The Official Kickoff to St. Pat’s in Five Points, presented by the Fountain Division of W.P. Law, Inc., is set for 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the main fountain plaza in Five Points, 747 Saluda Ave., in Columbia, South Carolina. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

“Seeing families, friends and neighbors join in the Irish festivities and create new memories is truly a highlight of the year for us.”

     – Heather McDonald

“The Official Kickoff to St. Pat’s in Five Points is an opportunity for the community to gather together and celebrate the start of the St. Pat’s season in Columbia,” says Heather McDonald, executive director of the Five Points Association. “It’s a tradition that families, especially the children who help dye the fountain green, look forward to each year. Seeing families, friends and neighbors join in the Irish festivities and create new memories is truly a highlight of the year for us.”

This family-friendly event is a preview for the fun to come at St. Pat’s in Five Points. The Official Kickoff event will feature:

  • Traditional Irish music from Palmetto Pipes and Drums.
  • Performances by the Connick School of Irish Dance.
  • Dyeing the Five Points Fountain green.
  • Special guests, including Gamecock football players Hunter Rogers (#36) and Alex “Boogie” Huntley (#95).
  • Children’s activities: Ladybug Face Painting, balloon artistry, crafts and more.
  • The Donut Guy and Kona Ice will be onsite with items available for purchase.

For additional information about the Official Kickoff, visit

St. Pat’s in Five Points, Columbia’s largest one-day festival, is scheduled for Saturday, March 16. This year’s event will feature its largest lineup ever with more than 40 local, regional and national artists across multiple stages and venues, including headlining performances from Lawrence, The War and Treaty, Futurebirds, Sister Hazel and Conner Smith. For a complete list of bands, visit Columbia-based recording artist, producer, entrepreneur and hip-hop activist Master Splnta aka FatRat Da Czar will return as this year’s host.

In addition to live music, the festival also hosts a variety of vendors, food trucks, artisans and family-friendly attractions, including:

  • Get to the Green 10K at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 7:45 a.m. and 1-Mile Family Fun Run at 8:00 a.m. All events start and finish on Devine Street near the festival entrance. Registration includes festival entry, a shirt, custom finisher’s medal and post-race refreshments.
  • St. Pat’s Parade begins at 10 a.m. and covers a one-mile route that starts at Devine Street and Sims Avenue and ends on College Street.
  • Pot O’Gold Playland, a children’s area offering balloon art, face painting, games, rides and more, will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Andy’s Deli parking lot at 2005 Greene St.

Tickets to the festival can be purchased online at