The city of Charleston, South Carolina has been voted as the best city in the United States and one of the best in the world by many publications throughout the years. This comes as no surprise to the people who live here or have had the opportunity to visit, but still some may be wondering what are the top events in Charleston throughout the year?
Between the city’s history, great weather, colorful architecture, cobblestone streets, fantastic restaurants and friendly inhabitants; there isn’t much to not like. But what also has put Charleston near and dear to its residents and visitors is it’s wide variety of annual events that are held throughout the year. While a great realtor should always know what there is to do and what’s going in their market, here’s a sampling of the city’s top annual events.
Spoleto/Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Charleston official sister city is Spoleto in Umbria, Italy and each year the city hosts an American version of Umbria’s Festival of Two Worlds. This annual event was founded in 1977 by Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti to partner with Spoleto’s festival. From Memorial Day weekend and continuing through the first full week of June, numerous internationally known and new performing artists come to Charleston to conduct a wide variety of lovely artistic performances.
MOJA Arts Festival
Taking place during the last weekend in September and continuing through the first full week of October, the annual MOJA Arts Festival takes place in Charleston. Meaning “one” in Swahili, the MOJA festival focuses on African and Caribbean arts. This festival features music, literary and visual arts, as well as theater and dance performances.
Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens
For five weeks during September and October, visitors are welcomed by the Preservation Society of Charleston to take part in tours inside some of the oldest and most exquisite homes in Charleston. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit lush hidden gardens as well. These tours highlight Charleston’s historic 1700s’ architecture through today’s more modern homes.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Each January, thousands of visitors descend on Boone Hall Plantation located just outside the city (in Mount Pleasant) for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, which is the world’s largest oyster fest. During this one-day event, oyster lovers will consume more than 80,000 pounds of oysters. This festival includes live music, beer, wine and food from the best restaurants around Charleston. To add to the festivities, attendees are invited to participate in oyster shucking and eating contests.
Charleston Fashion Week
An event founded in 2007, the Charleston Fashion Week showcases rising designer and model talent from across the East Coast. Held in the center of the city at Marion Square, the five night event typically features at least 35 runway shows and a number of competitions. This event has vied for launching the careers of quite a few fashion designers and models, as well as showcases the region’s fashion, design, and retail communities.
Charleston Wine and Food Festival
Wine enthusiasts flock to Charleston’s Marion Square during the first weekend of each March for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. This annual affair features almost 100 of the best wine and food purveyors from across the country. Featured events during this festival even include appearances from culinary celebrities that demonstrate their techniques for festival goers.
Charleston International Antiques Show
Every March marks the annual three-day Charleston International Antiques Show where antique collectors, dealers and enthusiasts come to the city. During this festival, art and antique furniture from the 17th through 19th centuries are featured. Attendees can also participate in lectures and tours as well.
Now, these events are only a part of the reason why so many love Charleston. From the beauty of the city, to the number of things to do; there is tons to love about Charleston. One of the biggest benefits of working with a great realtor is that they can provide you with key information about a market, including what cultural events occur in the area you might be interested in. A great knowledgeable realtor can answer any questions you might have about the Charleston area and show you all the reasons why it’s the best city to live in the United States.