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Charleston SC Annual Events


The Charleston Lowcountry Oyster Festival The Charleston Lowcountry Oyster Festival or the "Oyster Fest" has been named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society for the last 20 of the 27 years it has been in existence. The largest event of its kind in the world, the Oyster Fest stocks two tractor-trailer trucks with 65,000 pounds of fresh oysters along with cocktail sauce and crackers to provide the lucky 10,000 patrons lucky enough to procure tickets with buckets of shucking fun. Shucking knives and gloves will be sold at the festival or if you're s veteran of the fest, bring your own and show off your shucking skills! read more...

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Charleston, SC The largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, SEWE has something for everyone. Promoting awareness of conservation and preservation of our natural resources and wildlife, this exposition offers education regarding the human role in wisely utilizing our resources while promoting responsible, active engagement in hunting, fishing and sportsmanship as an important role in both make use of and sustaining our natural resources. read more...



Cooper River Bridge Run Akin to the hubbub over the Boston or New York Marathons, Charleston holds its own popular race, which ignites much town pride and community spirit. This point-to-point race starts in Mount Pleasant, crosses the 2.5mile Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere) and ends in historic downtown Charleston. A post race festival will be held at Marion Square Park in the Historic District where Top Male, Female, Junior and Quad Division finishers will be awarded winning prizes. read more...

Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens Spring is the time when Charleston truly shows her regal self. Winter maintenance complete, spring-cleaning finished, donning her new wardrobe of meticulously manicured and lush gardens bursting with a riot of colors. This fine old girl preserves her southern beauty in historic architecture and furnishings of antebellum, Georgian, Victorian and harbor side homes and proudly disATTRACTIONSs them during the Festival of Houses and Gardens like a string of colorful precious gems for all to see. read more...

Annual Spoleto Festival, USA For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston with a wide selection of performances in every imaginable artistic genre. Spoleto Festival, USA is so named because the 33-year old festival here in the States is the counterpart to a much older event that originated in Spoleto, Italy in 1958 as a forum for American artists in Europe. As in Europe, the American Festival, which has been held in Charleston, SC since its inception in the states, created an atmosphere of incubation for the arts in all genres: musical, performing arts, and visual and all the variants under those headings. This atmosphere thrives all year in Charleston with galleries, museums and performances abound but shines to extraordinary heights during these 17 magical days each spring. read more...

Patriots Point 4th of July Celebration Noted by the New York Times as one of the top five July 4th celebrations in the country, the Patriots Point party and fireworks in Mount Pleasant, SC is the place to be for Independence Day. July 4th, 2011 will mark the annual Independence Day celebration at 40 Patriots Point Road where the Naval & Maritime Museum is located. In past years this event has attracted between 27,000 and 35,000 people who choose to remember and celebrate our purpose as a freedom loving people. South Carolinians and visitors alike come to honor those who have fought since this county's inception to preserve that freedom for us so that "We the People" remember not to be complacent in our duty to maintain the liberties our founding fathers put in place for us to enjoy as a nation; the primary liberty being independence from tyranny. read more...

The MOJA Arts Festival will open this year offering artistic shows and disATTRACTIONSs in various venues throughout Charleston until its closing day. This citywide event, grown from the roots of the Biennial Black Arts Festival, established in 1981, entertains and educates people of all origins about the African-American and Caribbean cultures that have contributed to and helped shape our society today. Through the arts in all its forms we learn about the origin and progression of these cultures in America today. read more...

Candlelight Tour of Homes Selected by the Southeastern Tourism Society as a top 20 event the annual Charleston Home and Garden Tour, run by the Preservation Society will begin in September and run through most of the month of October. The tours will operate on Thursday to Sunday of each week and consist of selected homes that are of esthetic or historical note. DisATTRACTIONSing architecturally significant features noteworthy for their purpose and role in Charleston's cultural progression as well as being kept in fine repair, these homes are recognized by The Preservation Society for not only the safeguarding of existing architecture and features but also the rehabilitation and restoration process to maintain an "admirable level of continuous preservation." read more...

The Holiday Festival of Lights This festival has run for over 20 years annually at the James Island County Park from November to the end of December through the Christmas and Hanukah season each year. It is said that, a single point of light can pierce the darkness and give a soul focus and direction. Light has always been a source of comfort, warmth and beauty for we humans and we are drawn to it in all its forms. We rejoice on a sunny day, our eye is hypnotically drawn to a crackling fire; we seek the stars and moon on a clear crisp night, and when we enter a dark room we automatically reach for the light switch. Always a metaphor for something good: light at the end of the tunnel, the light went on over my head, a blaze of glory, enlightenment as a goal, no wonder we identify light as a symbol of God. read more...

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