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Charleston SC Annual Events


The Charleston Lowcountry Oyster Festival or the "Oyster Fest" has been named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society for the last 20 of the 27 years it has been in existence. The most significant event of its kind in the world, the Oyster Fest stocks two tractor-trailer trucks with 65,000 pounds of fresh oysters along with cocktail sauce and crackers to provide the lucky 10,000 patrons lucky enough to procure tickets with buckets of shucking fun. Shucking knives and gloves will be available and sold at the festival, or if you're veteran of the fest, bring your own and show off your shucking skills!

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition The most significant wildlife art and nature event in the nation, SEWE has something for everyone. SEWE promotes awareness of the conservation and preservation of our natural resources and wildlife. This exposition offers education regarding the social role in wisely utilizing our resources while promoting responsible, active engagement in hunting, fishing, and sportsmanship as an essential role in both make use of and sustaining our natural resources.



Cooper River Bridge Run Akin to the uproar over the Boston or New York Marathons, Charleston holds it's a famous race, which ignites much town pride and community spirit. This point-to-point race starts in Mount Pleasant, crosses the 2.5mile Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere) and ends in historic downtown Charleston. A post-race festival will at Marion Square Park in the Historic District, where Top Male, Female, Junior, and Quad Division finishers will awarded-winning prizes.

Festivals of Houses and Gardens Spring is the time when Charleston indeed shows her regal self. Winter maintenance complete, spring-cleaning finished, donning her new wardrobe of meticulously manicured and lush gardens bursting with a riot of colors. This fine old girl preserves her southern beauty in historic architecture and furnishings of antebellum, Georgian, Victorian, and harbor-side homes. She proudly displays them during the Festival of Houses and Gardens like a string of colorful precious gems for all to see.

Annual Spoleto Festival, USA For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival, the USA fills Charleston with a wide selection of performances in every imaginable artistic genre. Spoleto Festival, USA, is so named because the festival here in the States is the counterpart to a much older event that originated in Spoleto, Italy, in 1958 as a forum for American artists in Europe. The Festival held in Charleston, SC, for the arts in all genres: musical, performing arts, and visual and all the variants under those headings. This atmosphere thrives all year in Charleston with galleries, museums and performances abound but shines to extraordinary heights during these magical days each spring.

Patriots Point 4th of July Celebration Noted by the New York Times as one of the top five July 4th celebrations in the country, the Patriots Point party and fireworks in Mount Pleasant, SC is the place to be for Independence Day. July 4th, 2011, will mark the annual Independence Day celebration at 40 Patriots Point Road, where the Naval & Maritime Museum. This event has attracted between 27,000 and 35,000 people who choose to remember and celebrate our purpose as freedom-loving people.

The MOJA Arts Festival will open this year, offering artistic shows and displays in various venues throughout Charleston until its closing day. This citywide event, grown from the roots of the Biennial Black Arts Festival, established in 1981, entertains and educates people of all origins about the African-American and Caribbean cultures that have contributed to and helped shape our society today. Through the arts, we learn about the origin and progression of these cultures in America today.

Candlelight Tour of Homes Selected by the Southeastern Tourism Society as a top 20 event, the annual Charleston Home and Garden Tour, run by the Preservation Society, will begin in September and run through most of October. The tours will operate on Thursday to Sunday of each week and consist of selected homes that are of esthetic or historical note. The architecture significant features noteworthy for their purpose and role in Charleston's cultural progression as well as being kept in excellent repair, these homes are recognized by The Preservation Society for not only the safeguarding of existing architecture and features but also the rehabilitation and restoration process to maintain an "admirable level of continuous preservation."

The Holiday Festival of Lights This festival has run for over 20 years annually at the James Island County Park from November to the end of December through the Christmas and Hanukah season each year. A single point of light can pierce the darkness and give a soul focus and direction. The Holiday Festival of Lights celebrates the season by promoting family unity and fun while honoring many aspects of the Christmas and Hanukah season as well as dipping into some lesser-known pre-Christian traditions that have been transformed by the Church.

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