Charleston - Festivals And Events
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Festivals & Events & MORE

Food and wine, rain or shine

From culturally enriching performances at the nationally-known Spoleto Festival USA to experiencing Christmas in Charleston with the Holiday Walking Tour, year-round festivities are sure to keep you busy in Charleston. Why not spend an afternoon savoring delectable southern cuisine? However you decide to spend your days and nights, Charleston can keep your calendar full!

Charleston Calendar of Events 

OCTOBER

2017 Firefighter Calendar Debut Party
10/1/2016
Holding out for a hero? Well get ready...Charleston's Best Party is back! Experience the 2017 Firefighter Calendar debut.

Charleston Farmers Market
10/1/2016
Celebrating the Lowcountry's bounty of fresh local produce and homegrown creativity!

Inspector Noclue's Murder Mystery
10/1/2016
A madcap whodunit in the tradition of clue!

Masterworks: Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony
10/1/2016
The CSO's opening masterworks concert, featuring soaring melodies, a colorful trumpet concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth!

Moonshine County Line
10/1/2016
O'brother, we got trouble! A group of local riffraff help save the day as roadhouse melodies light up the night. From the innovative 34 West Theater. "Great people, great vibe, great time. It's a must see!" - Nick Fancher, photographer.

Rebel Taqueria Pop-Up at Bar Mash
10/1/2016
Stop by for a late night pop-up brought to you by Rebel Taqueria!

Sarah Jarosz and Parker Millsap
10/1/2016
A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as one of acoustic music's most promising young talents.

Shrimp On The Barbie Shrimp Throwdown
10/1/2016
Who will be Charleston's 2016 Best Shrimp champion? Watch your favorite restaurants battle it out at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

Summerville Dream Machines: Open Auto Show
10/1/2016
This family fun event includes beautiful automobiles, live music by Dreamland, face painting, RC racing, vendors and more!

25th Annual Latin American Festival
10/2/2016
Experience sensational sounds and vibrant performance at the Latin American Festival at Wanamaker Country Park!

Lowcountry Blues Brunch with Shrimp City Slim
10/2/2016
Piano blues and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Oktoberfest
10/2/2016
MUSC Health Stadium will host its annual celebration from 12pm - 5pm. The event will feature seasonal beer, live German music, great food, dancing activities for the whole family.

Pop Life! Celebrating The Music Of Prince
10/2/2016
After a thrilling, SOLD OUT performance of Nothing Compares 2 U: A Tribute 2 Prince at the historic Charleston Music Hall, Charlton Singleton and Friends return for Part Two!

Tickled To Death
10/2/2016
A brand new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it's personal - because the next victim might just be...you!

Indaco Happy Hour
10/3/2016
Happy Hour! Monday - Friday, 5-7pm.

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
10/3/2016
Experience sensational sounds and vibrant performance at the Latin American Festival at Wanamaker Country Park!

Exclusive Design Tour Of The Joseph Manigault House
10/4/2016
Join lead interpreter Samantha Hudson and Chief Curator Grahame Long for an exclusive tour of the Joseph Manigault house.

Ramen Nights
10/4/2016
Come by O-Ku on Tuesday nights to enjoy our homemade ramen! Options available are chicken, Lowcountry boil and meat lovers delight. Available while supplies last.

Toddler Tuesday
10/4/2016
Zoos are great learning environments for young minds. Bring your toddler to the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing for "Toddler Time" and watch their eyes light up when they see the animals!

Ancient Art History With Dr. Steve Gavel
10/5/2016
This class is an eight week survey of the major artistic traditions from the beginning of human history to the coming of the Greeks. Discover Paleolithic, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Mediterranean Bronze Age art.

Dream Journeys With Martha Criscuolo, Ages 10-14
10/5/2016
Celebrate the work of Marc Chagall as seen in the exhibition Realm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Field Blends Wine Social
10/5/2016
Join us for a Field Blends Wine Social at Mercantile and Mash! Vonda Freeman of The Indigo Road will be leading a wine tasting.

Kid Tours: Sports and Games
10/5/2016
Football is in full swing! Come check out early sports equipment and make crafts to cheer on the team. Kit Tours meet at 3:30pm and include a craft project or activity.

Pechakucha XXV
10/5/2016
The Charleston Music Hall & The Charleston Arts Festival teams up with Charleston Parliament to present PechaKucha XXV.

