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 October 2016.

Congaree Bluegrass Festival

Located in Cayce, South Carolina, the Congaree Bluegrass Festival is a free event that is open to people of all ages across the state. The festival will feature top-notch bluegrass bands, a bounce house, and a bouncy obstacle course and playground for children. While alcohol beverages are not allowed on the premises, there will be a wide variety of food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Souvenirs, like t-shirts and caps, will also be available for purchase.

Be advised that the festival is held outdoors, and will be held rain or shine.

Event at a Glance

Event: Congaree Bluegrass Festival

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2016

Time: The festival will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Granby Gardens Park, Cayce, South Carolina

Cost: The festival is 100 percent free to attend! Items will be available for purchase at the festival.

Learn More: Even if you don’t love bluegrass music, this festival is a great opportunity to enjoy good food, hang out with friends or family, and let the kids get some energy out. Since the event is free, there is no reason not to go! To learn more about the Congaree Bluegrass Festival, visit

South Carolina State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair, put on by the State Agricultural & Mechanical Society of South Carolina, is always a yearly hit. Scheduled to take place over nearly two weeks’ time this October, the State Fair will feature attractions such as delicious fair food (like elephant ears!), animals, rides, arts and crafts, flower shows, and agriculture and livestock. What’s more, there will also be plenty of live entertainment at this year’s fair, including the talents of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch, Alabama, Aloe Blacc, for King & Country, and Kirk Franklin.

Keep in mind that attending the South Carolina State Fair is something you can feel good about, too; part of every dollar earned goes towards creating scholarships for South Carolina students.

Event at a Glance

Event: South Carolina State Fair

Date: October 12, 2016 through October 23, 2016

Time: Admission hours and event times vary depending upon the day. On opening day, October 12, fairgrounds will open at 12:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. View the full calendar online.

Location: 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Cost: Tickets are on sale now!

  • Fair admission: $7 in advance; $10 day of fair. Entrance is free for military members and their families; entrance is free for children age five and under.
  • Ride voucher: $25 in advance; $30 day of fair .
  • Concert tickets are also available for purchase. Some concerts are free to attend.

Learn More: You can learn more about this year’s state fair at


Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, and Oktoberfest is coming to Columbia this October! If you love beer, German food, live music, and lederhosen, you can’t miss this fun cultural celebration. This year’s Columbia Oktoberfest event will be complete with authentic food, folk dancers, Bavarian dancers, life music, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, and beers on tap from Widmer, Carolina Brewery, Becks, Conquest Brewery, and so much more. You can view the entire entertainment lineup online, as well as the menu and beer options.

While the event is certainly designed for adults (age 21 and over, please), there will also be myriad kid activities, too, including balloon artists, face painting, sweets and treats, a playground, and carnival games. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun, or go with your friends and call a babysitter for the kiddos.

Event at a Glance

Event: Oktoberfest

Date: October 14, 15, and 16, 2016

Location: 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29205

Cost: Admission is free! Food, beverage, and more available for purchase at event site.

Learn More: To learn more about this crazy and exciting celebration, you can visit the event website at

Fur Ball

Hosted by Pawmetto Lifeline, the Fur Ball Moonlight Gala is held to raise money for the organization, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization. The organization is aimed at alleviating the homelessness crisis of the more than 16,000 pets in the Midlands, more than 10,000 of which are euthanized every year.

This year’s Fur Ball Moonlight Gala will feature a cocktail reception, auction, raffle, and seated dinner. Ball-goers can purchase an individual ticket, tickets for two or more, or a whole table. Those who become event sponsors will also be entitled to a number of other perks, including recognition in all printed materials, customized sponsorship plaque, and even complimentary limousine service (for top sponsors).

Event at a Glance

Event: 2016 Fur Ball

Date: October 15, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Cost: Individual tickets are on sale now for $150. For higher levels of sponsorship, tables can be purchased (eight to 10 tickets) ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. A night for two is available for $350.

Learn More: To learn more about the 2016 Fur Ball Moonlight Gala and the Pawmetto Lifeline organization, visit You can also contact Katherine Yon at (803) 465-9174 or

Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Night Ops

The 2016 Ultimate Challenge Mud Run is quickly approaching. Scheduled to take place this October, this ‘run’ is not for the faint of heart, as this is not your average 5K. To be sure, the course is an obstacle race, and not just any obstacle race; the course was designed by a former marine, and has 36 military-style obstacles spread out over 6.2 miles. In fact, according to the challenge’s website, racers should be prepared to sweat, bleed, and may even have to deal with broken bones.

All proceeds from the Ultimate Challenge Mud Run are donated to charities.

