Spring is one of the best times in be in Columbia. We encourage you to take advantage of our mild temperatures, blooming trees and some of the incredible festivals in the area. Here are some events that we think you should check out.
St. Pat’s in 5pts. (annual)
This awesome event is held in one of the most happening spots in all of Columbia, Five Points. This festival is held around St Patrick’s day to celebrate all things Green and Irish. Some of the events they hold are: a kids zone; Get to the Green road races; St. Pats Parade; Live Music on four different stages; a Silent Disco. This is one heck of a time if you like dark beer and great music. You can get all the details on their website at www.StPatsColumbia.com
Rosewood Crawfish Festival (annual)
Crawfish in Columbia? Heck yeah. This annual event held around the first part of May is an experience in an of itself. For one spectacular Saturday, the City of Columbia shuts down Rosewood Drive in Downtown Columbia to Let the Good Times Roll, with tons of steamed and fried crawfish, live music (on four stages), an artist village, a 5k race and a crossfit event. They always have great headliners like Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, and this year it will be Cowboy Mouth. The food is great, the beer is cold and tickets are reasonable. Check it out at www.RosewoodCrawfishFest.com
Carolina Cup (annual)
This event isn’t exactly in Columbia, but it is right up the road in Camden, South Carolina, which is about a 30min drive from Downtown. The Carolina Cup or “Cup”, is an annual event held right around the first of April. It’s a full fledged Horse Race that tends to draw 60,000+ people. Attendee’s go all out and are dressed to the “9’s” with their sear suckers and big race hats. If you haven’t had to see this southern spectacle in person, this is the year to make it happen. More information at www.Carolina-cup.org
Firefly Baseball (seasonal)
This is a new one for the list. Columbia added a great minor league baseball team named The Fireflies, with their mascot, Mason Jar, no joke. Their season kicks off in April this year and runs all through the Fall. The Fireflies are proud to call the Sprint Communications Park home, which won the award for Minor League Park of the Year. They have games all of the time and it’s an awesome place to spend an afternoon/evening. The tickets are reasonable, they have great craft beer with even better food. For their schedule, check out www.ColumbiaFireflies.com.
Soda City Farmers Market (weekly)
Farmers Markets aren’t a new idea, however they have gained a lot of steam in the past few years. We promise you have never been to one like Soda City. The organizers of Soda City shut down a few city blocks on Main Street each Saturday from 9am to 1pm to allow hundreds of vendors to display their local products including fresh produce and cheese, coffee, clothing, womens accessories, woodworkers, food trucks, artisans, street performers and much more. Leash up your dogs, strap in your kids, and come see a true gem of downtown Columbia. www.SodaCitySC.com
City Roots (weekly)
City Roots is Metro Columbia’s first urban farm. Located just blocks off of Rosewood Drive and next to Owens Field, this sustainable farm and event space is always hosting awesome events like Farm to Table dinners throughout the year, Smoke and Beer (local beer fest) in February, Mardi Gras in March and many more. If you don’t have anything to do on a weekend, be sure to check out www.cityroots.org for their bustling event calendar.
Pallidum Society Chili Cook Off (annual)
This annual event is hosted by the Pallidum Society to benefit Historic Columbia and all their endeavors. If you are into chili, spices, music and good spirits, you won’t want to miss this. It is usually hosted in early February, so if you missed it this year make sure to put it on your calendar for next year. For more details go to www.HistoricColumbia.org/chili