701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART GREAT GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St. $5 all-you-can-carry bags, 11:45 a.m. Saturday. (803) 319-9949; preview selected items at http://www.701cca.org/event/701-ccas-great-garage-sale
MARCH FOR BABIES: Opening program, 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive; walk starts at 9 a.m. You may choose the three- or six-mile walk; followed by food and family-fun activities. Top fundraisers for the March of Dimes event will be recognized. http://www.marchofdimes.com/southcarolina
PASS-ALONG PLANT SWAP: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Rosewood Market, 2803 Rosewood Drive. Annuals, perennials, veggies, vines, ground covers, bulbs, herbs, shrubs and trees are welcome. Come early for breakfast 8-11 a.m. (803) 256-6410; email firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTISTA VISTA: Saturday events include daytime gallery tours; the Mayor’s Famously Hot Bike Ride through the Vista Greenway, 10:30 a.m.; registration for the 3-mile, family-friendly ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Seibels House. City Art, 1224 Lincoln St., will sponsor gallery talks with artists at noon; Historic Columbia Foundation Mini Vista History Tours, noon-4 p.m., meet at the corner of Lincoln and Lady streets; Install It 3, 1:30 p.m. installation artworks in the Vista Greenway tunnel, Lincoln and Lady streets; The Gallery at DuPre, 807 Gervais St., artist talks, 2:45 p.m.; Lewis + Clark Kaiserslautern installation, 4 p.m. at 1221 Lincoln St.; OneColumbia art finale, local theatres will present their fall season plans, 6-7 pm. at the Art Bar, 1211 Park St. http://www.artistavista.com
FOLKFABULOUS: USC’s McKissick Museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards with a folk heritage festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Horseshoe. Music, dance and storytelling performances; craft demonstrations; hands-on folk art-making activities; and samples of traditional South Carolina foodways. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Lexington Medical Center.
CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ CHALLENGE, CAR AND BIKE SHOW: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive. $20 registration for all — BBQ, car, bike. $5 wristbands for BBQ samplings and voting for the chief ’cue cook and the top-ranked rides. Vendor tables, $250. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Police Department Foundation for the purchase of ballistic vest carriers. (803) 429-3889 or email email@example.com
POTTERY SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Douglass-Reed House on the campus of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. http://www.fineartscenter.org
CAMDEN KITCHEN TOUR: 10 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Douglass-Reed House, 810 Lyttleton St. Fundraiser for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County will include seven stops and nine kitchens; tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. http://www.fineartscenter.org
BOOK SIGNING: Sandra Elaine Thomas will be signing copies of her first children’s book, “Grandma’s Here,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Artisans of Blaney, 2512 Main St., Elgin. A free “Grandma’s” red velvet cake will be given away.
COOKOUT FOR KIDS: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave. Barbecue fundraiser sponsored by the Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association. Live music by Main Street Connection, the Palmetto A’s vintage Model A Fords, Red Hat Honeys bake sale. Chicken or pork barbecue plates, $10; whole, cooked Boston butts, $30. Walk-up orders welcome while supplies last, pre-orders are preferred. For more information and to pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOWER RICHLAND SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Hopkins Adult Activity Center, 150 Hopkins Park Road. Event kicks off with an 11 a.m. parade; followed by an arts and craft show, sweet potato pie contest, praise dancers, rolling video games, step teams, health fair and carnival rides. Live entertainment will feature Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites, Crystal River, TDK Mime Ministry, Adam Crabb, The Redeemers and James Brown impersonators Swampman and Woodrow Portee. Free admission; funded by a Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant. (803) 776-2778
HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Tour begins at The Oxford at Hunters Run (Blythewood); featured communities include Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake. Free plan books at http://www.columbiabuilders.com
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Maxcy Gregg Park, 1806 Blossom St. Visual arts, arts and craft vendors and performing artists. Information at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, (803) 545-3100
RIVERWALK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 2-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Meeting Street and Alexander Road. Free admission and parking; vendors on location, so no coolers, please. Lineup includes Buck Stanley, 2-3 pm.; Loose Change, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Rob Crosby, 5-6:30 p.m.; Lee Roy Parnell, 7-9 p.m. Also at the Riverwalk, Wine on the River, a wine and food tasting fundraiser for the West Columbia Beautification Foundation, will be 5-8 p.m. Advance tickets, $25; $30 at the door. http://www.riverwalkmusic.com
“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at On Stage Performance Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Tickets are $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. (877) 238-5596; http://www.onstagesc.com
EDSTRAVAGANZA 2013: 7 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Adults can experience the power of play with music, tinkering stations, special performances, food, art and friends; $75. Proceeds will benefit EdVenture’s educational outreach and accessibility programs. (803) 400-1162
SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18; late show is half-price. (803) 777-2551
ARTS AT SHANDON: Gospel fest featuring the Capitol City Chorale and Palmetto Voices, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free, a reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; http://www.shandonpres.org
PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Guests will be the Dick Goodwin Big Band. Tickets are $20; available at http://www.palmettomastersingers.org or at the door.
