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Things to Do This Month: Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for this to do this month or weekend in Columbia, SC? There is so much for your family to enjoy, from special events and children’s programming to theatre shows and sporting events. We gathered all of the best family-friendly events happening this month near you!

Things to do in February in Columbia, South Carolina

We are highlighting Cola’s best events throughout the month, so you can have the most fun each week. Be sure to check out our full event calendar for more fun around the Midlands!

Thank you to our sponsors. Sponsored events are marked as “featured.”

Events in Columbia, SC, this month, this weekend

Check out our FULL event calendar for more events near Columbia, SC

Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Events This Weekend: Columbia, SC

Is the weekend here and you are not quite sure what to do? Check out these excellent family-friendly events near Columbia, SC!

Saturdays in Columbia: Soda City Farmer’s Market, 9 am to 1 pm

Never Be Bored!

Check out our Guide to Things to Do Near Columbia, SC to have an epic day!

Things to do Columbia, SC

Fill up Your Weekend With These Things to Do Near Columbia, SC

Theatre, Shows, and Sporting Events

Gamecocks Basketball

USC Basketball

Catch a Gamecocks Basketball Game. You have lots of options in January!

Men’s Basketball home games at the Colonial Life Arena (tickets)

  • February 6th, 2024 VS. Ol Miss
  • February 10th, 2024 VS. Vanderbilt
  • February 17th, 2024 VS. LSU

Women’s basketball home games at the Colonial Life Arena (tickets)

  • February 4th, 2024 VS. Ol Miss
  • February 8th, 2024 VS. Mizzou
  • February 11th, 2024 VS. Connecticut
  • February 18th, 2024 VS. Georgia
  • February 22, 2024 VS. Alabama

Free Things Happening This Month

Free Things to Do in Columbia, SC

Cheap Fun is the BEST Fun!

There are lots of Free Things to Do Near Columbia, SC

Our Top Picks: Don’t Miss These Events This Month Near Columbia, SC

Our list is growing and full of options. But, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, try one of these top picks. These are the events the Kidding Around Team

Catch a FREE event at the Richland Libraries. We love their free movies!
Make a Free Valentine Basket, February 3rd, 2024
14th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival, February 10th, 2024
Hands on Art: Be My Valentine, February 12th, 2024
Sweet as Candy Valentine’s Party, February 10th, 2024
2024 Lexington Chili Cookoff, February 18th, 2024

Travel Highlight

Our sister-site, Kidding Around Greenville hosts our library of travel content, and we sure do have a wide variety of ideas for every family! Here are this month’s travel highlights:

Winter cabin vacation rentals

A cozy winter getaway can be a great idea when traveling with your family! Gather at one of these winter vacation rentals, where you can relax at a mountain cabin in celebration with a warm drink, a cozy blanket, and a hot tub!

The off-season is a wonderful time to travel, especially because it is cheaper! Especially when you have our list of the Unique, Best Places to Visit in the Southeast! You will find bucket list-worthy adventures that are certain to make the most magical memories for your family.

The coolest southeast travel spots for families

10+ Places Where You Can Buy Local Fresh Eggs: Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for fresh eggs around the Columbia, SC area? Nothing beats fresh eggs! They seem to cook better, taste better, and the bright orange yoke of pasture and free-range eggs is an excellent sign of the egg’s nutrient density. We have rounded up some of the best places to find eggs near Columbia, from farms to farmer’s markets. You will not have to travel too far to grab a carton or two for your grocery list. 

Markets and Farms to Buy Fresh Eggs Near Columbia, SC

Rosewood Market

2803 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC
Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
This local natural foods store and deli offers farm fresh eggs from local suppliers, including Paradise Acres, Sylvan Farm, and Maypop farm.

Soda City Market

1300-1600 Main Street, Columbia, SC
Open Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm; Yearround Market

This year-round, producer-only market is huge, with everything from produce and fresh meat and free range local eggs, to vintage items and handmade goods. Eggs sell out fast at Soda City, so get there early enough to grab a dozen or so eggs if you need them.

