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December 2012

New Years Eve Parties & Celebrations in Charleston, South Carolina (SC)
New Years Eve in Charleston has become quite a decadent event!  Choose from 2013 New Years Eve Parties in Charleston, Galas with dinners and dancing, celebrations with live entertainment or music, and other New Years Eve events in the area!  We provide a guide to New Year's Eve happenings and listings throughout historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina to help you decide where you'll spend your 2013 New Years Eve!  "Happy New Years", Charleston, it's time to party!
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downtown historic Charleston

Christmas In Charleston, SC
2012 "Christmas in Charleston" guide informs visitors and locals on Christmas events, Christmas dinners, and Christmas "happenings" in historic downtown Charleston, and our surrounding cities, beaches, and islands!  Also, research bars, restaurants, and rental spaces to hold company Christmas parties, or family and personal Christmas parties.  Merry Christmas Charleston, SC! 
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Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston

Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 11  - Sun., Jan. 1
Sun. Thurs., 5:30 10:00PM
Fri. & Sat., 5:30 11:00PM
Head over to James Island County Park (about 10 minutes from historic down Charleston, SC) for this years "Holiday Festival Of Lights".  Bring the whole family for a gentle cruise though countless Christmas and Holiday-themed scenes and Christmas lights!   [more info]
James Island

Charleston, SC Christmas Tree Lighting on Marion Square
Charleston is full of Christmas in 2012!  Join us in celebrating the 24th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Marion Square!  Enjoy the ceremony itself, Santa Clause, special guests, and other "family friendly" Christmas activities! 
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downtown Charleston

Parade Of Boats in Charleston
Participate, or enjoy, the decorations for this years Christmas Parade Of Boats!  Onlookers can view "decked out" boats from several viewing areas around the Charleston Harbor.  Find out where, when, and how to participate in this years "Parade Of Boats" in Charleston, SC! 

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downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley

November 2012

Ladson Fairgrounds Coastal Carolina Fair
Thurs., Oct., 27- Sat., Nov., 5
3 - 11PM
It's time for Ladson Fairground's "Coastal Carolina Fair", in Charleston!  Well actually...just 20 minutes up I-26, from historic downtown Charleston.  If you're a big fan of fun, fair food, thrill rides, fair games, and contest & auctions, then the 2012 Ladson Square's Coastal Carolina Fair is for you! [more info]
Ladson, North Charleston

Holiday Festival of Lights
Fri., Nov. 11  - Sun., Jan. 1
Sun. Thurs., 5:30 10:00PM
Fri. & Sat., 5:30 11:00PM
Looking for a Charleston Christmas event where the whole family can enjoy the holiday joy and each other's company?  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
Do you enjoy wine, music, the outdoors, and tasty local BBQ?  If you answered yes, yes, yes, and yes, make your way on over to Irving House Vineyard's "Blessing Of The Vine" event, on Wadmalaw Island (15 minutes from downtown Charleston).  An official blessing will assure a bumper crop for the 2013 season! An official Charleston event, filled with entertainment, food and wine tastings, assures a great afternoon!     [more info]
Wadmalaw Island, Johns Islan
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Thanksgiving Charleston
Thurs., Nov. 24
12-Close
2013 Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC offers many option in and around Charleston, SC! Choose from traditional Thanksgiving dinners at Charleston's restaurants, choose from Thanksgiving buffets in and around downtown Charleston, and find out which historic downtown Charleston, SC restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner in 2012.  [more info]
Greater Charleston

October 2012

Halloween in Charleston
Nights in October
Get spooky, get sexy, and find out what's going on this year for Halloween in Charleston, SC!  Watch for featured themed parties at some of Charleston's hottest bars and nightclubs! Or, find events for the whole family to enjoy!
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Charleston, Mt Pleasant, James Island

Fall Tours of Homes
Thu. Sept. 22 – Sun. Oct. 23
Fall Tour Of Homes and Garden in Charleston, South Carolina happens at such a comfortable time of year!  Make sure to book tours and see these masterpieces for yourself!
Downtown Charleston

Charleston MOJA Arts Festival
Thurs. Sept. 29 - Sun. Oct. 9
The Moja Arts Festival in Charleston highlights African American arts, including; live music, crafts, storie telling, paintings, and more...  [more info]
Charleston  

Taste of Charleston
at Boone Hall Plantation

If you like to eat, this Charleston event is for you! Here is a brief rundown of the day.  Restaurants set up booths. You enjoy samples, live music, contests, and plenty other fun activities and vendors!  That sums it up!  Make sure to check out this year's Taste Of Charleston!  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant

September 2012

BBQ and Bluegrass Festival
Sunday, September 2
7-11PM
The BBQ and Bluegrass Festival in Mt Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, is home to a heated rival for BBQ cookers from around the country.  This is serious folks!  Find out what it's all about!  This is a Charleston event the whole family can enjoy!  Be ready for mouthwatering BBQ and the soothing sounds of live bluegrass music!  [more info]
Mt. Pleasant

