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

Inspector Noclue’s Murder Mystery
5/2/2017
A Madcap Whodunit in the tradition of Clue!

One80 Place Video Release
5/2/2017
Join us for a Facebook live event, premiering One80 Place’s new promotional video and helping the launch of #One80StartsHere.

Lowcountry Blues Happy Hour With Shrimp City Slim
5/3/2017
Lowcountry blues piano/vocals at happy hour…a Charleston tradition!

North Charleston Arts Fest
5/3/2017 – 5/7/2017
The North Charleston Arts Fest features 5 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.

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise
5/4/2017
Experience Charleston on the water with this bodacious blues & BBQ harbor cruise, featuring Shrimp City Slim (band) and a fabulous Lowcountry BBQ buffet.

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
5/4/2017
A Murder Mystery – with manners.

Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean
5/4/2017
Take a trip back in time to a small town five-and-dime store where members of all-female James Dean fan club gather to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death.

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/4/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Gibbs Annual Street Party
5/4/2017
After a two-year multi-million dollar renovation, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host its Annual Street Party in celebration of its newly restored 112-year old stately Beaux Arts home.

Cinco De Mayo Royale Benefiting The Charleston Parks Conservancy
5/5/2017
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo while supporting Charleston’s parks. Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production and the Royal American are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Royale happy hour party from 3:00 – 7:30pm.

Artwork
5/5/2017
Experience the Charleston Gallery Association Artwork with over 40 Art Galleries participating.

Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean
5/5/2017
Take a trip back in time to a small town five-and-dime store where members of all-female James Dean fan club gather to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death.

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/5/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Heist, Heist Baby
5/5/2017
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.

Stayin’ Alive
5/5/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Sunset At Fort Sumter
5/5/2017
Fort Sumter Tours is pleased to offer the popular “Sunset at Fort Sumter” behind the scenes again for 2017!

Cars On Kiawah
5/6/2017
Celebrate over 200 spectacular automobiles, from Model T’s to Teslas, at Kiawah scenic Ocean Park. This car show is free and open to the public.

Charleston Farmers Market
5/6/2017
Celebrating the Lowcountry’s bounty of fresh local produce and homegrown creativity!

Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean
5/6/2017
Take a trip back in time to a small town five-and-dime store where members of all-female James Dean fan club gather to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death.

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/6/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Rundead 5K Run And Fall Festival
5/6/2017
Charleston’s zombie race, rUNdead, is back from the dead in 2017. Survive the rUNdead 5K race course by navigating your way through trails and open clearings plagued by zombies without losing your health flags.

Seersucker Saturday
5/6/2017
Charleston’s Kentucky Derby party!

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/6/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Spend “A Day At The Races” At The Thoroughbred Club
5/6/2017
Spend Derby Day at The Thoroughbred Club. Don your Derby best and head to the cocktail lounge located in Belmond Charleston Place starting at 11:00am for a day filled with classic bites and drinks.

Stayin’ Alive
5/6/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
5/7/2017
A Murder Mystery – with manners.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/7/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Oh Happy Day Gospel Music Series
5/7/2017
The well orchestrated vocals, grasp the sound, emotion and message portrayed in gospel music. The Bright Family Singers are joined by an ensemble of exceptional singers, that musically navigate the concert, with powerful choral and solo renditions.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: A National Theatre Of London Broadcast
5/7/2017
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Joshua McGuire (The Hour) in Tom Stoppard’s brilliant comedy, broadcast from the Old Vic.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: A National Theatre Of London Broadcast
5/8/2017
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Joshua McGuire (The Hour) in Tom Stoppard’s brilliant comedy, broadcast from the Old Vic.

A Conversation With Tessa Tennant
5/9/2017
Join the Charleston Library Society for a conversation with Tessa Tennant; an evening filled with stimulating conversations about a wide variety of topics.

Stayin’ Alive
5/9/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/10/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise
5/11/2017
Experience Charleston on the water with this bodacious blues & BBQ harbor cruise, featuring Shrimp City Slim (band) and a fabulous Lowcountry BBQ buffet.

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/11/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Jimmy Jam At The Islander!
5/11/2017
Calling all Parrot Heads! Before you go to the show, get in the island spirit with The Islander’s pre-show party, Jimmy Jam.

