Things to do in Lexington County.
South Congaree Championship Rodeo
Head over to the South Congaree Rodeo (395 Oak St.) for a fun night with the South Congaree Championship Rodeo. Come watch the bulls buck and the riders try to hang on for that precious eight seconds. The rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $14 and $45. The rodeo continues Saturday. Visit southcongareechampionshiprodeo.com 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 wingardsmarket.com for more information.
“Frozen II” (film)
Grab the kids and head to the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) for a screening of the hit family film “Frozen II.” Enjoy Elsa The Snow Queen’s journey into enchanted forests and dark seas starting at 8:30 p.m. The movie is free to attend. Visit icehouseamphitheater.com for more information.
Ben Chapman & Co. (concert)
Nashville Nights concert series at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) continues, bringing in another up-and-coming Nashville artist in Ben Chapman & Co., who are “inspired by the honky-tonk influence of Roger Miller and the genre-blending enterprises of The Grateful Dead.” Michael Haney hosts the free show, which starts at 6 p.m. For more info, go to facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing.
Civil Remedy (concert)
Popular local band Civil Remedy plays at PK BBQ Bar & Grill (760 US-378). Join the band for a special stripped-down trio set starting at 7 p.m. This show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/pkbbqlexington for more information.
Sunset on the Shoals
Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Rd. in Columbia) invites you to “enjoy a interpretive paddle tour on the Saluda River followed by a wine tasting where you’ll sample eight different wines.” Event is dependent on river levels and weather. Boats, with all necessary equipment, provided. The event goes from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $47. Find more info at icrc.net.
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 2 hours and run for around 2 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. This tour will run from 10 a.m. to noon and is free to attend. Visit cayce12000years.com for more information.
Slip, Slide and Splash
Melvin Park (370 Eptings Camp Rd. in Chapin) is the place to cool off in the summer heat at the Slip, Slide and Splash event. Bring the kids and enjoy nine inflatable water slides, access to the splash pad and food trucks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $15, and this event is for children ages 3 and up with adult supervision. Registration is required. Visit icrc.net to register.
Lexington Munching on Main Tour
Go on this tour and eat at five top restaurants in downtown Lexington (Private Property, Bodhi Thai Dining, Keg Cowboy or Havens Coffeehouse, Alodia’s Cucina Italiana, and O’Hara’s Public House are listed, but the stops may change without notice). But local food tour company Two Gals and a Fork has more on deck for this event, as the Lexington County Museum will offer historical perspective as you walk down Lexington’s Main Street. The tour runs from 3 to 5 p.m., lasts about 2.5 hours and starts at the Private Property parking lot. Find out more at twogalsfoodtours.com.
Irmo Community Park Food and Artisan Market
Irmo’s market at the town’s Community Park (7507 Eastview Dr.) will feature homemade items and food. It goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/thetownofIrmo.
New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by Lakeview. Jesse Denaro and Luke Healy, the Nashville-by-way-of-Pittsburgh duo, will play their mix of country, rock and pop starting at 7 p.m., and admission is $15. Visit newbrooklandtavern.com for more information.
Colton Beasley Duo (concert)
The Colton Beasley Duo perform at O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.). The duo plays a mix of cover songs and originals starting at 7 and running until 10 p.m. This show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/oharasph for more information.
Bring the kids to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (500 Wildlife Parkway) for their Toucan Tuesday night. Guests visiting the zoo will receive buy-one get-one admission to the park and buy-one get-one Icees with a donation of two non-perishable food items. These items will go to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit riverbanks.org for more information.
The Old Mill Brewpub (711 E. Main St.) hosts a hilarious night of standup comedy. There will be performances by 4 local and regional comedians: Host Topher Riddle, Trashy Amber, Paul Baeza and Greg Behrens. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and admission is $15. Visit facebook.com/OldMillBrewPub for more information.
Grow Newberry Farmers Market
The Grow Newberry Farmers Market returns to Memorial Park (1207 McKibben St.) on July 22. 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 newberrycountychamber.com for more information.
Midlands Women’s Day
The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln St.) hosts Midlands Women’s Day on July 22. Women’s Day focuses on educating, empowering and nurturing women, and it also allows you the opportunity to get pampered, shop and have fun with the women in your life. Midlands Women’s Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit columbiaconventioncenter.com for more information.
Ridge Spring Farmer’s Market
Head over to Ridge Spring Town Plaza (W. Main St.) for the weekly Ridge Spring Farmer’s Market on July 22. Shop for the best local fruit and produce around 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Visit agriculture.sc.gov/farmers-markets for more information.
Sesquicentennial State Park (9564 Two Notch Rd. in Columbia) hosts the weekly Wild Wednesdays event on July 26. Children ages 6-12 can explore and discover many of the plants and animals that call the park home. Each week, the park will explore a different topic about the secrets of the forests and wetlands. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event goes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is $5. Registration is required. Call (803) 788-2706 to register.
“The Food We Celebrate” (exhibit)
Head to the Aiken County Historical Museum (433 Newberry St.) to check out the exhibit “The Food We Celebrate”: “Developed by the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Humanities, this new traveling exhibition celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina.” The exhibit highlights “20 different iconic foodways such as BBQ, Chicken Bog, peaches and more.” The exhibit runs through Aug. 27. Find more info at aikencountysc.com.
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