Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran

Oktoberfest ColumbiaOctober is upon us and you know what that means: Oktoberfest! And Holy Schnitzel, are we excited!

Held at Incarnation Lutheran Church, this year’s Oktoberfest Columbia will be from October 11-13. And as you might have guessed, there will be plenty of beer and food to enjoy.

Oktoberfest Columbia is your chance to sample some of the great local beers and breweries that Columbia has to offer, such as Der Alte Fritz and Medusa Stout from Conquest Brewery and Oktoberfest from Carolina Brewery.

In addition, there will be plenty of other beers on tap, including Becks Oktoberfest, Widmer Okto Festival Ale, Widmer Hefe, Goose Island Harvest Ale, Red Hook Wit, Hoegarden, Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, and Red Hook Pumpkin Porter.

As for food, you better come hungry because Oktoberfest is going to be your culinary destination for the entire weekend. Of course you can find your German favorites like sauerkraut, schnitzel, bratwurst, and potato salad. But there will also be a selection of other German fare to tantalize your taste buds: Spaetzle, Bratkartofeln (fried potatoes with bacon and onion), Rotekraut mit Apfel (sweet, sour cabbage with apples), Linzer (hazelnut and raspberry sandwich cookie), and Apelkuchen (traditional German apple cake).

Once you’ve got your bratwurst and beer in hand, it’s time to check out the special performances and entertainment. On Friday, you can experience the opening ceremonies, Edelweiss Dancers, and The German Connection Band.

When Saturday hits, come see the Walhalla Bavarian Dancers and receive Bavarian dance lessons. The Happy Musicians will be playing in the afternoon and The German Connection Band hits the stage again at night.

Sunday includes a special organ recital by Pastor Jim Parham and another performance by the Happy Musicians.

Oktoberfest Columbia is sure to be a great time! For more information, visit the Incarnation Lutheran Church website. We hope to see you there!

Valentine’s Day in Columbia SC

Valentine's DayFebruary is almost here and you know what that means: the season of flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day! Looking for something special to do with someone special? There are plenty of great date options in Columbia, South Carolina.

Two restaurants in particular are offering special Valentine’s Day deals. Firstly is MoMo’s Bistro, a contemporary America restaurant. Patrons will enjoy live music and a four course meal for only $80 per couple. Want to pair some wine with dinner? MoMo’s is offering this addition for only $20.

Next is Solstice Kitchen, winner of Open Table’s Best Overall Restaurant. Come on Valentine’s Day for their wine and cocktail specials. Or you can head over to World of Beer for the Valentine’s Day Sweet Pairing. Enjoy beers like Youngs Chocolate Stout paired with Framboise cupcakes.

Valentine's DayLooking for something little more out of the ordinary? Go to Love on the Wild Side at the Riverbanks Zoo. Couples will experience a walking tour of the zoo and a dinner prepared by the Riverbank’s executive chef. The Harbison Theatre is also playing Casablanca, one of the most romantic movies of all time. Champagne and desserts will be provided before the feature.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Experience a truly magical night with your loved one in Columbia, South Carolina.

Things To Do in Columbia This December

December Events

December is a very exciting time of the year, one filled with family, fun, gift giving, and spending quality time with loved ones. With family and friends in town for the holidays, you are probably looking for some fun things to do in Columbia this December to entertain your guests.

Look no further! Here are some events to help make your holiday season that much more special:

  • Blue Christmas Elvis Special
    • The Workshop Theatre: Dec. 7
  • Christmas at Kensington Mansion:
    • Kensington Mansion: Dec. 6 – Jan. 12
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    • Columbia Children’s Theatre: Dec. 6-9
  • Holiday Lights on the River
    • Saluda Shoals Park: now through Dec. 31
  • Lights Before Christmas
    • The Riverbanks Zoo: now through Dec. 30
  • Paint with Santa
    • Art Smart Academy: Dec 8
  • Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker
    • Kroger Center for the Arts: Dec 8-16
  • Bah Humbug – Scrooge’s Christmas Musical
    • Town Theatre: Dec. 14-16
  • Nights of Wonder
    • Saluda Shoals Park: Dec. 14-23
  • Train Rides with Santa
    • South Carolina Railroad Museum: now through Dec. 15
  • Crafty Feast Independent Craft Fair
    • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center: Dec. 15

From checking out Christmas lights around town to attending the Nutcracker ballet, this December is sure to be an exciting one! For more information about these events, visit http://www.columbiacvb.com/visitors/things-to-do/.

Vista Lights Holiday Street Party Columbia SC

The holiday season is memorialized and made special by the traditions we keep, year after year. One tradition that we in Columbia, South Carolina are looking forward to is Vista Lights!

From the shopping to the galleries to the food, Vista Lights is one magical night. This year it will be held on November 15 from 5-10 PM. Of course the restaurants and bars will remain open even after that for those who want to continue the celebration into the night.

During Vista Lights, Gervais and Lincoln Street are closed in historic Columbia’s Vista, allowing for the streets to be filled with people enjoying the Holiday Street Party.

And don’t forget about the tree lighting! At 7:00, everyone can witness the beautiful tree lighting which will take place on the corner of Lincoln and Gervais outside of River Runner. Mayor Steve Benjamin will be heading off the lighting this year.

There are plenty of convenient parking garages around Vista, horse carriage rides, and pedi-cabs available. For information about parking and event locations, visit the Vista Lights website at http://www.vistalightssc.com/mapparking.aspx.

We hope to see you in on November 15 in Columbia, South Carolina for Vista Lights!

Frightening Fall Events: Halloween in Columbia SC

 

Halloween In ColumbiaPut on your monster masks and witches wear because the month of Halloween is here! From the ghastly costumes to the light-hearted pumpkin carving to the bone-chilling haunted houses, October is one exciting month.

We at Dick Dyer Toyota want to provide you with a list of the most dastardly events and activities going on in Columbia, South Carolina this month. Here are our top picks:

  • Hall of Horrors: Now through Oct. 28 – at the West Columbia Jaycees
    • Haunted house benefits the SC Jaycee Camp Hope
  • Oktoberfest Columbia: Oct. 12-14 – at Incarnation Lutheran Church
    • German beer, food, music, and dancers
  • South Carolina State Fair: Oct. 10-21 – at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds
    • Rides, concerts, games, stage shows, and food
  • BOO at the Zoo: Oct.19-30 – at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
    • Children can wear their Halloween costumes for the events and the trick or treat trail
  • Gilbert’s #1 House Of Terror: Oct. 12-31 – at 739 Harley Taylor Road
    • Includes 13 rooms and 30 actors; donate 5 canned goods to receive $2 off admission
  • Scarecrows in the Garden: Now through Oct. 31 – at the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens
    • Take a look at locally hand-crafted scarecrows
  • Dracula: Ballet with a Bite: Oct. 25-27 – at the Kroger Center for the Arts
    • Performed by the Columbia City Ballet
  • Clinton Sease Corn Maze: Now through Nov. 18 – at the Clinton Sease Farm
    • 8 acre corn maze; also has a tire maze, rubber duck races, and a 40 foot slide

Get your spook on this October in Columbia, South Carolina! There is plenty to do in this frighteningly hot city!