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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Oct
8 - 31
The Fall Tours
Tour the private interiors of some of the nation's most exceptional historic houses - proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston
Charleston
Historical
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Nov
1 - 7
The Fall Tours
Tour the private interiors of some of the nation's most exceptional historic houses - proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston
Charleston
Historical
00000002
Nov
7
Cars on Kiawah
Classic to current automobiles, test drives, vendors - benefits Barrier Islands Free Medical Center - CANCELED
Charleston
Kiawah Island
Misc
00000003
Nov
7
Fur Ball
Gala with cocktails, heavy hors d'ouvres, sit down three-course dinner, wine, live entertainment - benefits Pet Helpers - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Gala
00000004
Nov
7
Lowcountry Walk for Life
Walk the scenic paved path at Wannamaker County Park - benefits Lowcountry Pregnancy Center and affiliates
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports
00000005
Nov
7
Harvest Fest
Bluegrass music, food, craft market, games, hay rides, pumpkin decorating - CANCELED
Charleston
Johns Island
Festival
00000006
Nov
7
Charleston Scottish Games
Heavy athletic, pipe band, and highland dancing competitions plus Scottish country dancing, border collie demonstrations - CANCELED
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000007
Nov
13 - 30
Holiday Festival of Lights
Driving tour through millions of twinkling lights with magical surprises along the way
Charleston
James Island
Holiday
00000008
Nov
13 - 14
YALLFest: Charleston Young Adult Book Festival
Dozens of the country's top young adult authors host presentations and signings at various locations - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Educational
00000009
Nov
14
Rockabillaque
Live music, classic car and vintage bike show, block-party plus pin-up, tattoo, beard & mustache contests - benefits Valiant Animal Rescue - CANCELED
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000010
Nov
20
Trident United Way's Day of Caring
Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties - pitch-in and help with a project - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL AND REMOTE
Charleston
Misc
00000011
Nov
21
Bohicket Half Marathon and 5K
Half marathon or 5K run/walk - benefits the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club and the Charleston Running Club
Charleston
Johns Island
Sports
00000012
Nov
26
Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K
Hosted by the Knights of Columbus in support of local charities - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Sports
00000013
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Festival of Lights
Driving tour through millions of twinkling lights with magical surprises along the way
Charleston
James Island
Holiday
00000014
Dec
4
Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition
Half of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra will be performing big band holiday favorites outdoors - need to bring your own chair/blanket
Charleston
North Charleston
Concert
00000015
Dec
12
Mt Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show
Locally grown produce, homemade goodies and crafts, children's activities, live entertainment
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000016
Dec
12
Holiday Parade of Boats
Decorate your boat with lights or just watch and enjoy - hosted by America's Boating Club Charleston
Charleston
Holiday
00000017
Dec
13
Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats, plus tree lighting and fireworks
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000018
Jan
28 - 31
Charleston Jazz Festival
4-days of jazz performances by award-winning artists with events at multiple locations throughout downtown Charleston - CANCELED
Charleston
Concert
00000019
Jan
29
A Night in the Valley
Four-course gourmet wine dinner and auction - formal attire - benefits the Culinary Institute of Charleston
Charleston
North Charleston
Gala
00000020
Jan
31
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Contests, live music, children's area, food court showcasing a variety of local restaurants - benefits local charities
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000021
Feb
3 - 6
Colour of Music Festival
4-days includes events at various venues that highlight the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on culture
Charleston
Arts
00000022
Feb
6
Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K
Half marathon is a run only, the 5K is open to runners and walkers - benefits the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse
Charleston
Folly Beach
Sports
00000023
Feb
12 - 14
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Art, exhibits, presentations, lectures, demonstrations - various sites
Charleston
Expo
00000024
Feb
13
Cupid's Chase
Run, walk or roll this 5K - benefits Community Options support of people with disabilities
Charleston
James Island
Sports
00000025
Feb
13
Bacon and Bourbon
Bacon & bourbon tastings, music, bull riding championship, laser skeet shooting, cigars - portion benefits Music Battery after school program
Charleston
North Charleston
Culinary
00000026
Feb
18
A Night for the Children Gala
Seated dinner, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions - black-tie optional - benefits Carolina Youth Development Center
Charleston
Gala
00000027
Feb
28
Lowcountry Irish Fest
