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What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to do April 11 - 13
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:09AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC features a premier film festival, family fun, outdoor adventures, music and more. Check out five things to do this weekend below, and then browse ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 3 – 6
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:35AM by Amanda Wynn
The month of April brings with it beautiful weather and exciting events! Check out these five things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 27 - 30
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:17AM by Renée Williamson
This weekend in Columbia, SC features family fun, Southern traditions, college sports, Grammy-winning music and more. Check out seven things to do this weekend below, and then browse our ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 20 - 23
Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:17PM by Renée Williamson
This weekend we welcome spring to Columbia, SC. We've missed it, for sure. Enjoy a weekend in the Columbia region with lots of things to do, including spring festivals, shopping excursions and ...
Indie Grits Film Festival: 2014 Party and Food Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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Indie Grits 2014: Complete Film Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Back for its eighth year and taking place April 11 - 20, 2014, Indie Grits Film Festival is a one-stop-shop for the very best of the Southeast region's film, culinary, theatrical, art and music ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do March 13 - 16
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:06PM by Mary Elkin
It's heating up in Columbia, SC with one of the city's largest festivals, St. Pat's in Five Points! While you're here for some surprisingly Irish fun, sample craft beers from our local breweries ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do March 7 - 9
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:08AM by Amanda Wynn
Stroll down Main Street, attend a craft show, run a marathon and more! Find below six things to do in Columbia this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even more ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 27 – March 2
Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:39AM by Amanda Wynn
From festivals and art performances to South Carolina State House tours and the happiest 5k on the planet, this weekend is full of things to do throughout the Columbia region:  ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 20 – 23
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:19AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you're in Columbia, SC for the weekend or a day, this weekend offers movies and music, food and shopping, events, dancing and more. Find below 5 things to do Friday through Sunday ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 13 - 16
Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:55AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Due to weather conditions, some events listed below may be canceled or locations may be closed temporarily. Be sure to check with the location about openings and closings, and only travel if you know ...
Valentine's Day 2014 in The New Romantic Hot Spot
Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:43AM by Mary Elkin
Southern hospitality comes naturally in Columbia, SC. So when the ultimate day of love rolls around, you can be sure we'll help make your romantic evening or weekend unforgettable. From a quiet ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 6 - 9
Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00PM by Mary Elkin
From concerts to one-of-a-kind art exhibits, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our six suggestions below, but also be ...
What's Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 31 - February 5
Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:14AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you’re looking for events and things to do around the Columbia region, or plan on visiting one of Columbia, SC’s sports bars to watch “The Big Game,” this weekend and ...
What’s Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 23 – 29
Posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From concerts to culinary celebrations, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our five suggestions below, but also be sure to ...
Columbia's 6th Annual World Beer Festival
Posted on January 16, 2014 at 12:53PM by Amanda Wynn
Pour me a cold one! Tomorrow, January 18, is your chance to celebrate beer culture at All About Beer's 6th Annual World Beer Festival at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Not ...
What's Hot This Week: Things to Do January 16 - 22
Posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:30AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Things are heating up in the Columbia region with an abundance of festivals and events taking place this week. Check out these five things to do below and refer to our calendar of events for even ...

Finlay Park

  • 930 Laurel Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-545-3100
  • Visit Website

One of the best known parks in the state of South Carolina, Finlay has hosted just about everything from festivals and political rallies to road races and Easter Sunrise services.

This beautiful 18-acre park has had two lives; first dedicated in 1859 as Sidney Park, named in honor of Algernon Sidney Johnson, a Columbia City Councilman, the park experienced an illustrious but short tenure.

The park fell into disrepair after the Civil War and served as a site for commercial ventures until the late 1900's. In 1990, the park was reopened and has become a beautiful diamond in the downtown area, offering a green oasis in contrast to the glass, asphalt and concrete in the urban environment. It serves as the site for such events as Kids Day, The Summer Concert Series, plus many more activities. In 1992, the park was renamed Finlay Park, in honor of Kirkman Finlay, Mayor of Columbia who had a vision to reenergize the area known as the Vista, between Main Street and the river, and recreate the beautiful site known as Sidney Park.

The park is situated between the streets of Assembly, Taylor, Gadsden and Laurel and remains one of the treasures of Columbia . It is across the street from the Governor's Mansion and has one of the most photographed views of downtown.

Public Art:

A bronze statue of Columbia's late mayor, Kirkman Finlay, sitting on a bench. Created by Maria Kirby-Smith, the piece was unveiled in April 2000.

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Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler

April 26, 2014
Location: Finlay Park
Times: 8:30 a.m.
South Carolina's premier female road race, scheduled for April 26, 2014. We offer a 5-mile run, a 5-mile walk and a 3-mile walk to create greater awareness of women and heart disease. More»

Strides for Autism

May 3, 2014
Location: Finlay Park
Times: 8:00 am
Join us for our annual Strides for Autism fundraising walks to increase awareness for autism in the state, honor those who have been touched by autism, and be a part of the solution. Strides for ...More»