floral pattern left

09/12/2023

October Events in Charleston

As we enter October in Charleston, you’ll find the city completely transformed. Enjoy October events, sunny days, chillier evenings, and less humidity!
Don't Miss These

October Events in Charleston

As we enter October in Charleston, you’ll find the city completely transformed. Enjoy October events, sunny days, chillier evenings, and less humidity. October is one of the best times of the year in the Holy City! October also has a number of exciting events taking place throughout the month. Make sure to clear your calendars, as this month will keep you busy between pumpkin patches and art festivals. Take a look at our top picks for what to do in the #1 city this month!

 

 

pumpkins on porch

First Friday Artwalks

When: October 6 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston

One of Charleston’s best traditions, First Friday Artwalks are a way of debuting the city’s vibrant art scene. This special occasion occurs on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.


2nd Sunday on King Street

When: October 8 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston

Discover the charm of King Street without the hassle of traffic! You can explore the street and discover a selection of carefully chosen artists showcasing their work, as well as unique food vendors and other delightful surprises. Take your time to explore the area and uncover hidden shops that you might have missed before.


Charleston’s Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston|

Located on Marion Square, this weekly event features over 200 vendors, ranging from fresh produce to baked goods, and even crafts. These vendors are all local farmers, with fresh food grown right in the Lowcountry. The market also features live music so you can enjoy some entertainment while shopping. The Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your Saturday in the Holy City.


MOJA Art Festival

When: September 28-October 8
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston

Moja meaning “individual” in Swahili, is a multi-disciplinary festival that highlights the rich history of African-American and Caribbean Arts and their contribution to Western and International cultures. Festivities will include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, music, storytelling, theater, children’s activities, crafts, ethnic food, and more. 


Riverfront Revival Festival

When: October 7-8
Where: Riverfront Park

Darius Rucker curated this popular event that features the country’s hottest new artists such as Lainey Wilson and Band of Horses. Riverfront Revival is poised to become a heartfelt ode to both the vibrant world of country music and the rich tapestry of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This exhilarating two-day festival promises a journey filled with unforgettable live performances, immersive cultural experiences, and flavors deeply rooted in the region’s distinctive culinary traditions. Guests will depart with a deeper appreciation for Charleston. 


Sip & Stroll at Drayton Hall

When: October 7th, 28th
Where: Drayton Hall

Guests have the opportunity to the historic Charleston Home Drayton Hall. A must-see stop in the city, this event allows guests to stroll throughout the property, learning about the history, while enjoying light bites and drinks (including some from our local breweries). You will also receive a complimentary wine glass or koozie to remember the wonderful evening. So whether you’re a history buff or a connoisseur of fine wine and beer, Sip and Stroll at Drayton Hall is the perfect event for you. 


Charleston Music Scene

When: Dates vary in October
Where: Charleston Music Hall, Credit One Stadium

October in Charleston is a symphony of musical delights, with a diverse range of genres to satisfy every musical palate. From jazz to country, there is something for everyone. Whether you find yourself swaying to the soulful tunes of Drive-By Truckers at the historic Charleston Music Hall (October 4) or embracing the electrifying country vibes of Luke Bryan at Credit One Stadium (October 28), there’s no shortage of top-tier artists gracing the city’s stages. Take a break from exploring the historic district of Charleston and make the most of your stay by experiencing one of the many captivating shows that this fall’s musical lineup has to offer. Your Charleston adventure wouldn’t be complete without it!


Boone Hall Plantation Pumpkin Patch

When: September 29-October 29
Where: Boone Hall Plantation

Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly fall activity? Look no further. Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch has something for everyone. Since 1997, this nearly one-month-long fall festival has become an autumn tradition that brings people of all ages together for a day of good old-fashioned fun on the farm. Enjoy a Halloween tractor tour, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable slide and obstacle course, and more! Before you go home, don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 


Preservation Society of Charleston Fall Tours

When: October 11-November 4
Where: Historic Downtown Charleston

The Fall Tour offerings are designed to maximize the educational experience for guests while minimizing impacts on the historic district. Guests taking the Piazzas and Garden Tour will go beyond the garden gate and onto the porches and piazzas of some of Charleston’s finest homes. The Insider’s Garden Tour is designed for the garden enthusiast and will be led by notable professionals such as landscape architects, garden designers, and horticulturalists. Other tours include Insider’s Architecture Tours, Speciality Tours, Historic Walking Tours, and more. 


Oktoberfest

When: October 14
Where: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church 

Oktoberfest in the Holy City is a vibrant celebration of German culture that brings a taste of Bavaria to the heart of our state. Locals and visitors don traditional lederhosen and dirndls as they gather to celebrate. One of the city’s most popular events, guests can enjoy live music, authentic German food, and a Biergarten with local craft beers. Included in this lively festival is also a German bakery, and visits by our local leaders. As the lively band sets the tone, visitors can partake in games, dance the polka, and immerse themselves in the cheerful atmosphere that makes Oktoberfest in Charleston a truly unforgettable cultural celebration.