Scottish Games & Highland Gathering
Sat., Sept 15
9AM - 5PM
These guys are beasts!  Make your way to Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC (actually Mt Pleasant) for this years 41st Anniversary of "Scottish Games and Highland Gathering"!  See these guys toss, what you and I would consider heavy objects, like they were baseballs!  Also, enjoy traditional dance,  piping, and concessions and activates for the whole family! [more info
Mount Pleasant

Shaggin' On The Folly Beach Pier
Fri., September 21
7-11PM
"Charleston, SC shag lovers", this one's for you!  Pull up those britches and dance with your honey, friend, or whomever you can round up!  Folly Beach Pier is the stage, summertime is when it's happening! 
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Folly Beach

Fall Tours of Homes
Thurs. Sept. 27 Sun. Oct. 28
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.
Tour our beautiful homes and gardens at a "bearable" time of year!  Charleston Preservation Society hosts these wonderful Charleston tours of homes, Thursdays - Sundays, during this Charleston event! 
Downtown Charleston

Charleston MOJA Arts Festival
Thurs. Sept. 27 - Sun. Oct. 7

select event times
If you a fan Caribbean arts, African arts, or arts in general...Moja Arts festival is for you!  Cultural Affairs for the city of Charleston and MOJA Planning Committee partner up for this staple Charleston, SC event, in it's 29th year of existence!  Great for the whole family to take part in!  
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Charleston area

August 2012

Players "Par Tee"
Monday, August 6, 2012
Are you ready to kick-off Golf Week In Charleston and the last PGA Championship?  If you answered yes and are a fan of professional golf, now's your chance to meet the players as they converge in Charleston, SC for the last major championship of 2012.  Mad River Bar & Grille on Market Street is hosting "Monday Night Players Par Tee", from 7-12PM.  The line-up will include great food, cold drinks, and live music followed by a DJ.  There are two set of tickets available for this private PGA Golf Event, VIP and General Admission.  Get your before they sell out!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series
Sat., August 18
7:30PM
This is one of a several reggae concerts at James Island County Park this summer!  This Charleston event will feature live reggae music, good eats, and "like" vendors.  See what it's all about and who's featured for this show!  [more info]
James Island

Moonlight Mixers: Shagging On The Folly Beach Pier
Fri., August 10 & 31
7-11PM
South Carolina's dance and shag crowd resides select Fridays on Folly Beach, for Charleston County Parks - Shaggin' On The Pier Moonlight Mixers!  This summertime Charleston event on Folly Beach is a whole lot of fun for all ages!  Refreshments are available at the foot of the pier with proper ID.  Bring the entire family, your dancin' shoes, and be ready to shag, baby! 
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Folly Beach

July 2012

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series hosted by Charleston County Parks
Sat., July 21
7:30PM
Island music and and Island park, perfect!  Listen, dance, and gather for this years Reggae Nights Concert Series.  If your looking for summer things to do in Charleston, look no further!  [more info]
James Island

Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., July 27
7-11PM
Drink, dance, and enjoy the view.  Join other shag enthusiasts for 2012 Shaggin On The Pier; Moonlight Mixers, by Charleston County Parks.  This Charleston event takes place at Folly Beach Pier, gather with friends and family and shag away, baby!  [more info]
Folly Beach

Fourth 4th Of July Charleston, SC
Wed., July 4
ALL DAY
Celebrate 4th Of July in historic Charleston, SC! Local or a tourist!  This year in 2012, fireworks displays should be off the charts!  Charleston, SC, rated the No. 1 Tourist Destination in America by Conde Nast, doesn't shy away from spending money and we assure they won't disappoint this July! Find out where to locate fireworks displays, Fourth Of July celebrations and events around the lowcountry.  Happy 4th Of July Charleston!  [more info]
Charleston
, North Charleston, Mt Pleasant

June 2012

Shaggin On The Pier
Fri., June 1 & 22
7-11PM
Like bacon and ice cream, some things just go well together!  Same holds true for Charleston, South Carolina and shag dancin'!  Check out the 2012 "Shaggin' on The Pier Moonlight Mixers" series, held on Fridays during the summer months, on Folly Beach Pier.  This Charleston summer event has been a hit for years, whether your local, young, old, or just curious, give it a shot!  [more info]
Folly Beach

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series Charleston County Parks
Sat., June 9
7:30PM
We be Jamming!  Enjoy new and old-school Reggae sounds this summer, on selected Saturdays!  Charleston County Park is the host with live Reggae shows at James Island County Park!  [more info]
James Island

