Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Lexington SC in 2016

Lexington, South Carolina is home to the 'Jewel of South Carolina', the Lexington County Baseball Stadium, Saluda Shoals Park and other popular attractions! From fishing tournaments to holiday festivities to special annual events, there is always something to do in Lexington, SC. 

Make your hotel reservations today with one of our local hotel partners so that you can visit Lexington in 2016!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Lexington SC in 2016:

Lake Murray
Known as the 'Jewel of South Carolina', the beautiful Lake Murray provides recreational entertainment for thousands of people every year. Kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board and more in Lake Murray's calm waters. Celebrate July 4th on the lake with South Carolina's largest fireworks display and tour the lake during Purple Martin Season to see hundreds of thousands of purple martins roost on Bomb Island. Cruise around the lake on a power boat and fish for Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Catfish and more!

Fishing Tournaments
Lake Murray hosts several nationally sponsored fishing tournaments throughout the year. In 2015, the South Carolina Bass Fishing Team won the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship here on Lake Murray. In 2016, we are looking forward to the Carolinas Bass Challenge, Walmart Bass Fishing League Tournament, Bass Pro Shop's Big Bass Tour and more!

Blowfish Baseball
At the start of the 2015 Coastal Plain League Season, the Blowfish Baseball franchise moved to Lexington County. Home baseball games are played at the brand new Lexington County Baseball Stadium located off Highway 1. The new field features an expanded concourse, bowl seating for an intimate field view, Wrigley Field style box seats, a rightfield berm, leftfield lawn seating and an enclosed air conditioned hospitality club. Join us at Lexington County Baseball stadium during the 2016 season to watch the Blowfish challenge opponents at home! Click here for a complete schedule.

Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a proud recipient of a 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award! Voted one of the Top 25 Zoos in the United States, this Carolina zoo is a must see attraction near Lexington, SC. Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful botanical gardens. In addition, Riverbanks Zoo holds seven signature events every year: Springtime at the Garden Festival, Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Rhythm and Blooms, Brew at the Zoo, Riverbanks Zoofari, Boo at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas.

Gamecock Football
Head to Williams-Brice Stadium during the 2016 college football season to cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks! Led by their new Coach, Will Muschamp, the USC Gamecocks will challenge East Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, UMass, Tennessee, Missouri and Western Carolina at home. Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in your best garnet and black attire to show your support for your favorite college football team!

Masters Week
April 4-10, 2016
The US Masters Golf Tournament is one of four major championships in professional golf and it takes place in Augusta, Georgia - just a short drive from Lexington, South Carolina. Golf fans from around the world spend the week in Lexington to attend both the practice round and the official tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.  

Saluda Shoals Park
Saluda Shoals Park is a 400 acre regional park located on the banks of the Saluda River. Enjoy paved and unpaved hiking trails, biking trails, horseback riding trails, a river observation deck, boat ramps, canoe and kayak launches and picnic shelters. In addition, Saluda Splash is open daily with a minimal parking fee. There are also education centers, exhibit halls and a playground at the park.

July 4th Lake Murray Celebration
Celebrate July 4th on the beautiful Lake Murray with South Carolina's largest fireworks display! The show is choreographed to a patriotic concert that airs on the radio. Bring a chair or blanket to view this spectacular fireworks show from various locations around the lake.

South Carolina State Fair
October 12-23, 2016
The SC State Fair is ranked one of the Top 50 fairs in the United States! Enjoy 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, midway rides and live entertainment every October in Columbia, SC. Find funnel cake, corn dogs, and other delicious treats at the concession stands before you attempt to win a prize playing fair games.

St Patrick's Day Festival
Every March, 40,000 people meet in Five Points to celebrate all things Irish at the St. Pat's in Five Points Celebration. Start your morning with a Get To The Green 5K, 10K or Fun Run and stick around for the party. The festival kicks off with the dyeing of the Five Points Fountain and continues all day long as local bands battle it out for a spot on the national stage. Put on some green and head to Five Points for this exciting Columbia festival. Plan to stay late to catch all of the nationally renowned music acts!

Lexington SC Events

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lexington SC Holiday Events

Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve in Lexington, South Carolina this November and December 2015!

Race against family and friends in the Bodyshop Athletics Turkey Trot, view millions of twinkling Christmas lights at Holiday Lights on the River and ring in the New Year at the 2015 Famously Hot New Year's Eve Party! From Thanksgiving Day events to Christmas festivities to New Year's celebrations, there are holiday events and activities for the entire family happening in Lexington, South Carolina. Mark your calendar today so that you can experience the most festive events of the season!

Visiting from out of town? The Hampton Inn Lexington, Staybridge Suites, Wingate and Holiday Inn Express are offering excellent rates this holiday season. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking at these Columbia hotels.

