Sunday, January 26, 2014
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
"The World's Largest Oyster Festival!"
The Oyster Festival is a two-day tribute to the mighty mollusk so many of us know and love. It is little wonder that the Oyster Festival has been the highlight of Charleston's "January-doldrums" for the past 26 years. And for 20 consecutive years, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival has been named one of the "top 20 events in the southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society.
Friday, February 14, 2014
To Monday, February 17, 2014
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Simply put, the mission of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is to continue to positively impact the local and statewide economies through increased tourism; to showcase the finest wildlife art available in the world; to invest in and positively influence wildlife and nature education through specialized programming and scholarship funding; and to assist in the conservation of wildlife and the environment by creating awareness and contributing financially to designated programs.
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition plays a dual role in South Carolina. As an event, its estimated $63.8 million annual economic impact is unparalleled in the state, bringing life to the area at a traditionally slow time for the Lowcountry tourist industry. In addition, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition provides the public with affordable access to cultural and educational opportunities as they relate to wildlife and nature conservation and preservation. Its programs underscore the need for educating ourselves and our children about the conservation and preservation of our wild and natural resources.
Through art, exhibits, lectures, school programs, scholarship funding and financial giving, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition increases awareness of the natural gifts which are increasingly taken for granted. Focusing attention on local, regional and global issues - the Exposition presents a forum which brings these issues "home" and personalizes them, with the hope that one day attention to conservation and environmental issues will be as commonly taught as ABC's. By creating this new environmental morality, SEWE is working to make us aware of our natural treasures, and of the need to protect and preserve them for the future.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
To Sunday, March 9, 2014
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Named one of the best US Food and Wine Festival's by Forbes Traveler we have lots of juicy details to tell! The Lowcountry has exceptional chefs, a celebrated food history and a distinctive regional cuisine unlike any other. John Alex Floyd, editor in chief of Southern Living magazine claimed that "Charleston has become the culinary capital of the South..." Get a bite of what we're serving up!
The mission of the Charleston Wine + Food, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to enhance Charleston's culinary reputation and support important charitable endeavors by focusing national attention on the entertainment, education and gastronomical gratification opportunities presented by world class culinary professionals and wine experts.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
To Saturday, March 22, 2014
Charleston Fashion Week
The fourth annual Charleston Fashion Week®, owned and produced by Charleston magazine, is a five-night celebration of the region's flourishing retail and design community. Held March 16-20, 2010 in the historic city of Charleston, SC, CFW will feature more than 30 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast, and a number of chic after-parties. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event will feature the Style Lounge, the Catwalk for Kids auction and luncheon, Rock The Runway Model Competition, the Stiletto Stampede, and the Bridal Couture Show.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
To Saturday, April 19, 2014
Historic Charleston Foundation - Festival of Houses and Gardens
Set amid the historic ambience of the city's Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston's distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. These tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America's most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century.
Visit Charleston to see why it has been renowned for three centuries as "a city set in a garden." The Festival is set during the peak of the city's blooming season. Tours feature seven to 10 properties each day in one of 11 neighborhoods, dating from the American colonial period, through the antebellum and Victorian eras, to early 20th century. Beautiful architecture and lush gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston, which has consistently been named among the 10 most courteous and friendly cities in America.
Tours and events vary daily to allow you to enjoy the diversity of this unique port city which traces its origins to 1670.
Friday, March 21, 2014
To Sunday, March 23, 2014
Charleston International Antiques Show
Renowned for three centuries as "a city set in a garden," Charleston welcomes the return of spring with two extraordinary events that will allow visitors to enjoy exclusive "sneak peeks" inside many of the city's finest historic private houses and gardens, as well as peruse some of the nation's most impressive antiques.
Held during the peak of the historic port city's blooming season, the 63rd Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens offers guests a rare opportunity to visit the private interiors of nearly 150 of the city's most magnificent colonial and antebellum houses and gardens March 18 – April 17, 2010. The Charleston International Antiques Show (CIAS) will open the festival's first weekend March 19-21.
CIAS has quickly established itself as a premier destination for seasoned collectors as well as those who just enjoy seeing and learning about the decorative arts. More than 30 nationally renowned dealers will feature a diverse range of antiques from
the 17th to early 20th century, including American, Asian and European furniture, silver and porcelain, textiles, ceramics, vintage jewelry and clothing, and garden furniture. Both events are organized by Historic Charleston Foundation and proceeds support its mission to preserve and protect Charleston's historic architecture and culture.
