Charleston - Festivals And Events
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Festivals & Events & MORE

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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


2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Kiawah
Plunge into the New Year at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Polar Bear Plunge on Thursday, 8:00am.

Charleston Restaurant Week
1/07/2015 - 01/18/2015
Sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area.

Fashion Flashback Opening Reception
The Charleston Museum's new fashion exhibition, Fashion Flashback, 1920's-1960s; Five decades of Style that changed America will run from January 12 through June 14 in the Historic Textiles Gallery.

6th Annual Follywood Oyster Roast
The 6th Annual Follywood Oyster Roast is Saturday, January 24 at Brick House Kitchen on Folly Road.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Who's ready to do some oyster shucking? How does 80,000 pounds of oysters sound?

Taste of Folly Festival
1/23/2015 - 1/24/2015
The 2015 Taste of Folly Festival kicks off Friday evening with a Bartender Mix-Off competition, followed by the Taste of Folly Festival on Saturday!

Charleston International Jazz Festival
01/22/2015 - 01/25/2015
The Charleston International Jazz Festival will illuminate the Holy City's storied jazz tradition and celebrate today's vibrant jazz community in unprecedented ways.

Comedy at Kiawah
01/23/2015 - 01/24/2015
Join us at our first inaugural weekend of comedy, filled with nationally recognized comedians seen on your favorite TV shows.

35th Annual Charleston Boat Show
01/23/2015 - 01/25/2015
The Charleston Boat Show started 35 years ago and has evolved into the event that kicks-off the Lowcountry's boating season.

Charleston Stage presents Anne of Green Gables
01/23/2015 - 01/25/2015
Watch the story unfold as Matthew and Marilla decided to adopt an orphan to help on their farm on Prince Edward Island.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
01/29/2015 - 01/31/2015
In its upcoming performance of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The Footlight Players act out what happens when love turns to hate.

Museum Mile Month
01/01/2015 - 01/31/2015
During the month of January 2015 enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with a flash of your pre-purchased pass!

Chase After a Cure Gala
Help raise money to fund local research for treatments and cures for childhood cancer at the seventh annual Chase After a Cure Gala featuring Charleston vocalist Quiana Parler.

Saltwater Sounds
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra joins the Aquarium to present a marine-inspired musical performance especially for children.


Beyond the Fields Walking Tour
02/01/2015 - 02/28/2015
Celebrate Black History Month at Middleton Place with daily Beyond The Fields Walking Tours and view Eliza's House where an exhibit focusing on the daily lives of slaves and their work "beyond the fields" is on display.

Southern Landscapes Exhibit
02/02/2015 - 02/28/2015
Local artist J. Christian Snedeker brings exquisitely detailed oil paintings of the Lowcountry to Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in this new show.

7th Annual Gourmet & Grapes

2/05/2015 - 02/08/2015

Camellia Walks at Middleton Place
02/07/2015 - 03/21/2015
Special guided tours focus on camellias throughout the original gardens as well as the "new" camellia garden of the 1950s.

Commemorative Civil War Sesquicentennial Events
02/10/2011 - 12/31/2015
This includes the most comprehensive list of events commemorating the Civil War.

National Geographic Photographer Vince Musi's view of the ACE Basin
02/11/2015 - 02/16/2015
Renowned National Geographic photographer, Vince Musi, displays many of the images from the ten page spread of the ACE Basin in the November issue.

Chocolate and Beer Pairing
Join Christophe Artisan Chocolatier and Westbrook Brewery for a chocolate and beer pairing.

Nature's Exultation: Celebrating Wildlife through Music
From dogs and ducks to cuckoos and crickets, through the centuries composers have celebrated, imitated, and sometimes even deified the flora and fauna of the natural world. A Concert to Celebrate the 2015 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Rush Hour Mini Concert
The Charleston Academy of Music faculty performs piano trios in a Rush Hour Mini Concert.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
02/13/2015 - 02/15/2015
SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature.

Jason Aldean: Burn It Down Tour
Jason Aldean will bring his 2015 Burn It Down Tour to the North Charleston Coliseum.

Open Cockpit Sunday at Patriots Point
During "Open Cockpit" days, guests are given the unique opportunity to climb inside many of the museum's most historic aircraft, including the SBD Dauntless, F-9 Cougar, S-3 Viking, H-3 Sea King, F-18 Horner, and A-6 Intruder.

Christina and Michelle Naughton
Dynamic two-piano twin sister duo Christina and Michelle Naughton make their Charleston performing debut, as they perform an evening of works for two pianos showcasing the celebrated works of the great composers.

