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November PlanAhead: Your November Columbia events calendar

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Happy November, Columbia. 🍁 With the holidays right around the corner, we’re bringing you some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help keep you connected.

Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.

Nov. 1

Sunday, November 1

Active

Outdoor Yoga | Sun., Nov. 1 |  12-1 p.m. | Riverfront Park | $10 | Enjoy yoga in the park with Good Company Yoga + bring your mat, water + towel. 🧘‍♀️

100 Kata Challenge | Sun., Nov. 1 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1055 Market Rd. | Free | Up for a challenge? Perform 100 Kata in sequence to complete this challenge. 🥋

Drink

Pups’ n Pints | Sun., Nov. 1 | 7-10 p.m. | The Main Course | Free | Bring your pup for $3 pints + live music. 🐶

Show

Live Music Admiral Radio | Sun., Nov. 1 | 1-4 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Admire tunes from the outdoor stage from this pair of songbirds. 🎶

TryThis

Bring Your Own Vinyl Night | Sun., Nov. 1 |  6-10 p.m. | New Brookland Tavern | Free | Bring your favorite vinyl, trade with collectors, listen + enjoy specials on food + drinks. 🎵

Nov. 2-8

Monday, November 2

Dish

November Harvest Dinner | Mon., Nov. 2 | 6:30 p.m. | 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia | $75 Hosted by F2T Productions, come ready to feast on a four-course farm to table dinner with ingredients from local farmers + artisans. 🥕

Mobile Food Monday: Paella’ South Edition | Mon., Nov. 2 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | Inspired by exotic flavors of South America, get your food to go or hang out outside. 🥣

Hampton Street Vineyard’s Wine Dinner | Mon., Nov. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Hampton Street Vineyard | $65 | Indulge in Ruffino’s wine, an icon of Tuscany, alongside American Brasserie cuisine. 🍷

Show

Open Mic Comedy | Mon., Nov. 2 | 7-10:30 p.m. | New Brookland Tavern | Free |  Hosted by Topher Riddle, get ready for a night full of laughter + happy hour. 🤣

Talk

Let’s Talk Race Book Group | Mon., Nov. 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Read Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt and join this virtual discussion. 📚

Cause

Healthy Learners Champions For Children Golf Tournament | Mon., Nov. 2 | 10:30 a.m. | Columbia Country Club | $10+ | In memory of George Younginer, the event includes a day of golf, food, entertainment, contests + prizes.

Tuesday, November 3

Network

Teachers Connecting and Self-Care Support Group | Tues., Nov. 3 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 311 Meetze Ave. | Free | Meet and support other teachers as they navigate this tricky school year. Email to to pre register. 🤗

Learn

Types of Financial Institutions | Tues., Nov. 3 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Gain clarity and understanding of different types services + roles of financial institutions. 💰

FeaturedEvent

“I Voted” Special | Tues., Nov. 3 | 7 a.m.-11 p.m. | The Main Course, 1624 Main Street | Free | Show your “I voted” Sticker for one free hour of bay time where you can play a multitude of games.

Wednesday, November 4

Show

Darren Knight’s Southern Momma An Em Comedy Show | Wed., Nov 4 | 7:30 -9:30 p.m. | Segra Park | $60+ | Gather to hear from Dareen Knight, the fastest rising comedian in history and the next star of redneck comedy. 🤠

Learn

Blockchain Basics: Money, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain| Wed., Nov. 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the new disruptive technology that could transform the way we manage information with Gordon Jones from the University of South Carolina. 💹

Talk

Read Freely Book Group | Wed., Nov. 4 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join to discuss this month’s book, Hurry Home by Roz Nay. 📕

Thursday, November 5

Show

Concert in the Gardens | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Hampton-Preston Gardens | $50+ | Enjoy music from the South Carolina Philharmonic as they play light classics. Must be 21+ to attend. 🎻

Jazz on the River | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Front Coffee and Tap | Free | The best of Columbia Jazz, food trucks, friends + great drinks.🎷

Arts

Free First Thursday at the CMA | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 10 a.m-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | Free | Courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, enjoy free admission and extended hours. 🎨

Talk

Zoom at Noon | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | A devilishly fun discussion with the author of “Wicked Columbia”, Alexia Helsley. Call 843-722-9350 to reserve your spot. 💬

Oysters: Completing the Cycle | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 3-4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join SCDNR to learn how to find proper locations and techniques to harvest oysters while hearing about SC’s oyster shell recycling program. 🦪

