Come Spring, the region is buzzing with renewed energy and a myriad of outdoor events. Come shed your winter coats and stop to smell the flowers in Columbia SC.

Kick things off the Irish way at St. Pat’s in Five Points, or explore different cultures at the Columbia International Festival, Tartan Day South and The Big Nosh. Gallery hop at Artista Vista and take in four days of concerts, parties and cutting-edge films at Indie Grits. Get your fill of Southern fare at the Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival, Rosewood Crawfish Festival and the South Carolina Cornbread Festival.

Check out the River Rocks Music Festival as some of the best bands in South Carolina play next to the river. Good old-fashioned family fun can be found at the Sparkleberry Country Fair, and a refreshing cup of vino can be found at the Lexington Wine Walk and Irmo's Red, White & Blues Festival. Looking to get fit for the summer? Races like the Run Hard Columbia Marathon, the Palmetto 200, and the Governor's Cup Road Race have you covered. Dog-friendly events like Bark to the Park will keep your pups in shape too.