Gordon Footlight: 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour
After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats.

An Evening with Harry Connick Jr.
Come out and enjoy an evening with Harry at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen One Year Anniversary Celebration
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen will celebrate its 1 year anniversary & the chinese new year with a customer appreciation dinner featuring traditional dishes and customs.

Carolina Challenge Cup
Each year the Charleston Battery Professional Soccer organization invites 3-4 MLS teams to participate in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Heart live in the PAC
Rock & roll out to Barracude with Hall of Fame inductees Ann & Nancy Wilson.

Tedeschi Trucks Band in Concert
In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band - the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi - has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven music powerhouse.

African American Heritage Festival
In honor of Black History month, educators throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to bring their students to experience a special event hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

19th Annual Bulldog Challenge
The Bulldog Challenge, known nationally as one of the most punishing tests of fitness and endurance, will be hosted again in 2015 by The Citadel's Naval ROTC Unit.

2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Locals and visitors are invited to take a plunge into the chilly waters at Isle of Palms Beach in front of the Windjammer, all to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.

Family Circle Junior Tennis Cup
02/14/2015 - 02/15/2015
Presented by Dunlop Sport, Family Circle Junior Tennis Cup is one of only two junior tennis tournaments in America to offer top players the opportunity to compete for a wildcard invitation into a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier Event.

The Charleston Cup
02/27/2015 - 03/01/2015
The Charleston Cup is an annual gymnastics invitational that includes 1,500 athletes and their families from across the country.

Best of Broadway: The Book of Mormon
02/10/2015 - 02/15/2015
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "it is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals."

8th Annual FollyGras
02/16/2-15 - 02/21/2015
Get your beads and masks ready, because starting on Monday, February 16, Folly Beach will play host to an entire week of FollyGras festivities with the main event on the 21st.

Charlotte's Web
02/19/2015 - 03/07/2015
After sparing the life of a baby piglet almost slaughtered due to his status as runt of the liter, a little girl named Fern Arable adopts it and nurtures it lovingly, naming it Wilbur.

Don't Cry For Me
1/15/2015 - 02/08/2015
War. Love. Lust. Heartache. Published in 1936 Gone with the Wind, the novel by Margaret Mitchell paints a whirlwind picture of southern belle, Scarlett O'Hara's life in the south during the Civil War.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals
02/17/2015 - 04/26/2015
A bubbly USO-esque musical-comedy about life, love and bombshells.


BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival
03/04/2015 - 03/08/2015
BB&T is thrilled to offer a taste of double-digit-worthy excitement at our upcoming annual festival.

Santana: Live in Concert
Come experience SANTANA live in Concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

West Meets East: Asian Art & Design in Europe and the Americas
03/11/2015 - 03/15/2015
The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum is often referred to as the Premier Lecture Series in America. The 2015 Forum will explore the influences that Asian art and design have had on fine and decorative arts in Europe and the Americas.

Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival
03/13/2015 - 03/14/2015
Be entertained by some of the best national and local storytellers under the oaks in historic downtown Charleston. The festival is a production of Charleston County Public Library.

Art Fest
This annual festival at the Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre brings families and cultural enthusiasts together with budding and professional artists for an event that showcases a diverse array of local and regional artistic talent.

St. Paddy's Pawlooza
This St. Patrick's Day weekend, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission invites people throughout the Lowcountry to celebrate the holiday with man's best friend.

Charleston Fashion Week
03/17/2015 - 03/21/2015
Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007.

68th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens
03/19/2015 - 04/19/2015
Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston's private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation's month-long annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens.

Third Day "Soul on Fire Tour"
Third Day "Soul on Fire Tour" makes a stop in the North Charleston PAC with special guest Ellie Holcomb.

38th Annual Symphony Designer Showhouse
03/19/2015 - 04/19/2015
The 38th Annual Symphony Designer Showhouse at 50 Hasell Street is an antebellum treasure located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Built in 1841, the parsonage of St. Johannes Lutheran Church is an imposing two-story Single House.

12th Annual Charleston Antiques Show
03/20/2015 - 03/22/2015
Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the annual Charleston Antiques Show is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day deco.

An Evening With Sarah McLachlan
Come experience the unique sound of the amazingly talented Sarah McLachian.

Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament
03/22/2015 - 03/24/2015
The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament is hosted each year by the Bulls Bay Golf Club and features some of the best collegiate men's golf programs in the country.

NEEDTOBREATHE Classic Golf Tournament
For the third year, Charleston-based Grammy Award-nominated rock 'n roll band NEEDTOBREATHE and Commonwealth Cares Foundationn will host the annual classic.

