When it comes to festivals, Columbia is #winning. On any given weekend, there are so many festivals of all kinds in and around town. Many of these are family friendly festivals too! Here are some upcoming family friendly festivals:
May 19, 2018
The Rotary Club of Forest Acres, the City of Forest Acres and sponsors invite you to the 2018 Forest Acres Festival. This festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AC Flora Athletic Field. The Forest Acres Festival is a fun-filled event geared towards families with children ages 10 and younger. This FREE festival is full of family fun with amusement rides, petting zoos and pony rides. There will also be face painting, games, arts and crafts and music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
July 4, 2018
The Gilbert Community Club hosts the 60th Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert South Carolina. The festival includes an antique car show, live entertainment, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, great food and fireworks!
September 1-3, 2018
Chapin will hold its 39th Annual Labor Day Festival and Parade the weekend of September 1-3, 2018. 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, a children’s play area, arts and crafts vendors and food concessions.
September 20-23, 2018
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.
September 29, 2018
This micro urban festival is a nonprofit, one day, FREE admission outdoor festival. Enjoy a day with visual arts and live music to celebrate southern arts and culture. The Festival’s mission is to create a balance of visual and performing arts from some of the best artists both homegrown and from around the country showing original works of art, with a price range to appeal to ever type of collector, from avid to newbie, while introducing new and exciting talent for art patrons to explore.
The Korean Community Presbyterian Church hosts this annual festival in late October or early November. The festival 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. 2018 date has not been posted yet, but follow their Facebook page for updates.