How to Have a Successful Career in Real Estate | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 140 Wildewood Park Dr. Suite B | Free | Listen to top producing real estate professionals tell their success stories and give advice. 🏠

Dish

Hippie Chicks debut at Craft & Draft | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Craft & Draft | Free | Come support this female owned food truck serving burgers, sandwiches, salads + fried yummies. 🍔

Friday, November 6

Talk

Meet the Author: Jenny Lawson | Fri., Nov. 6 |  7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Blogger and best selling author, Jenny will be discussing how to find humor in moments of pain + struggle. 📖

Tween Reading and Writing Club: Let’s Talk Race Edition | Fri., Nov. 6 | 5:15-5:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join in on conversation prompts and activities based around the book Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai.📚

Show

Chamber Ensemble | Fri., Nov. 6 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. | Segra Park | $12.50 | Enjoy ballpark favorites while listening to a string trio. 🎻

Mark Rapp Group at the Aristocrat | Fri., Nov. 6 | 8-11 p.m. | The Aristocrat | Free | Hang out for a night of jazz + a new food and cocktail menu from Chef Alex and Brandon. 👯

Boomtown Trio Album Release Party | Fri., Nov. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Indah Coffee | $5 | Hear the band’s new tunes live while enjoying the Gnarly Burger food truck + drinks. 🔊

TheBuy

Holiday Open House-Preview Party  | Fri., Nov. 6 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Ivy House | Free | Preview what 70 vendors will be selling at the annual Holiday Open House the night before. 🎄

Saturday, November 7

Show

Blue Monday | Sat., Nov. 7| 7:30-10:30 p.m. | The Senate | $60+ | Reserve a table and jam out with a tribute to the 80’s and 90’s. 🎸

Sam Edwards | Sat., Nov. 7 | 8-11 p.m. | The Joint at 1710 Main | Free | Bassist Sam Edwards will perform a night of jazz with his own group. 🎷

Drink

Bierkeller on Tour | Sat., Nov. 7 | 12-6 p.m. | Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

 | Free | Enjoy all things German fresh bier, delicious food from the wurst wagen + a couple of surprises. 🍻

Wine Tasting | Sat., Nov. 7 | 1-2:30 & 3-4:30 p.m. | Rosewood Market and Deli | $10 | A socially distant wine + cheese tasting with 5 wines and Alexandra Shertzer from Curated Selections Fine Wines. 🍷

TryThis

Repticon | Sat., Nov. 7- Sun., Nov. 8 |  9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Jamil Temple | $10 | See animals from all around, purchase pet products and even pets. 🐍

Blythewood Rodeo | Sat., Nov. 7 | 5 p.m. | 311 Blythewood Rd. | $16 | Come out for bull riding and barrel racing with world class stock + competitors. 🤠

The Buy

Pop Up Holiday Market | Sat., Nov. 7 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Chestnut Hill Plantation | Free | Support small business and avoid large crowds in a relaxed atmosphere. 🎁

Active

Experience Millwood | Sat., Nov. 7- Sun., Nov. 8 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Take a ride or walk along Millwood Ave. to experience the city’s completed resurfacing project + share a post about your adventure. 🚲

Dish

Food Truck Jamboree | Sat., Nov. 7 | 12-5 p.m. | Jamil Temple | Free | Grub on goods from various food trucks, enjoy free  train rides + enter the raffle. 🥨

Cause

24th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive | Sat., Nov. 7 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. |2349 Augusta Rd. | Free | Hosted by the West Columbia Police Department, give back to the community by donating items in need. 🦃

Sunday, November 8

Drink

Cars and Draughts | Sun., Nov. 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company | Free | Drive your classic, exotic or sports car up and sip on a few beers with friends. 🏎️

Show

Chamber Ensemble | Sun., Nov. 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Saluda Shoals | $12.50 | An outdoor concert with featured artists on violin, viola and cello + limited chairs/ picnic tables for seating. 🎻

Dish

Cousins Maine Lobster & Live Bluegrass | Sun., Nov. 8 | 1-6 p.m. | Hazelwood Brewing | Free | Grab a chair and hangout while enjoying a lobster roll and listening to live bluegrass from the Randy Lucas Trio. 🦞

Talk

Book Club: The Namesake | Sun., Nov. 8 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | CMA and Richland Library team up for this virtual discussion of Pulitzer prizewinner Jhumpa Lahiri’s best selling novel, The Namesake. 🔖

