September might signal the end of summer and the start of the school year but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end! The folks at Dick Dyer Toyota have 4 favorites in particular that are sure to make your September one to remember!
September 7th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Congaree Vista on Lincoln and Gervais Street
$10 Advance Admission, $12 General Admission, Children 12 & Under Free
Viva La Vista is your chance to experience some of Columbia’s best food, craft beer, and wine right in your favorite part of downtown, Congaree Vista. During the event, more than 20 Vista restaurants will display their culinary specialties, all at great prices. Live music will set the mood, with The Wailers headlining the event. For the adults, there will be craft beer from establishments like Columbia’s Conquest Brewery as well as the ever-popular Wine Garden. In addition, VIP passes are available. Experience everything that Congaree Vista has to offer during Viva La Vista!
September 19-21st 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
September 22nd 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At the corner of Sumter and Calhoun Streets
The 27th Annual Greek Festival is an event filled with excellent food, authentic dancing, and Greek shops and gifts! Brought to Columbia by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Festival also includes tours of the church, cultural exhibitions, video presentation, and live Greek music. Come enjoy some roasted lamb, spanakopeta, keftedes (Greek-style meatballs), gyros, and baklava. Greek wine and beer will also be available. It’s all Greek to us at the Annual Greek Festival!
September 28th 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Main Street in Downtown Columbia
Hosted by the Bella Italia Lodge, the Italian Festival is your chance to experience free entertainment, tons of delicious Italian food, check out some awesome Italian cars, and even buy some unique gifts. In addition, the Italian Festival hosts a Bocce Tournament. Bocce, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, is described as “lawn bowling” and is a fun and easy way to win some cash! The top three teams will receive a cash prize for the Bocce Tournament. Entries are limited so be sure to reserve a spot! On September 28th, we can all be Italian at the 6th Annual Italian Festival!
September 27th 7:00 PM
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
$50 Riverbanks Members, $60 General Public, $70 Day of Event
You may have been to the Riverbanks Zoo before, but you have never seen the zoo like this! Deemed the wildest fundraiser in town, ZOOfari is a night filled with animal encounters, great food, auctions, and more! Bring your friends for a stroll through the zoo to see all of the wild animals while tasting some great cuisine and sipping your favorite cocktail to the beat of live entertainment. Then stop by the live and silent auction to snatch up some awesome prizes. All proceeds from ZOOfari benefit the conservation and education efforts of the Riverbanks Zoo. Get a little wild this September at ZOOfari!