WEDNESDAY AT THE FAIR
Watch for fair schedules and other tidbits from the S.C. State Fair, running daily in Go Columbia through Oct. 25.
Gate admission: $10 ages 6-54, $7 ages 55 and older; free for those ages 2-5, as well as active and retired military and their dependents with proper identification.
Youth admission: All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent at least 21 years old to be admitted after 6 p.m. daily. Those 18 and older may be asked to show a valid driver’s license after 6 p.m.
Parking: $5 cash only in the fairgrounds parking lot.
Hours: Admission gates and buildings 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Midway hours noon-11 p.m.
Seniors Day: Free Ferris Wheel rides to seniors all day
Rides: Pay-one-price ride day
Lunch promotion: From noon to 2 p.m., exchange $5 for a ticket at the ticket booth and receive a $5 refund when you return your ticket to the booth by 2 p.m. Cash only.
Grandstand entertainment: Cole Sindell, 7 p.m., $15 (includes gate admission)
Provided by the S.C. State Fair
THURSDAY, OCT. 22
>>> ON THE WATER
BLUZ CRUZ: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Murray. Lake Murray Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray for a soulful cruise. Featuring the electrifying blend of hot, rockin’ blues and hip-shakin’ soul of Rickey Godfrey plus the soulful harmonica of the one and only Freddie Vanderford. Pre-cruise party, 5-6:30 p.m. at Frayed Knot’s new “Tiki Bar,” 1701 Dreher Island Rd. Chapin. Post Cruise party back at Frayed Knot, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $40, person; $75, couple. 317 State Rd. S-40-1680, Ballentine. (803) 356-2151, www.lakemurraycruises.com
SISTERCARE’S SONG BIRD CAFE: 8-10:30 p.m. Thursday at Leaside. This event features acoustic musicians and songwriters performing to raise funds for survivors of domestic violence. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer are included. The performers are Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Hootie & The Blowfish’s Mark Bryan, and singers/songwriters Patrick Davis and Angie Aparo. 21 and over. $100. (803) 926-0505, www.2015songbirdcafe.eventbrite.com.
BLUEGRASS BIDDING & BBQ: 7-10 p.m. Thursday at the Robert Mills House. The 12th annual silent auction benefits Historic Columbia while offering an evening of live music, specialty drinks and delicious food in an historic setting. $20 for Palladium Society members, $30 for Historic Columbia members and $35 for general public. All tickets are $40 at the door. Tickets include food catered by Yellow Dog Barbecue and an open bar featuring a custom cocktail. Lauren Mojkowski, (803) 252-7742 ext. 15, email@example.com. www.historiccolumbia.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 24
S.C. PRIDE FESTIVAL: A weekend of events includes A Run for Everyone 5K, 9 a.m. at First Citizens Park, Main and Lady streets. $35 in advance, $40 on race day; annual parade, starting at noon, along Main Street in downtown Columbia; and the festival itself, 1-7 p.m. on Main Street between Hampton and Lady streets, with more than 100 vendors, along with performances by music group Expose, hip-hop singer Trina and RuPaul’s Drag Race Hour hosted by Phoenix. Details on other events, including Sunday’s picnic, and highlights: www.scpride.org
40’s STYLE DINNER AND DANCE FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. Saturday at Jim Hamilton/LB Owens Airport. Retro dinner show by “The Pin-Up Dolls” and all era dance music by “The Ross Holmes Band”. 40’s military, civilian or luau dress is encouraged. Take a ride in the classic ford tri-motor. E. Yerrick memorial aircraft display for all ages. $25 per person; $45 per couple. 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.schistoricalaviation.org