Sunset Wine Tasting Cruises Aboard The Schooner Pride
10/5/2016
2 hour sunset cruise featuring hand selected wines from local experts and light hors d'oeuvres for your enjoyment. A truly unique Charleston experience!

Wine Down Wednesday
10/5/2016
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission introduces a new way to enjoy one of its beautiful new park properties - Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park!

Dance Theatre Of Harlem
10/6/2016
Known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions, The Dance Theatre of Harlem consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who will perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Heist, Heist Baby
10/6/2016
A zany murder mystery! A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Clown walk into a Bank...and thereafter little is as it seems in this corny comic stage caper.

Rotary Club Of North Charleston Rotary Benefit Golf Tournament
10/6/2016
Rotary Club of North Charleston Breakfast Benefit Golf Tournament.

Wild Blue Ropes After School Explorers Program
10/6/2016
After school explorer program at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park helps promote academic success through outdoor adventure.

"The Brain That Wouldn't Die!"...The Musical
10/7/2016
A tale of love, loyalty...and organ transplants. Based upon the B-movie classic. The finance of a brilliant surgeon is decapitated in a car accident. He must keep her head alive while he searches for a suitable body in time for their wedding.

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
10/7/2016
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band's 2016 National Concert Tour will be at 7:30pm at the Lightest Chapel Auditorium at Charleston Southern University.

Artwork
10/7/2016
Experience the Charleston Gallery Association Artwork with over 40 Art Galleries participating.

Creature Feature
10/7/2016
It's not nighttime. It's not scary. And it's not on television. No monsters here - this live Creature Feature just might make you laugh!

Reed Island Rounders Old Time String Band In Concert
10/7/2016
See this public concert at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street at 7pm.

Sunset at Fort Sumter
10/7/2016
Enjoy a sunset cruise to Charleston's iconic harbor followed by a behind the scenes evening tour of Fort Sumter!

Tickled To Death
10/7/2016
A brand-new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it's personal - because the next victim might just be...you!

Women & Radiohead: A Tribute To Radiohead
10/7/2016
The Charleston Arts Festival and the Charleston Music Hall present a groundbreaking evening of Women & Radiohead: A Tribute to Radiohead.

A Classical Oktoberfest
10/8/2016
Grammy award-winning violinist Karen Kim returns to Charleston for this spectacular program featuring Weber's Clarinet Quintet and Mendelssohnaes Quintet in B flat major. Guests can choose Bistro Table seating.

Archaeology Day at Charles Towne Landing
10/8/2016
Join staff members from the Charleston Museum at Charles Towne Landing for fun crafts and activities relating to archaeology.

Bernadette Peters In Concert
10/8/2016
Tony award-winning actress Bernadette Peters will perform at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Close Encounter Of The Bird Kind
10/8/2016
They are alien, strange, and bizarre. They eat what you and I can't. And we find them ugly and scary. But take a closer look at their lives and you might find you should really appreciate them. So let's talk turkey - turkey vulture that is!

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon And 5k
10/8/2016
Take to the trails of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on foot during the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k. Breathtaking fall foliage, moss-draped oaks, and native wildlife provide a scenic backdrop reminiscent of days gone by.

2nd Sunday On King Street
10/9/2016
Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street!

Dining For A Cause: A Benefit For Feed The Need
10/9/2016
Steve Palmer, Jeremiah Bacon and Mickey Bakst invite you to join them for this year's Dining for a Cause: A Benefit for Feed the Need. A number of local chefs are coming together to raise money for Feed The Need, a local organization.

Johnny Lang
10/9/2016
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me.

Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruises
10/9/2016
Enjoy live jazz music while cruising around the harbor once a month!

Blues Traveler
10/10/2016
After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions evident on their upcoming record Blow Up The Moon.

The Treble Choristers Of The Saint Thomas Choir Of Men & Boys In Concert
10/11/2016
The world-renowned Treble Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys present a concert at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul on their fall recruitment tour at 7pm.

The Wood Brothers
10/11/2016
"Paradise," an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach, is The Wood Brothers' most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking.

Yoga And Brewsday
10/11/2016
Old Towne Creek County Park opens on select weekdays this fall, inviting the public to turn their Tuesday into a "Brewsday!" This fall's event features not only craft beer, food trucks and live music, but also a free yoga program on select Tuesdays.

2016 Fall Lecture Series: Technology And Paleontology - 3D Scanning Fossils
10/12/2016
Join the Charleston Museum for the second installment of our 2016 Fall Lecture Series. Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson will present on Technology and Paleontology - 3D Scanning Fossils.

