Things to do in Lexington County
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Friday — Nov. 18
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts an electric jam. Local musicians get together at Bill’s and play popular songs with electric instruments. The jam begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.
49 Winchester (concert)
Fast-rising alternative country band 49 Winchester performs at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia). Matt Koziol opens the show. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $20. Visit newbrooklandtavern.com for more information.
Groove Masters (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by the Groove Masters band. The event, called “An Evening Of Jazzy Rhythms,” will feature hits and classics by Beyonce, George Duke, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Gap Band, Kem, Roy Ayers and more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
Saturday — Nov. 19
Family Fun Fest
Fest includes outdoor interactive games and bounce houses along with free hot dogs and popcorn. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W Main St.). Find more info at facebook.com/icehouseamphitheater.
Natalie and the Boys (concert)
Rock/country/pop acoustic trio Natalie and the Boys perform at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce). Showtime is 6 p.m., and the event is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing for more information.
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo’s recurring nighttime holiday celebration returns for another year starting Nov. 19 and continuing through Dec. 30 on select dates (including Nov. 20 and 23). Includes displays totaling more than 1 million lights, giant illuminated animal lanterns, a winter wonderland to wander through, Santa’s Village and more. Find more info at riverbanks.org.
Holidays & Hope Stop & Shop
Radius Church (5181 Platt Springs Rd.) hosts a Holidays & Hope Stop & Shop. There will be lots of local vendors selling everything from apparel to arts and crafts, and there will also be a toy drive for the Salvation Army of the Midlands. The Stop & Shop runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit radiuschurch.org for more information.
Shop items including paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor items and more during a Holiday Market at Crooked Creek Park (1098 Old Lexington Hwy. in Chapin). The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Find more info at icrc.net.
Horse Sense Tack and Feed (1407 S Lake Dr.) hosts its third annual Harvest Market hosts more than 25 local small businesses, along with food from Vaquero Tacos, free kids crafts from Max Living Columbia and music by DJ Reggie B, along with slushies, popcorn, cotton candy and more. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/horsesenseyeske.
Jim LeBlanc (concert)
Singer-songwriter Jim LeBlanc performs at Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia). LeBlanc will play a mix of covers and originals starting at 7 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. The show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/savagecraftaleworks for more information.
Sunday — Nov. 20
Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair
Stone River (121 Alexander Rd. in West Columbia) hosts a Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair. There will be local vendors, crafters, artists and consultants with everything you need to prepare for the holiday season. There will also be a s'mores station and a cash bar with some tasty signature cocktails. The fair is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit facebook.com/stonerivercolumbia for more information.
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra (concert)
The Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St.) hosts the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra. The program for the performance is called “Norse Notes” and features works by composers from Norway, Sweden and Finland. The performance begins at 3:30 p.m., and admission is free, though donations are accepted. Visit harbisontheatre.org for more information.
Singer/songwriter Aaron Terrapin performs at Hazelwood Brewing (711 East Main St.). Terrapin will play a mix of covers and originals starting at 3 p.m. and running until 6 p.m. The show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/hazelwoodbeer for more information.
Monday — Nov. 21
Book Buzz Club
Join the Gaston Branch Library (21 South Main St.) for a meeting of the Book Buzz Club. Read a variety of books and enjoy lively discussion in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The club meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and it is for ages 18 and up. This event is free to attend. Visit lexcolibrary.com for more information.
Tuesday — Nov. 22
Family Fun Night
Join O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.) for Family Fun Night. The Public House hosts Family Fun Night every Tuesday, and there will be free balloon animals for the kids, as well as a free dessert with every kids meal. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Visit oharas-public-house.com for more information.
Wednesday — Nov. 23
Holiday Lights on the River
Saluda Shoals Park (6071 St. Andrews Rd. in Columbia) lights up the holiday nights with millions of sparkling lights along three miles featuring various colors and shapes. Activities included with admission include a winter wonder tube slide, a hayride through the lights, a laser light show on the Wetland Trail and the opportunity to color and write a letter to Santa. The event recurs nightly Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Find more info at icrc.net. (For an early, athletic look at the lights check out details on the Sleigh Bell Trot 4.2-mile timed run through them Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.).
Across the County Line
Leanne Morgan (comedy)
Comedian Leanne Morgan performs at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St. in Columbia) on Nov. 18 as part of her Big Panty Tour. Leanne has garnered more than 1.5 million followers across social media, and her popular stand-up special “So Yummy” has garnered more than 50 million views on YouTube. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets cost between $27.75 and $47.75. Visit kogercenterforthearts.com for more information.
Fear Illusion (concert)
North Carolina hardcore metal band Fear Illusion performs at Art Bar (1211 Park St. in Columbia) on Nov. 19 The band is joined by Vivisectionist, Detest the Throne, and Coffin Slide. Showtime is 7 p.m. Visit artbarsc.com for more information.
Annual Quilt Show
The Carolina Pine Quilters’ 42nd Annual Quilt Show continues through Nov. 18 at the Aiken County Historical Museum (433 Newberry St. SW in Aiken). The display of local quilters is framed this year by the theme “Charming Quilts.” Find more info at carolinapinequilters.org.
Ruben Studdard (concert)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) hosts a performance by “American Idol” winner and Grammy nominee Ruben Studdard on Nov. 20. Showtime is 6 p.m., and tickets cost between $65 and $80. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information.
“The Nutcracker” (ballet)
“The Nutcracker” begins its run at the Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St.) on Nov. 23. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet teams with the Columbia Festival Orchestra for a production of the popular ballet that continues through Nov. 27. The first performance begins at 10 a.m., and all seats are $16.50. Visit thetownship.org for more information.
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