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 or take in a show from world renowned performers. Check out five things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even more going on in The New Southern Hot Spot!

st. patrick's day
Don your green attire, fine-tune your leprechaun accent and join the fun at one of the biggest festivals in the Southeast! Drawing in 40,000 people, St. Pat's in Five Points kicks off at 7:30am this Saturday with the 12th Annual St. Pat's Get to the Green 10K, 5K and the Family Fun 1-Miler. Gates for the festival open at 9am, so grab a snack at from one of 20 food vendors and pick a spot to watch the parade on Devine Street at 10am. The Pot O'Gold Playland will offer free pony rides, face painting, carnival rides and more. There's Shaggin' on the Santee for enjoying beach music and South Carolina's state dance, The Shag. Plus, five stages of live music will feature regional and national bands, like headliner Manchest Orchestra. For a full lineup of bands, visit Get ready to shake your shamrocks! 
32nd Annual St. Pat's in Five Points Saturday 9am - 7pm $12 in advance & $15 at the gate

local beer
River Rat Brewery officially opened their doors this week! So, of course, you should check out their brews, take a tour and learn about the brewing process this weekend. Flights include River Rat's Moncks Corner Abbey Ale, Double IPA, Broad River Red Ale, Hazelnut BRown Ale and the seasonal Winter Warmer Ale. Where'd the name come from, you're wondering? Three rivers converge in Columbia, SC, and hardworking men used to transport goods down the rivers to the backcountry. Want to try all of the Columbia region's beer scene? Visit Conquest Brewery, Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse and Old Mill Brewpub at Lexington's Old Mill.
River Rat Tap Room Hours: Thursday - Friday 4pm - 9pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am - 8pm

Columbia SC 63 Wayside Signs mark important points along Main Street in Columbia, SC's Civil Rights history

art + history
This weekend, you can take a self-guided walking tour of the newly unveiled Columbia SC 63 wayside signs along Main Street, marking defining moments in Columbia, SC's Civil Rights history. One such place is the corner of Main and Washington streets, where Sarah Mae Flemming was ejected from a bus for sitting in a "whites only" seat. The resulting lawsuit led to the desegration of Columbia's transportation system and set legal precedence for other cities. Learn more at Explore even more history and art with these exhibits throughout the Columbia region:

Unveiling of Civil Rights Wayside Signs with Columbia SC 63 at the corner of Gervais and Main Streets Friday 10am Free

Civil Rights Bus Tours with Columbia SC 63 at the Zion Baptist Church Saturday 10am, 12pm & 2pm Free, but seating is limited

Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins with Historic Columbia at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House Sunday 1pm - 5pm Free

Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement at Gallery at City Hall Thursday & Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Free
Bull Street: Forgotten Past and Uncertain Future at McKissick Museum Thursday & Friday 8:30am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm Free
Camp Asylum Dig Site Tour with Historic Columbia at Bull Street Campus Friday 11am & 1pm $10
Carolinas Campaign at Cotton Mill Exchange at the South Carolina State Museum Friday -Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm $2 - $5
From Backrooms to Battlefields: The Buying and Selling of the Confederacy at Cotton Mill Exchange at the South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm $2 - $5
Diverse Voices: Discovering Community Through Traditional Arts at McKissick Museum Thursday & Friday 8:30am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm Free
The Civil War in South Carolina: The War Enters the State's Interior: Sherman's March and the End at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm $5 - $7
Japan and the Jazz Age: Unique Exhibition on Japanese Art Deco at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm $5 - $12
Photography of the Rural South at McKissick Museum Thursday & Friday 8:30am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm Free
Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm $5 - $12
Tutankhamun: Return of the King South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 1pm - 5pm $11 - $15
Indian Sculpture from the Shepps Collection at McKissick Museum Thursday & Friday 8:30am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm Free
Jan Swanson's solo exhibition "Interpretations: New Work" at City Art Gallery Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm; Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm Free

theatre + dance
The internationally acclaimed performers of Shen Yun will transport you to ancient China this weekend with spectacular performances from aerial masters, folk dancers and songstresses. Check out even more theatre performances: 

Shen Yun Performing Arts at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday; 2:00pm $60 - $120
Biloxi Blues at Workshop Theatre Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm $10 - $20
Artist Salon Series: Columbia City Ballet at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 12pm Free with admission
Little Red Riding Hood at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11am & 3pm $5.75
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. at Village Square Theatre Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm; Sunday 3 pm $15 - $19
Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story at Town Theatre Thursday & Friday 8pm; Sunday 3pm $10
See Rock City and Other Destinations at Trustus Theatre Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm $11 - $27

Relax with CMA Chamber Music on Main, a concert series at the Columbia Museum of Art, featuring world-renowned artistic director and cellist Edward Arron performing Rossini, Bartók, Schubert and an Appalachia Waltz. More music events will be going on this weekend as Capital City Music Festival kicks off and top Christian artists perform at Colonial Life Arena for Winter Jam:

CMA Chamber Music on Main at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday Cocktail Hour 7pm; Concert 8pm $40; $30 for members; $5 for students
Capital City Music Festival Starring Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly at Colonial Life Arena Saturday 6:30pm $44-$97
Winter Jam 2014 at Colonial Life Arena Friday 7pm No tickets required, $10 donations at door

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