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2018 Charleston Events

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January 2018

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” Contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival

February 2018

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
2/16/2018 – 2/18/2018

From noted conservationists to champion pedigree dogs, this three-day celebration of the sporting lifestyle features wildlife art, high-energy animal demonstrations, wild game culinary events and more.

March 2018

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Already an alluring culinary destination, Charleston becomes an epicureal wonderland during this convivial gathering of celebrated chefs, winemakers, artisanal food entrepreneurs, authors, historians and personalities.

Charleston Fashion Week

High-energy runway shows, roving photographers, up-and-coming designers and a see-and-be-seen crow eventd converge for five nights of apparel and attitude under the tent in Marion Square.

Volvo Car Open Tennis Tournament
March 31-April 8

3/31/2018 – 4/9/2018

The world’s top seeded female tennis players compete for the sport’s largest purse at the state-of-the-art facility located on picturesque Daniel Island.


April 2018

Cooper River Bridge Run

From professional athletes to goofballs dressed in gorilla costumes, people of all ages and fitness levels participate in this run/walk, which is one of the world’s largest 10,000 meter runs.


High Water Fest
Riverfront Park
4/21/2018 – 4/22/18

Enjoy a variety of artists, experiences, music and more.

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

The 31st Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year!


May 2018

North Charleston Arts Festival

Nine days of performances, exhibitions, and activities geared for family fun culminate with an outdoor concert and fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Spoleto Festival USA
5/25/2078- 6/10/2018

Since its inception in 1977, this acclaimed arts festival has illuminated traditional and unexpected venues, such as the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard, with performances by talented artists from around the world.

Picolo Spoleto Festival
5/25/2078- 6/10/2018

Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival offers hundreds of family-friendly and moderately priced events during the same time as Spoleto Festival

July 2018

Patriot Point 4th of July Blast

The U.S.S. Yorktown, home of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is a fitting host for this patriotic celebration that includes live music and a professional fireworks show.

September 2018

MOJA Arts Festival

The streets sway with the captivating rhythm of African music, while the smell of Caribbean cuisine permeates the air during this 10-day celebration of Gullah culture named for the Swahili word meaning “one.”

Taste of Charleston Festival

This eating extravaganza lures thousands to Boone Hall Plantation for what the Southeast Tourism Society hails as one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast.”

November 2018

Holiday Festival of Lights
11/10/18 – 1/1/19

Twinkling lights line the three-mile drive that weaves through James Island County Park’s winter wonderland, where life-sized greeting cards, costumed elves and a carousel evoke the magic of the holiday season.

Driving With Tom

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Walk with me or drive with me and we will have a blast!

I love strolling the historic streets with my new friends and taking our time to explore hidden gems in the neighborhood. I especially enjoy answering questions and tell Charleston stories (and some secrets!) at my friends’ pace. Each tour is different and we bond like new family.

But I don’t like walking either in the rain or the hot, humid afternoons that are a Charleston specialty feature. We forget to mention weather in the tourist brochures. When the humidity is over 90 degrees, walking is well, kinda not so cool (so to speak). We’ll periodically stop to walk some of the areas in the Historic District with the SUV nearby.

So at Introducing Charleston, we are combining the BEST of all worlds. Join me in my lovely Toyota Highlander as we slowly cruise the historic district, the waterfronts, even the plantations.  We keep it at the exact right temperature all the time! Added bonus, you will not get rained on either! When I escort my special guests by car, we  have the chance to go off the beaten path and share little known tales and treasures from the rich Lowcountry past. As a 4th generation Charlestonian, I sure can shake those skeletons in many a closet!

So take your pick: a leisurely walking tour or a few hours driving with Mr. Tom. Either will greatly enhance your visit here!

Remembering St. Andrew’s Hall

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Whether you have deep roots in Charleston or are a recent visitor, you simply can’t help but caught up in the sense that history is right around the corner

One of the most significant events in American history took place right here on Broad Street in 1860 that is remembered vividly to this day.

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