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Festivals & Events

Though growing so quickly and becoming more diverse culturally, Lexington County remains a county of small towns. Nowhere do you see that more clearly than at the annual festivals. Presented by hundreds of volunteers paying homage to where we come from and what we eat, these celebrations usually are free for anyone who wants to go. Not surprisingly, whatever proceeds are made are donated to local charities.


February

A 10km run and wheelchair race, a 5km fitness walk, and a one-mile fun run. Includes registration details, pictures, results, volunteer opportunities, and charity
Lexington’s Race Against Hunger
A 10km run and wheelchair race, a 5km fitness walk, and a one-mile fun run.

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March

Springtime at the Garden
Springtime at the Garden
Get inspired with ideas for your garden. Shop for plants, tools, jewelry, garden art and more from more than 40 vendors.Talk with gardening experts about everything from composting and bamboo to pest problems and vegetable gardening. Plus have fun with the kids—Hands-on activities, crafts and more!
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April

State Farmers Market

Midlands Plant & Flower Show – State Farmers Market
The four‐day Plant and Flower Annual Festival is the highlight of the spring as thousands of visitors from all over the state and region descend on the market looking for plants and flowers for their home gardens. The Market is located at 3483 Charleston Highway in West Columbia, convenient to Interstates 26 and 77, and as always the admission and parking are free. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at the State Farmers Market.

Exhibitors are on hand selling a wide variety of plants, flowers, and yard décor. There will also be a booth for Clemson Extension’s Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions, and members of the South Carolina Specialty Food Association selling their Certified SC products.
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River Walk Music Festival

Riverwalk Music Festival
The free event offers a unique experience for residents by blending the sounds of music with a view of the Columbia skyline. Come and spend the day while you enjoy live music and visual arts on the banks of Congaree River.
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Pickin & Piggin

Pickin’ and Piggin’
Saluda Shoals Park celebrates spring with bluegrass music and barbecue. Savor the flavor of award-winning “Q” from South Carolina’s best barbecue cookers while enjoying live music.
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May

Kids Day of Lexington

Kid’s Day of Lexington
Held at Virginia Hylton Park the last Saturday in April, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Presented by Palmetto Chiropractic, this event is solely intended for the education of families on issues of health, safety and environmental awareness. The beneficiaries of this event are the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and the Dickerson Center for Children. The mission of KID’S DAY OF LEXINGTON is to “create a better community by educating and caring for the people of the midlands with love, honesty and laughter”.
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Lake Murray Assocation

Lake Murray Pontoon Tour of Homes
The Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Lake Murray Association. During  the tours they have been able to work with exceptional homeowners and offer their guests great experiences on Lake Murray. This fund raiser enables the Association to continue working on behalf of all those who love Lake Murray.
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Lexington Wine Walk

Lexington Wine Walk
Usually in May from 6 to 10 p.m. check their website for exact date. The Lexington Wine Walk is an annual event benefiting the Lexington Beautification Foundation.Exhibitors, Main Street Merchants, and Restaurants serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket price includes a complimentary wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music.
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Rhythm and Blooms

Rhythm and Blooms
Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment and local artists in the Botanical Garden.
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SC Poultry Festival

South Carolina Poultry Festival, Batesburg-Leesville
Every May for a quarter-century, the enterprising people of Batesburg-Leesville have been celebrating their prosperous poultry heritage. Though chickens and eggs mean fun and games one big weekend every May, they also mean a goodly portion of the local income. Poultry is a huge agribusiness in South Carolina. The South Carolina Poultry Festival has all the staples of a typical festival: parades, pageants, street dances, carnivals, crafts, food, live entertainment, car show, golf and volleyball tournaments, fireworks. But what makes it special are all things cluck-cluck – a 4H cooking contest, and the Cook-Cluck-Win-a-Buck contest.
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Tour de Midlands
Tour de Midlands…best dam ride around

You can take your pick of four routes on this beautiful ride that winds through some of the most beautiful areas of Lexington, Richland, Fairfield, Newberry Tour de Midlands and Saluda Counties!  You can choose from a 15, 30, 72 or the ultimate challenge, 102 miles that includes a ride along Parr Reservoir and all the way around Lake Murray!
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June

Lexington Town Farmers Market

Farmer's Market - June - September
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market. Join us from 9am - 12pm at Lexington Square Park on the corner of Main St. and S. Lake Dr. We have a great list of vendors always ready to showcase their local products.