Youth & Women Empowerment Workshop | Sun., Nov. 8 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 1509 Lady St. | Free | Hear from Cindy Tyler, who grew up in West Columbia, raised six children and now is running her own business. 💪

TheBuy

Christmas Open House and Craft Show | Sun., Nov. 8 | 2-6 p.m. | 117 Ballard Ct., West Columbia | Free | Kick off your holiday shopping early. 🎁

Arts

701 CCA Prize 2020 Exhibition – Meet the Artists | Sun., Nov. 8 | 1-5 p.m. | 701 Center for Contemporary Art | Free | Drop in and meet the finalists while viewing their different pieces. 👏

Nov. 9-15

Monday, November 9

Dish

Mobile Food Monday: Boudin Bros Creole Kitchen | Mon., Nov. 9 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | Take your food to-go or stay and enjoy on the porch. 🍤

TryThis

Sew Devine: A Gathering of Crafters | Mon., Nov. 9 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Grab your needle, knitwork, scrapbook or other craft to join this conversation + craft sharing event. 🧶

Active

Mindful Movement for Everyday Living | Mon., Nov. 9 | 10:30-11:20 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn to clear your mind and release common areas that hold tension with Vicky Saye Henderson. 🧘‍♀️

Tuesday, November 10

Show

UofSC Dance Fall Concert | Tues., Nov. 10 – Fri., Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A unique viewing experience, each piece is choreographed and produced as short dance films. 🩰

Songwriters & Open Mic Night | Tues., Nov. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | 710 Meeting St. | $5 | Get comfortable on stage, mingle with other songwriters and performers or watch from the crowd. 🎙️

Learn

South Carolina Leadership Exchange | Tues., Nov. 10-Thurs., Nov. 12 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Virtual | $149 members, $199 nonmembers | Over the course of three days, leaders from South Carolina’s Chamber will come together to address common issues among our communities. 🗣️

Midlands Social: Riverbanks Zoo Rhino Exhibit | Tues., Nov. 10 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo | $13.95+ | A social tour of the new rhino exhibit at Riverbanks + a discussion on the challenges of building this unique habitat. 🦏

Talk

Reader’s Morning Out | Tues., Nov. 10 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A lively discussion of this month’s read: The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata.📚

Dish 

Healthy Thanksgiving | Tues., Nov. 10 | 4-6 p.m. | Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Rd. | $35 | Learn how to whip up some healthy sides for your Thanksgiving dinner. 🌽

Active

Mindful Art & Meditation Workshop | Tues., Nov. 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | The Well Collective | $30 | A transformative night filled with yoga, guided meditation, drawing + movement. 🧘‍♀️

Play

Ladies on the Green | Tues., Nov. 10 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | The Main Course | $25 | Have a ladies night out featuring a golf lesson and a glass of wine. 🏌️‍♀️

Cause

Mocktail Mixology | Tues., Nov. 10 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $30 | Take a stand with Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Carolina by raising awareness through this virtual fundraiser. 🍸

FeaturedEvent

Sip + Paint with Ija Monet | Tues., Nov. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | The Main Course | $30 | Paint along with the local immersion artist and sip on specialty drinks. 

Wednesday, November 11

Show

Stand-Up Comedy Night | Wed., Nov. 11 | 8-9:30 p.m. | The Grand | Free | Enjoy a night of laughs on the back porch. 🗣️

The Thanksgiving Play | Wed., Nov. 11 – Fri., Nov. 20 | Virtual | $20 | Get access to this virtual, on-demand comedy by Larissa Fasthorse. 🎭

TheBuy

Holiday Market | Wed., Nov. 11 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | Shop from a variety of different vendors for all of your holiday needs. 🛍️

ForKids

Art around the World | Wed., Nov. 11 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate art around the world with stories + crafts. 🖌️

Learn

OfficePro | Wed., Nov. 11-Thurs., Nov. 12 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 128 Stonemark Ln. | Free | A conference covering human resources, customer service, public notification messaging, pay practices, IT + more. 💼

Alphabet Soup | Wed., Nov. 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | An opportunity for UofSC faculty + staff to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. 🏳️‍🌈

Thursday, November 12

TryThis

Pups’n Pints + Golden Girl Trivia | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | The Main Course | Free | In collaboration with River Rat Brewery, if you’re a Golden Girls fan, bring your A-game. 🍺

