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 

MAY

"Lend Me A Tenor" By The Footlight Players
5/1/2016
It's the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Unfortunately, Tito Merelli, a renowned tenor is about to make his North American premiere, is incapacitated by a series of calamities and someone is forced to impersonate him.

North Charleston Arts Festival
4/29/2016 - 5/7/2016
The North Charleston Arts Festival features nine full days of events highlighting more than 100 national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature.

2016 Mount Pleasant Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour
5/1/2016
Visitors to the Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour in Mount Pleasant will experience an inspiring walk through history, a peek into personal residences with exciting architectural touches, enjoy culinary delights, and more.

Charleston Bed Race
5/1/2016
The 7th Annual Charleston Bed Race is set to take place at the MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. This annual event brings the community together by racing beds to raise money for childhood cancer.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch
5/1/2016
Lowcountry blues brunch with Lowcountry blues pianist/singer Shrimp City Slim.

The Dayporch
5/1/2016
"A hilarious Southern comedy with a Hitchcock twist...well-paced, natural and real; three of the toughest, craftiest, old broads this side of the Mason Dixon..."

Sunset Wine Tasting Cruises Aboard The Schooner Pride
5/4/2016
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
5/4/2016
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission introduces a new way to enjoy one of its beautiful new park properties at Old Towne Creek County park.

Pure Theatre's Constellations
5/5/2016
"Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again." Nick Payne's gorgeous two-hander explores love, free will and friendship...

Truth Impractical Jokers 'Where's Larry?' Tour
5/5/2016
The TruTV Impractical Jokers 'Where's Larry?' Tour starring The Tenderloins will be in North Charleston.

Artwork
5/6/2016
Experience the Charleston Gallery Association Artwork with over 40 Art Galleries participating in downtown Charleston.

13th Annual Moms Run And Family Fun Day
5/7/2016
On Mother's Day weekend, honor moms everywhere by supporting a cause that helps women and their families suffering from postpartum mood disorders.

Annual Sheep Shearing at Middleton Place
5/7/2016
Middleton Place will provide visitors with a very wooly experience when the resident sheep receive their annual shearing.

Charleston Farmers Market
5/7/2016
Celebrating the Lowcountry's Bounty of fresh local produce and homegrown creativity.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (National Theatre Broadcast)
5/8/2016
Join us for "movie night" as we broadcast the best in British Theatre with this intimate screening of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Beer, wine, champagne cocktails, sodas and light snacks for purchase.

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise
5/8/2016
A mother's job is never done! Show her this Mother's Day how much you appreciate her with a brunch on the Charleston Harbor.

Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruises
5/8/2016
Enjoy live jazz music while cruising around the harbor once a month!

4th Annual East Cooper Community Outreach (Ecco) Golf Tournament
5/9/2016
Visitors to the Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour in Mount Pleasant will experience an inspiring walk through history, a peek into personal residences with exciting architectural touches, enjoy culinary delights, and more.

Yoga and Brewsday
5/10/2016
Old Towne Creek County Park invites the Lowcountry to come by after work for a couple of "cold ones" at Brewsday, on select Tuesdays this spring! This year's event is better than ever with live music and yoga!

Gibbes On The Street - The Year Of The Gibbes
5/12/2016
Imagine walking through gleaming golden gates into the heart of the Forbidden City, a place rich in culture and history. Sounds of drums beat, vibrant visuals of reds and yellows surround, and floating lanterns light up the night sky...

4th Annual East Cooper Community Outreach (Ecco) Gala
5/13/2016
Join us for a night of live music, dancing, live and silent auctions and more at the Daniel Island Club to benefit East Cooper Community Outreach.

Friday Night Boogie Series
5/13/2016
The Mount Pleasant Pier's popular new Friday night dance series returns! Ages 21 and up are invited to do some shag dancing on the pier at Friday Night Boogie.

Charleston Beer Garden
5/14/2016
Beer lovers will gather to celebrate and salute the suds during the fifth annual Charleston Beer Garden benefiting Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Shaggin' On The Cooper
5/14/2016
Get ready for summer - Shaggin' on the Cooper is back! This popular live beach music and shag dance event series returns to the Mount Pleasant Pier.

Genteel Pursuits and Grand Entertains: Sport and Leisure at Middleton Place
5/21/2016
Which sports were popular in Colonial America? How did gentlemen, ladies and children amuse themselves in the 18th Century when invited to the Middleton Place on a warm September afternoon?

26th Annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series
5/22/2016
The area's premier win, bike and run competition, the Charleston Sprint Triathlon series, kicks off its 26th year at James Island County Park.

Art Show Featuring Bruce Marshall
5/25/2016
Bruce Marshall art show at Striped Pig Distillery from 5:30 to 8:30.

Moonlight Mixers
5/27/2016
Shag the night away at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier.

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
5/27/2016 - 6/12/2016
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.

Carolina Billfish Classic
5/11/2016 - 5/14/2016
As the South Carolina's first multi-port billftshing tournament, The Carolina Billfish Classic promises a whole new level of billfishing.

