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December 2008

Charleston Christmas
Late November - December
Search through this Charleston Christmas mini-guide featuring; Christmas dining, plays, musicals, Christmas parties, and events.  This should get even the "Grinch" in the holiday spirit.
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Greater Charleston, SC

Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 4:30 - 6 PM
HO HO HO!  Join in the Christmas celebration with the annual Charleston Christmas tree lighting ceremony held smack dab in the middle if downtown Charleston.  It will be held on Marion Square in Charleston.  Joe Riley and Santa will appear at this annual Charleston, SC event. They will light the gigantic 60 foot Christmas Tree.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston Parade Of Boats
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 5 - 8 PM
Decorate or view the decorated Christmas boats throughout the Charleston Harbor.  This annual Charleston Christmas event starts on the Mt. Pleasant side of the harbor and wraps around the Charleston peninsula.  Tis' the season!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant

James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 14, 2008 - Sun., Jan. 4, 2009
Get the whole family involved for this Charleston Christmas event.  Turn the heat up in the car, put on some Christmas tunes, and enjoy the Charleston County Park's Holiday Festival Of Lights at James Island County Park.  This is a 3 mile scenic holiday light show with over 600 displays.  Take the whole family to James Island County Park for this years 2008 Holiday Festival Of Lights.  [more info]
James Island County Park

November 2008

Ladson Coastal Carolina Fair
Thurs., October 30 - Sat., November 8
It's fair time at The Ladson Fairgrounds.  The Coastal Carolina Fair will include: rides, games, live music, livestock, entertainment, and plenty of other family fun.  The Coastal Carolina Fair is sponsored by local companies and some of the proceeds help our local Charleston, SC community.  [more info] 
Ladson Goose Creek

Blessing Of The Vine
Sat., November 8 1 - 5 PM
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, Irving House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island is hosting this year's "Blessing Of The Vine" in hope of a Bumper Crop.  Enjoy live music, bbq, wine, and kids events.  The blessing from the priest starts at 2PM.  This is a Charleston event the whole family can enjoy.  
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Wadmalaw/Johns Island

Taste Of The Town
Sun., November 9 
12-4 PM
The seventh annual Summerville, SC event, The Taste Of The Town, will be held at Azalea Park.  This will be a special day for "The Taste" being held on Veterans Day.  Wear your patriotic colors.  Try individual tastes from Summerville's casual and fine dining restaurants.  Also enjoy local businesses, arts, and crafts from around the Summerville, SC area.  Booths will be set up around the park.  This is a Family event complete with a Kids Zone, so make sure to bring the entire family.
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Summerville

James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 14, 2008 - Sun., Jan. 4, 2009
Get the whole family involved for this Charleston Christmas event.  Turn the heat up in the car, put on some Christmas tunes, and enjoy the Charleston County Park's Holiday Festival Of Lights at James Island County Park.  This is a 3 mile scenic holiday light show with over 600 displays.  Take the whole family to James Island County Park for this years 2008 Holiday Festival Of Lights.  [more info]
James Island County Park

2008 Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Charleston Guide
Thurs., November 27 - all day gobble gobble
Some like to get the whole family together on Thanksgiving day for their own traditional holiday.  They watch football, cook together, and catch up with family and friends.  Others, travel to our beautiful city or simply don't want to cook.  This Thanksgiving dinner guide will help those who plan on eating out.  Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!  [more info]
Greater Charleston Areas

October 2008

Salsa Under The Stars
Fri., October 10
7-11 PM
Are you ready to shake those hips and have a few cocktails?  This is the place to do it!  DJ Luigi will be spinning salsa music and Latino beats at the end of the Folly Beach Pier for this years "Salsa Under The Stars" Folly Beach, SC event.  [more info]
Folly Beach

The Taste of Charleston
Fri., October 10 - Sun., October 12
Great Charleston restaurants, fantastic food, luscious libations, and live entertainment...these are just just a few of the things available at this years Taste Of Charleston.  This Charleston event will be held in downtown Charleston, SC and Mt Pleasant, SC.
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downtown Charleston & Mt. Pleasant