Charleston Caribbean Festival: Carifest
Thurs June 14 -Sat June 16
Times Vary
Take Part in Carifest's Caribbean Festival!  Soak up the  culture, the food, the drink, the dance, the music, and the educational learning!  The Final is on Saturday, with a parade from Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed to Brittle Bank Park, where party begins! 
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downtown Charleston

Fathers Day Charleston
Sun., June 17
Happy Father Day Charleston!  For all you Dads out there!  For all of the wives, mothers, and children trying to do something special for dad this year, this Sunday Brunch in Charleston guide may help with your decision making!  [more info]
Charleston
, North Charleston, Mt Pleasant

May 2012

Cinco De Mayo Festival In Charleston
Sat., May 5
7-11

Gather with amigos and amigas this celebrating Cinco De Mayo at the Charleston Cinco De mayo festival, located at the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed.  This years festival is located between John and Anne Streets!  It will be a fun filled evening of authentic Mexican fare, drinks, dancing and music! 
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Downtown Charleston

Moonlight Mixers - Shaggin On The Pier Shag Series
Fri., May 11
7-11PM
Shag it up grandma, grandpa, and local Charleston natives!  Held at the Folly Beach Pier, each spring and summer, Shaggin On The Pier Moonlight Mixers dance series is always a hit.  Enjoy cocktails and a live DJ playing shag favorites!  [more info]
Folly Beach

Charleston Greek Festival
Fri., May 10 - Sun., May 13
11AM - 10PM
Looking for a Charleston event that the whole family can take part in?  Make your way to the Greek Orthodox Church for this years Greek Festival, located on Race Street!  $3 gets you in and Mothers get in Free on Mothers day!  Enjoy authentic tasty Greek dishes, live music, folk dancing, frosty beverages and more!    
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Downtown Charleston

Mother's Day in Charleston
Sun., May 13
Take mom out this special day to one of the many Charleston restaurants that will be offering a special Mother's Day brunch!  She deserves it!  We put together a few Charleston restaurant options for this day and hope you find just the right spot to celebrate!
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Greater Charleston

Charleston Spoleto Festival
Fri., May 25 - Sun., June 10
daily
Not only is the weather in Charleston, hot hot, in late may, but so are the downtown peninsula streets for the 2012 Spoleto Festival!  The Charleston Spoleto festival USA will fill local venues and theaters with all things art! Enjoy music, dancing, theater and more!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Spoleto Restaurants and Bars Guide
Fri., May 25 - Sun., June 10

daily
Find out which Charleston restaurants, bars and nightlife hot spots are close to Spoleto Festival USA events, downtown!  Visit, eat and drink...before, after and during Spoleto Festival shows, throughout the historic downtown Charleston peninsula!
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Downtown Charleston

April 2012

Festival of Homes and Gardens
Thurs., March 22 - Thurs., April 12
Tours for Charleston South Carolina's most elegant houses and gardens take place at such a beautiful time of the year!  Spring!  Visit or make arrangements for Charleston's Festival Of Houses And Gardens, sponsored and held by Historic Charleston Foundation, during our peak spring blooming season!  Great Charleston event for the whole family to enjoy, or alone!
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Downtown Charleston

Easter Sunday Charleston, SC
Sun., April 8
Church, brunch and family!  These are the most important things we like to concentrate on each Easter Sunday.  This year, weather a local or native, check out some of what Charleston's restaurants are serving up for Easter Sunday Brunch! 
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Greater Charleston

Blessing of the Fleet
Sunday, April 29
11:30-6PM
Its time for the 2012 Blessing Of Fleet and Seafood festival at Waterfront Park, underneath the Arthur Ravenel Bridge!  This Mt Pleasant annual event includes fun for the whole family in hopes of a bounty for Charleston and its hardy shimpers! [more info]
Mt. Pleasant

Moonlight Mixers - Shaggin On The Pier Shag Series
Fri., April 20
7-11PM
Shag it up grandma, grandpa, and local Charleston natives!  Held at the Folly Beach Pier, each spring and summer, Shaggin On The Pier Moonlight Mixers dance series is always a hit.  Enjoy cocktails and a live DJ playing shag favorites!  [more info]
Folly Beach

March 2012

Charleston Food & Wine Festival
Thurs., March 1 - Sun., March 4
Here's a Charleston event you should not let slip by, if your at all a foodie!  Meet and greet local Charleston and celebrity chefs, tastes wines from around the globe, and visit Charleston restaurants for special "food and wine" dinners! 
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Downtown Charleston

Charleston St Patty's Day
Sat., March 17
Get out the beads, the green clothing, and the family or friends, because it's time to party!  Irish bars on St Patty's Day in Charleston go together like corned beef and cabbage, lol!  Check out which Irish bars (or other bars) have Saint Patrick's Day events planned.  Hint, hint, Mad River has the hottest St Patty's Day party in town and it last several days...if you can hang! 
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Charleston, James Island, North Charleston, Mt pleasant

