Charleston Events in 2020

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Charleston, SC Festivals 2020

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Charleston is one of the southeast’s biggest festival destinations, with a wide range of hugely popular events attracting visitors to the city from far and wide each year.

Regional highlights include the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition early in the year; the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, house and garden tours, and the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in spring; the MOJA Arts Festival and a second round of house and garden tours in fall; and then the Holiday Festival of Lights during the festive period.

Charleston’s event calendar is rounded out by a variety of other food, music and arts festivals, some in downtown Charleston and some in neighboring communities.

For more local events, see: Charleston in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, or December.

See also:
Things to do in Charleston
The best time of year to visit Charleston
– Charleston’s weather by month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November or December


January

– Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23-26 2020
This annual winter jazz festival features some of Charleston’s best jazz artists plus performers from across the country, working in a variety of jazz styles. Ticket prices vary. More details

– Lowcountry Oyster Festival, January 26 2020
Billed as the largest oyster festival in the world, this annual event at Boone Hall Plantation is one of the highlights of Charleston’s food calendar. Enjoy buckets of steamed oysters and other lowcountry food, shucking and eating contests, live music, children’s activities and other entertainment. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Color of Music, January 29 – February 1 2020
Annual classical music festival celebrating black composers and performers, at several Charleston locations. Ticket purchase required. More details

February

– Color of Music, January 29 – February 1 2020
Annual classical music festival celebrating black composers and performers, at several Charleston locations. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, February 14-16 2020
Big annual festival devoted to rural pursuits, featuring wildlife and working animal displays, wildlife art, chef demos, and other exhibits and demonstrations of varied aspects of rural culture. Single day admission from $15. More details

– Lowcountry Irish Fest, February 23 2020
Annual one day festival of Irish culture at Mount Pleasant, celebrating lowcountry Irish heritage through music and dance. Tickets $25. More details

March

– Charleston Wine + Food Festival, March 4-8 2020
Festival celebrating the cuisine and food culture of Charleston and the lowcountry. Ticket purchase required for individual events, advance reservations recommended. More details

– Charleston Antiques Show, March 6-8 2020
Annual antiques show to benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation. More details

– Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 11 – April 18 2020
The Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual spring tour of homes and gardens. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Annual House and Garden Tours, March 26-28 2020
The Garden Club of Charleston’s annual tour of selected homes and gardens. Ticket purchase required. More details

April

– Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 11 – April 18 2020
The Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual spring tour of homes and gardens. Ticket purchase required. More details

– (Summerville) Flowertown Festival, April 3-5 2020
Three-day arts and crafts festival organized around the flowers of the South Carolina spring, with food, children’s activities and other entertainment. Benefits health programs at the Summerville Family YMCA. Free admission. More details

– (North Charleston) Air & Space Expo, April 18-19 2020
Aircraft show with military and commercial aircraft and aerial display by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, at Joint Base Charleston. Free admission. More details

– Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, April 26 2020
Annual festival celebrating Mount Pleasant’s shrimping and fishing industries, with a boat parade, food, live music, craft show and other entertainment. Free admission. More details

– North Charleston Arts Fest, April 29 – May 3 2020
One of South Carolina’s biggest arts festivals, celebrating southern and national artists and performers in the visual and performing arts and literature, in the city of North Charleston. Many events free, some require reservations or ticket purchase. More details

– Lowcountry Cajun Festival, 2020 event TBC
Lowcountry, Cajun and Creole food and music festival, with crawfish and other regional specialties, kid’s activities and more at James Island County Park. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, 2020 event TBC
Annual family-friendly strawberry festival at Boone Hall Plantation, with carnival rides, strawberry picking, animal shows, and other children’s activities. Ticket purchase required. More details

May

– North Charleston Arts Fest, April 29 – May 3 2020
One of South Carolina’s biggest arts festivals, celebrating southern and national artists and performers in the visual and performing arts and literature, in the city of North Charleston. Many events free, some require reservations or ticket purchase. More details

– Charleston Greek Festival, May 8-10 2020
Festival of Greek food, music and culture at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Adults $5, children/seniors $3, young children (12 and under) free. More details

– Spoleto Festival USA, May 22 – June 7 2020
The foremost performing arts festival in the United States, running for more than two weeks each year in Charleston. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Piccolo Spoleto Festival, May 22 – June 7 2020
The southern counterpart to the international Spoleto Festival, focused on performers, artists, writers and filmmakers from the Southeast. Ticket purchase required for many events. More details

June

– Spoleto Festival USA, May 22 – June 7 2020
The foremost performing arts festival in the United States, running for more than two weeks each year in Charleston. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Piccolo Spoleto Festival, May 22 – June 7 2020
The southern counterpart to the international Spoleto Festival, focused on performers, artists, writers and filmmakers from the Southeast. Ticket purchase required for many events. More details

– Charleston Carifest, 2020 event TBC
Festival celebrating the food, music and culture of the Caribbean, with carnival and parade. Ticket purchase required for some events. More details

July

– Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, 2020 event TBC
Annual celebration of Gullah-Geechee heritage, with sweetgrass basket demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities. Free admission. More details

September

– Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival, September 4-6 2020
Annual jazz festival, in downtown Charleston. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Charleston Pride, 2020 event TBC
Charleston’s annual LGBT pride week, with various events throughout the week, including harbor tours, comedy show, LGBT walking tours, pride parade and festival. Ticket purchase required for some events, prices vary. More details

– MOJA Arts Festival, 2020 event TBC
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

October

– MOJA Arts Festival, 2020 event TBC
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– Fall Tour of Homes, History & Architecture, 2020 event TBC
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Follypalooza, 2020 event TBC
Street festival at Folly Beach with live music, art contest and auction to benefit people with cancer. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Coastal Carolina Fair, 2020 event TBC
Annual fair with fairground rides, live music, arts and crafts and animal displays at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Ticket purchase required. More details

November

– Fall Tour of Homes, History & Architecture, October 3 – November 2 2019
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Coastal Carolina Fair, October 31 – November 10 2019
Annual fair with fairground rides, live music, arts and crafts and animal displays at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, November 2 2019
Scottish heritage festival with sports, dancing, live music, and other entertainment. More details

– Fall Garden Tour, November 3 2019
Annual fall garden tour organized by the Charleston Horticultural Society, visiting private gardens not usually open to the public. $35 per person. More details

– YALLFest, November 8-9 2019
Annual young adult’s literature book festival. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 15 – December 31 2019
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

December

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 15 – December 31 2019
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– Holiday Parade of Boats, December 14 2019
Annual lighted boat parade in the Charleston harbor. More details

– Chanukah in the Square, December 22 2019
Popular annual family-friendly holiday event, with menorah-lighting ceremony, food, live music and dancing. Free admission. More details


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