Saturday, Aug. 23

Service Saturday
8-11 a.m.
Russell House Patio for check-in, departures
Sponsored by: Leadership and Service Center
Join us for a half day of service to kick off your year at Carolina! USC Columbia students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in our signature monthly service days. Register at, pick your site during sign ups on the morning of the event, and serve! We provide the transportation to your service site and lunch. Serving in the Columbia community has never been easier or more FUN!

Lake Day
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lake Murray – meet at the BCM Building at 819 Main Street
Sponsored by: Baptist Collegiate Ministry
A day of FUN in the SUN! You don’t want to say no to this!! BCM will be providing lunch and rides to the lake!! Not only will you get to make tons of new friends, but will get to enjoy boat rides, jet-ski, floating, and jumping off the dock. Come and join us for a amazing day on the lake!

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
McKissick Museum front plaza
Sponsored by: McKissick Museum
McKissick Museum presents the 2nd Annual FOLKFabulous festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Museum on USC’s historic horseshoe. This year, FOLKFabulous features Native American musicians, artisans, and community leaders from more than five different Southeastern tribes sharing their cultural traditions. Participating artists include Keith Brown demonstrating Catawba pottery, Tuscarora music by the Deer Clan Singers, and Cherokee storyteller and stonecarver Freeman Owle. FOLKFabulous is free and open to the public.

The Main Event: Main St. Freshman Welcome
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Downtown Main Street (Departure from Russell House)
Sponsored by: Student Government
The Main Event is an event part of the annual Carolina Welcome Week to welcome first-year students to the university. The purpose of this event is to showcase restaurants, museums, boutiques, galleries, theaters and other businesses along Main St., Columbia, SC. Additionally, students would be welcomed to Columbia by city leadership and given an introduction the culture and community that surrounds them.

Lake Party
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lake Murray
Sponsored by: First College Ministry
Come party with us on the lake! There will be food, water sports, games and swimming. It’s all free! We will provide transportation for those who need it.

Sigma Soak Off 2
3-6 p.m.
Strom Pool
Sponsored by: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Are you ready to dive in to the 2014-2015 school year? Start the year off with a splash at the Sigma Soak Off 2! This event, sponsored by the Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, will feature free food, music, blue sno-cones, contests, sand volleyball, and fun in the outdoor area of the Strom Wellness and Fitness Center. Bring your bathing suit and be ready to have a blast! Don’t forget to tweet us with the hashtag #SigmaSoakOff2 on Twitter and Instagram. All students welcome; Carolina Card required for entry.

Connect2Cola Fest
3:30-8 p.m.
Greene Street at the Russell House
Sponsored by: Carolina After Dark, WUSC, Off-Campus Student Services
Like music? Like free stuff? The inaugural Connect2Cola Fest will be an outdoor concert combined with a local vendor fair. The concert portion will include 5 bands from the Midlands and a regional headliner, the band REPTAR from Athens, GA. In addition to the music, local businesses from around the USC campus will set up booths along Greene Street to introduce students to their services and give away great freebies! Come on out for a great nice of chill music, fantastic weather and learn a little more about what Columbia has to offer to students at USC!

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