If you’re getting tired of the dog days of Summer, maybe it’s time to plan your Fall to-do list! We’ve done some of the research for you here in our latest blog. The milder weather makes all of our parks, rivers and other outdoor attractions more attractive. We will share some specific things that we think you’ll enjoy this Fall! This is the Fall Must Dos In Columbia SC, so get to planning!
South Carolina State Farmers Market
Celebrate fall harvest season with fresh produce, specialty products and artisan items. Throughout the month of October, the market will feature fall flowers, pumpkins fall decor and many more fall goodies. Get updates on their FB page here – https://www.facebook.com/SCFarmersMarket 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29172
South Carolina State Fair
Celebrate the fairs return to in-person activities from Tues., Oct. 13-Wed., Oct. 24. The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. From corn dogs and blue-ribbon roses to roller coasters and prize-winning pigs, the South Carolina State Fair is best known for bringing 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, midway rides and entertainment to Columbia each October. For Fall Must Dos In Columbia SC, the State Fair is a definite fun one! Get up-to-date info about this year’s SC State Fair on their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/SCStateFair.
Scarecrows at the Robert Mills House Gardens
For the entire month of October, this free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local artists, families, business, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows.
Are You Ready For Some Football?
The South Carolina Gamecocks football program represents the University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. Take a look at the up-coming schedule on the Gamecocks website https://gamecocksonline.com/sports/football/
Leaves changing are the most beautiful things to see in the Fall. South Carolina’s warmer fall temperatures (compared to most of the country) typically mean the leaves change color a little later here. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the season. According to this fall foliage map, South Carolina can expect to see the leaves change from early October to late November, with the peak of the changes between late October and early November.
Hit the Fests!
Oktober Fest | Fri., Sept. 24 | 6-9 p.m. | Segra Park | $40+ | Sample beers, seltzers + ciders along with limited concessions.
Steel Hands Oktoberfest | Fri., Oct. 1 | 12-11 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Enjoy German beer + food, along with live music and competitions.
Savage Craft Oktoberfest | Sat., Oct. 2 | 1-10 p.m. | Savage Craft Ale Works | Free | Celebrate the debut of their Fall beer line-up.
2021 Fall Plant and Flower Festival | Fri., Oct. 8-Sun., Oct. 10 | Times vary | SC State Farmers Market | Free | Shop seasonal plants, flowers, decor + more.
Fall Craft and Vendor Fair | Sat., Oct. 9 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia | Free | Explore vendors and try out one of the “Make + Take” craft stations.
Grand Opening Harvest Festival | Sat., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | THE FARM 1780 | $5+ | This event will feature a full line-up of seasonal events, including pumpkin painting, yard games, chef demos + more.
Columbia Craft Oktoberfest | Sat., Oct. 9 | 12 p.m. | Columbia Craft | Free | There will be 3 new beer drops, themed merch, German food + polka music.
2021 Pumpkin Run and Fun Walk | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 a.m. | NorthWest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Rd., Irmo | $10+ | Wear your favorite costume to be entered into the costume contest.
Trunk or Treat | Fri., Oct. 22 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Robert Mills House | Free | Bring the kids to go trunk to trunk to collect candy or register to decorate your own vehicle.
Boo at the Zoo | Fri., Oct. 20 – Fri., Oct. 30 | Riverbanks Zoo and Garden | $12+ |
Dress up in your best costumes and explore the zoo after hours for a family fun trick or treating event.
Halloween Bash Costume Party | Fri., Oct. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | 701 Whaley | $800 | Pricing includes 1 table for up to 8 people and ticket proceeds go to the Palmetto Foundation for Prevention and Recovery.