Events in Charleston

As we bid farewell to the holiday season, January unfolds with a variety of exciting events and cultural delights in this historic Southern city. From lively festivals to spectacular shows, Charleston emerges as a hub of activity, inviting locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the unique charm and rich heritage of this coastal gem.  Join us as we explore the diversity of experiences that await in Charleston this January, promising a month filled with unforgettable moments and the warm hospitality that defines this captivating city. 

Museum Mile Month

Slave Mart

When: January 1-31
Where: various locations in Charleston

During January, you can enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! Museum Mile is a one-mile section of Meeting Street where you will find six museums, four parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, and an array of historic churches and public buildings. Adult tickets are $35 and children’s are $10 for 13 different sites. This is an affordable way to learn about Charleston’s rich history and culture! Check out our Museum Mile Blog Post for more details. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ice Skating at the Point


When: Thursdays-Sunday in January
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Head over to the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina for one of the coolest events of the winter season—outdoor ice skating in Charleston! Along with the outdoor ice rink, you can rent igloos and fire pit experiences for $25/hour. There are also s’mores, hot cocoa, and beer. The kids will enjoy the jump castles and games. $12 for a 50-minute skate. Reservations are required. Click here for tickets.

South Carolina Stingrays Hockey

South Carolina Stingrays

When: January 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 21, 26-28
Where: North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center

Head up to the North Charleston Coliseum and check out our professional minor-league hockey team! There are several games throughout the month, so there are plenty of opportunities to get together with friends or family to cheer on our local team! Tickets start at $21. Click here for the full Stingrays schedule.

MLK Celebration


When: January 11-15
Where: Various locations in downtown Charleston

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a visionary leader who championed civil rights and inspired positive change. This year’s celebration promises a diverse array of events, from community dinners to a grand finale parade in the heart of downtown Charleston. Save the date for MLK 2024 in Charleston and be a part of this transformative experience!”

Taste of Folly

Taste of Folly

When: January 19-20
Where: Folly Beach

Get ready to treat your taste buds! The Taste of Folly festival is back in Folly Beach on January 19th-20th, 2024, and it’s bigger and tastier than ever. Friday’s 21+ Cocktail Competition kicks off the weekend, followed by Saturday’s street festival. Savor bites from over 80 vendors, witness oyster shucking and hot dog eating contests, and groove to live music. With arts and crafts, a kid zone, and endless sunshine, Taste of Folly promises a delicious and fun-filled escape. Get ready to experience the best of Folly Beach, bite by bite!

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque De La Symphonie

When: January 19
Where: Gaillard Center

Charleston’s chilly January nights get a fiery touch with Cirque de la Symphonie! This spellbinding blend of classical melodies and gravity-defying acrobatics isn’t just a concert; it’s a visual symphony soaring through the air. Imagine aerialists swirling to “Swan Lake” or acrobats dancing with Valkyries. Dazzling costumes, stunning lighting, and the Charleston Symphony’s masterful renditions create an immersive spectacle that will leave you breathless. Catch this artistic collaboration at the Gaillard Center. Click here to purchase your tickets!

Charleston Half Marathon

CHS Half Marathon

When: January 20
Where: Downtown Charleston

Lace-up for Southern charm in motion! Charleston’s Half Marathon, sponsored by PNC Bank, takes you on a scenic sprint through history on January 20th, 2024. Wind through cobblestone streets and past Rainbow Row, feeling the city’s vibrant pulse with every stride. New for 2024, the updated course promises hidden delights. Celebrate your finish with a lively post-race party, complete with live music and refreshments. From a seasoned marathoner to a casual jogger, this scenic half marathon welcomes all. Join the fun and experience Charleston on foot – you won’t forget it!

Charleston Boat Show

Boat Show

When: January 26-28
Where: Charleston Convention Center

This maritime showcase welcomes seasoned captains and landlocked dreamers alike to explore a dazzling array of yachts, fishing vessels, and leisure boats, igniting passions for the open water. Engage with industry experts, gleaning invaluable insights to navigate future voyages with confidence. The Charleston Boat Show caters to all ages, offering interactive exhibits and activities that spark a love for the sea in even the youngest navigators. Enjoy live music, savor local cuisine, and forge connections with fellow maritime enthusiasts. This anchor-weighing moment invites you to chart a course for aquatic dreams, find your perfect vessel, and embark on unforgettable adventures. Click here for more details. 

Stargazing on the Ashley

Stargazing on the Ashley

When: January 27
Where: Drayton Hall

Escape the city lights and delve into celestial wonder at Drayton Hall’s “Stargazing on the Ashley.” This wintertime event, held under the clear skies of January, invites you to explore the cosmos above the historic plantation house. Registration is required for this brilliant evening and includes your first beverage. This unique blend of history and the universe’s awe-inspiring beauty promises an unforgettable night under the stars. Click here to secure your spot!

Charleston Winter Wine Festival

charleston winter wine festival

When: January 27
Where: Festival Hall

If you love wine, you don’t want to miss the Charleston Winter Wine Festival! The festival will feature more than 50 unique wines, mimosas, seltzers, beer, and live music! Choose your adventure – midday or twilight sessions – and savor the good times. Tickets are $50 if purchased before January 18th. Click here for more information and tickets.

With so many January events in Charleston, our list is just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on social media, and stop back next month to stay up to date on all the best events and activities taking place in our wonderful city! Cheers to the New Year ahead!