Ladson Coastal Carolina Fair
Thurs., October 30 - Sat., November 8
It's fair time at The Ladson Fairgrounds.  The Coastal Carolina Fair will include: rides, games, live, livestock, entertainment, and plenty of other family fun.  The Coastal Carolina Fair is sponsored by local companies and some of the proceeds help our local Charleston, SC community.  [more info] 
Ladson Goose Creek

September 2008

Shaggin' On The Pier
Sat., Sept. 12, 2008
Friday 7-11 pm
Join other shaggers and dance the night away under the Carolina stars.  DJ Rob Duren will spin Carolina beach music at the end of the Folly Beach Pier with refreshments available.  Grab your partner and see what this annual Charleston event is all about. [more info]
Folly Beach

37th Annual Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Sat., Sept. 20, 2008 9AM-5PM
Put on your quilts and get ready to watch Scottish strongmen compete in their traditional games.  Besides these games see traditional Scottish country dancing, piping, drumming, and fiddling competitions.  Mt Pleasant's own Boone Hall Plantation will host this Charleston, SC event. It is located on 1235 Long Point Road...just off of Highway 17.  [more info]

Fall Candlelight Tours of Homes & Gardens
September 27- October 28, 2007
(Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun.,  evenings only)
A yearly fundraiser held by the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Fall Candlelight Tours of Homes & Gardens will impress architectural buffs.  Tour Charleston homes throughout downtown Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings for the month of this Charleston event.  Enjoy this Charleston event at this perfect time of year when the weather is pristine.

2008 MOJA Arts Festival
Thurs. Sept.25 - Sun. Oct. 5
Muse over the rich African American and Caribbean culture and arts off all kinds here in Charleston, SC.  Thanks to the city of Charleston and the MOJA committee this festival is an annual event here in Charleston, SC showcasing African American arts.
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August 2008

Shaggin' On The Pier
Sat., Aug. 8, 2008
Friday 7-11 pm
Join other shaggers and dance the night away under the Carolina stars.  DJ Rob Duren will spin Carolina beach music at the end of the Folly Beach Pier with refreshments available.  Grab your partner and see what this annual Charleston event is all about. [more info]
Folly Beach

2008 Reggae Evening Nights Summer Concert Series
Sat., Aug. 16, 2008
Saturdays 7:30PM until
Time to head out to The James Island County Park for Island sounds at The Reggae Nights Summer Evening Concert Series. this Charleston event offers old school reggae with a new school sound!  No coolers please and bring proper ID for "cockytails".  Other food and drinks will be available on site. [more info]
James Island


Irving House Vineyards Grape Stomp 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Charleston Grape Stomp is held on Wadmalaw Island just south of the Charleston peninsula.  Irving House Vineyards hosts this annual Charleston event with live bluegrass, savory cuisine, and their Muscadine grapes.  Not bad...a 15 minute drive.  [more info]

2008 Boone Hall Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
Fri., Aug. 30 and Sat., Aug.31, 2008
Man this sounds like a blast.  What goes better with bbq than bluegrass? Nothing.  The festival has categories for the pros and the amateurs.  Make your way to Boone Hall Plantation for the 2nd annual 2008 Boone Hall Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. 
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Mount Pleasant

July 2008

4th of July in Charleston
Friday, July 4, 2008
Charleston, SC will be exploding with celebration and pyrotechnics as we celebrate another 4th of July.  Spectacular fireworks along with all the celebratory factors can be enjoyed all over the greater Charleston peninsula with fireworks shows in downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, James Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Isle Of Palms, and Sullivan's Island.
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All over the greater Charleston, SC area

Shaggin' On The Pier
July 11, 2008
Friday 7-11 pm
Join other shaggers and dance the night away under the Carolina stars.  DJ Rob Duren will spin Carolina beach music at the end of the Folly Beach Pier with refreshments available.  Grab your partner and see what this annual Charleston event is all about. [more info]
Folly Beach

