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


DECEMBER

Winter Wonderland
12/02/2014
This free pre-school event procides young children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities.

A Sweet T Christmas
12/03/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true, even those you didn't know to wish for.

Caviar & Bananas Holiday Bazaar
12/03/2014 - 8/31/2014
Join us for a night of champagne & shopping with five of our faves - holiday style!

Heyward-Washington House Tour
12/03/2014
For Convivial spirits, the opportunity see elaborate 18th century table settings is a real treat.

Southern Chef Series
12/03/2014
Chef Jeremiah Bacon will host a series of special fall roasts on the newly renovated patio at The Macintosh.

Winter Wonderland
12/03/2014
This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa.

Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise
12/04/2014
Enjoy some Blues on the Carolina Queen while enjoying fresh BBQ and the sights of our Harbor.

Evenings in the Market
12/04/2014
The weekly event shocases local artists, food vendors and designers every Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:30pm.

WEZL Jingle Jam; Girls with Guitars Featuring Lucy Hale!
12/04/2014
Get ready for the first ever WEZL "Girls with Guitars" Jingle Jam.

A Night in Wine Country

12/05/2014
Taste, shop, stroll King Street.

Christmas 1860
12/05/2014
Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House, decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860.

Evenings in the Market
12/05/2014
This weekly event showcases local artists, food vendors and designers every Friday & Saturday evening 6:30 - 10:30pm.

Hark, Hear the Bells
12/05/2014
Led by Director Marcia Brantley, this exciting concert will blend a variety of musical styles and computers, showcasing handbells, chines, trusonic bells and percussion.

Loading Dock Series
12/05/2014
Join Awendaw Green for the Loading Dock Series at Palmetto Brewery.

Old South Santa "Sleigh" Ride
12/05/2014
Be jolly by golly. Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus!

Rush Hour Mini Concert: Ulyana Machneva
12/05/2014
The Charleston Academy of Music (CAM) continues its Rush Hour Mini Concerts.

The Sound of Charleston
12/05/2014
Experience the unique music that helps define Charleston's history, from gospel to Gershwin, in five Special Holiday performances at historic Circular Congregational Church.

Winter Wonderland
12/05/2014
This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa.

5th Annual Breakfast with Santa by Spiritline Cruises
12/06/2014
Santa is coming to the Charleston Harbor and landing on the Spirit of Carolina.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/06/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true, even those you didn't know to wish for.

Breakfast with Santa in Park Circle
12/06/2014
Breakast with Santa gives area children the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A hearty meal is provided.

Christmas Crafts Workshop
12/06/2014
Happy Christmas from the Nathaniel Russell House!

Christmas Festival and Parade
12/06/2014
The Christmas Festival in Park Circle includes a Holiday Market with children's activities, craft and food vendors and live musical performances on two stages.

Columbia City Ballet's The Nutcracker
12/06/2014
Come experience The Nutcracker, produced by the Columbia City Ballet.

Evenings in the Market
12/06/2014
This weekly event showcases local artists, food vendors and designers.

Gospel Christmas: Unspeakable Gift
12/06/2014
The acclaimed CSO Gospel Choir joins forces with the CSO Spiritual Ensemble for the holidays to present Gospel Christmas: Unspeakable Gift.

Grace Tours
12/06/2014
Come and tour Grace Episcopal Church.

Holiday S'more
12/06/2014
Join The Sanctuary on the grand lawn for holiday fireside s'mores and hot cocoa while sitting under the stars!

Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery - A Classic Comic Whodunit
12/06/2014
Come see the show Atlanta audiences have been laughing at for years.

Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival
12/06/2014
Enjoy a holiday street celebration.

Kid's Education Programs
12/06/2014
Come and enjoy an array of fun kids activities.

Official Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Market
12/06/2014
Kick off the holiday season at Marion Square.

Old South Santa "Slight" Ride
12/06/2014
Be jolly by golly. Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa himself.

Striped Bourbon Release Party
12/06/2014
Purchase an exclusive bottle of Striped Bourbon, the first 100% corn, single-batch single barrel Bourbon to ever come out of Charleston, and with it, enjoy two tickets to the release party.

34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade
12/07/2014
Come downtown for the 34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/07/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true, even those you didn't know to wish for.