2015 Holiday Events near Lexington SC

30th Annual Vista Lights 2015
November 19, 2015 from 5-9PM
Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at the Vista's 30th annual holiday street party! The entire Vista community will take part, with Gervais Street closed to traffic from Gadsden to Assembly streets, and Park and Lincoln closed from Lady to Senate. Start by parking in one of our convenient garages and then stroll up Gervais to Lincoln to see all the festivities. Be sure to stop by One-Eared Cow Glass & the shopping center where Backpacker is located to see all that is going on there as well.  Although they are further down Gervais there is still great things to see and do. See our map for a detail list of events. Click here for additional information.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra presented by Hallmark Channel

November 20, 2015 at 8PM
Hallmark Channel presents the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Friday, November 20, 2015. Join us at the Colonial Life Arena for this spectacular performance. Trans-Siberian Orchestra melds the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique "rock theater" that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting holiday event. Click here for additional information.

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo

November 20 - December 30, 2015
Closed Nov 26, Dec 24 & Dec 25

Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years! Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, countless animated images, nightly visits with Santa and more. Create warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods available for purchase. Click here for additional information.

Santa Signing Day at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

November 21, 2015
It only happens once a year. Santa will be available for Children to share with him their holiday wishes. Each child will receive a holiday greeting for Santa to sign plus they can purchase their own jumbo sticker and activity book for the jolly old elf to sign. Exclusive to the gift shop at Robert Mills is Santa’s Magic key, and Santa’s holiday letter kit and reindeer food, all available for the little ones to enjoy the traditions of the holidays in a special way. Parents may take pictures of their little ones with Santa, and on our vintage snow sled as well. Children may view the Historic Basement of Robert Mills where they can see the elves hard at work, gingerbread cookies and goodies baked by Mrs. Claus, the brightly wrapped packages that are ready for giving and the stockings ready to be filled by the fireplace. Sign their own name and their holiday wish on Santa’s GOOD LIST of little boys and girls. Enjoy refreshments for the holidays in the Gift Shop. Little ones can register for our holiday stocking to be given away for the holidays. Adults can register for our holiday wreath to be given away for the holidays. Save while you shop in our unique gift shop nestled in the beautiful gardens of the historic Robert Mills House, and save 30% off our entire shop. Peruse our wonderful collection of holiday d├ęcor and gift-able items all on sale now. Click here for additional information.

Holiday Lights on the River
November 25 - December 31, 2015
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night during Holiday Lights on the River. Visitors can ride the Red-Nose Express Hayride to the Wetland, ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, take a slide on the Winter Wonder Ride, walk along the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser         light show and the Deck the Doors Holiday door display. Make a craft, visit Santa's Claus'et Gift Shop and roast marshmallows. Santa will make a special appearance at Holiday Lights December 11 - 23 only. Click here for additional information.

The Nutcracker Ballet
November 25-29, 2015
Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker Ballet at the Township Auditorium November 25-29, 2015. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Student tickets are available at the Township Auditorium Box Office. Children 6 and under are FREE for the Sunday matinee only but they must have a ticket. Free children tickets are available at the Township Auditorium Box Office. Click here for additional information about this exciting Columbia performance.

Bodyshop Athletics Turkey Trot

November 26, 2015
This event includes: 1 Mile Fun Run / 2.5 Mile Run / 5 Mile Run. All proceeds from this race go directly to the High School Gameday Leadership and Prayer breakfast. Awards will be given to top 3 male & female 2.5 & 5 mile overall; 1st place male and female over 50 (old gobbler); 1st place male and female over 15 and under. Race begins at 7:30 A.M. At the Golden Hills Golf Course in Lexington, SC. Early registration ends November 15. Click here for additional information.

Lexington Snowball Festival

December 4-6, 2015
The Lexington Snowball Festival kicks off on Friday night with the Concert & Carnival in the Square. Enjoy s'mores, hot chocolate and a tree lighting at 8PM. On Saturday morning, participate in the PattyPacks Warm a Heart 5K Race and 10K Race. Saturday night, enjoy a Movie in the Square. The Santa Clause will begin at 5:30PM. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks for the family! The Snowball Festival will conclude with the Lexington Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 6th at 3:30PM. Click here for additional information.

Lake Murray Visitor Center Holiday Open House 2015

December 12 - 13, 2015
The Historic Lorick Plantation House (Lake Murray Visitor Center) steps back in time to Christmas season 1840 for our Annual Holiday Open House. Area Garden Clubs and volunteers - Coldstream Garden Club, Little Mountain Unlimited Antiques, Pisgah Lutheran Church and the Saluda Garden Club transform the Visitor Center into a Christmas haven with period decorations, including live and dried plant materials. This year the theme is Scents of the Season. Click here for additional information.

