Events

Events

January

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Perhaps one of the biggest things that the lowcountry is famous for is there oysters! Every January, 65,000 plus pounds of oyster shells are brought in to feast off of. There is also live music, and fun activities to engage in, live oyster shucking and oyster eating contests. Held at Boone Hall Plantation, stop by to watch some of Charleston’s finest chefs have a great oyster bake-off.

February

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

February is when the Southeastern wildlife exposition kicks off. More than 120 local artists and over 350 exhibitors join to demonstrate and exhibit their goods. There are wildlife exhibitions and demonstrations and interactive fun galore.

March

Charleston Wine and Food Festival

The lowcountry is also famous for its unique and exotic cuisine. The festival held in March is a four-day event hosting more than 50 various events including a wine tasting, a Gospel Brunch, an auction and a Sip and Stroll walk.

April

Festival of Houses & Gardens

One thing that Charleston is most famous for is the city’s rich history and old Southern charm. Located in the midst of the Historic District is a series of events and award winning tours that run from the end of March until late April. The tour showcases the distinctive history, architecture, games and culture of Charleston’s past and present.

Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run is held typically either in late March or early April of the year. The participation rate continues to climb, but in the past, has been somewhere around forty thousand runners. The event also has a 10k run/walk and the course crosses over the Cooper River via the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The starting gate is in Mount Pleasant and runners make their way all the way to downtown Charleston, taking in all the best sites and sounds of the city in transit.

Summerville Flowertown Festival

The Summerville Flowertown Festival is a three-day event held in the spring and it is run through the Summerville Family YMCA. Event goers get to peruse through the flowers and experience the old Southern hospitality as they check out crafts from local artists around the Southeast.

May

Spoleto Festival USA

Going strong since 1977, a 17 day festival hosts over 120 various music and dance performers showing off their spectacular talents.

June

Piccolo Spoleto

Created in 1977, The City of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto festival holds events for 17 days at different locations around the Charleston area. The festivities primarily feature performers and artists coming from all around the Southeast.

July

Fireworks at Patriot’s Point

What better way is there to celebrate the Fourth of July than on board one of the most historical worships in America. Climb about the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, located in Mount Pleasant and have a front row seat to watch the fireworks set off accompanied by amazing music, all from the flight deck.

September

MOJA Arts Festival

One thing that Charleston is most famous for is the city’s rich history and old Southern charm. Located in the midst of the Historic District is a series of events and award winning tours that run from the end of March until late April. The tour showcases the distinctive history, architecture, games and culture of Charleston’s past and present

October

Taste of Charleston

In October, downtown Charleston, hosts a three-day event that showcases the very best of Lowcountry chefs and restaurants. The event is hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. Come by and sample some of the very best cuisine cooked up fresh by world-renowned chefs looking to earn their place among the winners of the Iron Chef Competition and Art Walk. It is definitely a must for Southern’s everywhere!

December

Holiday Festival of Lights

The James Island County Park will be lit up with over two million Christmas lights shining bright. There are also over 600 light displays. And once you reach the center, you might just get a glimpse of Santa who is making a list to check again twice before Christmas. The festival runs from November all the way until after the New Year.