June PlanAhead: Your Columbia events calendar

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June PlanAhead | Graphic by 6AM team

Happy (almost) June, Columbia. 🎉 If you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to the lake days, backyard barbecues with the family, and summer vacations. With all that excitement, we can bet you’re also looking for fun local events to attend (especially with the kids being out of school.) Read on for all the top events happening this month in the Soda City.

All month long

Wednesday, June 1

  • Coffee + Canvas — Cherry Blossoms | Wed., June 1 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 275 Harbison Blvd. | $34 | All participants must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Simi Reserve Tasting | Wed., June 1 | 6 p.m. | MoltĂł Vino, 2822 Devine St. | $30 | During the tasting, Will Gravely will talk about the unique history of Simi.

Thursday, June 2

  • First Thursday on Main | Thurs., June 2 | 6-10 p.m. | Main Street District | Free | Enjoy a mix of local restaurants, events + entertainment open late with complimentary shuttle services. 
  • Free First Thursday at the CMA | Thurs., June 2 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, | Free | Enjoy a mix of local restaurants, events + entertainment with complimentary shuttle services. 
  • Saliva, Otherwise, 9th Planet, Decadence, Redefined | Thurs., June 2 | 6 p.m. | New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St. | $28
  • FAAAC presents Modern Rhythms | Thurs., June 2 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | $5 | Meet the CMA’s new curator, Michael Neumeister
  • Pick Your Project: Terrarium Workshop | Thurs., June 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $40 | The PlantHouse crew will be there to guide you through the terrarium building process and give an overview of plant care.
  • The Pandemic Tarot | Thurs., June 2-Mon., June 6 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Stormwater Studios, 413 Pendleton St. | Free | An evening of friends, wine + Tarot
  • Garden Asana | Thurs., June 2 | 8:15-9:15 a.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | $15 | A recurring instructional yoga class hosted by Grass Roots Yoga.
  • MetCAC Percent Night | Thurs., June 2 | 5-8 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | 20% of all sales will support the Friends of the Metropolitan Children’s Advocacy Center.

Friday, June 3

  • Stacks + Sips | Fri., June 3 | 6-8 p.m. | Blum Coffee, 2824 Devine St. | $40 | Create a stack of three bracelets + mingle with other women in the community.
  • Main Street Shop and Dine Night | Fri., June 3 | 4-9 p.m. | Downtown Newberry, 1207 Caldwell St. | Free | Visitors are invited to stroll, shop, and dine on the first Friday of each month.
  • Movie Screening: Disney’s Encanto | Fri., June 3 | 8:30 p.m. | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W Main St. | Free | This film is rated PG. 
  • Pop-Up + Grow | Fri., June 3-Sun., June 5 | 12-4 p.m. | The Event Hall LLC, 2901-C Two Notch Rd. | Free | This event is open to the public to support local businesses + vendors.
  • Secret Garden Terrarium Workshop | Fri., June 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $45 | Create your very own magical terrarium featuring whimsical, magical decor.
  • I Beg Your Garden?! A COLAughs Comedy Show | Fri., June 3 | 7-9 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost-Cottontown, 1211 Franklin St. | $12 | Lineup includes Allie Johns, Tamar Rubin, Kylie Vincent + The Buster Cups.

