Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Sept. 28

Posted 9/28/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Sept. 28


Friday — Sept. 29

Rock 4 Recovery (concert)
The Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) hosts a show for a good cause with LRADAC’s Rock 4 Recovery concert. Enjoy a show from ‘80s and ‘90s pop hitmaker Taylor Dayne as she performs hits like “Tell It To My Heart,” “I’ll Always Love You” and many more. This event is a fundraiser dedicated to recovery from substance misuse and helping people in financial distress fully participate in recovery services for themselves and their families. Showtime is 6 p.m., and admission is $30. Visit for more information.

Irmo Okra Strut
It’s time for Irmo’s favorite event: the Okra Strut Festival. Bring the family to Irmo Community Park (7473 Church St.) for the first day of this two-day festival. In addition to food, drink, and rides and games for the kids, there will be live music from The L.A. Maybe and The Terence Young Music Project. The event is free to attend, but individual fees apply to rides, food and drink. Day one of the Okra Strut runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Visit for more information.

Annual Harvest Dinner
Join The FARM 1780 (1127 Corley Mill Rd.) for their 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner. Enjoy an authentic farm-to-table experience courtesy of Chef Andy Marchant. The meal will start off with the Chef’s Soup and Farm 1780 Kale Salad, followed by a main course of locally sourced pork chops and various sides. Dessert is a white chocolate and pear bread pudding. The Harvest Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Admission is $97. Visit for more information.

Riverbanks Zoofari
The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (500 Wildlife Pkwy.) presents the Riverbanks Zoofari event. Explore the zoo, have some cocktails and unique cuisine, bid on rare items during the auction, and enjoy live music. The event runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and admission is $80 for zoo members and $100 for the general public. Visit for more information.

Lori Williams (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and vocalist Lori Williams present “An Evening of Songs.” Go on a musical journey with Williams as she sings hits and classics by The Emotions, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Green, and including songs like, “I Can’t Help It,” Don’t Ask My Neighbors,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $30. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information.

Stagbriar (concert)
New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a celebration headlined by local indie rock band Stagbriar, which celebrates the release of its new album, “Telepathy.” 2 Slices and Flippants open the 7 p.m. show, which costs between $12 and $15. Visit for more information.

Saturday — Sept. 30

Civil War Tour
In the mood to explore some history? Head over to the Cayce Tennis Center (1120 Ft. Congaree Tr.) for a Civil War walking tour. Learn about The Battle of Congaree Creek, where Confederate troops fought against the capture and destruction of Columbia. You’ll be able to walk the battlefield, 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 free tour is nearly two miles long and will take about two hours. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at approximately 1 p.m. Visit for more information.

Hall of Horrors
Ready for a little early-Halloween fun? Then head over to 1153-B Walter Price Rd in Cayce for a spooky Hall of Horrors. Claiming the title of “The Midlands’ Longest Running Haunted Attraction,” the hall has plenty of scares to make you jump out of your skin. The Hall of Horrors starts 15-night runs, with dates running through Oct. 31, tonight, opening at 7 p.m. Admission is $15, with a fast-pass option for $30. Visit for more information.

The Boondock Boys (concert)
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) presents a show from the Oregon country-rock band The Boondock Boys. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is a $10 donation. Visit for more information.

Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) keeps the wave of local Oktoberfest events going tonight. In addition to a variety of drink specials and authentic German food, Savage Craft hosts a performance by the popular alternative rock band Cowboy Mouth, along with special guest Heavy Kid. This event is free to attend and runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

Tuesday — Oct. 3

Quarters of Change
New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by the New York alternative rock quartet Quarters of Change. Rebounder opens the show at 7 p.m., and admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit for more information.

Thursday — Oct. 5

Too Much Sylvia (concert)
The Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) hosts a show by the popular variety band Too Much Sylvia. The band takes a novel approach by not using a setlist, tailoring their cover material to their audience and environment. This show, part of Icehouse Amphitheater’s Lexington Live concert series, starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Across the County Line

Chicago (concert)
The classic pop-rock band Chicago plays the Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St. in Columbia) on Sept. 29. Expect to hear classic uptempo hits like “25 Or 6 To 4” and “Saturday In The Park” along with hit ballads like “Look Away” and “You’re The Inspiration.” Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets cost between $62.50 and $99.50. Visit for more information.

Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (comedy)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) presents a performance by Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks on Sept. 29. Etta May & the Southern Fried Chicks are a group of female comedians known for their quick wit and Southern charm. The troupe’s relatable jokes about life in the South and beyond have made them a fan favorite across the country. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets cost between $45 and $55. Visit for more information.

Palmetto Peanut Boil
The 2900 block of Devine St. in Columbia is the place to be Sept. 30 for the Palmetto Peanut Boil. Now in its 16th year, this event pits the best cooks and recipes in the state against each other, and the competition features teams vying for the championship trophy. In addition to all sorts of delicious peanut treats and recipes, there’s live music and kids’ entertainment. The Palmetto Peanut Boil runs from noon to 6 p.m. and is free to attend. All proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefit the Animal Mission. Visit for more information.

ColaJazz Fest
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, the City of Columbia and the ColaJazz Foundation present this year’s edition of the ColaJazz Fest. Day one of the festival will be at the State Museum (301 Gervais St. in Columbia) and day two will be at the 1700 block of Main Street in Columbia. Get ready for performances by Wycliffe Gordon & Friends, The Pete Neighbour Swingtet, Fred Wesley, the Houston Person Quartet, the Mitch Butler Quartet, and the Cottontown Soul Society. Saturday gala tickets start at $100. Sunday tickets start at $20. Visit for artist showtimes and locations.

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