A Wonderful Wedding Bridal Show
July 13, 2008
Sunday 12 - 5PM
Plan your perfect Charleston, SC wedding with the help of professional party planners, hairstylists, and wedding fashion experts.  They will be on hand at the 2008 Charleston Bridal Show presented by A Wonderful Wedding at The Gaillard Auditorium.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

2008 Reggae Evening Nights Summer Concert Series
Sat., July 19, 2008
Saturdays 7:30PM until
Time to head out to The James Island County Park for Island sounds at The Reggae Nights Summer Evening Concert Series. this Charleston event offers old school reggae with a new school sound!  No coolers please and bring proper ID for "cockytails".  Other food and drinks will be available on site. [more info]
James Island

June 2008

32nd Annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston
Fri., May 23- Sun., June 8, 2008
Its getting to be that time of the year where Charleston, SC explodes will our favorite art and live music connoisseurs.  The Spoleto festival for the 2007 season will be here and gone before you know it, so grab your tickets and information before certain events sell out.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Spoleto Charleston Restaurant and Bar Guide
Fri., May 23- Sun., June 8, 2008
Of course one can't go to a Spoleto event without a full belly and maybe a nice buzz, right?  The foodies at CharlestonCocktail.com put together a Spoleto event restaurant and bar guide for this purpose.  Enjoy cocktails and dinner before and after Spoleto performances with in walking distance.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Shaggin' On The Pier
June 13, 2008
Friday 7-11 pm
Join other shaggers and dance the night away under the Carolina stars.  DJ Rob Duren will spin Carolina beach music at the end of the Folly Beach Pier with refreshments available.  Grab your partner and see what this annual Charleston event is all about. [more info]
Folly Beach

2008 Charleston Fathers Day Brunch
June 15, 2008
Sunday 9 - 3PM
Take your Father out for Sunday Brunch in Charleston, SC.  Put the boring gifts to the side and treat your father this year to an unforgettable Charleston Fathers Day Sunday Brunch!  Choose from the directory of our favorite Sunday Brunch restaurants and bars in the Charleston, Mt Pleasant and North Charleston areas.  [more info]

2008 Reggae Evening Nights Summer Concert Series
Sat., June 21, 2008
Saturdays 7:30PM until
Time to head out to The James Island County Park for Island sounds at The Reggae Nights Summer Evening Concert Series. this Charleston event offers old school reggae with a new school sound!  No coolers please and bring proper ID for "cockytails".  Other food and drinks will be available on site. [more info]
James Island

May 2008

Cinco De Mayo Guide
Sat., May 5, 2007
Charleston restaurants and bar are hoppin for Cinco De Mayo!  Checkout the specials, dates, and live music.
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Downtown Charleston

North Charleston Arts Festival
Fri., May 2 - Sat., May 10, 2008
Experience all things "art" at The North Charleston Area Convention Center Complex in North Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Arts Festival. This Charleston event brings 30,000+ attendees where the whole family can come join the fun! This year the finale will be held at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, a recently opened recreational area on the waterfront, which overlooks the beautiful Cooper River. 
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North Charleston

Cinco De Mayo Festival
Fri., May 2, 2008
Head on over to the Visitors Center Bus Shed between John and Anne Streets Saturday, May 5th, 2007 and join others in celebrating the Cinco de Mayo Festivities.  Eat authentic Mexican cuisine, sip on Mexican Beer and Margaritas, and Salsa the night away with plenty of live latin music.  This is the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo festival which will most likely rendezvous at the same spot at the same time for the years to come in Charleston.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

2008 Greek Festival
Friday, May 9- Sunday, May 11, 2008
Its all Greek to me!  Explore The Charleston Greek Festival.  Enjoy The Charleston Greek Orthodox Church tours, authentic Greek food, drink and live music.  This annual Charleston event has been a blast in the past...check it out for yourself this year.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Mother's Day in Charleston
Sunday May, 11 2008
Treat your mom to a Mothers Day brunch or dinner in Charleston, SC.  Flowers always do the trick, but, why not take her somewhere she will remember.  This Charleston Mother's Day Guide should help with your decision.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt Pleasant Areas

