Plus, don't miss the South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
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Today's Note
City Editor David here. Tomorrow is National Donut Day, which means you can get your weekend started with a doughy bite of sweetness. Scroll down for more donut day details and nine things to keep you busy Friday, June 2-Sunday, June 4.
Friday, May 26
  • Sunset on the Shoals | Friday, May 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia | $47 | Enjoy an interpretive paddle tour on the Saluda River followed by a wine tasting.
  • Gimme Gimme Disco | Friday, May 26 | 9 p.m. | The Senate, 1022B Senate St., Columbia | $17 | Mamma Mia, here we go again — get groovy on the dance floor and sing along to your favorite disco tunes.
Saturday, May 27
  • Fire Break 50 Mile & 5 Mile FKT Challenge | Saturday, May 27 | 7 a.m. | Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Rd., Columbia | $40 | Firebreak Ultra will be a 10-lap race around the Firebreak Trail making it a 50-mile event.
  • US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Certification Course - Level 1 | Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Columbia Sailing Club, 292 Shuler Rd., Columbia | Free | This is a three-day in-person course to become a certified US Sailing small boat instructor, and there is an online portion that must be completed before the in-person session.
  • 803 Nerd Fest | Saturday, May 27 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | NoMa Warehouse, 2222 Sumter St., Columbia | Free | NoMa Warehouse + Black Nerd Mafia have teamed up to bring you a full day of the nerdiest fun you could imagine.
  • South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival | Saturday, May 27 | 12-5 p.m. | South Carolina State Fair, 901 George Rogers Blvd., Gate 6, Columbia | $5-$50 | This event will feature 30 of the most popular local food trucks and 50+ national craft beers.
  • Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show | Saturday, May 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Cambria Downtown the Vista, 1000 Lady St., Columbia | $59.99 | Get ready to tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner.
  • YMCA of Columbia Race to Remember | Saturday, May 27 | 7-10 a.m. | Downtown YMCA, 1447 Hampton St., Columbia | $15.00 - $50.00 | This race is great for all levels of ability and ages — participants are encouraged to carry a flag or wear dog-tags to remember and honor military personnel.*
Sunday, May 28
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Charleston RiverDogs | Sunday, May 28 | 5:05 p.m. | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia | $5-$7 | Copa de la Diversión Weekend pres by Southern Recipe Small Batch // Sunday Funday (pre-game autographs & post-game kids run the bases)*
  • Aristocrat Pre-Memorial comedy party | Sunday, May 28 | 3:30 p.m. | The Aristocrat, 1001 Washington St., Columbia | $15 | Prepare yourself for a fun time with great comics, yummy brunch, and bottomless mimosas.
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From the editor
Plan Ahead
  • The 7th Annual Taste on the River — an event that brings some of the best Midlands’ restaurants together — will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Stone River in West Columbia. Guests can enjoy tastings, entertainment, silent auctions, an open bar, and more. Tickets are $100.
Great Escapes
Our Guide to Baton Rouge, LA
State Capitol Park, Baton Rouge
Visit the Capitol Gardens for a break from the big city bustle. | Photo by @evrentrx
One thing we love about Baton Rouge is how much pride the city has in its history. The food, the music, and the people are all a reflection of the rich cultures that make this city so special.

Act like a local
  • Food: Bayou Cafe. The BBQ chicken at this family-owned restaurant is a must-try.
  • Listen: If you like live music, you’ll love Mid City Ballroom. This renovated church now hosts live music performances and the world’s only Komet Amp showroom.
Where to stay:
  • Vrbo: Going with a group? This charming stay offers four bedrooms + a full kitchen. (~$300/night)*
  • Airbnb: Perfect for a couple’s trip, this guest suite is centrally located and equipped with a kitchenette. (~$72/night)
Bonus message from our partner: If you’re looking to book this trip, Going offers all the affordable flight hacks from your home airport. Sign up here.*
The Buy
  • Turn misplaced keys into a thing of the past with the Apple AirTag. The button-sized tracking device can give you step-by-step directions to your lost keys (or phone…or wallet…) and has a battery life of one year. Pro tip: Put one in your checked luggage and never worry about lost baggage again.*
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