5 Can’t Miss Festivals In Charleston, SC


As a tourist destination, Charleston, SC has a lot going for it: beautiful historical architecture, world-renowned dining experiences, and gorgeous weather and beaches. As if you needed another reason to visit us, we’re also well known for the many festivals we host every year. If the Holy City had nothing else going for it, the festivals alone could draw tourists from around the world! These festivals in Charleston, SC should definitely be on your to-do list.



Pretty much the end all be all of festivals in Charleston, SC, the Spoleto Festival USA brings some of the world’s finest artistic minds to town. This is talent that any major city would covet. A grand two-and-a-half week affair beginning at the end of May each year, Spoleto brings the world’s best artists together in the Holy City, featuring everything from opera and live jazz to dramatic plays, comedy and dance performances. If it’s in the realm of an artistic discipline, you can see it at Spoleto—and all with mind-boggling production value. You’ll witness performances that are truly once-in-a-lifetime events. This festival is not to be missed!



The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (or SEWE) is for the outdoorsperson in all of us. This three day festival, held each year in February, is the largest wildlife event in the nation. And there’s something for everybody. Whether you want to peruse art galleries and auctions for the finest nature-based art or stand up and cheer the puppies participating in the always exhilarating Dock Dog competitions, it’s all here. And don’t miss the incredible wildlife demonstrations ranging from fly fishing and birds of prey shows to conservation and cooking features! And it wouldn’t be a Charleston festival without luxurious nighttime parties featuring fine dining and exquisite cocktails!



Charleston is already known for its amazing culinary scene, and the annual Food + Wine Festival always ups the ante. Incredible local purveyors join the party of course, and they’re joined by food and wine experts from around the globe, who come to show off their chops and spread the knowledge. Yes, if you simply want to enjoy the incredible dining experiences at your disposal, you can certainly do that. But if you want to learn more about the culinary world, the Food + Wine Festival offers a myriad of demonstrations to educate and enhance your love for all things culinary.



For all the bookworms out there, this is the festival for you. Having just had its inaugural event, the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival is new to any list of can’t miss festivals in Charleston, SC—and it is quite disserving. Bringing in authors domestically and abroad to give lectures, offer Q&As, and mingle with the crowd, this a truly unique experience for any attendee. With events hosted at some of Charleston’s most beautiful historic buildings, you can take in the scenery too. Drinks, food, movie premieres, intellectual discussions—it’s Charleston newest and most intriguing festival!



Get dressed in your Sunday best and attend glamorous events during Charleston Fashion Week. There will be runway shows in Marion Square and elsewhere featuring acclaimed and emerging designers and models. High class shopping affords you the opportunity to be the next trendsetter, and chic after-parties let you rub elbows with the next big names of the fashion world. For one week in mid-March, Charleston becomes one of the world’s hottest fashion hubs. And you can be there to witness it.

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