Holiday Pops Concert
December 13, 2015 at 3:30PM
Harbison Theatre presents the 2015 Holiday Pops Concert! Welcome the holiday season with the fourth annual Holiday Pops concert with the S.C. Philharmonic. Featuring classic, festive carols and contemporary holiday anthems, this family-friendly show will leave audience members with smiles on their faces and seasonal cheer in their hearts. Click here for additional information and tickets.

Christmas with the Lettermen
December 13, 2015 at 3PM
 Tony Butala began singing professionally at age seven in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and by the age of eight was singing on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. By 1960, The Lettermen - now Butala, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton - were signed to Warner Brothers Records and released their first singles: “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring,” “When,” “The Magic Sound,” and “Two Hearts.”  The vision of The Lettermen was of three strong soloists who also had the ability to perform and entertain an audience, also having the discipline needed to be group singers. The sound they came up with was one between the big band vocal groups such as the Modernaires, Pied Pipers, Mills Brothers, Four Freshmen and the early R&B rock groups such as the Ink Spots, Flamingos and the Platters. Click here for additional information.

A Christmas Carol at Newberry Opera House

December 17, 2015
With all the warmth and comfort of a cup of Christmas cheer, A Christmas Carol is packed with laughter, pageantry and gorgeous costumes. Every memorable detail of Dickens’ 1843 same-titled novel springs to life—from spine-chilling ghosts to heartfelt renditions of traditional British carols, including God Rest Ye’ Merry Gentlemen, Wassail, Wassail and Good King Wenceslas. Crotchety Scrooge, lovable Tiny Tim and all the fascinating characters we have come to love make Charles Dickens’ enchanting story a treasured holiday event. Click here for additional information.

Early Adventures: Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas

December 17, 2015
Introduce your little one to history! Enter the world of Charles Dickens and his famous A Christmas Carol as we learn about Victorian Christmas traditions! Make a Christmas cracker, an ornament, sing some carols, and listen to a ghost story, just like Victorian children traditionally did on Christmas Eve during the late 19th Century. Our Early Adventures program introduces children from ages 3-5 to history through games, crafts and stories in monthly one-hour events. Reservations are suggested. Click here for additional information.

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides
December 18, 2015
Visit the decorated halls of our historic Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion by candlelight on a guided tour. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with HC. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for a last minute storewide sale as well as refreshments, holiday tunes, and giveaways. There is limited space on the carriage rides and guests are strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance. Remaining seats for the carriages rides will be sold on a first come basis at the event.  Please note: admission to the carriage rides requires admission to the candlelight tours first. Click here for additional information.

Ronnie McDowell & Friends - Classic Country Christmas
December 19, 2015
These artists take Christmas to a new level this year with six decades of hits and over 15,000,000 in record sales! Ronnie's hits include the stirring "The King Is Gone," "Older Women," "Watching Girls Go By," "Your Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation" and a bucket full of other top songs. Ken Mellons is as country as country can get with barn burner hits like "Jukebox Jukie" and "Rubba Dubbin." Deborah Allen's monster hit "Baby, I Lied" started an amazing career that also included "Rockin' Little Christmas." Tommy Cash is not only brother to legend Johnny Cash, he is also a amazing musician with a pure country soul. Amber Hayes is a new country artists with 4 top 40 hits including "C'mon" and "Running Out of Memories." Mandy Barnett made her mark embodying Patsy Cline in "Always...Patsy Cline" at the Ryman, but has gone on to become a star in her own right. Artist Teea Goans also takes the stage with the "Nothing But the Hits" performers. Click here for additional information and tickets.

WinterFest at the SC State Museum
December 19 –23, 2015
December 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Take a break from the holiday frenzy with family activities celebrating the winter season!
Spend your winter break enjoying a variety of family friendly activities during the museum’s two-week WinterFest celebration. Programs vary each day and include activities such as “Holidays around the World” kick-off party, visits with Santa, performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, holiday crafts and more. Click here for additional information.

Breakfast with Santa
December 19, 2015
Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with our Victorian Santa Claus! Click here for additional information.

FROZEN Sing-A-Long Night
December 30, 2015 from 6-9PM
Calling all Annas, Elsas and Olafs! Enjoy a magical evening inspired by Disney’s Frozen, featuring a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa, hands-on winter crafts and activities, light refreshments and the showing of “Frozen.” “Frozen” costumes are highly encouraged. Click here for additional information.

NYE Celebration: A Masquerade
December 31, 2015
This year bring your masque and dress to impress. An Opera House, Join the Dick Goodwin Big Band and a host of guest performers to welcome the New Year with music and dancing, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine and champagne, and fireworks at midnight. Start the New Year off with a bang and a little mystery. Reserve your hotel and dinner packages early! Sponsored by Ben Arnold. Click here for additional information.

