Festivals in Charleston

Select Local Merchants

The Charleston City Paper featured the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and more than 2,000 Facebookers are fans.

211 Meeting St
Charleston,
SC
US

Since its completion in 1713, The Powder Magazine has served as a storage shed for gunpowder, a stable, a wine shop, a print shop, and finally a museum, now dedicated to Charleston's colonial history. The talented Rodney Rogers delights the Magazine's guests for 40 minutes every Saturday by impersonating Stede Bonnet, otherwise known as The Gentleman Pirate, with a program of charming, historically accurate accounts of prominent Carolina pirates. In addition to the show, patrons can make deeply emotional connections with each brick in The Powder Magazine’s 300-year-old, three-foot-thick walls, and enjoy a 10% discount on all items purchased in the museum shop.

79 Cumberland Street
Charleston,
SC
US

The knowledgeable guides of Charleston Culinary Tours and Lowcountry Walking Tours acquaint tour-goers with the rich cultural and historical heritage of the largest historic district in the United States through two distinct branches. Lowcountry Walking Tours's guides delve into the histories and mysteries of Charleston, revealing its both dark and romantic origins. Their excursions venture downtown or out to Mount Pleasant, each exploring the events that shaped the region with an emphasis on the areas toured. They often meander the streets of the French Quarter as guides opine on the historic churches, horticulture, and reason why the city had to change its name from Tokyo to Charleston.

Charleston Culinary Tours introduce groups to the area through their taste buds. Each restaurant tour journeys to four acclaimed restaurants, granting a bounty of food tastings alongside a meet-and-greet with restaurant owners and chefs. On the farmer's market tour, groups explore the farm-fresh finds of a market named one of the nation's best by Travel + Leisure, then venture to an area restaurant where they can savor the newly picked produce within a gourmet meal. The farm-to-table theme continues on the mixology tour, where participants sip specialty cocktails infused with fresh herbs and produce as the learn about the secrets to Charleston's craft cocktail scene.

161 East Bay Street
Charleston,
SC
US

The Finger Lickin Chicken Wing Fling Thing will light up Legare Farms on Johns Island with wings, live music, and kids' rides. Bluegrass and rock bands play on a central stage, and kids leap nearby in bounce houses. Throughout the festival, patrons lick barbecue sauce off their fingers and they tear into wings, and relax on blankets and lawn chairs that they brought from home. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits.

2620 Hanscombe Point Road
Johns Island,
SC
US

The Hilton Head Seafood Festival entertains guests' tongues with cuisine from 12 island restaurants, including the Black Marlin, The Crazy Crab, and L'Woods, and non-taste senses with live entertainment. Deviled crabs ($5), mini shrimp po' boys ($3), and blackened grouper fingers ($5) pair well with truffle-parmesan fries ($2) or gelato ($5), and barbecue shrimp dances onto plates to the rhythm of live music ($5).

1 Hudson Rd
Hilton Head Island,
SC
US