Wine on the Piazza

When: October 19
Where: Edmondston-Alston House

Looking for the perfect Charleston evening? If so, look no further than Wine on the Piazza at the historic home, Edmondston-Alston House. Those taking part will get to enjoy a glass of wine, spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, and a self-guided tour of this famous piece of Charleston history. Tickets for this relaxing evening start at $30 per person. Wine on the Piazza is a great way to experience the beauty of Charleston and the history of the Edmondston-Alston House.


Magnolia Plantation Beauti-Fall Festival 

When: October 21
Where: Magnolia Plantation

Join us as we celebrate autumn in the #1 city. Spend the day enjoying hayrides, face painting, all kinds of sweet treats and snacks, and live music! This festival is also the perfect opportunity to explore the gardens at the peak of their beauty in the fall. Magnolia Plantation plays host to a variety of plants, including azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and crape myrtles. This event is perfect for any family looking for a daytime excursion away from the historic district.

Fall into the vibrant spirit of October with a captivating array of events in Charleston! Our charming city has something for everyone, whether you're drawn to live performances, cultural festivals, or artistic delights. Don't miss out on the excitement this month—book your stay in the #1 city in Charleston today and immerse yourself in the season's festivities!

08/23/2023

September Events in Charleston

As summer comes to an end, autumn brings in a season of festivals, concerts, and relaxing evenings sipping on your favorite wine.

September Events in Charleston

As summer comes to an end, autumn brings in a season of festivals, concerts, and relaxing evenings sipping on your favorite wine. September may be one of the best times to visit the #1 city in the U.S.! Charleston is stacked with various events catering to everyone’s tastes. Whether you are here for the art scene, or searching for something to do with the family, Charleston caters to both locals and guests alike. Check out our favorite upcoming events this month!

First Friday Artwalks

When: September 1 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston

One of Charleston’s best traditions, First Friday Artwalks are a way of debuting the city’s vibrant art scene. This special occasion occurs on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.


Lowcountry Jazz Festival 

When: September 2-3
Where: Gaillard Center

This year’s festival will feature some of the biggest names in smooth jazz such as Gregory Porter and Jonathan Butler. Join us for a weekend of world-class jazz in the heart of downtown Charleston. This festival will be sure to elevate your experience in the holy city. Whether you are a seasoned jazz enthusiast or just looking for something new to try in Charleston, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival guarantees a spectacular weekend.


Credit One Stadium Shows

When: Shows hosted throughout September
Where: Credit One Stadium

September is stacked with several artists visiting the #1 city. The newly renovated Credit One Stadium now hosts a range of musicians every month. Whether you are looking for rock or country, this stadium will fit every person’s musical tastes. Artists like Train (September 2), Old Dominion (September 28), and Noah Kahan (September 29) are just a few of the celebrities taking on the Holy City. Get ready for an unforgettable night dancing and singing away to some of the most popular artists this year!


Charleston Beerfest

When: September 9 | 1-7 pm
Where: Riverfront Park

Beer lovers from all over the city have the opportunity to spend the day tasting new craft beer, trying small bites, and enjoying live music. This year will feature over 60 breweries from all over the southeast. Beers will range from local IPAs, new stouts, and tasty sours. Proceeds from the festival will also be donated to Palmetto Community Care. Raise a glass to this must-see event that will take over Riverfront Park.


2nd Sunday on King Street

When: September 10 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston

Discover the charm of King Street without the hassle of traffic! You can explore the street and discover a selection of carefully chosen artists showcasing their work, as well as unique food vendors and other delightful surprises. Take your time to explore the area and uncover hidden shops that you might have missed before.


Dancing on the Cooper

When: September 16 | 7-10:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Pier

If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. This month, guests can groove to popular hits from the 80s and 90s. The pier is located on the Cooper River, which provides an incredible view of the city skyline while you dance the night away. Purchase your tickets and spend the evening socializing, dancing, and enjoying the city’s evening scene!


Charleston’s Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston|

Located on Marion Square, this weekly event features over 200 vendors, ranging from fresh produce to baked goods, and even crafts. These vendors are all local farmers, with fresh food grown right in the Lowcountry. The market also features live music so you can enjoy some entertainment while shopping. The Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your Saturday in the Holy City.


50 Years of Folly

When: September 22-October 1, 2023
Where: Folly Beach

Celebrate 50 years at one of the city’s most popular spots this September. Despite expanding and growing in size, the island has kept its laid-back beach vibe that has made it so popular. Originally a small fishing town, this popular tourist spot is spending September celebrating the past half century with a variety of activities. From car shows to galas, there is something that people of all ages can enjoy. Be sure to purchase tickets to each event to secure your spot for this must-see celebration!