Famously Hot New Year's Eve
December 31, 2015
Now in its fifth year, #FHNY is a free, outdoor street celebration that draws a diverse, all-ages crowd from all over the nation -- last year 28,000 strong -- to downtown Columbia, S.C. The entire Midlands region comes together for the New Year's holiday, with expanded hours at family-friendly destinations, pop-up NYE parties at local restaurants and clubs, specials at neighborhood boutiques, hotel deals and more. You don't need tickets for FHNY; it's free! Enjoy regional food & drink, groove to Ms. Lauryn Hill live on stage, marvel at colossal midnight fireworks and revel in a safe, comfortable celebration, brimming with Southern hospitality. Discover the New Year in the New Southern Hot Spot! Click here to make your New Year's Eve hotel reservations today!

Happy Holidays!
Lexington SC Events

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lexington SC New Year's Eve Events

Lexington South Carolina New Year's Eve events feature fireworks, ball drops, concerts, holiday lights and more!

Ring in the New Year in Lexington, South Carolina! Celebrate with concerts, twinkling holiday lights, ball drops and family friendly activities in the Lexington SC area. From the Famously Hot New Year celebration to EdVenture's ball drop for kids to Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park, there are holiday festivities for people of all ages and interests! Where will you spend New Year's Eve 2014?

Visiting Lexington SC for these New Year's Events? Our local hotel partners offer comfortable accommodations, excellent service, free parking and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Call to make your holiday reservations and ask for the New Year's Eve specials!

Lexington SC 2014 New Year's Eve Events:

Famously Hot New Year
December 31, 2014 from 6:30PM - 1:00AM
Ring in 2015 in Columbia, SC on South Carolina's Main Street at the largest free New Year's Eve bash in South Carolina. Come for family fun and stay for The O'Jays with opening acts MisterWives and Lefty at the Washout, who will rock the street party of the year until after midnight. Countdown and ball drop at midnight! Top the celebration off with the most colossal fireworks display in the Carolinas. Admission is FREE to this New Year's Eve event.

New Year's Eve at Noon
December 31, 2014 
Get ready for Columbia’s only BALL DROP for kids! The doors at EdVenture Children's Museum open at 9am with activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world! As the countdown to noon begins, a giant illuminated ball descends and lands at the foot of EDDIE, kicking off the biggest mid-day celebration in town! Free with museum admission. Click here for additional information.

Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park
December 31, 2014 from 6PM - 10PM
Saluda Shoals Park is in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights! New Year's Eve is your last chance to check out this incredible seasonal event. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park. Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with its dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. See the three dimensional Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, the holiday classic Twelve Days of Christmas and so much more, all in sparkling lights. Click here for additional information.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Newberry Opera House
December 31, 2014
An Opera House tradition! Mark your calendars for the annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Newberry Opera House. Join in as a host of guest performers welcomes the New Year with music and dancing, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, wine and champagne. For ticket information contact the Newberry Opera House at 803.276.6264 or visit If you can't make the show, the grand finale will feature fireworks over Downtown at midnight and the dropping of "the ball" from the Opera House clocktower! Come experience Newberry's version of New Year's Eve celebration.

Happy New Year!

Danielle Snyder
Lexington SC Events

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lexington SC 2014 Holiday Events

Celebrate the holiday season in Lexington, South Carolina at Holiday Lights on the River, Lights Before Christmas, Snowville and more!

Lexington SC holiday events feature twinkling lights, holiday tunes, visits with Santa, carriage rides, holiday shows and more! Celebrate this season with family and friends in Lexington, South Carolina. Mark your calendar today for these special holiday events.

Visiting Lexington for the holidays? Contact our local hotel partners for excellent holiday rates!

2014 Lexington South Carolina Holiday Events:

Holiday Lights on the River
Now - December 31, 2014
From November 26th through December 31st, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with its dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. See the three dimensional Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, the holiday classic Twelve Days of Christmas and so much more, all in sparkling lights. Take a stroll along the boardwalk through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail and watch nature come to life in sparkling lights. Take a hayride to the boardwalk for $1 per person or walk along the new trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show and the Deck the Doors Holiday door display along the way. Holiday Lights admission applies. Click here for additional information.

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Now - December 30, 2014
Closed Nov 27, Dec 24 & 25
Experience Columbia's longest running holiday tradition! Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years. Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, counless animated images and dazzling Music in Motion Lights. There will be nightly visits with Santa, and warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Call 803-779-8717 for more information.

Now - February 22, 2015
Every day is a SNOW DAY at EdVenture Children's Museum from November 22nd through February 22nd! Strap on some ice skates and pack your mittens for a frosty, fun-filled trip to Snowville. Our most popular seasonal exhibit is cooler than ever! Crawl through an ice tunnel, climb a snow-capped mountain, sled down a snowy hill, or visit the Penguin Observation Station. It’s all in Snowville! Click here for additional information.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
November 30 - December 1, 2014
Unwrap Your Imagination! Now in its 5th year of touring multiple simultaneous productions, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle”. Broadway World calls Cirque Dreams Holidaze “The Perfect Holiday Gift, chock full of stupefying stunts that Cirque Dreams’s competitors aren’t even attempting.

