Things to do and see in Columbia, SC, Aug. 23-29

August 23, 2013 

Friday, August 23

The Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres presents “The Altos: Like the Sopranos, Only Lower!” beginning tonight at 6:45 p.m. at 3400 Forest Drive, Suite 2038 (above Barnes & Noble). Written by David Landau, this interactive musical mystery is a spoof on the famous HBO series. Future shows are 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 6, and 4:45 p.m. Sept. 1 and 8. Tickets can be purchased online at Prices are $27 for students, seniors and military, and $30 general admission. (803) 728-1678

Saturday, August 24

If you own a classic car, or if you’re just an enthusiast, don’t miss the Classic Car Cruise-In and Arts Show from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Owners of cars from 1989 and older are invited to enter. Participating cars must be parked by 10:30 a.m. Parking for attendees not entering a car in the show is available across the street at Crossroads Middle School. Entry into the show and admission are both free. Artwork from local artists will be on display inside the church. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Aug. 31. (803) 732-2273;

Wine on the River hosted by Lexington Medical Center is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk. Enjoy live music, wine and food from area restaurants such as Carolina Cafe, Cafe Strudel, Bogarts, Capital City Club, Catering by Dupre, Famously Frozen, 116 State, Alodia’s, Ms. B’s and Travinia’s. Tickets $25 in advance, $35 at event, proceeds to benefit cancer services at Lexington Medical Center. Purchase tickets online at or call (803) 791-2540

Main Street Latin Festival celebrates Latin and Caribbean music and food. Join the party 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Main Street. Admission is free. More information at

Celebrate African-American history at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s 35th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. Learn about Gullah quilting, broom-making, horsemanship, sweetgrass basket weaving and more. The festival and tours of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House are both free. Attendees can also tour the Mann-Simons Site ($1 admission) and take a bus tour of African-American heritage sites ($2 admission). (803) 252-1770, ext. 26;

Check out the Freeway Music Festival on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at the Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St. Admission to the all-day event is $5. Performing are Reggie Sullivan Band, Charming Hala, Postcard Fiction, Black Iron Gathering, Seawolf Mutiny, Prettier Than Matt, Tony Lee Group, Horrendous, Shades of Brown, the Charles Riley Duo, the Casual Kings and the Chris Andrews Trio. (803) 771-1558

Teams of all skill levels are invited to compete in the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s fourth annual Splash and Dash Adventure Race, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Three-person teams can compete in this challenge that combines mountain biking, trail running and paddling on the Saluda River. Divisions are co-ed, all male or all female, and all participants must be 18 or older. Teams must provide their own mountain bikes, running gear, water bottles, ice, food and first aid kits. Canoes, paddles, life jackets and race bibs will be provided. Matching shirts are encouraged. Cost is $100 per team. (803) 213-2055;

Families will have a blast at the fourth annual Summer Celebration of Water Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Festivities at the free event include kayaking, tubing, canoeing, water slides and more! (803) 576-2491;

Coveralooza at Jillian’s of Columbia, 6 p.m. Saturday. Featuring tribute bands of 311, Guns n Roses, Poison, Rage against the Machine, Motley Crue and Red Hot Chili Peppers. $9 advanced tickets; $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Jillian’s of Columbia or on E-Tix

Columbia’s if ART Gallery will mark its recent expansion with an Opening Weekend Celebration from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 1223 Lincoln St. Check out the added space and talk to gallery artists, all while enjoying food, drinks and music. (803) 238-2351

Bring your appetite to the Spring Valley Rotary Club Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at the Applebees in Northeast Columbia, 10102 Two Notch Road. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door. Breakfast will include pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee or sweet tea. Proceeds will benefit the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Hope, which provides assistance to the elderly and disabled.

Thursday, August 29

Grab a lawn chair and a cooler and go see singer/songwriter Patrick Davis in concert, along with his backing band, at the 2013 South Carolina season opener on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at The Gamecock Amphitheater in the Old Farmer’s Market (directly across from Williams Brice Stadium). The USC alumni is celebrating the upcoming release of “The Gamecock Album,” which will benefit the Gamecock Club. The concert is free and open to all ages.

Music lovers are invited to guest artist Pedro Rubio’s clarinet concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, room 206, 813 Assembly St. Admission is free. (803) 777-4280

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