Friday — March 17
The Fringe Benefits (concert)
Head over to Wings & Ale of Lexington (154 Ellis Ave.) for a performance by The Fringe Benefits. This Virginia band plays everything from Motown hits to ‘80s classics to today’s popular favorites. The show is free to attend and starts at 8 p.m. Visit facebook.com/wingsandaleoflexington for more information.
Mikaela Davis (concert)
Classically trained harpist and indie rocker Mikaela Davis plays New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia). Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit newbrooklandtavern.com for more information.
St. Patty’s Day Celebration
Drop by Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) for the brewery’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy green beer, food specials, shamrocks and live music from Chance Howland & The Family and Carter Lybrand. The day’s festivities are free to attend, begin at 4 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The frivolity continues on Saturday. Visit facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing for more information.
Tre King Band (concert)
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and the Tre’ King present “The Songs Of Soul.” Expect to hear hits and classics by The Staples Singers, Mary J. Blige, Patrice Rushen, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, The Prince, The Gap Band and many more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
The Picken Pearls (concert)
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass, country music and gospel when The Picken Pearls play at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St.). Showtime is 8 p.m. and admission is a $10 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.
“Death By Design” (play)
The Chapin Theatre Company (830 Columbia Ave.) opens its first show at its new home: “It’s 1932 and playwright Edward Bennett (played by Bill Arvay) and actress Sorel (Zsuza Manna) withdraw to their English country home after a particularly disastrous evening. Unexpected guests arrive, much to the dismay of the couple and staff, and a murder takes place. Housekeeper Bridget (Gina Percival), thrilled to be able to solve a real crime instead of just reading about them in novels, is determined to solve the mystery.” The production runs through April 2. Find more info at chapintheatre.org.
St. Patrick's Day Oyster Roast
Stone River (121 Alexander Rd.) and The Big Red Barn Retreat host a St. Patrick’s Day Oyster Roast. featuring a buffet feast provided by Haile Street Grill, live music and entertainment, and raffle opportunities. The roast runs from 5 to 9 p.m., and proceeds benefit The Big Red Barn Retreat, which offers many different methods of emotional and psychological regulation for veterans and first responders. Admission is $60. Visit facebook.com/StoneRiverColumbia for more information.
Saturday — March 18
Taste of the Town
The Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce presents a “St. Patrick’s Day celebration filled with wonderful dishes for every palette” with its Taste of the Town event. The event includes food tastings and a cash bar and will see the participating chefs presented with various awards. The event at T&S Farm (3500 Pool Branch Rd.) starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30 to attend.
Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing
If you REALLY enjoy bass fishing, you’ll want to stop by Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Rd. in Columbia) for a visit from Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing. The Charlotte company will host a pre-spawn Southern Season opener. Launch is at 6 a.m., first cast is at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in will begin around 4:30 p.m. The entry fee for this event is $65. Visit icrc.net for more information.
Race Against Hunger
Lexington High School (2463 Augusta Hwy.) presents the Race Against Hunger 8k run. Your $30 registration fee benefits Mission Lexington and there is also a shorter fun run option. Registrants will receive long sleeve t-shirts in their race packet along with sponsor materials. This event begins at 8 a.m. Visit lrah.org
Spring Arts & Crafts Extravaganza
The SC State Farmers Market (343 Charleston Hwy. in West Columbia) hosts the Spring Arts & Crafts Extravaganza. There will be more than 100 vendors, crafters and local businesses from across the Midlands. Items available will include jewelry, children’s clothing and accessories, pottery, artwork, photography, woodworking, handbags, Christmas crafts, ornaments, wreaths, and items for home and garden. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit agriculture.sc.gov for more information.
Sam Smith Drag Brunch
Join Columbia Kings n' Things at the Hideout (118 State St. in West Columbia) for a drag brunch tribute to Sam Smith. Han D. Mann and Marty McGuy will host nonbinary performers Jack Swallow and Quinnty Fresh. There will be shows at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.,and tickets will be $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door, and both shows are for ages 18 and over.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Savage Craft Ale Works presents its annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, featuring Irish-style beer and food specials, live music from SYR and The Bog Rats and more. This all-day event runs from noon to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/savagecraftaleworks for more information.
RT’s 8th Annual St. Paddy’s Cornhole Tournament
Random Tap (117 Spears Creek Church Rd.) hosts a St. Paddy’s Cornhole Tournament. In addition to fun games of cornhole, there will be Irish-style beer, live music from 5-8 p.m., Irish cuisine and more. Admission is $30 per cornhole team and there will be cash prizes for the winners. This event begins at noon. Visit facebook.com/randomtap for more information.
Monday — March 20
Green and Growing Golf Tournament
The Business Development Club of the Midlands presents the Green and Growing Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Lexington (1066 Barr Rd.), benefiting Special Olympics South Carolina. The tournament begins at 11 a.m., and admission ranges from $100 to $300. Visit facebook.com/CCOfLexington for more information.
Tuesday — March 21
Family Fun Night
O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.) hosts their weekly Family Fun Night. There will be free balloon animals & a free dessert with every kids’ meal. Family Fun Night runs from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/oharasph for more information.
Thursday — March 23
Irmo Alive After 5
Irmo kicks off a new free concert series in Irmo Community Park (7507 Eastview Dr.), as the rootsy/rock-y local band Natalie and the Boys plays the inaugural Irmo Alive After 5 event. Concert starts at 5 and lasts until 9 p.m. Find out more at facebook.com/lnmpromos.
Across the County Line
Chloe Agnew (concert)
Head over to the Newberry Opera House (1201 McKIbben St.) March 17 for a performance by Chloe Agnew. Agnew is an internationally renowned singer who shot to fame for her integral part as the youngest and one of the original members of the world-famous music group Celtic Woman, which she joined when she was just 14. Showtime is 8 pm., and tickets cost between $65 and $75. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information.
St. Pat’s in Five Points
The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Five Points is back for another year March 18. There will be live music from Drivin’ N’ Cryin, Moon Taxi and many more bands, the Get To The Green road race, the St. Pat’s parade, a Pot O’ Gold Playland for the kids, food and drink, and much more. St. Pats in Five Points runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets for the music festival portion range from $25 for general admission to $200 for VIP packages. Visit stpatscolumbia.com for more information.