Monday, July 2 | 110 Columbia NE Drive, Suite A/B/C
The Reizod Vegan Experience, Columbia’s newest vegan restaurant, will host this event for a cause, with 10% of the event’s proceeds going to Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome – vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious! Reizod, which stands for Righteousness, Ever Evolving, Integrity, Zealous, Opportunity, Deliverance, will feature a mouth-watering menu that includes Vegan Meat Lover and Veggie Pizzas, Bacon Cheeseburger and Bacon Double Cheeseburgers, plus Vegan Milkshakes! More here.
Tuesday, July 3
Celebrate Independence Day at Saluda Shoals Park, with this patriotic concert featuring the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra! The Symphony will perform a range of music, from Broadway songs to patriotic music to lively marches and sing-a-longs. Enjoy delicious treats from the Blended Bakery food truck and Dea’s Ice Cream Truck. Lawn games will be available for play. Bring a picnic blanket or chair. More here.
Tuesday, July 3
Celebrate the start of Purple Martin migration season with the Spirit of Lake Murray! On board, you’ll enjoy a full dinner on your way out to Bomb Island, to welcome the arriving birds. The special menu includes Korean Coast BBQ Beef, Orange Glazed Chicken with fresh broccoli, Ginger Soy Green Beans with garlic and more! Musician Dustin Brown will be playing your acoustic favorites throughout the event. Book your cruise today! More here.
Wednesday, July 4
Summerville will kick off its Independence Day celebrations with the town’s annual tradition of old-fashioned fireworks at dusk in Gahagan Park! Featuring games, kid-friendly activities, food vendors and much more! This is a FREE community event. More here.
2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803-908-4905
Let Quaker Steak & Lube do the cooking for your Fourth of July celebration! Specials include: Full rack of The Lube’s Baby Back Ribs for $14.99, pint-sized Side Cars of Coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, or Bourbon Baked Beans for $4.99, quart-sized Side Cars for $9.99, and Platters to feed the whole family are also available! Call ahead to go, or dine in. Call 803-908-4905 to order. Don’t Miss: Quaker Steak’s July Limited Edition Sauce is Smoky Chipotle BBQ – a fiery jalapeno-citrus sauce with a touch of molasses and brown sugar for sweetness – try it on EVERYTHING! Also, Quaker Steak’s July Featured Beverages include Tito’s Watermelon Lemonade and New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Citradelic Tangerine IPA! More here.
Wednesday, July 4
The Lexington County Peach Festival is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018! This one-day festival, held in beautiful Gilbert, SC, is a family-friendly event for all ages! Enjoy live entertainment, car show, pageants, Peach Dessert Contest, fresh peach treats, the peach parade, and of course, fireworks! More here.
Wednesday, July 4 | 410 Columbiana Drive
Join Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner on Independence Day, and enjoy their spectacular Dinner Buffet for only $24.95! Feast on an assortment of mouth-watering sliced meats served tableside, and help yourself to fresh seafood and sushi from the BEST salad bar in town! Normally $34.95, this amazing dinner deal is for ONE NIGHT ONLY! More here.
Little Pigs Barbecue will be open on July 3rd and July 4th, so make your way over to Alpine Road for Columbia’s best “Q”! Little Pigs Barbecue’s dine-in buffet is loaded with home-cooked favorites; in addition to three kinds of barbecue (mustard, vinegar and red sauces) are ribs (the only bbq buffet in town with ribs), pork chops, chicken and fish, and southern sides like rice, hash, collards, beans, mac and cheese, with their famous banana pudding for dessert! Come sit a spell and indulge, or, get it to go and enjoy Little Pigs at home OR at your picnic! More here.
Thursday, July 5
Indulge in great deals during this downtown monthly celebration! The Whig will be serving up Edmund’s Oast’s Enchantment Under The Sea IPA from Charleston; Persona Pizzeria will offer 6 oven-fired wings and a draft beer for $11 AND $5.99 one topping 10″ pizzas with $3 draft beers; Bourbon will feature $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules; Cantina 76 will have 1/2 off Original House Margaritas; and at The Grand you can enjoy a special 4th of July themed cocktail. More First Thursday specials here.
Saturday, July 7
The Brookland Beach Bash, hosted by Soda City and Palmetto Outdoor Center, will take place at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, and will feature free tubing and kayaking, your favorite beach day games and fun like volleyball, cornhole, frisbee, Spikeball, Kan Jam, Hula Hoops, Badminton, Kickball and more. Enjoy a family-friendly inflatable kid zone, Emerald’s Artistry Face Painting & Balloon Fun, and Aurelia the Deep Blue Mermaid! Live music performed by Boo Hag, Prettier Than Matt, and Kings For A Day. The day’s festivities will close with a pop-up movie showing of The Sandlot. Food and beverage offerings from Lil Duck Kombucha, Incredible Italian Ice, Kinda Cheezy, Ashley’s Yummy Tummy Catering, Brain Freeze, LLC, Cha Cha’s Food Truck, Los Chicanos Food Truck, with a variety of craft beers, Bold Rock Rose Cider and Wine Cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic kids cocktails! Free admission. More here.
Tuesday, July 10 | 229 Bush River Rd
Get a free entree during Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! All you have to do is put together a cow costume, or any sort of cow apparel, wear it to Chick-fil-A on Bush River Road between the hours of 6:30am-7pm and voila – free chicken! More about Cow Appreciation Day here, more about the Bush River location’s event here.
Tuesday, July 10 | 1614 Main St.