Jingle All The Way
December 2, 2014 at 7PM
The former Mrs. USA, Tammy Johns, and her award winning Carolina FreeStyle dance team present a great evening of dance and celebration. Regular performers at the SC State Fair, Country Tonite Theater in Gatlinburg, Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, Walt Disney World in Florida, and New York City where they have performed on the National NBC television program the Today Show.

MCHS Band Christmas Concert
December 3, 2014 at 8PM
The MCHS Band Christmas Concert will be held on December 2, 2014 at the Newberry Opera House. Hear from Mid-Carolina High School's students in this special holiday event. Tickets are just $6.00 per person.

Carter and Holmes Orchids Christmas Open House and sale
December 4-6, 2014
Join Carter and Holmes Orchids for their Christmas Open House and Sale December 4 - 6, 2014. Enjoy 25% off orchids, 40% off foliage, ferns and houseplants, 10% off growing supplies and more. There will be blooming orchids to decorate your home for the holidays and much more! Lunch is served between 12PM and 1PM with any orchid purchase. Click here for additional information.

A Starry Night in Five Points
December 4, 2014
The newest event in Five Points! Join us on Thursday, December 4th as we celebrate everything that is wonderful about this time of year during our holiday open house. Stores will be open late and offering terrific sales and complimentary refreshments! Meet Santa, enjoy hot chocolate courtesy of H&R Block and holiday treats at the fountain. There will be music, horse carriage rides and more!

Columbia Children's Theatre presents Jack Frost
December 5 - 14, 2014
Something’s up with the weather.  The leaves are turning non-existent colors, unexpected snows are blanketing the orange groves and farmers are getting frost bite in the summer.  What is going on?  Is it global warming?  No, it’s Jack Frost being “creative” again. When Jack’s rebellion and yearning for self-expression start landing him in hot water, his parents The Snow Queen and The Frost King, decide that a little time spent with the industrious and practical Kringle family would teach the head-strong lad a lesson. Click here for additional information.

Lake Murray Visitor center Holiday Open House
December 13 - 14, 2014
The theme for the 2014 Holiday Open House is “Hooked on the Holidays.”  Come enjoy light refreshments and holiday music as we get the Lorick Plantation into the holiday spirit.  We are looking forward to having this year's decorations be provided by Pisgah Lutheran Church, Garden Club of Saluda, Coldstream Garden Club, and Meeting Street Interiors.   Also, come meet South Carolina's very own and this year's Fishing League Worldwide champion, Anthony Gagliardi.  He will be stopping by to provide autographed FLW calendars. This is a free event!

Lexington County Museum Christmas Open House
December 14, 2014 from 1PM - 4PM
Come experience Christmas traditions of the past at the Lexington County Museum as it hosts its Annual Christmas Open House on December 14, 2014 from 1PM - 4PM. Many of the 30 historic houses one the Museum complex will be open and will feature period Christmas decorations. The event is free to the public. There will be live music and light refreshments including hot apple cider and gingerbread will be served! Click here for additional information.

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides
December 19, 2014 from 6PM - 9PM
Enjoy the decorated halls of our historic Robert Mills House, the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site by candlelight on a guided tour. As the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War approaches, we will glimpse into the lives of Columbians in the 1860s. Musical entertainment, children’s activities and interpretation of the houses will reflect the uncertainty of life in the South from viewpoints of enslaved workers to those of wealthy planters. Before or after your house tour, enjoy carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for a last minute storewide sale as well as refreshments, holiday tunes and giveaways. Click here for additional information.

WinterFest at SC State Museum
December 20, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Take a break from the holiday frenzy with family activities celebrating the winter season! A State Museum holiday tradition kicks off in December with a two-week long celebration of the winter season. Call 803-898-4952 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Lexington SC Events

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014 Concerts, Festivals, Competitions and Events

Lexington SC June 2014 events feature an Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel, the Miss South Carolina Pageant, the SouthEast Crab Feast, Bruno Mars Live and more.

Compete in the 3rd Annual Paddle Bender, catch Bruno Mars Live at the Colonial Life Arena, attend the Miss South Carolina Pageant and enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza at the 4th Annual SouthEast Crab Feast. June 2014 is filled with exciting events that will be fun for the entire family. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming Lexington area events.

Visiting Lexington, South Carolina to attend these June events? Our local hotel partners offer free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Contact them today to make your Lexington SC hotel reservations.

