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What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Aladdin," Dinos: The Big Dig, CMA Chamber Music on Main Jan. 29 - 31
Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From clogging and dinosaurs to shopping and State House tours, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: World Beer Festival, "Strings and Salsa," "Circus XTREME" Jan. 22 - 24
Posted on January 21, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Art, theatre, dinosaurs, craft beer - we've got all of this and more this weekend! Read through for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Treasure Island," Restaurant Week, "Freedom Fest 2016" Jan. 15 - 17
Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Do a little bit of everything this weekend! Take advantage of the special menus and deals during the final days of Restaurant Week Columbia, peruse the booths at Soda City Market, visit the museums ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Walk for Life, CMA Gallery Tour Jan. 8 - 10
Posted on January 8, 2016 at 10:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The holidays are now over and the new year means a whole year ahead of new experiences and opportunities. Jump right in and see all that's going on this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Got Snow Festival," Main Street Ice, WinterFest Jan. 1 - 3
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the new year in Columbia, SC! From exhibits and ice skating to shopping and concerts, we have everything you need to start 2016 off right. Check out our roundup below, then take a look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Breakfast with Santa, WinterFest, "The Nutcracker" Dec. 18 - 20
Posted on December 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather outside is delightful, so celebrate the holidays in the sun with your loved ones! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything ...
Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery in Columbia, SC
Posted on December 15, 2015 at 7:47AM by Guest Blogger
Sweet tea should be sipped slowly and enjoyed, and a visit to Columbia, SC requires you to slow down and visit with purpose. Columbia is a true Southern city that still has a distinct aura of the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Crafty Feast, Hannukah Party, Santapalooza Dec. 11 - 13
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 7:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend is packed with everything from exhibits and plays to concerts and seasonal festivities. Join in on the fun and keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Carolina Carillon Parade, Tracy Morgan, Snowball Festival Dec. 4 - 6
Posted on December 4, 2015 at 9:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether working off Thanksgiving dinner at the Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K, laughing at Tracy Morgan's hilarious standup or getting in the holiday spirit at various events around town, there's a ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Main Street Ice, SC vs. Clemson, Holiday Lights on the River Nov. 27 - 29
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 1:23PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be thankful for time spent with family and friends this weekend whether it's at the South Carolina vs. Clemson game, one of our world-class museums or supporting local shops for Small Business ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Oyster Festival, Lights Before Christmas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From eating your fill of fresh oysters and brisket to cheering on the Gamecocks and beginning to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there's a wide array of fun events happening this weekend. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, SC Gamecocks Football, Rocking 4 Relief Nov. 13 - 15
Posted on November 13, 2015 at 8:19AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's a noticeable fall crisp in the air and we have plenty of famously hot events, exhibits and things to do going on this weekend. Read through our roundup below, then refer to ...

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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Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler

April 23, 2016
Location: Finlay Park
Times: Starting: 8:00 AM
The Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. Established in 2002, the event attracts women of all ages and athletic ...More»

The Color Run

April 16, 2016
Location: Finlay Park
Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, ...More»