Latin Night | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 12-3 a.m. | The Joint at 1710 Main | Free | Join DJ Angel for live Salsa, Latin Jazz, Merengue + Salsa lessons. 💃

Digital Diwali | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate India’s festival of lights virtually with live music, Indian cooking demos, traditional craft classes + more. 🇮🇳

Dish

Veuve Clicquot Wine Dinner | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Ruth’s Chris Steak House | $125 | Indulge in a multiple course dinner paired with sparkling selections. 🍾

Drink

Hoppy Hour at the Zoo | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo and Garden | $12 members, $15 general admission | Unwind at the Zoo’s brand new set up for happy hour + enjoy a free drink with your ticket. 🍸

Talk

Let’s Talk Race: A Conversation with Culinary Historian Michael Twitty | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Award winning author and renowned chef will be talking about his book and offer his fresh perspective on race, southern cuisine and the cultural significance of soul food. 🥘

Film

Movie at the Speedway: Cars | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to check out the new venue while watching a family classic, Cars. 🏎️

FeaturedEvent

Digital Diwali | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate India’s festival of lights with bollywood dancing, Indian cooking demos, crafts + art. 🇮🇳

Vegan Harvest Dinner | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | The Main Course, 1614 Main Street | $50 | Chef James Scott will prepare a specialty vegan dinner for attendees at Goodlife Cafe. View the delicious menu in advance here. 🥕

Friday, November 13

Show

Sell Out | Fri., Nov. 13 | 9 p.m. | Vista Union | Free | Rock out with this band while enjoying cocktails + dinner. 🎸

Battle of the Bands | Fri., Nov. 13 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Icehouse Amphitheater | $8 | Local bands will take the stage to compete for a cash prize, hosted by Mitchell Lee, 2017 Voice Contestant. 🥁

Henry Cho | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7-10 p.m. | The Senate | $100+ | As seen on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show and more, reserve a table to hear this talented comedian. 🎟️

Cravin’ Melon Acoustic | Fri., Nov. 13 | 6-9 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Enjoy live music in the beer gardens with this fan favorite band. 🎸

Cause

Illuminight: Serve & Connect’s 5th Annual Gala | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Virtual | $35+ | An uplifting evening that will shine a light on thousands of positive untold stories.

FT5K Turkey Trot | Fri., Nov. 13-Sun., Nov. 15 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $10+ | Get your miles in for a cause + support University of South Carolina’s Dance Marathon, benefitting Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. 🏥

Active

23rd Annual Dennis Brewer Memorial Golf Tournament | Fri., Nov. 13 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | 90 Mallet Hill Rd. | $125+ | Open to all golfers of different ages and experience. Help provide “More Money for More Kids”.

League Open House | Fri., Nov. 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 1731 Bush River Rd. | Free | Learn about AMF bowling leagues with two hours of free bowling. 🎳

Dish

Lobster Dogs South Carolina | Fri., Nov. 13 | 5-8:30 p.m. | The DAM House | Free | Come Out for a chill night on the water with great beer and even better food. 🦞

Film

Jurassic Park | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to watch this family-friendly classic on the big screen. 🍿

Saturday, November 14

Show

Old School and Muscle | Sat., Nov. 14 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 111 N. 12th St., West Columbia | Free | All types of cars invited, come to see the show or bring your own. 🚗 

Shovels & Rope | Sat., Nov. 14 |  8 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $36+ | Come out to listen to good music – four guests per seating cove. 🎶

Dueling Pianos Dinner Show | Sat., Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Senate | Free | Reserve your table for this sing-along, clap-along, unique musical event where the audience gets to request the songs. 🎹

Cars and Coffee | Sat., Nov. 14 | 7:30-11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Grab your cup of coffee and tune into Facebook Live to see some of the best cars in town. 🏎️

ForPets

Soda City Boxer Bash | Sat., Nov. 14 | 12-4 p.m. | Hunter Gatherer Hangar | Free | Pups, food trucks, vendors + more. 🐶

Active

○ Junior Golf Clinic | Sat., Nov. 14 | 8-10 a.m. | The Main Course | $25 | Bring the kids (ages 7-13) to master the game of golf.

