Clare Morris sent us this handy release full of stuff you’ll want to know if you attend Famously Hot New Year Tuesday night — and you will want to attend, so we pass it on:
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and festivities wrap up at 1 a.m.
Weaving the Fate will start around 7:30 p.m.
ZZ Ward will start around 9:00 p.m.
Kool & the Gang will start around 10:30 p.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. with a short break for midnight festivities.
Main and Gervais Streets in Columbia; stage in front of the State House on Gervais.
The FHNY event map has key information such as entrances, stage location, vendor location, VIP area, and more. http://bit.ly/1eIDSnX
After-hours parking in all city garages will be free, as usual, on New Year’s Eve. Here is a list of the city garages near FHNY:
Washington Street Garage (1100 Washington Street between Assembly and Main)
Sumter Street Garage (1400 Sumter Street between Hampton and Washington)
City Center Garage (1227 Taylor Street between Main and Sumter)
Taylor Street Garage (1100 Taylor Street between Assembly and Main)
Lincoln Street Garage (820 Washington Street between Lincoln and Gadsden)
Map of parking garages: http://bit.ly/1bhVqVC
Free parking in the Capitol Center garage, right next to FHNY, is included for guests who purchase tickets to the Absolut Crescent Lounge (more information:http://bit.ly/1c4KJEx).
Guests with VIP (Crescent Lounge, Palmetto Penthouse) tickets should enter through the Capitol Center garage or Gates A or B.
For those with disabilities, Agape Senior has sponsored construction of an accessible viewing platform across from the stage in front of The Whig bar at the corner of Main and Gervais.
Many area hotels are offering special stay and play packages, including the Columbia Marriott, which is offering a $199 room special that includes party favors, a late checkout, brunch, and the opportunity to be in the heart of the action, so you can “take the elevator home” after the event. Learn more at FamouslyHotNewYear.com. Check out all the specials: http://bit.ly/1b0jnuA.
Changes for this year
Three General Admission and two VIP entry gates this year; ADA viewing area; large screen viewing adjacent to stage; focus on use of sustainable product packaging and recycling.
Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all event attendees. All bags will be subject to search and valid state-issued ID is required at all entry gates. City of Columbia police have expanded coverage due to expectation of a larger crowd.
WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARD VIOLENCE OF ANY TYPE. ANY INCIDENTS WILL BE ADDRESSED BY THE 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!
The City of Columbia Ice Rink, located in Boyd Plaza at the corner of Hampton and Main, will be open extended hours on New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the following page: http://bit.ly/18jkI5A
Of special note
- Cameras are welcome
- No pets (except service dogs)
- All bags and IDs checked at point of entry
- No backpacks, chairs or lawn furniture
- No food or beverages, picnic baskets, umbrellas, containers, or coolers of any kind
- No bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or personalized motorized vehicles (exceptions for people with mobility limitations)
- No fireworks or explosives
- No illegal substances or weapons of any kind
- No instruments or laser pointers
- No illegal vending is permitted—no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed
- Must be 21 to purchase beer or wine
- Must be 21 to enter VIP area
- Rain or shine
For the latest event information:
Official Hashtag: #FHNY
Resolution Hashtag: #FHNYResolution