Annual Events

Annual Events

The Palladium Society's Annual Chili Cook-Off

Do you love a bowl of “Famously Hot” chili? Cold beer? Great live music? Then join Historic Columbia each spring at The Palladium Society's annual Chili Cook-Off. This year's cook-off will take place at the Music Farm on February 24, 2018. One of HC's most popular events, the Chili Cook-Off is hosted by The Palladium Society and features a variety of chili recipes, judging by local celebrities, live music, and prizes for the winners. Click here for photos from the 2017 Chili Cook-Off. Get your tickets now!

Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of a local family, the Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture is held annually in late summer on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons Site. Jubilee features a variety of activities including hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen, live entertainment and vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise. Highlights of the festival also include tours of the Mann-Simons Site, African American heritage bus tours, and many other activities throughout the day. Click here to see photos from last year's festival. This year's 39th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture will be held on SaturdaySept. 16, 2017.

The Palladium Society's Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ

Each fall, The Palladium Society brings great music, delicious food and the best silent auction in Columbia together in an historic setting at Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQClick here for photos from the 2016 auction. This year's Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19. 2017.

Scarecrows in the Gardens

Enter your historical, ghoulish or traditional scarecrows in Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest during the month of October to compete for cash, trophies and tour passes. The contest is open to individuals, families, businesses, schools and organizations, and participants are welcome to enter more than one scarecrow. More details coming soon!

Trunk or Treat

In late October, HC hosts Trunk or Treat, a trick-or-treating event with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes, best decorated trunk, and scarecrows will be given! Click here for photos from last year's Trunk or Treat. This year's Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, Oct. 27. 2017.

Holidays at Historic Columbia

Holiday Tours and a full lineup of family-friendly events are offered annually from mid-November through December. During this special time of year, we invite families, school groups, tourists and the community to visit our historic properties for guided tours. Our house museums are decorated and offer a glimpse into the lives of three different holiday social scenes set in 19th and early 20th century Columbia. Enjoy the greenery and decorative faux food throughout each house while guides provide stories of holidays past. Click here for photos from last year's Historic Holidays. This year's Historic Holiday season will take place between Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 and Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Annual holiday events include:

  • Historic House Tours
  • Santa Signing
  • Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides
  • Breakfast with Santa