Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Aug. 3

Posted 8/4/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Aug. 3


Thursday — Aug. 3

Loveland Coffee Artisan Market
Mary’s Mobile Market posts up at Loveland Coffee (7475 Carlisle St. in Irmo) with various vendors to complement the coffee shop’s selection of caffeinated treats as well as beer and wine. Cox Family BBQ will be around, too, for anyone who gets hungry for smoked meats. The market goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Find more info at

Friday — Aug. 4

Hannah Dasher (concert)
The Nashville Nights concert series at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) rolls on with a performance from singer-songwriter Hannah Dasher. The Savannah-born Dasher strives to keep her country music style genuine, citing Patsy Cline, Clint Black and Alan Jackson as influences. Showtime is 6 p.m., and local performer Michael Haney hosts the show. The event 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.

Brew at the Zoo
The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (500 Wildlife Pkwy.) hosts the popular annual event Brew at the Zoo. Support wildlife with samples of cold, frothy beer. From domestics to imports to specialty micros, guests can choose their brew and walk through the zoo or listen to live music. Concessions will also be available for purchase. No one under 21 will be admitted. This event runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and admission is $70. Visit for more information.

Prettier Than Matt (concert)
Popular local act Prettier Than Matt plays at Bistro On the Boulevard (1085 Lake Murray Blvd. in Irmo). The Columbia duo will play a mix of covers and originals starting at 7 p.m. The event is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Saturday — Aug. 5

The Market at Icehouse
Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) hosts the Market At Icehouse. The market is intended as a farmer/grower and local artisans market that uses a community-friendly atmosphere to promote, support and encourage local production, while educating citizens on the benefits of eating local, fresh produce and supporting local artists. There will also be live music and food trucks. Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Civil War Tour
If you’re a history buff, meet up at the Cayce Tennis Center (1120 Fort Congaree Tr.) for a Civil War Tour. This walking tour will take about two hours and run for around two miles. You’ll be able to walk the battlefield and visit the earthworks and learn about the strategies and tactics used by both sides as Sherman marched through South Carolina on his way to Columbia. Tour will run from 10 a.m. to noon and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Ragan Whiteside (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts the second of two nights featuring contemporary jazz flutist/vocalist Ragan Whiteside, performing a show called “An Evening Of Soul Jazz.” Whiteside will play her own chart-topping hits and some familiar favorites such as “Sweet Sticky Thing,” the Patrice Rushen classic “Remind Me” and more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is $40. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information.

Sunday — Aug. 6

Sunday Funday
Join Stone River (121 Alexander Rd. in West Columbia) for the weekly Sunday Funday. Bring the family and enjoy vendors, face painting, live music, food trucks, inflatables and more. Sunday Funday runs from noon to 4 p.m., is free to attend and includes a cocktail menu for grownups. Visit for more information.

Wednesday — Aug. 9

John Hartnes (concert)
John Hartnes performs at the Chophouse of Chapin (105 A Ellett Rd. Suite 104) as the restaurant continues its Blues on the Patio series: “Enjoy John’s unique acoustic style of blues and roots music while treating yourself to our Happy Hour specials or dinner.” The concert lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. Find more info at

Thursday — Aug. 10

Flagman (concert)
New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by the Florida metal/alt-rock band Flagman. The group, which blends heavy guitar rock with a distinctive Southern feel, plays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit for more information.

Peak Drift Tap Takeover
Columbia’s newest brewery takes one of Lexington’s signature taprooms. Krafty Draft Brew pub (269 Charter Oak Rd.) will feature beers from the hot new brewery throughout the day from noon to 10 p.m. Find more info at

Across the County Line

Ridge Spring Town Market
Ridge Springs Town Plaza (W. Main St.) is the place to be Aug. 5 for the Ridge Spring Town Market. This fun, family-friendly outdoor shopping experience runs from 8 a.m. to noon and includes local vendors from all around the Columbia area. The Town Market is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Hot Summer’s Night 5K
Want a chance to do some low-key but fun exercise? Head over to Strictly Running (2515 Devine St. in Columbia) on Aug. 5 for the Hot Summer’s Night 5K. There will be a full 5K road race beginning at 7:45 p.m. and a non-competitive Youth Fun Run beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visit for registration details.

Market at Richland Library
The Richland Main Library (1431 Assembly St. in Columbia) hosts The Market At Richland Library on Aug. 9. It’s a chance to shop local and meet Columbia’s farmers, bakers, artists, creators and local authors all in one place. Come shop with people from your community. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Storytime in the Garden
Grab the kids and meet up at The Museum of The Reconstruction Era (1705 Hampton St. in Columbia) Aug. 10 for Storytime in the Garden. There will be stories, songs and an activity led by Richland Library and Historic Columbia staff. The museum will provide a quilt for you and your family, but you are also encouraged to bring camping or folding chairs or your own quilt. This event runs from 3 to 4 p.m., is free to attend and is for children of all ages. Visit for more information.

Lake Carolina Farmers Market
The Lake Carolina Farmers Market returns to the Parkside Center (5 Vendue Ln. in Columbia) on Aug. 10. Shop for fresh, seasonal produce and plants, artisan food and crafts, and much more in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.


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