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July

4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray

4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray
Imagine a parade of 100 boats or more, festooned in red, white and blue, with similarly decorated people aboard them. Add about 5,000 spectators – on other boats and at Dreher Island State Park – all marveling at the revelry and creative costuming. This is just the first part of the 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray. The event also features an evening concert of patriotic music by the Lake Murray Orchestra, followed by about 20 minutes of fireworks over the water. Registration for the boat parade is free, and the concert, on Dreher Island State Park, is free as well (after paying for park entry).
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Gilbert Peach Festival

Lexington County Peach Festival, Gilbert
Peaches and Patriotism are the stars of this time-honored festival, and maybe nothing illustrates the spirit of Lexington County better. Held every July 4, except when it falls on a Sunday, the Peach Festival is powered by generations of the same families who work year-round to make sure their hundreds of guests get an authentic taste of what makes this area special. There’s barbeque. Hamburgers. Hot dogs. And peaches – let’s discuss the ways. Besides the requisite peach cobbler and peach ice cream (don’t pass that up), you can try peach tea, peach parfait, peach sundaes, peach slushes, peach almond delights, and peach zip. Cooks can submit creations to the peach recipe contest; little girls to young ladies can enter the many levels of the Miss Peach Queen contest.
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August

South Carolina Peanut Party, Pelion

South Carolina Peanut Party, Pelion
You gotta love a town that blesses the pots it uses to boil up to 130 bushels of peanuts. At the Pelion Peanut Party, a Peanut Princess is crowned, peanut art is displayed, and yes, a Peanut Butter Sandwich Eating Contest is held. Live music, arts and crafts, softball tournament, car show, parade, and carnival are part of the menu, but South Carolina’s official snack food, boiled peanuts, are the reigning element.  The Pelion Peanut Party is steered by the Pelion Ruritan Club, members of which keep those peanut pots boiling. Naturally the festivities are held in August, when those peanuts are at their peak. S-L-U-R-P!
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Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo
Stroll through the Zoo and sample a wide variety of imports, domestics and micros. Listen to live music. Encounter animals up-close and catch presentations. Food available for purchase.
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September

Chapin Labor Day Celebration

Chapin Labor Day Festival
If it’s wholesome family fun you want, it’s here every Labor Day weekend in Chapin, “The Capital of Lake Murray.” The 5K Walk/Run in Crooked Creek Park benefits Meals on Wheels. There’s also a gospel concert, an after-church picnic, a model train display, and barbecue. The festival boasts one of South Carolina’s biggest parades, as well as a “Chapin Idol” talent contest. Look for a book sale, children’s carnival, dunking booth, and truck show. For the Midlands, it’s summer’s last hurrah. And a chance to see your favorite politicians.
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Collard Festival

Gaston Collard Festival
From Lexington County’s famous sandy soil springs its most abundant leafy green: collards. Head to Gaston every September to learn why this county is “The  Collard Capital of the World.” Besides a tasty plate of collards and barbeque, you can enjoy a chili cookoff, check out a helicopter and fire engine display, watch a parade, and view decorated cakes and cookies. Pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment and a photography contest round out the fun.
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Irmo Okra Strut

Irmo Okra Strut Festival
The festivities kick off Friday with the Okra Strut Charity Golf Tournament and concludes with a Friday Night Street Dance. The street dance draws in music lovers from all over the area. Midway through the night, the Okra Eating Contest takes place where law enforcement officers compete for this most prestigious title!