Lexington SC June 2014 Events:

An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel
June 6, 2014 
Music Farm Productions, Ear For Music, and the Columbia Museum of Art proudly present an intimate evening with legendary singer and songwriter Art Garfunkel. Join the iconic and incomparable musician for an enthralling show of songs, stories, and a post-show question-and-answer period. Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The renowned countertenor leads a stripped-down band in a performance of lovely originals and interpretations of durable standards. Call 803-799-2810 for more information.

Southern Guitar Festival and Competition
June 6-8, 2014
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition is an annual event that will bring world caliber guitarists to Columbia, South Carolina. This Columbia festival inspires and educates guitar professionals as well as amateurs. The Southern Guitar Festival will encompass concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and an international competition.

3rd Annual Paddle Bender
June 7, 2014
Get involved at the 3rd Annual Paddle Bender, regardless of your ability level. All kayaks, canoes, and SUP's are welcome at this fundraiser for Carolina Wildlife Care. There will be 4 and 8 mile courses. The 2014 Paddle Bender will be the weekend after Memorial Day once again. There will be unique awards presented three deep in multiple categories for both race distances. Cash prizes for the top overall male, top overall female, and top tandem kayak paddlers from the 8 mile course. Click here for additional information.

Palmetto State Guitar Show
June 7, 2014 from 10AM - 6PM
The Palmetto State Guitar Show held at Jamil Shrine Temple features guitars, equipment, speakers, etc. Bring an instrument and get $1.00 off admission. Tickets are $7 per person. For more information visit

Roller Derby at Jamil Temple
June 8, 2014
The Columbia QuadSquad will compete at home against Duke City on June 8, 2014. The game will be at Jamil Temple in Columbia, South Carolina.  Flat track roller derby is a fast paced, hard-hittig sport requiring athleticism and agility. Bouts consist of a series of two minute jams with four blockers and one jammer, designated by a star on her helmet, from each team on the track. This fierce ladies flat track competition is guaranteed to excite. Call 803-772-0732 for more information.

Bruno Mars Live
June 13, 2014 at 8PM
Bruno Mars has announced the eagerly anticipated additional leg of his blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.” Following two back-to-back nights in Mars’ hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, April 18th and 19th, the acclaimed trek will hit arenas and amphitheaters across North America throughout summer 2014, including a stop Friday, June 13th at the Colonial Life Arena. The GRAMMY®-winning global superstar will be joined in Columbia by Aloe Blacc. Call 803-576-9200 for tickets.

Southeastern Piano Festival
June 15 - 22, 2014
Each summer the Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. The Southeastern Piano Festival embraces a multi-faceted personality: it is a high-level training platform for the young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond. For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists. Call 803-777-1209 for more information.

Columbia Fashion Week
June 18-21, 2014
Columbia Fashion Week is Columbia’s first official 5 day / night fashion week. Enjoy fashion, arts, chic mixers, live entertainment, exclusive shopping, and fashion education. 2012 and 2013 Designers and Retailers included Tsvety Fashion, BelindaBilly, Bianca Loren, Boutique MS, Cuties, Matching Dots, Circa Duds and more. Call 803-701-0172 for more information about this Columbia event.

SouthEast Crab Feast
June 21, 2014
The 4th Annual SouthEast Crab Feast is an All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza. Enjoy the Low Country heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood. There will be fresh out of the ocean Blue Crabs, Low Country Boil (shrimp, potatoes, corn & beef sausage), music and family fun environment. This event sells out early every year therefore we highly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance. Call 980-202-1142 for more information.

Miss South Carolina
June 24 - 28, 2014
Miss South Carolina serves as an official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant and celebrated its 75th Anniversary as part of the Miss America Family in 2011. The Miss America Organization provides over forty five million dollars annually in scholarships to young ladies throughout the country. The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is proud to rank number one among the 50 states, District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, making available over ten million dollars available in cash and tuition scholarships annually. Call 843-857-9173 for more information about this event.

Quilters Gallery Quilting & Knitting Expo
June 27-28, 2014
The Quilting and Knitting Expo in Columbia SC presents quilting fabrics, books, notions, and patterns.  Fiber enthusiasts will find yarns and sorts of things for knitting and felting.  If you love wool, there will be several wool vendors from which to choose.  Sewing machine and longarm machine vendors will be glad to give you test drive on any of the machines that they have in their booths.  Parking is free and there will be food available on site. Click here for $1.00 off admission.

Danielle Snyder
Lexington SC Events

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Lexington SC Events

Lexington South Carolina May 2014 events include live concerts, races, festivals live entertainment and more!

Cheer for your favorite couple at Lexington's Dancing with the Stars, enjoy live music and flowers at
Riverbanks Botanical Garden's Rhythm and Blooms, race in the SC Tour de Cure and head to the South Carolina Poultry Festival this May 2014. These are just a few of the exciting events happening this month in Lexington, South Carolina. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events!

