Summer Concert Series

City’s Summer Concert Series 

The City of Columbia’s live outdoor summer concert series at Finlay Park is back for another hot music event!                   

The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August 17- Shai, Peace & Love Band
  • August 24-Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene

All concerts will be held in Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St., and are free and open to the public. 

Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No pets, glass or alcoholic beverages allowed. Food vendors will be available.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Winners of the 2019 Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards and the results of the Honor the Dream Food Drive were announced during the City’s annual ceremony honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 21 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards Program recognizes exemplary displays of voluntary service and academic achievement.

Scholarship winners are as follows:

  • Otiana Thompson of Ridge View High School; $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Troubleshooter A/C Heating & Refrigeration and Henri Baskins.   
  • Michael Sauls of A.C. Flora High School; $500 scholarship sponsored by the Alpha Psi Lambda & Omicron Iota Lambda chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Siarah Wilson of Spring Valley High School, $500 scholarship by 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia.  
  • Olivia Dozier of Dreher High School, $250 scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Katheryn M. Bellfield.
  • Jamie Gasque of Blythewood High School, $250 scholarship sponsored by the Cromartie Law Firm.  
  • Aerial Thomas of Lower Richland High School, $250 Durham E. Carter Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation Committee in honor of the late Mr. Durham E. Carter.

The following students received $100 awards:

  • Shaunzaya Burns of Columbia High School, $100 award sponsored by Randy Davis, Director of the City’s Parks & Recreation Department

Youth Civic Award established by Columbia Police Department Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook and Deputy Chief of Police Melron Kelly. The recipients are:

  • Harmonie Frederick of E. L. Wright Middle School-$100 award
  • Myles Thomas of Blythewood High School, $100 award

City Manager’s Award established by City Manager Teresa Wilson. The recipients are:

  • Grace Counts of Pontiac Elementary School-$100 award
  • Ryann Samuel of Crayton Middle School-$100 award

Josiah Caden Jenkins Memorial Scholarships established by Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins in memory of his great-nephew Josiah Caden Jenkins. The recipients are:

  • Briana Moorer of Spring Hill High School, $250 scholarship
  • Henry Counts of Pontiac Elementary School, $250 scholarship

Winners of the annual Honor the Dream Food Drive, a collaborative effort between the City and Richland School District One, were also announced during the annual celebration. More than 11,000 pounds of food were collected for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Richland School District One collected more than 9,000 pounds and the City collected 1,900 pounds.

The top winners of the food drive are:

City of Columbia

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 453 lbs.
  • Columbia Police Department, 435 lbs.
  • Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 197 lbs.

Richland One

  • Burton Pack, 1,437 lbs.
  • WA Perry, 1,261 lbs.
  • Brockman, 1,184 lbs.

Winners Announced for Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge 

Diane BetzAndrea Evans-Wolfe
Ernest StromanAriel McMillan

Five winners were selected as grand prize winners in the Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge held during the month of July to celebrate Park & Recreation Month, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Winners of the 2018 Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge are:

  • Andrea Evans-Wolfe
  • Diane Betz
  • Ariel McMillan
  • Ernest Stroman
  • Tina Marie Devlin

The department invited citizens to explore various City parks through a citywide Passport Challenge, which asked participants to answer a series of questions related to the features or history of a park or facility in the City.
Completed passports were entered into a drawing for prizes ranging from fitness equipment, lunch kits and more.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 

1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

P: 803-545-3100 | F: 803-343-8744

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