Fun events happening Saturday in the Midlands

Photo from a previous Blythewood Rodeo
Photo from a previous Blythewood Rodeo(WIS)
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 11:58 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 2:21 PM EDT
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SC State University’s Parade of Champions

  • Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Open to the public
  • Parade will begin on SC State’s campus near MLK and will end at SHM Gym

SC State University’s Spring Football Game

SC State University’s Spring Arts Festival

  • Saturday, April 23
  • SC State’s Department of Visual & Performing Arts will happen 12 p.m. to 4 p.m at the Fine Arts Building and Amphitheater
  • Live art demonstrations, student art sale, sidewalk chalk, bulldog mural painting and more

SC State University’s Band Fest Performance

  • Saturday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
  • Bringing instrumentalists, color dancers, color guards and baton twirlers in grades 7 thru 12 together from across the state and beyond to campus.
  • Participants will experience a day in the life of a member of a collegiate band program
  • For more information, call Sam Watson at 803-747-1223


Forest Acres Festival - FREE

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A.C. Flora High School
  • Kids amusement rides, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, music, local vendors and more

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • State and Meeting Streets
  • Soap Box Racing, kids’ zone, Meeting Street Artisan Market, Ferris Wheel on the corner of State and Meeting Streets (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and more (click here)

Benedict College Harambee Festival

  • Friday (4/22) 6p-11p and Saturday (4/23) 9:30a-6p
  • Charlie W. Johnson Stadium (2047 Two Notch Road)
  • African drumming, dancers, stage performances, gospel and R&B performers, Gullah performers, unique African American merchandise, art and cultural items, car nad bike show, food and MORE
  • Purchase tickets here.

Music Field Day for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and families at USC- FREE

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Koger Center
  • Feat. performance by internationally-renowned artist DEAFinitely Dope
  • Register here

Bark to the Park - Pawmetto Lifeline

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saluda Shoals Park (St. Andrews Road entrance)
  • $40 registration fee, $25 for children ages 12 and under) - includes a 2022 Bark to the Park T-Shirt and “Swag Bag” full of goodies from sponsors
  • pet-friendly vendors, pet contests, craft beer, live music and more
  • More info here

Cayce Soiree on State - FREE

  • Saturday, April 23 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • State Street from Poplar Avenue to Railroad Street
  • Artists, free kid’s area with inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, food vendors, live music and more

12th Annual Blythewood DOKO Championship Rodeo

  • Friday (4/22) and Saturday (4/23)
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m., rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. each night
  • Blythewood Community Park (311 Blythewood Road)
  • Bucking broncos, steer wrestling, food and fun
  • Adults- $16 at gate, $15 in advance
  • Youth- $10 at gate, $9 in advance
  • Kids 5 and under- FREE
  • For more info and to purchase your tickets in advance, click here.

LEXINGTON (County and Town)

Local Documentary to premier at Lake Murray Amphitheater

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