Charleston

Spoleto USA is only the beginning—there are dozens of festivals held throughout the city each year. Some focus on food and wine, whereas others are concerned with gardens and architecture. Charleston is one of the few American cities that can claim a distinctive regional cuisine.

Spoleto USA is only the beginning—there are dozens of festivals held throughout the city each year. Some focus on food and wine, whereas others are concerned with gardens and architecture. Charleston is one of the few American cities that can claim a distinctive regiona
Spoleto USA is only the beginning—there are dozens of festivals held throughout the city each year. Some focus on food a

Spoleto USA is only the beginning—there are dozens of festivals held throughout the city each year. Some focus on food and wine, whereas others are concerned with gardens and architecture. Charleston is one of the few American cities that can claim a distinctive regional cuisine.

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  • 1. Charleston Music Hall

    Upper King | Music

    Regularly hosting big-name bluegrass, blues, and country acts, the beautiful 900-seat Charleston Music Hall shines. Home to the Charleston Jazz...Read More

  • 2. Charleston Wine and Food

    Festivals

    Since 2005, this annual fete has served as the city's marquee event for foodies. Spread over five days, it brings together the nation's leading...Read More

  • 3. Spoleto Festival USA

    Festivals

    For 17 glorious days in late May and early June, Charleston gets a dose of culture from the Spoleto Festival USA. This internationally acclaimed...Read More

  • 4. Charleston Fashion Week

    Upper King | Festivals

    Toasting emerging designers and models with runway shows, competitions, and exhibitions, the main events at this five-night festival in March...Read More

  • 5. Charleston Gaillard Center

    Upper King | Dance

    This city-owned grand performance hall reopened in 2015 after a $142 million complete renovation. It now hosts symphony, theater, and ballet...Read More

  • 6. Charleston Symphony Orchestra

    Concerts

    With a season that runs from late September through April, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra hosts full-scale symphonic performances, chamber...Read More

  • 7. Fall Tour of Homes

    Festivals

    Sponsored every October by the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Fall Tour of Homes provides an inside look at Charleston's private buildings...Read More

  • 8. Festival of Houses & Gardens

    Festivals

    More than 100 private homes, gardens, and historic churches are open to the public for tours during the Festival of Houses & Gardens, held...Read More

  • 9. Footlight Players

    Market | Theater

    In a charming theater built in a former cotton warehouse tucked into the French Quarter, this troupe—in continuous operation since 1931—produces...Read More

  • 10. MOJA Arts Festival

    Festivals

    Held each year in late September and early October, this festival celebrates the region's African heritage and Caribbean influences on local...Read More

  • 11. North Charleston Performing Art Center

    Music

    Touring Broadway productions and big-name bands frequent the 2,300-seat North Charleston Performing Art Center. In recent years, performers...Read More

  • 12. Piccolo Spoleto Festival

    Festivals

    The spirited companion festival of Spoleto Festival USA showcases the best in local and regional talent from every artistic discipline. There...Read More

  • 13. PURE Theatre

    Upper King | Theater

    In a cozy space facing Upper King Street, this local troupe produces timely comedies and thoughtful classics throughout the year, as well as...Read More

  • 14. Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium 16

    Film

    This grand art-deco-style multiplex is Charleston's most modern cinema, with comfortable stadium-style seats and the usual popcorn and treats. ...Read More

  • 15. Simons Center for the Arts

    College of Charleston Campus | Music

    Performances by the College of Charleston's theater department and chamber and classical musical recitals are presented here during the school year. ...Read More

  • 16. Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

    Festivals

    One of Charleston's biggest annual events, this celebration of the region's flora and fauna takes place in mid-February, offering fine art by...Read More

  • 17. Terrace Theater

    Film

    About 10 minutes from downtown, this local favorite hosts its own film festival every March. Its carpeted halls and theaters have the feel of...Read More

  • 18. Charleston Ballet Theatre

    Dance

    Performances of everything from classical to contemporary dance take place in venues scattered around town, including the North Charleston Performing...Read More

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