Sally Bedell Smith To Hold Lecture On Prince Charles At The Charleston Library Society
5/11/2017
Join the Charleston Library Society for an illustrated lecture by Sally Bedell Smith, based on her new book Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.

Stayin’ Alive
5/11/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Tickled To Death
5/11/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/12/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Friday Night Boogie Series
5/12/2017
The Mount Pleasant Pier’s evening event series return in May! Ages 21 and up are invited to do some shag dancing on the pier.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/12/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Stayin’ Alive
5/12/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Sunset At Fort Sumter
5/12/2017
Fort Sumter Tours is pleased to offer the popular “Sunset at Fort Sumter” behind the scenes again for 2017!

14th Annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day
5/13/2017
The annual Moms’ Run is a 5K run/walk open to all ages followed by free events and activities for families.

Birding By Boat In Stumphole Swamp
5/13/2017
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a stopover adventure on Lake Marion.

Charleston Farmers Market
5/13/2017
Celebrating the Lowcountry’s Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown Creativity!

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
5/13/2017
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise.

Heist, Heist Baby
5/13/2017
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.

Shaggin’ On The Cooper
5/13/2017
Get ready for summer – Shaggin’ on the Cooper is back! This popular live beach music and shag dance event series returns to the Mt. Pleasant Pier.

Stayin’ Alive
5/13/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Tickled To Death
5/13/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

2nd Sunday on King Street
5/14/2017
Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street!

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/14/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Mother’s Day Brunch
5/14/2017
Mother’s Day Brunch at Drawing Room.

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
5/14/2017
Mother’s Day only comes once a year. Let her know how special she is by treating her to brunch. SpiritLine Cruises will be honoring all Moms on Sunday, May 14th.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/14/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Stayin’ Alive
5/14/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Twelfth Night (National Theatre Of London Broadcast)
5/14/2017
Join us for an intimate screening of this ground-breaking National Theatre production. A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available.

Twelfth Night (National Theatre Of London Broadcast)
5/15/2017
Join us for an intimate screening of this ground-breaking National Theatre production. A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available.

Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced The Civil War, For Better And For Worse
5/16/2017
Join award-winning author, Candice Sky Hooper for a special afternoon lecture at the Charleston Library Society.

Stayin’ Alive
5/16/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Tickled To Death
5/16/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/17/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise
5/18/2017
Experience Charleston on the water with this bodacious blues & BBQ harbor cruise, featuring Shrimp City Slim (band) and a fabulous Lowcountry BBQ buffet.

Inspector Noclue’s Murder Mystery
5/18/2017
A Madcap Whodunit in the tradition of Clue!

Stayin’ Alive
5/18/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Yappy Hour
5/18/2017
Every dog’s favorite happy hour event is back! Happy Hour at the James Island County Park dog park returns for the season.

King Charles Inn Monthly Spring Pop-Up Series
5/19/2017
King Charles Inn, a boutique hotel in Charleston’s historic district is pleased to announce a series of pop-up events featuring six local purveyors.

Lunch With Dottie
5/19/2017
Join us at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Author Series luncheon at Stars Rooftop & Grill Room with Dorothea Benton Frank.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/19/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Stayin’ Alive
5/19/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Sunset At Fort Sumter
5/19/2017
Fort Sumter Tours is pleased to offer the popular “Sunset at Fort Sumter” behind the scenes again for 2017!

Bear Awareness Program
5/20/2017
Break out the tents, and coolers! Novice campers, and expert campers alike will enjoy the Bear Awareness Program at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

Cars & Coffee
5/20/2017
Check out some awesome cars all while sipping on coffee at Freshfields Village.

Charleston Beer Garden
5/20/2017
Craft beer lovers can spend the day enjoying a wide variety of beer along with live music from the Greystar Stage, food trucks and vendors.

Charleston Farmers Market
5/20/2017
Celebrating the Lowcountry’s Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown Creativity!

Jam On The Water Concert Cruise Series
5/20/2017
Charleston Harbor Tours, Follywood Productions and Sweetwater Brewing Co. have teamed up once again for the Jam on the Water Concert Cruise Series.

