Charleston SC Events March April 2017

01 Mar 2017

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 1 - 5

Discover the distinctive flavors of the Lowcountry and uniquely Charleston experiences while interacting with and learning from the country’s best chefs, authors and beverage professionals. Over 80 events over the course of the Festival weekend. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture, which benefits scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. Various locations, 843-727-9998.


Charleston Art Walk

March 3

Art galleries around Charleston will be buzzing with artists and art lovers on March for the official Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk. More than 40 galleries participate in this quarterly event from 5 - 8pm. Galleries offer refreshments, music and a unique opportunity to meet their artists. For a calendar of official CGA Art Walk dates and a downloadable map of participating galleries go to,


Bach Festival

March 3 - 5

March 3, 7:30pm - The program will include the Sonata in F for oboe by George Frideric Handel; Trio in E-Flat for oboe, harpsichord, and continuo by Georg Philipp Telemann; Solo in G for recorder by Andrew Parcham; and the Cantata “Mi Palpita il Cor” by Handel. March 5, 4:00pm - A new chamber choir specializing in the performance of the baroque repertoire and under the direction of Ricard Bordas, The Charleston Baroque Voices will offer a program of motets by members of the Bach family. The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude, as well as works by Johann Sebastian’s great uncle Johann Christoph Bach, second cousin Johann Ludwig Bach, and cousin and father-in-law Johann Michael Bach. The continuo will feature Murray Somerville, chamber organ, and Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello.Held at the First Presbyterian Church,


Middleton Place Camellia Walks

March 2 - 18

In the depths of winter, the beauty of camellias enhance the Gardens of Middleton Place with thousands of blossoms. Special tours given by expert guides focus on the historic camellias, including the 1786 Reine des Fleurs, one of the first camellias planted in America. Tours are offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11 am, February 7 - March 18. Reservations and General Admission are required. Please call 843-556-6020 to reserve.


Where the Wild Things Run 5K

March 4

Explore your wild side on a scenic run through the trails of this 654-acre site rich in natural and historical resources. Caw Caw Interpretive Center features areas favored for many species of rare wildlife. An award ceremony with light food and beverages will be held immediately afterward. The race will begin at Caw Caw Interpretive Center at 8:30am. T-shirts are guaranteed for participants who register prior to Feb. 19. The 5K run and walk is for ages 10 and up. Ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone; however, chaperones do not require registration or participation in the race. Dogs are not allowed at Caw Caw. Free kids’ activities will also take place at this year’s race, offering parents participating in the race a great opportunity to keep the little ones educated and entertained during the run or walk! Kids' yoga and crafts will take place throughout the morning. These activities are appropriate for ages 6-12. 843-795-4386,


Keeper's Choice Program at Charles Towne Landing

Mar 5, 19 and Apr 2

A zookeeper's day is never the same - and neither is this program! Some days the bear will be the star, or it might be the bobcat or otters. You just never know who'll be there until you are. Depending on staff schedules and animal needs, this program may discuss topics like animal behavior and biology, demonstrate training techniques that help the keepers take care of the animals, or include enrichment activities that bring out natural behaviors and exercise for the animals. 843-852-4200,

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week

March 14 - 18

Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. Held under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration features more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers and models, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for CFW 2016 were Lowcountry AIDS Serivces and MUSC Children's Hospital.


March 11

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrate the holiday with man’s best friend at the inaugural St. Paddy’s Pawlooza. This dog-friendly special event will give people and their pets the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees to the Pawlooza will enjoy live music, craft beer, and food trucks. St. Patrick’s Day attire is encouraged for all, especially for the four-legged friends! Live, authentic Irish music will be performed. Food for sale will include Irish options as well as traditional festival fare, including corned beef, bratwurst, Italian ice and more. Wannamaker County Park, 12-4pm. 843-762-8089.


Live Well Fest

March 11

Explore the wellness village and marketplace, learn about holistic healing, mindfulness in the workplace and natural medicine from local experts. Wellness Village: Speakers and holistic healing demo/samplers throughout the day

Marketplace: Shop and learn about wellness lifestyle and products Yoga/Meditation: pop up classes with local teachers. 11-5 pm. For more information including the schedule, speakers, contributors, attendees, etc. visit the website at


Amos Lee 2017 Tour

March 12

Amos Lee kicks off his 2017 North American headline tour in support of his critically acclaimed sixth full-length album and first for John Varvatos/Republic Records, SPIRIT. He will play the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on March 12 at 7:30 PM. Reserved seat tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 at 12 PM noon. Tickets available at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.


Columbia City Ballet presents Swan Lake

March 14

Join us for a magical night, while Kiawah Island hosts the Columbia City Ballet as they perform Swan Lake. Swan Lake is an ever-popular ballet featuring a night full of enchantment and fantasy. Composed by the well-known Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is a classical ballet that tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The ballet is led by Artistic and Executive Director, William Starrett. Starrett has transformed the ballet into a professional company featuring 32 dancers and thousands of season memberships. The Columbia City Ballet, along with director William Starrett, bring this classic to life that all audiences know and love. Sponsored by the Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council, complimentary tickets are available beginning Feb. 28, 2017 online at or in person at Kiawah Island Town Hall 843-768-9166.


70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens

March 16 – April 22

Set amid the historic ambiance of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.

Tours in Charleston’s Historic District highlight American architecture & arts in approx.150 downtown Charleston’s grandest, private houses & gardens from Georgian & antebellum periods into early 20th century. Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation.


13th Annual Charleston Antiques Show

March 17-19

Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the annual event is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day decor. Expect to see English, European & American period furnishings, fine art, architectural elements, porcelains, vintage jewelry & silver, from the 17th to 20th centuries. Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation. Memminger Auditorium, 843-723-1623.


