Southeastern Wildlife Exposition: February 16 - 18, 2018
A celebration of the world of nature featuring live wildlife, nature painting and sculpture, photography and crafts, as well as conservation exhibits. They have a good website
Charleston Food & Wine Festival: First Week March, 2018, dates TBA
The culinary styles of top chefs and culinary experts from around the world will be featured at the Distinctively Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Southern traditions will be intertwined with the art and culinary tastes of top chefs from the West coast, New England, France and Switzerland. Click here to visit the festival web site for more information.
Historic Charleston Foundation’s Annual Festival of House & Gardens: March 16 – April 22, 2017
An award-winning series of tours and special events provides a rare opportunity to explore the interiors and gardens of some of the most magnificent private residences in America. Beautiful interiors and lushly planted gardens abound in this enchanting city, and today's owners have granted Historic Charleston Foundation the rare privilege of sharing their properties with Festival visitors. The Festival of Houses and Gardens takes place in the Historic District of downtown Charleston, a city celebrated for its history and concentration of period buildings. The Wegman Holmes House where we live at 32 Charlotte has been featured on the Mazyck Wraggsboro tour in some years. Festival events including tours vary daily so visitors may enjoy the diversity of this unique city which traces its origins to the 1670s and whose architectural legacy includes distinctive historic houses, landmark churches and important public buildings. Stay in your own historic guest house and walk to all the tours from Charlotte Street Cottage! Click here for their website.
Cooper River 10k Run & 7K Walk: April 1, 2017
Going strong and growing for over 30 years, the Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race and is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. Each year it has brought over 10,000 people to run from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. The new Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was used for the first time for the 2006 event. The new roadway is about 30 feet higher than the old bridges, and is just one span. The slope of the new Ravenel Bridge is 4%: the slope to the top is over one mile long (the bridge is 2.4 mies long). The roadway is almost 200 feet high, while the top of the supporting towers is over 550 feet! The last section of the course is on flat downtown streets and the course ends a block from Charlotte Street Cottage! You can take a boat to the start from the Charleston Maritime Center, just a short walk from the cottage. Click here to visit the Cooper River Bridge Run web site for more information.
WTA Volvo Cars Open: April 1—9, 2017
One of the longest running professional tennis tournaments on the WTA tour, the Volvo Cars Open (formerly known as the Family Circle Cup) celebrated its 40th year in 2012. The new home outside Charleston, The Family Circle Tennis Center, is located on Daniel Island. The tournament attracts the finest women’s tennis professionals including, in recent years, Serena Williams, Venus Willams, Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonereva, Melanie Oudin, Sam Stosur and Sloane Stephens. Stay in your own private guesthouse at Charlotte Street Cottage in historic downtown Charleston, close to many fine restaurants, and enjoy the great tennis a short drive away! Click here for their website.
Spoleto Festival USA: May 26—June 11, 2017
Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 as the American counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. When Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti planned an American festival, he searched for an American city that would offer the charm of Spoleto, Italy, and also its wealth of theaters, churches, and other performance spaces. Charleston was the perfect counterpart. Spoleto Festival USA has maintained traditions of those first festivals such as a dedication to young artists, a fascination with contemporary effort, an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities to recognized masters in their fields, and a commitment to all the performing arts. Each year audience members experience a broad range of artistic styles and forms, including classical ballet, modern and post-modern dance, opera, chamber, symphonic, and choral music, jazz, theater, and the literary and visual arts. For 17 days each year, the arts become the most important activity in Charleston. More than 100 performances are offered each season by artists from around the world with as many as ten performances on any given day. In addition, Piccolo Spoleto, the city-organized companion festival, schedules another 200 events over the same period of time. Spoleto Festival USA has earned a reputation for offering programs of the highest artistic caliber, supporting new and innovative works, nurturing outstanding young artists, and expanding public appreciation of the arts. This focus has brought Spoleto international acclaim. Charlotte Street Cottage offers a private and luxurious home from which to walk to all Spoleto venues and the many fine Charleston restaurants. Click here to visit the Spoleto Festival USA web site for more information.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival: May 26—June 11, 2017
But what really adds the ingredient of magic to the mix in May is Piccolo Spoleto, which provides access to the festival for Every Person, especially children. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival, Spoleto USA. It's 700 events in 17 days, transform Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto's traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children's activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts, and film. Click here to visit the Piccolo Spoleto Festival web site for more information.
There are many, many interesting and fun things to do in Charleston year round. There are a number of historic homes open to the public, such as the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Getting on the water is an important part of appreciating the city which has water everywhere! You can rent kayaks to see wildlife, take a sunset cruise on a 3 masted schooner, do a boat tour to Fort Sumter, and many plantations are nearby for a look into the total Southern experience! We will be adding details here shortly so stay tuned!