Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 should I contact if my band is interested in playing at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival?

Please send your digital press kit to NO LATER than January 31. There are a limited number of slots in the line-up, and the competition to play is steep. We will make every effort to select bands that play to a wide array of tastes and have proven their crowd appeal in regional venues.

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.

Is there handicap accessible parking?

ADA accessible parking is available at First Citizens Bank at the corner of Rosewood Avenue and Harden Streets. These spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying state-issued (any state) disability placards or license plates. Please note that these spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible restrooms will be available.

How do I go about getting a backstage or VIP pass?

There are no backstage passes or VIP passes for sale. VIP passes are exclusively for our festival partners. For more information on sponsoring the Rosewood Crawfish Festival, please click here.

Where should I park?

Parking is available at the State Fairgrounds.
To enter the festival proceed to Gate 6 #GPS 901 George Rogers Blvd.

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?

As long as you are wearing your festival wristband, you may leave and re-enter. You will not however be permitted to take any beverages outside the fenced festival area.

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!