Charleston SC is a favorite year round travel destination and for good reason. With gorgeous, centuries-old historic homes, streets that tell the stories of deep-rooted, Southern history, a mild climate, and miles of sunny beaches, there truly is something for everyone in Charleston. While Charleston offers top events throughout most of the year, in the summer, the city comes alive with the blooms of azaleas, dogwoods, honeysuckle, Jasmine, roses, and wisteria. The longer days wrapped in Carolina blue skies that melt into fiery pink & orange sunsets make for the perfect backdrop for some of the season’s highly anticipated events and festivals. This time of year is chock full of fun and festivities, from bustling farmers markets and lively sporting events to world-class art festivals and historic celebrations.
Read on to learn more about Charleston’s upcoming summer and fall events in 2023. For more information about the best things to do during your visit, request a free copy of our Insider’s Guide!
9 of the Best Charleston Summer Events and Fall Festivals
Charleston Farmers Market | Every Saturday
Farm-fresh produce, local artworks, and delicious eats make the Charleston Farmers Market the best place to be every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Festival of Houses and Gardens | March 15–April 16
Admire some of the Holy City’s most iconic architectural gems and magical gardens during the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Tours take place in the historic districts of Downtown Charleston.
Charleston Jazz Festival | April 20-23
The Charleston Jazz Festival draws music-lovers from around the globe to Charleston, SC for a four-day celebration of the Holy City’s jazz heritage. The festival is a draw for regionally and internationally renowned musicians all while celebrating and preserving Charleston’s rich history in jazz.
Firefly Distillery Spring Concert Series | May 26 – August 3
Live, outdoor concerts are returning to Firefly! This year, the distillery hosts the Spring Concert Series, which is mindful of social distancing while still being plenty fun.
Spoleto Festival USA | May 28-June 13
The Spoleto Festival USA celebrates the arts through live music, theatre, dance, and more. Impressive performances bring people to Charleston from all over the world.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival | May 28-June 13
While the Spoleto Festival USA focuses primarily on an international scope, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival shines a spotlight on local, Southeastern artists.
Charleston Riverdogs Baseball at “the Joe” | April 12 – September 3
Head out to the ball game for some peanuts and crackerjacks, and the zany, ball-field antics of the Riverdog’s mascot Charlie T. RiverDog. Opened at the start of 1997 season, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park is one of the premier atmospheres in Minor League Baseball. Named after the city’s longest-serving mayor, “The Joe” is the best place to spend a family friendly, fun-filled night in the summer. Check out the RiverDogs 2023 Schedule, grab your tickets and don’t forget to bring your glove!
Charleston Restaurant Week | Fall Edition
Charleston Restaurant Week takes place in mid-September. Experience the incredible culinary scene here in the Holy City and enjoy dining at some of our finest restaurants.
The Fall Tours – Preservation Society of Charleston | October 11 – November 4, 2023
The Preservation Society of Charleston’s annual Fall Tours in experiencing Charleston’s historic houses and gardens during the annual Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture. The historic beauty and charm of Charleston come alive this October as friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you inside the private interiors to discover the rich history of some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses.
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