Cause

Toys for Tots Ride | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr.| Free | For all bikes, cars, trucks, slingshots and trikes, donate a toy for a child in need to support the cause.  🎁

TheBuy

2020 Christmas Arts & Crafts Market | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | SC State Farmers Market | Free | Over 100 crafters + vendors from around the midlands will showcase their creations + a silent auction benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. 🎁

Parents

Preview Day | Sat., Nov. 14 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | An open house event that will provide prospective students + parents insight into the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. ✏️

Sunday, November 15

Show

David Nail | Sun., Nov. 15 |  6-11 p.m. | The Senate | $100+ | Tickets include reserved table, food from Tin Roof available for purchase + a full bar selection. 🎤

Gypsy Jazz Sunday ‘Vieille École’ | Sun., Nov. 15 |  4-7 p.m. | The Hanger at Hunter Gatherer | Free | Grab your table early for two bands Flat Out Strangers + Hot Club Noir plus try a limited very special beer that will be in house. 🎷

Cause

2020 South Carolina Kidney Walk | Sun., Nov. 15 | 2-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Lace up to walk for kidney disease. 🩸

Learn

Words Matter: The Power of Positive Self Talk | Sun., Nov. 15 | 10-11 a.m. | The Well Collective | $11 | Examine your thoughts, shift your perspective + reframe negative thoughts with this class. 🙌

TheBuy

Sunday Market | Sun., Nov. 15 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Well Collective | Free | The Well Collective has hand selected local vendors that sell unique products for guests to support small businesses. 🛍️

Health

Flu Shot Clinic | Sun., Nov. 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Richland Library Southeast | Free | Administered by first-come, first-served basis, shots will be administered outside by a Walgreens staff member. 💉

Nov. 16-22

Monday, November 16

Holiday 

Vista Lights 2020 | Mon., Nov. 16- Sun., Nov. 22 |  11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Congaree Vista | Watch Vista businesses light up for the holidays as they host a week of special events. 🎄

Arts

Mullen 2017-2020 Exhibition | Mon., Nov. 16- Sat., Nov. 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | A small group tour discussion led by Philip Mullen, 2020 winner of the prestigious Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement. 🖼️

Cause

World Sanfilippo Awareness Day 2020 | Mon., Nov. 16 | all day | Virtual | Free | Help spread awareness for this rapidly degenerative + fatal disease. 

Community Blood Drive | Mon., Nov. 16 – Tues., Nov. 17 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 111 Maiden Ln., Lexington | Free | The Town of Lexington has teamed up with American Red Cross to replace units typically collected at the Carolina-Clemson Blood drive. 🩸

Dish

Mobile Food Monday: Island Noodles Edition | Mon., Nov. 16 |  5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Grab a box of noodles and indulge. 🥡

Film

Movie at the Speedway: Cars | Mon., Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to check out the new venue while watching a family classic, Cars. 🏎️

Active

Mindful Movement for Everyday Living | Mon., Nov. 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore habits for living well as Richland Library Online focuses on building core strength + flexibility into the middle body. 🤸‍♀️

Tuesday, November 17

Outdoors

Botany Walk on the Historic Horseshoe | Tues., Nov. 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | University of South Carolina Herbarium | Free | Meet on the steps of McKissick Museum and learn about the greenery on the Horseshoe. 🌷

Learn

Winter Birds | Tues., Nov. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the South Carolina Wildlife Federation to discuss sparrows around the state + how to attract more birds to your feeder. 🐦

Film

Jurassic Park | Tues., Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to watch this family-friendly classic on the big screen. 🍿

Arts

ArtBreak with Dr. Dinyar Patel | Tues., Nov. 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the history of modern India from a former assistant professor of history at UofSC. 🧑‍🏫

Talk

Military Outreach Group | Tues., Nov. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Columbia Chamber partners will discuss military related issues + events happening in the community. 💪

Wednesday, November 18

Dish

Farm to Trunk | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6:00 p.m. | 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia | $25Hosted by F2T Productions, stock your trunk for the Holidays while sampling 20 different wines all at a discount. All while enjoying a grazing table + live music. 🍷

Show

LIVEstream: Dick Goodwin | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | One of South Carolina’s favorites, hear this remarkable musician perform live. 🎶

○ Local & Live | Wed., Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | Carolina Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | All of Cola’s favorite local bands in one night. 🎸

TryThis

Activate: Brand Refresh Celebration | Wed., Nov. 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Market on Main | Free | Celebrate Columbia Opportunity Resource’s 15th anniversary while they unveil their new visual brand + mission statement. 🎉

Virtual Open Mic | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch or perform as poets, singers, lyricists and musicians share their talents. 🎤

Teen Writers Workshop | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Grab your pens, pencils and keyboards for a night full of writing challenges geared toward grades 6-12.

