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Charleston, SC Calendar of Events

December 2011

Charleston, SC New Years Eve
Sat., Dec. 31, 2011 - Sun., Jan. 1
8PM until
Happy New Years Eve Charleston!  We always have a blast listing the different celebrations, parties, and upscale balls around greater Charleston and put together a list of places we highly recommend for bringing in the New Year!  Purchase tickets or reserve your table early!  They tend to sell out quite quickly.  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville

Christmas in Charleston, SC
All December
Charleston at Christmas time is like Boston on St.  Patty's Day.  Plenty to eat, do and see around the low country with holiday events scattered throughout greater Charleston.  Here is a list of a few restaurants and Christmas events we recommend.
[more info]
Charleston, Summerville, North Charleston, Mt Pleasant

Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 11  - Sun., Jan. 1
Sun. – Thurs., 5:30 – 10:00PM
Fri. & Sat., 5:30 – 11:00PM
Pack in the family and crank that heat up (sometimes considering our great weather) for a tour through Charleston's most celebrated Christmas light display at the James Island County Park.
[more info]
James Island

Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sat., December 4
4:30 - 6PM
Get into the holiday spirit in Charleston this year, for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Marion Square, located between King and Calhoun Streets.  The children want to sit on Santa's lap right?  Here is your chance! 
[more info]
downtown Charleston

Charleston Pub Tours
December - Daily & Nightly
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston Parade of Boats
Sat., December 4
starts 5PM, fireworks 6:45PM

Catch this annual holiday Christmas event!  The Parade of Boats sets sail throughout the Charleston harbor and can be viewed from several different spots from land along the way.  Any boat can enter to win a few different prizes! Also, catch the fireworks display which follows the parade.
  [more info]
downtown Charleston, Mt Pleasant

November 2011

Ladson Fairgrounds Coastal Carolina Fair
Thurs., Oct., 27- Sat., Nov., 5
3 - 11PM
Fair food aromas and gut wrenching thrill rides are something to look forward to, at this years Coastal Carolina Fair at the Ladson Fairgrounds.  Also, enter competitions, check out the livestock, and jam to this years entertainment at the Lake Front Stage.  [more info]
Ladson, North Charleston

Charleston Pub Tours
Evenings
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 11  - Sun., Jan. 1
Sun. – Thurs., 5:30 – 10:00PM
Fri. & Sat., 5:30 – 11:00PM
Need to get into the Holiday spirit a bit?  Looking for a Charleston Christmas event where the whole family can enjoy and be merry?  Pack up the whole family for this year's Holiday Festival Of Lights at James Island County Park, just minutes away from downtown Charleston, SC.  [more info]
James Island

Blessing of the Vine
Sat., Nov. 12
1 - 5PM
The Irving House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island is ready to celebrate the hopes of a "bumper crop" at this year's Blessing Of The Vine.  There will wine tasting, a cook-off, live music, an official blessing, and more!
[more info]
Wadmalaw Island, Johns Islan
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Thanksgiving Charleston
Thurs., Nov. 24
12-Close
If your planning on dining out on Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC, one has several optimal choices from which to choose.  There will be the traditional Thanksgiving dishes one would imagine (some with a twist) and some Charleston restaurants will also be offering their full menus.  We've put together some options we would recommend.  Peruse menus, make reservations, or just get a general idea of your choices for this Thanksgiving, 2011!  Reservations are highly recommended. 
[more info]
Greater Charleston

October 2011

Halloween in Charleston
Nights in October
If you are looking for Halloween fun this year in Charleston, SC, then you've come to the right place!  Our 2011 Charleston Halloween guide offers insight on themed parties at bars and restaurants in the area and also lists events for the whole family to enjoy.  Check it out!  Happy Halloween Charleston!
[more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, James Island

Fall Tours of Homes
Thurs. Sept. 22 – Sun. Oct. 23
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.
The Historic Preservation Society of Charleston will be presenting this years Candlelight Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens.  Get your tickets today for this annual Charleston event and see some of Charleston's best kept secrets! 
Downtown Charleston

Charleston MOJA Arts Festival
Thurs. Sept. 29 - Sun. Oct. 9

select event times
Celebrate our African American Art influences in Charleston at this years MOJA Arts Festival.  Enjoy jazz, gospel, and other influential Caribbean and African American forms of Art!   [more info]