Saturday June 4

  • 14th Annual Civitan Cornhole Classic | Sat., June 4 | 12-6:30 p.m. | Schooners Bar + Grill, 6226 Bush River Rd. | $25+ | A charity cornhole tournament to benefit the Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment, South Carolina Autism Society and the Civitan International Research Center. 
  • RosĂ© Fest at The Gourmet Shop | Sat., June 4 | 1-3 p.m. | The Gourmet Shop | $15 | Four stations with 16 different rosĂ© wines to sample all around the store + some perfectly paired snacks.
  • Outfest Columbia 2022 | Sat., June 4 | 1 p.m. | The Vista | Free  | A celebration of the LGBTQ+ community showcasing local talent, vendors + businesses.
  • Still Woozy: If This Isn’t Nice Tour | Sat., June 4 | 8:30 p.m. | The Senate | $54 | Doors open at 7 p.m. for this concert
  • Royal Rumble Charity Poker Run | Sat., June 4 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | A Ronald McDonald House Charity event where motorcyclists will proceed to five different locations around the area + collect five poker cards at each location. Whoever has the best hand wins.
  • The Reggaetronic Lake Murray Music Festival | Sat., June 4 | 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. | Spence Island | A tribute to giving back to the community while enjoying some great music + fun in the sun.
  • Chayz Lounge All White Day Party | Sat., June 4 | 1-3 p.m. | Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St.  | $40 | Help Chayz celebrate 5 years with sounds of classic soul, house + Go-Go music performed by The Tre’King Band.
  • Bonnie Raitt | Sat., June 4 | 8 p.m. | Township Auditorium | $46.5+ | Go see this 70s American blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
  • Law Office of Kenneth Berger’s Safety First Free Helmet Giveaway | Sat., June 4 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Law Office of Kenneth Berger, 5205 Forest Dr. | Free | This event promotes bicycle safety and emphasize the importance of wearing a properly-fitted helmet. 
  • Dachshunds of Columbia Weenie Walk | Sat., June 4 | 10 a.m. | 899-849 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201 | Free | Bring your dachshund to partake in a weenie parade to the State House.

Sunday, June 5

  • Bosses and Baddies Fashion Show | Sun., June 5 | 3-6 p.m. | Doko Manor Park, 100 Alvina Hagood Cir. | $25 | A fashion event filled with models, designers, vendors, a full bar, food, a DJ + musical performances.
  • First Sunday | Sun., June 5 | 12-5 p.m. | South Carolina State Museum | $1 | Sponsored By Bluecross Blueshield Of South Carolina
  • Great Moments in Italian Opera | Sun., June 5 | 3 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $50+
  • Rhinestone Cowgirl-Drag BBQ | Sun., June 5 | 5-9:30 p.m. | NoMa Warehouse, 2222 Sumter St. | $65 | Choose the best showtime for you + enjoy amazing food and drag performances.
  • Succulent + Sangria Workshop | Sun., June 5 | 4:30-6 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $40 | This hour and a half workshop includes an 8″ glass bubble ball terrarium, drainage rock, soil, sand, and decorative rock, and a variety of decor.

Monday, June 6

  • Fiddler on the Roof | Mon., June 6-Tues., June 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $43+ | Witness a classic Broadway story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives + timeless traditions.
  • Food Truck Party Vacation Bible School | Mon., June 6-Thu., June 9 | 6-8:30 p.m. | 90 Boney Rd. | Free | This event is the kick-off party of Trinity UMC, Blythewood’s VBS.
  • Summer Solstice Tea Party | Mon., June 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | femme X COLUMBIA, 1501 Richland St. | $30 | Leave this class with herbal tea recipes you can make yourself, a few personalized tea bags +  a sense of expansion.
  • D-Day on Film | Mon., June 6 | 8-10 a.m. | Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St. | $25 | View UofSC’s Fox Movietone News footage covering D-Day + tour the Hollings Library.

Tuesday, June 7

  • Silent Book Club | Tues., June 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Graduate Columbia, 1619 Pendleton St. | Free | Cozy up with a book + a beverage and connect with other readers
  • Tipsy Terrarium Tuesday | Tues., June 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $26 | You’ll be able to select your succulents and decor to make a 6″ terrarium that is perfect to display at your home or office. 
  • Pool Time at RCRC | Tues., June 7-Fri., June 17 | 6:15-7 p.m. | Trenholm Pool, 3900 Covenant Rd. | $40 | Don’t miss this opportunity to learn to swim in a safe + controlled environment
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Augusta Green Jackets | Tues., June 7 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+ 