Manchester Farms

8126 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC
Order quail eggs online
Maybe you’re wanting to venture out of the regular old chicken egg and add local quail eggs? Manchester Farms boasts a great reputation for quality quail eggs that can be purchased through their website, and they are right here in Columbia, SC! You can purchase a 90-count of eggs for $30. 

14 Carrot Whole Foods

5300 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC
Open Monday – Friday; 8 am – 7 pm
Open Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Open Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm

14 Carrot Whole Foods is a health food store with everything you could need to fill your grocery cart with top-tier groceries, supplements, bulk items, organic meats and produce, and of course, eggs!

Bees and Trees Livestock and Crops

524 Portia Road, Blythwood, SC

You can purchase farm fresh, hormone-free, free-range eggs directly from Bees and Trees Livestock and Crops. Their eggs are 18 eggs for $7 or 12 eggs for $5! They will deliver eggs for an extra $1, or you can pick them up from the farm.

Doko Farm

2101 Cedar Creek Road, Blythewood, SC
Doko Farm specializes in heritage meats that are pasture-raised, but they also have some very high-quality eggs that can be purchased. You must preorder to pick them up from the Doko Farm Stand, and you can also find them at the Blythwood Farmers Market and the Owen’s Field Farmers Market on select dates throughout the year.

Utopia Farm

1108 Union Church Road, Leesville, SC
Call ahead @ 803.727.6947

If you are willing to travel a little, you can purchase free-range chicken and duck eggs directly from Utopia Farm in Leesville, SC. Just make sure you give them a call before you head over to make sure someone can assist you when you arrive. They also occasionally sell Angus grass-fed beef in addition to fresh seasonal produce throughout the year.

Terra Kotta Farms

2412 Lewie Road, Leesville, SC

Terra Kotta Farms is a practicing sustainable farm that offers free-range eggs, mostly from heritage breed hens. In addition, seasonal produce is available for each season. They also sell processed humanely raised chickens that are raised in an organic pasture. They also have goats!

Hidden Hills Farm

1860 Martin Smith Road, Leesville
Online Shop

Located in Leesville, just 30 minutes from Columbia, Hidden Hills Farm practices humane treatment of their animals. Their high-quality treatment of their chickens helps make their eggs healthier! You can order a dozen eggs online for $6 per dozen. They also offer an assortment of processed meats for sale.

Crazy Chic Heritage Farm

450 Kenal Road, Ridgeway, SC
This small farm offers humanely raised beef, pork, chicken, goat meat, and eggs! If you are wanting to start your own flock, you can also purchase backyard chicks and chickens.

B&P Farm Fresh Eggs

B&P Farm Fresh Eggs Facebook Group
Join this public Facebook group, you will be connected directly with local, farm fresh eggs in Kershaw County. $3 a dozen with local delivery available.

fresh produce and eggs

Farmers Markets Near Columbia, SC to Buy Fresh Eggs

There are some excellent farmer’s markets near Columbia, SC throughout the year! Some are year-round, and many are from spring to fall. You can find everything from fresh produce to homemade goods at these markets, but you will always find locally produced fresh eggs. Many of the eggs are supplied by the farms above and offer free-range eggs or pasture-raised eggs. Eggs sell out quickly at markets, so make sure you get to the market early if you are wanting to grab a dozen or two!

You can find more information about the farmer’s markets in the area when they are held, and some of the things they offer in our list of The Best Farmers Markets All Around Columbia, SC!  Our list is growing, and currently includes the Soda City Market, Clemson Sandhill Market, Blythewood Farmers Market, Lake Carolina Farmers Market, and the South Carolina State Farmers Market.

Where is your favorite place to pick up fresh, local eggs?

20+ Totally FREE Holiday Things to Do & Christmas Activities in Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for free Christmas things to do in Columbia, SC? The holidays may drain your pockets when it comes to gift-buying and hosting parties, but these free events, parades, and tree-lighting ceremonies will help you feel a little more jolly, merry, and bright! There is also the added bonus of your kid getting to see Santa around town. Check out our list of the best free events in the Columbia area to get the holiday season started.