Taste of Charleston
at Boone Hall Plantation

Fri., Oct., 7 - Sun., Oct., 9
8th and 9th, gates open at 10:30AM
The 2011 Taste of Charleston, presented by Southern Living and Charleston Restaurant Association, is back with a vengeance this fall!  New to this year's Charleston event, the main "Taste", where restaurants will be showcasing their cuisine, will be held Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Boone Hall Plantation.  Get your tickets early!  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant

Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., Oct. 7
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! 
[more info]
Folly Beach

Ladson Fairgrounds Coastal
Carolina Fair

Thurs., Oct., 27- Sat., Nov., 5
3 - 11PM
Fair food aromas and gut wrenching thrill rides are something to look forward to, at this years Coastal Carolina Fair at the Ladson Fairgrounds.  Also, enter competitions, check out the livestock, and jam to this years entertainment at the Lake Front Stage.  [more info]
Ladson, North Charleston

September 2011

Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., Sept. 2
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! 
[more info]
Folly Beach

Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival
Sun., Sept. 4
12 - 8:30PM
This Charleston event is a reason to come out and celebrate tasty BBQ and national Bluegrass acts!  The 2011 Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival is held at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt Pleasant just minutes away from downtown Charleston.  [more info]
Mount Pleasant

Scottish Games &
Highland Gathering

Sat., Sept 17
9AM - 5PM
Now in its 40th year, the Scottish Games and Highland gathering is a Charleston event the whole family can enjoy.  Enjoy Celtic Rock and other traditional music as well as Scottish heavy athletics at its best!   [more info]
Mount Pleasant

Fall Tours of Homes
Thurs. Sept. 22 – Sun. Oct. 23
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.
The Historic Preservation Society of Charleston will be presenting this years Candlelight Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens.  Get your tickets today for this annual Charleston event and see some of Charleston's best kept secrets! 
Downtown Charleston

Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., Sept. 23
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails!  [more info]
Folly Beach

Charleston MOJA Arts Festival
Thurs. Sept. 29 - Sun. Oct. 9

select event times
Celebrate our African American Art influences in Charleston at this years MOJA Arts Festival.  Enjoy jazz, gospel, and other influential Caribbean and African American forms of Art!   [more info]
Greater Charleston

August 2011

Charleston Pub Tours
Daily in August
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Shaggin On The Folly Beach Pier
Fri., August 12
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! 
[more info]
Folly Beach

Reggae Nights
Summer Concert Series

Sat., August 20
7:30PM

"We're jammin', I wanna jam it wid you.  We're jammin', jammin', And I hope you like jammin', too.  Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, we can do it anyhow, I and I will see you through, 'Cause everyday we pay the price, we're the living sacrifice jammin' till the jam is through". 
[more  info]
North Charleston, James Island

July 2011

Fourth (4th) of July in
Charleston, SC

Mon., July 4
A historical city, a historical day in history!  Let us celebrate!  See what's going on this 2011, 4th of July in Charleston, SC.  Plan ahead and find out which celebrations or "view" works best.  There's roughly a dozen good spots, or so, in Charleston to watch the fireworks, here are a few suggestions and "events" for this fourth (4th) of July!  [more info]
Folly Beach, Patriots Point, Mt Pleasant, Downtown Charleston, Summerville, North Charleston, Daniels Island, IOP, Sullivans's Island, West Ashley

Charleston Pub Tours
Daily in July
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Reggae Nights
Summer Concert Series

Sat., July 9 & 16
"We're jammin', I wanna jam it wid you.  We're jammin', jammin', And I hope you like jammin', too.  Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, we can do it anyhow, I and I will see you through, 'Cause everyday we pay the price, we're the living sacrifice jammin' till the jam is through". 
[more  info]
North Charleston, James Island

Shaggin On The Folly Beach Pier
Fri., July 15
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! 
[more info]
Folly Beach

June 2011

Shaggin On The Folly Beach Pier
Fri., June 3 & 24
7-11PM

Come on grannies, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at the Folly Beach Pier, located on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! 
[more info]

Charleston Pub Tours
Daily in June
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston
Folly Beach

Reggae Nights
Summer Concert Series

Sat., June 11
"We're jammin', I wanna jam it wid you.  We're jammin', jammin', And I hope you like jammin', too.  Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, we can do it anyhow, I and I will see you through, 'Cause everyday we pay the price, we're the living sacrifice jammin' till the jam is through".  Check out the 2011 Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park and North Charleston's Wanamaker Park. [more  info]
Folly Beach

