Charleston & Lowcountry Music Festivals


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Charleston and coastal South Carolina offer a wide variety of very popular music festivals that draw visitors to the region in their hundreds of thousands, many of them timed to take best advantage of South Carolina’s beautiful spring and fall weather.

Jazz festivals in and near Charleston include the Charleston Jazz Festival and Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival, and the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival.

Country, folk and bluegrass festivals include the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, Birdfest in Pinewood, SC, the Carolina Country Music Fest and the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Myrtle Beach.

Other music festivals in Charleston and its vicinity include festivals dedicated to classical music, hip-hop, Cajun music, blues, reggae, Latin music, Caribbean music, and more.

For more things to do in Charleston, see events by month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

See also:
Things to do near Charleston
Charleston food festivals
The best times of year to visit Charleston
African-American history tours

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

October 2022

– (Charleston, SC) 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

– (Columbia, SC) Jam Room Music Festival, October 1 2022
Free annual one-day music festival in downtown Columbia. More details

– (Hanahan, SC) Woofstock Lowcountry Dog Music Festival, October 8 2022
Pet-friendly music festival in Hanahan, with food trucks, local vendors, live music and local pet rescue groups. More details

– (Charleston, SC) 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

– (Myrtle Beach, SC) Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, October 14-16 2022
Annual festival of jazz music at Carver Street, downtown Myrtle Beach. More details

– (Charleston, SC) SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival, October 15 2022
Annual festival of Jamaican food and music at Brittlebank Park, with taste-off, demonstrations, chili-eating contests, live music, arts and crafts and more. More details

November 2022

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

February

– (Charleston, SC) Color of Music, February 1-4 2023
Annual music festival highlighting Black classical musicians. More details

April 2023

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

– (Charleston, SC) 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

May 2023

– (Charleston, SC) 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

June 2023

– (Charleston, SC) 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

– (Myrtle Beach, SC) Carolina Country Music Fest, June 8-11 2023
Annual festival of country music in Myrtle Beach. More details