Looking for more to do during the holidays? Check out our super festive holiday guide!

Free Things to Do at Christmas, Columbia, SC

This article includes:
Free Holiday Events Near Columbia
Christmas & Holiday Parades Near Columbia
Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Caroling Near Columbia
Bonus: Cheap Holiday Things to do for $5 or less
Bonus: Free Holiday Things to Do Worth the Drive

Free Christmas Lights Driving Routes

Go see some awesome lights for free! We took some of the very best decorated homes in the Columbia area and put them together into Epic Columbia Christmas Light Driving Routes. Our 2023 lists are coming soon!

Free Holiday Events Near Columbia

Carols Along the Riverwalk

December 1, 2023, 6 pm to 8 pm
201 North Avenue, Cayce (Cayce Riverwalk)

Live music, refreshments, and festive Christmas Caroling all along the Cayce Riverwalk! Local church choirs and musicians will be spread throughout the first half-mile. Parking will be available at Brooklyn-Cayce High School.

Christmas Carolighting Ceremony

December 1, 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Icehouse Amphitheater – 107 West Main Street, Lexington

Join the Town of Lexington at Icehouse Amphitheater to light the tree (6:30 pm), sing Christmas carols and take photos with Santa (4 pm – 8 pm)! Food will be available for purchase.

Icehouse Movie Night: The Grinch

December 1, 2023, 7:30 pm
Icehouse Amphitheater – 107 West Main Street, Lexington

An outdoor movie to watch The Grinch animated movie. Be sure to bring your own seating and blankets for this festive, family-friendly event.

Christmas Olde and New

December 2, 2023, 6 pm to 9 pm
Cayce Historical Museum

Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas at the Cayce Historical Museum’s “Christmas Olde and New”. Rooms of the museum will be decorated for Christmas along with live entertainment and refreshments. There will also be an outdoor Christmas market!

Snowball Festival Carnival and Movie

December 2, 2023, 1 pm – 5 pm
Icehouse Amphitheater – 107 West Main Street, Lexington

Enjoy the annual festival with face painting, letters to Santa, balloon art, and rides to enjoy. The carnival will also feature a showing of the movie, Santa Clause, at 5:30 pm. 

Pictures with Santa and His Friends (Elsa & The Grinch)
December 2, 2023, 4 pm – 7 pm
1330 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce 29033

Free fun for the whole family plus a coloring station, hot chocolate and cookies while you wait. Bring your camera and be ready to capture all the smiles!

Lexington County Museum Christmas Open House

December 10, 2023, 1 pm to 4 pm

Experience historic Christmas decor, with period decorations and demonstrations. There will be light refreshments that are historically accurate to the 19th century, such as hot cider and gingerbread. There will be blacksmithing on-site, cooking demonstrations, and more!

Family Storytime: Warm and Cozy

December 14, 2023, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Richland Library Sandhills

Share winter-inspired stories, songs, and treats!

COLab, Carols, and Cocoa

December 15, 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Richland Library Main

Sing familiar holiday carols, enjoy tasty, festive treats, and more! This event is for families and children of all ages.

Movie Matinee- How the Grinch Stole Christmas

December 19, 2023, 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Richland Library North Main

Enjoy a screening of the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Crafternoon: Ornament Workshop

December 21, 2023, 4 pm – 5 pm
Richland Library St. Andrews

Kids and adults of all ages can get in the holiday spirit by making ornaments! All materials will be supplied.

Storytime Songs by the Campfire

Christmas parade with Santa in Columbia, SC

Holiday Parades Near Columbia

Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

December 2, 2023, @ 9:45 am
Downtown Columbia

Head downtown for the 70th annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade to enjoy the state-broadcasted parade! There will be marching bands, local churches, drill teams, and decorated floats before Santa Claus comes to town! The parade will start at the intersection of Sumter Street and Laurel Street and will head toward the USC Horseshoe and Senate Street.

Town of Lexington Christmas Parade

December 3, 2023, @ 3 pm
Main Street, Lexington 

The Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees will host the annual Christmas Parade, featuring floats and more. The parade will begin promptly at 3 pm. 