Autumn on the Ashley

When: September 30 | 5-7 pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation

Widely considered one of the best date night ideas, Magnolia Plantation plays host to this popular wine event. Spend the evening surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Magnolia Plantation with wine and light bites from local vendors. This popular event also includes live music and tours throughout the gardens of the plantation. This event is perfect for new couples wanting to get away from the busy city for the evening and stroll through beautiful gardens with some complimentary wine.


Indigo Dyeing Workshop at Drayton Hall

When: September 30 | 10 am
Where: Drayton Hall

Join us for an immersive indigo dyeing workshop at Drayton Hall to close out September. Led by experienced instructor Caroline Harper, participants have the chance to learn about the art of dyeing fabric with indigo. Learn the meticulous process of dye preparation, fabric treatment, and application in the tranquil setting of Drayton Hall. At the end of this experience, you’ll take home your own unique, hand-dyed scarf.

 

As you can see, September is the perfect month for exploring Charleston. From jazz festivals that make your heart sway to art walks that ignite your creativity, the city's throwing its doors wide open, welcoming you to a September that's as warm as its hospitality, and as cool as its historic cobblestone streets. So why wait? Charleston's got a September with your name on it!

08/31/2023

Top New Things in Charleston

Looking for new things in Charleston? We‘ve compiled a list of our top new things in Charleston for you to check out including restaurants!
A Guide To

The Top New Things in Charleston

Charleston is a dynamic city that is always changing. There are always new restaurants, shops, and attractions popping up, making it an exciting place to visit and explore time and time again. We‘ve compiled a list of our top new things in Charleston for you to check out.

International African American Museum

Address: 145 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston is fortunate enough to be the home of the International African American Museum. After 20 years in the making, the museum opened to the public on June 27, 2023. Guests have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and culture by exploring the stories of their experiences across generations at this institute.

Lime Bike Rental

Address: All Around Charleston

Lime has made exploring the Holy City so much easier with their new shared electric scooters and bikes. With an impressive collection of over 200 bikes spread throughout the peninsula, one can effortlessly visit and admire everything Charleston has to offer. Lime’s bikes are not only environmentally friendly but also a cost-effective means of transportation when exploring the #1 city in the United States.

Bevi Bene Brewing Company

Address: 1859 Summerville Ave Ste 100, Charleston, SC 29405

Bevi Bene is a popular brewery that caters to both locals and tourists. They specialize in lagers and use high-quality ingredients along with traditional brewing techniques to craft their beers. In addition to beer, they also serve hard kombucha. The brewer offers a spacious outdoor patio, making it an ideal spot to unwind and socialize in the Holy City.

Weltons Tiny Bakeshop

Address: 682 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Discover the delicious, naturally leavened pastries and bread made with seasonal ingredients and a focus on sustainability at Weltons Tiny Bakeshop. Treat yourself to a quick and satisfying snack, or indulge in a wood-fired pizza on the back patio. Don’t miss the chance to sample some of their delicious pastries while checking out this new bakeshop.

Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge

Address: 1865 Ave B N, North Charleston, SC 29405

This new 800-foot bridge connects Riverfront Park in North Charleston to the north side of Noisette Creek. The bridge offers an event venue space over the creek, complete with seat walls, as well as beautifully landscaped areas that are ADA accessible. This new landmark is not only visually pleasing, but it also provides a safe and convenient way for individuals to cross the creek and access the park.

Folly Beach Pier Reopening

Address: 101 E Artic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439

The Folly Beach Pier has reopened after undergoing almost two years of construction, making way for the popular Moonlight Mixers Event to return. People of all ages are invited to attend this event featuring music and dancing of various genres while enjoying the beautiful sunset and cool breeze of Charleston. Come and join the fun of dancing under the stars with your family!

Bad Bunnies Coffee

Address: 116A Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

Bad Bunnies is a local coffee shop that specializes in locally roasted coffee and pastries made fresh daily. Started by local artists, this coffee shop is decked out with colorful paintings and a collection of vintage furniture. Bad Bunnies is the ideal destination for those in search of excellent coffee, tasty pastries, and a peaceful atmosphere to unwind and find inspiration.

Top Golf

Address: 5000 Topgolf Way, North Charleston, SC 29418

Over the past 6 months, Topgolf has become a beloved pastime in the city. It is an ideal destination for a thrilling and enjoyable evening. The facility offers a complete bar and dining service, and families can enjoy a day of friendly competition in an indoor driving range equipped with micro-chipped golf balls that monitor every swing.

Cinnaholic

Address: 415 King St Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403

This past April, Cinnaholic opened in the heart of downtown Charleston and is now becoming a popular destination. As a cinnamon roll bakery, they offer a “create your own” option where customers can select their preferred frostings, toppings, and drizzles to personalize their cinnamon roll. This popular bakery is now becoming a favorite in the Holy City.

