With the return of sunshine and warmth comes some of our favorite annual festivals popping back up like daisies. Plan ahead and come shed your winter coat in Columbia SC.
36th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points | March 17
See the world through jade-colored glasses at St. Pat’s in Five Points. Don your best green duds and get swept up in the sea of tens of thousands of visitors and locals alike. Start early with the Get to the Green Race and then keep the party going all day with a silent disco, food trucks, live performances on five stages by Judah & the Lion, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Chris Lane, SUSTO, Those Lavender Whales and more. Bonus, the festival is kid-friendly with a parade and a “Pot O’ Gold Playland” dedicated to rides, a petting zoo, face painting and other activities.
4th Annual Cream of the Crop Festival | March 24
The culminating event for Soda City Suds Week, a local celebration of craft beer, Cream of the Crop brings more than 100 beers from 40 different regional breweries to City Roots Farm for an afternoon of sipping and savoring. Live music adds to the ambience and who says the fun has to end at 5? Head over to Craft and Draft for the after-party.
Love, Peace & Hip-Hop | April 12 – 14
“All Hail the Queens” at this year’s Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Festival. Celebrate the strong, fearless women who have paved the way in the hip-hop genre at this 3-day, family-friendly festival. Hip-hop’s first female icon, MC Lyte, is headlining, so bring the kids and show them how hip-hop can be an empowering outlet for women amidst food and a fun atmosphere.
Indie Grits | April 12 – 15
Jump right in to four days of film, food, workshops, concerts, parties and more. Shaking up the traditional scene when it debuted 12 years ago, Indie Grits has only gained momentum, continuing to push the envelope and picking up national attention and grants along the way. Special events are dotted with film screenings and the whole experience wraps up with a block party on Sunday. Just go ahead and clone yourself now so you don’t miss a second of it, k?
River Rocks Festival | April 14
Bask in the sunshine and that refreshing river breeze. Enjoy live music and learn about how we work to protect and improve the water quality, wildlife habitats and river recreation in Columbia SC, while the kids will delight in a bounce house and on-site rock climbing wall. Oh, and did we mention there’ll be plenty of delicious food, too?
Columbia International Festival | April 14 – 15
Travel the whole world without having to go very far at all at the Columbia International Festival. Showcasing the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities and language groups in South Carolina, the festival aims to build better international community relations. Explore the flavors of foreign cuisines at the International Food Court, delight in stage performances of different national dances, learn about traditional costumes at the International Fashion Show, shop at the Bazaar, take part in cultural demonstrations and, trust us, you won’t want to miss the Parade of Nations!
Columbia Food & Wine Festival | April 15
Columbia’s very own Food & Wine Festival bursts on to the scene this year in Five Points. Be a part of it all with chef showdowns, live music, cooking demonstrations and, of course, all the food and wine offerings you could possibly want from Columbia’s culinary talent.
The first-ever Columbia Food and Wine Festival is happening April 15 // @freetimessc and @fivepointssc have partnered to create this long-awaited event in @columbiasc! Think chef showdowns, live music, cooking demos and delicious plates available from the best restaurants in the city. // Stay tuned for exciting announcements! #columbiafoodandwine
Artista Vista | April 19
We’re all for a good crawl, especially one that combines our love of art, food and music. Pop into various galleries in – you guessed it – the Vista district to peruse the collections, take part in complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages and enjoy live entertainment. Pop-up art installations add to the fun. Now get on with your cultured self.
Back to the Roots Festival | April 28
Another newcomer to the festival scene this year, it’s also the first of its kind in Columbia. Part fair, part festival, all gearing up to be a great time on the farm. Participate in cooking classes, do some yoga, shop for crafts, learn about heirloom agriculture and more, all while sipping on craft beer or wine and snacking on delicious local food. It doesn’t get any better than that.
10,000 lbs. of Louisiana-grown crawfish? Check. Live bands on four stages? Check. A carnival for the kids? Check. Handmade products from local artisans available for purchase? Check. Can you even think of a more perfect way to spend the day?
Bagels, brisket and babka, oh my! Celebrate Jewish culture while getting your fill of latkes, kugel, matzo and so much more. Work off your feast by dancing along to Jewish and Israeli music or participating in workshops to learn how to blow a shofar or make your own challah. Get swept up in Jewish storytelling and be sure to take plenty of food home with you so you can get your nosh on again later.
Yes way, rosé! Clink your glasses and cool off with samples of more than 100 crisp, refreshing blush wines. Enjoy dishes and different varieties of local cheese to accentuate the fruity flavors. Plus, purchase your favorites from the on-site wine store and arrange for a pickup so you can keep drinking pink well into summer.