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9 

  • Weekly Meal Plan Made Easy | Thurs., June 9 | Varying times | Wiley Kennedy Family Life Center, 1037 Eastman St. | Free | Learn healthy recipes, how to build your weekly plan + how to take advantage of sales and coupons
  • Chautauqua ​​History Comes Alive Festival | Thurs., June 9-Sun., June 19 | Times vary | Free | Locations vary | Daily live shows and performances about Americans who stepped up to face the challenges of their lifetimes.
  • Kokedama Workshop | Thurs., June 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | $25 | You will have the option to choose from various plants and twine colors, + all tools and materials will be provided 
  • Book Fair | Thurs., June 9 | 6-9 p.m. | NoMa Warehouse, 2222 Sumter St. | Free | Embrace nostalgia with a special book fair event just for grown ups with a spelling bee + adult beverages.
  • Reproductive Health Happy Hour | Thurs., June 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | femme X COLUMBIA, 1501 Richland St. | Free | A networking event highlighting sexual and reproductive health, rights, + justice professionals, advocates, and allies in Columbia.
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Augusta Green Jackets | Thurs., June 9 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+

Friday, June 10

  • SC Carnival 2022 | Fri., June 10-Sun., June 12 | Times vary | Downtown Columbia | $100 | A celebration of music, food + culture with a parade, block party and more.
  • An Evening of Soulful Rhythms | Fri., June 10 | 8 p.m. | Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St. | $25 | Experience guitarist/singer Reggie Graves + Jazz Theory live.
  • Stereo Fiction | Fri., June 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | Live music performed by a local band in the garden center.
  • Weekend With the Pros 2022 | Fri., June 10-Sat., June 11 | Times vary | Captain’s Choice Marine, 3216 US-378 | $35+
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Augusta Green Jackets | Fri., June 10 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+
  • Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival | Fri., June 10-Sun., June 19 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Several locations across Upstate SC | Free | Travel through time and interact with famous Americans (think: Eisenhower, Houdini, Kennedy, and more) during this free festival.*

Saturday, June 11

  • Southeastern Piano Festival | Sun., June 12-Sun., June 19 | 4-9:30 p.m. | University of South Carolina School of Music, 813 Assembly St. | $0-20 | The festival features a week of exciting piano concerts performed by new and world-renowned pianists, along with free outdoor performances by The Piano Truck. 🎹*
  • Southeastern Piano Festival Preview on The Concert Truck | Sat., Jun 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Soda City Market | Free
  • 2nd Annual Boozy Brunch Crawl | Sat., June 11 | 12-4 p.m. | The Vista District | $20+ | One regular ticket includes four brunch items, exclusive drink specials + a digital crawl map.
  • Pre Father’s Day Extravaganza | Sat., June 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Township Auditorium | $69.5+ | Hosted by George Wilburn + Shamara of the Big DM
  • SC Ag + Art Tour 2022 | Sat., June 11-Sun., June 12 | Times vary | Varying locations | Farms across the county invite you to tour for free + meet with different local artisans at each site.
  • Jellyfish Terrarium | Sat., June 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $40 | Guests will learn how to create a unique, ocean-inspired terrarium. 🪴
  • Wavering Place Tours | Sat., June 11 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 427 Adams Hayne Rd. | Understanding + interpret life in lower Richland County from the 1830s through the 1940s.
  • Family Fun Day | Sat., June 11 | 12-3 p.m. | Living Faith Christian Center, 1540 Frye Rd. | Free | Enjoy food, games, raffles + a visit from the fire department.
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Augusta Green Jackets | Sat., June 11 | 6:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+

Sunday June 12

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Tuesday June 14

Wednesday June 15

Thursday June 16

Friday, June 17

  • Juneteenth All Black Dinner Party | Fri., June 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Private location | $75 | The event is reservation only (attendees will be sent the location) + strictly black attire.
  • FlowEssence | Fri., June 17 | 8-11 p.m. | 6108 Two Notch Rd. | $30+ | An evening of live entertainment, local vendors, music, poetry, art + more.
  • Rich Owensby | Fri., June 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | Live music performed by a local singer/songwriter 
  • Friday Night Laser Lights: Summer of Love | Fri., June 17 | Times vary | South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St. | $10 | Choose from the 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. + 10 p.m. performances (or stay for all) and enjoy food from Fleur DeLicious as well as a cash bar with a variety of beverages.
  • Opera at Art Bar: Three Dudes + A Diva | Fri., June 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Art Bar, 1211 Park St. | Free |The third installment of this local concert series is for ages 21+ only.
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Carolina Mudcats | Fri., June 17 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+

