Canalside Lofts Guide to Columbia Farmer’s Market

August 14, 2019

As the Summer months begin to dwindle down, we look forward to the cooler temperatures and lower humidity that accompany the Fall season. What better way to embrace what’s left of the summer free time than to explore your local Farmer’s Market with your friends, family or furry friend! We love supporting local farmer’s and collecting local produce while enjoying the atmosphere of our neighborhood.

The Soda City Market ( is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. With over 150 local vendors each week, we’re certain that you’ll find something unique, locally-produced and hand-crafted to nourish your brain, body and belly. Take in the sounds of the live music as you explore the abundant food truck/vendor options- maybe even snag a free sample, or two! Fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, oils, plants and flowers, jewelry, art and homemade items/crafts are just a few of the many things that can be found while exploring the Soda City Market. Conveniently, there is also free street parking on Saturdays!

Late Summer/early Fall is the perfect time to find seasonal produce such as apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, eggplant, herbs, peaches, peppers, raspberries, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.

There are so many benefits that come along with buying fresh, local produce! Not only does the locally-grown produce taste better, but it is usually more nutritious. The produce is picked at its peak ripeness (often times within 24 hours of your purchase) for that perfect farm-to-table freshness! Remember, when you buy local, you are helping to support the local economy.

The Soda City Market first launched in 2005 with only 6 local vendors present. As the event has grown throughout the years, it has become a melting pot of many different cultures and diversities- a perfect representation of Columbia. They now have a database of over 400 local vendors (about 150 present weekly) and the event brings thousands of visitors to the heart of Columbia every weekend!

March Event Calendar

February 26, 2019

3/1 @ 8:00 pm
Tokyo Joe
The Venue

3/2 @ 6:00 pm
ColaJazz Festival
The Senate

3/7 @ 7:30 pm
P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour
Colonial Life Arena

3/10 @ 7:00 pm
Weezer & Pixies
Colonial Life Arena

3/13 @ 8:00 pm
Elton John: Farewell Tour
Colonial Life Arena

3/14 @ 6:30 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Pi Day… Let’s celebrate Pi Day (3.14) with lots of fun pies! Join us for a pizza and pie buffet.
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

3/16, All Day
St. Pat’s In Five Points
Five Points

3/21 @ 6:30 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: St. Pawtrick’s Party… Meet us at the fenced-in dog park for a “yappy hour” with green themed drinks and fun for CanalSide residents (humans and dogs alike)!
CanalSide Lofts Dog Park

3/22 & 3/24 @ Various Times
NCAA Men’s March Madness 1st/2nd Rounds
Colonial Life Arena

3/23 @ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Broadway in Columbia Presents Chicago
Koger Center

3/27 @ 6:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: TopGolf Swing Suite… Let’s have some fun with the new golf simulators along with our neighbors from Sola Station!
The Venue (1624 Main Street)

February Event Calendar

January 31, 2019

2/3 @ 5:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Take & Bake Pizza… Gear up for Super Bowl LIII by building your own pizza! We will have all the toppings to make yourfavorite pizza combination, then take it home, bake it, and enjoy as you cheer on your favorite team!
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

2/7 @ 6:00 pm
First Thursday On Main

2/10 @ 11:00 am
COMMUNITY EVENT: Brunch & Bubbly… We love our Canalside residents and want to celebrate with a Valentine’s Brunch. A sweet and savory biscuit bar and mimosas are all on the menu!
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

2/14 @ 6:00 pm
Amore Under The Stars
SC State Museum

2/16 @ 9:00 pm
Thank U, Next
Tin Roof

2/17 @ 11:00 am
Brunch So Hard
Stone River

2/18 @ 7:00 pm
The Wizard of Oz: National Tour
Koger Center

2/19 @ 6:30 pm
The Senate

2/22 @ 6:30 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Loaded Baked Potato Bar… Brrr, come warm up after a long week with a warm baked potato bar. We will have a variety of delicious and fun toppings to make this a great end of the week treat!
CanalSide Lofts Red Room

