Festivals and signature events in Columbia, SC draw thousands into the region each year. This year, one of our most-loved spring festivals, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, falls during National Travel & Tourism Week, a week we've dedicated to celebrating the tourism industry by recognizing the many reasons why people visit Columbia, SC.



The Greater Rosewood Merchant Association is gearing up to bring infamous Creole cuisine, great music, and family fun to Columbia, SC on Saturday, May 11 at the 8th Annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival!

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., lovers of all things Creole, crawfish and Cajun are invited to join their neighbors and friends on Rosewood Drive and take part in one of the city's favorite celebrations, featuring over 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish. (If crawfish aren't your thing, a large assortment of other options will be available for your dining pleasure.)


Music
This year's music line-up includes more than 15 acts, headlined by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Movement, Blue Dogs, Hobex, Say Brother, Can't Kids and much more!


Family Fun
Crawdaddy Dash 5K Run: This annual event kicks off the day at 9:00 a.m. with participants first in the gates to revel in the festivities!


EXPANDED Kid's Area: Bring the little crawdaddies for an afternoon of fun, face painting, crawfish races, rides, inflatabales, and much more in an area expanding over a full city block.

Arts and Crafts Alley: Peruse the beautiful designs of more than twenty-five local artisans. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list (even you!). Don't forget, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12!

Tickets and Admission
Admission is $9  in advance and $12 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Get advanced discount tickets from these Rosewood area locations: 5th Avenue Deli, Brian Dressler Photography, Dano's Pizza, Ole Timey Meat Market, Rockaway Athletic ClubRosewood Market, Wash World or online at RosewoodCrawfishFest.com

Free Parking 
Free parking is available at the RV parking lot adjacent to the State Fair Grounds on the corner of Rosewood Drive and Assembly Street. Shuttles will run in 15 minutes intervals to and from the festival gates.


Building the Community
Giving back is important and that's why a majority of festival proceeds go to improve Rosewood Community parks, recreational sites and greenways. A portion of the funds collected will also be donated to local charities.

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