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What & Where Around Town in Charleston

What's your pleasure? Charleston offers a comfortable climate, unique antebellum architecture, miles of sandy beaches and acres of superb natural parks for any one who is visiting our historic city. We have put together a year round guide with the most important events and festivals happening each year in our holy city. Arts, recreational and cultural opportunities abound, including museums, music, dance and theater, along with water sports, golf, hunting, fishing, and horseback. Please scroll down to read about all various events.

Various Events Year Round

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Charleston Parks provides year round activities to please the whole family. Special events with music and dancing, fishing tournaments, camping and cottages, beach parks, challenge courses, holiday festival of lights and waterparks. For more information about events happening at Charleston County Parks, visit their website Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Charleston Museum The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City. Exhibitions feature objects from our extensive cultural, historic and natural history collections and introduce you to the rich heritage of the Lowcountry, whose social and architectural legacy is reflected in our two premier historic houses. Whether you have an interest in early Southern furniture or in Southeastern birds, The Charleston Museum has something for everyone in your family. Charleston Museum

Gibbes Museum of Art The Gibbes Museum of Art maintains approximately 10,000 objects that directly support its mission to "collect, conserve, and interpret an American fine arts collection with a Charleston perspective." This includes objects that reflect the distinct patronage of this region. The strength of the collection lies in its 18th, 19th and early 20th century paintings, works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs), miniature portraits, and sculpture. The objects in each medium reinforce the history of Charleston as an important colonial and antebellum city, and today as a tourist destination. More about Gibbes Museum of Art

SC Aquarium Learn about South Carolina with its Mountain Forest, The Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Salt Marsh Aviary, the coast and Ocean. More about   The SC Aquarium

Performing Arts Center What's happening at the Performing Arts Center. More about   the Performing Arts Center


Charleston Music Hall Check out the schedule for any upcoming events. More about   The Charleston Music Hall

Chamber Music Society of Charleston Concerts The Chamber Music Society of Charleston is thrilled to announce a new concert season full of chamber music that promises to entertain and inspire! Check out the schedule for any upcoming events  The Chamber Music Society of Charleston


College of Charleston Find out the schedule for any upcoming theater performances  College of Charleston

Dock Street Theater Find out the schedule for any upcoming theater performances  The Dock Street Theater

Footlight Players Find out the schedule for any upcoming theater performances  The Footlight Players

Woolfe Street Playhouse Find out the schedule for any upcoming theater performances  Woolfe Street Playhouse


Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens We invite you to experience Charleston's distinctive architecture, history and culture during the Preservation Society of Charleston's Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. Visit intimate gardens and architecturally significant private homes, churches and public buildings as you stroll through our historic streets. Tours highlight American architecture from the early Georgian Period into the 20th century. You will enjoy unique neighborhoods that represent Charleston's flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present. Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for the Preservation Society of Charleston. The tour starts the last weekend of September for 5 weeks into October each year. Tickets may be purchased online at www.preservationsociety.org; by telephoning (843) 722-4630; in person at 147 King Street; or by mailing in the ticket order form.


Holiday Festival of Lights The Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park. For more information about the  Holiday Festival of Lights

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