2/22 @ 8:00 pm
Fleetwood Mac
Colonial Life Arena

2/23 @ 7:30 pm
WWE Life: Road To Wrestlemania
Colonial Life Arena

December Event Calendar

November 30, 2018

12/1 @ 9:45 am
65th Annual Carolina Carillon Parade
Gervais Street

12/2 @ 6:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Wrap & Relax… Holiday movie night to kick-off the gift-wrapping station which will be set-up in the Rec Room all month long!
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

12/7 @ 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Starry Night
Five Points

12/8 @ 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Soda City Holiday Yard Sale
Soda City Market on Main Street

12/8 @ 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
Tin Roof

12/8 @ 6:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: DIY December… Create your own holiday ornament & cookie decorating!
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

12/9 @ 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Crafty Feast & Holiday Family Expo
Columbia Metro Convention Center

12/12 @ 7:30 pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Colonial Life Arena

12/14 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The 282nd Army Band
Koger Center

12/16 @11:00 am
COMMUNITY EVENT: Flapjacks & Flannel… Pancake brunch with a variety of toppings, coffee, and mimosas! Wear your most festive flannel!
CanalSide Lofts Red Room

12/31 @ 6:30 pm to 12:30 am
Famously Hot New Year
1201 Gervais Street

November Event Calendar

November 2, 2018

11/1 @ 5:00 pm
First Thursday on Main

11/3 @ 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
31st Annual Chili Cook-Off
Five Points

11/3-4 @ 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Free Admission Weekend
South Carolina State Museum

11/9 @ 7:00 pm
Vista After Five ft. Parmalee
Tin Roof

11/9 @ 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Oyster Roast
River Rat Brewery

11/11 @ 7:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: “Roast a Marshmallow & Party S’more”
DIY s’mores bar complete with marshmallow roasting stations and all the best toppings. After your s’more, enjoy some hot chocolate with or without flavored liqueur.
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

11/15 @ 5:00 PM
Vista Lights
The Vista

11/15 @ 6:30 PM
Chris Lane
The Senate

11/16 @ 6:30 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Friendsgiving (bring your appetite!)
We want to gather and celebrate how awesome the CanalSide experience is by celebrating with friends.
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

11/24, All Day
Small Business Saturday
Five Points

11/30 @ 7:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Apple-So-Lutely Fun
DIY candied apple bar. Choose your toppings and wash it down with some spiked apple cider! It’s sure to be apple-so-lutely fun.
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

October Event Calendar

October 5, 2018

Looking for something to do to kick off the fall? Check out these great local events.

10/7 @ 11:00 am
COMMUNITY EVENT: Fall For Brunch (Bagel bar)
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

10/7 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Five Points

10/10-21, All day
South Carolina State Fair
SC State Fairgrounds

10/17 @ 8:00 pm
Modest Mouse
Township Auditorium

10/19 @ 7:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Vegas Night (Casino games w/ awesome prizes!)
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

10/19 @ 7:00 pm
Light It Up Night Parade & Concert
Main Street

10/20 @ Noon to 7:00 pm
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival
Main Street

10/25 @ 7:00 pm
Chris Stapleton
Colonial Life Arena

10/26 @ 7:00 pm
COMMUNITY EVENT: Boos & Brews (Costume contest w/ craft beer & snacks)
CanalSide Lofts Rec Room

10/26-27 @ Various times
Columbia City Ballet Presents Dracula
Koger Center

10/31 @ 7:00 pm
A Ghoul’s Night Out
The Senate

Columbia’s Best Summer Events by CanalSide Lofts

June 28, 2018

The summertime is always full of fun events here in Columbia, SC! Surrounded by some of the best restaurants and bar experiences, as well as natural adventures, you can fill your schedule with the best events in Columbia when you live at CanalSide Lofts apartments.

Take a look at some of the events happening at CanalSide Lofts:

June 15 | 6:30 pm Swimming Pool Soiree at the Big Pool – Fancy “black & gold” poolside party with champagne & hors d’oeuvres

July 8 | 11:00 am at CanalSide Clubroom – Homestyle Brunch

July 13 | 6:30 pm at CanalSide Clubroom – Fiesta Friday: Taco food truck & margaritas!

