Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
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.
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.
Yes, the fairgrounds offers multiple handicap parking spaces.
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.
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.
This is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather and forces of nature.
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.
Use GPS coordinates "901 George Rogers Blvd" and it will take you directly to Gate 6 and the parking lot.
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.
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.
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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
- 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!