Charleston is a highly-ranked, popular destination that hosts a wide array of events each year. Over four million visitors enjoy the beaches, history, golf, fishing and numerous annual festivals.
Visitors who want to explore the local cuisine should attend the Low Country Oyster Festival or the World Grits celebration. You’ll sample Low Country cuisine and learn the finer points about grits, the quintessential southern staple. The Southeastern Wildlife Expo is a showcase event that displays and educates people about animals native to the southeastern U.S. and their habitats. Art and music lovers will enjoy the Spoleto Festival. Seventeen spring days of music, theater and dance by well-known and emerging artists and performers. Cultural tourists will enjoy the Gullah Heritage Series that explores this separate and unique local culture. The Charleston International Antiques Show celebrates the architecture and historical culture of Charleston.
Summer brings the tall ships and a maritime celebration called Harbor Fest. Shortly thereafter, guests can watch the fireworks extravaganza during the Patriot’s Point 4th of July Celebration. What better way to close out the summer than with the Beach Music and Shag Festival that celebrates the music and dance of yesteryear? Other events held throughout the year include the Charleston Air Expo, Fine Art Weekend, Low Country Blues Bash and Mozart in the South.
Charleston has a wide variety of annual events that showcase many different areas of interest. These festivals and celebrations are held at varying times throughout the year. No matter when you visit Charleston, there will be a cultural event to celebrate.