Atlantic Cup
5/24/2016 - 5/28/2016
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is returning to Charleston.

The Importance of Being Earnest
5/6/2016 - 5/15/2016
CrabPot Players Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest, with Jack, a major landowner and justice of peace, with a hidden secret.

Grace Cathedral Tea Room & Church Mouse Boutique
5/30/2016 - 6/10/2016
The Grace Cathedral Tea Room & Church Mouse Boutique will be open for its 26th year.

Porgy And Bess
5/27/2016 - 6/12/2016
The 22-member Charlotte-based choir directed by Dr. Shawn-Allyce White will perform in the first Spoleto Festival USA production of the opera Porgy and Bess.

Mary Poppins
4/6/2016 - 5/1/2016
Enchantment takes flight in this full-scale adaptation of Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. There's dancing on the ceiling, flights of fancy and other magic when no-nonsense Mary Poppins alights at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.

JUNE

"Good Mornin', Blues" With Shrimp City Slim
6/1/2016
Lunchtime blues piano/vocals in concert.

Kid Tours: Summer Vacation
6/1/2016
School is almost out! Cool off with our latest exhibit in Kidstory featuring swimsuits, roller skates, ice shavers and more.

Sunset Wine Tasting Cruises Aboard The Schooner Pride
6/1/2016
2 hour sunset cruise featuring hand selected wines from local experts and light hors d'oeuvres for your enjoyment. A truly unique Charleston Experience!

Tickled To Death
6/1/2016
A brand-new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it's personal...because the next victim might just be...you!

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Home Games
6/2/2016
Come out and support the Charleston Riverdogs Minor League Baseball team based in Charleston!

Gracie & Lacy's Vintage Hollywood Show!
6/2/2016
PICCOLO SPOLETO: Recognized by Marvin Hamlisch, and sought after by America's Got Talent, national sister act, Gracie & Lacy, brings Vintage Hollywood to life!

Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery
6/2/2016
A Madcap Whodunit in the tradition of Clue!

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Home Games
6/3/2016
Come out and support the Charleston Riverdogs Minor League Baseball team based in Charleston!

Creature Feature
6/3/2016
Meet "Daphne" the opossum as she helps you discover how fascinating the only North American marsupial is.

Heist, Heist Baby
6/3/2016
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!

Nighttime At The Museum
6/3/2016
Celebrate the end of the school year with your family at our annual Nighttime at the Museum and discover how history comes to life! Nighttime at the Museum features costumed re-enactors, special displays, an exciting scavenger hunt, crafts and more.

Nunsense
6/3/2016
The Footlight Players will host the Piccolo Spoleto production of "Nunsense".

Party At The Point
6/3/2016
Charleston's premier happy hour concert series, back for its 16th season.

Reggae Nights Concert Series
6/3/2016
The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Sunset At Fort Sumter
6/3/2016
Enjoy a sunset cruise to Charleston's iconic harbor followed by a behind the scenes evening tour of Fort Sumter!

The Old Guys
6/3/2016
George can't see, Henry can't hear. A whimsical memoir of life, love and hip replacements. It's "The Carol Burnett Show" meets "Laugh-In" in this two-man show.

Bird Walks At The Center For Birds Of Prey
6/4/2016
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 the rare birding treats on the Center for Birds of Prey campus in Awendaw.

Charleston Farmers Market
6/4/2016
Celebrating the Lowcountry's Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown creativity!

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Home Games
6/4/2016
Come out and support the Charleston Riverdogs Minor League Baseball team based in Charleston!

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club
6/4/2016
A Murder Mystery...with manners.

Colonial Lake Grand Reopening
6/4/2016
The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 4, to celebrate the newly renovated Colonial Lake.

Jerry Seinfeld At The Pac
6/4/2016
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the PAC.

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition
6/4/2016
Come down to Front Beach on Isle of Palms to view or compete in the 28th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition. Event starts at 9:00am and is free for all ages.

The Old Guys
6/4/2016
George can't see. Henry can't hear. A whimsical memoir of life, love, and hip replacements. It's "The Carol Burnett Show" meets "Laugh-In" in this two-man show.

Tickled To Death
6/4/2016
A brand-new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it's personal...because the next victim might just be...you!

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club
6/5/2016
A Murder Mystery...with manners.

Hangmen (National Theatre Broadcast)
6/5/2016
Join us for "movie night as we broadcast the best in British Theatre with an intimate screening of THE HANGMEN. Beer, wine, champagne cocktails, sodas and light snacks are available.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch
6/5/2016
Blues Brunch with Shrimp City Slim (piano blues & original songs)

Nunsense
6/5/2016
The Footlight Players will host the Piccolo Spoleto production of "Nunsense".

Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruises
6/5/2016
Enjoy live jazz music while cruising around the harbor once a month!

Pasta Class With Chef Amalia Scatena
6/6/2016
Roll up your sleeves and roll out the dough at our fresh pasta cooking class led by Executive Chef Amalia Scalene at Cannon Green.

Fish Festival Of Saint Fortunato
6/7/2016
Join Indaco for its inaugural "Fish Festival of Saint Fortunato."



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