2016 Fall Events and Happenings in and around Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC, is famously (or infamously, depending on who you ask) hot—but not just in temperature. Every season, Columbia heats up and booms with life by becoming the biggest stage for both thrilling, star-studded concerts and family-friendly events alike. This autumn is no exception.

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Check out what’s happening this fall in Columbia and Lexington, and we’re certain you’ll find more things to do than you ever thought possible.

Best Fall Event Winner: The South Carolina State Fair

Date & Time: October 12th to 23rd
Location: South Carolina State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Dr – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Varies
Details: Autumn is heating up! The SC State Fair is the belle of the ball and an essential event for any and all Columbia residents and tourists. Watch live performances from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, and Aloe Blacc, taste the state-fair cuisine, and have a blast! Check out www.scstatefair.org for a full schedule.

Other Notable Events in Columbia, SC

The 14th Annual SwampFest at the Congaree (BBQ Blues & Jazz)

Date & Time: September 30th at 7:00 PM
Location: Historic Harriet Barber House & Grounds (116 Barberville Loop - Hopkins, SC)
Admission Cost: $30 at the door; $25 in advance
Details: Four-time Grammy Winner Deniece Williams will be joined by special guests R&B Singer Carlos Santan and The Ray Charles Experience with The Raellettes Band. More information can be found at www.congareeswampfest.com.

The 14th Annual SwampFest at the Congaree (Free Concert)

Date & Time: October 1st from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Congaree National Park (100 National Park Road – Hopkins, SC)
Admission Cost: Free
Details: Crowds of all ages are welcome to attend this free, rain-or-shine concert and event, which will feature local vendors, child rides, games, and live entertainment. Shuttle buses run throughout the day for free! Obtain more details at www.congareeswampfest.com.

USC vs. Texas A&M

Date & Time: October 1st (time TBA)
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium (1125 George Rogers Blvd. – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Varies (click for detailed pricing)
Details: The Gamecocks have already officially started the NCAA season, but the real test begins when Texas A&M visits Columbia, SC. Pack your Hyundai Tucson to the roof with snacks, and tailgate until your belly’s full. Just be sure to cheer on our boys while they dismantle the Aggies come October 1st. Visit the USC ticket page for more information.

The 9th Annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival

Date & Time: October 1st at 11:00 AM / October 2nd at 1:00 PM
Location: Historic Columbia Speedway (2001 Charleston Highway – Cayce, SC)
Admission Cost: $10 on October 1st / Free on October 2nd
Details: Headliners Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be joined by bluegrass all-stars The Southern Gospel Express, Left Lane, and The Thomas Family. Kids 12 and under receive free admission, as do Cayce residents! View cityofcayce-sc.gov for more info.

Peppa Pig Live! (Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!)

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Date & Time: October 7th at 6:00 PM
Location: Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Starting at $29.50
Details: This is the first U.S. theatrical tour for Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! The show has been self-declared as “more fun than a muddy puddle,” and should be a blast for younger kids. View their website to obtain more details about this show.

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Date & Time: October 15th beginning at 9:00 AM
Location: Spirit Communication Park (1640 Freed Dr. – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Free
Details: The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the largest charity events in the country, raising awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s research and patient care and support. Sign up on their website at act.alz.org.

Boo at the Zoo

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Date & Time: October 21st to October 30th at 6:00 PM
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (500 Wildlife Parkway – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: $8 for members/$10 general
Details: There’s never a dull moment at the zoo! Boo at the Zoo is an after-hours event that features a trick-or-treating trail, marshmallow roast, haunted rides and safaris, and more! Bring the whole family one or all days before Halloween. Visit their website for more details.

Octonauts Live

Date & Time: November 5th at 5:00 PM
Location: Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Varies (view ticket prices)
Details: Watch Captain Barnacles and Medis Peso as they lead you and your kids down a new adventure. Featuring new and fan-favorite songs, this show will bring a smile to any child’s face. Visit octonautslive.com for more information.

Arts & Draughts

Date & Time: November 11th from 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Location: Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: $9
Details: For a more relaxed bit of grown-up fun, ditch the Octonauts and enjoy a beer-filled night at the Museum of Art. The Arts & Draughts (kudos on the pun!) event will have live performances, scavenger hunts, tours, and interactive art projects and classes. Visit the museum’s website to learn more.

Bob Dylan

Date & Time: November 10th at 7:00 PM
Location: Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: Varies (click for prices)
Details: Don’t think twice about seeing folk legend Bob Dylan (and his band) when he’s knockin’ on Columbia’s door this November! Feel forever young again as he plays his biggest hits in front of thousands. Visit The Township’s website for more details.

EdVenture’s Storybook Ball

Date & Time: November 19th at 6:00 PM
Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum (211 Gervais St. – Columbia, SC)
Admission Cost: $20 for members / $45 general
Details: Come November 19th, the EdVenture Children’s Museum will look just a little bit different after its transformation into a magical kingdom. Fairytale- and fable-themed from head to toe, EdVenture will be a whimsical place of wonderment for children and adults! Buy your tickets at edventure.org.

Experience it Once, and You’ll Never Forget It!

Don’t let this fall go by without creating a new scrapbook of memories! Mark your calendars and prepare for an autumn full of excitement.

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