Gogibop Fusion Grill

Address: 221 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

Gogibop is a new Korean BBQ bowl restaurant that opened in Charleston this past spring. The restaurant offers a build-your-own bowl option, so you can customize your meal to your liking. With a variety of base options, proteins, and toppings, there’s something for everyone. Each bowl is stacked with fresh ingredients, making it the perfect place for a quick lunch or dinner before exploring the city.

Ma’am Saab Pakistani Restaurant

Address: 251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Ma’am Saab offers a fusion of Pakistani and Southern cuisine in this new restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, it’s a great option for those looking for new flavors and new dishes. Formerly a pop-up, this restaurant is now in full business for people in Charleston.

If you're in search of new shops or restaurants, Charleston is the perfect destination.
This city is constantly evolving and exploring new horizons, making it an ideal place for those who crave constant growth and innovation.

08/01/2023

August Events in Charleston

August is in full swing, and there's no better place to soak up the sun and experience a vibrant atmosphere than Charleston, South Carolina. As we dive into the month of August, the Holy City has an exciting lineup of events that will captivate both locals and visitors alike.

August Events in Charleston

August is in full swing, and there’s no better place to soak up the sun and experience a vibrant atmosphere than Charleston, South Carolina. As we dive into the month of August, the Holy City has an exciting lineup of events that will captivate both locals and visitors alike. From lively festivals to cultural celebrations, August in Charleston promises a whirlwind of entertainment, delicious cuisine, and unforgettable experiences. So grab your calendar and get ready to mark down these must-attend events that will make your summer in Charleston truly memorable.

First Friday Art Walks

First Friday Artwalks

ONGOING EVENT

When: August 4 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston

One of Charleston’s favorite traditions, First Friday Artwalks debut the city’s vibrant art scene. These special events occur on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.

2nd Sunday on King

ONGOING EVENT

When: August 13 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston

Discover the charm of King Street without the hassle of traffic! You can explore the street and discover a selection of carefully chosen artists showcasing their work, as well as unique food vendors and other delightful surprises. Take your time to explore the area and uncover hidden shops that you might have missed before.

Beer From Here-South Carolina Aquarium

AFTER HOURS EVENT

When: August 18 | 7- 10 pm
Where: South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is hosting an “After Hours” event that will surely delight your taste buds. Take part in an exciting evening filled with local craft beer from all around the state. As you peruse through the exhibits, indulge in some of the best craft beers that Palmetto State has to offer.

Dancing on the Cooper

GROOVE TO CLASSIC OLDIES

When: August 19 | 7-10:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Pier

If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. This month, guests can groove to classic oldies, beach tunes, and rock ‘n roll hits. The pier is located on the Cooper River, which provides an incredible view of the city skyline while you dance the night away.

Fort Sumter Dinner Cruise

ONGOING EVENT

When: Every Friday until September 1  | 5-7:45 pm
Where: Fort Sumter

Dive into the past with this exclusive tour of a historical landmark. Book a Friday tour from now until September to experience a sunset tour featuring a waterside view of the historical gem and the surrounding marine life, followed by a delicious barbeque dinner. This exclusive tour is a great way to learn about the beauty of Charleston.

RiverDogs Minor League Baseball

ONGOING EVENT

When: Home games throughout August
Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston

Get the family together, head to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and enjoy Charleston’s Minor League Baseball team! You’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the waterfront stadium and a range of delicious food and drink vendors, making a Charleston RiverDogs game the perfect summer night. Also, check out their promotions page to see what special-themed nights they have going on this month.

Charleston Summer Music Scene

ONGOING EVENT

When: Events hosted throughout August
Where: Credit One Stadium, Charleston Music Hall, Theatre 99

The music scene in Charleston is never lacking. The newly renovated Credit One Stadium now hosts a range of artists, and coming this August, country artists Jason Aldean (August 8th) and Tyler Childers (August 19th) take the stage in the Holy City. There are also various other artists and other shows coming to Charleston next month such as Gavin Degraw (August 11th) at Charleston Music Hall.

Charleston’s Farmers Market

ONGOING EVENT

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston|

Located on Marion Square, this weekly event features over 200 vendors, ranging from fresh produce, baked goods, and even crafts. These vendors are all local farmers, with fresh food grown right in the Lowcountry. The market also features live music so you can enjoy some entertainment while shopping. The Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your Saturday in the Holy City.

As you can see, there are many August events in Charleston for all interests. Whether you are passionate about history, food, outdoor adventures, or music, the Holy City has something for everyone!

07/01/23

July Events in Charleston

Summer has arrived in the Holy City, and July is the perfect time to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in Charleston's vibrant atmosphere.
Charming Inns
July Events in Charleston

Summer has arrived in the Holy City, and July is the perfect time to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in Charleston’s vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply seeking relaxation, there’s something for everyone in this captivating city. We have put this short list of events in July in Charleston together so you can get started on building the perfect itinerary for a summer visit to Charleston.