John Mellenchamp: Plain Spoken
Come experience John Mellencamp in concert at the Performing Arts Center.

Flowertown Festival
03/27/2015 - 03/29/2015
On one 3-day weekend during this season, thousands of festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast - The YMCA Flowertown Festival.

Captain Blackbeard's Sing-Off Smackdown
A witty, wacky, slapstick mystery where the only solution is to join ranks with dead pirates from Charleston's history in an all-out battle for sing-a-long supremacy.

Oysters on the Point & Market
Enjoy an afternoon of oysters and live music on the water at "Oysters on the Point".

The 38th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run
The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-k foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.

Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is a full-day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and all around raging' Cajun fun!


Charleston Stage presents Catch Me If You Can
04/03/2015 - 04/26/2015
This high-flying, splashy Broadway musical, inspired by the film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, and with a score from the creators of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can: The Musical tells the true story of Charleston's own Frank W. Abagale, Jr.

Easter Eggstravaganza
The Charleston Museum invites families to the annual Easter Eggstravaganza starting from 10:30am.

Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament
04/04/2015 - 04/12/2015
Every spring, the City of Charleston and Daniel Island serves as a backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women's professional tennis.

Russian National Ballet Theatre's Cinderella
The Charleston Concert Association welcomes the return of the Rusian National Ballet with Cinderella, originally performed in Moscow in 1945.

World Grits Festival
The POPS! and guest vocalists perform the original arrangements of Henry Mancini's greatest hits, including Moon River, Charade, The Days of Wine and Roses, Dear Heart, Peter Gunn and The Pink Panther!

Mancini Magic: POPS!
04/10/2015 - 04/12/2015
Come enjoy grits, served up many different ways at the World Grits Festival!

11th Annual Blues by the Sea
Join Freshfields Village for their 11th Annual Blues by the Sea.

Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
04/16/2015 - 04/19/2015
The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week consists of 278 boats competing in the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival
04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
The East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival showcases something for every outdoor enthusiast: kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, slack lining, archery, disc golf, mountain biking, climbing, and more!

Spring Jam Music Fest
Come out for the 3rd annual Spring Jam Music Fest and jam to live music, along with much more!

An Evening with Diana Krall
Enjoy an evening with Diana Krall at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Rice Planting
04/24/2015 - 04/25/2015
Visitors are invited to take part in the centuries-old tradition of rice cultivation in the Lowcountry, as Middleton Place embarks on the annual planting of the demonstration rice field.

Folly Beach Wine & Sign
The second annual Folly Beach Wine & Sign will be from 10am - 5pm to benefit Diann Shaddox Foundation on the Folly Beach Pier.

Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour
Stroll through the historic Old Village of Mt. Pleasant on a self guided home tour. Sample delicious food offered by local chefs while viewing local art work.

80th Annual House and Garden Tours
04/10/2015 - 04/11/2015
The Garden Club of Charleston's 80th Annual House and Garden Tour will be each day from 1pm - 4pm.


Charleston's Insiders' Weekend
05/01/2015 - 05/03/2015
Experience Charleston like an insider for a first of its kind event.

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series
05/01/2015 - 05/09/2015
The event, now entering its 33rd year, began as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle and has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in South Carolina featuring 9 full days of free and ticketed programming throughout the city.

Annual Sheep Shearing at Middleton Place
Middleton Place will provide visitors with a very wooly experience when the resident sheep receive their annual shearing.

Painted Bunting Bird Walks
Painted Buntings, Indigo Buntings, Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbill…what do these things have in common? At certain times of the year, you can see these rare birding treats on the Center for Birds of Prey campus in Awendaw.

Ryan Adams with Special Guest Jenny Lewis
Ryan Adams, nominated for best rock album grammy, stops at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on May 5 with special guest Jenny Lewis.

Greek Festival
05/09/2015 - 05/11/2015
Come enjoy the cultural food and sounds at the 45th Charleston Greek Festival.

Photography Day at The Center for Birds of Prey
The Avian Conservation Center is pleased to invite you to Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey.

4th Annual Charleston Beer Garden
Charleston's largest pop-up beer festival, Charleston Beer Garden, returns to Brittlebank Park for the 4th annual celebration of the suds.

Spoleto Festival USA
05/22/2015 - 06/07/2015
Spoleto Festival USA, one of America's major performing arts festivals is full of 17-days worth of events showcasing both established and emerging artists in more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz.

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series
The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series is a premier sprint challenge for triathletes and held at James Island County Park.

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