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Midlands Grown Restaurant Week; Riffnado; Chapman’s Charleston

What's happening in Columbia SC? A lot, and FT Happenings helps you sort it out.

Ongoing Events

Exhibitions, farmers markets, volunteer opportunities and more.

Special Events

The M.O.M. Sale - Children's Consignment

Featuring gently used: maternity; children's clothing (preemie-14); toys & books; furniture & equipment; holiday outfits and Halloween costumes. Something for every family at super low prices.
Date: Aug 23
Category: Special Events /

Bass & BBQ Festival

35 BBQ teams compete for cash prizes; BBQ fans sample best BBQ in the state. Saturday, fans can sample 5 competitors for $5. On Sunday, fans can buy BBQ from vendors. Live music by country artist Jeremy McComb on Sat at 2 p.m. John Wesley Satterfield performs on Sunday.
Date: Aug 16 - Aug 17, 2014
Category: Food + Drink / Special Events /

Forrest Wood Cup Expo

The Forrest Wood Cup, presented by Walmart, is the biggest payday in bass fishing. Visit the FLW Expo to meet pros, attend fishing seminars and snag deals on outdoor gear; 1,000 kids 14 and under will receive a free rod & reel.
Date: Aug 15 - Aug 17, 2014
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

USC/Columbia Technology Incubator Graduation

Celebrate graduation of 7 innovative companies from the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator. Open networking and interactive demonstrations from our graduates, followed by the main program. Two finalists compete for a free spot at the Incubator.
Date: Aug 14
Category: Special Events /

National Night Out Kickoff 2014

Features public safety vehicles, live entertainment, “Catch the Criminal” scavenger hunt, a neighborhood display contest, inflatable rides, home security displays and tons of family fun. In conjunction with Summer Concert Series, saxophonist Dante Lewis will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Date: Aug 2
Category: Special Events /

Arts & Draughts

Exhibitions: Animal Instinct and Cheer for the Home Team! Bands: Shallow Palace, Stagbriar, Bo White Y Su Orquestra, Banditos. Beer: Natty Greene's Wildflower Witbier. Food: Wurst Wagen.
Date: Aug 1
Category: Special Events /


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 much more, as well as their expert advice.
Date: Jul 12 - Jul 13, 2014
Category: Special Events /

Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference: Columbia Regional

Regional card-playing tournament and gathering.
Date: Jul 7 - Jul 13, 2014
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

Wine Down Wednesday

The Five Points Association is extending an invitation for patrons to join them in Five Points each Wednesday in June and July for summer shopping specials and complimentary refreshments.
Date: Jul 2 - Jul 30, 2014
Category: Food + Drink / Special Events /
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Featured Messages

Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:

Il Giorgione
 Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063

Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

West Columbia

The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


100 State St., 803-791-3443
West Columbia

Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

The Vista, Columbia

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