This fall, take part in the bustling activity of USC and the Columbia area. With a calendar that features all kinds of events from concerts to film festivals, every student is sure to find an event that appeals to them in Cola city this fall. Here are a few events to help you start exploring Columbia.
Aug. 26-28: Hoechella 2016
Held at the New Brookland Tavern, Hoechella is a free music festival that raises awareness of and fights against slut-shaming, rape culture and other social topics. All ages are welcome to come to the festival and watch a packed musical lineup. All donations will go to Girls Rock Columbia and Girls Rock Charleston. The event will be located at 122 State St. in West Columbia and will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26.
Aug. 27-28: Soda City Comic Con
Opening at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, Soda City Comic Con is sure to provide plenty of entertainment for cosplayers and comic fans alike. Featuring special guest comic book writers, illustrators and others, Comic Con offers ticket-buyers a busy schedule of events for two full days. Comic Con will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln St. One-day tickets are $10 each, and two-day tickets are $15 each.
Sept. 3: Carolina Pride Parade and Festival
Celebrate Carolina Pride in style with pageants, parties, picnics and parades as Cola City celebrates the LGBTQ community of South Carolina. The city will come alive with various events and celebrity guests such as Jordin Sparks and J Sutta. The highlight event — the parade — will take place at noon on Sept. 3 in downtown Columbia. Anyone can march in the parade as long as they assemble at 11 a.m. with the other parade participants at the corner of Main and Laurel streets.
Sept. 10: Maroon 5 at Colonial Life Arena
One of the world’s most famous pop/rock bands will visit Columbia on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Maroon 5 will take over Colonial Life Arena as part of their 2016 tour. If you are planning on purchasing tickets, keep in mind that tickets to this anticipated event are selling quickly. To learn more about the concert and purchase tickets, visit www.maroon5.com/maroonvtour.
Sept. 23-24: Indie South Fair’s Fall Festival Columbia!
The Indie South Fair is the perfect place to find unique vintage clothing, gift items and apartment accents at affordable prices. This handmade and vintage festival will take place at 701 Whaley St. and will kick off with a ticketed VIP pre-event being held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23. The VIP event will feature live music, drinks and other goodies. On Sept. 24, the market will open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 20: South Carolina State Fair Student Night
Each year, the South Carolina State Fair is a fall favorite for USC students and Columbia residents. On Oct. 20, the fair will offer free admission to college students with a valid college ID. The fair features dozens of food booths, rides, animal exhibits and more and stays open until 11 p.m. If the Oct. 20 date won’t work for your calendar, look into attending the fair on another discount night such as $1 admission day on Oct. 12.
Nov. 11-13: "Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers" Festival
The Nickelodeon Theatre will host the "Daughters: Emerging Female Filmmakers" Festival at the Nickelodeon and other locations around Columbia in honor of the 1991 film “Daughters of the Dust” by Julie Dash. The festival will show shorts, feature films and documentaries that were made by female filmmakers and will also offer panel discussions and introductions with some of those directors. For more information on the festival and tickets, visit the Nickelodeon Theatre at 1607 Main St. or www.nickelodeon.org.