Open House and "Karaling" bike tour
12/07/2014
The Park Cafe will celebrate this December with an open house and "Karaling" bike tour around the neighborhood.

Pearl Harbor Day
12/07/2014
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will honor the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Wine Under the Oaks
12/07/2014
Wine Under the Oaks has grown to become one of the premier holiday special events in the SC Lowcountry.

2nd Sunday on King
12/08/2014
Spend the Second Sunday of each month with family and friends shopping on King Street.

Santa Clause is Coming to California Dreaming
12/08/2014
Santa will be at California Dreaming from 5:00 - 8:00pm to have his picture taken with the public.

13th Annual Dickens Dinner
12/11/2014
Circa 1886 travels back in tome this holiday season to retell a classic Christmas story.

Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise
12/11/2014
Enjoy some Blues on the Carolina Queen while enjoying fresh BBQ and the sights of our Harbor.

Feast of the Fishes
12/11/2014
Come out and enjoy an evening with esteemed chefs celebrating sustainable seafood and wine pairings.

Local Art Show at Striped Pig
12/11/2014
Come out to the Striped Pig Distillery and enjoy a special night. Help support local artists while enjoying displays of fine art.

Children's Theatre: The Elves & the Shoemaker
12/12/2014
Sterett Hall Auditorium, Atlantic Coast Theatre presents The Elves & the Shoemaker.

Christmas 1860
12/12/2014
Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House, decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860.

Holiday Dinner Cruise
12/12/2014
Keep the light shinin' with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.

Holiday Magic: Visit with the Clauses
12/12/2014
Join in the holiday magic in Marion Square.

King Street Holiday Shop & Stroll
12/12/2014
A ticketed event where more than 80 retailers will offer a night of shopping, holiday celebration and fun.

Loading Dock Series
12/12/2014
Join Awendaw Green for the Loading Dock Series at Palmetto Brewery.

Old South Santa "Sleight" Ride
12/12/2014
Be jolly by golly. Jarness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus.

Tacky Holiday Sweater Party Cruise
12/12/2014
Enjoy an evening cruise to celebrate the season and enjoy the twinkling lights of Charleston.

The Sound of Charleston
12/12/2014
Experience the unique music that helps define Charleston's history.

33rd Annual Parade of Boats
12/13/2014
Dont miss our 33rd Annual in the Charleston Harbor.

A Sweet T Christmas
12/13/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didnt' know to wish for.

Breakfast with Santa at Wild Dunes
12/13/2014
Head to Sea Island Grill at the Boardwalk Inn Hotel at Wild Dunes Resort to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa.

Charleston Stage presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
12/13/2014
From the acclaimed children's book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant ever has become the contemporary children's classic of the season.

Chef Frank Lee, An Evening to Remeber
12/13/2014
Experience five courses of Chef Lee's delicious creations in this celebratory demonstration class.

Evenings in the Market
12/13/2014
This weekly event showcases local artists, food vendors and designers from 6:30 - 10:30pm.

Family Yuletide in the Stableyards
12/13/2014
Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor.

Fly Fishing School
12/13/2014
Each fly fishing class is typically offered once a month. From 9am to 3pm and include lunch as well as any necessary tackle.

Grace Tours
12/13/2014
Come and tour Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday's for the holidays.

Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show
12/13/2014
The annual show combines all the goodies from traditional food market such as locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and homemade preserves and local artisans.

Holiday Harbor Boat Cruise
12/13/2014
Enjoy Charleston Harbor at sunset while listening to the fascinating history of the city.

Holiday Parade of Boats Light Up the Night Parade Party
12/13/2014
End your night of viewing the parade at the Charleston Maritime Center for BBQ, reindeer games on the lawn, sweet treats and festive caroling.

Holiday S'mores
12/13/2014
Join The Sanctuary on the grand lawn for holiday fireside s'mores and hot cocoa while sitting under the stars.

Kid's Education Programs
12/13/2014
Come and enjoy an array of fun kids activities.

Old South Santa "Sleigh" Ride
12/13/2014
Be jolly by golly. Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by non other than Santa himself.

Seersucker Sundays at The Joe
8/17/2014
Supporters of preservation now have another reason to wear seersucker, discounted RiverDogs tickets!

