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A Scanner Darkly; Time For Art; Caribbean Culture Festival

Looking for things to do in Columbia SC? FT Happenings helps you find them.

Special Events

6th Annual Blythewood DOKO Rodeo

Jun 3 - Jun 5, 2016 • 310 Blythewood Rd., 29016
Professional championship rodeo. Nine events including bull riding and barrel racing. Come join Miss Rodeo for family fun, Food vendors and more.

Blackwater Summer Music Festival

Jun 18 • 1145 State Park Rd., 29856
Features live music (four bands throughout the day), local BBQ/catering, vendor booths, wildlife demonstrations, nature walks, a canoe trail and various outdoor activities. Opportunity to learn about issues affecting the Edisto River and its communities, including water quality and surface water withdrawal issues.

Carolina's Caribbean Culture Festival

Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2016 • Various Locations
Four days with various events. CCCF South Carolina Carnival on Saturday (6-10 p.m.) at Garners Ferry Sports Complex (8620 Garners Ferry Rd., 29061) features performances by Teddyson John, DJ Avalanche, Cham and Full Band, and Kerin Dubois.

Charters of Freedom Dedication

May 26 • 2020 Hampton St., 29201
Official dedication ceremony of South Carolina's first Charters of Freedom monument (an educational resource displaying the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights). Features speakers, music, giveaways and small cannon firing.

Chautauqua History Alive Festival

Jun 17 - Jun 26, 2016 • 506 S. Pleasantburg Dr., 29607
Live history and fun for the whole family. 30 shows by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. Laugh with Mark Twain, fly with Amelia Earhart, discover the North Pole with Matthew Henson and blast into Space with Wernher von Braun.

Community Awards Celebration

Jun 4 • 1515 Main St., 29108
Kick off the summer with a community thank-you event featuring Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin and Senator John E. Courson! Our recognition with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts and the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honors from both our state and our nation, is as much about the generosity and spirit of South Carolina as it is about the CMA. Free addmisson to the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dining With Friends Dessert Finale

Jun 11 • 1051 Greene St., 29201
The AIDS Benefit Foundation of SC invites you to join us for a fabulous night of wonderful gourmet desserts from local restaurants, an open bar, entertainment and a silent auction.

Fin Fest 17 Card Sharks Poker Crawl

Jun 11 • 1022 Senate St., 29201
Palmetto Parrot Head Club's annual fundraising event to benefit the SC Chapter of Alzheimer's Association. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at our host location and the Card Sharks Poker Crawl begins at 2 p.m. Visit our participating bars in the Vista to collect your poker cards. All cards must be returned to our host location no later than 6:30. Prizes will be awarded for the Best and Worst poker hands. Join us as we "Party With a Purpose".

First Thursday on Main

Jun 2 • Main Street, 29201
Monthly Main Street art happening. Businesses and galleries keep their doors open late, offering a mix of specials, events, entertainment and more. Participants include Tapp's Arts Center, Anastasia & Friends Gallery (at Free Times), Carolina Hair Studio, The Arcade Mall and more.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Show 2016

Jun 6 • 931 Woodrow St., 29205
An absurdly funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. Will feature material from the Grammy nominated DVD/CD set "Gustafer Yellowgold's Dark Pie Concerns".

Hope in Harmony: An Artistic Conversation

Jun 11 • 1644 Main St., 29201
An expressive evening of arts and community dialogue responding to the first anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy. Performed through gospel, spirituals, jazz and bluegrass, combined with poetry, dance, and visual arts.

Memorial Day at Historic Brattonsville

May 30 • 1444 Brattonsville Rd., 29726
Join the Historic Brattonsville staff and volunteers for a recreated 1870's wreath laying ceremony. Attendants will be looking at the origins of this holiday during the tumultuous years after the American Civil War.

Midlands Clay Arts Society Festival

Jun 3 - Jun 5, 2016 • 3105 Devine St., 29205
This festival lets attendees meet some of the Midlands' finest ceramic artists and purchase their work. The work ranges from classic and functional, to fun eclectic decorative pieces, to fine jewelry and tableware, and everything in between.

NALC/MDA Fundraiser

Jun 12 • 4921 B Broad River Rd., 29212
Family fun featuring vendors, entertainment, a water slide and a dunk tank. There will be raffles drawn all day for a 60 inch smart tv.

OMG: Owning, Maintaining and Gardening

Jun 4 • 151 Powell Rd., 29203
Will include with a photo booth, truck tour for children, emergency response training and a special presentation. There will also be informational booths, door prizes, giveaways and more.

Steppin' Out Saddle Club Trail Ride & Horse Show

Jun 3 - Jun 4, 2016 • Sutton Hall Rd., 29058
Cowboy fans can enjoy food vendors, trail ride, riding lessons, a horse clinic, kids' game corral, barrel racing, pole bending and more.

Summer Movie Series

Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2016 • 312 Laurel St., 29210
Free family movie series preceded by family-friendly activities — June 3: Frozen; June 10: Inside Out; June 17: Muppets Most Wanted; June 24: Paddington; July 1: Minions; July 8: The Smurfs; July 15: Shaun the Sheep; July 22: The Nut Job; July 29: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

T&S Thrift Massive Swap Event

May 1 - May 26, 2016 • 338 Sumter Hwy. (Intersection of Hwy 521 and Black River Rd), 29020
Massive swap event. Bring in gently used items and receive one token for every five items. Redeem tokens for in-store items.

The Moving Wall Memorial

May 30 • 116 Barberville Loop, 29061
Traveling replica of the national Vietnam Memorial will be on display on the grounds of the Historic Harriet Barber House on Memorial Day. There will be a wreath laying, veterans salute and entertainment from 2 For the Road w/Jim Graddick and the Beaulah Boys of Atlanta & Gospel Choice.

Time For Art 2016

May 26 • 900 Senate St., 29201
This is not your typical silent art auction. Beef up your art collection without breaking the bank by bidding your volunteer hours instead of your hard earned dollars. Last year, more than 250 young professionals attended and bid 3,169 hours – the financial equivalent of $71,460.95 for our community.

Triumphs at the Keg

Jun 11 • 108 E. Main St., 29073
There will be BBQ, micro brews on tap and some of the new Triumph motorcycles on hand.
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