Thanks in large part to grants from the Central Carolina Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, public art has given new life to the city just across the Congaree River from Cola.
Now, when you drive down State Street towards Frink Street, you’re welcomed with the “original heart of Cayce” by several eye-catching murals, sculptures, and an Art Lot open to residents, artists, and art-focused events.
Buildings like the Old Cayce Foundry, Coffey’s Corner, and the Frink Street Body Shop have turned from drab colors and flaking paint, to brightly colored buildings with artistic flair. Just look at thesebefore and after images.
The goal of the previtalization is to attract new business, improve quality of life, and increase property values. So far, it’s seen success with several new businesses opening in the past few years.
Visit Cayce this weekend for the annual fall fest featuring live music, a local artisan market, face painting, and fun for the entire family. Two new businesses — Salvage Sisters + Trini Lime Caribbean Cafe — will both be showcasing new spaces set to open soon.
Cayce Fall Fest | Sat., Oct. 1 | 12-6 p.m. | Free | Celebrate fall in Cayce surrounded by art, shopping, and more.
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Dispose of Waste Pesticides at Local Event | Tues., Sept. 27 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | ECOFLO, 1741 Calks Ferry Rd., Lexington | Free | The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is offering residents and businesses the opportunity to safely dispose of outdated, unusable, or unwanted pesticides. 🌱
The Supper Club At Chayz Lounge | Wed., Sept. 28 | 6-9 p.m. | Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St., West Columbia | $20 | Each week you will experience a symphony of flavors and artistry, lovingly prepared with exceptional flair by Chef Augusta and her talented team. 🎷
Nephron Career Fair | Thurs., Sept. 29 | 3-7 p.m. | Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, 4500 12th Street Extension, West Columbia | Free | Discover the career that is right for you at the Nephron Pharmaceuticals Career Fair. 💼
Rock Around the Clock | Fri., Sept. 30-Sat., Oct. 1 | Fri., 8-11 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 100 Congress St., Winnsboro | Free | Enjoy this annual festival that includes a concert, classic car and truck show + more.*
Jam Room Music Festival 2022 | Sat., Oct. 1 | 12 a.m.-10 p.m. | Downtown Columbia, 1400 Block | Free | The Jam Room Music Festival returns to Columbia’s Main Street for the first time since 2019 headlined by Sun Ra Arkestra, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Titus Andronicus. 🎶
Cherry Place Farms Fall Festival | Every Sat. + Sun. in October | Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. | Cherry Place Farms, 922 Oakdale Rd., Rock Hill | Free | Enjoy a self-guided farm tour featuring a corn maze and pumpkin patch (read: your next fall outing with family or friends). 🌽*
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Stoner’s Pizza Joint is opening a third Midlands location in the Lake Carolina neighborhood and will be located at 5 Lake Carolina Way, Ste 130. The quick-service pizza franchise is expected to open the new location sometime in October. 🍕
Another Cava is coming soon to the Midlands. The Zöes Kitchen in Lexington — located at 5166 Sunset Blvd. beside Red Bowl — is closing + will reopen as the second Cava location in the Midlands. An opening date for the new customization bowl restaurant has not been announced. 🥗 (The State)
Taco’s Nayarit — located off Two Notch Road near the International Corridor + soon-to-come Irmo location — landed on Yelp’s list of top 100 taco spots in America. Don’t stop at the tacos though, the gorditas and chalupas are equally as delicious.🌮 (The State)
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The SC State Museum is ready for spooky season and introduced a new lineup of events — dark history tours, special themed laser nights, and new Planetarium shows — that will begin this weekend. See the full calendar of activities here.
Tickets are on sale for the Lexington Police Department Foundation’s Fall Festival happening on Tues., Oct. 25. The family event will feature live entertainment, fair rides, local food + a costume contest. Individual tickets are $5. 🎟
Calling all vendors. ‘Tis the season to apply for femme x COLUMBIA’s Holiday Market. Small business owners, artists + makers are encouraged to apply for a 10x10 spot. The market will take place on Sun., Dec. 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Applications are due no later than Mon., Oct. 31.
Get familiar with some of SC’s birds. Our state has hundreds of year-round + migrating bird species, and birdwatching is a great way to spot some of them. This hobby doesn’t require expensive gear and you may be able to spot some in your very own backyard. Read our tips and tricks. 🐦
Tickets are on sale for the 25th Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden. The four-day festival is presented by the Kershaw County Arts Center with concerts taking place in various restaurants, venues, and galleries throughout the downtown area. This year’s fest will kick off a “Blues” art installation in the Bassett Gallery. 🪕
The countdown is on for the South Carolina State Fair, returning Oct. 12-23.Pro tip: Buy your tickets early to get 50% off admission so you can enjoy rides, entertainment, and satisfy all your fried-food cravings on a budget. 🎡 *
Football season is in full swing. If you’re headed to a game this fall, don’t forget to pack your game day essentials in a stadium approved bag. This clear crossbody with 8,000+ positive reviews is a must + we also love this trendy fanny pack option.*
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Editor’s pick: I attended the Gamecock’s football game over the weekend where we beat the Charlotte 49ers 56 to 20. I really enjoyed watching MarShawn Lloyd have such a great game. He had 169 rushing yards + scored three touchdowns. I’m crossing my fingers we can pull out another win during this weekend’s game against SC State — the third home game in a row with a 12 p.m. kick-off.
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