Free Fridays Kick Off a New Year and New Chapter in Zoo History

Richland and Lexington County Residents Receive Free Entry in January and February

[Columbia, SC] – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off its celebration of a milestone year and an exciting new chapter in Zoo history with the return of Free Fridays.

Beginning, January 3, Riverbanks will once again offer complimentary admission to residents of Richland and Lexington counties every Friday during the months of January and February with proof of residency. (A valid ID or property tax statement will be accepted). All other guests will be charged regular admission.

Also this year, Riverbanks will observe its 40th anniversary. The Zoo first opened its gates on Thursday, April 25, 1974. In addition to the return of Free Fridays, a number of wild activities are planned to commemorate this landmark occasion including a 40-day countdown to the big birthday beginning on Monday, March 17.

Stay up-to-date on events leading up to the Zoo’s anniversary and the latest “Hard Hat Happenings” at and on Riverbanks’ Facebook page at


Looking for something FREE to do?

Have you checked out the Richland Library’s Classes & Events page? They have a list of events and group meetings happening at libraries across the area–anything from computer classes and job interview practice sessions to family story time and crafting groups.Logo

The website is easily searchable, too: on the left side of the page, you can use keywords to search for something you’re interested in or use the “filter” system to narrow down the location, age group, and event type.

Holiday fun in Columbia!

A Starry Night in Five Points (FREE!)

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 4-7 p.m.

From the Free Times website:

Holiday fun: Meet Santa; hot chocolate and holiday treats at the fountain; music at the fountain by DJ Scott Padgett; pop-up Christmas tree farm; Make A Wish Foundation Win-a-Star; performances by Unbound Dance Company and the Benedict Choral Group; roaming photography by Alexis Schwallier; drop-off location for the Tripp’s Coats for Kids Campaign.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 12-6 pm
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
$2 admission
From the Crafty Feast website:

“Crafty Feast is a 100% handmade, juried, independent craft fair in Columbia, South Carolina.  Our goal is to bring unique and funky crafts from around the region in a 1-day festival format.”

Saturday July 6: Beach Party in Finlay Park (FREE)

From the Free Times website:

The City of Columbia celebrates Independence Day a few days late today, hosting its Capital City Beach Party in Finlay Park starting at 3 p.m. During the day, the festival boasts waterslides, beach volleyball and ultimate frisbee; starting at 8 p.m., it kicks off its Summer Concert Series concert, with The O’Kaysions offering up, natch, beach tunes. And as no Independence Day celebration is complete without fireworks, the Big Bang Fireworks Show starts after the concert. Admission is free; visit for more information.