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St. Pat’s in Five Points Returns to Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, March 16

CRBR Biz Wire //March 8, 2024//

St. Pat’s in Five Points Returns to Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, March 16

CRBR Biz Wire //March 8, 2024//

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St. Pat’s in Five Points, South Carolina’s largest one-day festival, returns on Saturday, March 16, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. for the 42nd event in Columbia, S.C. The festivities kick off with the Get to the Green race at 7:30 a.m., followed by the St. Pat’s Parade at 10 a.m. and live music performances beginning at 11 a.m.

“St. Pat’s in Five Points is a much-anticipated annual event for both Columbia locals and visitors,” says Heather McDonald, executive director of the Five Points Association. “We’re excited to host a celebration that feels like home, yet constantly evolves to offer new experiences for our guests. This year, we’re continuing beloved traditions like the Get to the Green race, St. Pat’s parade and a diverse music lineup, while introducing new experiences, including The Saint mocktail lounge, Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam and Logan’s Irish Pub Pop-Up. We’re also providing free satellite parking and shuttle service as well as hydration stations throughout the festival.”

New this Year
• The Saint alcohol-free mocktail lounge: Presented in partnership with Cola Love. Showcases an exclusive selection of non-alcoholic beer and other beverages, including rotating mocktail features from Kao Thai, Backstreets Grill of Columbia, Smoked and Indah Coffee.
• Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam: Presented by Bluetile. Features a “learn to skate” beginner’s clinic, intermediate/advanced ramp jams, best trick contest and cash prizes. The $30 registration fee includes festival entry.
• Logan’s Irish Pub Pop-Up: Courtesy of Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey. Features O’Hara’s house band and traditional Irish foods, provided by O’Hara’s Public House.
• Refillable water stations: Courtesy of 32 Dental. Guests are encouraged to bring empty reusable water bottles (plastic or aluminum; no glass) to refill at hydration stations, located throughout the festival.
• Free satellite parking and shuttle: Free parking is available at the South Carolina State Fair Grounds with complementary shuttle service provided by The COMET. The lot opens at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, with shuttles running every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Restrooms and overnight parking are also provided.
• Cashless event: This is a cashless event, excluding independent bars, restaurants and retail vendors.

Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m. – Get to the Green 5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run
• The Get to the Green race starts and finishes on Devine Street near the festival entrance. Costumes and good luck charms are welcomed and encouraged.
• Registration includes festival entry, a shirt, custom finisher’s medal and post-race refreshments and awards.
• Packet Pickup:
o Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Coastal Carolina National Bank, 1940 Blossom St.
o Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Coastal Carolina National Bank, 1940 Blossom St.
o Saturday, March 16 (race day) from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Start/finish line.

10 a.m. – Festival Gates Open

10 a.m. – St. Pat’s Parade
• The St. Pat’s Parade, presented by Carolina Gold Construction, covers a one-mile stretch that starts at Devine Street and Sims Avenue, turns right onto Harden Street and ends on College Street.
• This year’s Grand Marshal will be mascots from local sports teams, universities and children’s organizations.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Pot O’Gold Playland
• The Pot O’Gold Playland, located in the Andy’s Deli parking lot at 2005 Greene St., is free for children 12 and under.
• Activities include: balloon art, face painting, games, rides and more.
• Green Street family entrance: Adults/Guardians can receive a one-time re-entry into the festival at the Greene Street Family Gate, located at Andy’s Deli only, and enjoy the rest of the day’s offerings.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam
• The Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam, presented by Bluetile, will be held at 818 Harden St.
• Registration is $30 for contest entry and includes festival admission.
• Event features include: “Learn to skate” beginner’s clinic, intermediate and advanced ramp jams, best trick contest and cash prizes.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Live Music Performances

7 p.m. – Festival Ends

Music Lineup
This year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points features the festival’s largest lineup ever, with more than 40 local, regional and national artists, performing across multiple stages and venues, including headliners Lawrence, The War and Treaty, Futurebirds, Sister Hazel and Conner Smith. Columbia-based recording artist, producer, entrepreneur and hip-hop activist Master Splnta aka FatRat Da Czar returns as this year’s host.

