Exams are over, graduation is imminent, and now is the time to get out there and explore the best of what spring in the Midlands has to offer. Here are ten awesome things happening this month in (and near) Columbia.
1. Love good food? Attend the 5th Annual Taste of Black Columbia: An Evening with Kenny Latimore. The event celebrates local caterers and chefs, while supporting local historically black colleges and universities. May 8th, $65/$55.
2. Go in search of the Holy Grail! Spamalot is playing at the Town Theatre from May 8th-May 29th. Tickets range from $15-$25.
3. Have some spooky fun on a Moonlight Cemetery Tour! On May 14th, grab your flashlight and tour Elmwood Cemetery. Starts at 7:30pm, $12/adults and $6/youth.
4. Attend the SC Book Festival from May 15th through 17th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Over 100 authors will be there doing readings, having panel discussions, and signing books. Saturday and Sunday are free to everyone!
5. Check out the first ever Saluda Shoals MusicFest on May 16th, 2015 from 1pm-8pm. $10/person.
6. Do you have disco fever? Sign up for the Disco Dash 5k & Boogie Youth Run in Hopkins, SC. May 16th, starting time 9:30. Race admissions are $35 w/ shirt, and $25 w/o shirt.
7. Looking for some family fun? Check out the Forest Acres Festival from 10am-4pm at AC Flora Athletic field on May 16th. Admission and rides are all free! And there’s a petting zoo AND pony rides!!!
8. Learn more about family fitness at Gimme Five Family Fitness Day. Families can participate in obstacle courses, relay races and cooking demonstrations. Located at Charles Drew Wellness Center from 11am-3pm.
9. Love local music? Check out Edventure After Dark Presents: Vibes, a showcase of local singers and songwriters. May 21st, from 6:30-8:30pm.
10. Wanna prove how fit you are and raise money for a good cause? Participate in the Fight for Air Climb 2015, a challenge to climb the 25 flights of stairs of the Capitol Center in downtown Columbia. May 30th at 9:00am, $25 to participate; all proceeds benefit the American Lung Association.