Migratory Bird Walk On The Atlantic Flyway
5/20/2017
Join the Avian Conservation Center’s experienced birding guides for an introduction to the Painted Bunting and other colorful migrants that frequent the Center’s campus each spring.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/20/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Stayin’ Alive
5/20/2017
A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this NEW musical-comedy. With music from Earth, Wind and Fire to CCR, you’ll be singing and laughing all night long!

Tickled To Death
5/20/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

VINOPAWLOOZA
5/20/2017
Music, food, fun and tastings!

Bands, Burgers And Brews Burger Throwdown
5/21/2017
Come out and enjoy a live burger cook-off at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/21/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Tickled To Death
5/21/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

Lobster Roll Mondays At The Granary
5/22/2017
Indulge in a lobster roll every Monday at The Granary from 5 to 10 p.m. available while supplies last. $18 for a small plate and $24 for a large option.

Heist, Heist Baby
5/23/2017
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.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/24/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Walk + Bike BCD Draft Plan Presentation
5/24/2017
The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) invites the community to an unveiling of the draft Walk + Bike BCD plan, the regional pedestrian and bicycle master plan.

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise
5/25/2017
Experience Charleston on the water with this bodacious blues & BBQ harbor cruise, featuring Shrimp City Slim (band) and a fabulous Lowcountry BBQ buffet.

Sunset Blues And BBQ Cruise
5/25/2017
Join Charleston Harbor Tours, The Shrimp City Band and Swig and Swine BBQ for one of Charleston’s most fun nights out on the water!

Tickled To Death
5/25/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

“Good Mornin’, Blues” With Shrimp City Slim
5/26/2017
“World piano blues” (at noontime!) in intimate jazz cafe on James Island.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/26/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Sunset At Fort Sumter
5/26/2017
Fort Sumter Tours is pleased to offer the popular “Sunset at Fort Sumter” behind the scenes again for 2017!

Sunset Blues And BBQ Cruise
5/26/2017
Join Charleston Harbor Tours, The Shrimp City Band and Swig and Swine BBQ for one of Charleston’s most fun nights out on the water!

Spoleto Festival USA
5/26/2017 – 6/11/2017
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.

“Good Mornin’, Blues” With Shrimp City Slim
5/27/2017
“World piano blues” (at noontime!) in intimate jazz cafe on James Island.

Charleston Farmers Market
5/27/2017
Celebrating the Lowcountry’s Bounty of Fresh Local Produce & Homegrown Creativity!

Inspector Noclue’s Murder Mystery
5/27/2017
A Madcap Whodunit in the tradition of Clue!

Migratory Bird Walk On The Atlantic Flyway
5/27/2017
Join the Avian Conservation Center’s experienced birding guides for an introduction to the Painted Bunting and other colorful migrants that frequent the Center’s campus each spring.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/27/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

Church Street Daughters Of The Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery
5/28/2017
A Murder Mystery – with manners.

Lowcountry Blues Brunch With Shrimp City Slim
5/28/2017
“World piano blues” and original songs at a beautiful Sunday brunch downtown.

Tickled To Death
5/28/2017
A new witty, wacky murder mystery! This time it’s personal & because the next victim might just be…you!

Letters Home
5/29/2017
On Memorial Day, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host two free showings of the Griffin Theater Company’s critically-acclaimed stage production, “Letters Home.”

Lobster Roll Mondays At The Granary
5/29/2017
Indulge in a lobster roll every Monday at The Granary from 5 to 10pm, available while supplies last. $18 for a small plate and $24 for a large option.

Frederick Douglass…No Turning Back
5/30/2017
Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina presents “Frederick Douglass’ No Turning Back” for Piccolo Spoleto. Meet one of our greatest American heroes, an electrifying orator, abolitionist, Christian leader, writer and newspaper editor.

Toddler Tuesday
5/30/2017
Zoos are great learning environments for young minds.

“Good Mornin’, Blues” With Shrimp City Slim
5/31/2017
“World piano blues” (at noontime!) in intimate jazz cafe on James Island.

Sherlock’s Other Brother By A Southern Mother
5/27/2017
A Who’s Who Murder Mystery! For there was…another.

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