Ancient Art History with Dr. Steve Gavel
10/12/2016
This class is an eight week survey of the major artistic traditions from the beginning of human history to the coming of the Greeks. Discover Paleolithic, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Mediterranean Bronze Age art.

Fall Y'all Country Concert
10/12/2016
New country Kickin 92.5 presents the Fall Y'all Country Concert benefitting Palmetto Goodwill featuring Eli Young Band, Thompson Square and more.

Henry Rollins
10/12/2016
For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and "without a microphone" as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity.

Toddler Day: Under The Sea
10/12/2016
Create a jellyfish, a sea urchin and more as we travel under the sea. These classes are designed for toddlers (18 months - 3 years) and a parent, grandparent, or friend to play and explore in The Charleston Museum.

Love Jones The Musical
10/13/2016
A new stage adaptation of Love Jones The Musical will play at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Over The Rhine
10/13/2016
When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin's compelling voice.

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
10/13/2016
Get your pink on and race for the cure!

Yappy Hour
10/13/2016
Reward yourself and your pooch after a long day at the office! Bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy live music and beverages.

Conversations With A Curator: Natural History Curator Matthew Gibson On Skeletons
10/14/2016
Join Natural History Curator Matthew Gibson as he discusses a current exhibit at the museum.

Lucero
10/14/2016
"Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original line up from almost the beginning, and it shows." says Lucero.

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents The Beatles' Abbey Road
10/15/2016
The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production.

Wild At Kingswood 2016
10/15/2016
2016 marks 25 years of science, education and conservation at the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey and to celebrate, our popular annual fundraiser will return!

Wolf Chat
10/15/2016
It's Wolf Awareness Week so come out to Charles Towne Landing to learn about the red wolves that call the Animal Forest home!

Beer, Bavaria, and Man's Best Friend
10/16/2016
What better way to enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration than with man's best friend? Charleston County Parks' Bark in the Park!

Hunter Moon Dinner
10/16/2016
Executive Chef Brandon Buck will pair a variety of wild game with seasonal beers around the coming of the Hunter Moon.

Oh Happy Day Gospel Music Series
10/16/2016
The well orchestrated vocals, grasp the sound, emotion and message portrayed in gospel music. The Bright Family Singers are joined by an ensemble of exceptional singers, that musically navigate the concert, with powerful choral and solo renditions.

Richard Thompson
10/16/2016
Hailed as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and widely recognized as one of the world's most critically acclaimed songwriters, Richard Thompson is coming for an evening of musical mastery.

Stag's Leap Wine Dinner
10/16/2016
Join us for an exquisite multi-course dinner paired with iconic wines from the distinguished Stag's Leap Winery.

Tale Of The Fish
10/16/2016
Savor an authentic taste of coastal Italian dishes at Tale of the Fish, an ocean-front culinary celebration at Charleston's Island Resort featuring top chefs from across the Southeastern coastline.

The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre Of London Broadcast)
10/16/2016
Join us for a night of the best in British Theatre with this intimate screening.

Palette Knife Painting with Peggy Ellis
10/18/2016
Palette Knife Painting with Peggy Ellis 10am - 4pm. Enhance your painting style through the instructor's method of "playful painting." Use assorted palette knives to create dramatic variations in texture.

Dracula, King Of Vampires
10/19/2016
"Dracula, King of Vampires" raises the stakes on the classic tale with the Prince of Darkness not only lusting for blood but after world domination as well.

Holland Lifelong Learning "A Need To Sea Change: Charleston's Resilience"
10/19/2016
As we recognize the one-year anniversary of South Carolina's historical flooding, deepen your understanding of the cause and effects of sea level rise surrounding Charleston and the future resilience initiatives to help sustain our coastal landscape.

Portrait Painting With Robert Maniscalco, Ages 14 & Up
10/19/2016
Learn a tested, effective approach to painting and drawing portraits. All levels are welcome. Explore value based "light on form" painting methods.

"Jamestown, The Buried Truth"
10/20/2016
Dr. William M. Kelso, Director of Research & Interpretation, Historic Jamestown, presents "Jamestown, The Buried Truth".

Distinguished Speaker Series
10/20/2016
The Friends of Drayton Hall are pleased to present the 3rd season of the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series. Experience a range of thought-provoking presentations related to American history and culture.

Sip And Stroll
10/20/2016
Join us for our monthly Sip & Stroll from 4pm - 7pm. Visit participating stores for light snacks and sips while enjoying special events, sales and promotions inside the shops.