Saturday, June 18

Sunday, June 19 

Monday, June 20

Tuesday, June 21

  • James Taylor + His All Star Band | Tues., June 21 | 8 p.m. | Colonial Life Arena | $58+ | Doors open for this concert at 7 p.m.
  • Miss South Pageant | Tues., June 21-Sat., June 25 | Times vary | $TBD
  • Tipsy Terrarium Tuesday | Tues., June 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $26 | Guests 21+ may enjoy drink specials at the bar
  • Fashion X Fitness | Tue., June 21 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | 2921 Devine St. | Free | Come dressed in your most fashionable workout attire. 

Wednesday, June 22

  • Drag Bingo | Wed., June 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | $35 | Drag Queen Patti O’Furniture calls the numbers + leads participants through an evening filled with laughs, bingo and fine art.
  • Fantasy Hair and Makeup Runway Show | Wed., June 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 1008 Meeting St. | $25 | A competition between Paul Mitchell students competing to become The Top Beauty Team duo of the year.

Thursday, June 23

  • Red Wine 101 | Thurs., June 23 | 6-7 p.m. | MoltĂł Vino, 4605 Forest Dr. | $40 | Tickets include several tastings, snacks + choice of dessert.
  • Pick Your Project: Terrarium Workshop | Thurs., June 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $25 | The PlantHouse crew will be there to guide you through the terrarium building process and give an overview of plant care.
  • Emerging Stylist Competition: Thrift The Runway | Thurs., June 23 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 1224 Lincoln St. | $35 | Stylists will compete to become Columbia Fashion Week Top Stylist of the Year. 
  • Garden Asana | Thurs., June 23 | 8:15-9:15 a.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | $15 | A recurring instructional yoga class hosted by Grass Roots Yoga.
  • Herradura Tequila Tasting | Thu., June 23 | 7-9 p.m. | 1040 Key Rd. | $65

Friday, June 24

  • Date Night – Colors in the Wind | Fri., June 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 275 Harbison Blvd. | $39 | Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ to consume wine/beer
  • Summer House Music Festival | Fri., June 24-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | Red Rooster Sports Bar and Grill, 7500 Wilson Blvd. | Free | A night of music and fun at the 4th Annual Summer House Community Event & Fundraiser.
  • Succulent + Sangria Workshop | Fri., June 24 | 4:30-6 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $40 | This hour and a half workshop includes an 8″ glass bubble ball terrarium, drainage rock, soil, sand, and decorative rock, and a variety of decor.
  • The Weekend Experience | Fri., June 24-Sat., June 25 | 7-9 p.m. | 1601 Richland St. + 1515 Main St. | $65+ | Witness over 10 amazing fashion collections from local and national designers.
  • Sam + Illia | Fri., June 24 | 6-9 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | Live music by the duo while you sip and shop.
  • Youth Conservation Adventure at Camp Discovery | Fri., June 24 | 6-8:30 p.m. | 208 Claude Bundrick Rd. | $5 | A fun family event with hiking, a low ropes course + s’mores.
  • Nashville Nights – Chris Gelbuda | Fri., June 24 | 6-9 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing, 2350 Foreman St. | Free | Don’t miss out on the multi-platinum songwriter/singer Chris Gelbuda performing at the brewery.
  • City of Columbia Food Truck Fridays | Fri., June 24 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1400 Assembly St., 1 Justice Sq., 2300 Bull St. | Free 
  • Sunflower Weekends at Clinton Sease Farm | Fri., June 24-Sun., June 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Clinton Sease Farm, 382 Olde Farm Rd. | $12+ | A ticket will get you admission, a wagon ride and one cut-your-own sunflower.

