Columbia entertainment calendar, July 4-10

July 4, 2014 

Friday, July 4

It’s time once again for the annual Lexington County Peach Festival, Friday in Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert. The all-day event will feature arts, crafts, children’s rides, entertainment, great food and more. Visit the website for a detailed schedule of events.

Don’t miss the Star Spangled Symphonic Salute, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m. Stick around for a patriotic concert by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Check out the food truck rodeo with food and drinks available for purchase. Parking is $5.

Enjoy Blues & BBQ on the River, 6-10 p.m. Friday at Coble Plaza, Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (behind EdVenture Children’s Museum). There will be fun, food, blues featuring Elliott & the Untouchables and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Coolers are not permitted. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100

Columbia’s Summer Movie Series continues with “Rio 2,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Come early at 7 p.m. for face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Admission, popcorn and drinks are free. The series is sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100;

There’s fun for the whole family at Grow Financial Credit Union’s Freedom Festival, 1-10 p.m. Friday at Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch Roads. The event will feature balloon art, a car show by the Wildhorses Mustang Car Club, exhibits by the Richland County Sheriff’s department from 1-4 p.m., live music by Ronnie McDowell from 6-8:30 p.m., and Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band from 8-9:30 p.m. The festival will end with a fireworks display.

Saturday, July 5

Catch a performance by The Episodes at Columbia’s Summer Concert Series, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Karaoke Idol will start at 6 p.m., with weekly winners for a cash prize and the finals will be held Aug. 16. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. The free series is sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100;

If you’re a Bank of America cardholder, you can get free admission for one this weekend at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Additional guests will pay regular admission: $11.50 for the general public, $10.50 for military (with ID) and age 62 and older, and free for members and children younger than 1. (803) 779-3100;

Sunday, July 6

Classically trained cellist Jari Piper comes to Conundrum Music Hall, 8 p.m. Sunday at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Piper, whose music is influenced by a broad range of genres, is on tour to promote his newest CD. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students.

Tuesday, July 8

Learn something new at Engenuity SC Science Cafe, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at SpeakEasy, 711 Saluda Ave. This month’s topic is “Understanding Stroke Risk, Treatment and Prevention,” with neurologist Dr. Souvik Sen, SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Stroke Research at USC. The cafe meets the second Tuesday of every month to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology in a free-form, non-traditional academic context. The even is open to age 21 and older.

Wednesday, July 9

Support Trustus Theatre while enjoying an evening of uproarious fun at Larry’s Bring Your Own Dinner Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday at 520 Lady St. Managing director Larry Hembree will host the two-act show featuring Patti O’Furniture, the Dick Goodwin Trio, and some “lovely ladies” who were “kicked off the Lawrence Welk Show.” Guests are asked to bring their own dinner but purchase drinks at the Trustus bar, which will open at 6 p.m. Dress is “tacky tourist bad dinner theatre” attire. Tickets are $20.

Hilarity abounds in Chapin Theatre Company’s production of “The Hallelujah Girls,” 8 p.m. Wednesday-July 12 and 3 p.m. July 13 at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for students, seniors and military, and $12 for age 12 and younger. (803) 204-8544;

Thursday, July 10

Experience Columbia’s spookier side during Historic Columbia’s Moonlight Cemetery Tour, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. The tour options include Secrets from the Grave at 7:30 p.m. to allow attendees to study the iconography symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery. The Moonlight Cemetery tours, at 8 and 8:30 p.m., discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for age 17 and younger (or $8 and $4 for HC members). (803) 252-1770, ext. 23;

Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner comes to the Columbia Museum of Art, 8 p.m. Thursday at 1515 Main St. The concert will feature selections from Buckner’s latest release, “Surrounded.” Arrive early for Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for museum members.

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