. 

Famously Hot New Year
December 31, 2018
Famously Hot New Year is S.C.'s largest NYE celebration featuring a free, full-length concert starring iconic female trio En Vogue, along with Soda City Brass Band and Little Stranger. Started in 2011, #FHNY is a free, outdoor celebration that draws a diverse, all-ages crowd of tens of thousands of guests -- from 48 states and 11 countries -- to downtown Columbia, S.C. The Midlands region comes together for the New Year's holiday, with expanded hours at family-friendly destinations, pop-up NYE parties at local restaurants and clubs, specials at neighborhood shops, hotel deals and more. *Bring a clear bag or no bag to get through security more quickly! Click here for more information about this FREE holiday celebration.

WNOK Bridal Expo
January 6, 2019 from 1 - 5PM
Congratulations on your engagement! If you are like many newly engaged couples, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the planning and decision-making that comes along with turning your wedding day dreams into reality. Have you spent numerous hours scouring the internet for information, bought every bridal magazine you could get your hands on and become a top pinner on Pinterest? All of those are a great way to start, but nothing takes the place of meeting high quality, reputable wedding professionals face to face at a bridal show. At Bride City Bridal Shows, we have everything from the engagement ring to the honeymoon and beyond. You can shop for everything you need…at one time, under one roof. Click here for additional information. 

Restaurant Week in Columbia SC
January 10 - 20, 2019
Restaurant week is an eleven-day celebration at hundreds of participating restaurants in South Carolina. From fine to casual dining, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. Stay up to date with all things Restaurant Week South Carolina by signing up for the mailing list. Visit the Restaurant Week website for additional information.

Palmetto Senior Show
January 17, 2019 from 9AM - 2PM
The Palmetto Senior Show is scheduled for January 17, 2019 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds Goodman Building. Admission to the show is free, however, there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee. Some celebrities may charge for autographs and pictures. Food is available for purchase and free entertainment is provided. There will be over 100 vendors showcasing products and services and a grand prize drawing! Click here for additional information.

Red Shoe Run 
January 19, 2019
Ronald McDonald House Charities Columbia, SC invites you to be a part of our 13th annual Red Shoe Run on the morning of January 19, 2019. The Run will be held at Hand Middle School with the option of running either a 5k or a 10k. So, put on your running shoes and join us for a morning of fun at the Red Shoe Run! With your support, we can ensure that we are continuing to support our families when staying close to their loved ones matters the most! Visit the Red Shoe Run website for additional information.

Columbia's Holiday ICE
Now - January 21, 2019
Get your leg warmers ready! Columbia’s Holiday ICE, formerly known as Main Street ICE, is open for the season. The rink at Columbiana Centre will remain open until Monday, January 21, 2019. The ice skating rink will be located outside of the mall at 155 Columbiana Circle. Regular admission is $10 for Youth and Adults and $8 for Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up. Click here for additional information.