Weekly Top Ten: What's Happening in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We've got a little bit of everything for you in this week's Top Ten Events in the Midlands! From jazz and gospel to bluegrass, R&B and Celtic tunes, super heroes, fishing, okra and wildlife, there's plenty to do, folks! Which will you choose?

Riverbanks ZOOfari
Friday, September 26, 2014 -- 7-10 p.m.
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $50-70

Embark on an epicurean expedition, encounter animals up-close and support wildlife conservation at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden at the wildest fundraiser in town! Enjoy a sunset safari through the zoo while sampling a variety of African-inspired cuisine complemented by creative concoctions. Join in the live & silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items such as Grapes with Apes, a private wine tasting with the silverbacks, or Party with the Penguins, a cocktail party with the delightful tuxedo-clad residents! New this year, guests will have an opportunity to step inside Riverbanks' African elephant yard and experience a pachyderm's perspective. Drums echoing the night will entertain and offer guests a chance to try their hand at African steel drumming.

A Night of Dinner & Gospel Jazz with Terence Young
Friday, September 26, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m.
Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, West Columbia, SC
Tickets:$25 Advance; $30 Door

The Banquet & Conference Center presents "An Evening of Dinner and Gospel Jazz!" featuring the smooth sounds of local musician Terence Young. Ticket price includes a delightful dinner from Brookland. It's the perfect way to unwind from a busy week!

Irmo Okra Strut
Friday, September 26 - Saturday, September 27, 2014
Irmo Community Park & Various Locations, Irmo, SC
Admission: FREE

Don't miss the nation's original celebration of okra! A local fave, this two-day festival offers food and fun for everyone with its parade, street dance, arts and crafts, rides and amusements, petting zoo, lots of festival food and plenty of okra, of course! Columbia's own Tokyo Joe will kick off the entertainment on Friday evening, followed by Mothers Finest. Rumor has it there may also be an Elvis sighting along the way!

CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series, featuring Thistledown Tinkers w/Syr
Friday, September 26, 2014 -- 6-9 p.m.
West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, West Columbia, SC
RAINOUT LOCATION: Jillian's in the Vista
Admission: FREE

CMC Steel & the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce continue their fall Rhythm on the River Concert Series with powerful music duo on a mission to make Celtic music that forces folks to stand up and take notice. This is not the fragile, romanticized Celtic music you hear in movie soundtracks, but the kind that makes you sing along and stomp your feet!

Midlands Plant & Flower Festival
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28, 2014
SC State Farmers Market, West Columbia, SC
Admission: FREE

With cooler weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get outside and spruce up your yard. Just in time, the SC Department of Agriculture holds its 5th annual Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival this weekend at the State Farmers Market. Festival vendors will have everything from lawn and garden décor to seasonal plants and flowers. Clemson Extension's Master Gardeners will also be present throughout the event to answer all of your home landscape questions.  

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28, 2014
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $22-77 (Ages 1 & Under Free)

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live show experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you've seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. You'll definitely feel the energy—with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more, it's being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it! Watch the preview HERE: http://shout.lt/FwVm. #MarvelCLA

Jason Williamson Big Bass Classic
Saturday, September 27 - Sunday, September 28, 2014
Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity, SC

The Oakley Big Bass Tour heads to Lake Murray for the Jason Williamson Big Bass Classic this weekend! Find all the details HERE: www.oakleybigbass.com.

8th Annual Haynes Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, September 27, 2014 -- 4-9:30 p.m.
Leesville College Park, Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Admission: FREE

September's Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Festival brings their season to a close and allows many of our bands that have performed at their monthly shows throughout the year a chance to get together for music and fellowship. The festival gets at 4pm with The Pinehill Ramblers. Other bands performing are Rabon Creek, The New Bluegrass Gospel Connection, The Carolina Rebels, Flatland Express and Jedd. word has it that The Poor Boy Cruisers may drop in with their classic cars, too. Bring your lawn chair and a hat, and plan to enjoy a great evening of music!

Mo' Betta Soul Sundays, featuring Anthony David
Sunday, September 28, 2014 -- 8 p.m.
Speakeasy Five Points, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $20

Singer and songwriter Anthony David brings his brand of soul, jazz and R&B to Columbia this week for Mo' Betta Soul Sundays! Dubbed Obama's "favorite singer," he is known for his collaborations with Grammy-Award Winner India Arie and his album 'Love Out Loud.' The Jmichael Peeples Trio will also perform new songs from their latest project 'Enigma.' As always, the one and only Preach Jacobs will host and deejay the event!

The Impressions at The Newberry Opera House
Sunday, September 28, 2014 -- 7 p.m.
Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC
Tickets: $21

Enjoy an evening with The Impressions at Newberry Opera House this Sunday! Originally from Chicago, their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul and R&B. The Impressions are best known for their 1960's string of hits, which include "Bypsy Woman", "Talking About My Baby," Keep on Pushing," Never Let Me Go," and "it's All Right."


For the Spell of It: A Spelling Bee (Ages 18+)
Monday, September 29, 2014 -- 7 p.m.
Richland Library Main - Auditorium, Columbia, SC
Admission: FREE

Do you fancy yourself a good speller? Like some good clean fun and friendly competition? Or maybe you didn't quite make it onto Jeopardy, but you know your smarts could shine on a local stage? "For the Spell of It: A Spelling Bee" is your chance! Snacks, prizes, and bragging rights are all there for the taking. Bring people with you to play along or to watch you in your quest for domination. Friend vs. friend. Spouse vs. spouse. It is ON!

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