Event features authentic Irish music and food, Irish dancing, children's activities and historical insight
Charleston
Mt Pleasant
Festival
00000028
Mar
3 - 7
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
5-day event includes demonstrations, classes, dinners, tastings, culinary traditions - raising funds for charities and scholarships - CANCELED
Charleston
Culinary
00000029
Mar
20
Swamp Fox Adventure Race
Cover approximately 55-60 miles, with a finishing time between 10-12 hours, solo and teams will paddle, bike and run through the Francis Marion National Forest
Charleston
McClellanville
Sports
00000030
Mar
26 - 28
Flowertown Festival
3-day event includes arts and crafts, Children's Jubilee, farmers market, food - supports Summerville Family YMCA
Charleston
Summerville
Festival
00000031
Mar
26 - 27
Garden Club of Charleston House and Garden Tours
Visit historic homes and gardens featuring exquisite floral arrangements
Charleston
Historical
00000032
Mar
27
Cooper River Bridge Run
10K run/walk, wheelchair division, kids' run, finish festival
Charleston
Sports
00000033
Apr
8 - 11
Charleston Race Week
International sailboat regatta - inshore and offshore races
Charleston
Sports
00000034
Apr
9
Kiawah Art and House Tour
Tour homes on Kiawah Island - benefits local children's art programs
Charleston
Kiawah Island
Misc
00000035
Apr
22
iFiveK
Run and tech networking event, post-race party with food, drinks, awards - benefits CODEcamp scholarships and other education related programming
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports
00000036
Apr
23
Red, White and Blue Jean Ball
Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans and enjoy live entertainment, local food and drinks - benefits Palmetto Warrior Connection
Charleston
Misc
00000037
Apr
25
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
Celebrate the shrimping industry including boat parade, music, activities
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000038
May
1 - 2
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000039
May
7 - 9
Charleston Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
Charleston
Festival
00000040
May
7 - 9
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
00000041
May
22
Lowcountry Splash
6 mile or 2.4 mile open-water swim in the Wando River and Charleston Harbor - benefits LAPS provides water safety and swimming instruction to K-2 children
Charleston
Sports
00000042
May
28 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000043
May
28 - 31
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more!
Charleston
Arts
00000044
Jun
1 - 13
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000045
Jun
1 - 13
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more!
Charleston
Arts
00000046
Jul
17
Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival
Family-friendly event celebrates Caribbean food, culture, and music - features a "Jerk Wing Eating Contest"
Charleston
North Charleston
Culinary
00000047
Sep
17
Soar Gala
Live music, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions - black-tie optional - 21+ event - benefits Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Charleston
Gala
00000048
Oct
9
Charleston Beer Fest
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer games - benefits Palmetto Community Care
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000049
Dates TBD
4th of July Festival
Live music, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and fireworks show
Charleston
North Charleston
Holiday
00000050
Dates TBD
ArtFest
Live performances, juried art exhibit, games, children's activities - hosted by Town of Mount Pleasant
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Arts
00000051
Dates TBD
Atlantic Cup
This Class 40 sailing race has three-legs with the first from Charleston to Brooklyn, NY
Charleston
Sports
00000052
Dates TBD
Carolopolis Awards
Celebrate the very best of preservation in Charleston with an awards program followed by a reception with live music
Charleston
Misc
00000053
Dates TBD
Charleston Antiques Show
Exhibitors showcase a range of English, European, and American items from late 17th through 20th centuries
Charleston
Expo
00000054
Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Week
50+ different events over 10 days highlighting the tri-county craft beer community
Charleston
Various Locations
Culinary
00000055
Dates TBD
Charleston Carifest
4-day Caribbean cultural festival includes carnival street parade, performers, music, food
Charleston
Festival
00000056
Dates TBD
Charleston HarborFest
3-day event includes ships from around the world, demonstrations, live music - benefits local maritime organizations
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000057
Dates TBD
Charleston Honey & Bee Expo
Learn about bees, taste honey products, exhibits, speakers, presentations, Children's Corner with games, arts and crafts
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Expo
00000058
Dates TBD
Charleston Outdoor Fest
Learn about and try canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, slacklining, mountain biking, archery, and disc golf
Charleston
James Island
Sports
00000059
Dates TBD
Charleston STEM Festival
Indoor/uutdoor event with exhibitors providing hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment
Charleston
Ladson
Educational
00000060
Dates TBD
Charleston's St. Patrick's Day Parade
Parade begins the corner of Radcliffe and St Phillip Streets with the best viewing on King Street - hosted by the Charleston St Patrick's Day Parade Committee
