St. Pat's in Five Points is this Saturday, March 16! We're counting down the hours to kick off one of ABC News' 15 Best Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy's Day


Here's a look at the festival and a peek into what to see and do to at the big St. Patrick's Day festival in Columbia, SC:

First, the annual Get to the Green 5K/10K kicks off bright and early at 7:30 am.  The Festival kicks off at 9:00 am, and at 10:00 am, the St. Pat's Parade starts its musical mile from Devine Street though Five Points.


So get out your green and get dressed to impress... and avoid a pinch! (These guys did.)


But if you're in need of a little more Irish swag, no worries. There will be plenty of St. Pat's gear at the festival!


Bring the wee ones along. St. Pat's is for the kids, too! Rides, games, entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting and more will be at the Pot O' Gold Playland. Plus, the playland is free and there is entertainment lined up starting at 10:00 am.


Enjoy South Carolina's state dance at Shaggin' on Santee. Watch or join!


Shake your shamrocks with over 20 musical acts on four stages. Performances begin at noon and run until 6:00 pm. Read the full St. Pat's in Five Points band line-up.


Eat festival fare at one of four food court areas: Old Shamrock Court, Bad Limerick Lounge, St. Pat's Plate or The Blarney Bite.


Be on the lookout to grab some grub from one of Columbia, SC's food trucks.


Or sit back and relax at the Five Points restaurants open for the festival.


After the festival, don't forget that free Checker Yellow Cabs are available to get you home safely. Stop by official festival headquarters near the Five Points fountain for more information.

Will you be here for a 'surprisingly Irish' weekend in Columbia, SC? Order advance tickets for $12 through March 15 at 3:00 pm, or purchase tickets for $15 at the gate by credit card and cash. Keep up with St. Pat's in Five Points on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit columbiacvb.com/stpats for the details of where to stay and what to expect on Saturday, and book a hotel room on our website.