Holiday Parade of Lights

December 9, 2023, @ 5:30 pm
Cayce, SC

This wildly popular parade features ANYTHING, as long as it’s covered in lights! The parade starts at 5:30 sharp at the front of the Cayce Municipal Complex and will travel down 12th Street until ending at Highway 1 and 12th Street in West Columbia. Crowds are large, so arrive early and plan ahead!

Christmas Parade – Town of South Congaree

December 9, 2023, @ 10 am
669 Main Street, West Columbia

Enjoy the family-friendly holiday parade with lots of sights and sounds for children to enjoy!

Christmas Parade – Blythewood

December 10, 2023, 2 pm – 4 pm
Main Street, Blythewood

The parade will start at the EMS Station on Main Street, travel along Blythewood Road, Langford Road, and end at Doko Meadows Park. Be sure to arrive early!

Tree Lighting and Caroling Near Columbia

Blythewood Christmas Tree Lighting

November 27, 2023, 5 pm
Blythewood Town Hall

Join the town of Blythewood for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. There will be food, lots of fun, and the opportunity to meet Santa!

Carolighting Ceremony

December 1, 2023, @ 6:30 pm
107 West Main Street, Lexington

Enjoy a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, listen to Christmas carols, and get your photo with Santa at the annual Carolighting Ceremony at Icehouse Amphitheater. 

Town of Pine Ridge Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2023, @ 4 pm – 7 pm

The Christmas parade will begin at 4 pm with a tree lighting ceremony held at Town Hall to follow.

Visit with Santa in Columbia, SC

Cheap Holiday Things to do for $5 or less

Coffee Shop Hot Cocoa and Festive Treats

Visit one of our favorite coffee shops in Columbia for a cup of hot cocoa or maybe a peppermint mocha. Much cheaper than going out for a meal, but still loaded with all the holiday cheer.

$5 Holiday Classics at Regal

Select Saturdays and Sundays from November 26th through December 23th, 2023
All Regal Cinema Locations

Enjoy these classic holiday films at your local Regal Cinemas for only $5!
November 26, 2023- Elf
December 2nd, 2023- Polar Express
December 3rd, 2023- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 10th, 2023- How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sleigh Bell Stroll

November 21, 2023, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Saluda Shoals Park East
6071 St Andrews Road, Columbia

For $5 per person, you can explore the park on a 2-mile nighttime walk as it is decorated in festive light displays along the river. Children 2 and under are free.

Totally Free Christmas Activities Worth the Drive

Day trips are sweeter when they are filled with free things to do. If the free Christmas events and things to do we already listed aren’t enough for you, try one of these awesome, and totally free, holiday events within just an hour or two of Columbia.

After Christmas! Winter Break and New Year’s

The fun continues with many free and low-cost options in Columbia!

Time to celebrate the start of 2023! We have lots of ideas to help you celebrate and stay busy. Some of them are totally free!

Winter break in Columbia, SC

Stay Busy! Columbia’s
Winter Break Bucket List

Don’t be bored over winter break! This bucket list has 20 ways to have fun over winter break in Columbia, SC and some of them are totally free, too!

Thrive With These Resources and Services in Columbia, SC

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If you are looking for resources and services in Columbia, SC to help your family flourish, then we can help! Our growing collection of reader-recommended services, family-minded resources, and researched listings in convenient guides to the Columbia, South Carolina area will help make your life easier.

Resources and services in Columbia, South Carolina for families

Services and Resources for Columbia, SC Families

These researched and reader-recommended services and resources are great for the Columbia area family! Life can be hectic, especially with growing kids and careers. As we continue to add to our list, feel free to recommend your favorite places and services you utilize regularly that help make your life more manageable.

Mighty Kidz Services

Mighty Kidz, a Columbia, SC area therapy clinic, works with neurodiverse children to help them flourish.

Enchanted Closet, children's clothing Columbia SC

Enchanted Closet has adorable kid’s clothes, profile silhouette art, and pastel portrait sessions for kids.