Open Your Hearts For Animals
TBA
8 - 11PM
Here's your chance to help make a difference!  Please join us and other Charleston partygoers for "Open Your Hearts To Animals", Charleston Animal Society fundraising charity event. Enjoy Cocktails, DJ, dancing, pets, and friends!  All of the following proceeds go to help those animals who can't help themselves: $5 cover charge, cash bar from 8 - 11, silent auction, and a donation box for pet food, chew toys, collars, or anything else beneficial to SPCA.  [more info]
downtown Charleston

Festival of Homes and Gardens
Thurs., March 22 - Thurs., April 12
Tours for Charleston South Carolina's most elegant houses and gardens take place at such a beautiful time of the year!  Spring!  Visit or make arrangements for Charleston's Festival Of Houses And Gardens, sponsored and held by Historic Charleston Foundation, during our peak spring blooming season!  Great Charleston event for the whole family to enjoy, or alone!
  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

Cooper River Bridge Run
Sat., March 31
8AM
Charleston's annual Cooper River Bridge attracts locals and visitors from all over, and seems to bring quite a buzz to our historic peninsula.  Register online or choose to sign up for this Charleston event before hand.   Don't for get to ice those shin splints!  
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Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant

Family Circle Cup
Sat. March 31 - Sun. April 8
starts at 11AM
Join other tennis enthusiasts in Charleston this week for Family Circle Magazine Stadium's 2012 Family Circle Cup! Actually held on Daniel Island, SC, the tourney is located roughly 10 minutes from our downtown peninsula and has been a celebrated Charleston event, since its arrival here in 2001.  $749,160 will be up for grabs, so you better bet WTA's finest will be playing their hearts out for a chance to get their cut! [more info]
Daniel Island

Summerville's YMCA Flowertown Festival
March 30, 31, & April 1    
Fri. & Sat., 9AM - 5PM
Sun., 9AM - 4PM
Spring means Summerville is in full bloom!  It's the perfect season for YMCA's Flowertown Festival, held in Azalea Park, just up the I26 from historic downtown Charleston, SC.  This reoccurring Summerville and Charleston event is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a one of the Southeast's 'top 20' arts and crafts festivals in the country. 
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Summerville

February 2012

Lowcountry Blues Bash
Wed., Feb. 8- Tues., Feb. 21
Daily
Fell like listening to some blues tonight?  You picked a good month for it!  Visit Charleston bars, restaurants and live music performance centers for low country Blues Bash shows throughout the month.  Shows are spread out all around greater Charleston, SC and either FREE or $10. 
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downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mt Pleasant

Valentines Day Charleston
Tues., Feb. 14
Its not always easy to make time for your loved ones!  Today, you can make an exception!  Peruse romantic Charleston restaurants or book reservations for the perfect date-night-out this Valentines Day! 
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downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mt Pleasant

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)
Fri., Feb. 17 - Sun., Feb 19
Daily
Animals, Animals, Animals!  And, we're not talking about the ones that party, lol!  The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, or SEWE, will celebrate it's 30th year visiting our Conde Nast, #1 rated tourist destination  Charleston, SC.  Check out demos, eat fine food and find out more on wildlife conservation efforts!  [more info]
downtown Charleston

Mardi Gras Charleston & Fat Tuesday Charleston
FAT Tues., Feb. 21
Get those beads out people!  Check out what's going on in Charleston for Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday!  Bars will be packed and a ton of fun!  See where the parties are!  [more info]
Downtown Charleston

January 2012

Charleston, SC New Years Eve 2012
Sat., Dec. 31, 2011 - Sun., Jan. 1, 2012
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 2012 New Year!  Purchase tickets or reserve your table early!  They tend to sell out quite quickly.  [more info]
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville

Charleston Comedy Festival
Wed., Jan, 18 - Sun., Jan, 21
evenings
The Charleston Comedy Festival will be a blast again this year with local and national acts staging all around the Charleston area.  Check listings, purchase tickets and find out more about this years Charleston Comedy Festival. [more info]
downtown Charleston
   

Charleston Bridal Show
Sun., Jan. 22
12-5 PM
Held this year at the Charleston Marriot, on Lockwood Blvd, A Wonderful Weeding bridal show is just the place to plan your perfect Charleston wedding.  Peruse caterers, entertainment, transportation and formalwear companies in Charleston, SC.  [more info]
downtown Charleston

Lowcountry Oyster Festival Boone Hall Plantation
Sun., Jan. 29
10:30AM - 5PM
Yes, it's that time of year again!  Time for the Lowcountry Oyster Roast at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  Grab your oyster knives, cold beers and a clean towel and get shuckin'!  Enjoy live entertainment, contests, and more at the country's largest oyster festival!  [more info]
Mt Pleasant

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