Happy Hour History Tours of the Vista 5:30-7 p.m. every Friday in May. Meet in the Publix parking lot on Gervais Street for a walking (and tasting) tour of the Vista. Tickets $20 for Historic Columbia members, $25 for general public and includes cocktails at SakiTumi and appetizers along the way. Reserve a spot (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.historiccolumbia.org
Pickin’ & Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3. Barbeque tastings start at 11 a.m. and lasts until the ’Q runs out, live music by the Carolina Rebels begins at 11:30. Tickets $10 per person in advance, $12 at the gate; $5 for children 12 and under; available at (803) 772-1228 or visit www.icrc.net
Middleton Place weekly Wine Strolls have returned . Experience the natural beauty of the 273-year-old plantation while sipping wines chosen by the Middleton Place Restaurant’s sommelier 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday through June 25. On June 25, learn about the Charleston-Barbados connections through the Rum Stroll featuring a variety of light, dark and spiced rums. Tickets to Wine Strolls are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the gate and are available at www.middletonplace.org or call (843) 556-6020.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Wednesday, April 23, hands-on hot & cold sauces; Friday, April 25, white and rose wines; April 28, 20 and May 2, pork with portabello cream and cognac. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: May 3, cooking with alcohol. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450