"Founded in 1670, Charleston quickly rose to prominence as the colonies' most significant seaport, importing the finest in 18th and 19th century material culture," said Leigh Handal, HCF's Director of Public Programs. "Today the city's legacy of Continental, European and Asian influences can be found in its alluring architecture, interiors and gardens. Because of this unique heritage, the foundation's annual house tours and antiques show have attracted the attention of connoisseurs around the world."
Both CIAS and the Festival offer a diverse range of entertaining and educational programs, including the CIAS Preview Party and Young Collectors Soiree, exclusive behind-the-scene-tours, educational and entertaining luncheon lectures, harbor cruises, period musical concerts in intimate settings, and wine tastings.
Monday, March 31, 2014
To Monday, April 7, 2014
Family Circle Cup
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is the world's largest premier professional sport for women with more than 2,200 players representing 96 nations competing for more than $86 million in prize money at the Tour's 54 events and four Grand Slams in 31 countries.
More than 5 million people attended women's tennis events in 2009 with millions more watching events on television networks around the world. The Family Circle Cup has played a critical role in the growth of the WTA Tour, and as one of the longest running events in the world, this tournament continues to showcase the best in women's tennis.
Friday, April 4, 2014
To Sunday, April 6, 2014
The Flowertown Festival
The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Flowertown Festival in Summerville, SC as one of the The Top 20 Events in the Southeast. The annual Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival, a 3 day event celebrated every spring since 1972, celebrates the ushering in of warm weather and the passing of the cold.
Held in Azalea Park (map/directions) The festival is the largest in South Carolina and features food vendors, a tour of local historic homes and gardens, arts & crafts, live entertainment, a tennis classic and even a children's carnival complete with events plus art & crafts for the young ones.
Admission to the festival is FREE, it is a family event, no alcohol is served and no pets are allowed
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Cooper River Bridge Run
The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The Cooper River Bridge Run serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world.
Friday, May 9, 2014
To Sunday, May 11, 2014
EXACT DATE TO BE DETERMINED
The Charleston Greek Fest is a decades-old tradition of culture and entertainment. Come join us in a celebration of life, music, good food, and friendship! This year's festival includes: Delicious Greek food (gyro, kebob, mousaka and more!), Greek wines and beverages, Greek music (two live bands!), Folk dance performances, Cultural exhibits and shops, Church tours highlighting ecclesiastic history, music, art, and prayer.
Friday, May 23, 2014
To Sunday, June 8, 2014
Spoleto Festival USA
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 140 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now in its 34th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America's premier performing arts festival.
The festival mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists. This focus has brought the festival international acclaim year after year.
Contributing to the festival's ongoing success is its location in Charleston. World-renowned for its stunning natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture, and wealth of charming performance venues, Charleston provides an incomparable setting that enchants audience members and guest artists alike.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
To Sunday, October 5, 2014
Moja Arts Festival
2010 marks Charleston's 27th annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events for many different years, the 2010 MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.
The upcoming festival is scheduled for Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, October 3, 2010. Nearly half of MOJA's events are admission-free and the remainder are offered at very modest ticket prices, ranging from $5 – $35.
The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning "One," is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures.
MOJA's wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children's activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
To Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Preservation Society of Charleston - 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 34th 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 Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens is the Society's foremost annual fund raising and educational opportunity. This five week event is possible only as a result of the generosity of owners of historic properties, loyal Society members and dedicated volunteers. Our Board of Directors welcomes you and hopes that each guest will come to understand, as we do, that Preservation is Progress. Join us as together we experience Charleston's very special sense of place and the unique heritage of this National Historic Landmark city.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Annual Charleston Parade of Boats
DATE TO BE DETERMINED
You may participate in the parade by simply registering with the city, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year. The mid-point of the parade features a spectacular fireworks display shot from the harbor.
The parade begins at approximately 5:30PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM. We say approximately, because of various factors, including wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway.
Captains and crews will be invited to the Captain's Party at a date, time, and location to be announced. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall.
For those who also wish to attend the City of Charleston's tree lighting ceremony in Marion Square on the same evening, there is ample time to get to the waterfront and enjoy both. We look forward to seeing you on the water!