TheBuy

Holiday Market | Wed., Nov. 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | A variety of unique vendors + a food popup. 🎁

Network

USC Incubator Member Showcase | Wed., Nov. 18 | 5:30 p.m. | 2030 Gregg St.| Free | Entrepreneurs, investors + locals, learn about emerging tech startups + their business models. 🧑‍💻

Hiring & Engaging Employees During COVID-19 | Wed., Nov. 18 | 11:20 a.m.- 1 p.m. | 311 West Main St., Lexington | $10 | Learn how to recruit, interview + train team members all virtually with the Lexington Chamber. 👩‍💻

Talk

Leadership Conversation | Wed., Nov. 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | $5 | Join in on this discussion with Scott Middleton, owner of multiple Columbia restaurants as he talks innovation.💡

Thursday, November 19

Show

Kip Moore | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | Columbia Historic Speedway | $39+ | Rock all night with this country star. 🪕

 TryThis

Cookies and Cocktails | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Graduate Columbia | $35 | Master the art of cookie decorating from Embellished Dough + enjoy one cocktail on the house. 🍪

Holiday Planetarium Lighting | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 5-7 p.m. | South Carolina State Museum | $7.95+ | Embrace the holidays with the joyful lighting + showings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. 🦌

Talk

Claudia Smith Brinson in conversation with Cecil Williams | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6:30 -7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Historic Columbia for the virtual launch of Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina.

Through the Lens-Photojournalism in 2020 | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get the perspective behind the camera with Richland Library Online to discuss photojournalism. 📸

You’re an Entrepreneur, now what? | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about software + legal strategies to put you on the path to success. 🤝

Drink

Hoppy Hour at the Zoo | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo and Garden | $12 members, $15 general admission | Unwind at the Zoo’s brand new set up for happy hour + enjoy a free drink with your ticket. 🍸

Bottomless Wine Night | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 4-8 p.m. | 2711 Middleburg Dr. | $15 | Head to Badd Boys Cafe for their first bottomless wine night + special fish and chips.🍷

Dish

Hippie Chicks| Thurs., Nov. 19 | 5-9 p.m. | Craft and Draft | Free |Back for their second time, enjoy this female owned food truck serving burgers, sandwiches + more. 🍔

FeaturedEvent 

Friendsgiving | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | The Grand on Main | $75 | Bring your friends to The Grand for a five-course meal featuring a wine tasting in the private 300 club. 🍗

Friday, November 20

Film

Free Times Drive-In Movie: Ghostbusters | Fri., Nov. 20 | 8-10 p.m. | South Carolina State Fair | $25 per car | Join Free Times to watch a family favorite, Ghostbusters while enjoying food from vendors Cromer’s, Betty Jean’s Bakery + Brain Freeze.

Arts

Arts & Draughts | Fri., Nov. 20 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Virtual | Pay as you wish | Join in on art activities from home, listen to great music and pick up food from one of the partners. 🎨

TryThis

A Holiday to Remember | Fri., Nov. 20- Sun., Nov. 22 | 3-8 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Free | Make this holiday season memorable with visits to Santa, a biergarten and a holiday market. 🎄

TryThis

Evening Arts: Chef David Grillo | Fri., Nov. 20 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Cook alongside chef David Grillo from Cantina 76 and his wife as they lead this sizzling cooking class. 🌮

Show

Colaroo | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6 p.m. | The Senate | $10 advance, $15 DOS | Columbia’s first micro music festival created by UofSC students. 🎇

St. Paul and the Broken Bones | Fri., Nov. 20 | 8 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $40+ | A night of Alabama-based rock and roll. 🥁

Comedy Zone Night | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Segra Park | $70+ | On tour after his first Netflix special, laugh with Emmy award winner, Rob Schneider. 🍿

Appalachian Spring Streaming Concert | Fri., Nov. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrating their return to the concert hall, SC Philharmonic returns to the stage for guests to livestream from home. 🎼

Network

Smart City Futures | Fri., Nov. 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Brought to you by CityAge Bridge Tower Media, meet delegates + speakers.🤝

FeaturedEvent
Virtual Arts & Draughts | Fri., Nov. 20 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Virtual | Price varies | Catch amazing performances, art activities, gallery tours and more, all from home.