Shop for kids in Columbia, SC: Locally-owned children's shops

These locally owned children’s stores can help you find cute clothes for your kids.

Tootisies in Columbia, SC is a wonderful place to find shoes for kids, especially since they specialize in fitting kids for their first pair of shoes!

Southern Children in Columbia, SC is where you can find traditional and classic clothes and shoes for your kids.

Things to do at Richland County Libraries in Columbia, SC

The Richland County Libary System has tons of FREE resources, programs, books, and more!

Back to school free supplies in Columbia, SC

Don’t stress about going back to school! Find free school supplies at these local drives.

The best places to get school uniforms for your kids.

These retailers have school uniforms that your kid may need this school year.

These local consignment stores will save you money on everyday items.

These local farmer’s markets are where you can find fresh produce and homemade goods.

Stuck on what to do? Here are 50+ Things to Do in Columbia, SC.

These museums and other organizations in Columbia, SC accept EBT and SNAP discounts.

Get a free car seat safety check at one of these locations in Columbia, SC.

Restaurants with family meals to go in Columbia, SC

These family meal deals from Columbia restaurants will save you some money.

Where to Eat Out With Kids in Columbia, SC

Eating out with kids is easier at these Columbia area restaurants.

Kids Eat Free in Columbia, SC

Kids eat free (or cheap) at these restaurants near Columbia, SC.

Guides and Listings for Columbia Families: Find The Information You Need, in One Place!

These guides offer valuable information for whatever your family may need. With information about Columbia, South Carolina organizations and businesses, including their contact information, addresses, and the locations they service, you won’t have to look far to find what you need.

Birthday party: Columbia SC

Plan an amazing party with our KA Ultimate Birthday Party Guide near Columbia, SC.

Columbia, SC Summer Camps

Summer is a blast with our Columbia, SC Premier Guide to Summer Camps.

Preschools and Daycare in Columbia, SC

Find a wonderful Preschool and Day Care Facility in Columbia, SC with our handy guide.

Kidding Around's guide to private schools in Columbia, South Carolina

Our KA Guide to Private Schools Near Columbia, SC.

Things to do with babies in Columbia, SC

Have a blast while learning with this Things to Do With Babies near Columbia, SC!

Find a photographer for any occasion with our KA Photographer Guide.

Never be bored with our guide to 30+ Indoor Things to Do in Columbia, SC!

There are so many FREE Things to Do in Columbia, SC that your family will enjoy.

Sweeten Your Holiday With Pie: Bakeries in Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for holiday pies in Columbia, SC? Whether you need a delicious dessert for your holiday gathering, or just want a scrumptious slice as a special treat for yourself, you can find the perfect pie at these local bakeries.

Where to get holiday pies in Columbia, SC

Many of the bakeries below sell pie throughout the year but take special preorders for holidays and special events. Reach out to them through their contact information before heading to their shop to ensure they have the pie you need!

Bakeries That Sell Pie Near Columbia, SC

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

930 Gervais Street, Columbia | 803.550.9979
If you are looking to purchase a whole pie or by the slice, then the pie selection at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe is just what you need. Whole pies start at $32 each, and there are currently several options on the menu. You can order classic pies like apple, cherry, and coconut cream in addition to more decadent options like chocolate mousse and tollhouse pie. If you are in need of a holiday pie, bourbon pecan may be the perfect fit. You can preorder for pick up, or head into the shop for a slice of your favorite pie for $6.50. Preorders require a 48-hour notice.

Tiffany’s Sweets, Eats, & Meeting Place

9704 Two Notch Road, Columbia | 803.736.2253
If you have a preference for the pie you want, Tiffany’s Sweets, Eats, and Meeting Place can make it! They pride themselves on creating their pies with original recipes. A few of the options that Tiffany’s has are apple, boysenberry, key lime, and pecan. They even offer quiches, so you can experience the savory side of the pie world while complimenting your holiday meal!

