Events In Charleston, SC 2022


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Charleston is one of the southeast’s biggest festival destinations, with a wide range of hugely popular events attracting visitors to the city from far and wide each year.

Regional highlights include the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition early in the year; the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, house and garden tours, and the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in spring; the MOJA Arts Festival and a second round of house and garden tours in fall; and then the Holiday Festival of Lights during the festive period.

Charleston’s event calendar is rounded out by a variety of other food, music and arts festivals, some in downtown Charleston and some in neighboring communities.

Interested in a specific type of event? See Charleston’s calendars of upcoming:
Concerts
Comedy shows
Musicals
Food festivals
Farmers markets
Marathons, 5Ks and other races

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Things to do in Charleston
The best time of year to visit Charleston
– Charleston’s weather by month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November or December

August 2022

– SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival, August 27 2022
Annual festival of Jamaican food and music, with taste-off, demonstrations, chili-eating contests, live music, arts and crafts and more. More details


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September 2022

– Edisto Beach Music & Shag Festival, September 2-4 2022
Annual beach and dance festival at Edisto Island, with arts and crafts, food, and family-friendly entertainment. More details

– Lowcountry Jazz Festival, September 3-4 2022
Annual festival of jazz music at the Charleston Gaillard Center. More details

– Charleston Restaurant Week, September 8-18 2022
Second annual edition of Charleston’s restaurant week, with discounted menus at selected local restaurants. More details

– Sweet Tea Festival, September 17 2022
Annual sweet tea and food festival in downtown Summerville, with antique and crafts vendors, local musicians, plus food and sweet tea vendors. More details

– MOJA Arts Festival, September 29 - October 9 2022
Festival of African-American and Caribbean visual and performance arts, with dance, music, literary, theatrical and other performances and exhibitions at various Charleston locations. More details


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October 2022

– MOJA Arts Festival, September 29 - October 9 2022
Festival of African-American and Caribbean visual and performance arts, with dance, music, literary, theatrical and other performances and exhibitions at various Charleston locations. More details

– The Fall Tours of Architecture, History, and Gardens, October 5-29 2022
Annual tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. More details

– Oktoberfest, October 8 2022
Annual Oktoberfest event at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, with German foods and music, beer and children’s activities. More details

– Latin American Festival, October 9 2022
Annual festival of Latin and Caribbean culture at Wannamaker County Park, with music, folk art and crafts, and food. More details

– Charleston Beer Fest, October 22 2022
Beer festival at Riverfront Park, North Charleston, with regional craft beers, games, live entertainment and food. More details

– Charleston Beer Week, October 28 - November 6 2022
Annual festival of local and other beers, with many events at various Charleston venues. More details


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November 2022

– Charleston Beer Week, October 28 - November 6 2022
Annual festival of local and other beers, with many events at various Charleston venues. More details

– Charleston Literary Festival, November 4-13 2022
Annual literary festival in several downtown locations, organized by the Charleston Library Society in association with the Charleston Farmhouse in England. More details

– Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, November 5 2022
Scottish heritage festival with sports, dancing, live music, and other entertainment. More details

– Harvest Festival, November 5 2022
Fall festival at Johns Island County Park with live music, pumpkin decorating, southern foods, crafts and more. More details

– Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, November 10-13 2022
Festival of Italian film at the Queen Street Playhouse. More details

– YALLFest, November 11-12 2022
Annual young adult’s literature book festival. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 11 - December 31 2022
Big annual holiday drive-through lights display at James Island County Park. More details

– Charleston Pride Festival, November 13 2022
LGBTQ+ pride festival in Riverfront Park, North Charleston. More details

– 2022 Blues Festival, November 19 2022
Festival of blues music at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Christmas Tree Festival, November 25-27 2022
Holiday event at Boone Hall Farms, with tree and plant sales, holiday music, Ferris wheel, food trucks and vendors, holiday crafts, and other activities. More details


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December 2022

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 11 - December 31 2022
Big annual holiday drive-through lights display at James Island County Park. More details

– Wine Under the Oaks, December 4 2022
Annual holiday wine festival at Boone Hall Plantation, with a selection of wines, plus desserts, oysters and other food from local restaurants, wine and cooking demonstrations, and live music. More details

– Folly Beach Christmas Parade, December 10 2022
Holiday parade and arts and crafts show at the town of Folly Beach. More details

– Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade, December 11 2022
Annual holiday float parade and fireworks at Mount Pleasant. More details

– New Year’s Eve Flip-Flop Drop and Fireworks, December 31 2022
New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks at Folly Beach. More details


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January 2023

Events this month to be confirmed.


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February 2023

– Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, February 17-19 2023
Big annual festival devoted to rural pursuits, featuring wildlife and working animal displays, wildlife art, chef demos, and other exhibits and demonstrations of varied aspects of rural culture. More details


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March 2023

– Charleston Wine + Food Festival, March 1-5 2023
Big annual food festival in Charleston, with a wide variety of food and drink events at locations across the city. More details

– Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 15 - April 16 2023
The Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual tours of Charleston homes and gardens that are not ordinarily open to the public. More details


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April 2023

– Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 15 - April 16 2023
The Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual tours of Charleston homes and gardens that are not ordinarily open to the public. More details

– Charleston Jazz Festival, April 20-23 2023
Annual festival of jazz music with concerts at various Charleston locations. More details

– Lowcountry Cajun Festival, April 22 2023
Annual Louisiana-style food and music festival at James Island County Park, with Cajun and Creole foods, Zydeco music, children’s activities and more. More details

– Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, April 30 2022
Big annual festival in Mount Pleasant celebrating the area’s fishing industry, with boat parade, live music, crafts, food from local restaurants, and other activities. More details


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May 2023

– National Safe Boating Week – Charleston Kickoff Festival, May 21 2023
Boating festival at Citadel Mall, with trailering olympics, oysters, beer and wine, boat and marine vendors, live music and children’s activities. More details

– Spoleto Festival USA, May 26 - June 11 2023
Very popular annual performing arts festival with more than two weeks of musical and performing arts events at various Charleston locations. More details


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June 2023

– Spoleto Festival USA, May 26 - June 11 2023
Very popular annual performing arts festival with more than two weeks of musical and performing arts events at various Charleston locations. More details


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July 2023

– 4th of July Fireworks, July 4 2023
Big fireworks display at Folly Beach in celebration of Independence Day. More details

– Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival, July 15 2023
Annual festival of Caribbean food, music and culture at Riverfront Park, North Charleston. More details


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