Oysters at the Point & Holiday Market
12/13/2014
Join us on the beach to kick off the holiday season with local artists and vendors.

Parade of Boats aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry
12/13/2014
Experience Charleston's most unique holiday tradition in comfort aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry without having to brave the cold.

37th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon
12/13/2014
On your mark, get set, go...to the 37th Annual Marathon where 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles never looked so good.

19th Annual Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting
12/14/2014
More than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/14/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didnt know to wish for.

Gingerbread House Workshop
12/14/2014
Bring the kids out to the Inn at Middleton Place and take part in a Gingerbread House workshop.

Santa Claus is Coming to California Dreaming
12/15/2014
Santa will be here from 5:00 to 8:00pm to have his picture taken with the public.

Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise
12/18/2014
Enjoy some Blues on the Carolina Queen while enjoying fresh BBQ and the sights of our Harbor.

Evenings in the Market
12/18/2014
Weekly event designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers. Friday and Saturday 6:30-10:30pm.

Grand Illumination + Buffet Dinner
12/18/2014
Celebrate the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops.

Holiday Open House and Customer Appreciation Day
12/18/2014
Enjoy 20% off all products & boutique items at a Holiday Open House at Stox & Co.

Kiawah Beverage Series
12/18/2014
Series of collective beverage dinners will be spread over the course of the year, featuring seven participating outlets that will be highlighting their seasonal flavors.

Men's Shopping Night
12/18/2014
Refreshments and shopping for Christmas tailored for men.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/19/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didn't know to wish for.

Evenings in the Market
12/19/2014
Weekly event to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers every Friday & Saturday from 6:30 - 10:30pm.

Grand Illumination + Buffet Dinner
12/19/2014
Celebrate the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops.

Holiday Dinner Cruise
12/19/2014
Keep the light shinin' with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.

Holiday Magic: Visit with the Clauses
12/19/2014
Join in the holiday magic at Marion Square.

Loading Dock Series
12/19/2014
Join Awendaw Green for the Loading Dock Series at Palmetto Brewery.

Old South Santa "Sleigh" Ride
12/19/2014
Be jolly by golly. Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus.

The Sound of Charleston
12/19/2014
Experience the unique music that helps define Charleston's history, from gospel to Gershwin.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/20/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didn't know to wish for.

Breakfast with Santa at Wild Dunes
12/20/2014
Head to Sea Island Grill at the Boardwalk Inn Hotel at Wild Dunes Resort to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa.

Charleston Stage presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
12/20/2014
From the acclaimed children's book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Even has become the contemporary children's classic of the season.

Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
12/20/2014
Enjoy this murder mystery with manners set in the Lowcountry.

Evenings in the Market
12/20/14
Weekly event designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers from 6:30 - 10:30.

Grace Tours
12/20/2014
Come and tour Grace Episcopal Church for the holidays!

Grand Illumination + Buffet Dinner
12/20/2014
Celebrate the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops.

Holiday Harbor Boat Cruise
12/20/2014
Enjoy Charleston Harbor at sunset while listening to the fascinating history of the city during the holidays.

Holiday S'more
12/20/2014
Join The Sanctuary on the grand lawn for holiday fireside s'more and hot cocoa while sitting under the stars.

Kid's Education Programs
12/20/2014
Come and enjoy an array of fun kids activities!

Old South Santa "Sleigh" Ride
12/20/2014
Be jolly by golly. Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus.

Yuletide Gospel and Choral Jubilee
12/20/2014
Three choirs present this service of Christmas Lessons and Carols in the tradition of King's College, Cambridge, with music of John Rutter, Peter Warlock and more.

Great Joy! A Gospel Christmas
12/21/2014
The Music Minisstry of St. Matthew Baptist Church presents this, music compiled by Michael McElroy and Joseph Joubert.

Santa Claus is Coming to California Dreaming
12/22/2014
Santa will be at California Dreaming from 5:00 to 8:00, to have his picture taken with the public.

A Sweet T. Christmas
12/23/2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didn't know to wish for.

Christmas Eve Family Celebration
12/24/2014
The First Baptish Church of Charleston invites you to their Christmas Even Family celebration.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
12/24/2014
Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life.