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Lexington SC May 2014 Events:

Dancing With the Stars Lexington
May 1, 2014 at 7PM
Styled after TV's "Dancing with the Stars," this exciting event will provide guests with a wonderful evening of entertainment. During the evening's festivities, 12 couples will compete for the coveted mirrored ball trophies, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places which will be the People's Choice Award, and will be determined by votes received. Votes, in the form of funds donated, will determine the People's Choice Award winner. A special Judges Award, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, will be determined by a panel of judges on technical skills. Call 803-251-2222 for tickets.

Rhythm and Blooms at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
May 1, 2014 - ReggaeInfinity
May 8, 2014 - Bobby Houck
May 15, 2014 - Age Olde Trade
May 22, 2014 - Don Russo, Reggie Sullivan and Tony Lee
May 29, 2014 - John Wesley Satterfield
Music and flowers after hours. You won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment and local artists in the Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Call 803-779-8717 for more information.

SC Tour de Cure
May 3, 2014
The American Diabetes Association’s 2014 SC Tour de Cure is pleased to announce we will be riding from downtown Columbia at the historic Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Please come enjoy this beautiful historic venue and springtime ride around the Columbia area. All riders will enjoy a safe and well-marked route, superior support and gear, medical support, and outstanding volunteer support. After the ride, the Tour serves lunch, music, and fun family activities. Call 803-799-4246 for more information.

Pet Pawty 2014 
May 3, 2014
Pet Pawty is a pet friendly event organized by Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. This fundraising event and pet food drive benefits Meals on Wheels seniors and their pets. Enjoy agility dogs, cow bingo, pet adoptions, pet contests, micro chipping and more at this Lexington event. Join us for a dog-gone good time. Call 803-356-5111 for more information.

Lake Murray Triathlon
May 4, 2014
The Lake Murray Triathlon has become a favorite chance for all South Carolina Triathletes to showcase their talents against the best in the state. Nestled in the center of South Carolina athletes from the Upstate, Midlands and Coastal regions converge into Columbia each year for this sprint distance event. The swim is one counter-clockwise 750 meter loop, the bike course is long for a sprint distance event - one 16 mile loop and the 5k run course is very unique in that runners get several opportunities to see where they are in relation to the competition.

28th South Carolina Poultry Festival
May 8 - 10, 2014
One morning in 1986, members of the Leesville Merchants Association flocked together to hatch the concept of a town festival. It was Sara Shealy, famous throughout the region for eggs-traordinary fried chicken served in her Batesburg-Leesville restaurant, who courageously proposed the development of a Poultry Festival for the Lexington County community. After much clucking and crowing, the head rooster called for a vote and the Poultry Festival was hatched. Enjoy 6 stages of continuous entertainment, 30 food vendors, a carnival, 110 plus unit parade, 120 plus crafters and more than 30 commercial vendors. We look forward to seeing you at the  # 1 World’s Best Chicken Cooking Contest! Click here for additional information.

New York Minute: A Musical Revue
May 9 - 18, 2014
Directed by Leslie Dellinger and Vicky Jackson, this revue will portray the interesting and entertaining history of the American Musical starting with the Ziegfeld follies and going up to the modern musicals that we are familiar with today. Call Village Square Theatre at 803-359-1436 to get your tickets today!

2014 Lexington Wine Walk
May 10, 2014 from 6PM - 10PM
Join us at the 100 Block of East Main Street in Lexington, South Carolina on May 10th for the 2014 Lexington Wine Walk. Exhibitors, Main Street Merchants, and Restaurants will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket price includes a complimentary wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music! This exciting event benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation. Click here for additional information.

Forest Acres Rooftop Rhythms
May 22, 2014 from 5:30-9PM
Rooftop Rhythms is a free music concert hosted four times a year. This popular music event is the City of Forest Acres’ way of giving back to the community and providing a safe and fun experience for all. Bring your family and friends for a fun-filled night. Enjoy live music and free entertainment for the kids including balloon art with Joey Young, face painting with Sarah Dippity, a bouncy house, a bouncy slide and much more. Food and drink will be available from Moe’s, Tombo Grille and Daley's Dogs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a beautiful spring evening! Call 803-467-8199 for more information.

Jailbreak Lexington 5K
May 24, 2014 at 8AM
Over the past seven years, over 3,100 participants of all ages and fitness levels have gathered in Lexington to enjoy a morning of fun and friendly competition.  In the process, over $60,000 has been raised to support law enforcement efforts in Lexington County. For the second year in a row, the Jailbreak 5K has been selected as one of South Carolina’s Top Races (at all distances) by the state’s USATF representative, Bill Marable. Thanks to everyone – participants, sponsors, and volunteers – for making the Jailbreak, and the success it has enjoyed, possible. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Jailbreak Lexington. Click here for additional information.

Danielle Snyder
Lexington SC Events

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lexington SC April 2014 Events

Lexington South Carolina April 2014 events include Easter celebrations, boat shows, festivals, races, shows and more! 

