LIST: Fall events in the Midlands
Looking for fun fall festivities near you? Here is a list of fall events happening in the Midlands.
Communities are in alphabetical order and events are in chronological order.
If you don’t see an event, tap the link at the bottom of the page and send us the event information.
Lexington Police Department Foundation Fall Festival
The LPD Foundation Fall Festival is back after a two-year hiatus. The event takes place on October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater on East Main Street in Lexington.
The Fall Festival will include entertainment, rides and bounce houses, local restaurants, a costume contest and more.
Tickets are $5 for individuals and family tickets (up to 5 people) are priced at $20. Organizers say the tickets will cover everything at the event and can be purchased by clicking here. Get your tickets now as they will be maxed at 2,000 attendees.
This event is a fundraiser for the Lexington Police Department Foundation.
Businesses or organizations interested in supporting the LPD Foundation Fall Festival can contact Officer William Norris at 803-358-1564 or email@example.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, click here.
Tokyo Joe’s Second Annual Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser
The event will have performances by Tokyo Joe, Going Commando, and Prettier than Matt with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The event is on October 28, and gates open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and can be found at the Icehouse Amphitheater website.
The Newberry Oktoberfest will take place on October 15. It was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Oktoberfest will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free.
The event will feature two Biergarten locations, free kid’s amusements and crafts, vendors and more.
For more information, click here.
Scarecrows on Russell Street Contest
This event is hosted by the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association (DORA).
Scarecrow artists can be of all ages and include individuals, businesses, schools, students and civic groups, according to officials. The scarecrows will be displayed on the 1100, 1200 and 1300 blocks of Russell Street.
Scarecrows should be family-friendly and not frightening.
It’s free to participate but you must register here.
All entries must be in place by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. The scarecrows will be on display until November 4.
The public will vote on their favorites on Facebook from October 13 through November 3.
Second Annual Downtown Boo Bash
The second annual Downtown Boo Bash will happen Saturday, October 22, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The 1100 block of Russell Street will be closed for games and goodies. Local downtown businesses will be open for shopping and trick-or-treating.
If you would like to promote your business, click here.
This event will also be part of “Painting the Downtown Pink” in support of Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon fund.
Taste of Orangeburg
After a two-year hiatus, the Taste of Orangeburg is back.
This event will take place on Sunday, October 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Market Pavillion.
Orangeburg restaurants will be selling “taste-sized” menu items. There will be live music and entertainment.
If you want to sign up as a vendor, click here.
Gang Awareness Hoop Fest
The Richland County Recreation Commission and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will host the Gang Awareness Hoop Fest on Saturday, September 24, at Polo Road Park at 730 Polo Rd.
The event is free and geared toward middle and high school students to educate them on the growing concern of gangs and how to protect themselves from any involvement.
The event will happen from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call Polo Road Park at 803-736-1657.
Fourth Annual Blythewood Oktoberfest
Blythewood Oktoberfest will happen on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at Doko Meadows Park located at 100 Alvina Hagood Circle from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Entry is FREE.
The event will include biergartens, food trucks, live traditional German and local musical acts, yodeling contests, food and more.
There will also be a stein race, a 5k run/walk and contests for log-sawing, keg-rolling and keg-tossing.
Click here for more information and to get tickets for the 5k and other contests.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 8 at Segra Park (1640 Freed Street).
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by the two-mile walk through the surrounding area.
There is no fee to register for the walk.
You can register or donate for this year’s walk by clicking here.
Oktoberfest Columbia will take place on October 7 through 9 at Incarnation Lutheran Church located at 3005 Devine Street.
The event will include two authentic biergartens, live entertainment from bands and dancers, homemade, authentic German food and more.
This is a family event. There will be a “kinderzone” with face painting, a balloon artist, a playground and more.
Organizers ask that you do NOT bring pets.
The hours for the festival are below:
- Friday, October 7, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, October 9, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
*Last call is half an hour before close!
More information can be found here.
USC Veterans Day 5k 2022
The 2022 USC Veterans Day 5k will take place on Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m.
The 5k will benefit the Big Red Bard Retreat, a local veterans’ organization that offers help to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders at little to no cost.
You can register for the 5k or sign up to be a sponsor by clicking here.
Fifth Annual Big Red Barn Retreat Fall Jam at the Ballpark
The Big Red Barn Retreat is hosting their fifth annual Big Red Barn Retreat Fall Jam at the Ballpark benefit concert.
The event will be held on October 8 to honor veterans, active-duty service members, first responders, and their families.
Tickets can be purchased at www.thebigredbarnretreat.org/fall-jam.
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