Busy month in the Midlands: April Bucket list

Columbia - The StateMarch 31, 2013 

  • April 2013 calendar

    April 4: Zeola Gaye Presents “My Brother Marvin,” Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

    April 4-7: Tartan Fest, Columbia Speedway and West Columbia Riverwalk, http://www.tartandaysouth.com

    April 6: An Evening with Bill Maher, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333

    April 6: Runaway Runway 2013, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

    April 6: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Midlands Farm Tour, www.carolinafarmstewards.org

    April 11-14: Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200

    April 11: Historic Columbia’s annual cemetery tours, second Thursday of the month through September

    April 12, 13: “Dreamgirls,” Broadway in Columbia, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333

    April 13-14: Columbia International Festival, State Fairgrounds, (803) 799-3387

    April 12-21: Indie Grits Festival, Nickelodeon Theatre, www.indiegrits.com

    April 13: River Rocks, Riverfront Park, (803) 960-3552

    April 13: Wildlife Baby Shower, Carolina Wildlife Care, 5551 Bush River Road, (803) 772-3994

    April 13: NashiCon 2013, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, (803) 545-0000

    April 15: Chefs on the Shoe fundraiser on the USC Horseshoe

    April 17: Carrie Underwood, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200

    April 18: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, (803) 545-0000

    April 18-21: Midlands Plant and Flower Show, State Farmers Market, (803) 734-2110

    April 19: Cultural Council’s Color the Arts, First Citizens Center, (803) 799-3115

    April 19: Wine Tasting, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, (803) 779-8717

    April 20: Bark to the Park, Finlay Park, (803) 465-9172

    April 20: SailFest Open House, Lake Murray Sailing Club, Chapin, (803) 345-0073, ext. 2

    April 20: Party for the Planet, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, (803) 779-8717

    April 21: The Big Nosh, Jewish Cultural and Food Festival, Tree of Life Congregation, (803) 787-2182

    April 21: Civil Rights bus tour of Columbia (register by April 12) civilrightsbybus.eventbrite.com

    April 21: $1 Sunday Admission, Historic Columbia Foundation Tours, (803) 252-1770

    April 21: David Sedaris, Broadway in Columbia, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333

    April 23, 24: Widespread Panic, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

    April 25: Walk@Lunch Day, downtown Columbia

    April 25-27: Artista Vista, Columbia Vista, (803) 269-269-5946

    April 26, 27: Sparkleberry Country Fair, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, (803)


    April 27: Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler, Findlay Park, (803) 256-5300

    April 27: Cedar Creek Classic, Cedar Ridge Farm, Blythewood, (803) 807-4144

    April 24-28: Cirque du Soleil: Quidam, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200

    April 27: Columbia Slow Art Day, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810

    April 27: Spring Arts Festival, Maxcy Gregg Park, (803) 545-3100

    April 27: USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, The Leatherneck, (803) 451-1197


    Through April 21: Impressionism from Monet to Matisse, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810


    April 6: South Carolina State House Tour, (803) 734-2430

    April 21: W. Gordon Belser Arboretum Open House, (803) 777-3934

Don’t let April fly by without checking out the myriad of events going on in the Midlands. To help you, we’ve compiled our own bucket list of “must-do” events.

See as many big names as possible

Bill Maher, April 6, Koger Center; The Masters, April 8-15, Augusta; USC Spring Football, April 13, Williams-Brice; Carrie Underwood, April 17, Colonial Life Arena; David Sedaris, April 21, Koger Center; Widespread Panic, April 23-24, Township;

Eat, drink and be merry

Midlands Farm Tour, April 6; Wine Tasting, April 19, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden; Slow Food Sustainable Chef’s Showcase at Indie Grits, April 14, 711 Whaley; Chefs on the Shoe fund-raiser, April 15, USC Horseshoe; the Big Nosh Jewish Cultural and Food Festival, April 21, Tree of Life Congregation;

Celebrate the great outdoors

River Rocks, April 13, Riverfront Park; Midlands Plant and Flower Show, April, 18-21, SC Farmers Market; Party for the Planet, April 20, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden; SailFest, April 20, Lake Murray Sailing Club; Cedar Creek Classic bird shoot to benefit Ben Lippen School, April 27, Cedar Ridge Farm

Spend more good times with the kids

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, April 11-14, Colonial Life Arena; Sparkleberry Country Fair, April 26-27, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center;

Get moving

Quarry Crusher, April 20, Olympia; Bark to the Park, April 20, Finlay Park; USMC Mud Run, April 27, Santee; Providence Heart & Sole Five Miler, April 27, Finlay Park

Increase arts and culture IQ

First Thursday on Main, April 4, Main Street; Dreamgirls, April 12-13, Koger Center; Indie Grits Festival, April 12-21, Nickelodeon; Columbia International Festival, April 13-14, State Fairgrounds; Nashicon, 2013, April 13, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; Color the Arts, April 19, First Citizens Center; Artista Vista, April 25-27, Columbia Vista; Spring Arts Festival, April 27, Maxcy Gregg Park; Columbia Slow Art Day, April 27, Columbia Museum of Art

Experience something a bit weird and wonderful

Runaway Runway recycled fashion show, April 6, Township; Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, April 18, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; Cirque do Soleil: Quidam, April 24-28, Colonial Life Arena

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