Saturday, November 21

Holiday

Lights Before Christmas | Sat., Nov. 21- Wed., Dec. 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo | $10+ | Nearly one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, visits with Santa, carousel rides + more. 🎅

Show

The Allman Betts Band | Sat., Nov. 21 | 8 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $24+ | A show featuring music that honors the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. 🎸

Drive-in Music Night | Sat., Nov. 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College | $25/vehicle | Reggie Sullivan will host the theater’s first drive-in night complete with music, food trucks + a bar. 🎙️

TheBuy

10th Annual Silver Bells Art and Craft Show | Sat., Nov. 21-Sun., Nov. 22 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 30 Artillery Dr., Sumter | Free | Two buildings filled with local artisans and vendors + pictures with santa. 🔔

WaterCooler

PCW: All Star Night | Sat., Nov. 21 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Seven Oaks Park | $10+ | Closing out the season with All Star Night. 🤼

Cause

Rock The Block: A FUN(d)RAISER For Trustus Theater | Sat., Nov. 21 | 3:30-7 p.m. | Trustus Theatre | $10 | A parking lot turned into an outdoor rock club for the night to support Columbia’s contemporary professional nonprofit theatre. 🎭

Play

Disney Trivia | Sat., Nov. 21 | 11 a.m. | The GRAND | Free | Enjoy brunch, speciality drinks + come in your costume for a chance to win best dressed. 🧜‍♀️

Sunday, November 22

Holiday

54th Annual Governor’s Carolighting | Sun., Nov. 22 | 5:30 p.m. | South Carolina State House | Free | A perfect way to celebrate the start of the holidays, watch as this year’s 30-foot-tall Concolor Fir is lit with thousands of lights. 🎄

Show

Ranky Tanky | Sun., Nov. 22 |  6 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $44+ | Listen to this Grammy Award winning quintet as they perform timeless music throughout the night. 🎤

Arts

Free Live Tutorial – Grinch | Sun., Nov. 22 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Follow along, step by step as you learn how to paint the grinch. 🎄

Dish

Me So Hungry Brunch | Sun., Nov. 22 | 11a.m.-3 p.m. | Craft and Draft | Free | Hosting their first brunch on Devine, enjoy a delicious meal featuring their famous shrimp and grits. 🦐

Oyster Festival Celebration | Sun., Nov. 22 | noon-10 p.m. | Pearlz Oyster Bar | Free | $15 steamed oyster dozens, $3 beer oyster shooters plus half priced wine specials, what could be better? 🦪

Nov. 23-29

Monday, November 23

Holiday

Sleigh Bell Stroll | Mon., Nov. 23 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Saluda Shoals Park | $5 | A four mile family fun walk around the glittering light displays on the river. 🔔

Active

Pilates + Beer | Mon., Nov. 23 | 6-7 p.m. | Craft And Draft Irmo | $15 | Perfect for all levels – strengthen your core, arms and legs + stay around for a free glass of beer. 🍺

Dish

Mobile Food Monday: Los Chicanos Edition | Mon., Nov. 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | Don’t wait until Tuesday to get your taco fix when you can enjoy authentic Mexican on a Monday night. 🌮

Tuesday, November 24

TryThis

Songwriters & Open Mic Night | Tues., Nov. 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor, 710 Meeting St. | $5 | Take the stage, mingle with other artists or enjoy the show from the crowd. 🎙️

Holiday Lights on the River | Tues., Nov. 24- Thur., Dec.31 | 6-10 p.m. | 6071 St Andrews Rd. | $20 per car | Two miles of lights and over 400 animated light displays shining along the river. 🌟

Wednesday, November 25

Holiday

Thanksgiving Eve Bash | Wed., Nov. 25 | 7-10:30 p.m. | Tin Roof  | Free | Celebrate the holidays while AJ Lang & Friends take the stage. 🎉

Drink

A Very Bubbly Tasting | Wed., Nov. 25 | 6-7 p.m. | The Aristocrat | $35+ | Bring your friends and enjoy one charcuterie board + tastings of five different bubbles. Call (803) 708-8004 to reserve your spot. 🍾

ForKids

Snoopy Thanksgiving | Wed., Nov. 25 | 9 a.m-12 p.m. + 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.| The Local Buzz | $40 | Drop your child off for a day full of fun including games, cookie decorating + The Peanuts feast. Venmo @thelocalbuzzcolumbia to reserve your spot. 🦃