Celebrate Independence Day at Patriots Point

When: July 4th, 2023 Where: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant

Join one of the city’s favorite traditions and celebrate the holiday with live music, food trucks, and a fireworks show over the Charleston Harbor. Take in the views of the amazing fireworks display from the grassy area of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum with friends and family in this must-see event. Spend the entire day venturing into the museum and wrapping up the show with the fireworks celebration at 9:20 p.m.

Moonlight Mixer at Folly Beach Pier

When: July 7, 2023 | 7-10 pm

Where: Folly Beach Pier | 101 E. Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach

After nearly two years of construction, the Folly Beach Pier has reopened, and with it comes the return of the popular Moonlight Mixers event. This event welcomes people of all ages and will feature music and dancing from all genres as families gather and watch the sunset at the beach and enjoy the Charleston evening breeze. Enjoy a night of fun and dancing under the stars!

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: July 9, 2023 (Every month on the second Sunday)

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston

Enjoy exploring King Street without traffic! You will find carefully curated artists showing their work on the street, unique food vendors, and other surprises! Enjoy discovering shops you might not have noticed before!

RiverDogs Minor League Baseball

When: Home games throughout July

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston

Get the family together, head to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and enjoy Charleston’s Minor League Baseball team! From waterfront stadium views to an array of food and drink vendors, a Charleston RiverDogs game makes for the perfect summer night. Also, check out their promotions page to see what special-themed nights they have going on this month. Tickets for the 2023 season are on sale now!

American Jukebox 2

When: July 8 & 9, 2023

Where: Charleston Music Hall | 37 John St., Charleston

Sing and dance along to classic hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s in this spectacular summer show featuring some of the most gifted performers. Whether it’s Neil Diamond or Stevie Wonder, this show highlights some of the greatest songs from each decade. The performance will include more than two dozen hits and has three shows for guests. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Dog Days of Summer 5k

When: July 22, 2023 at 8 a.m.

Where: 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston

This annual event in Charleston is fairly new but has quickly become a popular summertime favorite. Starting at the Citadel track, this 5k runs straight through Hampton Park. Watch as families pour in with dogs and strollers to cheer on the runners as they conquer what is known as the “hottest 5k in town!”

Charleston Battery Summer Nights: $3 Beer

When: July 22, 2023

Where: 85 Patriots Point Road, Charleston

Join Charleston’s professional soccer club as they host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this July. Families gather from all over Charleston to cheer on the men with each home game having a specific theme. This “Summer Nights “ theme will feature $3 beer starting at 7:30 pm.

Charleston Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am-2 pm

Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston

You will find a variety of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers, as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live music, and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans every Saturday at the market.

Charleston Museum’s 250th Anniversary

When: July 27, 2023

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston

Celebrate 250 years of what is now the Charleston Museum with a special exhibit featuring the earliest collections from the museum. In the “Early Days” gallery, items from before the American Revolution to the late twentieth century will be on display. Guests have the opportunity to join Curator of History Chad Stewart for the story of the origin of the Charleston Museum.

JuLionfish Festival at the South Carolina Aquarium

When: July 28, 2023

Where: South Carolina Aquarium | 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

To conclude the JuLIonFish Derby, the South Carolina Aquarium is hosting this 21+ event that includes live music, a silent auction, and lionfish demos and tastings. Try small delights from local restaurants as well as beer and wine. Proceeds from the festival will go to the South Carolina Aquarium Reef Research, which generates awareness about opportunities for a sustainable and balanced ocean.

Live at Firefly

When: July 30, 2023

Where: Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston

Firefly Distillery is hosting a stellar lineup of concerts that began in May. Firefly’s outdoor venue in Park Circle is bringing big names like Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Fleet Foxes, and Shakey Graves this year. Enjoy American blended whiskey cocktails at the new Bend & Steal Whiskey bar or local food truck fare. All ages are welcome with General Admission and VIP ticket options. Bring blankets, but no dogs, outside food or drink, or chairs. Clear bags only and concerts happen rain or shine. The Distillery closes at 3 p.m. on concert dates.

06/01/2023

June Events in Charleston

Summer in Charleston has myriad things to see and do—you'll never run out of new experiences. Events, festivals, and of course—days at the beach await!
Charming Inns®

June Events in Charleston

Summer in Charleston has myriad things to see and do—you’ll never run out of new experiences. Events, festivals, and of course—days at the beach await!

Spoleto Festival USA

When: May 26-June 11, 2023

Where: Various locations in Charleston

Spoleto Festival USA is one of America’s major performing arts festivals. It was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who sought to establish a counterpart to the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. The 17-day event transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts.

RiverDogs Minor League Baseball

When: April - September

Where: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

Get the family together, head on over to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and enjoy Charleston’s very own Minor League Baseball team! From waterfront stadium views to an array of food and drink vendors, a Charleston RiverDogs game makes for the perfect summer night. Also, make sure to check out their promotions page to see what special-themed nights they have going on this season. Tickets for the 2023 season are on sale now!