Charleston Maritime Festival
Fri., May 16 - Monday, May 18, 2008
Dock space will be limited for the 2008 Maritime festival sponsored by Tall Ships Charleston.  Festival admission is free.  Enjoy tall ship tours, wooden boat displays, live music, food and a children's village.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

32nd Annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston
Fri., May 23- Sun., June 8, 2008
Its getting to be that time of the year where Charleston, SC explodes will our favorite art and live music connoisseurs.  The Spoleto festival for the 2007 season will be here and gone before you know it, so grab your tickets and information before certain events sell out.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Spoleto Charleston Restaurant and Bar Guide
Fri., May 23- Sun., June 8, 2008
Of course one can't go to a Spoleto event without a full belly and maybe a nice buzz, right?  The foodies at CharlestonCocktail.com put together a Spoleto event restaurant and bar guide for this purpose.  Enjoy cocktails and dinner before and after Spoleto performances with in walking distance.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

 April 2008

31st Annual Summerville Flowertown Festival
Fri. April, 4 - Sun. April, 6 2008
The Summerville Flowertown Festival has become such a yearly tradition, why not consider joining the thousands of family and friends that attend the festival in Azalea Park in Summerville, SC (hence the name: "Flowertown Festival”). Relish genuine live entertainment, over 200 vendors and much more. 
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Summerville

31st Annual Cooper River Bridge Run
Sat. April 5, 2008
Runners. Walkers. Family. Friends. Take your marks, get set, and GO!.. join other marathon enthusiasts, families, pets, sightseers and those wanting to stroll the path of this significantly historic, annual bridge-run. Celebrate this 31-year Lowcountry tradition! People from far-and-wide (and us locals!) make the journey from the Patriots Point area of Mt. Pleasant, SC and cross the grand Cooper River to set foot on the peninsula of the City of Charleston. Unimaginably, the Cooper River Bridge Run Charleston event continues, now on a new spectacular new bridge. Partake in the 2nd bridge run over our landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (opened 7/2005). Even if you don’t run, remember to join the prime southern hospitality after the run. Join the thousands “cooling off,” and do some ‘hopping’ to our inviting downtown Charleston establishments. This city never disappoints.  [
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Downtown Charleston

35th Anniversary Family Circle Cup
Sat., April 12 - Sun., April 20, 2008
Join WTA professionals for the 2008 Family Circle cup on Daniel Island; a relatively newly outfitted, cosmopolitan island (known as one of the secret outer “jewels” of the downtown city of Charleston). The Family Circle Cup grounds will be swarming with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Family Circle Magazine Stadium just off Interstate 526 will be this year’s host.  [more info]
Daniel Island

2008 Shaggin' On The Pier
April 25, 2008
Friday 7-11 pm
Join other shaggers and dance the night away under the Carolina stars.  DJ Rob Duren will spin Carolina beach music at the end of the Folly Beach Pier with refreshments available.  Grab your partner and see what this annual Charleston event is all about. [more info]
Folly Beach

21st Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival
Sun., April 27, 2008
Give our local shrimp boys a little luck this year and help bless them at "The Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival" at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, SC. This Charleston-area event will have activities for the whole family and takes place Sunday, April 27th from 11:30-5:00 P.M. Eat shrimp and be merry!  [more info]
Mount Pleasant (Shem Creek) 

March 2008

Charleston Food and Wine Festival
Thurs. February, 28 - Sun., March, 3 2008
A must-do weekend event! Prepare yourself for the 2008 Charleston Food and Wine Festival; come with an empty stomach and a discerning palate ready to be satisfied. You will experience the tastes of grand delicacies and wines from around the globe. Visit demos on food and wine from celebrity chefs and professional wine sommeliers. The 2008 "Charleston Food and Wine Festival's" hub is the Culinary Village on Marion Square in Charleston, SC.
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Charleston, SC

