Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Nov. 23

Posted 11/22/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Nov. 23


Friday — Nov. 24

RSD Black Friday
Scratch N’ Spin (513 12th St. in West Columbia) celebrates Record Store Day Black Friday with a performance from local hard rock band Decadence along with a day of special releases and special deals. The store opens at 8 a.m., with the band showing up bright and early for a special acoustic set. Free to attend.

Horse Camp
Hidden Creek Stables (1122 Rawl Rd.) offers a chance for the kids to use Black Friday to learn to ride. Event includes instruction about horse care and riding horses along with games, crafts and a bounce house. Goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and requires $75 advance registration. Additional childcare available 2-6 p.m. for $10 an hour.

Saturday — Nov. 25

Niecy Blues (concert)
In-state R&B shapeshifter Niecy Blues plays, once again backed up by members of popular Columbia indie rock band ET Anderson, in a special late-addition show amid New Brookland Tavern’s closing slate at its West Columbia location (122 State St.) before moving to Five Points next month. Event starts at 7 p.m., and HRLUM opens. Find ticket info at

Civil War Tour
Take a walk through 12,000 Year History Park and learn about one of our country’s most turbulent periods with the Civil War Tour. The tour starts at the Cayce Tennis Center (1120 Fort Congaree Tr.), and you 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. The walking tour runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Sip & Shop
Get some holiday shopping done with an adult beverage in hand at Hollow Creek Distillery (112 Rocky Ridge Rd. in Leesville) at their Sip & Shop event. Bring your holiday guests out for a tasting and a bit of shopping, with items available from Bee Trail Farm, Duck Dad Flags, K&T Designs, Kyzer Bowls, Stoney Creek Cigars, The Poppel Mart, Tim Whitten Pottery, Saltbox Creations and more. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Haywire (concert)
The straight ahead country band Haywire performs at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia). The band plays classic country hits all the way up through today’s popular tunes starting at 8 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. Visit for more information.

Sunday — Nov. 26

Crackin’ Up Comedy Brunch
The Hideout in Weco (130 State St. in West Columbia) promises “an afternoon of croissants and laughter with some local comedians” at its Crackin’ Up Comedy Brunch. The event starts at 1 p.m. and has a $5 cover at the door. Recommended for those 18 and up.

Brodie Porterfield (concert)
Columbia singer/songwriter Brodie Porterfield performs at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce). Porterfield plays a stripped-down acoustic show featuring covers and original tunes starting at 1 p.m. and running until 4 p.m. This show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Civil Remedy
Local country-rock band plays an acoustic Sunday set at Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia). Event goes from 4-7 p.m. and is free to attend. Find out more at

Tuesday — Nov. 28

Land Acquisition, Transfer and Stewardship
Learn how to access, finance, conserve, preserve, and make plans to transfer land to the next generation. The event at the Lexington County Clemson Extension (605 W Main St.). goes frmo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $50. Find more at

Thursday — Nov. 30

Dick Goodwin presents The Big Band Experience (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a special Thursday night show featuring The Dick Goodwin Big Band. This 12-piece band, featuring a full brass section and vocalist Kristi Hood, will perform popular hits and classics by The Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, and more. Showtime is 6 p.m. and admission is $25. Visit for more information.

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Shandon Turkey Trot and Burn 5K
Need to work off some of those holiday pounds? Or maybe you’d just like to spend Black Friday doing something good for you? The Shandon Neighborhood in Columbia has the event for you. Head over to 601 Woodruff St. and take part in the Shandon Turkey Trot and Burn 5K on Nov. 24. This race, managed by GRIT Endurance, will benefit the Shandon Neighborhood Council, a nonprofit that will use race proceeds for improvements in the historical neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best and most creative Thanksgiving Turkey Burn attire. Prizes will be awarded for the top three most creative outfits. This event begins at 10 a.m., and registration is required for $35. Visit for more information.

“The Nutcracker” (ballet)
The Columbia Music Festival Association and Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet present “The Nutcracker” at Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. in Columbia), continuing through Nov. 26. Brodie’s troupe is joined by international artists Sakura Oka, Ihosvany Rodriguez, Leonardo Victorino and Jimmy Moon. Tickets cost between $16.50 and $22.50. Visit for more information.

“A Christmas Carol” (musical)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) presents “A Christmas Carol,” but perhaps not the version that you’re used to: “Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with this brand new, original production filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is delightful and thoroughly entertaining, and it is the perfect family holiday event. It is filled with beloved music of the season, superb staging, and tremendous artistry. This is a spectacular show that delivers a classical, heartwarming tale that put the audience in the holiday spirit.” Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets cost between $25 and $60. Visit for more information.

“A Christmas Story Christmas” (film)
The Aiken County Public Library (314 Chesterfield St SW) screens “A Christmas Story Christmas” on Nov. 25. Enjoy a new holiday story where a grown-up Ralphie returns home to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child. Starts at 3 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, conducted by the legendary Grammy-award-winning trumpeter, composer and education Wynton Marsalis, returns to the Koger Center For The Arts (1051 Greene St.) for another edition of their “Big Band Holidays” program on Nov. 28. Enjoy the soulful, big band versions of holiday classics performed by this remarkable large ensemble augmented by jazz singer Ashley Pezzotti. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $47 and $87. Visit for more information.


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