Columbia is constantly growing. Lately, it seems like there are a million events every weekend. I remember when I used to think there was nothing to do in this city. Now, I don’t have enough time on my calendar to do it all. You can pretty much find a festival or celebration to enjoy at any time of the year. Festivals are great family fun outings on a nice day! No matter what area of the city you live in, you can most likely find a festival near you! Check out these upcoming festivals:
May 6, 2017
This festival takes place annually on a portion of Rosewood Drive that is blocked off. With your admission fee, you can enjoy live music and walk around looking at local arts and crafts. Plan to have lunch here as there are food trucks with a variety of cuisine as well as crawfish plates for purchase. Kids can enjoy the Li’l Crawdaddy Carnival with rides, games and inflatables (for an additional fee). There’s also a local church that usually has free lemonade and popcorn along with face painting and balloon animals.
May 7, 2017
The Big Nosh is an annual Jewish food & cultural Festival held at The Tree of Life Congregation in Forest Acres. Admission and on-site parking is free. Enjoy local music and hands on activities for adults and kids while trying a variety of traditional Jewish food. Shop for handcrafted baskets or learn about Jewish culture.
May 11-13, 2017
The South Carolina Poultry Festival takes place in Batesburg-Leesville. There are several activities throughout the three-day festival including an annual parade, road race, volleyball tournament, cooking contest, car show, rides and games. There are several food and craft vendors to enjoy along with three stages of entertainment. Saturday night, enjoy the fireworks display. Thursday and Friday night have one price ride all night options. On Friday, enjoy musical entertainment and a street dance. On Saturday, the parade begins at 10 a.m. with festival activities throughout the day.
May 20, 2017
Camp Discovery in Blythewood hosts this festival at Doko Meadows Park celebrating the butterfly, nature’s most beautiful pollinator. Enjoy activities such as a Caterpillar Petting Zoo, a storybook & character garden, music, crafts, food vendors, face painting, hikes and more! There is also a walk-in butterfly tent called “The Butterfly Experience” filled with live butterflies for visitors to feed and enjoy. The festival admission is free but entry to the live Butterfly experience is $8 per person. Children two and under are free. Proceeds from the festival benefit Camp Discover, a non-profit camp that provides hands-on learning experiences to grow the hearts and minds of youth and adults for the well-being of people, community and our planet.
July 4, 2017
Head to Gilbert Community Park on July 4 for the Lexington County Peach Festival. The festival starts at 9 a.m. with an antique car show and live entertainment followed by a peach parade. Enjoy the morning program at 11 a.m. at Gilbert Primary School with awards, guest speakers and more. The morning program is free and open to all festival guests. Then, enjoy lunch in the park and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Later in the evening, enjoy fireworks in the field behind the primary school. There is also a peach recipe and peach art contest during the festival.
August 5, 2107
The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival celebrates locally grown food, the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their menu, the markets that sell it and the people who eat it. This year’s festival is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Roots Urban Farm. There is a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, local food, tomato bobbing, a craft beer garden and a Tasty Tomato contest. Presented by Sustainable Midlands, the festival has farm tours, family fun and games.
September 2-4, 2017
Chapin will hold its 38th Annual Labor Day Festival and Parade the weekend of September 2-4, 2017. Over the weekend, you can run or walk a 5K at Crooked Creek Park to benefit Meals on Wheels or check out the Farmer’s Market on Clark Street. There will be concerts on Sunday night with celebrations continuing on Monday. The Labor Day Parade begins at 9:30 followed by a Class Car Show and Children’s Carnival. Enjoy more live music and check out the Chapin Public Library annual book sale.
September 14-17, 2017
The annual Greek festival is held at Sumter Street at Calhoun Street in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Here, you and your family can enjoy folk dancing and learning about Greek culture, buy some Greek food and enjoy a taste of Greece, and shop at various gift shops. There is no entrance fee into the festival and kids can usually enjoy a performance from the Columbia Marionette Theater in the courtyard at specified times.
October 7-8, 2017
The Congaree Bluegrass Festival is a 2 day event at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce presented by The City of Cayce and the Cayce Events Committee. This festival expanded to a two day event last year. Enjoy Bluegrass music, food, drinks, and crafts at the 10th annual festival. There will also be a free children’s area with bouncy houses, carnival rides and tractor rides around the historic track. There will be the always popular festival food, square dancers, cloggers and much more making it suitable for families of all ages. The Congaree Bluegrass Festival starts at 11:00am on Saturday October 7th gates open at 10am with admission only $10.00 for adults (free to Cayce residents) and children 12 and under are free. Sundays Gospel show will begin at 1:00pm gates open at 12pm and is free to all.
November 4, 2017
The Korean Community Presbyterian Church hosts this annual festival that started in 2005 with all proceeds being donated to local charities. Held outside the church on Richland Street, the purpose of the Korean Festival is to share, promote and raise the awareness of the beauty and diversity of Korean culture. The family can enjoy some Korean entertainment on a festival stage with different performances from k-pop to drum dances to taekwondo demonstrations. Festival attendees can also purchase tickets to enjoy various Korean foods served at festival tents.