Grab your tickets now — $25 prior to March 17, $30 at the gate. | Photo provided by St. Pat’s in Five Points
The 41st annual St. Pat’s festival is returning to Five Points on Saturday, March 18. With more than 30,000 in attendance, it’s the biggest event of the year for the Five Points village and brings in $7+ million to the City of Columbia and Richland County.
Don’t forget about these family events before running off to your favorite artist’s stage:
St. Pat’s Parade | Beginning at 10 a.m., enjoy the one-mile parade starting on Devine Street and ending on Sims Avenue.
Pot O’Gold Playland | Open between 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and located on the 800 block of Harden Street, the Kids’ Zone will feature kid-friendly activities and rides.
This year’s festival will be hosted by local hip-hop activist FatRat da Czar and feature 20 bands across four stages. You’re in luck — we are also giving you a sneak peek into who’s going to be headlining and shamrockin’ the anticipated weekend.
🌙 Moon Taxi — This indie-alternative rock band based in Nashville, TN is known for their electric festival appearances.
🔥 Nate Smith — Viral alert. Known for his viral hit “Wildfire” on TikTok, this country artist is comin’ to Cola.
🚙 Drivin N Cryin — Based in Atlanta, GA, this folk rock band is returning to Five Points for the first time since 2017.
🧠 Hippo Campus — Rock out with this indie band that was selected as the band for NPR’s Favorite New Artist of 2017.
The NoMa Flea | Friday, Jan. 20-Friday, Dec. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | NoMa Warehouse, 2222 Sumter St., Columbia | Free | The Market features eight anchor vendors and at least 10 rotating, pop-up vendors each week.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Our Own Work, Our Own Way: Ascendant Women Artists | Saturday, Jan. 21-Monday, Feb. 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia | Free | This exhibition brings together 41 female artists of the 20th century who had connections to the South.
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market | Saturday, Jan. 21-Saturday, Dec. 23 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting St., West Columbia | Free | Browse original arts and crafts from local makers, fresh produce, and local prepared food vendors.
Public Tour: The Art of Elizabeth Catlett | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 1-2 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia | Free with admission | Learn about the Modernist expressions of Elizabeth Catlett and her contemporaries who used their art to change the world.
Every beer is non-alcoholic (0.5% ABV or less). | Photo by Athletic Brewing Company
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A $90 million development has been proposed near Blossom, Huger, and Wheat Streets — think the USC baseball stadium area. The student apartments have been coined “VERVE Columbia” and would include 960 beds and a 500-car parking garage. (The State)
In, hot chicken. Out, burgers.JK, Dave’s Hot Chicken is justcoming soon to the former Smashburger location at 4601 Devine St. The new choose-your-own spice-level chicken restaurant will likely open in early summer and serve up fast-casual chicken and sides. 🍗 (The Post and Courier)
Columbia City Ballet and South Carolina Philharmonic collaborating to bring Soda Citizens the classic tale of “Romeo and Juliet.” Grab tickets to see the show that’s happening on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.at the Koger Center for the Arts. 🩰
The South Carolina State Museum is bringing backAmore Under the Stars, an exclusive after-hours fundraising event happening on Valentine’s Day from 6–9 p.m. Enjoy live music, tours through galleries, a one-of-a-kind planetarium show, night sky observing, and more. 💫
The Ronald McDonald House Charities is hosting theRMHC Masqueradethat will take place on Friday, March 10 from 7-11 p.m. This is a black-tie affair — featuring two open bars, silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and more — will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Grab tickets here. 🎭
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The St. Pat’s festival lineup poster was revealed at yesterday’s press conference. | Photo by COLAtoday team
You didn’t think we’d leave out our yearly teaser playlist for St. Pat’s did you?
We know sometimes it’s easier to recognize songs before you recognize the musician, so we put together a small Spotify playlist.
We think these 57 songs will help introduce you to the lineup, so come March 18, you can sing along when your favorite artists perform.
Today’s issue was written by Sam.
Editor’s pick: I look forward to the St. Pat’s event every year, but I’m extremely excited about Hippo Campus coming. I went and saw them when they came to The Senate and they put on a fantastic show. While you wait for March, browse The Senate’s upcoming shows. Who knows, the band you see this week may just be the headliner for St. Pat’s next year.
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