Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Aug. 10

Posted 8/10/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Aug. 10


Friday — Aug. 11

Johnny & Heidi Bulford (concert)
Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) concludes its 2023 Nashville Nights concert series with a performance by Johnny and Heidi Bulford. Johnny Bulford is a multi-platinum songwriter who has penned hits for Lee Brice and Chris Young, and Heidi has had her own success, landing three singles in the Top 100 on the country charts. Host Michael Haney kicks things off at 6 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Purple Martin Tour
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll enjoy the Purple Martin Tour at Jake’s Landing (220 Jake’s Landing Rd.). This intimate, six-person cruise will allow you to see thousands of purple martins up close and enjoy an evening on Lake Murray. The cruise runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $50 each. Visit for more information.

Let’s Get Loud: Battle of the Bands
Head over to the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) for Let’s Get Loud: Battle Of the Bands. Enjoy an evening of live music as rock/jazz group The Reggie Sullivan Band, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll band Civil Remedy and country/pop trio Natalie & the Boys go head-to-head. This event is a fundraiser for The Fisher House, which supports veteran families from around the state. Showtime is 6:30 p.m., and admission is $15. Visit for more information.

Saturday — Aug. 12

Interstate Exiles (concert)
Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) hosts the Columbia band Interstate Exiles. This “maximum rock & roll” band takes the stage at 7 p.m. This event is free to attend. Visit for more information.

JaVonne Jones (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) presents “An Evening Of Rhythm and Songs,” featuring electric violinist JaVonne Jones and vocalist Tara Claitt. Expect to hear hits and classics by Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Jill Scott and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $40. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information.

Training Camp
Watch some intense competitions and have some fun at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) as it presents a Training Camp session. Special guests F45 Training and a group of college football players team up against each other in live football-related games. It will be an evening of entertaining competitions, opportunities to get autographs from the players and live music. This event is free to attend, but Steel Hands Brewing will be donating a portion of the craft beer pint sales to Camp Cole, whose mission is to create a place to shine for children, teens and adults facing serious illnesses and other health or life challenges. Training Camp runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

Sunday — Aug. 13

Detest the Throne (concert)
Head to New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) for a show from Charlotte band Detest the Throne. The metal band plays with fellow heavy groups Buried in Terror, Violent End, and Coffin Slide. Showtime is 7 p.m., and admission is $10. Visit for more information.

High School Musical Drag Brunch
The Hideout (118 State St. in West Columbia) and Columbia Kings N’ Things present a High School Musical Drag Brunch. Drag queens Ramses Starr Reigns, Chanel Cartier Reigns, and Hugh Janus put on a tribute to “High School Musical” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for each show. Visit for more information.

Tuesday — Aug. 15

Spencer Rush (concert)
Join Greenville singer, songwriter and guitarist Spencer Rush for a show at LJ’s Par & Grill (318 Pilgrim Church Rd.). Rush will play a mix of covers and originals in an acoustic folk style starting at 6:30pm. This show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Family Fun Night
Bring the kids to O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.) for their weekly Family Fun Night. Enjoy free desserts with every kids meal and free balloon animals. Family Fun Night starts at 5:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday — Aug. 17

Community Expo & Career Fair
The Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber and Visitor Programs hosts a Community Expo and Career Fair at Stone River (121 Alexander Rd. in West Columbia). Learn about services provided by the local business community, from tourism programs to activities in the area. City organizations will also be present so attendees can learn more about local events. The Community Expo & Career Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

John Hartness (concert)
Ridgeway singer, songwriter and guitarist John Hartness plays at Travinia Italian Kitchen (5074 Sunset Blvd.). Hartness, who specializes in blues and roots music, performs starting at 6 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Across the County Line

Clink Black (concert)
Grammy-award-winning country superstar Clink Black plays at the Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. in Columbia) on Aug. 11. Expect to hear smash hits like “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home.” “Lovin’ Blind,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run Of Bad Luck” and many more. Opener Preston Duffee kicks things off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost between $45 and $65. Visit for more information.

Learn Freely Fest
The Richland Main Library (1431 Assembly St. in Columbia) hosts the Learn Freely Fest on Saturday, Aug. 12. Bring the kids and choose from more than a dozen fun and informative sessions. Kids can make crafts, play games, explore library resources and pick up life skills. The Learn Freely Fest runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Grow Newberry Farmers Market
The Grow Newberry Farmers Market returns to Memorial Park (1207 McKibben St.) on Aug. 12. Enjoy fresh and local produce, meats, herbs and plants, handcrafted items and artwork, baked goods and more from 9 a.m. to noon. The market is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Aiken Music Fest
The Highfields Event Center (118 Gaston Rd.) continues to host the Aiken Music Festival, which continues to put on monthly shows through October. On Aug. 12, Join Asheville soul-rock band Hustle Souls as the group hits the stage at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Visit for more information.

Stone Stew Festival
Bring the family to 1336 Corporate Dr. in Orangeburg on Aug. 12 for the Stone Stew Festival. This fun event includes live music, food, arts and crafts vendors and much more. The festival begins at 4 p.m., and admission costs between $10 and $15.

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