At the Joye Law Firm, we are proud of what we do and we are honored to be a part of our community. We established Joye in the Community to give back to our neighbors, support local education, help local charities, and improve the health and well-being of those around us. Joye Law Firm is proud to share this event information with you; however, our firm is not directly affiliated with these events or organizations. Please contact them directly for more information. Check out the local events going on in Columbia, SC in July 2016.

Bubble Run

Forget the traditionally lackluster 5k race; throw on a white t-shirt and get in on the Bubble Run. According to the Bubble Run website, this 3-mile course is “like running through Willy Wonka’s factory.” Adults, children, and strollers are welcome to run, walk, play, shimmy, strut, prance, and promenade through the entire course. Every three to five minutes, waves start, and at every kilometer, participants hit the Foam Bogs, where the colored foam bubbles will cover them generously from head to toe. Volunteers, called bubble-teers, and charity partners of the Bubble Run, ensure that each participant gets their fair share of bubbly fun. There are four Foam Bogs, and each one is represented by a different color of bubbles, which is what makes wearing a white t-shirt all the more fun in the end!

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Bubble Run

Date: July 16

Time: Starting at 8 a.m.

Where: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Cost: Adults $50, Children 4 and under free. (Registration fee includes admission to Bubble Run, a white Bubble Run t-shirt, Bubble Runner headband, tattoo, and race bib number with safety pins. Please register children under 4, even though they are free, so Bubble Run has an accurate head count.)

Learn More: Visit the Bubble Run website to register and for more information.

Every Wear Fashion Explosion

Every Wear Fashion Explosion is an evening of family-friendly fun that provides an outlet for both presentation and awareness of every type of “wear.” Local businesses, as well as artistic, creative, and talented individuals in the Columbia area are invited to share their “wears” in the form of a huge fashion extravaganza-type celebration. Everyone is invited to come out and view the original, unique, lavish, or exquisite designs that local artists work so hard at professionally developing. Walk around and check out the wide variety of vendors featuring their creative abilities as you listen to the sounds of talented music performances by recording artists Sheryl Boyd and Don Christopher, and mixmaster DJ Digital Dee. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located on Lincoln Street and the fashion show starts promptly at 6 p.m.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Every Wear Fashion Explosion

Date: July 23, 2016

Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m.

Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Ballroom A

1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Advance tickets: $20/adults, $10/children 4+; Door Admission $25/adult, $10/children 4+

Learn More: Check out the Every Wear Fashion Explosion Facebook page for updates or email or call 803-361-5094 for more information.

Friday Night Laser Lights

The South Carolina State Museum presents an impressive new laser event for the public this summer, which started in June. Friday Night Laser Lights at the museum are scheduled to run every fourth Friday evening through August. Attendees will head to the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium to be entertained with a stunning visual of laser displays synchronized to various hits from classic rock to electronic dance music. Each Friday night, three different shows will feature different music categories. Guests will be able to purchase food from local food trucks and a custom made planetarium bar sponsored by K&W Beverage will offer beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase at the Friday night events, as well.

Friday, July 22

8 p.m. – Led Zeppelin (run time: 52 mins)

9 p.m. – ElectroLaze – EDM show (run time: 45 mins)

10 p.m. – Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (run time: 52 mins)

Friday, August 26

8 p.m. – Jimi Hendrix (run time: 52 mins)

9 p.m. – Metallica (run time: 51 mins)

10 p.m. – Pink Floyd: The Wall (run time: 50 mins)

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Friday Night Laser Lights

Date: Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 26

Time: 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. (three different shows)

Where: South Carolina State Museum in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

Cost: Tickets are $8 per show for general public and $6 per show for museum members

Learn More: For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the South Carolina State Museum website.

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

If you love the savory taste of summer-fresh tomatoes and everything you can concoct with them, then you will certainly enjoy some old-time festival fun at the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. The lineup for this year’s festival will include free heirloom tomato tasting, local food vendors, and family fun activities, such as tomato bobbing. Live music will play from two stages while attendees enjoy the craft beer garden, bloody marys, and other signature cocktails. As usual, the highly anticipated Tasty Tomato Contest will be held and this year’s prize tomato growers will be crowned the winners. The event inspires the community to support local food and the value it brings to the economy, as well as celebrating the flavors of the season and the memories that come along with them.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

Date: July 16

Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: City Roots Urban Farm

1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29205

Cost: General admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free with adult

1 Year Membership to Sustainable Midlands + GA is $40

Learn More: The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival website has more information or you can purchase tickets to the event here.

Repticon Columbia: Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

This show is thrilling and intriguing! Repticon Columbia is exactly what it sounds like: a reptile event featuring vendors offering a mixture of varieties of reptile pets, feeders, supplies, cages, and other reptile merchandise. Enthusiasts can participate in free raffles, animal seminars, and scheduled activities throughout the weekend event. Expect to see venomous reptiles!