July 19 | 7:00 pm at CanalSide Clubroom – 90s Trivia Night

August 7 | National Night Out Block Party – Community event with local law enforcement to heighten crime prevention awareness & strengthen neighborhood spirit & police–community partnership.

August 30 | 6:00 pm Tailgate Season Kickoff – Cornhole tournament w/ prize & other tailgate festivities to kick off the new football season

August | Time TBD at the Riverfront Park – Wine Tasting: Free wine tasting courtesy of Vino Garage

Columbia Events:

June 15 & 16 | 2:00 pm at the Frayed Knot in Chapin: Weekend with the Pros – Pro wakeboarding show on Lake Murray

June 18-23 | 7:00 pm at The Laurie Center: Columbia Fashion Week 

June 30 | 9:15 pm at Dreher Island State Park – Lake Murray 4th of July Fireworks Show

July 21 | 6 pm at Seawell’s – Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast

August 25 | 11 am-10pm at Downtown Columbia: Main Street Latin Festival 

We hope to see you at some of the exciting events this summer, don’t forget to tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured online!

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Your Guide to Columbia Farmers Markets

May 4, 2018

Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients or a new piece of artwork, the farmers market is the perfect spot to relax on the weekends near your home at CanalSide apartments. Choose from a vibrant selection of local produce, gather freshly picked flowers, or try some eclectic food truck bites. You can stock up on honey, baked goods and locally-produced snacks while you’re there, and it’s always worth the weekly trip to enjoy the sights and familiar faces.

Soda City Farmers Market ( is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street and it’s only a short walk from your home at CanalSide Lofts! Park for free in the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street then stroll through Downtown Columbia to find fresh produce, beer & wine, local art, clothing, and handmade crafts vendors, food trucks, and street performers. Grab some friends, including your furry ones, and join your neighbors to have fun in this special part of Columbia!

Columbia’s Best Bites During Restaurant Week SC

January 15, 2018

Every year, we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. CanalSide residents can discover new flavors throughout Columbia’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.

Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by CanalSide that you won’t want to miss!

  1. Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience curated by owner and chef, Il Giorgione himself. Eat at Gio’s and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy with them – buon appetito! Three courses is only $28 per person!
  2. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe – Simply Southern dishes with a side of sophistication, Mr. Friendly’s serves up ocean-fresh fish and innovative meat, poultry and wild game dishes. Three courses will be $33 a person, and don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of wine! Their extensive wine list has won “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence” 10 times!
  3. Bourbon – This Cajun-Creole establishment will woo you with its Southern charm and stunning whiskey bar. Dive into locally sourced comfort food like jambalaya and gumbo with a #RWSC offering for three courses for $40 per person. The flavors and spices will be hard to forget!

We hope you find something you enjoy during this fun and delicious celebration of South Carolina’s best dishes!

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Top Winter Events in Columbia
December 11, 2017

Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near CanalSide Lofts that you should go enjoy!

1. Lights Before Christmas | November 18, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Enjoy a vivid presentation of holiday lights and cheer at the Lights Before Christmas daily phenomenon located at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

2. Main Street ICE | Thursday, November 23- Monday, January 15, 2018.
The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE, is a holiday tradition at Boyd Plaza.

3. Holiday Lights on the River | November 22-December 31, 2017
There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!

4. Henri Mattisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper | September 15, 2017-January 15, 2018
From Columbia Museum of Art: Daringly modern artist Henri Matisse experimented with many mediums and devoted a major part of his career to reimagining books as art objects in their own right. He brought to life some of the greatest works of French literature, interpreting poetry and myths with playfully looping gestures, elegant lines, and brightly colored shapes in a way that is always distinctly his own. The CMA is proud to present 81 works in a sweeping exhibition that celebrates four of the artist’s books, including his most famous, the colorful Jazz portfolio from 1947. Together, these pages offer meditations on life, love, hardship, and utter joy.

5. Historic Holiday Tours | Until Dec. 31st
Historic Columbia offers a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

There is always something happening nearby CanalSide Lofts, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!