Performing Arts in Charleston

Spoleto USA

This 17-day performing-arts festival is South Carolina's biggest event, with operas, dramas and concerts staged across the city.
Literature in Beaufort

Pat Conroy Literary Festival

A celebration of author Pat Conroy’s legacy, held yearly in his adopted hometown, at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. This multiday gathering includes readings, writer panels, book signings, live performances, film s…
Comedy in Charleston

Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Plunge

A subzero swim that pays homage to Charleston's most distinguished resident, Bill Murray, with participants attempting to resemble him in various roles. Everyone is encouraged to 'freeze your bills off' and prizes a…
Food & Drink in Mt Pleasant

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Oyster lovers in Mt Pleasant feast on 80,000lb of the salty bivalves at this festival in January (oyster buckets are $12 to $14). There's also oyster shucking and eating contests, live music, local food and a whole …
Fair in Charleston

Festival of Houses & Gardens

Run by Historic Charleston, this showcase of the city's distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture features house and garden tours of up to 10 properties a day.
Art in Charleston

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

The country's largest wildlife event, with three days of nature-focused art, exhibits, demonstrations and social events around the city, with an eye toward conservation.
Food & Drink in Charleston

Food & Wine Festival

An elaborate series of dinners, wine tastings, food workshops, culinary excursions and eating seminars around Charleston during the first week in March.
Art in Charleston


Downtown Charleston holds a slew of art events, openings, activities and special programming, with more than 40 galleries and shops participating.
Street Carnival in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

2nd Sunday on King

On the second Sunday of every month, King St closes to cars and the whole city descends on foot for shopping, eating and merriment.
Performing Arts in Charleston

MOJA Arts Festival

Spirited poetry readings and gospel concerts mark this two-week celebration of African American and Caribbean culture.