2008 St. Patty's Day
Mon. March 17th, 2008
AM - PM
Drink Irish beers, eat Irish food, and listen to live music for this years St. Patrick's Day.  That's about all one can wish for while enjoying the festivities for the 2008 St. Patty's Day in Charleston, SC.  Make sure that you have your share of Shepard's Pie, Guinness, and green beer for the St Patty's Day festivities.  Irish Bars, Pubs, and Taverns will come alive.  Break out your Irish greens and beads for this special day of boozing, dancing, and celebration.  [more info]  
Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, IOP, Sullivan's Island, Mt. Pleasant, Daniel Island
, Folly Beach, North Charleston, Summerville

61st Festival of Charleston Homes and Gardens
Thurs. March 13 - Sat. April 12, 2008
The Historic Charleston Foundation is holding its annual Festival of Homes and Gardens. Acquaint yourself with Historic Charleston like never before. Up to ten (10) walking tours a day for opportunities to gratify your curiosity of historic Charleston. Venture the scenes to view beautiful gardens and antique interiors of some of Charleston's most celebrated historic homes.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Easter Sunday in Charleston, SC
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Explore Charleston, SC and its surrounding islands and towns to see what this "Holy City" has in store for this years Easter festivities.  Enjoy Easter Brunch and Dinner at Charleston's fine dining restaurants, casual dining restaurants and Plantations this Easter.  [more info]
Charleston, North Charleston, Mt Pleasant

February 2008

18th Annual Southern Comfort
Lowcountry Blues Bash

Fri. February 8 - Sun. February 17,2007
Have a “jam good time” enjoying the vibrant, yet relaxing sounds of the 2008 Southern Comfort Blues Bash. This Charleston, South Carolina event will be held at some of downtown Charleston’s, Mt. Pleasant’s, James Island’s, Daniel Island’s, West Ashley’s and Folly Beach Island SC’s best restaurants and nightclubs.
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All over the greater Charleston, SC area

Valentines Day Dinner in Charleston
Thurs. February 14, 2008
Hmm...where to take that certain someone for the 2008 Valentines Day Dinner in Charleston?  Check out these charleston favorites for romantic restaurants and bars.
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Charleston, SC

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Fri. February 15 - Sun. 17, 2008

The 26th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, known as S.E.W.E., an abbreviation for some adventure seekers, is coming up quick! This year make sure to set aside the Weekend of February 15-17, 2008. New this year to S.E.W.E., visit the “Grilling Village” at Brittle Bank Park where one can sample BBQ, jam to live music and watch local Charleston chefs creating their “works of art.” Do this while overlooking the historic, yet pristine, Ashley River. 
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Charleston, SC

Charleston Food and Wine Festival
Thurs., February 28 - Sun., March 3 2008
A must-do weekend event! Prepare yourself for the 2008 Charleston Food and Wine Festival; come with an empty stomach and a discerning palate ready to be satisfied. You will experience the tastes of grand delicacies and wines from around the globe. Visit demos on food and wine from celebrity chefs and professional wine sommeliers. The 2008 "Charleston Food and Wine Festival's" hub is the Culinary Village on Marion Square in Charleston, SC.
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Charleston, SC

January 2008

New Years Eve in Charleston
December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008
Break out the party hats, the fireworks, Champagne, and your sharpest suit or sexiest dress.  Help ring in the 2008 New Years by planning to participate in one of the New Years Eve parties Charleston's restaurants and bars will be throwing.  [more info]
Charleston, North Charleston, Mt Pleasant, SC

"A Night in the Valley" Auction and Dinner
January 18, 2008,
6:30PM
Come celebrate the New Year.  The Trident Tech Culinary Institute along with Southern Wine and Spirits will have a benefit four course dinner with wine and a live auction.  Proceeds go to Trident Tech's Culinary Institute.  [more info]
Charleston, SC

A Wonderful Wedding Bridal Exposition
See you at The Guillard Auditorium for this annual Charleston, SC event.  The Charleston Bridal Expo will feature bridal booths containing; cake decorators, formal wear, transportation, catering options, etc.
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Charleston, SC

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