Charleston is a great place to visit year round, but September has some truly great events and happenings that you will not want to miss. Here is a roundup of things going on in and around Charleston during the month of September. Enjoy!
Charleston Restaurant WeekSeptember 5th – 16th, 2012
Mark 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.
Fall Tour of Homes and GardensSeptember 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 FestivalSeptember 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.