Charleston Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023

Where: Marion Square-329 Meeting Street

You will find a variety of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers, as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment, and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans every Saturday at the Market.

2nd Sunday On King Street

When: Every month on the second Sunday from 12-5 pm

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street

Enjoy exploring Kings Street without traffic! You will find carefully curated artists showing their work on the street, unique food vendors, and other surprises! Enjoy discovering shops you might not have noticed before!

High Tide Festival

Where: Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston, SC

When: June 3, 2023 | 12-10:30 pm

High Tide offers unforgettable coastal experiences with top DJs and art, culinary, and drink options. Celebrate life with friends and make lifelong memories in a stunning setting. Enjoy a day of coastal vibes and sun-drenched skies. High Tide is an adults-only (21+) event.

Wine on the Piazza

When: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Where: Wine on the Piazza

Looking for the perfect Charleston evening? If so, look no further than Wine on the Piazza at the Edmondston Alston House! Those taking part will get to enjoy a glass of wine, spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, and a self-guided tour of this historic Charleston home. Tickets for this relaxing evening start at $30 per person.

Live at Firefly

When: June 16, 18, 24, & 29, 2023

Where: Edmondston- Alston House, 21 East Battery, Charleston

Firefly Distillery is hosting a stellar lineup of concerts beginning in May with tickets on sale now. As Firefly’s outdoor venue in Park Circle is bringing big names like Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Fleet Foxes, and Shakey Graves this year. Enjoy American blended whiskey cocktails at the new Bend & Steal Whiskey bar or local food truck fare. All ages are welcome with General Admission and VIP ticket options. Bring blankets, but no dogs, outside food or drink, or chairs. Clear bags only and concerts happen rain or shine. The Distillery closes at 3 p.m. on concert dates.

Halsey After Hours

When: June 21, 2023 | 5-7 pm

Where: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street, Charleston

The Halsey is hosting a happy hour event called Halsey After Hours, which is open to both members and non-members. Guests can enjoy drinks while admiring the current Carla Gannis / C.A.R.L.A. G.A.N.: wwwunderkammer exhibition, have the opportunity to meet Halsey staff and advisory board members, and take a memorable photo with the famous moon from the Halsey’s Moon Party. Admission is free for members, while non-members will be asked to make a $10 donation at the door.

Vienna Light Orchestra Tribute to Broadway & The Greatest Showman

When: June 24, 2023 | 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm

Where: SC Society Hall, 72 Meeting St., Charleston

Experience a memorable evening at the Vienna Light Orchestra’s Broadway tribute concert. Hear favorites from Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera, and The Greatest Showman. With vocalists, soloists, and a variety of instruments, this show is part theatre and part orchestral performance. Over 2,000 candlelights add to the mesmerizing atmosphere. The orchestra features world-class musicians and singers from seven countries. Don’t miss this incredible experience!

05/01/2023

Wine Lovers Guide to Wine in Charleston

For many years, Charleston has been known for its food scene and has become an established culinary destination. In addition, the Holy City is also becoming a place for wine lovers. This being said, we put together our favorite wine shops and restaurants to help guide you on your journey for that perfect glass of vino!
Charming Inns®

Wine Lovers Guide to Wine in Charleston

For many years, Charleston has been known for its food scene and has become an established culinary destination. In addition, the Holy City is also becoming a place for wine lovers. This being said, we put together our favorite wine shops and restaurants to help guide you on your journey for that perfect glass of vino!

Avondale Wine & Cheese

Where: 813 Savannah Hwy # B, Charleston, SC 29407

Established in 2006, this Charleston staple located in the West Ashley neighborhood is a one-stop shop for all of your wine needs. Pop in for a quick glass of wine or prepare for a wine night from home with an assortment of wine bottles, custom charcuterie boards, and gourmet groceries. Regardless of your wine needs, Avondale Wine & Cheese is sure to have you covered!

Bar 167

Where:

Located right off King Street, this Mediterranean-inspired bistro and lounge is an excellent spot to enjoy a glass of wine. With two bars, ample outdoor seating, and a delicious menu, this chic, upbeat establishment is great for a quick drink or a full meal. Guests can choose from one of their 25 + wine options or switch it up with one of their signature cocktails!

Bin 152

Where: 152 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Bin 152 is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day of shopping and exploring. Try one of their 40 different wines by the glass options, or uncork one of their 200 + wines by the bottle. Pair your wine with an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie, along with Bin 152’s freshly baked bread!

Bistro A Vin

Where: 40 Archdale Street, corner of Market Street and, Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401

Nestled away at the end of Market Street, this family-owned establishment is known for its French wine, cocktail selection, and light menu. You can either grab a seat at their bar inside or check out their quiet outdoor patio. Whether you are starting your night or winding down, this cozy hideaway is sure to impress!