During Good Life Cafe’s Inaugural Trivia Night, you’ll enjoy tough trivia questions and a Full Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar! Grab your friends, form a team, and join Good Life for a night of ice cream, beer, & trivia. Grand Prize is a Good Life Cafe Gift Certificate! More here.
Friday, July 13 | 171 Langford Rd, Blythewood
Fun for the whole family! The Big Red Barn Retreat 2018 Summer Jam will be held at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood and will feature a live concert by Nashville recording artists, The Blue Pickups, with opener, U.S. Navy Veteran, Brooks Herring. Free family friendly activities include face painters, balloon twisting by Balloonopolis, an interactive bubble zone, 97.5 WCOS “Crusher Truck”, “Charlie Mike PTSD” hot rod, and a misting tent. Beer and soft drinks will be sold by the Big Red Barn Retreat, and food trucks and vendors will include The Chillin Cow ice cream, Doko Smoke BBQ, Carolina Cookin’, Kinda Cheesy, Sno Biz, Road Runner Cafe, and Senor Resources. More here.
Saturday, July 14
Part of a series of fun and educational tea tastings at The Market Tea Room! This Tasting features Medicinal Teas, which can offer relief for ailments from an upset tummy to a sore throat. Event includes tasting four teas, as well as instruction on making the perfect cup of tea. History and geography are also discussed. More here.
Saturday, July 14 | 1465 Sumter St.
Vive la France! This event, hosted by Crepes & Croissants and The Columbia World Affairs Council, will feature a delicious brunch with the French Conversation Group! This casual, fun group is for everyone from French speakers to those aspiring to speak French, to Francophiles! Join them at 10AM for this one-of-a-kind celebration! More here.
Thursday, July 19 | South Carolina State Museum | 301 Gervais Street
The 11th annual Palmetto Palate event, a fundraiser hosted by the SC Farm Bureau, showcases food and products grown locally, and celebrates SC’s farmers/producers and outstanding chefs. It’s an evening of fun, food and fellowship! Enjoy a diverse selection of delicious tapas-size dishes, participate in a top-notch silent auction featuring South Carolina products and unique items from across the state. Chefs from around the Midlands, including Chef Mikey of Pearlz Oyster Bar, will compete to be the winner of the Palmetto Palate Best Chef Award. Come out for a good time, and to support South Carolina agriculture! Tickets here.
Thursday, July 19 – Saturday July 28 | Gaffney, SC
This annual festival and salute to the peach industry kicks off in Downtown Gaffney on Thursday with live music, a Dessert Contest, Food Vendors and Kids Activities. Additional events include a Mud Bog, Road Race, Pageant, BBQ Cook Off, Carnival, Arts and Crafts, Car Show, Dirt Race and much more! More here.
Friday, July 20 | 6pm | 921 Brookwood Dr
At Swamp Cabbage Brewery, you can enjoy tours, tastings, pints, and growlers from Columbia’s third and largest microbrewery! They always have something fun happening; for this pairing, Swamp Cabbage’s tasty brews will be served alongside Blue Flour Bakery dessert treats! More details TBA here.
Sunday, July 22 (4-10pm) – Monday, July 23 (5-10pm) | 410 Columbiana Drive
It’s Rioz’ 5th Year Anniversary! To celebrate, they’re offering a two-day special deal: Enjoy their fabulous Dinner Buffet for only $21.95! You’ll love everything about dining at Rioz: The meats, like delicious prime sirloin, pork sausage, beef tenderloin, lamb, beef and pork ribs, chicken with bacon and more. Then there’s Rioz’ famous salad bar, complete with seafood and sushi and your favorite sides. Rioz also has a full Dessert/After Dinner Drink menu (excluded from dinner deal), with Brazilian Flan, Turtle Cheesecake, Reese’s Pie, Chocolate Mousse Cake and more! See more about this deal here.
Sunday, July 22
Terminix Service Inc. and the Columbia Fireflies are teaming up to bring you the hottest new baseball snack this summer: edible, BBQ-flavored crickets! The free, packaged crickets will be featured at a “Terminix Tasties” kiosk, along with stickers and face-in-a-hole photos for fans. More here.
Wednesday, July 25 | 108 Sunset Ct.
Every day, East Bay Deli serves up traditional New York-style deli favorites at its locations in downtown Columbia and West Columbia! The West Columbia location holds a Kid’s Night every Wednesday where, from 4-9pm, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply). They hold a special event on the final Wednesday of the month. July’s Kids Night will feature “Ariel & Tinkerbell from Bippity Boppity Princesses”! They will be there from 6-8PM on July 25th. More here.
Saturday, July 28 | 1231 Shop Road
Join River Rat for a fun filled Tiki Party featuring Specialty Tiki Punch Cocktails,
Prosecco Pops, over 40 beers on tap, and a great summer food menu! A complete beer list and food menu are TBA and will be posted here.
Coming up in August:
Saturday, August 11 | 1 – 7PM | City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd
The Midlands community is invited to come together to celebrate local food and the champion of the garden: the heirloom tomato, during Sustainable Midlands’ 9th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival! The festival is a celebration of locally grown food, the people who grow it, the restaurants who serve it, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it. More here.
Tuesday, August 21 | 924-A Senate Street | 803-212-6666
Veuve Clicquot is a world class champagne house that shares an unwavering commitment to quality and an incredible history of female entrepreneurship. Back by popular demand, and featuring a range of styles, this special dinner will provide guests with a fun opportunity to explore the versatility of champagne! More here.