Charleston Festivals/Special Events

Spoleto Festival

Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Looking for a city that would provide the charm of Spoleto as well as its wealth of theaters, churches and other performances spaces, they selected Charleston as the ideal location. The historic city provided a perfect fit: intimate enough that the Festival would captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure.

Location: 14 George Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 579-3100




The Powder Magazine

The Powder Magazine is an educational historic site whose owners are dedicated to revering and revealing the colonial history of Charleston, our state and our nation by furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects.

Location: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 722-9350


Southeast Wildlife Exposition

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is a critical part of the South Carolina and Charleston calendar. Run with the utmost professionalism and pride, an effort that began as a small winter diversion has now become the largest annual event to take place in South Carolina and one of the most popular and successful events in the country.

Location: Charleston

Phone: (843) 723-1748




Scary'um Aquarium

October means fish, fun and… frights at the Scary’um Aquarium! Ghouls & Buoys of all ages can celebrate the scariest season at the South Carolina. Explore eerie exhibits, scary shows and activities, and much more! Track down haunted cases, explore unknown creeps and myths and play in spooky tunnels and unique interactives. Plus, kids can celebrate Halloween all month with a special $2 children’s admission discount for all those in costume! Scary’um Aquarium is FREE with General Admission.

Location: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

Phone: (843) 577-FISH


MOJA Arts Festival

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.

Location: 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston

Phone: (843) 724-7305


Carolina Gold

The Middleton Place House Museum presents a special exhibit. The exhibit will be comprised of assembled jewelry and miniatures that emphasizes the art of goldsmiths and miniaturists favored and patronized by Middleton family members in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Location: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston

Phone: (843) 556-6020




Sunset Cruise & Blues

Boat departs from the Charleston Maritime Center; includes two hour Charleston Harbor Cruise, delicious home team BBQ buffet and live blues by Shrimp City Slim.

Location: 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 722-1112


Shaggin' on the Beach/Cooper River

The Mount Pleasant Pier is open and ready for fun! Dance the night away under the stars, while enjoying live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Gates Open at 7pm. Live music begins at 8pm.

Location: Mount Pleasant Pier

Phone: (843) 795-4386


The Charleston Museum

"Skeletons" at the Charleston Museum…Did you ever see the cuddly Koala without his fur? Here's your chance to see what's under the feathers, fur and scales of vertebrates such as a Secretary Bird, a hornbill, a meadowlark from 1859, a marine iguana from the Galapagos Islands, a bear, a sea otter, a wombat, a turtle or two, and other skeletons splendidly mounted by Charleston Museum curator Gabriel Manigault during the 19th century.

Location: 360 Meeting Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 722-2996


South Carolina Aquarium

Celebrate the holiday season with your family at the South Carolina Aquarium on a natural and festive adventure. Catch a glimpse of snow in the 4-D Theater; play in holiday-clad Camp Carolina and marvel at unique aquatic sculptures of CAN-struction crafted from thousands of donated cans. Join us in giving back, and receive $2 off one adult admission with a donated can good. Following the holidays, all the cans will be donated to those in need. A very welcome guest from the North Pole will make special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows each day through December 23. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Santa swim with the fish!

Location: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

Phone: (843) 577-FISH


Holiday Festival of Lights

Re-capture your magic at the Holiday Festival of Lights. Your journey begins with a 3-mile drive through millions of sparkling lights and hundreds of light displays. Then stretch your legs and your imagination at Santa’s Village & Winter Wonderland. When magic happens, lasting memories are made.

Location: Charleston

Phone: (843) 795-4386