Fathers Day in Charleston, SC
Sun., June 19
Take Dad or hubby, whichever he is to you, out to one of downtown's restaurants this 2011 Fathers Day in Charleston, SC.  Wherever he wants!  He deserves it!  Whether one is living here in Charleston, South Carolina or, are just passing through our lovely city, these recommendations and restaurants may help.  Happy Fathers Day! [more info]
Folly Beach

May 2011

Charleston Pub Tours
Daily in May
The Lesesne Tour company, located on the rainbow section of the historic Market Street area, offers The Original Charleston Pub Tour daily, with tours at 1, 4, 530, and 7PM.  They also offer a Martini Tour, with Southern Hors D’oeuvres, and a Bachelorette Pub Crawl.  We highly recommend this great way to see Charleston's bars, taverns, and restaurants with trained professionals leading the way!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival
Thurs., May 5
7-11PM
Latina food, drink, dancing, and celebration are in the air, for this year's Cinco De Mayo Festival in Charleston, SC, located under the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed, downtown.  Some of the evening's performers are; DJ Luigi Bravo of Latin Groove, (R)evolution: Genesis, Latin Groove Kids, and Orquesta Mayor!  There will also be a Salsa dance competition worth $200! 
[more info]
Downtown Charleston

Greek Festival
Fri., May 6 - Sun., May 8
A celebrated tradition each year in Charleston is the Greek Festival, held in and on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church on Race Street, downtown.  Explore the food, dance, and tradition this year and bring MOM for Mothers Day!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston Mother's Day
Sun., May 8
Happy Mothers Day Mom!  Going to be in Charleston for Mother Day or live in Charleston and looking for something to do with Mom?  We put together a few dining options, just incase eating with Mom, is on the agenda. 
[more info]
Greater Charleston

Charleston Harbor Festival
Thurs., May 12 - Sun., May 15
Tall Ships of Charleston and
South Carolina Maritime Foundation will have its annual Charleston Harbor Festival event, which helps fund their educational programs.  View and tour "Tall Ships", take a sail in the Charleston Harbor, or soak up other facts and enjoy interactive activities in Race Village at the Charleston Maritime Center!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Moonlight Mixers - Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., May 13
7-11PM
Come on grannys, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and Shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at Folly Beach Pier on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! [more info]
Folly Beach

Spoleto Festival
Fri., May 27 - Sun., June 12

Its that time of year again. I can always tell by the crowd and the weather heating up. It's time for the Charleston's Spoleto Festival, 2011.  Enjoy the art, dance, and music as Charleston comes alive with performances! Definitely one of our favorite events in Charleston each year! [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston Spoleto Festival  Restaurant & Bar Guide
Fri., May 27 - Sun., June 12
Looking to have dinner and a show this Spoleto?  Here are a few dining choices which are conveniently located with in walking distance from most downtown Charleston theatres and hotels. Bon Appétit!
[more info]
Downtown Charleston
   

April 2011

Cooper River Bridge Run
Sat. April 2
8AM - Finish
The 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run, always quite an event here in Charleston, SC, celebrates its thirty - forth birthday this year. This is just another thoughtful reason to throw on those dusty jogging shoes, race the race, and enjoy downtown Charleston during this fun filled gorgeous weekend! 
[more info]
Mt. Pleasant, Downtown Charleston

Festival of Homes & Gardens
Thurs., March 18 - Sat., April 17
Take a step back into antebellum times and experience historic Charleston, SC at its best this year with the 2011 Festival of Homes and Gardens.  Purchase tickets and decide on which tours suite you best. [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Family Circle Cup
Sat. April 2 - Sun. April 10
11AM and on
Swing on over to Daniel Island this year for the 2011 Family Circle Cup!  Theses matches will host WTA matches from tennis "hots" and "up-and-comings".  Have some beers in the sunshine!  The Family Circle Cup Stadium is located 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, SC.   [more info]
Daniel Island

Easter Sunday Charleston, SC
Sun., April 4
Chocolate bunnies, church, good people, and that nice tie or dress that you wear twice a year, break it out for this Easter In Charleston!  Whether you have family and friends in town or are visiting friends and family, after Church, find an Easter Brunch or dinner and savor some ham! And don't forget all the fixings!
[more info]
Greater Charleston

