Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why did the festival move locations this year?

Due to rising infrastructure costs and the impact of the event on local neighborhoods, the decision was made to host the event at the SC State Fairgrounds.  The State Fair location offers great amenities like indoor restrooms, a large air-conditioned eating area and parking for thousands of visitors.

Will there be a charge for parking?
Yes, parking will cost $5.
Do you accept debit cards or only cash?

This year the festival will have the ability to take debit/credit cards for the first time.  ATM's will also be available on-site.

Can I bring a blanket or chair?

YES!  This year, for the first time, we will allow folding camp chairs.  So bring a chair or a blanket and take advantage of some of the locations green space while watching the main stages.

Is there handicap parking available?

Yes, the fairgrounds offers multiple handicap parking spaces.

What does my admission fee cover?

A creole good time with live music and a wide array of family fun activities. Don’t forget to bring additional money to purchase yummy crawfish, cold beverages, other tasty eats, and works of art from local talent.

Who do I contact if my community group is interested in providing festival volunteers?

Applications for volunteers will be accepted through April 15. Please fill out the form found on the volunteering page and submit it as early as possible. Decisions are made early in the festival planning process.

What if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather and forces of nature.

Is there an age limit?

There is an expansive children’s area at the festival, and we encourage you to bring your li’l crawdaddies. Youth 16 and under admitted with an adult at standard ticket prices. Children 12 and under are admitted free with guardian.

Where should I park?

Use GPS coordinates "901 George Rogers Blvd" and it will take you directly to Gate 6 and the parking lot.

Can I still get tickets at the gate, or will you sell out?

It is fine to wait and pay cash at the gate, however purchasing your tickets in advance from one of our Rosewood Drive pre-sale outlets will save you money.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, but for safety reasons no pets will be allowed inside the festival gate. Service animals trained to assist disabled persons will be allowed into the festival.

Are cameras allowed at the event?

Absolutely. And be sure to share your favorites with us on our Facebook page.

Can I leave the festival and return later?
There will be no re-entry permitted at the festival this year.
Are there any items that I can NOT bring into the festival area?

The following list outlines items that can not be brought into the festival area:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Backpacks of any kind
  • No food or beverage of any kind
  • Alcohol (beer will be sold at the festival)
  • Containers or coolers of ANY kind
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles (except people with mobility limitations)
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds – although we provide a bicycle valet free of charge
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Instruments and laser pointers
  • Umbrellas
  • Picnic baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • No illegal vending is permitted - no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed

Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all festival attendees. To ensure this, there will be on-site security provided by local police and private security companies. If you're experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate a festival staff member, security guard, or police officer. WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARDS VIOLENCE OF ANY TYPE. ANY INCIDENTS WILL BE ADDRESSED BY CITY OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND EVENT SECURITY. ANY PERSONS INVOLVED IN FIGHTING OR VIOLENT ACTS WILL BE REMOVED FROM SITE AND/OR ARRESTED, NO EXCEPTIONS!