MOONLIGHT CREATURES: 8 p.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a walk on the wild side during this special evening program. Free, reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong
HEN PARTY: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Standup comedy with Leanne Morgan and Karen Mills, two members of the original Southern Fried Chicks comedy tour. $22; VIP, $25; groups, $20. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com
“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 p.m. Saturday at 520 Lady St. Side Door Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org
HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES: 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Tour begins at The Oxford at Hunters Run (Blythewood); featured communities include Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake. Free plan books at http://www.columbiabuilders.com
“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at On Stage Performance Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Tickets are $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. (877) 238-5596; http://www.onstagesc.com
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Concertos and Cupcakes, concert and reception, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. (803) 808-0809; http://www.lmso.org
HOLES FOR HOPE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday at Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. 9 a.m. shotgun start, four-player teams, Captain’s Choice. $85; teams, $340. Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls, prizes and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m., mulligans, $5 each. Sponsored by CMH Services and Columbia Industrial Products, proceeds will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank’s mission to feed the hungry across 20 South Carolina counties. Register at http://www.harvesthope.org
AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Meet with City Councilman Cameron Runyan, 5-8 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
“MURDERED BY THE MOB”: Interactive dinner theatre production by the Southeastern Theatrical Arts Bandits (S.T.A.B.), 6 p.m. Tuesday at Travinia Italian Kitchen, 101 Sparkleberry Crossing. $40; $37 for BCBS employees and families — includes three-course meal. Call (803) 419-9313 for reservations
AHSEF HALL OF FAME AND DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI GALA: Tuesday at Brookland Baptist Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Social hour and silent auction, 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40; couples, $75; table of four, $200; corporate table of eight, $350. Proceeds will help fund student scholarships and teacher grants at Airport High School. (803) 461-8714 or email email@example.com
CONGAREE NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the USC Band and Dance building, 324 Sumter St. (803) 783-6664
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEGINNER’S SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $20 per month. (803) 740-1344; http://www.yellowrockhall.com
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The topic will be “Columbia’s First Schools.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email email@example.com
SAVVY SENIORS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Free event will feature tips on living healthier and more fulfilling lives with a cooking demo class, exercise classes, touring and excursion opportunities and volunteering. Information on Richland County departments such as solid waste, CASA, probate court, animal care and public works.
MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Main and Hampton streets. Outdoor dining and jazz (weather permitting) at the Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza. Presented by City Center Partnership.
RHYTHM AND BLOOMS, MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN: John Wesley Satterfield, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. New this year, guests will have an opportunity to visit with and watch local artists dig into their work. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. $5; members, free with valid membership card and picture ID. http://www.riverbanks.org
FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: The Rival Brothers and the Casual Kings, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children. http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com
“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. May 4; 2 p.m. May 5 at On Stage Performance Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Tickets are $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. (877) 238-5596; http://www.onstagesc.com
“WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME! — LIVE”: Simulcast of the NPR news quiz show, 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place; $22. Tickets available at the theater and online at http://www.fathomevents.com.
TASTE BUDS — GREEN EGGS AND HAM: 4-5 p.m. Friday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Ages 6-12 will learn how to get the day off to a healthy start with some of their favorite breakfast foods. $17; members, $12 — includes snack and decorated chef’s hat. Registration deadline is Thursday. The permanent addition to the museum offers hands-on classes on cooking up a healthy lifestyle under the guidance of a real chef. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through May 17 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Concert featuring The Boomers (soft rock and pop) will begin at 7 p.m. http://www.villageatsandhill.com
PIANIST MARINA LOMAZOV IN CONCERT: 8:15 p.m. Friday in Meeting Room A, second floor, Courtyard by Marriott, 630 Assembly St. Sponsored by Steinway & Sons and Rice Music House in conjunction with the S.C. Federation of Music Clubs convention. Advance tickets are $12; students, $8; $15/$10 at the door.
BICYCLE SKILLS CLINIC AND FAMILY GROUP RIDE: 9-11 a.m. May 4 at Finlay Park (enter on Taylor Street). Riding safety and obstacle course followed by a family ride through the Vista Greenway. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate.