Always Original Bakery

501 Meeting Street, Columbia | 803.977.0034
The menu at Always Original Bakery is constantly changing, but consistently offers pies! They can create anything that you need, including gluten-free, eggless, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and sugar-free options upon request. It is best to contact them ahead of time if you are looking for a specific type of pie or need it for a special occasion.

Main Street Bakery & Gift Shop

3307 North Main Street, Columbia | 803.563.5009
This small, family-owned bakery sells lots of delicious treats, including pie! Main Street Bakery currently has three pie choices listed on its website, including coconut pie, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie. The pecan pie is the only pie listed as a whole pie order through their online ordering system, but I am sure with enough time ahead they can make full custom pies from what they offer. The deadline to order pies for Thanksgiving 2023 is November 11 so get your orders in ASAP!

Silver Spoon Bake Shop

2507 Devine Street, Columbia | 803.673.6374
Silver Spoon offers tons of baked goods that are sure to make your holidays extra sweet. Thanksgiving preorders will begin on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at 2 pm and pickup is November 21st, 2023 from 2 pm – 6 pm.

McCutchen House Dining

902 Sumter Street, Columbia | Purchase a pie
Every November, The University of South Carolina’s School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Department annually hosts Pie Day. Students perfectly bake hundreds of McCutchen House Chocolate Walnut Pies or Tomato Pie Kits to sell to the public for their holiday feasts. For 2023, pies can be picked up on Friday, November 17th, Monday, November 20th, or Tuesday, November 21st in the parking lot of McCutchen House. The pies have to be preordered through a form, and you must bring your receipt to pick them up. All pies are handmade, and can even be frozen if you want to buy multiple ones to enjoy later. Prices are $13 to $15 per pie

Bonus: Thanksgiving Cakes from Kalleigh’s Kakery

Columbia, SC
Kalleigh’s Kakery is a locally-owned bakery that offers pies for the holidays. Be sure to get your orders in quickly to reserve your sweet treats. There are several pie flavors and other desserts to choose from!

Celebrate Thanksgiving, Columbia, SC

Here’s where you can find Thanksgiving Restaurants in Columbia, plus places to pick up some sides or dishes to add to your holiday table.

What else do you need to celebrate the holidays in Columbia?

Check out our Ultimate Holiday Guide to Columbia, SC to find everything you need for a wonder-filled holiday season with your family!

Do you know of an excellent pie baker in Columbia? Let us know in the comments!

Get Festive! Fall Festivals in Columbia, SC

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Are you ready for fall festivals in Columbia, SC? State fairs, farm days, Halloween celebrations, and pumpkin spice everything added to a backdrop of color-changing leaves make the season so special. These events are a wonderful way to mingle with the community while making memories with your family. Check out our list of fall festivals near Columbia that celebrate all the wonderful things the season has to offer! 

South Carolina State Fair Rides

Information about individual events is subject to change. Please check the festival’s website or social media page for updates regarding ticket pricing, rescheduling due to weather, changes to scheduled events, and more.

Fall activities in Columbia, SC

Love fall?

We have a huge fall guide. Don’t miss all the amazing fall activities near Columbia!

Fall Festivals In and Near Columbia, SC 

Fall Arts and Crafts Market

September 16th – 17th, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Sunday
State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, Columbia SC
Features art, food trucks, woodworking, lawn & garden, clothing boutiques, crafts, and so much more
Free parking and admission

Irmo Okra Strutt 

September 29th and 30th, 2023
Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Dr. Irmo, South Carolina 29063.
Live music, Saturday morning parade, crafts, art, amusement rides, and lots of food! 
Free admission

Harvest Festival

September 30th, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm
The Farm, 1127 Corley Mill Road, Lexington SC
Family-friendly fall fun on a local farm with tons of games and activities
Tickets available now for $25, limited availability

Fall Fido Festival 2023

October 1st, 2023 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin SC
Grab your furry friends and have some family fun with games, vendors, food trucks, adoptions, raffles, and much more
$5, however pets and children under 12 are free

Midland Plant and Flower Festival 

October 6th – October 8th, 2023, from 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, SC
Festival and sale of plants and flowers for Fall and in preparation for other seasons. 