Circa 1886 Restaurant

Where: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

While we might be a bit biased, we believe Circa 1886 is the best place in Charleston to enjoy a glass of wine. Though this is not a traditional wine bar, Circa has an extensive list of wines from around the world. Those dining at Circa can also choose to pair their wine with one of two tasting menus or simply choose a dish off their a la carte menu. All wine choices are carefully picked by Circa’s expert Sommelier, Jonn Riddick. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Goat Sheep Cow North

Where: 804 Meeting St #102, Charleston, SC 29403

With two locations in downtown Charleston, Goat Sheep, and Cow North is another fantastic place to satisfy all your wine needs. Along with an impressive wine selection, this modern wine bar has an array of different cheeses. From goat and sheep to cow and buffalo, there are a bunch of unique cheeses sure to spice up your next wine night.

Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Where: 700b King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Opened by two good friends, Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar is great for a quick snack, glass, or bottle of wine. Located on upper King Street, this charming wine shop has an assortment of different wines to try. Along with the wine, their menu is complete with light snacks, cheese, meat, and tinned seafood.

Sheffield's Wine Bar & Tapas

Where: 320 W. Coleman Blvd., G3, Mt. Pleasant, 29464

Sheffield’s, located in Mount Pleasant, is a cozy take on a traditional wine bar. They offer a wide and diverse selection of wine and beer from around the U.S. and the world. They also have a nice selection of tapas, cheese, and charcuterie plates. In addition, they offer wine and beer flights. Stop by Tuesday-Friday for happy hour and get $2 off wine by the glass and beer on tap. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get alerts about their monthly special events.

The Tippling House

Where: 221 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403

Described as a wine bar for everyone, The Tippling House can be found in a historic home tucked away in Downtown Charleston. This 18-seat establishment changes its wine list nightly to provide its guests with an ever-changing selection of unique wines. While enjoying their wine, guests can order a bite to eat off the restaurant’s delicious snack menu, complete with everything from Mushroom Onion Dip to Tarvin Shrimp Toast!

Uncork Charleston

Where: 476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Right in the middle of the action, Uncork Charleston is a full-service restaurant located on Charleston’s infamous upper king street. This is a great spot to pop in for a drink and a bite to eat after a day spent exploring King Street. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from around the world while indulging in Uncork’s delicious food or dessert menu.

Wine & Company

Where: 441 Meeting St Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403

Born out of good friendships & warm memories, Wine & Company is a great spot for an intimate night out. Centrally located in downtown Charleston, guests can stop in for a glass of wine and a small plate or grab a bottle to enjoy a relaxing night in. Wine & Company also offers private wine tastings for groups of 8-24 people, starting at $50 per person.

05/01/2023

Guide to a Romantic Getaway

Charleston has been named #6 Best Romantic Getaways in the USA in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. We’re certain the gas lanterns, cobblestone streets, hidden alleyways, and the sounds of horses and carriages have something to do with making the list! In addition, The Notebook was filmed here, the sunsets will take your breath away, and there's nowhere better for a candlelight dinner. It can be overwhelming to decide what activities to include in your visit, so we have compiled a small list of some of the best things to do during your romantic getaway in Charleston.

Guide to a Romantic Getaway

Charleston has been named #6 Best Romantic Getaways in the USA in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. We’re certain the gas lanterns, cobblestone streets, hidden alleyways, and the sounds of horses and carriages have something to do with making the list! In addition, The Notebook was filmed here, the sunsets will take your breath away, and there’s nowhere better for a candlelight dinner. It can be overwhelming to decide what activities to include in your visit, so we have compiled a small list of some of the best things to do during your romantic getaway in Charleston.

Walk the Waterfront

The Southern end of the Peninsula is the perfect place to hold hands and take in the beauty of beautiful gardens, fountains, and of course the Charleston Harbor!

  • Whitepoint Garden is a prominent landmark that has some of Charleston’s finest views. Located on the bottom of the peninsula and is home to 5.7 acres of oak trees and greenery. Views can stretch as far as the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Take a pause from exploring the holy city and relax on some of the benches that line the pathways throughout the park.
  • The Battery, a landmark defensive seawall and promenade, offers a lovely view of the water on one side and stately historic homes on the other. Take a slight detour and head over to East Bay Street to take a pic of the famous “Rainbow Row”.
  • Waterfront Park is home to the famous Pineapple Fountain. With views of the Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River, the park is essentially one of the most romantic and scenic destinations in all of downtown. It has the power to make any newcomer fall in love with our historic city.

Enjoy Happy Hour

Take a break from your busy day to enjoy a cocktail and appetizer to relax and refresh.

  • Gin Joint is cozy and quiet with dim lighting–everything needed for a romantic cocktail. Stop in for $7 cocktails Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm.
  • Circa 1886 is located on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion® and offers a daily Happy Hour celebration. Choose from a select list of wines and specialty cocktails all $7 Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday in the bar area from 5-7 pm.
  • Bar Vaute is located beneath French restaurant Brasserie La Banque. Enjoy a romantic atmosphere and half-price oysters and a $6 house red, white, or rose during happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm.