Special Dinner Offerings at The Vendue
12/24/2014
Open for expanded hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to serve a special a la carte menu of seasonally inspired specials.

Christmas Morning Brunch at The Sea Island Grill
12/25/2014
Join us for a delicious plated Lowcountry brunch.

Evenings in the Market
12/25/2014
This weekly event is designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers from 6:30 - 10:30 every Friday & Saturday evening.

Little Elves Tennis
12/25/2014
Treat Santa's helpers to a day of play at Wild Dunes Tennis Center.

Special Dinner Offerings at The Vendue
12/25/2014
Offering expanded hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to serve a special a la carte menu of seasonally inspired specials.

Evenings in the Market
12/26/2014
The weekly event, designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers, is from 6:30-10:30 every Friday and Saturday through December.

Holiday Dinner Cruise
12/26/2014
Keep the light shinnin' with a holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.

The Sound of Charleston
12/26/2014
Experience the unique music that helps define Charleston's history, from gospel to Gershwin, in five Special Holiday performances.

Wild Dunes Day after Christmas Southern BBQ & Oyster Roast
12/26/2014
Join us as we continue the holiday celebrations.

Grace Tours
12/27/2014
Come and tour Grace Episcopal Church for the holidays.

Heist, Heist Baby!
12/27/2014
Join deuling bands of bank robbers in the biggest his this side of The Joe.

Holiday Dinner Cruise
12/27/2014
Keep the light shinnin' with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.

Sherlock Holmes and The Charleston History Mystery
12/28/2014
Join Sherlock Holmes for a Historical City Tour.

Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery - A Classic Comic Whodunit
12/29/2014
Come see the show Atlanta audiences have been laughing at for years. Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery, now making a home at Charleston's new Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre!

Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
12/30/2014
Enjoy this murder mystery with manners set in the Lowcountry.

The Sound of Charleston
12/30/2014
Experience the unique music that helpes define Charleston's history, from gospel to Gershwin, in five Special Holiday performances at Historic Circular Congregational Church.

3rd Annual Charleston Rose Ball
12/31/2014
An exclusive collaboration between Boris Van Dyck of IceBox Bar and Camille Key of Charleston After Dark, will be held at the Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Casino Royale New Year's Eve Party
12/31/2014
Come bring in 2015 with us at Bay Street Biergarten this New Year's Eve.

Charleston Wonderland
12/31/2014
Celebrate New Year's Eve with an open bar, live performances through music and cirque du soleil, food, contests and more!

Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
12/31/2014
Enjoy this murder mystery with manners set in the Lowcountry.

Happy New Year Charleston
12/31/2014
This community celebration in Marion Square offers a non-alcoholic and family-oriented alternative program to celebrate the New Year in Charleston.

Heist, Heist Baby!
12/31/2014
Join dueling bands of bank robbers in the biggest his this side of The Joe.

New Year's Eve at The Vendue
12/31/2014
Join us as we step back in time to the roaring 20's with Flapper Girls, Gangsters and Ragtime music.

New Year's Eve at Tides Folly Beach
12/31/2014
What better place to ring in the new year than a beautiful beachfront property.

New Year's Eve: Romance by the Sea
12/31/2014
For a quiet, intimate option, ring in the New Year with a romantic dinner at the Sea Island Grill inside the Boulevard Inn.

New Year's Eve Dinner at Circa 1886
12/31/2014
Circa 1886 celebrates the arrival of 2015 with a festive six-course prix fixe dinner.

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise
12/31/2014
Celebrate the New Year with style aboard the SpiritLine Dinner Cruise.

New Year's Eve SAIL-ebration
12/31/2014
Kick start your New Year by kicking up your heels with SpiritLine Cruises.

New Year's Soiree on the Plaza at Wild Dunes Resort
12/31/2014
New Year's is a time to celebrate with loved ones, remembering the year's milestones and ringing in the year ahead in festive spirit.

NYE Masquerade Count Down
12/31/2014
The Masquerade Count Down will have great music, complimentary food and drinks, giveaways and keepsakes.

Union Provisions New Year's Eve Celebration
12/31/2014
Swing into 2015 at Union Provisions' 1st Annual New Year's Eve celebration. Featuring specialty menu items, live music, and more.


 

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