Blessing of the Fleet
Sunday, April 6
11:30-5PM
Show up and celebrate an explosive shrimp season out of Charleston, SC for this years Blessing Of The Fleet and Seafood Festival.  Once a small local event, its grown in popularity over the years, and for those who schedule their days around meals (like us), this ones for you!  Also, there will be live music with "East Coast Party Band".  Expect a plethora of eafood and shrimp to go around and plenty of suds to wash them down with.  The official blessing is at 1PM.  [more info]
Mt. Pleasant

Moonlight Mixers - Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., April 22
7-11PM
Come on grannys, grandpas, and old school Charlestonians, here's your time to shine and Shag!  Dance the Charleston this year at Folly Beach Pier on Folly Beach, SC, for the 2011 "Moonlight Mixers - Shagging On The Pier" series, held by Charleston County Parks.  There is a restaurant slash bar combo, at the beginning of the pier, for refreshments and cocktails! [more info]
Folly Beach

March 2011

Charleston Food & Wine Festival
Thurs., March 3 - Sun., March 3
All culinary, all weekend!  Taste Charleston, SC at this years Charleston Food and Wine Festival.  Pre order festival event dining tickets for some of Charleston's "staple" restaurants.  Taste what Charleston's chefs and restaurants have special on the plate for this years Food and Wine Festival!  Also, visit the Culinary Village in Marion Square and purchase tickets for other special events throughout the city.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Charleston St Patty's Day
Thurs., March 17
Get your drinking shoes on, Charleston!  Celebrate this wonderful reason to drink, drink, and drink in Charleston, SC!  Check which Irish Pubs in Charleston, SC are having St Patty's Day special events this year.  Live music, pints of green beer Guineas and Corned Beef and Cabbage, yum!  Cheers!  [more info]
Charleston, James Island, North Charleston, Mt pleasant

Festival of Homes and Gardens
Thurs., March 17 - Sat., April 16
Take a step back into antebellum times and experience historic Charleston at its best this year with the 2011 Festival of Homes and Gardens.  Purchase tickets and decide on which tours suite you best.
[more info]
Downtown Charleston

February 2011

Lowcountry Blues Bash
Fri., Feb 3 - Tues., Feb 11
Approx. 9:30 PM nightly
Singing the Blues in Charleston, SC, the annual Low country Blues Bash will be doing just that!  Charleston's best bar and restaurants will host nightly blues shows around town and around the Charleston peninsula.
[more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston Areas

Charleston Valentines Day
Mon., Feb., 14
All Day
Do the flowers, get sharply dressed and, take your date, wife, or significant other out for a night to remember!  Search through a few romantic restaurants which may be pretty impressive this 2011 Valentines Day in Charleston, SC!  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston Areas

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Fri., Feb. 18 - Sun., Feb. 20
Daily
Its that time again, Charleston!  Relish the annual Southeastern Wildlife expo this year with art exhibits, dinner specials, oyster roasts, and outdoor demos!  This Charleston, SC event draws quite a crowd so, get your planning done early.  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

January 2011

Charleston, SC New Years Eve
Fri., Dec. 31, 2010 - Sat., Jan. 1
8PM until
This 2010 into 2011 New Years Eve Charleston, SC guide will help in securing your New Years Eve plans.  Purchase tickets, make reservations and find out what is going on in Charleston for this 2011 New Years Eve.  Choose from all inclusive packaged celebrations or, fine dining galas and dinners.  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville

Charleston Comedy Festival
Wed., Jan, 19 - Sun., Jan, 22, evenings
Wow, this is already the 8th annual Charleston Comedy festival, a bunch of different venues, a bunch of different comics, and plenty of laughs.  For something different, take your sweetheart or gather with friends for the 2011 Charleston, SC Comedy Festival! [more info]   

"A Wonderful Wedding" Bridal Show
Sun., Jan. 23, 2010, 12-5 PM
Every year "A Wonderful Wedding" puts on a wedding convention at the Gillaird Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC.  This annual Charleston event will help you find caterers, wedding venues, fl

Lowcountry Oyster Festival Boone Hall Plantation
Sun., Jan. 30, 10:30AM - 5PM
The Charleston Restaurant Association and Boone Hall Plantation, in Mt. Pleasant, team up twice a year for the largest oyster roasts ever!  They actually set as record, in the Guinness Book Of World Records, for the most people at an oyster roast.  Should be a great party again this year! [more info]

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