Charleston
Holiday
00000061
Dates TBD
Chefs' Feast
Nearly 30 area chefs will offer up delectable bites, bar, live band - benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank childhood feeding programs
Charleston
North Charleston
Gala
00000062
Dates TBD
Coastal Carolina Fair
Live entertainment, over 60 amusement rides, exhibits, competitions - CANCELED
Charleston
Ladson
Fair
00000063
Dates TBD
Cobblestone Quilters Guild Quilt Show
The Theme: A Celebration of Quilts - several categories, plus vendors and appraisals
Charleston
North Charleston
Arts
00000064
Dates TBD
Corks for Kids
Curated wines, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, music, silent auction - benefits Camp Happy Days
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Culinary
00000065
Dates TBD
Crowfieldfest
Family fun with car and motorcycle show, jump castle, kids' activities, local emergency services booths
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
00000066
Dates TBD
Dog Day Afternoon
The pools, shallow wading areas, and lazy rivers will only be open for dogs, no humans pass knee-deep in water - click link for important info
Charleston
North Charleston
Misc
00000067
Dates TBD
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
00000068
Dates TBD
Dream Girls Conference
Speakers, workshops, entertainment, food, fun and more for middle and high school girls - hosted by by Youth Empowerment Services
Charleston
North Charleston
Conference
00000069
Dates TBD
Festival of Houses and Gardens
Tour private houses and gardens of historic residences - presented by the Historic Charleston Foundation
Charleston
Historical
00000070
Dates TBD
Festival of Houses and Gardens
Tour private houses and gardens of historic residences - presented by the Historic Charleston Foundation
Charleston
Historical
00000071
Dates TBD
Front Beach Fest
Family street festival with live beach music, food and craft vendors, children's activities
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Festival
00000072
Dates TBD
Great Amazing Race
1.5-mile adventure run/walk for adults and kids - benefits pediatric cancer foundations
Charleston
James Island
Sports
00000073
Dates TBD
Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival
Cultural celebration with entertainment, presentations - benefits Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund
Charleston
Festival
00000074
Dates TBD
Half Rubber Tournament
3 and 4 person teams - a City of Isle of Palms event
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Sports
00000075
Dates TBD
Isle of Palms Beach Run
10K run and 5K beach run or walk youth fun run
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Sports
00000076
Dates TBD
Joint Base Charleston Air Expo
Military and commercial aircraft will be on display in the air and on the ground plus the Navy Blue Angels will perform
Charleston
North Charleston
Expo
00000077
Dates TBD
Kidz Bash
Games, crafts, vendors, music - hosted by Crowfield Plantation HOA
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
00000078
Dates TBD
Landmark Conference
Tours, sessions, awards dinner, silent auction, networking - open to public - hosted by SC Confederation of Local Historical Societies
Charleston
Conference
00000079
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Cajun and Creole food, Zydeco music, kids' activities and rides, entertainment, crawfish-eating contest
Charleston
James Island
Festival
00000080
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Oxygen Ball
Gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions - local celebrities dance with paired professional dancers - black-tie optional - benefits American Lung Association
Charleston
Misc
00000081
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Enjoy live performances by acclaimed jazz artists - benefits Closing The Gap in Health Care
Charleston
Festival
00000082
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Live bands, art, kids' corner, lots of shrimp and other food - benefits Cape Romain Environmental Education School
Charleston
McClellanville
Festival
00000083
Dates TBD
Mardi-Crawl-On-Shem-Creek
Music, food and drink specials, games, prizes, shuttles and boat taxis to travel between venues - benefits SC Alzheimer's Association and Pet Helpers
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Culinary
00000084
Dates TBD
Mullet Haul Trail Run & Walk
5K and 10K runs on the trails of the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, post-race party with food, cold beverages, and live music
Charleston
Johns Island
Sports
00000085
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Charleston
German food and drink, polka dancing, children's games - benefits Community Outreach Center
Charleston
Festival
00000086
Dates TBD
Patriots Point Fireworks Blast
Enjoy the firework show from the unique venue of the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, live music - folding chairs encouraged
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000087
Dates TBD
Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast
Oysters, beer, wine, auction, live music - benefits Dorchester Paws
Charleston
Summerville
Culinary
00000088
Dates TBD
Paws in the Park Walk and Fun Run
After race enjoy oysters, food, music, beer, wine, pet vendors, family fun - benefits the Charleston Animal Society's Medical Fund
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports
00000089
Dates TBD
Pet Fest
Exhibits, demonstrations, live entertainment, pet contests, dog parade - don't forget your pup!
