Charleston Area Annual Events & Festivals
There is always a special
happening in Charleston, South Carolina
the Charleston area.
For more information and dates of each event, visit the respective websites for details. Make your Charleston Hotel Reservations early.
Events & Festivals
Charleston Christmas Special
Charleston's longest running holiday show, the Charleston Christmas Special, is a charming two-hour music and variety show for the entire family. Visit website for showtimes at the Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston.
Battle of Secessionville Reenactment
The first major Federal effort to take Charleston was the Battle of Seccessionville. It was fought on James Island, near Charleston, South Carolina on June 16, 1862. Annually at Boone Hall Plantation, there is an annual reenactment of this historic battle.
Boone Hall Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
The Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival has something for everyone. The children will have plenty to keep them busy-everything from jump castles to pony roads, while the big kids pig out on good food and enjoy first class Bluegrass bands performing on stage.
Charleston Oyster Festival
This annual event held in January has been named in the "top 20 events in the southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. The "Oyster Fest" has plenty oysters available and the "Food Court" features food from some of the area's popular restaurants, enough to satisfy every taste.
Charleston Maritime Festival
Many of the world's most famous classic tall ships will descend on the Charleston waterfront for viewing. The Tall Ships will then be open for tours. Participating in a Tall Ship tour offers a unique chance to board the ships, meet the crew, and witness a true cultural exchange.
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. It raise funds for public education on the importance of exercise.
This Flowertown Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy! More than 200 artists and crafters from all over the country display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Also enjoy live entertainment and fabulous festival foods prepared Lowcountry style.
House and Garden Tours
The most unique house and garden tour in Charleston. Visit beautiful houses and gardens in historic, downtown Charleston that are made available to The Garden Club by friends and members.
French Quarter Art Walk
Held four times annually in March, May, October and December, the event dislpays the works of over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums. Located in the French Quarter from S Market to Tradd, and Meeting to the waterfront past E Bay.
MOJA Arts Festival
The Festival highlights African-American and Caribbean contributions to western cultures with events including jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, dancing, theatre, kids activities, crafts, ethnic food and more.
North Charleston Arts Festival
The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the North Charleston Arts Festival. The celebration of the arts features over forty national, regional, and local professional performers, ethnic and cultural groups, and community groups.
The Passion Play
Presented by the members of Old Fort Baptist Church, the annual Passion Play in Summerville, SC portrays events in the life of Jesus Christ and his last days on earth with special effects lighting and sound.
Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Each September, the sights and sounds of the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering come to Boone Hall Plantation. The event charity is the Scottish Society of Charleston. Enjoy Scottish and Celtic entertainment by musicians and dancers.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
For one weekend each year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event comes to Charleston. The Expo showcases paintings, carvings, sculpture art, photography, gifts and collectibles, conservation exhibits, family activities, and more.
Spoleta Festival USA.
This 17 day festival held each spring from late May to early June in Charleston SC is America's premier arts festival and is counterpart to Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleta Italy. More than 60,000 people attend these musical and performing arts events.
Our visitors often use misspellings and abbreviations for Charleston,
South Carolina including Charlston, Carlina, SC, So Carolina, So Car. Users
also use Low Country or Lowcountry to describe Charleston.
Those words are included for user convenience.