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JerryFest 2023

Sunday, October 1 @ 11:30 am - 8:00 pm



JerryFest, a FREE outdoor concert annually held on the first Sunday in  October, returns October 1, 2023, and will feature more music and regional acts on two stages this year. JerryFest runs from 11:30 am-8:00 pm with an official after party at Publico from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Multiple bands will be performing Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead music, along with the addition this  year of some other jam-band favorites. 

JerryFest was started to commemorate the life and art of Jerry Garcia. Rock guitarist and musical icon,  Garcia was best known as the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead that inspired legions of followers  known as “Deadheads.” The last time the Grateful Dead performed in Columbia was on Halloween 1985  at the Carolina Coliseum. Every year, JerryFest aims to recreate that atmosphere in Five Points. 

JerryFest in Five Points will feature 5 bands across two stages — 

Mural Lot Bands:  

  • The Reckoning Dead since 2010, out of Charleston SC, The Reckoning offers a fresh new approach to  the seemingly infinite library of songs and soundscapes that can only be defined as “Grateful Dead”.  Celebrating the band’s entire catalogue as it developed and danced through the decades, The  Reckoning leaves no leaf unturned, and the music never stops!
  • Runaway Gin A Tribute to Phish, Runaway Gin is the World’s Most Notable Phish Tribute Project. They have been voted the Best Phish Tribute in the World two years in a row and 2022 Charleston  Jam Band of the Year. 
  • Machine Funk “Tribute to Widespread Panic” was formed in the summer of 2006 in Florence, SC.  The band tours the southeast covering the music of Widespread Panic. Night after night their set lists  are never the same, with having over 150 songs in rotation you will not see the same show twice. 
  • Stillhouse Formed in 2004, Stillhouse – Grateful Dead Tribute, has grown into one of Columbia’s  longest-established bands on the local music scene. Drawing from multiple influences, this six-piece  ensemble is perhaps best known for its powerful harmonies, improvisational skills, and onstage  chemistry. 

CJ’s Stage Band (throughout the day): 

  • Ten Mile Ride Grateful Dead Tribute 
  • Columbia Community Drum Circle An open forum for creating rhythm & movement in Columbia,  SC. All are welcome. 

Official After Party @ Publico

  • Alien Carnival 
  • Gentle Jack

In addition to the two stages of music: 

  • FREE Family Yoga Morning sponsored by Fit Columbia, 9:00 am at Publico (Back Patio) – Start your  morning off right with a family-friendly inspired Yoga session before enjoying the festival. Pre registration not required.  
  • Lil’ Hippy Corner sponsored by Break Point Cola, a kids’ friendly zone featuring face painting, tie dye making station, inflatables and more!
  • Food trucks
  • Artisan Craft Vendors

Admission is FREE to the festival. JerryFest has a “No Pet Policy” (except for service animals). Please leave your  furry friends at home. 

This year’s festival is presented by the Five Points Association and Loose Lucy’s.