FT Happenings

Happiness Bomb Takes Over Tapp’s; Swampfest; Bar Stool Classic

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.
Cultural Season

Cultural Season 2014-15

Comprehensive Calendar of the Arts in Columbia
By Free Times | Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Columbia has long been home to a vibrant local arts community, and it’s only getting more active.


Special Events

Bad Art/Movie Night: Nilbog Edition

Get ready for Halloween by making some scarily bad art. Screening of one of the worst movies ever made, Troll 2. Called “misguided”, “inept” and an “unintentional comedy”, Troll 2 even inspired a documentary: The Best Worst Movie.
Date: Oct 29
Category: Arts / Special Events /


This Halloween dog event will take place near the log cabin area and will feature a dog costume contest with a variety of categories and prizes. Other activities will include photos with your dog and vendors with pet-related items. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Sesqui and the Sesqui Dog Park.
Date: Oct 25
Category: Special Events /

Boo at the Zoo

Annual Halloween spooktacular offers moonlight magic, a trick-or-treat trail, a spooky safari, a haunted carousel and more. Plus, candy.
Date: Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2014
Category: Children + Teens / Special Events /

Game. Set. Network. - Beer, Tennis and Networking

Join USTA South Carolina for an afternoon of free tennis and Conquest Brewing beer. Yellow Dog Barbecue also will be on site. Whether you're new to tennis or a longtime player, come socialize with Columbia and Lexington young professionals.
Date: Oct 11
Category: Food + Drink / Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

Museum Road Show

One of the South Carolina State Museum’s most popular events is back. Brings local experts under one roof to offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and more. Limit of four items per person.
Date: Oct 11
Category: Special Events /

Shamelessly Hot Vol. 2 - Things That Go Bump in the Night

The first, and sexiest, Halloween party of the year. Burlesque variety show with Armitage Shanks, Russell Bruner, Mistress Kali, Sam Aquatic, Sadie Hawkins, Meka La Creme, Pearl Van Dammit, and 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth.
Date: Oct 10 - Oct 11, 2014
Category: Special Events /

The Dark Knight's Terror Trail

Last year, a 60-odd person cast and crew entertained about 1,200 people throughout the month of October. With new property in Elgin, now offers an outdoor trail, a traditional indoor haunted house and an expanded indoor-outdoor Zombie Zone, an interactive zombie survival quest; the first of its type in SC.
Date: Oct 9 - Nov 1, 2014
Category: Special Events /

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience

Provides an opportunity to participate in simulated challenges that replicate the real-life experiences of Air Guard men and women during Basic Military Training (BMT), technical training and drill weekend.
Date: Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2014
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

South Carolina State Fair

Annual fair held each October in Columbia. Includes agricultural displays and competitions, rides and amusements, musical entertainment, and more.
Date: Oct 8 - Oct 19, 2014
Category: Special Events /

Windermere Club Golf Tournament and Pre-Party

Silent auction, hors d’eouvres, music and more on Sunday, and a day of golf on Monday. Participants will receive a golf shirt, lunch and be eligible for prizes. There will also be an open bar. Benefits the Palmetto Place children's shelter.
Date: Oct 5 - Oct 6, 2014
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

EDDIE's Block Party

An afternoon of outrageously fun science activities, healthy cooking demos, an extreme obstacle course, robotics, mathematics and more.
Date: Oct 4
Category: Children + Teens / Special Events /

Harley Haven's 24th Anniversary

celebrate 24 years of business and take a look at what the 2015 model year has to offer. Live music and food from the Steelhorse Smokehouse.
Date: Oct 4
Category: Special Events /

16th Annual Carolina Cup

Last year's tournament hosted more than 250 teams from six states. This is a soccer tournament, not a horse race.
Date: Oct 4 - Oct 5, 2014
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

12th Annual Congaree Swampfest

Two days of family, food, entertainment and fun. Includes food from tastemakers across the Midlands and music from national and local recording artists.
Date: Oct 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Category: Special Events /

Dark Knights Terror Trail

Triple haunted attraction for Halloween.
Date: Oct 3
Category: Outdoors + Recreation / Special Events /

Jamil Shriners 4th Annual BBQ Cook-Off

Live music on Friday by JT Steele and the Hired Guns and samplings of anything but pork. Saturday is the BBQ Cook-Off with Cooked Boston Butts for $30. All net proceeds will support Shriners Hospital for Children.
Date: Oct 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Category: Food + Drink / Special Events /

Happiness Bomb - Meat Me at Tapp's

Artists' collective Happiness Bomb lights up Tapp's with an assortment of puppets, instruments, cartoons and interactive installations in their exhibit "Meat Me At Tapp's." Opening Oct. 2. Happiness Bomb Rummage Sale on Oct. 24.
Date: Oct 2 - Oct 24, 2014
Category: Arts / Exhibitions / Special Events /

Wine, Dine and Design with Julie Roberts

South Carolina country artist Julie Roberts and WACH Fox’s Janet Parker take the stage to help raise money in support of programs for children who are challenged with a visual and/or hearing impairment. Event highlights emerging SC fashion designers.
Date: Oct 2
Category: Fundraisers / Special Events /

Deceased Farm's Madness Murder & Maize

Featuring two complete haunted houses, Deceased Farm is fast becoming one of the Midlands' premiere haunted attractions.
Date: Sep 26 - Nov 1, 2014
Category: Special Events /

2014 Corn Maze — Down on the Farm

Eight-acre corn maze.
Date: Sep 19 - Nov 16, 2014
Category: Special Events /

Ongoing Events

Exhibitions, farmers markets, volunteer opportunities and more.

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

Date: Oct 17 - Jan 18, 2015

Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia

Date: Sep 21 - Dec 21, 2014

Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos Etchings

Date: Sep 20 - Jan 3, 2015

Jack and the Giants

Date: Sep 13 - Dec 27, 2014


Date: Sep 5 - Nov 12, 2014

The World in 1914

Date: Sep 2 - Nov 1, 2014
• More ongoing events
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