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

Spring Valley Baptist - 60,000 Meals Project

Concerned about local hunger needs, Spring Valley Baptist Church is mobilizing members and volunteers to prepare healthy meals for Richland and Kershaw County food pantries. Participants will hand package 60,000 meals and distribute through local programs.
Date: Aug 23
Category: Fundraisers / Health + Support / 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 /

Xtreme Xperience – Supercar Driving

Xtreme Xperience provides the thrill-filled opportunity for everyday fans to drive exotic supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Corvette and Nissan on a real, Formula One-inspired racetrack. Before driving, participants take part in an Xtreme Xperience instructional class.
Date: Aug 1 - Aug 3, 2014
Category: Special Events /

Gills Creek: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Join the Gills Creek Watershed Association and Richland Library for an evening with Dr. Warner Montgomery as he shares stories and photos exploring the rich history of the watershed and its neighborhoods.
Date: Jul 31
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

Musical Memorial for Robert Newton III

Celebrating the life and legacy of beloved master guitarist Robert Newton III. Newtown passed away on July 8. Instead of a funeral, he wanted a party and a celebration in his honor. Live performances from both nationally known and local musicians.
Date: Jul 27
Category: Music / Special Events /


The Gantt Center’s signature festival, GanttFest! is a daylong celebration of art and culture of the African diaspora. Designed as an intergenerational program, GanttFest is a fun and festive way to highlight the Gantt Center’s mission and support local and national artists.
Date: Jul 26
Category: Regional / Special Events /

NAMI Mid-Carolina Presents The Message

The Message is a collaborative event between Love, Peace & Hip-Hop and NAMI Mid-Carolina being held to increase awareness of mental health issues among the underserved in the Midlands. Performances by: Cole Connor, The Force, DJ Kingpin VOV.
Date: Jul 25
Category: Health + Support / 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

The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

The Vista, Columbia

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

Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

West Columbia

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