Voices: Festival season is upon us
WANT TO ENJOY yourself while doing something great with your dollars? These community events provide just that opportunity. Get out there, bask in the sun, and enjoy Cola Town’s superb Spring event schedule.
Five Points has played host to St. Pat’s for 35 years. This year features 20 bands spread across four stages, including St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Superchunk, Michael Ray, Drivin’ n Cryin’, the MoBros, and more. So, hoist a green beer and shake shamrocks with 45,000 of your closest friends. Pretend you’re Irish for a day.
If music mixed with food and drinks at a scenic riverside location sounds like your kind of thing, don’t miss River Rocks. It’s a celebration of what makes Columbia truly special: our rivers. River Rocks benefits Congaree Riverkeeper, the local affiliate of Waterkeeper Alliance. Zach Deputy headlines this year.
Wanna see a free concert by Kid N Play? Hip Hop Family Day delivers world-class hip hop in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment at the corner of Main and Laurel. Experience B-Boy dance crews, dope DJs, the work of hip hop visual artists—and show your kids how old school you are.
APRIL 20 – 23
Started as a DIY film festival, Indie Grits has grown into something similar to Columbia’s version of SXSW. You’ll find art, music, and even a regionally-programmed video game exposition called Indie Bits. Indie Grits benefits the Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia’s nonprofit refuge for film lovers since 1979.
With 10,000 pounds of Louisiana raised crawfish, Rosewood Crawfish Festival is for serious fans of Creole cuisine. Proceeds fund community improvement projects like cleanup initiatives and the installation of bike racks. Runners can start their day with the 5K Crawdaddy Dash through surrounding neighborhoods, exiting right into the festival.