Big Red Barn Retreat 2023

Saturday, October 7th, 2023, beginning at 5 pm
Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia SC
Fun fall concert with country music singers Chris Janson and Brooks Herring
Tickets on sale now, prices vary

Cayce Fall Festival

Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th Street, Cayce SC
Featuring live music, food, drinks, a children’s area, and more.
Free admission

Rosewood Art and Music Festival

Saturday, October 7th, 2023, from 11 am to 6 pm
901 S Holly St, Columbia, SC 29205
Celebration of art, music, and southern culture through family-friendly activities. 
Free admission

SC State Fair Midway

South Carolina State Fair

October 11th – October 22nd, 2023
1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201
Major attractions, carnival rides, food, entertainment, animals, crafts, art, stage shows, and much more!
Ticket sales begin September 12th online – Early bird ticket pricing is $10; Prices during the fair are $20 for ages 6 – 54 and $15 for 55+.

South Carolina State Fair

Here’s everything you need to know about the SC State Fair from a local mom.

Oktoberfest Columbia

October 20th – October 22nd, 2023, from 11 am to 10 pm
Incarnation Lutheran Church, ​3005 Devine Street, Columbia
Celebration of German culture with authentic food, drinks, dancing, and more. 
There will be a kid’s area with face painting, balloon art, a playground, and activities. 
Free admission

Fall Festival of Columbia

October 21st, 2023, from 2 pm to 8 pm
Columbus Meeting Hall, 1623 Marion Street, Columbia SC
6th annual fall fest including crafts, vendors, food, music, and more

Boo at the Zoo 

October 20th – October 30th , 2023
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC
Trick or Treat through the Riverbank Zoo! 
See our Mom Review of Boo at the Zoo

Trick or Treating at Boo at the Zoo Riverbanks Zoo

Eudora Wildlife Safari Park Fall Festival

Dates TBA
Eudora Wildlife Safari Park, 219 Salem Lane, Salley SC
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, fall activities, kids games, Parakeet adventure, pony rides, petting zoo, and paintball shooting.
Admission is an additional $26 per car of 6 guests to the original $36 per car fee for Drive Thru Safari
Check out our review of Eudora Farms

Harvest Festival

Dates TBA
Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, West Columbia, SC
Featuring Trunk or Treat, food, hay rides, and more.
Free admission

Blythewood Oktoberfest

Dates TBA
Doko Meadows Park, 100 Alvina Hagood Circle, Blythewood SC
An all-day family-friendly event complete with food and beverages, children’s games, yodeling contest, keg toss, 5K, and so much more
Free admission

Do you have a favorite fall festival in Columbia, SC that you just can not miss? Let us know in the comments!

Bluey is Coming to you Live at the Koger Center in Columbia, SC

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Bluey is coming to Columbia, SC! Bluey, the wildly popular, Emmy award-winning cartoon featuring the loveable Aussie family of Heelers, will be coming to the Koger Center on May 9th and 10th, 2023. And get ready, because tickets go on sale on now!

If you have Bluey-obsessed kids like we do, then attending the theatrical adaptation of “Bluey’s Big Play” will probably become a core memory of their childhood. The production is to feature crafted puppets of the Heeler family and is sure to explore many of the silly and wisdom-loaded themes the Bluey series regularly delves into.

Bluey toy set: The Heeler family

Pick Your Pumpkin Off the Vine at Nix Pumpkin Patch in Hendersonville, NC

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Looking forward to picking a pumpkin at The Nix Pumpkin Patch in Hendersonville, NC? This u-pick pumpkin patch allows you to cut the pumpkin right off the vine. We visited The Nix Pumpkin Patch and had so much fun searching for the perfect pumpkin, visiting their market, drinking apple cider, and making a lot of memories! 

The Pumpkin Patch is open from September 9th, 2023 until late November.

Nix Pumpkin Patch sign

The Nix Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned and operated pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Situated amongst a plethora of orchards and farms, you’ll find one of the only u-pick patches in the Hendersonville area. There is just something about cutting your pumpkin right off that vine that makes it so much better!