Saturday at 9:30 am, the Okra Strut parade begins with around 100 units participating each year. The festival opens at 10 AM. From corndogs,to the famous “fried okra” their is something for everyone. The day is filled with arts & crafts exhibits, non-profit and business exhibits, amusements & games, dunkin booth, kids’ okra-eating contest, puppet shows, portraits with “Okra Man,” and much, much more.
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Rhythm on the River Concert Series

Rhythm on the River Concert Series
This concert series is held every fall at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. Known for its beautiful location with a spectacular view of Downtown Columbia this music festival plays host to a wide array of bands and performers every Friday and Saturday night, from 6-9 PM.
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October

Boo at the Riverbanks Zoo

Boo at the Zoo
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
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Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors

Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
Fear returns to the Midlands every October as the Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees present the Hall of Horrors. The Hall of Horrors is the longest-running non-profit haunted attraction in South Carolina.
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Congaree Bluegrass Festival

Congaree Bluegrass Festival, Cayce
Still in its infancy in its third year, the Congaree Bluegrass Festival nevertheless has drawn hundreds of music fans to Cayce’s Granby Gardens Park. Scheduled for the first Saturday in October, the Congaree Bluegrass Festival is named for the river so important in Cayce’s development. Food vendors are on the premises; alcohol isn’t allowed.
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Gilbert's #1 House of Terror

Gilbert House of Terror
Gilbert’s #1 House of Terror started over 13 years ago.  It started with three rooms and two actors and was called Bill’s Grill’s Haunted House.  As each year has passed, something new has been added: whether it was rooms or actors. Today’s Gilbert’s#1 House of Terror has grown to approximately 30 actors, 13 rooms, and 9 nights of fright.  Each year brings something new!
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Habitat for Humanity Run/Walk

Habitat for Humanity Run/Walk
100% of the proceeds of the Habitat for Humanity Run/Walk goes to support the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity to build homes in the Cayce/West Columbia area. An added benefit is to increase awareness of Habitat for Humanity, a world-wide, Christian organization that works in partnership with God and people everywhere to build decent, affordable houses in which people can live and grow into all that God intended.

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November

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night! Runs through December 30th.
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Holiday Lights on the River - Saluda Shoals Park

Holiday Lights on the River – Saluda Shoals Park
The holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to enjoy the spirit of the season than taking a magical ride through a winter wonderland of light displays and beautifully animated scenes during Holiday Lights on the River. From the end of November through December 31st, Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park!
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December

Snowball Festival

Town of Lexington Snowball Festival
Held the first weekend in December, The Town of Lexington’s Snowball Festival is the kick-off to the holiday season in Lexington. The two-day event kick’s-off with a 5K race benefiting Patty Packs, a 501C3 dedicated to assisting individuals and families faced with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Saturday evening, is Adult’s Night Out with a formal dance to include food and libations. Sunday is jammed packed with a cell phone walking tour of historic downtown Lexington, the annual Christmas Parade and concludes with a concert and tree lighting at the new Lexington Square.

West Metro Holiday of Lights

West Metro Holiday Parade of Lights
The West Metro Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the highlight of the holiday season in the Midlands. Held the first Sunday in December this night time parade begins at 5:30 pm at the corner of Hwy. 1 & 12th Street in West Columbia and proceeds down 12th Street ending in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex. Come out and come early as crowds have been estimated over 20,000! Bleacher seating available in front of the chamber office.
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Christmas Traditions, Cayce Historical Museum
The Cayce Historical Museum, built to resemble a 1700′s trading post, is decorated for the Yuletide. Costumed docents greet and guide guests through the museum and grounds.
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Christmas Sampler, Lexington Leisure Center 
Second Saturday in December, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Artisans from the Southeast show and sell their handmade items at the Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road. Entry fee for artists; free for visitors; canned donation suggested.
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Christmas Peddler, Tri-City Leisure Center
Second Saturday in December, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Artisans from the Southeast show and sell their handmade items at the Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Avenue, West Columbia.
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Holiday Open House, Lexington County Museum 
Second Sunday in December, 2-5 p.m.
The John Fox House is decorated in the period of the mid-19th Century; guests can stroll around the grounds and visit other buildings. The free event includes hot apple cider, gingerbread, and the famous German stollen bread.
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Holiday Open House, Lorick Plantation House
Second weekend in December at the historic location of the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office. Local garden clubs decorate the home in 1840′s period style, with greenery and handmade decorations. Free; light refreshments served.
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