If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC they you should head to Five Points for the St. Pat's Festival on Saturday, March 14th. There will be more fun this year than ever before.
Five Points is ready to welcome more than 40,000 people for the annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. With events including a selfie contest and a free kids’ play area, “there’s something everyone can enjoy,” said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association and one of the masterminds behind St. Pat’s.
There’s not a demographic we don’t hit on at some point.
What’s going on:
The festival includes live music, a parade, a race – not to mention Five Points’ nearly 20 bars, where beer and other libations will be freely flowing all day.
But you don’t need to start the day off with a drink to have fun at St. Pat’s. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Get to the Green 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1-Miler. The race is the Midlands’ biggest, according to Franks. Many participants get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, dressing up in outrageous costumes, often featuring a holiday-appropriate amount of green.
After the race, spectators can enjoy the annual St. Pat’s Parade free of charge. The Wells Fargo Pot O’ Gold Playland also opens at 10 a.m. and is free of charge. The two early events are an opportunity for families to have fun without cost.
When the parade wraps up, the music begins. This year, St. Pat’s in Five Points will feature 19 live music acts, three electronic dance music DJs and a set of shag music DJs. The live music lineup features country artists Love and Theft and Holly Williams, indie groups J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, and bluesy rock group the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
Those who love to shag or want to learn can stop by the Shaggin’ on Santee Stage for free lessons and beach music from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. From 3 to 6 p.m., the Santee Stage will be taken over by EDM as the Dub DJs play the festival for the second year in a row.
For the first time, festivalgoers can have their own VIP St. Pat’s experience. For $89, guests can enjoy an open bar and food from Five Points restaurant Saluda’s, a balcony view from the restaurant, festival admission and clean bathrooms.
If you don’t want to spring for the VIP package, plenty of food and drink vendors will be available. Festival organizers have decided to involve more local vendors. There will also be many local food trucks that will serve festivalgoers as well as a central area for food, complete with a covered dining area with clean tables.
Five Points is also sponsoring a selfie contest, complete with a prize of $100 in credit to a Five Points business of the winner’s choosing.