2024

Spring Events Guide

Spring is the time of year when the air is filled with the intoxicating smell of Carolina Jasmine and the streets are buzzing with excitement as locals and visitors enjoy restaurant patios, take horse and carriage rides, and attend fabulous events! Below is a list of the top spring events in Charleston.

Artwalk

First Friday ArtWalk

When: First Friday of every month except July and January

Where: Downtown Charleston

Immerse yourself in local art at more than 30 galleries during the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk. Taking place on the first Friday of most months, the Artwalk is a fantastic way to meet new people, discover local artists, and find the perfect art piece for your home. Participants have the ability to create their own Artwalk route using the CGA website’s “Charleston Gallery Association Map.” There is no cost of admission to this event.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

When: March 6-10, 2024

Where: Various locations

Since 2005, this iconic week-long festival has been one of the area’s premier events. Originally started to promote and elevate Charleston’s culinary brand, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings out the best of the best to truly showcase the Charleston culinary scene. Those looking to participate can buy tickets to different unique events throughout the week. Ticket prices vary based on the event.

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The Charleston Festival

When March 14-April 14, 2024

Where: Various Locations

Dive into Charleston’s heart with The Charleston Festival! Explore stunning private houses & gardens, delve into preservation & design at landmark talks & parties, and experience Jill Hooper’s art & programs at Aiken-Rhett House. This immersive, revamped spring program (formerly Festival of Houses & Gardens) celebrates the Holy City’s culture, history, and everything stylish. Be an insider for tours, events, and the opening weekend’s “Charleston by Design” with designer vignettes and lectures. It’s Charleston magic, inside and out!

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

When: March 16, 2024

Where: Begins at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, ends at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of historic Charleston with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! The parade starts shortly after at 10 AM at Radcliffe Street and Saint Philip Street and makes its way down both King Street and Broad Street and finishes at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Parade watchers will see Charleston’s Irish step dancers, fire trucks, marching bands, and much more! There is no admission to this event.

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Annual House and Garden Tours

When: March 21-23, 2024

Where: Various locations

If you want to enjoy some of Charleston’s most beautiful and historic private homes, the Annual House and Garden Tour is the perfect experience. These one-of-a-kind tours will bring you face-to-face with some of the country’s most breathtaking gardens and architecture. Tea and refreshments will be available during and after the tour at the Confederate Home Garden. Tickets cost $65-$75.

Charleston Show

The Charleston Show

when: March 22-24

where: Charleston Festival Hall

Spend the day checking out a collection of magnificent antiques! Bringing together 30 exhibitors from the United States and Europe, this one-of-a-kind showing is an event that will be hard to forget. Participants will find themselves surrounded by mid-century furniture, folk art, jewelry, oriental rugs, silver, prints and maps, and so much more!

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Dancing on the Cooper

when: March 22, 2024

where: Mount Pleasant Pier

If you’re looking for some fun spring 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 enjoy classic oldies, beach music, and a variety of 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. Purchase your tickets and spend the evening socializing, dancing, and enjoying the city’s evening scene!

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Charleston Bluegrass Festival

When: March 29-30, 2024

Where: Woodlands Nature Reserve

The Charleston Bluegrass Festival is a two-day extravaganza that takes place on the pristine 6,000-acre grounds of the Woodlands Nature Reserve, a quick 35 to 40-minute commute from downtown Charleston. Festivalgoers will enjoy over 15 musical guests, local food vendors, full-service bars, and a delightful southern experience.

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Magnolia Plantation and Garden Sip & Stroll

when: March 29-30

where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Step into an enchanting evening at Magnolia’s stunning gardens, where you’re invited to a serene after-hours experience. Embark on a self-guided tour of the gardens while you sip on a glass of wine or two along with a delightful charcuterie cup. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in this exclusive 21+ event! Secure your tickets today!

Charleston Open

Charleston Open

When: March 30-April 7, 2024

Where: Credit One Stadium

The Credit One Charleston Open swings back into action from March 30th to April 7th, 2024. Witness some of the world’s best women players battle it out on the clay courts of Daniel Island, with past champions like Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova setting the bar high. Expect an electrifying atmosphere with fun activities, stunning seaside views, and top-notch tennis action. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement!

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Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

When: April 5-6-, 2024

Where: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

Take the short commute out to Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens and spend the day at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival! This multi-day event has plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From a strawberry pie eating contest to All-American Pony Rides and a giant slide tower, there is fun for everyone! Festival admission ranges from $12-$28.

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Cooper River Bridge Run

When: April 6, 2024

Where: Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays April 6-November 23, 2024

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.

Lowcountry Cajun Festival

Lowcountry Cajun Festival

When: April 13, 2024

Where: James Island County Park

This ragin’ Cajun Festival features a full day of Zydeco music, authentic Cajun and Creole food, children’s activities, and more! Charleston’s best Cajun restaurants, caterers, and food trucks will cook up a variety of delicious foods.

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Charleston Jazz Festival

When: April 18-21, 2024

Where: Various locations

The 8th Charleston Jazz Festival is a four-day celebration of the Holy City’s jazz heritage. Musical performances feature renowned international headliners Dianne Reeves, Samara Joy, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cindy Blackman Santana, and Lowcountry favorites.

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High Water Festival

When: April 20-21, 2024

Where: Waterfront Park

The North Charleston annual two-day music festival is back at Riverfront Park with 22 musical acts on two stages, chef-curated dining experiences, local food trucks, curated cocktails and more.

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Charleston Cocktail Week

When: April 22-28, 2024

Where: Greater Charleston area

Experience handcrafted signature cocktails at a discounted price during Charleston Cocktail Week! During this 7-day event, participants have the opportunity to try cocktails from over 30+ participating venues throughout the Charleston area.

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Art Charleston

When: April 24-28, 2024

Where: Various locations

For 5 days, the visual arts reign supreme! Signature events, unique experiences, artist insights, lively debates, curated journeys through galleries, skill-building workshops, and expert-led exhibition tours await. Dive deep, spark your creativity, and let art ignite your senses.

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Charleston Festival Brunch

When: April 6, 2024

Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel

A Celebration of Brunch with brunch bites from great Charleston restaurants and food trucks, mimosas, bloody Marys, Brunch Punch, beer, and wine. Live Music and DJ

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Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival

When: April 28, 2024

Where: Memorial Waterfront Park

The eagerly awaited Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, hosted by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter, stands out as a highlight among yearly events! This celebration honors Mount Pleasant’s vibrant shrimping and fishing heritage, featuring a delightful boat parade, live musical performances, a craft show, and an array of complimentary activities set against the stunning backdrop of the Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor!

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Spoleto Festival USA

When: May 24-June 9, 2024

Where: Various locations

This annual 17-day event, occurring in late spring, serves as a platform for both established and emerging artists, hosting over 150 performances spanning opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz.

As you can see, there are many Spring events in Charleston to choose from!
For a full list of events, click here.