Charleston In January


Charleston during a rare snowstorm.

January is one of the quieter months in Charleston, when there are fewer visitors in town and bigger events are thin on the ground.

This month’s main event is the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, billed as the largest oyster festival in the world. January being one of the best times of year to enjoy the region’s oyster harvest, there are other oyster-related events on during the month if you can’t make it for this event.

Other food events in January include Charleston’s winter Restaurant Week and the Taste of Folly at Folly Beach. The Charleston Jazz Festival is also on this month, the first of several jazz festivals held in Charleston and vicinity throughout the year.

See also:
January weather in Charleston
Free things to do in Charleston
Attractions and other things to do in Charleston
Festivals in Charleston
Things to do near Charleston

!Event dates, venue and other details can change at short notice. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

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Events From January 1 To The Weekend Of January 2-3 2021

See December events

– Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge, January 1 2021
New Year’s ocean swim and festivities at Folly Beach. More details

Events From January 4 To The Weekend Of January 9-10 2021

– Charleston Restaurant Week, January 7-17 2021
The first of Charleston’s Restaurant Weeks, offering special fixed-price menus at many of the city’s restaurants. More details

Events From January 11 To Martin Luther King Day Weekend, January 16-18 2021

– Charleston Restaurant Week, January 7-17 2021
The first of Charleston’s Restaurant Weeks, offering special fixed-price menus at many of the city’s restaurants. More details

– VIRTUAL EVENT Charleston Marathon, January 11-21 2021
Charity marathon and half-marathon in Charleston. Registration required. More details

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Events From January 19 To The Weekend Of January 23-24 2021

– VIRTUAL EVENT Charleston Marathon, January 11-21 2021
Charity marathon and half-marathon in Charleston. Registration required. More details

Events From January 25 To The Weekend Of January 30-31 2021

– CANCELLED Charleston Jazz Festival, January 28-31 2021
Annual jazz festival featuring artists from across the country, in venues across the city. Ticket prices vary. More details

– Charleston Boat Show, January 29-31 2021
Annual boat show at the Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. Adults $12 per day, 2-day pass $20. More details

– Lowcountry Oyster Festival, January 31 2021
This annual event at Boone Hall Plantation is reckoned to be the largest oyster festival in the world, with shucking and eating contests, live music, children’s activities and other entertainment. $25 per person, or $17.50 in advance; food and drink purchased separately. More details

See February events

January Events TBC

– Charleston Kennel Club Dog Show, returning in 2022
Annual all-breed dog show at Exchange Park, Ladson. Admission $3. More details

– Charleston Chinese Lantern Festival, 2021 event TBC
Evening Chinese-lantern-themed lights display at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Ticket purchase required. More details

– ArtWalk, 2021 event TBC
Monthly first Friday art walks in downtown Charleston galleries. More details

– Oyster Roast at Bowen’s Island, 2021 event TBC
Oyster roast to benefit the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Oysters on the Point, 2021 event TBC
Monthly winter oyster and music event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Tickets $7, or $5 in advance. More details

– Oyster Roast for Sea Turtles, 2021 event TBC
Oyster roast at Coastal Expeditions to benefit the Sea Turtle Program at Cape Romain NWR. More details

– East Cooper Meals on Wheels Oyster Roast, 2021 event TBC
Annual oyster roast at Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant, with oysters and barbecue, live music, and children’s activities. Adults $35, children $10 (food included). Benefits East Cooper Meals on Wheels, which provides free meals to home-bound or vulnerable residents of East Cooper. More details

– Charleston Comedy Festival, 2021 event TBC
Multi-day comedy festival, with events hosted in several Charleston locations. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Taste of Folly, 2021 event TBC
Annual winter food festival at Folly Beach, with street party and live music. Advance admission $5, free for Folly Island residents. More details

– Winter Wine & Chocolate Pairing, 2021 event TBC
Special event at Deep Water Vineyards. Tickets $20. More details

– Onesie Bar Crawl on King Street, 2021 event TBC
Pyjama bar crawl in downtown Charleston. $30 per person on the day, discount for advance purchase. More details

– Shucked & Sauced, 2021 event TBC
Oyster and barbecue event at Hampton Park, to benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Ages 21+ only. Tickets $85, food and drink included. More details

– Brewtality Beer Fest, 2021 event TBC
Annual beer festival at the Music Farm, with local beers and live music. More details

– Charleston Food Truck Festival, 2021 event TBC
Annual food festival at Park Circle, North Charleston, with food trucks from across the southeast, live music, craft beers, wine and cocktails. Free admission. More details

– Charleston Night Bazaar, 2021 event TBC
Evening arts and crafts market at the Pacific Box & Crate Company. Every third Saturday: April-October, 5pm-10pm and November-March, 4pm-9pm. More details


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