The Mavericks
10/20/2016
The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer that had emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influence.

12th Annual Oyster Roast And Silent Auction
10/21/2016
This annual event is an essential part of the overall fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Hunley. All proceeds go toward the conservation and preservation of the H.L. Hanley, the world's first successful combat submarine.

Willie Watson & O'Donovan
10/21/2016
Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Willie Watson steps on stage with a quiet gravitas. But, when he opens his mouth and lets out that high lonesome vocal, you can hear him loud and clear.

Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series
10/22/2016
Grab your fishing rod to catch some fish and fun at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Fishing piers.

Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Jazz On The Screen II
10/22/2016
Armed with a roster stacked with some of the most talented musicians in South Carolina, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, led by music director and conductor, Charlton Singleton, is set to awe and inspire with a lively and diverse 2016 season of programming.

Gardens For Gardeners Tour
10/22/2016
Charleston Horticultural Society's 16th annual Gardens for Gardeners Tour will showcase the undisputed beauty of treasured Sullivan's Island.

Southern Fried Chicken Challenge
10/22/2016
It's time to crown the best southern fried chicken in Charleston. Join us at The Grove at Patriots Point for our first annual Fried Chicken Challenge!

Think Like an Artist with Kathleen Fox, Ages 7 & Up
10/22/2016
Children will explore what it takes to see, feel and create as artists do, through entertaining activities, art history and unique games.

Annual Family Picnic
10/23/2016
From 1pm - 4pm join The Charleston Museum and the FANS for our Annual Family Picnic! Bring your friends and family for a day of food, music, activities and more!

Bazaar At The Point
10/23/2016
A family-friendly community event focused on locally sourced products, arts and crafts. Open and free to the public every fourth Sunday of the month.

7th Annual Charleston Jazz Jam
10/23/2016
The 7th Annual Charleston Jazz Jam is an unscripted, unrehearsed four-hour live jazz concert that is free to the public and will feature over 50 of the greatest jazz musicians in Charleston.

Rusted Root
10/23/2016
The movement is a tribute to Rusted Root's fans. "The title itself is a testament to the community surrounding our music," says vocalist and percussionist Liz Berlin.

Botanical Watercolors With Tica Sydnor
10/25/2016
Class inspiration is based on French Watercolorist Pierre Joseph Redoute aka "Raphael of Flowers". Called will be from 10am - 3pm.

Comedian Louis C.K.
10/26/2016
Comedian Louis C.K. has announced a series of new tour dates, which will take him across North America through January 2017, including two nights in Charleston at the Gaillard Center.

Trailer Park Boys: The Still Drunk, High And Unemployed Tour
10/26/2016
Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are back and they're "Still Drunk, High and Unemployed!"

Manners Most Morbid: Funerary Practices And Traditions Of Charleston's Past
10/27/2016
Back by popular demand, Chief Curator Grahame Long will present a lecture, "Manners Most Morbid: Funerary Practices and Traditions of Charleston's Past" at 6pm.

Bonnie Raitt In Concert
10/28/2016
Bonnie Raitt has added a string of 14 shows to her 2016 North American Tour in support of her twentieth album, 'Dig In Deep'.

Gracie & Lacy Present: Lady Legends
10/28/2016
Join Gracie & Lacy as they sing and dance this dazzling serenade of popular hits in the style of Liza Minelli, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston and more!

Tower Of Power
10/28/2016
Each year Tower of Power tours the United Staes, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world.

6th Annual Super Scary Sup Race
10/29/2016
This is a wonderful family event with no experience needed to participate. A portion of the proceeds from this charity SUP Race go to benefit Youth to Ocean.

Halloween Costume Bash
10/29/2016
Ghost Monkey and Rebel Taqueria celebrate Halloween ghost style!

Halloween Yoga In The Cedar Room
10/29/2016
A special Halloween themed yoga class led by Elli Rictor! Come dressed in your best costume and win a prize of a $250 gift card valid at any Indigo Road restaurant.

R.E.M. Rock Violin Concerto
10/29/2016
Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, the first-ever classical work composed and performed by R.E.M. bassist and songwriter Mike Mills.

Celdaon Sunday Flea
10/30/2016
Shop local artists and makers and so much more!

Frankenstein (National Theatre Of London Broadcast)
10/30/2016
Join us for a night of the best in British Theatre with this intimate screening of FRANKENSTEIN starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Beer, wine, champagne cocktails, sodas and light snacks are available.



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