Event Schedule:

  • Saturday
    • 11:00 am – – Choosing Your First Reptile Pet
    • 12:00 pm – Animal Adventures – Live Animal Presentation
    • 1:00 pm – Texas Rattlesnake Festival- The Reason for the Rattlesnake Festival
    • 2:00 pm – Jungle Jewels Reptiles – Bearded Dragons
    • 3:00 pm – CCSB Reptile Rescue – Q & A
    • 4:00 pm – Under The Canopy Farms – Frogs
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 am – Union Of The Snake – Gila Monsters
    • 12:00 pm – – Choosing Your First Reptile Pet
    • 1:00 pm – Animal Adventures – Live Animal Presentation
    • 2:00 pm – Jungle Jewels Reptiles – Bearded Dragons
    • 3:00 pm – Under The Canopy Farms – Frogs

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Repticon & Exotic Animal Show (Repticon Columbia)

Date: July 9 & 10

Time:  Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am)

Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

Where: Jamil Temple

206 Jamil Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Cost: Online VIP Tickets: (***BEST VALUE***) $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. Good for both show days. (Includes VIP Hour, early admission at 9 a.m. Saturday ONLY)

Two day tickets: (can be purchase at door) Good for both days and VIP hour admission:

$15 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.

One day ticket: (available at door only at 10 a.m.) $10 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.

Learn More: More information can be found and tickets can be purchased on the Repticon Columbia website.

Route to (Re)settlement

Historic Columbia, Connelly & Light, and Palmetto Curatorial Exchange have partnered to create and present Route to (Re)settlement, an exhibition series examining the oral histories of black communities, focusing on South Carolina and the diaspora of black America. The exhibition features works by acclaimed artists Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor, as well as up-and-coming artists Fletcher Williams, III, Michi Meko, and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian. The exhibition series was created to honor southern black histories through food, music, textiles, spiritualism, and other cultural customs and to illustrate how these stories have developed over time.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Route to (Re)settlement

Date: July 7 – July 30

Time: Jul 7, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Thu)

Jul 8, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Fri)

Jul 9, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Sat)

Jul 14, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Thu)

Jul 15, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Fri)

Jul 16, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Sat)

Jul 21, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Thu)

Jul 22, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Fri)

Jul 23, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Sat)

Jul 28, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Thu)

Jul 29, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Fri)

Jul 30, 2016: 1 pm – 4 pm (Sat)

Where: Mann-Simons Site (1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC, 29201)

Cost: Free, but appointments for tours need to be made

Learn More: For more information or to schedule a tour, please email or call (803)252-1770 extension 23.

Showcase on the Runway 2016

Showcase on the Runway originally launched in 2012, a high-energy fashion event that featured art and live music and provided proceeds to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-based charity that funds childhood cancer research. In 2015, over 100 participants, including local designers, boutiques, and stores, welcomed and entertained 500 guests with their fashion expertise. The event is broken down into phases, each phase featuring creative ways to wear everyday clothing. Between each phase, participants have the opportunity to show off their products to guests. The organizer of the event, Limitless Dreams, is a non-profit organization founded with a vision to allow creative and talented individuals the ability to express themselves through art, music, fashion, hair, make-up, dancing, and acting, as well as promote confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, talent, and beauty. Limitless Dreams has gained a network of over 1,500 people over the past year, and you should expect to see an even bigger and more successful turnout at Showcase on the Runway 2016.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Showcase on the Runway 2016

Date: July 15

Time: Cocktail Hour: 8:00 PM; Show: 9:00 PM

Where: 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Learn More: For more information, you can visit the website or email:

Town Theatre presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Town Theatre presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” with Courtney Reasoner (Les Miserables) as Ariel, the mermaid in pursuit of the human Prince Eric (William Ellis – Nice Work if You Can Get It) and the wonders of the world above the sea. In order to obtain her dreams, she bargains with Ursula (Jordan Harper – The Drowsy Chaperone), the evil sea witch, trading her tail for legs. When Ariel realizes that the bargain is not what it seems, she needs the assistance of her sea friends, Sebastian, Scuttle, and Flounder, to help her out of the mess she has herself in.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: Town Theatre presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Date: July 15-31


Fri, Jul 15th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sat, Jul 16th, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Sun, Jul 17th, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Thu, Jul 21st, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Sun, Jul 24th, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Thu, Jul 28th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Fri, Jul 29th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sat, Jul 30th, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Sun, Jul 31st, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Where: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Adult $25/Senior $20/Youth (17 & under) $15

Learn More: For more information, call 803-799-2510, visit the Town Theatre website, or email You can purchase tickets here.

XTERRA Trail Run

This year’s Columbia Xterra Trail Run Harbison Half Marathon and 5k will support Race2Build’s South Carolina flood rebuilding project. What is coined as a “true Xterra experience and a true South Carolina experience,” the Half Marathon and 5k are just two races that are part of a series of trail runs that are taking place in the state of South Carolina from March through August. This is the 6th annual running of this event, and is expected to be more successful than last year’s turnout. The July Xterra trail run will take participants through beautiful Harbison State Park, which is nestled along the Broad River. Runners will enjoy the views around the park, the hardwood and pine forests, as well as crossing through streams and along the river before coming back around to the finish line.

Event Details at a Glance:

Event: XTERRA Trail Run

Date: July 10, 2016

Time: 7 a.m. for the Half Marathon, 7:10 a.m. for the 5k (pick up packets at 6 a.m. race morning)

Where: Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River, Columbia, SC 29212

Cost: $55 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the 5k

Learn More: Purchase tickets here. Friday, July 8, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PST

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