Take a Tour

There are many ways to explore Charleston’s history, and fun, and enjoy some romance as well!

Dinner For Two

  • Circa 1886 Restaurant is nestled behind the Wentworth Mansion in the restored carriage house. Request a cozy booth and indulge in the chef’s tasting menus or the a la carte menu for an unforgettable evening. You’ll end your night out with the most delicious dessert you’ve ever tasted, and we promise it will be a date to remember.
  • High Cotton offers a feeling of warmth in dining rooms with heart pine floors and antique brick. You will be served by gracious, knowledgeable servers and enjoy expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable cocktail and wine program.
  • 82 Queen has been open for more than 30 years and is nestled in Charleston’s historic French Quarter. They are known for gracious Southern hospitality and “Lowcountry” cuisine. Enjoy dinner in the 19th-century dining rooms or in the heated brick courtyard underneath a breathtaking Southern magnolia tree.

Sunset Stroll At The Beach

Nothing says romance like a sunset walk on the beach, and Charleston has several great beaches to choose from! Below are a few of our favorites. Learn more about our beaches here.

  • Folly Beach – 30 minutes southeast of downtown Charleston
  • Isle of Palms – 35 minutes northeast of downtown Charleston
  • Sullivan’s Island – 20 minutes from downtown Charleston

Recreate the Rowboat Scene in The Notebook at Cypress Gardens

That’s right! The rowboat scene in The Notebook with Ryan Gossling and Rachel McAdams was filmed at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. Take a self-guided boat tour through the cypress trees which goes through the same area that Noah and Allie explored. Sadly, you won’t see the hundreds of geese from the movie, they were brought in just for the film.

There are countless ways to celebrate a romantic getaway in Charleston and we encourage you to venture out and try something new!

04/01/2023

Dog-Friendly Vacation

Vacation just isn't the same without your furry friends. Luckily, Charleston is known for being a very dog-friendly city, and we're here to provide the perfect guide for exploring downtown with your dog!

Dog-Friendly Vacations in Charleston

Vacation just isn’t the same without your furry friends. Luckily, Charleston is known for being a very dog-friendly city, and we’re here to provide the perfect guide for exploring downtown with your dog!

Enjoy the Outdoors

The Battery and White Point Gardens

This park is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Located in the historic district of Charleston, it features stunning views of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. There are plenty of park benches available to relax and enjoy the views, but, we recommend grabbing a blanket and stretching out on the lush green grass under the large shady oak trees.

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

Looking for the perfect place for a picnic with your pup? Waterfront Park has swings, fountains, and a beautiful view of the Ravenel Bridge, making it a wonderful spot to settle down and eat a bite. There is also a dog park nearby if your furry friend needs to socialize and get their energy out.

Hit the Beach

Take your four-legged friends to one of Charleston’s beaches to frolic in the waves and dig in the sand. Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island are our favorite beaches. Click here to see the rules for each beach.

Go on a Tour

Palmetto Carriage Company

Dogs are welcome to come on their carriage tours; guests bringing their dog will need to purchase an entire row for themselves (4 Seats).

Drayton Hall

Leashed dogs are welcome to go with you on a self-guided nature walk through 127 acres of tea plants. Dogs are not allowed in the house or other buildings unless they are service dogs.

Magnolia Plantation & Garden

Explore 6 miles of walking trails and explore the beautiful gardens that have been growing on the property since the 1840s. Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds, in the gardens, and in the Audubon Swamp but not in the Wildlife Center, Gift Shop, or on any of the guided tours.

Chow Down

Enjoy a bite to eat with your pup at one of these downtown restaurant patios. Remember, dogs must be on a 6-foot retractable leash and be well-behaved.

Poogan's Porch

Address: 72 Queen Street

Southern
Dogs are welcome on the front porch or patio. Open Brunch: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM & Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:30 PM- 9:30 PM

East Bay Deli

Address: 334 E. Bay Street

American
Open Daily from 10 AM – 8 PM

Eli's Table

Address: 129 Meeting Street

American
Open Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM-11:00 PM

Bay Street Biergarten

Address: Bay Street Biergarten

American
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM-12 AM

Rest your head at one of Charming Inns dog-friendly Inns®

John Rutledge House Inn®

The only home of a signer of the United States Constitution that now serves as both a living national historic landmark as well as an inn. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-723-7999 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

Kings Courtyard Inn

One of the city’s most beloved and captivating historic hotels charms Charleston visitors with its trio of intimate interior courtyards and beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-723-7000 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

Wentworth Mansion®

A 21-room tribute to Charleston’s gilded age, the historic Wentworth Mansion® exudes the glamour and grandeur of the Holy City. Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, and Tiffany stained glass further enhanced with luxurious amenities create thoughtful guest experiences. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-853-1886 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

floral pattern right