Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 26

Posted 1/26/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 26


Thursday — Jan. 26

Donation Day
The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library are planning regular Donation Days throughout 2023 on the second Saturday and the fourth Thursday of each month (except November and December): “Books may be dropped off curbside at the side entrance to the [Irmo Branch Library], 6251 St. Andrews Road, where Friends volunteers will assist in unloading. Or you may bring books to the library’s Mungo Room.” The drop-off goes from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Find more info at

Friday — Jan. 27

NILS (concert)
Join Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) for a special performance by national touring jazz guitarist NILS. Through his long career, NILS has shared the stage with George Benson, Chante Moore, Boney James, Dave Koz and more. Rod Foster & Company will serve as NILS’ backing band for this show. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $35. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information.

Head over to the Cayce West Columbia Branch Library (1500 Augusta Rd.) for an afternoon of fun gaming with canasta, a card game in the rummy family. The games begin at 2:30 p.m., and the event is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Lee Ward & Southern Express
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by Lee Ward & Southern Express. Expect to hear an evening of country, bluegrass and down-home gospel starting at 8 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. Visit for more information.

Saturday — Jan. 28

Jeff & Charles Show (concert)
Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) presents a fun afternoon of live music with the Jeff & Charles Show. Musicians Jeff Pitts and Charles Riley play from 1 to 4 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Two Year Anniversary Party
Join Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) as it celebrates its second anniversary with a big party. There will be kids activities (balloon animals and face painting) from 1 to 4 p.m., live music from 1 to 8 p.m. and custom menu specials all day. This event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Taylor Richardson (concert)
Head over to the Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia) and catch a performance by country singer-songwriter Taylor Richardson. Showtime is 9 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit for more information.

Comic and Toy Show
There will be a comic and toy show at the Barnyard Flea Market (4414 Augusta Rd.) this week featuring local fenders from across the Carolinas and Georgia: “Comics from Golden Age through Modern, graded comics and raw, toys, local artists, there should be something for everyone.” Admission is free. Find out more info at

Irmo Chili Cook-Off & Car Show
Irmo Community Park is the site for a chili cook-off and car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration from the car show goes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., with all makes, models and years accepted. Judging starts at 11 a.m., with best in show getting a $50 cash prize. The free fundraising event for the American Kidney Foundation will also feature live DJs, games, raffles, food and a kids area. Find more info at

Sunday — Jan. 29

“World of Musicals” (concert)
The Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Irmo) presents the “World Of Musicals.” This is a globally touring ensemble of multi-talented artists performing classic hits, ballads, big-screen anthems, and iconic show tunes. Expect to hear the best of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “We Will Rock You,” “Sister Act” and many more. Showtime is 3:30 p.m., and tickets are $40. Visit for more information.

Monday — Jan. 30

Book Club
Head over to the Irmo Branch Library (6251 St. Andrews Rd.) for its weekly book club meeting. Read a variety of books and enjoy lively discussion in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The club is free to attend and runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Tuesday — Jan. 31

Music Bingo
Come play Music Bingo every Tuesday night at O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.). Enjoy an evening of music-related clues and compete for prizes including O’Hara’s Gift Cards. Music Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. It is free to attend and play. Visit for more information.

Thursday — Feb. 2

Royal Hannaford Circus
The Royal Hannaford Shrine Circus returns to the Jamil Auditorium (206 Jamil Rd. in Columbia). Bring the kids and enjoy an evening of family fun with clowns, daring trapeze artists, acrobats and much more. Showtime is 7 p.m., and advance tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for children. Day-of tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children. Visit for more information.

Across the County Line

Cody Johnson (concert)
Platinum-selling country star Cody Johnson performs at Colonial Life Arena (801 Lincoln St. in Columbia) on Jan. 27. Randy Houser opens the show. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $43 and $150. Visit for more information.

“The Secret Garden” (ballet)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) and the Newberry Ballet Guild present a performance of “The Secret Garden” on Jan. 27. Based on the classic novel, the story centers around a spoiled orphan, Mary Lennox, who moves to her uncle’s mysterious home. She discovers a bedridden cousin, an insistent maid, a boy who embodies the natural world, and a secret garden that needs tending. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $20, $15 for student admission. Visit for more information.

Oyster and Pig Roast
City Roots Farm (1005 Airport Blvd. in Columbia) hosts its 10th annual Oyster and Pig Roast on Jan. 28. F2T Productions will be cooking whole pigs from Carolina Heritage Farms, Honey River Catering Chef Gabrielle Baggette Watson will be mixing up some sides, and Kristian Niemi is roasting clusters of S.C. coastal oysters from Folly River Shellfish over the fire for you to shuck all day. Your $65 ticket will cover all you can eat. The roast begins at noon and runs until 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

“Madama Butterfly” (opera)
The Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St. in Columbia) and the Palmetto Opera present a performance of “Madama Butterfly” on Jan. 29. A classic tale of tragedy, Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is one of the most famous operas ever written. It follows the story of a young Japanese woman who falls in love with U.S. Navy Lt. Pinkerton. Showtime is 3 p.m., and tickets cost between $45 and $55. Visit for more information.

More Than Rhythm
Feb. 2, the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.) invites you to a More Than Rhythm listening party: “As part of Free First Thursday at the CMA and in celebration of Black History Month, enjoy a funk and soul listening party with DJ Lady Marauder spinning vinyl records that were the backdrop and heartbeat of the Black Film Renaissance of the 1960s and ’70s. She will be joined by More Than Rhythm series host Birgitta Johnson, who will talk with the community about specific tracks and films that reflected the blossoming of Black dance music genres of that era and the soul aesthetics that propelled the music to the forefront of Black American culture and American social politics as a whole.” This event is free, and it begins at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.


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