If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC there are days of fun coming up, starting today! Now that is it spring, it’s time for lots of spring-type things to happen.
Columbia might still feel like a small town in some ways, but it doesn’t feel like the country. Drive out just a few miles toward the Northeast, though, and you’ll be in a part of town that was rural not that many years ago. And for the next few days, at the Sparkleberry Country Fair, it feels rural once again. The fair — held at the Sandhill Research and Education Center— kicks off from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 24 with amusement rides; continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a full country fair (horse and buggy rides, tractors, animals, model trains and more), with rides running until 10 p.m.; and returns on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. with amusement rides once again. Admission costs: $5 per vehicle.
Happy birthday, Hubble! The S.C. State Museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope from 5 to 10 p.m. with a family-friendly evening that will feature a live-stream webcast from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum explaining how the telescope has helped deepen our understanding of the universe. Attendees can gaze into space through several telescopes and take part in various astronomy activities. Tickets are just $5 (a discount from regular museum admission), and are free for members. For additional fees, guests can take in a 25-minute Hubble Skies live sky tour, a 4D movie and visit the exhibition BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.
If you don’t have kids, maybe you should be at the Tapp’s Arts Center tonight. Why? Because the ebb:flow music collective is presenting a program of experimental music at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Culture Shake program. On the bill along with ebb:flow are video artists OK Keys and Jordan Young, who will add live video manipulation to the contemporary sounds. That means anything can happen — and that’s what musical experiments are all about. Admission is $5.
Of all the unstoppable trends in today’s popular culture, there’s perhaps no better pairing than food trucks and craft beer — greasy goodies passed through the windows of cleverly named vehicles with tasty beverages to wash them down. That’s the order of the day at today’s South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival where 20 local trucks will serve food, and beers will be available to purchase. $5 gets you into the shindig at the South Carolina Farmer’s Market. The eating and drinking goes on from noon to 5 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, the Greater Columbia Record Fair is a hot spot for collectors, with 30 vendors offering their wares. But this year’s event at the Columbia Museum of Art will also feature live music and an expanded selection of local eats. For more on the festivities, which run from noon to 5 p.m.