Dish

Philly Phellows | Wed., Nov. 25 | 5-9 p.m. | Craft and Draft | Free | Kick off the holiday weekend with a pre-thanksgiving philly cheesesteak. 🥩

Thursday, November 26

Active

16th Annual Turkey Day 5K | Thurs., Nov. 26 | 8-10 a.m.| Virtual or in-person at Strictly Running | $10+ | Support Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands for Columbia’s kids and teens. 🏃

FeaturedEvent 

Thanksgiving at The Main Course + The Grand | Thurs., Nov. 26 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | The Main Course, 1624 Main Street | The Grand, 1621 Main Street | $20 | Skip the cooking this year and join The Main Course and The Grand for their very special Thanksgiving feasts. 🦃

Friday, November 27

TryThis

Winter Wonderland Launch Party | Fri., Nov. 27 | 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.| Second Wave Coffee and Books | Get excited for the daily snow pit, games + a fire pit for smores. ❄️ 

Show

Live Music with Brooks Herring | Fri., Nov. 27 | 6-10 p.m. | Carolina Ale House- Harbison | Free | Jam with Brooks Herring while enjoying happy hour until 7. 🎸

TheBuy

Black Friday on Devine Street | Fri., Nov. 27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Devine Street | Free | Visit your favorite shops on Devine for great deals on holiday shopping. 🎁

Holiday Market on Main | Fri., Nov. 27-Sun., Nov.29 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Main St.| Free | A showcase of local talented artists with live music, entertainment + delicious food.

Dish

Black Friday Brunch | Fri., Nov. 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The GRAND | Free | Take a breather from shopping with their full brunch menu + drink specials. 

Saturday, November 28

TryThis

Holiday Ornament Walk-In Workshop | Sat., Nov. 28 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | AR Workshop | $5 | Create a Holiday wood ornament while enjoying cocoa + cookies.

Paint and Sip with Krazy Paintz | Sat., Nov. 28 | 6-10 p.m.| 1320 Clemson Rd. | $25 | A night of fun with a live DJ, karaoke, trivia + giveaways. 🖌️

Show

A Night of Rhythm & Soul | Sat., Nov. 28 | 8-10 p.m.| Chayz Lounge | $25 | Join electric violinist extraordinaire JaVonne Jones for a night of soul, Latin + island rhythms. 🔉

TheBuy

Small Business Saturday | Sat., Nov. 28 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.| Devine Street | Free | Join in on shopping local to support your favorite Devine St. businesses. 🛍️

Sunday, November 29

TheBuy

A Country Christmas | Sun., Nov. 29 | 1-5 p.m. | South Carolina State Farmers Market | Free | Shop Christmas trees, decorations, treats, gifts + let the kids make crafts.🎄

Dish

3rd Annual After Thanksgiving Crabfest | Sun., Nov. 29 | 11:30 a.m. | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company | $35+ | What better way to wind down the weekend than with crab legs + drinks.🦀

TryThis

Thanksgiving Skee-Ball Tournament | Sun., Nov. 29 | 4 p.m. | 1712 Main St. | Free | Calling all skee-ball masters, compete to be in the top three finalists to win a prize. 🥎

Outdoors

Yoga and Mimosas at Jakes | Sun., Nov. 29 | 10:45-11:45 a.m. | Jake’s on Devine | $15 | An hour long vinyasa class with a free mimosa afterwards. Venmo @ColumbiaYogaCo-op to reserve your spot. 🧘‍♀️

Nov. 30

Monday, November 30

Talk

40th Annual Economic Outlook Series | Mon., Nov. 30 | 12-1 p.m.| Virtual | $20 | Hear from Darla Moore School of Business experts as they speak on the economic + political outlook for 2021.📈

TryThis

Beards + Brews + Bowling | Mon., Nov. 30 | 6-11 p.m.| The GRAND | Free | Compete in the beard contest for no-shave November with a free hour of bowling + $4 pints all night. 🎳

Clay Christmas Tree DIY Class | Mon., Nov. 30 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.| The Pitter Patter, 112 E. Main St., Lexington | $25 | Create a beautiful handmade Christmas tree with step by step instructions. 🎄

Cause

24-Hour Giving Tuesday Virtual Fundraiser | Mon., Nov. 30- Tues., Dec. 1 | All day | Virtual | Free | Bid on exclusive items while supporting the South Carolina Wildlife Federation at the same time. 🦌