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What's Hot This Weekend: Kenny Chesney, Carolina Cup, America Loves Bacon Festival March 27 - 29
Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:29AM by Alli Finkelston
Hold on to your hats folks, this is a big weekend to be in Columbia. "Come over" to the Colonial Life Arena where country crooner Kenny Chesney will play with special guests Jake Owen and ...
What's Hot This Weekend: NCAA Women's Basketball, Cinderella, Soda City Suds Week March 20 - 22
Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Let's go Gamecocks! Cheer on the number one seed, University of South Carolina Gameocks, as they dribble to the hoop against Savannah State to kick off the NCAA Women's Basketball ...
What's Hot This St. Patrick's Day Weekend March 12 - 15
Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:30AM by Alli Finkelston
We're feelin' lucky here in Columbia, SC! This weekend's St. Pat's in Five Points will be a good time for all you leprechauns. Want more on the festival? Check out our blog post to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: The Avett Brothers, Columbia Marathon, St. Pat's Kick Off March 5 - 8
Posted on March 5, 2015 at 9:30AM by Alli Finkelston
Hello sunshine! Springtime has finally arrived in famously hot Columbia, SC, just in time for the St. Pat's in Five Points Kick-Off. Celebrate the Gaelic season by dying the iconic Five Points ...
What's Hot This Weekend: February 27 - March 1 Lake Carolina Oyster Roast, Swan Lake, Gamecocks Run
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Columbia, SC is a one-stop shop for visitors who want to sashay with Swan Lake, shuck oysters at Lake Carolina and sprint through the historic USC horsehoe. Check out these famously hot weekend ...
Columbia Museum of Art's New "Seeking the Ideal" Exhibit
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Close your eyes and picture springtime. Now, try not to smile as images of the blinding sun, laughing children and rolling meadows come to mind. As Charles Courtney Curran said, "What normal human ...
What's Hot This Valentine's Weekend: February 13 - 15
Posted on February 12, 2015 at 2:06PM by Alli Finkelston
Bitten by the love bug? Columbia, SC is the perfect destination for a famously hot date night. Listen up, here's a cheat sheet on how to spoil your sweetie: scour our Valentine's Day ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Monster Jam, MGC Long Run February 5-8
Posted on February 5, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're searching for a night of massive machines or an evening of refined art, you'll find it in Columbia, SC. This weekend is full of big names and bigger entertainment so don't miss out on ...
Top 5 Ways To Get Your Shamrock On at the 33rd Annual St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:59AM by Alli Finkelston
Follow the rainbow to the 33rd Annual St. Pat's in Five Points on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Be Irish for the day at the Columbia region's biggest annual street festival and ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 29 - February 1
Posted on January 28, 2015 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether it's making history with basketball success or celebrating history with the commemoration of the burning of Columbia, one thing is for sure, this capital city always keeps you on your toes. ...
Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Fundraiser Features Grammy-Winning Group The Lox
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 3:24PM by Renée Williamson
 The Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival's annual fundraiser features Grammy-award winning group, The Lox, this Saturday, January 31, at Music Farm Columbia.  The Lox, or Living off ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 22-25
Posted on January 21, 2015 at 5:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're looking for art, history, food, science or family fun, you can find it all this weekend in Columbia, SC. Here's some ideas for things to do through Sunday in The New Southern Hot Spot: ...
Famously Hot Valentine’s Day 2015 in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Before heading out the door, make sure you have these Valentine's Day must-haves. Grab some flowers for your sweetheart at Rosewood Florist or some sweet treats like Hugs & ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Craft Beer Week, Norman Rockwell Exhibit January 16 - 18
Posted on January 15, 2015 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Start loosening your belt loops and warming up your taste buds because Columbia is a foodie paradise this weekend! Restaurant Week, Columbia Craft Beer Week and World Beer Festival all invite ...
What's Hot This Weekend: January 8 - 11
Posted on January 8, 2015 at 2:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Ready, Set, Reservation! Grab your forks and dig in to Restaurant Week Columbia at Blue Marlin, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, The Oak Table or one of the many other ...
What's Hot This Weekend: December 31 - January 4
Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:15AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia, SC is a flurry of activity this weekend with a variety of glitzy New Year's Eve bashes, sporting events and museum exhibits of all sorts! Keep reading for the complete rundown of all ...

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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Bark to the Park

April 18, 2015
Location: Finlay Park
Times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bark to the Park is a fundraising event where proceeds directly benefit homeless pets in the Midlands. Pet lovers are encouraged to form a walk team or participate on their own to raise money for ...More»

Pawmetto Lifeline's Bark to the Park

April 18, 2015
Location: Finlay Park
Times: 9:00 a.m. - until
Pawmetto Lifeline will host its sixth annual Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals on April 18. This is one of Pawmetto Lifeline's largest fundraising events. Participants will walk one mile and ...More»