• Greene Stage
o Hotel Fiction (11:30 a.m.)
o Jive Talk (1:00 p.m.)
o The Stews (2:30 p.m.)
o The Original
Wailers (4:00 p.m.)
o Futurebirds (5:30 p.m.)
• Blossom Stage
o Homemade Haircuts (11:00 a.m.)
o Happy Landing (12:15 p.m.)
o Mo Lowda & The Humble (1:30 p.m.)
o Little Stranger (3 p.m.)
o Paul Russell (4:30 p.m.)
o Lawrence (6 p.m.)
• Saluda Stage
o Drew Dixon (11 a.m.)
o Shelby Raye (noon)
o The Collection (1:15 p.m.)
o Zach Top (2:45 p.m.)
o Conner Smith (4 p.m.)
o The War and Treaty (5:45 p.m.)
• Santee Stage
o Brandy and the Butcher (11:15 a.m.)
o DÅZR (12:45 p.m.)
o Empire Strikes Brass (2:15 p.m.)
o Spider Monkey (3:45 p.m.)
o Sister Hazel (5:15 p.m.)
• Fountain Stage
o Master Splnta with DJ Cannon Banyon (11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
o Soda City Brass Band (12:30 p.m.)

• Breakers Live: The Regulars.
• The New Brookland Tavern: Hillmouse, Daddy’s Beemer, Steam Killed Lula, The Birdwalkers, H3RO, Aim High, Hellvis, Som’bout, Preach Jacobs, Future Coffins, DJ Kris Love.
• Bang Back Electro Alleyway: Player 1 Productions Takeover, The Mixstress Madi Jo B2B M3RMADE, Tymellord, Liquid-L, Rhythm Mechanic B2B Mark Britt, DISKULL, shwiLLy, Kirby Bright.
• Jake’s on Devine: Droze, Goodnight Lizzy.
• Logan’s Irish Pub Pop-Up: O’Hara’s House Band.

Street Closures
• Friday, March 15
o 8 a.m. – 2100 block of Greene Street.
o 6 p.m. – 600 and 700 blocks of Harden Street.
• Saturday, March 16
o 2 a.m. – All other streets within Five Points.

All festival tickets are digital and can be purchased online at Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the day of the festival.
• General admission tickets are $30 in advance until midnight on March 15 and will also be available day of the event for $35 online and at the gate.
o Children 12 and under are admitted free with a parent/guardian who is 21+. Parents and guardians can receive a one-time re-entry into the festival at the Greene Street family gate, located at Andy’s Deli. No other re-entries are permitted.
o St. Pat’s in Five Points is a rain-or-shine event; all tickets are non-refundable.
o The festival follows ADA regulations on service animals and does not recognize emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals.
• The Saluda’s and Tito’s Ultra-Premium VIP Experience, located at Saluda’s Restaurant, 751 Saluda Ave. Tickets are $200 each and include:
o Festival entry.
o Indoor venue with access to Saluda’s balcony overlooking the center of the festival.
o Complimentary beer, wine and liquor.
o Premium hors d’oeuvres.
o Indoor restroom facilities.
• The Lucky Leprechaun VIP Lounge, located near the Postcard Mural in the festival zone. Tickets are $125 each and include:
o Festival entry.
o Access to special lounge area in the middle of the festival zone.
o VIP viewing area from the side of each stage.
o Three complimentary drink tickets.
o Climate-controlled restrooms with private stalls.
o Yard games, pub tables and light hors d’oeuvres.

ADA Accessible Viewing
ADA accessible viewing areas will be located at all stages within the festival. These will be marked with signage as well as noted on the festival map.

Camera Policy
Due to contracts with the artists performing at St. Pat’s in Five Points, professional recording equipment (photography, video and/or sound) will not be permitted at the festival without proper media credentials.

