Stay Here, Play Here: Things to do in Lexington County for the week of April 18

Posted 4/17/24

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Stay Here, Play Here: Things to do in Lexington County for the week of April 18


Friday – April 19 

Wine Tasting

The Riverbanks Botanical Garden (500 Wildlife Pkwy. in Columbia) hosts a wine tasting. Guests are in for an evening of elegance and exploration as they sample hand-selected wines and light bites. For those who prefer hops to grapes, an assortment of craft brews can be sampled in the Beer Garden. This event runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $100 for the general public and $80 for zoo members. Visit for more information. 

Trailblazing Women of Country (concert)

Get ready for an evening of country classics at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Columbia). The “Trailblazing Women Of Country” show pays tribute to the legendary trio of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, featuring Miko Marks, CMT’s 2022 “Next Woman of Country,” and Nashville-based singer Kristina Train. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40. Visit for more information. 

Rod McCoy (concert)

Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and guitarist Rod McCoy present “A Night of Soul Jazz Melodies.” McCoy, with special guest LeTron Brantley on saxophone, plays hits and classics by Babyface, George Michael, Robin Thicke, Al Green, Bobby Womack, The Isley Brothers, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Prince 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. 

Saturday – April 20 

West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day

It’s an exciting day on the corner of State St. and Meeting St., because it’s time for West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day. The streets of West Columbia will be filled with art, soapbox racing, and an obstacle course for an event that inspires creative thinking, competition, and family fun as teams come together to build unusual vehicles and awe-inspiring art installations. Enjoy a soapbox race, a food truck rally, a mini-STEAM festival with interactive exhibits and more. This event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required to participate in the events. Visit for more information. 

The McKoy Family Band (concert)

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by The McKoy Family Band. The band plays a mix of gospel and country with a little bluegrass thrown in from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. Visit for more information. 

Schoolboy Johnny (concert)

Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) presents Schoolboy Johnny, a tribute to the music of the legendary 1970s hard-rockers Bad Company. After an opening set by King Size, Schoolboy Johnny will play hits and classics like “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Rock & Rock Fantasy,” “Can’t Get Enough,” and more. Showtime is 7 p.m. and this concert is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Follywood Earth Jam (concert)

Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) and Follywood Productions host the Follywood Earth Jam. Enjoy live music from Lighten Up Francis, According to Taste and Sean Mills, and shop with local vendors selling arts, crafts and clothing. This event runs from noon to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Friends of the Museum Fundraiser

The Lexington County Museum (231 Fox St.) hosts their annual “Friends Of The Museum” fundraising event. This year’s fundraiser will help raise funds to make the museum bigger and better. The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction. All funds raised go toward the museum’s educational programs and further the museum’s strategic planning. Admission for this event is $60 and it runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Tuesday – April 23 

Music Bingo 

Hazelwood Brewing (711 E. Main St.) hosts their weekly Music Bingo night. With songs replacing the numbers on a bingo card, the host will play music, and if you have that song listed on your card, you tick it off. Music Bingo is free to attend and runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The brewery advises that players arrive early, as seats go quickly. Visit for more information. 

Thursday – April 25 

The Fringe Benefits Band (concert)

Get ready for a night classic hits from ‘60s Motown through the ‘80s and ‘90s to today at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) when The Fringe Benefits Band takes the stage. This show is part of the amphitheater’s “Icehouse Live” concert series, presented by the Lexington Medical Center. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. and this family-friendly event is free to attend. There will be food vendors on site, with beer, wine and more available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Across The County Line: 

Saluda County Farmer’s Festival

The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office (100 Law Enforcement Dr.) hosts the Saluda County Farmer’s Festival on Friday, April 19. Shop for food, clothing, arts and crafts, enjoy a tractor pull, live music, pageants, a car show, fun rides for the kids and more. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Pork in the Park

If you’re a fan of good BBQ, you’ll want to head to Newberry’s Memorial Park (1207 McKibben St.) on Friday, April 19 for the Pork in the Park event. This Southern Barbecue Network-sanctioned annual event features mouth-watering BBQ from across the southeast, along with live bluegrass music from The Brendan Roberts Band and inflatables and activities for the kids. Pork in the Park runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Amy Grant (concert)

The Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St.) hosts a performance by Grammy-award-winning pop singer/songwriter Amy Grant on Saturday, April 20. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide thanks to hits like “Love Will Find A Way,” “Baby, Baby,” “House Of Love” and more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost between $57 and $73. Visit for more information. 

John Mellencamp (concert)

Iconic rock singer/songwriter John Mellencamp performs at the Township Auditorium (1703 Taylor St.) on Saturday, April 20 as part of his “Live and In Person 2024” tour. Expect an evening of hits and classics like “Paper In Fire,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Jack & Diane” and many more. Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets cost between $49.50 and $149.50. Visit for more information.


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