The Official Kickoff to St. Pat’s: Before the Festival
This free family friendly event is the perfect thing to get you in the St. Patty’s mood before the big festival. On March 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Official Kickoff to St. Pat’s will feature lots of Irish-themed entertainment for you and your family! Your kids will have a blast dying the Five Points fountain green and exploring the village on a scavenger hunt. From bagpipers to Kudzu Queens to Rince N’ah Eireann dancers, this is the perfect event to help get you in the shamrock spirit before the big day!
The Main Festival
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
What: The Midlands’ largest annual street festival and one of the largest celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in the southeast
When: Gates open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Five Points:
Columbia, South Carolina
Judah & The Lion
An independent American band from Nashville, TN with a unique style of music which combines the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop. The band’s most recent album, Folk Hop N Roll, features a wide range of sounds and an awesome experience.
Chris is an up-and-coming artist who, since the release of his hit track “Fix,” landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart. His music has a bold and fresh sound which you definitely won’t want to miss!
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
An alternative/indie band from Boone, N.C. that has played on iconic festivals stages such as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Shaky Knees, Hangout, Sasquatch, Austin City Limits and even more. The band has an eclectic sound that makes for the catchiest of jams.
J Roddy Walston and The Business
If you’re ready to dance, this band has a classic-sounding Southern rock/Americana style of music that will be sure to keep you moving. This band has toured at festivals like Austin City Limits and released its most recent album, Destroyers of the Soft Life, in 2017.
A singer-songwriter originally from Sneedville, TN, Morgan was on NBC’s The Voice in 2014 and was signed to a record label afterward. He’s now a passionate country music artist who will be sure to bring a magnetic energy to the festival!
This Bronx-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is going to show us all what soul music is all about. His smooth style mixed with sounds of the past work together to create an unbelievable, soulful experience.
An American indie rock band from Charleston with two hit albums, “Heart & Plugs” and “& I’m Fine Today,” which are both filled with the band’s chill sound that rivals that of The Lumineers and Band of Horses.
Also from Charleston, Moose Kick is a rock n’ roll powerhouse band that has been recording and touring since 2013. The band has a progressive-southern-funk sound which makes their shows an unforgettable experience no matter what!
This rock band is from Gatlinburg TN and has an incomparable energy that will light the festival up. The band uses both conventional and non-conventional instruments to create an evolutionary musical experience for everyone who gets to witness it.
This band has created its own brand in the heat of the Appalachian Mountains and we are so excited they are bringing it to Columbia for this festival. Don’t miss the band’s dynamic sounds and pop feel.
76 & Sunny
From right here in Columbia, this band of USC alum has been working together since 2012 to play shows all over the South and has been compared to bands like Hootie & the Blowfish, Matchbox Twenty and Sister Hazel.
This band, from Charleston, uses music to bring together people of all different backgrounds. SondorBlue is a rock band that writes tight pop songs and tours the world in order to spread their magical sound to as many people as they can.
The Travelin’ Kine
This band is also from Charleston and is in the Red Dirt/Americana genre of music. In less than a year, they played over 100 shows and opened for other artists in big arenas such as the American Aquarium.
A local pop-rock/R&B band, Blocker brings an undeniable energy to every show they play here in Columbia. If you missed them at the Chili Cook off at Music Farm, here’s your chance to catch them again!
The Boomtown Waifs
A two-women band that began in 2012, The Boomtown Waifs create a unique sound pairing the guitar with the fiddle that you definitely won’t want to miss! Be sure to stop by for a soulful experience full of twang, folk and spirit.
7:30 a.m. Get to the Green 15K / 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Family-Fun Run
Presented by Future Scholar
Registration open on GetToTheGreen.com
Start Location: Maxcy Gregg Park
9 a.m. Festival Gates Open
10 a.m. St. Pat’s Parade – FREE
Location: Devine Street
Grand Marshal: Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 303: The Jack Van Loan Chapter
10 a.m. – 6 p.m Pot O’ Gold Playland – FREE
Location: New for 2018! Pavilion Avenue
(between College and Greene Streets)
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Silent Disco
Location: Harden Street at College Street
Noon – 7 p.m. Musical Entertainment
Five official stages with over 20 artists
$20 Online Pre-Sale — Available now on StPatsColumbia.com
$17 Pre-Sale Outlets — TBD in the coming weeks
$25 Day-of — Available at any of the four entrance gates
Festival Family Fun
St. Pat’s Parade
At 10a.m. on Saturday, March 17, the St. Pat’s Parade will assemble at Dreher High School and travel the Muscical Mile down Devine Street into Five Points, offering several blocks for public viewing of the Irish magic! The parade will also go down Devine Street, up Saluda Avenue and back to the Five Points fountain before ending near Food Lion. Bring your kiddos along to watch this unbelievable parade before heading into the festival!
The Pot O’ Gold Playland
During the festival, on Pavillion & College Streets, your little leprechauns will have a blast with tons of kid-approved entertainment! The area will be filled with games, rides, a petting zoo, magic shows, karaoke and face painting. There will also be tons of delicious snacks and treats from places such as Karen’s Mobile Kitchen, Pearls Wings and Things, Tru Italian Ice, Dippin Dogs and more. Entry to the area is free and you can buy tickets on site for the rides and activities. Don’t forget to stop by with your little ones and let them explore the magic of St. Pat’s!
St. Pat’s Saluda’s VIP Experience
Includes festival admission ($25 dollar value), food, open bar, a premier view from Saluda’s balcony and indoor restrooms. VIP tickets are $95 and available for purchase on www.StPatsColumbia.com. Limited quantities available.
The Cube – Stay Informed. Stay Connected.
Information hub with programs, festival swag, ATMs, ID check and the T-Mobile Charging Stations. It will be centrally located at the Five Points intersection, in the heart of the festival.
St. Pat’s Selfie Contest
Patrons are encouraged to take the most epic selfie, upload to Instagram, tagging @StPatsinFivePoints and using #StPatsSelfie2018 and #StPatsinFivePoints to be entered to win. The winner will receive a $100 gift card for the Five Points business of their choosing.
Grab your neon green and head to Harden Street for this year’s edition of the Silent Disco, to enjoy the musical stylings of five local DJs.
Has St. Pat’s left a mark on you? Leave your mark on it! Stop by our #StPatsinFivePoints Wall on the 800 block of Harden Street and write a memory, message or love note to everyone’s favorite festival.
This year’s festival will feature a craft beer alley with a variety of regional, distinctive specialty craft brews on Santee Avenue by the bluegrass stage. Breweries and featured products are TBD.
NEW FOR 2018! St. Pat’s in Five Points Spotify Playlist
Patrons have the chance to enjoy music from the St. Pat’s line-up on a specially made playlist, exclusive to Spotify.
Out of town patrons coming for the festival are encouraged to stay in the following official festival accommodations:
36 years ago, two men sat down in a booth at Yesterday’s Restaurant in Five Points and devised a plan to increase the visibility of Five Points’ businesses on St. Patrick‘s Day when most people were leaving town for Savannah, Georgia. The St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party emerged, slowly forming into the annual celebration that welcomes over 45,000 people each year.
St. Pat’s in Five Points wouldn’t be possible without generous support from: KW Beverage, Beverage South, Future Scholar, Checker Yellow Cabs, Green’s Beverages, Wells Fargo, Southern Wine and Spirits, T-Mobile, Island Coastal Lager, Office Depot, The Mobile Attic, The Inn at USC, Aloft Hotel, the Five Points Association, Experience Columbia SC and the City of Columbia.
To purchase tickets or find out more about St. Pat’s in Five Points, please visit www.StPatsColumbia.com.