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 

APRIL

The Glass Onion April Charity Tasting
4/6/2016
The Glass Onion hosts as April Charity Tasting, benefitting The Lowcountry Street Grocery.

Alton Brown Live
4/6/2016
"Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science", the family friendly follow-up to the smash "Edible Inevitable" tour, will hit the road in 2016.

Lowcountry Blues Happy Hour
4/6/2016
Shrimp City Slim (Chicago/New Orleans-style blues piano/vocals) plays the happy hour!

Operation Home Hosts Its Annual Fundraising Event, Gimme Shelter
4/6/2016
Operation Home will host their annual fundraising event Gimme Shelter from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at The Alley Charleston.

Wine Down Wednesday
4/6/2016
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!

Palmetto Brewery The Lowballs Residency
4/7/2016
Join Palmetto Brewing every Thursday night as we welcome Charleston's new residency band, The Lowballs from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Free event, all ages.

Runaround Sue
4/7/2016
Sally's da doo run-running for mayor but will Ed let the good times roll? A NEW musical-comedy featuring timeless Doo Wop tunes. "Funny, smart, original, entertaining...loads of talent on stage".

Creature Feature
4/8/2016
Meet "Daphne" the opossum at Charles Towne Landing as she helps you discover how fascinating the only North American marsupial is.

Kiawah Island House and Art Tour
4/8/2016
The 16th annual Kiawah Island House and Art Tour is scheduled from 1:00 - 5:00pm. The tour offers visitors a rare glimpse into the art and architecture of several private homes on Kiawah Island.

Palmetto Brewery Loading Dock Music Series
4/8/2016
Join Palmetto Brewery for the 2016 Loading Dock Concert Series every Friday night from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Awendaw Green brings in bands with strong local followings to play on Palmetto's former loading dock turned concert stage.

Character Breakfast
4/9/2016
Meet and greet all your favorite princesses, superheroes and storybook characters at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (buffet breakfast included)!

Charlotte Ballet Presents: Little Mermaid
4/9/2016 - 4/10/2016
Dive into the underwater world of Little Mermaid!

Charleston Farmers Market
4/9/2016
Celebrating the Lowcountry's Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown creativity!

Close Encounter of the Bird Kind Program at Charles Towne Landing
4/9/2016
So let's talk turkey - turkey vulture that is!

Unplugged at Palmetto Brewery
4/9/2016
Join Palmetto Brewery every Saturday night for various brews, bands, and bbq.

WWE Presents NXT Live
4/9/2016
NXT rolls into North Charleston for the first time ever!

12th Annual Blues By The Sea
4/10/2016
Free blues festival with three national acts.

2nd Sunday On King Street
4/10/2016
Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street!

Toddler Tuesday
4/12/2016
Bring your toddler to the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing for "Toddler Time".

Yoga And Brewsday
4/12/2016
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! And this year's event is better than ever with live music and yoga!

Big Billy's Burger Joint Beer Dinner With Palmetto Brewery
4/14/2016
Join us 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Big Billy's Burger Joint will host a Beer Dinner featuring Palmetto Brewery and Executive Chef Brannon Florie.

Out To Lunch with The Conservancy
4/15/2016
A popular Friday lunchtime event returns with its first event of the spring. The Charleston Parks Conservancy hosts Out to Lunch with the Conservancy.

Plantasia Eve Party
4/15/2016
The Plantasia Eve Party garden preview features a delicious array of locally sources bites, a special Firefly cocktail, live bluegrass, the 2nd annual Iron Trowel competition, and more.

CSO POPS: The Godfather
4/15/2016 - 4/16/2016
The film's iconic score comes to life. The film is shown in high definition on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment.

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat
4/15/2016 - 4/17/2016
A Lowcountry celebration of outstanding automobiles.

Bird Songs - A Nashville Songwriters in the Round Event to Benefit The Center For Birds of Prey
4/16/2016
Bird Songs is the first annual Nashville Songwriters in the Round event to benefit the Avian Conservation/Center for Birds of Prey.

Charleston Farmers Market
4/16/2016
Celebrating the Lowcountry's Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown creativity!

Nuit Belge Charleston
4/16/2016
Join us for a stimulating evening of Belgian beer and small plate pairings created by 12 of Charleston's best restaurants and chefs.

The Beaux' Stratagem
4/17/2016
Join us for a night of the best in British Theatre with an intimate screening of THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM. Beer, wine, champagne cocktails, sodas and light snacks are available.

An Evening With David Seders
4/19/2016
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Seders has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers.

Palmetto Brewery Open Mic Night
4/19/2016
Join Palmetto Brewery every Tuesday night from 5:00pm - 7:00pm for Open Mic Night hosted by "Jaybird and Hambone." Free event, all ages.

Bourbon & Bacon Dinner
4/20/2016
A celebration of the South's favorite food groups - Bourbon and Bacon.

Art Show Featuring Brad Carroll
4/21/2016
Brad Carroll art show at Striped Pig Distillery from 5:30 to 8:30!

John Hope: Botanist of The Scottish Enlightenment
4/21/2016
Henry Noltie, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, presents John Hope: Botanist of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Pure Theatre's Constellations
4/21/2016
"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...

Widespread Panic at The Coliseum
4/22/2016
See Widespread Panic at the North Charleston Coliseum.

CSO MASTERWORKS: TCHAIKOVSKY AND BRAHMS
4/22/2016 - 4/23/2016
The Charleston Orchestra presents CSO Masterworks: Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

A Mini Horse Wedding
4/23/2016
Smarty Pants, the mini horse is engaged to his "soul mare" Moon Over My Annie. they will have a mini wedding on April 23rd during L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue's free "Neigh-borhood" Carnival and to celebrate Help a Horse Day.

Animal Forest Enrichment Day
4/23/2016
Come out to the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing and see what toys our animals enjoy, and maybe even leave with some ideas that will enrich the life of our "best friend."

Mullet Haul Trail Run
4/23/2016
Join Charleston County Parks at the revamped Mullet Haul Trail Run. The 5th Annual race now features a 5K, 10K and a 10K relay on the trails of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island.

Shaggin' On The Cooper
4/23/2016
Get ready for summer - Shaggin' on the Cooper is back! This popular live beach music and shag dance event series returns April 25 to the Mount Pleasant Pier.

Classical Kids Concert
4/23/2016 - 4/24/16
Chamber Music Charleston concludes the Classical Kids Concert Series with a string quartet program featuring a special setting of Margot Theis Raven's children's story "Circle Unbroken".

A Night With Janis Joplin
4/24/2016
Don't miss this musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences, starting Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies.

Blessing of The Fleet and Seafood Festival
4/24/2016
The 29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year!

Live Oak Lights: Illuminating Our Heritage
4/24/2016
Come y'uh! The Daniel Island Historical Society will pay tribute to the Lowcountry's Gullah culture at is 2nd annual event.

Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruises
4/24/2016
Enjoy live jazz music while cruising around the harbor once a month!

Amy Schemer at The Coliseum
4/28/2016
Schumer's provocative and hilariously wicked mind is on full display as she explores a series of scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy, and man-on-the-street interviews.

A Lowcountry Affair
4/29/2016
Enjoy a night of food, drinks, music & dancing, live and silent auctions, and more, while we raise money for the American red Cross to support you, your family, our neighbors, and your community in the face of emergencies.

Paula Poundstone Headlines The Charleston Music Hall
4/30/2016
The Charleston Music Hall welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone.

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.



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