Shaw Air Force Base Puts On “Thunder Over the Midlands” Air Show

If you’ve ever wanted the experience of watching an air force base put on an air show, or if that’s something that sounds fun and exciting to you, you’re in luck. This month, the Shaw Air Force Base of Sumter, South Carolina will be hosting the Thunder Over the Midlands Shaw Air Expo, where visitors will be permitted to explore the air force base through an open house event and watch the famous Thunderbirds and Black Daggers put on a demonstration of epic proportions.

General admission is free to the public for this event, which allows people to get a closer look at the inner workings of the United States Air Force through aerial shows and on-the-ground aircraft displays for attendants’ viewing pleasure. The goal of the expo is to introduce the general public to military hardware and build community relationships, but many people are there for one reason — to see the pilots perform.

The performers at the air show will be the US Air Force’s precision-flying demonstration team, known publicly as the Thunderbirds, and they will be accompanied by the Black Daggers, the US Army’s official Specials Ops Command Parachute Demonstration Team. These two teams were specially-selected and chosen to represent the United States military to the public. In short, that means they’re really good at what they do.

The event takes place two days on May 21st and 22nd from 8:00am until 5:00pm. If you missed the event this year, make sure you check it out next year. It is a great event for all! Do you have any photos to share? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Things to Do This May in Columbia SC

Columbia SC EventsNow that we are in the middle of May, you may be anticipating the coming of summer, the hot June and July months, and all that the warm weather brings. But, hold on a minute – May is a great month with tons to do as well!

Sure, we at Dick Dyer Toyota are looking forward to summer too but we’re not done with May yet! Check out our picks for some fun things to do during the remaining days in May:

Block Party at Lake Carolina: May 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

This family friendly block party will be hosted in Lake Carolina on Lake Carolina Boulevard. Enjoy food like 2 Fat 2 Fly wings and Marco’s Pizza, music from The Boomers, a bouncy house, face painting, and more.

Forest Acres Festival: May 18th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Come to the AC Flora Athletic Field for the best free family festival of the year! Events include a free magic show, petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, games, live bands, and community performances. In addition, fresh fare from local restaurants will also be available for purchase. This year marks the 14th year of the Forest Acres Festival, with thanks to the Rotary Club which hosts the event.

Hansel and Gretel: May 24th at 6:00 PM and May 25th at 2:00 PM

Hosted by the USC Dance Conservatory, come to the Drayton Hall Theatre to experience this rendition of the classic ballet. The show will feature student dancers ranging in age from 3 to adult. USC Dance Conservatory director and an instructor choreographed the ballet and wrote the words for this version of Hansel and Gretel.

The Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series:  May 25th beginning at 4:30

Come to The Haynes Auditorium to see The Carolina Rebels and The Hinson Girls perform live. Admission is only $7 and you can enjoy an early jam session and open stage performances before the show.

Get Your Bid On, Silent Auction & Wine Tasting: May 30th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Put on by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center, this silent auction features tons of products and services to bid on as well as a variety of wines and appetizers to try from local restaurants. Tickets are priced at $25 a person.

See, May is a pretty exciting month after all! TO find out more about these events and to check out everything else going on during the month, visit

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

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!

September Events and Festivals in Columbia SC

We at Dick Dyer Toyota love being located in Columbia, South Carolina and enjoy everything that this famously hot city has to offer. From festivals to events, concerts to restaurants, there are tons of things to see and do in Columbia.

With September kicking off last Saturday, Dick Dyer Toyota is happy to present you with some great things to take part in during the month of September:

  • Jazz Under the Stars Jazzfest: Sept. 7-8 at the South Carolina  State House
  • Columbia Greek Festival: Sept. 13-16 at the corner of Sumter and Calhoun St.
  • Irmo Okra Strut: Sept. 28-29 at   Irmo Town Park
  • Midlands Plant and Flower Festival: Sept. 28-30 at the South Carolina State Farmers Market
  • Riverbanks Zoofari: Sept. 28 at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • 5th Annual Viva La Vista: Sept. 29  at Conagree Vista

Come on out to Columbia this September for these great events!