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000090
Dates TBD
Pipe-Major Sandy Jones Invitational
Grade 1-5 indoor bagpiping contest held annually at The Citadel Military College - proceeds for scholarships
Charleston
Arts
00000091
Dates TBD
Plantasia
Shop an array of unusual plants plus traditional favorites - Friday night ticketed preview party - hosted by the Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston
West Ashley
Expo
00000092
Dates TBD
Putting for Parkinson's
Golf tournament, dinner, auction - raising awareness and funds to research Parkinson's Disease
Charleston
N Charleston
Sports
00000093
Dates TBD
Race & Roast
5K trail run (optional), all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs, local beer, hay rides, kids' activities and more - benefits East Cooper Land Trust
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Culinary
00000094
Dates TBD
Race for The ARK
5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run benefiting services for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia
Charleston
Summerville
Sports
00000095
Dates TBD
Reindeer Run
5K run and walk, pet-friendly - benefits MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Sports
00000096
Dates TBD
Sharing Hope Race for Life
10K run, 5K run/walk, hero at home virtual run, leashed dogs welcome - benefits Team SC go to the Donate Life Transplant Games of America
Charleston
James Island
Sports
00000097
Dates TBD
Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships
This annual event is enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike - benefits Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Charleston
Misc
00000098
Dates TBD
St. Patrick's Day Block Party
Parade, live music on three stages, local food vendors & trucks, art, kid's zone with inflatables
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000099
Dates TBD
Taste of James Island
Lots of food, cooking competition, live entertainment, raffles, kids' activities - benefits James Island Outreach
Charleston
James Island
Culinary
00000100
Dates TBD
Tea Room & Gift Shop
Features Tomato Pie and She Crab Soup, as well as salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts plus hand-crafted items benefits St Paul's
Charleston
Summerville
Culinary
00000101
Dates TBD
Tea Room & Gift Shop
Features Tomato Pie and She Crab Soup, as well as salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts plus hand-crafted items - benefits St Paul's
Charleston
Summerville
Culinary
00000102
Dates TBD
The Chocolate Affair
Gourmet chocolate desserts and hors d'oeuvres, auctions, black tie optional - benefits Communities in Schools
Charleston
North Charleston
Gala
00000103
Dates TBD
The Cinderella Project
Gathers donations of gently worn formal gowns, shoes and accessories for disadvantaged high school students - click link for donation and boutique details
Charleston
West Ashely
Fashion
00000104
Dates TBD
The Hat Ladies Easter Promenade
Hat Ladies members and their families dressed in their Easter best gather at the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets and stroll down Broad at 11:00 am
Charleston
Holiday
00000105
Dates TBD
Walk for Autism-Charleston
Family friendly walk, with refreshments, live music, jump castles, silent auction - benefits autism development programs
Charleston
Sports
00000106
Dates TBD
Wine, Women & Shoes
Designer shopping, food and wine tastings, fashion show - benefits Florence Crittenton Programs of SC
Charleston
Fashion



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