Things to do: First Fridays, pumpkin hunts, ghost tours, Fun at Riverwalk and more

This weekend will feature another festive First Fridays in downtown Columbia, with main events running from 5-8 p.m. and feature live music, food trucks and special fall sales.
This weekend will feature another festive First Fridays in downtown Columbia, with main events running from 5-8 p.m. and feature live music, food trucks and special fall sales.

October kicks off with another festive First Fridays, as well as opportunities to carve a spooky pumpkin, catch a classic theater show and more family fun.

1. October First Fridays

It's that time again, time for another amazing and fun First Fridays in downtown Columbia.

The night will feature many popular First Fridays staples, with downtown shops staying open later, live music around the square and lots more.

Most First Fridays events will run from 5-8 p.m.

Be sure to stop by Baxter's Mercantile, 808 S. Garden St., for its Witches Night Out event, which will feature fall items for sale, food sampling and more Halloween-themed fun.

Dog owners are also welcome to dress their pups up in their best costume, and there will be a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a $50 Baxter's gift card.

Needle & Grain, 510 N. Garden St., will host a DIY candle workshop, where you will make your own fall scented and decorative candle. Classes, which will begin at 4 p.m., will teach students how to melt, mix and pour their very own 12 oz. candle with a pre-made scent.

Admission is $40. Reserve your spot today at

Rolling Hills Church, 104 W. 5th St., will also host a free First Fridays Family Zone, featuring inflatables, kid-friendly games and snacks from 5-8 p.m.

2. Pumpkin hunting and other ghostly fun

One of the staples of the October and fall season is picking out the right pumpkin, but it's even better when you can win a prize.

Maury County Park will continue its Pumpkin Hunt, which runs through Oct. 24.

Visit the park and find clues for a chance to win your own pumpkin, as well as other spooky treats.

Satterwhite Farm, 3005 Sheegog Lane, will also kick off its Pumpkin Paradise festival this Friday, which will run every weekend through Oct. 30. Admission is $8.75 per person.

Satterwhite's Pumpkin Paradise will feature lots of fun activities, such as a hay maze, gravel pit, games and more.

In downtown Columbia, take a ghostly tour to learn about the macabre history of the city's founders, historic sites and much more starting at 8 p.m. every Friday. Tickets are $10 per person (cash or check only). Reserve your spot by calling (931) 797-3316.

3. Watershed's 'Little Women The Musical' final run

Watershed Public Theatre will wrap up its latest production, bringing a classic to the stage at Columbia State Community College's Cherry Theater.

The local theater company presents "Little Women The Musical" based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

The story follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March during their formative years, taking place during Civil War America. The show features lots of music and themes of personal discovery, heartache, hope and love.

Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and children.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday.

4. Fall Into Fun at Riverwalk

The city's Parks & Recreation Department invites families to spend the afternoon at Riverwalk Park this weekend for a free event Saturday.

Fall Into Fun, which will from from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, will feature food trucks, animals, games, balloons and more.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fitzpatrick at (931) 560-1447 or email

5. Live entertainment

Smith & Gone will perform at Puckett's in downtown Columbia starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Tim Turner Band will perform at Big Shake's, 822 South Main St., starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Local Motion will perform at Fozzy's Bar & Grill, 150 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway in Spring Hill, starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

Sean Carson will perform at Mt. Pleasant Grille, 100 S. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Amylase Band will perform at The Boondox, 3543 Highway 431, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jay Powell
Jay Powell

Jay Powell covers events and entertainment for The Daily Herald. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @JayPowellCDH.

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