IRMO FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays monthly at Irmo Town Park on Carlisle Street. Yoga for children and an outdoor exercise class for families. (803) 315-4648; email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
COINS, CURRENCY AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at the American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. Sponsored by the Midlands Coin Club; admission is free. (803) 781-0065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and noon-5 p.m. May 5 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Free admission to Bank of America cardholders; regular admission for additional guests. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org
NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 18 (except April 27) at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Walk with a park volunteer to look and listen for animals in the forest. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong
NATIONAL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 4 at Scratch n’ Spin, 513 12th St., West Columbia. Sponsored by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Image Comics, the event will also include a 25 percent off sale on back issues, used music, movies and video games. Bagged and boarded back issues, 10 percent off. (803) 794-8888; http://www.freecomicbookday.com
THE BLACK COWBOY “MAN OR MYTH” AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. May 4 at Greenfield Farm, 4585 Spencer Road, Rembert. Horsemanship competitions including walking horse, trail pleasure, saddlebred walk/trot, barrel racing, pole bending and ranch sorting. Musical entertainment will feature gospel groups, jazz, blues, African drum and dance. Food and artifact vendors, petting zoo, hayrides, games and DJ CDM at 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Lawn chairs welcome, no tailgating in the general public area. $15; age 12 and younger, $5; age 4 and younger, free. Group rates available. The event will close out with a gospel inspiration and brunch at 10:30 a.m. May 5; $5 donation. (803) 499-9658; http://www.blackcowboyfestival.net
BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 4-18 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger for a 2.4 mile, dog-friendly hike to learn how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana. Free; limited to 10 participants; reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong
RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Donald Merckle & the Blacksmiths with Jackaroe, 6-9 p.m. May 4 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. Sponsored by PCT Services. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com
DIVAS, DIVOS & DRINKS: 7 p.m. May 4 in the Palmetto Ballroom at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland St. Columbia Choral Society gala will feature silent auction and performance by opera quartet Artisti Affamati. $30; couples, $50. Proceeds will help support the CCS, the Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship Program and efforts to encourage young vocalists in the community. (803) 212-5170; http://www.columbiachoralsociety.org
MOONLIGHT CREATURES: 8 p.m. May 4 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a walk on the wild side during this special evening program. Free, reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 and 1-4 p.m. May 5 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Family fiesta will feature folk songs and tunes by the USC Suzuki Strings children’s performing group, games, crafts, food. Free with museum admission or membership. http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
WESTON LAKE WILDERNESS HIKE: 1:30 p.m. May 5 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a 4.5 mile trek into Congaree’s Wilderness with a park ranger. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong
LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM SPRING OPEN HOUSE: 2-5 p.m. May 5 at 231 Fox St., Lexington. Tour the John Fox House, the Laurence Corley Log House, the Oak Grove Schoolhouse, new additions and restorations. Scavenger hunt, quill pen writing session and 19th century games for the children. Free, refreshments will be served. (803) 359-8369; http://www.lex-co.com/museum
DOUG AND BUNNY WILLIAMS: 3 p.m. May 5 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Guests include Richard Smith, Peter Barton and Katie Leitner, Cory Hunt, Jim Graddick, Bob Strickland, Rick Calhoun and Tony Graham. Tickets are $15; group rate, $10; dinner option, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com
CIVIL RIGHTS REMEMBRANCE DAY: 5-7 p.m. May 5 at Robert E. Howard Middle School, 1255 Belleville Road, Orangeburg. Free and open to the public. Email email@example.com for more information.
PATRONS/FRIENDS OF THE ARTS AT EBENEZER: “Simple Gifts: An Evening of American Music,” 6 p.m. May 5 in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church parish hall, corner of Sumter and Calhoun streets. Performances by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet (Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring”), soprano Serena Hill LaRoche (Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”) and the Ebenezer Festival Choir, directed by Thomas J. White. A reception will follow. (843) 303-1005; email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME SCHOOL DRAWING AND PAINTING: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, May 6-June 10, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For age 10 and older. $80; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 545-3093; or email email@example.com
ADVANCED POTTERY THROWING: 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7-June 11, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For ages 11-17. $80; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 545-3093; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME SCHOOL ART: 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, May 8-June 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For ages 5-9. $50; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 545-3093; or email email@example.com
HOME SCHOOL POTTERY: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8-June 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For age 10 and older. $80; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 545-3093; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Meet with City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, 3-6 p.m. May 8 at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Weaving the Fate, 6:30-10 p.m. May 9 at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children. http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com