Friday, May 2
Celebrate the beginning of rose blooming season at the 43rd annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses, Friday-Sunday at Edisto Memorial Gardens on Highway 301 in Orangeburg. Activities include live music, a talent showcase, an arts and crafts exhibit, a Kid’s Area and more. A full schedule of events is available at www.festivalofroses.com.
Don’t miss the Palmetto Mastersingers accompanied by the Dick Goodwin Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. The concert will feature “A Tribute to Women” in memorable pop standards and choral selections. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at http://palmettomastersingers.org.
S.C. Shakespeare Company presents “Cymbeline,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 7-10 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Free. http://shakespearesc.org
If you have a green thumb, check out Columbia Green’s Garden Tours, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Get a rare look inside private gardens in the Heathwood/Trenholm Road area. Meet at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $20 for Columbia Green members (cost includes tea, exhibition and sale of garden-related crafts at Heathwood Park, 11:30-2:30 p.m. both days). http://columbiagreen.org
Explore the history of the Congaree Vista at Happy Hour History Tours, 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays in May. Historic Columbia guided tours meet in the Publix parking lot on Gervais Street. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for Historic Columbia members (includes cocktails at Saki Tumi and appetizers along the way). Reserve a spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://historiccolumbia.org.
“Shrek the Musical” runs Friday through May 24 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 8-10, 14-17 and 21-24, and 3 p.m. Sunday and May 18. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, and $15 for age 17 and younger. Sponsored by South Carolina BLUE and Lexington Medical Center. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com/shrek.html
Come hear R&B/dance band Finesse at Music at Sandhill presented by Grow Financial Credit Union, 7-9 p.m. Friday on Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Two Notch and Clemson roads. Children’s activities, including balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games, will begin at 6 p.m. www.villageatsandhill.com
Unwind after work at Arts and Draughts, 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Sample beers from The Whig, listen to live music, get creative with DIY art projects and more. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for museum members (join or renew your membership at the door and get in free). (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
Saturday, May 3
The Rosewood Crawfish Festival returns for its ninth year, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday on Rosewood Drive from S. Harden Street to S. Holly St. In addition to the festival’s Creole cuisine, attendees will enjoy a line-up of 17 bands, a Lil’ Crawdaddy Carnival for kids, an Artist Village and more. The headline act is Everclear. Tickets are $12 at the gate; children 12 and younger are free. www.rosewoodcrawfishfest.com
Grammy Award-nominated Bela Fleck joins the South Carolina Philharmonic to perform “The Imposter - Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $23-$53. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com
Sunday, May 4
Bring your appetite to The Big Nosh, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. Admission to the Jewish food and cultural festival is free. Donations of canned and dry food will be accepted for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 787-2182; http://bignosh.org
The whole familia is invited to the State Museum’s Festival Cinco de Mayo, 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday at 301 Gervais St. The museum is partnering with Hispanic Connections to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride with a family fiesta featuring an unbreakable pinata, Spanish programs and games, Latin performers, refreshments and more. Admission is included with museum general admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/events
Monday, May 5
Chow down on fresh local food at the Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner at City Roots Farm, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at 1005 Airport Blvd. This Farm to Table event will include an opening cocktail, wine pairings and four courses. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased online. www.cityroots.org
Thursday, May 8
Relax after work at the Five After Five concert series, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Abbey Road Live performs this week. Concerts are free and open to all ages. www.fivepointscolumbia.com
Grab a flashlight and check out Historic Columbia’s Cemetery Tours, the second Thursday of each month through September at Elmwood Cemetery. The Secrets from the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow attendees to study the iconography symbols found on so many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery. Moonlight Cemetery Tours, at 8 and 8:30 p.m., will examine the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for age 17 and younger; Tickets for Historic Columbia members are $8 and $4. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org; email@example.com