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Charleston Area Events You Won't Want To Miss

While we all appreciate spontaneity and a sense of adventure, there are times when you must plan well in advance to avoid missing a particularly enjoyable event. Make no mistake, there are many such events Charleston, SC. Chief among them is Spoleto, a world-renowned celebration of the arts that is spectacularly executed. You'll also revel in other events including the Festival of Houses and Gardens. To truly make the most of your visit, why not arrive a few days early or stay a few days after the event to fully experience all of the rich experiences that the  Charleston area has to offer.

SUMMER (June – August)

The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
An intimate look at the intricacy of Gullah crafts is the highlight of this cultural showcase that includes gospel songs, praise dance and rhythmic drumming.

Charleston Carifest 
Charleston Caribbean Carnival. Masqueraders, Steel Bands, Floats, and Revelers parade through the downtown streets of Charleston.


FALL (September – November)

Annual Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens
A variety of the peninsula’s private dwellings open their doors to the public during this series of tours.

Annual MOJA Arts Festival
The pageantry of Charleston’s African-American and Caribbean heritage takes center stage during this 10-day celebration.

Festival Of Lights
Celebrate a Lowcountry tradition at Charleston’s most beloved nighttime holiday event - the Holiday Festival of Lights!

WINTER (December – February)

The Charleston Christmas Special

With holiday ghost stories, breathtaking tree lightings, tours of decorated historic homes and candlelight services, there is enough Christmas spirit in Charleston to transform even the most ardent Humbug.

Christmas in Charleston
Historic homes swagged in garland, candlelight spirituals concerts and merry plantation tours rekindle visions of holidays past.

Charleston Restaurant Week
It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. Three items for $20, $30 or $40.

Annual Winter Warmer Pub & Appetizer Crawl!
The Original Pub Tour of Charleston presents a Winter Warmer Special! Join us for tasty brews, southern cocktails, and delightful hors d’oeuvres.

Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens
Set amid the historic ambiance of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.

Annual Lowcountry Blues Bash
14 days, 24 venues, 60 acts, 98 shows!

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Conservationists, camels, and 40,000 attendees all “go wild” at this three-day celebration of art, animal demonstrations, environmental education, and culinary events featuring wild game. If you are an art aficionado, then this is a great place to see nature and wildlife art like never before. Conservation research and environmental education also feature prominently at this festival that offers as much enjoyment as it does inspiration.

As you begin planning your getaway, please feel free to  contact The Restoration on King with your questions about our Charleston event calendar. We can offer a local's wisdom and recommend other festivals and events that we know you'll love.


SPRING (March-May)

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival
The annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® is a celebration of excellence in food, wine and Charleston’s renowned culture for the benefit of local charities. An epicurean's dream, the Charleston Food and Wine Festival offers one of the best reasons of all to take a vacation from your diet. Get a delicious taste of the Low Country as you sample both elegant cuisine and casual favorites that will leave your palate wanting more.

Festival of Houses and Gardens
Get a glimpse of true gentility and gracefulness. Scheduled to coincide with the peak of the spring blooming season, you'll experience both the natural beauty and the architectural heritage that has come to embody Charleston.

Art Uncorked at Jasmine Porch
Art Uncorked will feature work from local artists, inspired by beautiful views and culture from around the world.
Windsor Chair Workshop
Join master North Carolina woodworker Elia Bizzarri for a week-long Windsor chair workshop.
Charleston Fashion Week
High-energy runway shows, roving photographers, an emerging designer competition and a see-and-be-seen crowd converge for five nights of apparel and attitude under the tents in Marion Square. Charleston may be among the oldest cities, but it's one of the hottest places to see the newest trends in fashion. Haute couture takes the stage at this much-anticipated event and with more than 30 runways shows, modeling competitions and well-heeled after parties. Combining this event with an in-depth exploration of King Street's high-end retailers is easily the dream getaway of any fashionista.

YMCA Flowertown Festival
A fantasia of blooming azaleas envelop more than 200 artisans and vendors that exhibit painting, pottery, glass working, woodworking, needlework, ironwork and textiles at this three-day event.

Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament
This tournament is celebrating its 40th year! The clay court action is as hot as it gets when the world’s top seeded female tennis players compete for the $700,000 purse at the state-of-the-art facility located on picturesque Daniel Island.

Charleston International Film Festival
Charleston’s five day premiere film event in Downtown Charleston and Cinebarre.

Annual World Grits Festival
If rolling in a vat of grits is on your bucket list, make haste for this colorful festival!

Charleston Race Week
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has grown to be one of the largest and most premiere regattas on the East Coast.

Fleet Week
A pelican sculpture unveiling, cooking demonstrations, free shagging lessons, wine and painting on the pier, Beer Week, Shaggin’ on the Cooper and a Starlight Pops Concert will lead to the 25th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet.

Annual East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival
Calling paddlers of all ages and skill levels! Immerse yourself in the technique, hands-on experience, history and fun of canoeing, kayaking and Stand-up paddle boarding.

North Charleston Arts Festival
Nine days of performances, exhibitions and activities geared for family fun culminate with an outdoor concert and fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Greek Festival
Great Greek food, wine tasting, live music, dancing and more!

Tall Ship Bounty's Visit To Charleston
The Bounty will be docked at the Maritime Center and will be open for dockside tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jazz Artists of Charleston's JAC Jazz Series
This year’s JAC Jazz Series commemorative poster is a tribute to our dear friend and colleague Jack Arthur McCray. The hat image is from a photograph of one of Jack’s many signature hats.

Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival offers hundreds of family-friendly and moderately priced events. Those who appreciate art, theatre and music would have a difficult time finding a more well rounded, event-filled or engaging festival than Spoleto. Purchase your event tickets and make your Restoration on King reservations early because this is one of the best reasons to visit Charleston.

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