Celebrate Easter at the 2014 Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival, test drive your favorite boat at the Lake Murray In Water Boat Show, enjoy great music at the River Rocks festival, compete in the Quarry Crusher Run and spend time with your children at Kids Day of Lexington. These are just a few of the exciting events coming up this month near Lexington, South Carolina. Mark your calendar today so that you can join us at these Lexington events!

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April 2014 Lexington SC Events

4th Annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival
April 4, 2014
The 2014 Flaslight Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival will be held at Gibson Road Soccer Complex on April 4, 2014. There will be over 100,000 plastic filled Easter Eggs, games, prizes, food and fun. The Carnival will run from 6-8PM. The Special Needs Twilight Easter Egg Hunt starts at 7PM, the 0-3 Early Bird Easter Egg Hunt starts at 7PM and the 0-12 Flaslight Easter Egg Hunt begins at approximately 8:25PM. Call 803-359-4048 for more information.

Lake Murray In Water Boat Show
April 4-6, 2014
Check out the Lake Murray In Water Boat Show for your chance to test drive some of your favorite boats brought to you by popular boat dealers including Carolina Inboard, Hall Marine, Marine 360 and Ray Clepper Boating. We look forward to seeing you at the Lighthouse Marina for this exciting event near Lexington. Call 803-200-1004 for more information.

Indie Grits Film Festival
April 11 - 20, 2014
Indie Grits was born in 2007, charging blindly and passionately onto the scene, with a do-it-yourself attitude. Propelled by a far-flung artistic vision, festival organizers sought to break down the walls intimidating Southern media makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked elsewhere. The spirit of Indie Grits comes from the heart of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre. The Nick serves as the festival’s anchor in historic downtown Columbia. More than a film festival full of youthful audacity, Indie Grits, now in its eighth year, is a showcase for the very best of the city’s culinary, theatrical, art and music talent. Call 803-254-8324 for more information.

River Rocks at Riverfront Park
April 13, 2014
Enjoy great music, food and drinks at the 2014 River Rocks event. Five great bands playing an eclectic range of music styles for all ages include: Toubab Krewe, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Town Mountain, Black Iron Gathering and The Restoration. Guests can go canoeing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding with local outfitters and there will be a SUP race with prizes. Kids 12 and under get in free! Call 803-960-3552 for more information.

An Evening with John Legend
April 16, 2014 at 8PM
AC Entertainment presents An Evening WIth John Legend: The All Of Me Tour. Enjoy this intimate, acoustic concert at the Township Auditorium. Doors open at 7PM and the show begins at 8PM. Call 803-576-2356 for ticket information.

Disney On Ice at the Colonial Life Arena
April 17 - 20, 2014
Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney Pixar film, Brave, compete to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. Call 803-576-9200 for more information.

2014 Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
April 25, 2014 from 7PM - 9PM
This annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites wine novices and enthusiasts alike to sip a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Listen to live jazz, enjoy savory light bites from local restaurants, gab about grapes with wine experts and check out the beer garden. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Event is held rain or shine. Call 803-779-8717 for ticket information.

Quarry Crusher Run
April 26, 2014
Can you rock the Quarry? The Quarry Crusher Run is the only race of its kind in the southeast. This once-in-a-lifetime look inside a magnificent landscape that is prohibited to the general public will leave a lasting memory in addition to the aching of your muscles and bones. The approximately 3.72-mile route starts and finishes near the Olympia-Granby Mills in the Olympia Village, but it grows each year as the quarry gets deeper. Once in the quarry, the route winds down a 10% grade through granite cliffs to the quarry floor. The approximately 400-foot ascent from the quarry floor to the finish marks the grueling event as Columbia’s most challenging foot race. Call 803-269-0001 for more information.

Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler
April 26, 2014
The Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. Established in 2002, the event attracts women of all ages and athletic abilities. From elite female runners to women participating in their first formal walk, the Heart & Sole Five Miler embraces them all. An event established by women and for women, the Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler calls attention to the number one killer of women— heart disease. At its health and wellness expo, the Heart & Sole event offers blood pressure checks, health screenings and information on healthy living to help women protect themselves from this deadly disease. Call 803-731-2100 for more information.

Kids Day of Lexington
April 26, 2014 from 10AM - 3PM
It's time again for Kid's Day in Lexington South Carolina. Join us at Virginia Hylton Park on April 26th for family fun, fabulous food and a whole bunch of knowledge.  Meet Cocky, The Clemson Tiger, Ronald McDonald, Clifford, The Chick-Fil-A Cow, Smokey Bear, Olly the Otter, ETV's Smart Cat and many more. Enjoy delicious food, fun activities, stage performances, interactive friends, art, books, crafts and more. Call 803-356-8554 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Lexington SC Events