West Columbia has plenty of special events and celebrations to offer the community year round. Whether you’re looking for something to do in the Spring or during the holidays, this town has just the thing for you. We at Red Tail on the River wanted to share the best seasonal events in West Columbia, SC with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a USC student, lifetime local, or just visiting for the week. We want you to go out, have a great experience, and get the most out of West Columbia.

Spring Events

St. Pat’s in Five Points

Five Points, 2100 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29205

You can kick off a great month in March at St. Pat’s in Five Points in Columbia. The celebration features a unique marathon, stellar musical lineups, and plenty of other fun experiences you won’t want to miss out on. There are also plenty of local vendors that provide free products and services, as well as sponsor part of the fun.

Note: Make sure to purchase your ticket before the event!

Kinetic Derby Day

One of the newest annual events in West Columbia, Kinetic Derby Day will have your inner child running wild in April. The celebration features kinetic sculptures that highlight the community’s pride and creativity. All of the kinetic sculptures are human-powered and handmade, so you’ll get a feel of how creative humans can really be. If that’s not enough for you, the event is then followed by an adult and child soapbox derby. This special event is a great way to support the local design ingenuity and discover local artists and vendors selling and displaying distinct arts and crafts. There’s also plenty of delicious grub and events for children to enjoy the special day.

Love, Peace, and Hip-Hop Festival

Downtown Columbia, SC

The Love, Peace, and Hip-Hop Festival does a great job of bringing the community together to celebrate the fast-growing culture. Apart from the great music, the festival also features art, clothes, and food to help celebrate Hip-Hop in style. You’ll be able to enjoy old and new artists in a family-friendly environment.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival

1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29201

Since 2005, the month of May invites the popular Rosewood Crawfish Festival to the area. The celebration is more than your average food festival, it is a celebration of Creole cuisine, great music, and family fun. You and your family will be able to enjoy face painting, crawfish races, rides, inflatables, a 5k dash, and much more. Local businesses also provide your Cajun favorites including boudin, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, and other popular recipes. Who can forget about the great music lineups that always get the crowd going?

Note: Make sure to purchase your ticket before the event!

Summer Events

Drift Jam Music Festival

Lake Murray, South Carolina

The month of June invites the world’s largest floating festival. It’s a celebration that attracts people of all ages to the scene, especially college students. You’ll be amazed when you see how many small boats lin up to catch some of the best music and fun under the sun South Carolina has to offer. So get your best swimsuit ready and attend the best water festival you’ll ever witness.

Lake Murray Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray, Spence Island on Lake Murray

There’s no event more patriotic than the Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Lake Murray. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest 30-minute fireworks display everybody loves. The event can also be enjoyed with some radio music that is synced with the fireworks display. The show can also be witnessed from any area near Lake Murray, so you don’t have to make a long trip if anything comes up.

Note: Make sure to check with the Lake Murray Event Calendar for more info on specific dates!

Main Street Latin Festival

1400 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

The city of Columbia dedicates a whole festival to showcase the beauty and culture of the great Hispanic community. It is a fun celebration where you’ll find popular music shows including salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and Mexican music. You’ll also be able to try out some traditional Hispanic dishes provided by vendors as well as seeing beautiful dances by the Hispanic community. It’s the perfect opportunity to join in on some festival traditions that you’ll only experience at Main Street.

Fall Events

South Carolina College Football

1125 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, SC 29201

The Fall season is always welcomed by plenty of local fans that want to witness a show. The Gamecocks have some of the best talent the state has to offer and play against plenty of competitive teams looking for a win. Football games in Columbia also feature marching bands, cheer squads, other live entertainment, and plenty of concessions to give you an experience you won’t forget.


3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Oktoberfest brings plenty of authentic German festivities into the Columbia area. This seasonal event allows you to experience great tasting German beer, German food and treats, and plenty of great entertainment for everyone in the community. You’ll also run into plenty of locals wearing traditional polka clothing that was worn in the past. There’s also multiple dances, polka music, and other traditional events that will give you a small taste of German tradition.

Korean Festival

1412 Richland St, Columbia, South Carolina

The Korean Festival is one of the fastest growing celebrations and offers some of the most distinct shows you can find around the Columbia area. The celebration features different styles of music and performances, from traditional to modern K-Pop. There are also plenty of cultural exhibits for children, Asian cuisine, and other features you’ll love.

Winter Events

West Columbia’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

200 N. 12th St., West Columbia, SC 29169

The West Columbia Annual Christmas Tree Lighting usually takes place around the first and second week of December. It’s a gleeful event that features some of the winners of the elementary “What Christmas Means To Me” contest in the district. The event also features the winner of the artwork entry and displays the top three entries will be displayed on the Art on State wall. This welcoming event also features Christmas carols, greetings, food and refreshments provided by local businesses, and the lighting of the West Columbia Christmas Tree.

West Columbia Chamber Holiday Parade of Lights

One of the most anticipated holiday parades is the Columbia Chamber Holiday Parade of Lights. This event takes all the fun to the downtown streets of West Columbia, showing off some of the most decorated floats, marching bands, and other popular exhibits. It’s a great event to join in on some lively holiday cheer and see what Christmas means to West Columbia.

Famously Hot New Year Event

You can always head over to Columbia and enjoy the largest New Year’s Celebration in the state of South Carolina in style. The free event features thousands of locals waiting on the New Year in downtown Columbia enjoying live music, fireworks, a midnight countdown, and a lot more. The celebration offers plenty of free services and discounts to help you receive the New Year’s the right way. You’re not going to want to miss out because there are always special guests that make the night even more exciting!

World Beer Festival

1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29201

The World Beer Festival is one of the most fun events you can attend in the area. The festival features beers from all over the world, food, and music for you to enjoy. It’s especially fun for beer enthusiast who are looking for unlimited refills and a laid back environment where you can make plenty of friends for the night.

Note: Make sure to purchase your ticket before the event!