Event at a Glance

Event: Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Night Ops

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Leatherneck, Valley Ridge Road, Sandy Run, South Carolina 29053

Cost: Individual sign-up is not permitted; you must sign up as a two or four person team. The cost of a two person team is $150; the cost of a four person team is $250.

Learn More: If you want to learn more about the Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Night Ops, visit

Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Party

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter will be holding a golf tournament and silent auction party this October, 2016 in order to raise money to support the organization. The two day event begins with a (Sunday) night of food, a raffle, prizes, and a silent auction. The next day (Monday), the golf tournament will be held.

Tickets can be purchased to both the silent auction and the golf tournament as an individual or as a couple, but that each golf team must consist of four players. Keep in mind that the dress code for this event is business casual or cocktail attire.

Event at a Glance

Event: Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Party

Date: October 16-17, 2016

Time: Sunday, October 16: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: The Windermere Club, 1101 Longtown Road East, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016

Cost: Tickets for Sunday night’s events can be purchased for $75 for a couple, or $40 for an individual. Tickets for the golf tournament are priced at $100 per person.

Learn More: To learn more about the Golf Tournament and Silent Auction to raise money for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, visit the organization’s website.

Walk for Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

Breast cancer is a serious health concern for woman, taking tens of thousands of lives each year. To raise money for ultrasound and mammography treatments to combat breast cancer, the annual Walk for Life – sponsored by the Palmetto Health Foundation – will be partnering with the all new Famously Hot Pink Half. This walk or run can be raced or taken at one’s leisure, and 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances are all options.

Those who choose to do the half marathon will be graced with views of the Congaree River, Elmwood Park, and other areas of downtown. Not only is the race a great way to raise money for and awareness of breast cancer, it is also a fantastic way to spend the day with family or friends, get some exercise, and kick off the fall season.

Event at a Glance

Event: Walk for Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time: Half marathon: 7:15 a.m.; running 10K/5K: 7:45 a.m.; Walk for Life: 8:15 a.m.

Cost: The half marathon cost between $60 and $100; the 5K costs between $40 and $50, and the 10K costs between $45 and $55.

Learn More: You can learn more about the event, and register for the race, at

Columbia Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk is the premier advocacy event for down syndrome in the United States, and is also considered to be the world’s most widely recognized public awareness event for the condition. If you are ready to unite under a common cause and help to raise awareness about, and monetary donations for, down syndrome in South Carolina, you should participate in this year’s Columbia Buddy Walk. In addition to the walk, there will also be family-friendly entertainment, fun, and food.

Event at a Glance

Event: Columbia Buddy Walk

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time:1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

Cost: The event is free to attend, although those who want to participate in the walk should register (and others are encourage to make a donation). Starting a team is a great way to get your friends and family members involved and raise money for the event.

Learn More: To learn more about the Columbia Buddy Walk, start a team, or just make a donation to this great cause, visit the website of Family Connection of South Carolina.

Dracula: Ballet With a Bite

To celebrate the season of haunting this October, why not purchase tickets to Dracula: Ballet with a Bite? Performed by Columbia City Ballet and based on the Bram Stoker’s famous novel, this production is considered a must-see. Not only will the ballet feature the dance performance – complete with death, fangs, and blood – but there will also be a costume contest during the Saturday performances. While this production is family friendly, you may want to consider leaving young children at home.

Event at a Glance

Event: Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

Date: Thursday, Friday & Saturday October 27, 28, and 29, 2016

Time: The ballet will begin at 7:30 on all three nights. Attendees should arrive between 15 to 30 minutes early to find their seats.

Location: Kroger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Cost: Tickets for this event range from $20 to $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased online.

Learn More: You can learn more about this unique and spooky production at, or on the website of the Kroger Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now – get them before they run out! You won’t be disappointed.

Pumpkin Run

The Pumpkin Run is a family friendly run – or walk for those who prefer a more leisurely pace – that is held to raise money for the YMCA’s annual campaign. The campaign helps the YMCA continue their community outreach and volunteerism, ranging from financial assistance and scholarships to those in need to athletic opportunities and more.

In addition to the 5K race – for prizes will be given! – there is also a Kids Fun Run. Awards will be given to the top three female and male finishers per age group.

Event at a Glance

Event: Pumpkin Run

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Location: Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, South Carolina


  • 7:00 a.m. – late registration and packet pickup
  • 7:45 a.m. – Kids Fun Run
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk
  • 9:35 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

Cost: $10 for kids 12 and under; $25 for early registration; $30 for late registration; and $35 for race day registration. Early registration closes October 15 so sign up now!

Learn More: If you want to learn more about the Pumpkin Run, including where the money goes, what the age group categories are, and how to register, visit

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