In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, which begins May 24th, Charleston always has a great variety of events to choose from.
Gibbes on the Street – May 2, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1905 to considerable fanfare and has been an important vehicle for art in the Charleston area ever since. Join the fun in celebrating the museum at this benefit event. Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the fourth annual Street Party! Savories, Sweets, and Sips by: Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, The Glass Onion, The Grocery, Hank’s Seafood, The Macintosh/Oak Steakhouse, McCrady’s, The Palmetto Cafe, Red Drum, Slightly North of Broad, Sugar Bakeshop, WildFlour Pastry, Wild Olive, Ciroc Ultra Premium, Bulleit Bourbon, and Canyon Road.
French Quarter Art Walk – May 3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Stroll the cobbled streets and gas lit alleyways to discover the works of well over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums from traditional to contemporary. All galleries of the French Quarter will be open with artists on hand and refreshments. The French Quarter is located within the original walled city of Charleston between S. Market and Tradd Streets, and Meeting Street and the waterfront past East Bay Street.
Charleston Farmers’ Market (Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Marion Square, Downtown Charleston
The Charleston Farmers Market offers Charleston residents and visitors alike access to the finest local produce, delicious prepared foods, unique artisan crafts, and family friendly entertainment.
The 2013 Charleston Farmers Market will draw together a wonderful roster of well over 100 participating farmers, food vendors, and artisans. A full directory of participants will be available at the Charleston Farmers Market Information Tent on site at Marion Square.
The Sound of Charleston – May 3, 5, 8, 11, 17, 23, 25, & 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
Come experience the unique sounds that define Charleston’s rich musical heritage… gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, & jazz…all presented by professional artists in 75-minute concert in historic Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. The Sound of Charleston is the top ranked nightlife attraction in the City by Trip Advisor.
Tickets are available online, at any area Charleston Visitor Center, at Bulldog Tours in the Market, at Footlight Players Theatre, or by calling the box office.
Second Sunday on King Street – 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Lined with locally owned shops, King Street has been hailed as one of the best shopping spots in America according to U.S. News and World Report. For one Sunday afternoon of every month, cars are re-routed so the street may become a lively pedestrian fair with outdoor dining, live music and special deals offered by the merchants.
Charleston Beer Garden – May 18, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Brittlebank Park
This German inspired beer garden will feature a line-up of craft brews, live music, free Beer School classes, and Beer Olympics games. Festival attendees will be treated to an impressive line-up of more than 30 craft brews from the Palmetto state & beyond, including Holy City Brewing, Palmetto Brewing Co, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Goose Island and more.
All guests will receive a commemorative festival stein & some beer tickets to get the day started. Beer will be available in sample, steins, or growler sizes. In addition, guests will enjoy an afternoon of live music from A Thousand Horses, The Royal Tinfoil, Wadata, Jordan Igoe, and Will Hastings.
7th Annual First Flush Festival, Charleston Tea Plantation – May 18, 1:00 p.m., Wadmalaw Island
Dedicated to the commencement of the 2013 crop harvest, the First Flush FesTEAval is a celebration of America’s own tea garden and its popular product line, American Classic Tea. The festival name, First Flush, is defined as the growth of new leaves on the tea plants in the springtime after a winter of rest. Their “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh, and amazing cup of tea. However, the festival is not just about tea! Residents from Charleston and all neighboring towns trek to picturesque Wadmalaw Island to enjoy music, entertainment, art, and local cuisine. Fun for the whole family!
Come experience the beauty and charm of the Charleston Tea Plantation, American’s own tea garden! Learn first-hand how tea is made during an informative Factory Tour, and help yourself to all of the FREE iced American Classic First Flush Tea you can drink.
Make your plans now so you don’t miss the fun events in Charleston in May!
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