Pet Fest

March 18-19

Pets and their owners are invited to join Charleston County Parks for a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, and more at Charleston’s premiere pet festival! Pet Fest provides an opportunity for local pet organizations and businesses to showcase their causes, products, and services in a fun, pet-friendly environment. Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, 10am-4pm.


Wine Down Wednesday

March 22, Apr 5, Apr 19

Old Towne Creek County Park is not yet open daily to the public, but on select Wednesdays, Lowcountry residents are invited to experience the beauty of this property during Wine Down Wednesday. Guests will enjoy wine, live music and food trucks while exploring this hidden gem located in West Ashley. Each date features new musical guests and food trucks on site from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Charleston County residents can register in advance for $15. Non-Charleston County residents and day-of admission is $20 per person. The admission fee covers wine and a commemorative wine glass.


YMCA Flowertown Festival

March 31 – April 2

Every spring, the Town of Summerville is awash in color- from the hot pink azaleas, to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood. Thousands of festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Ranked as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. 843-871-9622,


39th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run April 1 The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The Cooper River Bridge Run serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world. 843-937-4183,


Volvo Car Open Tennis Tournament

April 1 - 9

Every spring, the City of Charleston and Daniel Island serves as a backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women's professional tennis. As one of the hottest tickets in professional sports, the Volvo Car Open is more than just a tennis tournament, it’s a festival with some world-class tennis thrown in. During the week, fans are entertained with a variety of activities aimed at making their week on Daniel Island a memorable one. Family Circle Tennis Center, 800-677-2293.


Kiawah Island Art and House Tour

April 7

The seventeen annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour sponsored by Arts, etc., offers visitors a rare glimpse into the art and architecture of several private homes on Kiawah Island. This year five spectacular homes in the gated community will be open for public viewing, each with their own unique style. The tour takes place on Friday, April 7th from 1-5 pm.

Each home is uniquely designed, whether on the river, marsh or ocean. One home has an extensive art collection that includes worldwide artists as well as local artists. Another home is constructed in the newly opened Ocean Park and is home to an artist with her own studio on-site. The architectural styles are particularly unique this year.

Proceeds from the event support the non-profit organization, Arts, etc. whose purpose is to support arts programs in the schools on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. The majority of fundraising for Arts etc., is realized by the Kiawah Art and House Tour.


Loretta Lynn Performs Live

April 7

Loretta first arrived in Nashville 55 years ago, signing her first recording contract on February 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn became one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s, shaking things up by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. In addition to being “first,” she was also “great” and “different.” Loretta Lynn’s instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest voices in music history. As for “different,” no songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. Like the lady herself, Loretta Lynn’s songs shoot from the hip. Tickets are $39.50-79.50. Gaillard Auditorium. 7:00pm.


Steeplechase of Charleston

April 8

Join us at the Plantation at Stono Ferry on Saturday, April 8th. The first race starts at 1:00 p.m. (there are six races total) and tickets can be purchased online only through the website,

82nd House & Garden Tour

April 7 - 8

The tour will include some of Charleston's finest houses and gardens in Historic District, and will feature flowers arranged by members of The Garden Club. Refreshments will be served in a lovely Charleston Garden. All proceeds benefit The Garden Club of Charleston's continuing projects--maintaining the gardens at the Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk, the Healing Garden at MUSC, the Museum Courtyard Garden and the garden at the Historic Confederate Home. 2-5pm. 843-937-9013.


World Grits Festival

April 7 - 9

Over the past quarter-century, the festival has expanded into the world’s grandest excuse to pig out on ground corn. Vendors sell grits-based creations up and down the street, some drawing from the inspiration of previous years’ winning grits recipes. St. George. 843-563-7943,



April 18

Chicago, which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996 and now in its 20th year on Broadway is the longest running AMERICAN musical shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” Chicago is produced by the Tony Award Producing Team Barry and Fran Weissler and legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. 7:30pm. Tickets are $49.50-99.50. Visit to reserve.


Sperry Charleston Race Week

April 20 -23

The 21st edition of Charleston Race Week consists of nearly 300 boats competing in the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Includes some 2,500 participants, representing 27 states and seven countries competing in the Charleston Harbor. Registration is now open! The Race Village at Charleston Harbor Resort, 843-628-5900.


Charleston Outdoor Fest

April 21 - 23

One of the premier paddlesport events on the Atlantic Coast, the Festival showcases something for every outdoor enthusiast: kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, slack lining, archery, disc golf, mountain biking, climbing, and more! Perfect for novices and experts alike, every level of instruction is offered in a variety of outdoor disciplines, as well as a Try-It Zone for those who want to test out a new hobby! James Island County Park, 843-795-4386. /1542/Charleston-Outdoor-Fest


Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

April 20 -23

One of the premier special events held in South Carolina in the spring. The event has been expanded to include more than 30 attractions and thrill rides and is now open at night in prime time as well. The Farm Land portion of the event offers a number of family friendly attractions, magic shows, and more. The Little Miss Berry Princess Contest and Pie Eating Contests are festival favorites that return by popular demand. This event really does feature something for everybody. Boone Hall Plantation, 843-884-4371.


Florida Georgia Line

April 27

Come listen in to the Dig Your Roots Tour: Florida Georgia Line with special guest Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane! Tickets available at and, the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket office or by phone at 800-754-3000.



29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

April 30

The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant's local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings sold by some of Mount Pleasant's best restaurants, live music, a craft show, art exhibition, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission and activities are free. Memorial Waterfront Park, 11:30am-6pm. 843-884-8517.


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