If you live in an apartment in W. Columbia you know there are plenty of festivals. The Greater Columbia Area is known for hosting some of the best festivals, fairs and events in the state. There are quite a few local events coming up, and they will liven up the weekends for plenty.
Congaree Bluegrass Festival — Saturday, Oct. 1
Look to the other side of the Congaree River to Cayce, where the community holds its annual Bluegrass Festival each year. Kicking off at 11 a.m., the outdoor festival lasts all day with plenty of down-home jams to keep the night rocking. But best of all, it’s completely free. This festival will have several family-oriented activities and a special area designed just for kids. But the highlight is the bluegrass, featuring an excellent lineup of bands from throughout the area. This year you’ll see the Carolina Rebels, New Dixie Storm and Steep Canyon Rangers as well as a live performance by the Capital City Cloggers.
South Carolina State Fair — Oct. 12 – Oct. 23
When you get to the State Fair try a deep-fried Snickers or a donut hamburger. Every year, the fair draws in thousands of local and out-of-state visitors to hundreds of vendors offering fresh lemonade and funnel cakes to chicken wings and candy apples. When you are not eating, there are games and classic fair rides to keep everyone occupied. This year’s fair also hosts an impressive lineup of musicians, including G. Love and Special Sauce, the Roots and country crooner Trace Adkins. Fair admission is $1 on opening day and $10 for adult admission the rest of the week.