Ten Springtime Events Not To Miss In Charleston And On Daniel Island

February 26, 2014

Spring is just around the corner, and we’re already seeing an increase in visitors to Daniel Island and Charleston. That trend will surely continue in the coming weeks as Charleston’s famous springtime events begin to get underway. If you’re making your spring travel plans – or even if you already live in Charleston – be sure to reserve time on your calendar for some of these “don’t-miss” springtime events in Charleston:

1. Charleston Wine + Food Festival
March 6-9
This popular annual weekend event is a celebration of excellence in food, wine and Charleston’s renowned culinary culture. With dozens of special events and visits from top chefs, vintners and other food celebrities from around the country, the festival is a foodie favorite. The action takes place at Marion Square in downtown Charleston and at restaurants and venues throughout the region. Get tickets soon – many events are already sold out! Visit charlestonwineandfood.com for further details.

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2. Charleston Fashion Week
March 19-23
Charleston Magazine presents this five-night celebration of fashion in downtown Charleston’s Marion Square. Fashion Week features more than 30 runway shows and showcases emerging designers and model talent from along the east coast. Visit charlestonfashionweek.com for details.

3.Family Circle Cup
March 29 – April
Here on Daniel Island, the folks at the Family Circle Tennis Center are finalizing plans for the 42nd anniversary of the Family Circle Cup. This nationally-televised WTA event showcases the top players in women’s tennis right here on Daniel Island. Tournament organizers have already confirmed a top line-up for the competition this year, including both Serena and Venus Williams. For more information and tickets, visit familycirclecup.com.

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4. Battery Pro Soccer Home Games
Starting March 22
The Charleston Battery’s home games take place right here on Daniel Island at Blackbaud Stadium. Come check out a match before the temperatures start to soar – it’s a great way to spend an evening with the family. Visit charlestonbattery.com for the Battery’s complete schedule and ticket information.

 5. Festival of Houses and Gardens
March 20 – April 19
Sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation, this festival features the rarely seen interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private homes in 12 colonial and antebellum International Antiques Show downtown Charleston neighborhoods during the peak of the city’s blooming season. Festival proceeds go to support preservation and restoration efforts in the Lowcountry. Visit historiccharleston.org for more information.

6. Charleston International Antiques Show
March 21-23
Attention antique lovers: This three-day antique show will bring more than 30 of the nation’s finest antique dealers to Charleston with a wide range of fine antiques, decorative accessories, porcelains, textiles, jewelry, architectural and garden items. This year’s show takes place at Memminger Auditorium. For more information, click here.

7. Summerville Flowertown Festival
April 4-6
Summerville’s annual spring festival presents more than 200 artisans and attracts visitors from all across the country, who come to see the town’s famed azaleas in bloom and shop among an outstanding display of artwork and crafts. This is one of South Carolina’s largest festivals! Visit flowertownfestival.org for further details.

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8. Cooper River Bridge Run
April 5
This popular 10K run and walk attracts tens of thousands of participants each year at the beginning of April. The route starts in Mt. Pleasant, crosses the iconic Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and finishes in the heart of historic Charleston. Visit bridgerun.com for details on how to register.

9. Charleston Race Week
April 10-13
This event offers sailors a challenging three-day event on Charleston Harbor and in the Atlantic waters beyond. The conditions and fronts that roll through the Lowcountry in April challenge even the best skippers. It’s great fun to watch – and to celebrate with the crews at the evening events. Visit charlestonraceweek.com for more information.

10. Spoleto Festival USA & Piccolo Spoleto Festival
May 23 – June 8
Widely regarded as one of the best arts festivals in the country, the Spoleto Festival is a 17-day arts extravaganza offering opera, dance, classical music, jazz, theatre and visual arts exhibitions at venues throughout the Charleston area. Companion to the Spoleto Festival, Piccolo Spoleto showcases the best local and regional talent. Collectively, the festivals offer hundreds of performances and exhibits throughout the Charleston region. Visit spoletousa.org and piccolospoleto.org.

That’s just a taste of what’s in the works here on Daniel Island and around Charleston. Click here for a complete calendar of springtime events.