Approved and Prohibited Items
To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for festival attendees, St. Pat’s in Five Points has a clear bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the festival footprint. Please be aware that all bags will be subject to search upon entry.
• Approved bags:
o Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches.
o A clear bag shall be clear from top-to-bottom, with up to a 2-inch trim/border.
o One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
o Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches (approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap).
o Clear fanny packs.
o Diaper bags.
o Medically necessary items.
• Prohibited bags:
o Purses larger than a clutch bag.
o Briefcases.
o Backpacks.
o Cinch/drawstring bags.
o Luggage of any kind.
o Computer bags.
o Binocular cases.
o Camera bags.
• Other approved Items:
o Strollers and wagons with accompanying child.
o Small digital or film cameras.
o Sunblock (non-aerosol).
o Empty refillable water bottles.
o Baby food/formula (no glass).
o Food for medical purposes.
o Service animals.
o Mobile phones and chargers.
o Hand sanitizer and baby wipes.
• Other prohibited Items:
o NO glass admitted.
o NO aerosol cans.
o NO outside alcohol.
o NO outside food or drinks.
o NO umbrellas.
o NO weapons.
o NO laser pointers.
o NO SLRs, professional cameras, video cameras or GoPros.
o NO selfie sticks or tripods.
o NO pets (with the exception of service animals).
o NO drugs or drug paraphernalia.
o NO musical equipment or instruments.
o NO fireworks or paper lanterns.
o NO drones, remote control aircraft, cars or toys.
o NO coolers.
o NO promotional items or flyers.

Official Hotel Partner
Plan your stay with the event’s official hotel partner, Aloft Columbia Downtown, 823 Lady St.

Satellite Parking
• Free parking is available at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds main parking lot, located at 1200 Rosewood Dr. The entrance to parking gate 6 opens at 6 a.m. and is located at 901 George Rogers Blvd.
• The COMET will run free shuttles to the festival every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
• The shuttle drop-off/pick-up location is at the corner of Blossom and Laurens Streets.
• The parking lot will be closed and locked at 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Vehicles parked overnight can be picked up by entering the north gate at 1200 Rosewood Dr. after 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 17.
• Restrooms will be open to the public.

Neighborhood Parking
Please be respectful of surrounding neighborhoods and use the satellite parking and shuttle instead. Festival parking is prohibited in the following neighborhoods:
• Hollywood-Rose Hill.
• Melrose Heights.
• MLK Park.
• Old Shandon.
• Shandon.
• University Hill.
• Wales Garden.
• Waverly.
• Wheeler Hill.

ADA Parking
• ADA parking will be available inside the former Wells Fargo lot, 705 Saluda Ave.
• Parking route: From Blossom Street, turn left on Pickens Street. Take a right on Greene Street, then right on Laurens Street and back down to Blossom Street.
• Proper identification will need to be displayed for patrons to access the lot.

Rideshares, such as Uber or Lyft, pick-up and drop-off locations are at Greene and Blossom Streets.

Volunteer Opportunities
From the early morning hours of the Get to the Green race, to the very last note played by the headliners, St. Pat’s in Five Points would not be possible without the help of the volunteers that bring the festival to life. If interested in participating in the festival as a volunteer, email

Community Impact
Last year, St. Pat’s in Five Points welcomed approximately 35,000 attendees with more than 35 percent traveling from outside of Columbia, spanning over 2,000 zip codes and 30+ countries. The festival brings in $12.6 million to the City of Columbia and Richland County, allowing the Five Points Association the opportunity to give back to the community that has been its biggest supporter. To date, the Five Points Association has donated approximately $1.2 million to local charities.

For more information, visit, download the app, or follow the festival on Facebook @StPatsinFivePoints, Instagram @stpatsinfivepoints and TikTok @StPatsinFivePoints. To learn more about sponsorships, vendor or parade applications and/or volunteering, please email

About St. Pat’s in Five Points
Set in the vibrant Five Points district of Columbia S.C., St. Pat’s in Five Points is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals in the Southeast, drawing 35,000+ attendees of all ages from across the region and beyond. The annual event showcases a diverse lineup of musical acts across multiple stages and also features a variety of vendors, food trucks, artisans and family-friendly attractions, including the Pot O’ Gold Playland, the Get to the Green race and the St. Pat’s Parade. Originally conceived by Duncan MacRae of Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern, Steve Gibson of Peddler Steak House, Chuck Pettit of the Columbia Jaycees and Tony Latella of PYA Monarch, St. Pat’s in Five Points is a Columbia tradition known for its fun atmosphere and focus on giving back to the Midlands community. To date, the Five Points Association has donated approximately $1.2 million to local charities.

About the Five Points Association
Founded in 1983, the Five Points Association is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the growth and evolution of Five Points, a one-of-a-kind commercial and residential district that is home to more than 100 businesses. Led by an executive director and governed by a board of directors, the Five Points Association oversees the efforts to promote, grow and support the Five Points district. The Five Points Association oversees the district’s events, development, clean and safe team and beautification projects. Visit to learn more.