Happenings: Events & More

6-8 Flowertown Festival in Summerville

Thousands of people flock to Summerville each year to see nature’s bounty awash in color, from hot pink azaleas, to purple wisteria, to delicate white dogwood. Free.

12-15 Midlands Spring Plant & Flower Festival
The SC Department of Agriculture hosts this popular spring festival at the State Farmers Market that features an array of plants, flowers, and herbs.

16 The Eagles at Colonial Life Arena
One of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time! The GRAMMY® Award-winning Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, scored six #1 albums and have topped the singles charts five times!


25-26 Broadway in Columbia: RENT
Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.

11-26 Town Theatre presents: Hairspray
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs!

15-20 Broadway in Columbia: The Book of Mormon
Nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical! Follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

A Celebration of Poets kwame
Coming up on April 21 at the South Carolina State Library is the second annual Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest. This event is a celebration of poets and National Poetry Month, and will feature special guest, award-winning author and poet, Kwame Alexander.

The Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest invites young writers to share the meaningful words and ideas expressed in their poetry with others, and to answer the question, do you believe that poetry can change the world? Winners of the contest and their families will be invited to the State Library to read their poems, meet Kwame Alexander, receive a signed copy of his book, Out of Wonder, and be awarded an Amazon gift card.


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and bestselling author of 25 books, who writes for children of all ages. His forthcoming novel, Rebound, is a follow up to his book, The Crossover, which garnered him the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. Alexander is also the first recipient of the Pat Conroy Legacy Award, which recognizes writers whose books have had a lasting impact on their literary community.

This event is free to the public, though tickets are required. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be an opportunity for book signings. Poetry contest winners will be announced on the State Library’s website on Friday, April 6, 2018.

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