Upcoming Events in Charleston!

PGA Championship on Kiawah Island

August 9th-12th, 2012

The 94thannualPGA Championship will be held on the Ocean Course at the distinguished Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Experience one of the most enjoyable and exciting events in golf. It’s just a short scenic drive from downtown. Tickets are still available for purchase.

Charleston Restaurant Week

September 5th – 16th

Upcoming Events in CharlestonMark your calendars! Charleston Restaurant Week, executed by the Charleston Restaurant Association (CRA), is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. 3 items for $20, $30 or $40. To find where you’ll take advantage of Charleston’s most amazing culinary delights visit The Charleston Restaurant Association’s website.

Boone Hall BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

September is just around the corner, so make plans to visit Charleston, SC for the family friendly 6th annual Southern National Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass festival at Boone Hall Plantation.

This is not a sanctioned event, nor an event for barbeque teams on the national circuit, but an amateur event with prizes. There will be categories for Chicken – bone in only, Ribs (spare ribs, loin or baby, no country style ribs), Choice (a prepared meat of your choice, identifiable as either, beef, chicken, pork, fresh water fish or seafood). And finally, Best Set-up (best theme, team appearance, originality, creativity).

BBQ experts will be traveling from all over the US to compete for cash and prizes. Nationally credited Bluegrass acts will perform live all day long, starting at noon when the gates open, with music and BBQ all day until 8:30PM. There will also be a beer truck or two! Come and kick up your heels on the Boone Hall Plantation premises!

Tickets for 2012 Boone Hall Bluegrass & BBQ Festival are $25 for adults and $8 for kids, in advance. Adult tickets are $30 the day of the event. Unique to this year’s event there will be a Celebrity Dunking Booth and a Mechanical Bull Riding Contest, due to its popularity at last year’s event.

Then, be sure to stick around for the fireworks show at the end of the 2012 BBQ and Bluegrass festival at Boone Hall Plantation. This is a Charleston event one just shouldn’t miss!

Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens

 September 27th – October 28th, 2012

If you get excited about fall, then you will definitely want to see Charleston blossom by taking part in the annual Tour of Homes and Gardens that runs from September 27-October 28. The event is put on by the Preservation Society of Charleston, and here is what you can expect:

Experience Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history and culture during the Preservation Society of Charleston’s 36th Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. Visit intimate gardens and architecturally significant private homes, churches and public buildings as you stroll through our historic streets. Tours highlight American architecture from the early Georgian Period into the 21st century. You will enjoy unique neighborhoods that represent Charleston’s flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present. Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for the Preservation Society of Charleston.

The Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens are the Society’s foremost annual fund raising and educational opportunity. This five week event is possible only as a result of the generosity of owners of historic properties, loyal Society members and dedicated volunteers. Our Board of Directors welcomes you and hopes that each guest will come to understand, as we do, that Preservation is Progress. Join us as together we experience Charleston’s very special sense of place and the unique heritage of this National Historic Landmark city.

These are self-paced, self-guided walking tours with volunteer guides stationed in each house or garden; on average, at least eight properties are included in each tour, which vary in architectural styles and periods. All tours are in historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Tours usually include properties on more than one street and often cover six to eight city blocks.

Moja Festival

September 27th– October 7th, 2012

2012 marks Charleston’s 29th annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the 2012 MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. The upcoming festival is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 through Sunday, October 7, 2012. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are admission-free and the remainder are offered at very modest ticket prices, ranging from $5 – $35. 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. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

The Taste of Charleston

October 13thand 14th, 2012

Join us for 2012 Taste of Charleston! This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year, The Taste of Charleston, hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association. A 3-day event showcasing taste-tempting delights served by more than 50 of Charleston’s finest restaurants. Some exiting events include:

  • Taste: Iron Chef - Friday, September 28, 2012 6:00 – 9:00
  • Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek - Saturday, September 29, 2012 6:00 -11:00pm
  • The Taste of Charleston Dine Around - Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2012
  • Main Event - Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coastal Carolina Fair

October 25th- November 4th

The 56th Annual Coastal Carolina Fair will offer an exciting variety of entertainment options! From hypnotist and lumberjack shows to nightly fireworks displays to local and national performers, the Fair has it all this year! Check back often for updates on the exceptional lineup of family-friendly events. You will not want to miss this year’s extravaganza!

Home to the Coastal Carolina Fair, the Exchange Park is operated by the Exchange Club of Charleston, one of the oldest and largest civic clubs in South Carolina.
The Exchange Park is approximately 10 minutes from the Charleston International Airport, convenient to Interstate 26 East (Exit 203), or Exit 205, easily accessible from either direction.

Holiday Festival of Lights

November 9th- January 1st, 2012

More than two million enchanting lights adorn James Island County Park. Come experience the three-mile driving tour and see a wide array of dazzling designs for the holidays. Create your own light display at the Lakeside Lights activity center or take a leisurely stroll through the Enchanted Forest. The Festival of Lights was ranked on the 2006 AmericasBest.com Top 10 list.

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