Saturday, June 25

  • Taste of Friendship BBQ Cook Off + Baking Competition | Sat., June 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1449 Bush River Rd. | Free | A $2 ticket is required to taste the food at this event.
  • John Morgan | Sat., June 25-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. | $10
  • Succulent Dish Garden | Sat., June 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $35 | During this hands-on workshop, the PlantHouse crew will drop knowledge on succulent care and dish garden assembly. 🪴
  • Leading Ladies Gathering | Sat., June 25 | 5-8 p.m. | 1215 St. Andrews Rd. | $10 | A networking event filled with empowerment, laughter and fellowship + make sure to wear pink.
  • Summer Teen Bash | Sat., June 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Bluff Road Park, 148 Carswell Dr. | Free | A just for teens event with music, pizza, basketball, video games + more.
  • The Nordic Club of Columbia Mid Summer Social | Sat., June 25 | 3:30-7:30 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House + Gardens | $35
  • 2nd Annual Charity Cornhold Tourney | Sat., June 25 | 10 a.m. | Village Green, Lake Carolina Blvd. | Free | Come watch a tournament of individuals, teams + pros to raise money for the Children’s Charities of the Midlands.
  • Family Day at the Lexington County Museum | Sat., June 25 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St. | Free | The event features hands-on children’s activities, free hot dogs and drinks, + a variety of available tours.
  • 7th Annual Shrimp and Grits Fest | Sat., June 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Dr. | $40 | Watch and taste as local restaurants compete to see who has Columbia’s Best Shrimp and Grits.
  • Miss South Carolina – Final Night of Competition | Sat., June 25 | 8 p.m. | Township Auditorium | $73.5 | Witness an exciting competition as the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization celebrates its 85th year.

Sunday, June 26

  • Columbia Vegfest | Sun., June 26 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St. | $10 | A fun summer event filled with vegan food, live music, food trucks, vendors + more.
  • Braiding 101 Class | Sun., June 26 | 10 a.m. | 1446 Poplar St. | $250 | A $50 deposit is necessary for this 7 hour braiding class with provided products, mannequin head + drinks and snacks.
  • Kids Adventure Terrarium | Sun., June 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $25 | Create a unique terrarium complete with figurines like dinosaurs, butterflies, sea creatures and more.
  • Summer Solstice Vendor Market | Sun., June 26 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | More information to come.
  • Y’all Mart Summer Market | Sun., June 26 | 1-6 p.m. | Art Bar, 1211 Park St. | Free | A diverse range of vendors offering arts, clothing + oddities. All ages are welcome.
  • Summer Solstice Vendor Market | Sun., June 26 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Free | Local businesses like The Shrimp Guy, The Purple Mushroom, Grizzy Belle Tie Dye, Fairy Moss Creatives + Boone Fox Farm will all be attending.
  • Bullets, Bandaids, and Bourbon | Sun., June 26 | 6-9 p.m. | Bourbon, 1214 Main St. | $100 | Live music, food and drinks accompany this fundraising event for Bullets and Bandaids, a touring art + storytelling experience.

Monday, June 27

  • Carolina Opera Experience | Mon., June 27-Fri., July 1 | University of South Carolina School of Music | $200
  • Pool Kids | Mon., June 27 | 6-11 p.m. | New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St. | $20 | Live music from a Tallahassee emo band.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Swing | Mon., June 27 | 5 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $18 | Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while enjoying swing music by the Carolina Jazz Society.
  • Drag Bingo | Mon., June 27 | 8-10 p.m. | Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St. | $25

Tuesday, June 28

  • Project Management Professional Certification Training | Tues., June 28 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Regus, 1320 Main St. | $1,445 | Project Management Professional certification is the top professional certifications for project managers
  • Purple Martin Tour | Tues., June 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr. | $50 | An intimate, six passenger cruise witnessing hundreds of thousands of purple martins fly to Bomb Island in Lake Murray.

Wednesday, June 29 

  • Wine Wednesday / Terrarium in a Bottle | Wed., June 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $35 
  • Coffee and Canvas | Wed., June 29 | 12-2 p.m. | Painting With A Twist, 275 Harbison Blvd. | $34 | Ages 15+ are invited to attend this Calm Beach painting class

Thursday, June 30

  • Kokedama Workshop | Thurs., June 30 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $25 | The crew will share the history of kokedamas and instruct guests on how to create their very own
  • Charcuterie Workshop with Salt + Oak | Thurs., June 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | $64.2 | Learn new tips and tricks to build a beautiful + locally-sourced charcuterie platter.