This Week’s Fun! Sept 21 – Sept 27, 2022

Who wants boring emails? Not me! So when I send you an email, it’s got good fun stuff in it that will enhance your lifestyle and possibly lead to fame and riches! We’ll email you the entire list on Tuesday morning (weekday and weekend events) and then on Friday morning, you’ll get an email with the weekend events, updated with new stuff! Free. Sign yourself up here.

Farm of the Week – 

Denver Downs Farm

The Fall Festival is a huge gathering of friends and families each autumn. In 2022, the Fall Festival runs from September 24 through November 13. Both their corn maze and pumpkin patch are among the largest in the Southeastern U.S. You’ll find live music every day of the Fall Festival. There are lots of friendly farm animals to interact with and on Friday and Saturday nights, crackly bonfires to enjoy! They have over 30 fun family activities for everyone to enjoy no matter their age! More here.

Tombo Grille

Casual or formal. Inside or out. Families, friends or two by candlelight. Tombo Grille is a warm, inviting place in a quiet corner of Forest Acres. It’s just right for any occasion. Click here for reservations, or visit their website for menus here. 

Congaree Swampfest

Friday September 30 – Saturday Oct 1

Swampfest is back for another year of great entertainment, food, music and fun! Friday night’s BBQ Blues and Soul Concert features R&B recording artist Tony Terry, American Idol finalist Paris Bennett and legendary Chairmen of the Board! With special guests The Blues Deluxe Band. Saturday is Family Fun Day with fun for everyone – even your little ones! Details here.

Fall Family Farm Day at Old McCaskill Farm

Saturday Oct 1

Head to Old McCaskill’s Farm in Rembert (very close to Camden) for a family day of fun! Take a hay ride, play games, visit the pumpkin patch, watch working saw and grist mills in action, see a blacksmith work his magic on metal, enjoy live music, farm fresh concessions and more. Just $5 per person, kiddos 2 and under free! Details hereOr on Facebook.  Purchase tickets here.

Concert in the Gardens

Thursday Sept 22

Location: Seibels House garden, Columbia. Performers from the South Carolina Philharmonic and Columbia Repertory Dance Company will join Historic Columbia to present a beautiful concert of light classics in the Garden at Seibels House. $20. OMG we now have a repertory dance company?!!? Sounds snazzy. Tickets.

The Hitmen

Thursday Sept 22

Location: Icehouse Amphitheater, Lexington. FREE. The Hitmen play everything from Rihanna, Robin Thicke, & Bruno Mars & other current hits to classic top 40. They’ll also knock off your husband’s girlfriend for the correct inducement. Did I say “knock off”? Faux pas. “Knock up” I meant to say. Did I say “knock up”? I meant to say “knock out”. Of course. They’ll knock everybody out – quite a band. More here.

Food Truck Fridays

Friday Sept 23 

Location: REI Co-op parking lot, Bull St. Columbia.  Come Back Food Truck from 11am – 3pm. I am picturing me finally talking a few coins out of my dad and running after the Popsicle Man’s truck yelling “Come Back!” Sometimes he’d hear me. He’d keep on driving, but I know he heard me.

Oktoberfest at Steel Hands Brewing

Friday Sept 23

Location: Steel Hands Brewing, Cayce.  Authentic German music, contests and a delicious menu of Oktoberfest-themed delights + their new FESTBIER on tap! When they say “authentic” do they mean oompah authentic or 99 Luftballoons authentic? Details on Facebook.

Rock 4 Recovery

Friday Sept 23

Location: Icehouse Amphitheater, Lexington. Annual fundraiser for LRADAC. Revisiting Creedence is the only band in the world with the heritage, experience, and dedication to celebrate and honor the musical legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival both accurately and authentically. There’s a Batman on the risers. Tickets here.

Irmo Okra Strut

Friday and Saturday Sept 23 – 24 

Location: Irmo Community Park. From 6pm – 11pm Friday enjoy live music from the Root Doctors and Cowboy Mouth as well as amusement rides and food. From 9am – 10pm Saturday parade, Okra Eating Contest, entertainment all day, evening music from Outer Ego and Corey Smith. Here’s a fun fact: okra is known throughout the world (except in the USA) as “lady fingers”. If that were true in Irmo, they’d call it the Irmo Lady Fingers Festival. Then I would go and find out that there were no little sponge cakes involved, and I would be very disappointed. But then I would dance with the giant inflatable Lady Finger “Fred” and all would be well.  More here.

Kinky Boots

Friday Sept 23 – Saturday Oct 8

Location: 1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia. Workshop Theatre of SC presents this hilarious musical romp that garnered multiple Tony awards on Broadway. I had a pair of those once. Spike heels. Matched my whip. Tickets and info here.

Plant Swap

Saturday Sept 24

Location: Rosewood Community Orchard, Owens Field.Swap, donate and trade outdoor plants, seeds and house plants. That reminds me, did anyone go to the Kershaw County Chicken Swap last week? Tell me more! More on Facebook.

Made in Sumter Craft Day

Saturday Sept 24

Location: Sumter County Museum, Sumter. Their first “Made in Sumter Craft Fair” features local vendors with handmade crafts and merchandise, a CommUNITY Connect Space for non-profits, and local Food Trucks! This is an interesting museum – inside the house where the Williams-Brice couple (yes, that one) made their home. I learned that on a Daytripper Club day trip to Sumter. More on Facebook.

Oktoberfest at Columbia Craft

Saturday Sept 24

Location: Columbia Craft Brewing Co., Columbia. Festivities include a triple German-style beer release, The Wurst Wagen serving up German foods, games, and more! Wonder if they’ll play “ließ dich schauen”. Details.

Oktoberfest at Krafty Draft

Saturday Sept 24

Location: Krafty Draft Brew Pub, Lexington. Serving 4 of the authentic German Oktoberfest beers in Munich, as well as brats, schnitzels and beer cheese soup. What’s with all these Oktoberfests? It’s because there are so many of us from around here with German ancestors. Did you know that the Dutch Fork referred to an area between the Broad and Saluda Rivers where many German settlers settled in the 18th and 19th centuries? That’s settled. They drank a lot of beer. More on Facebook. 

Sankofa Festival

Saturday Sept 24

Location: Mimsy’s Restaurant, Village at Sandhill. A street festival like those in Ghana in West Africa, with a full day of entertainment. Foods, live music, traditional African dances, and learn more about African history and culture. That’s Swahili for “look back” ’cause I looked it up. More on Facebook.


Saturday Sept 24

Location: NOMA Warehouse, Columbia. Jas Gill from Greenville headlines and features Melanie Goldey (Savannah) & Shaine Laine (Charlotte)! Host/producer Allie Johns, with emcee Topher Riddle! Not only good – but good for you! “Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.”  More on Facebook.

Columbia Jazz

Saturday and Sunday Sept 24-25

Location: SC State Museum and Hampton-Preston Mansion grounds, Columbia. Celebrating local and national jazz stars alike. The music ranges from bluegrass, blues, fusion, swing to Cuban jazz! Gala happens on Sat. night, outdoor concerts on Sunday.  Did you know that “listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.”?  Tickets and details here. 

With all this good-for-you fun, why you still sittin’ on the couch?

National Alpaca Days

Saturday and Sunday Sept 24 – 25

Location: Carolina Pride Pastures, Pomaria. FREE. Live demonstrations, chats with the alpaca farmers to learn more about the furry friends, plenty of opportunities for alpaca/llama selfies, and outdoor family fun. Food trucks. I didn’t know that alpacas and llamas had phones. They’re way smarter than I was giving them credit. More here.

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