The Tuesday Top Ten: Top Ten Spring Activities in Charleston

Got the winter blues? Charleston is the antidote!

The holidays just ended but it’s not too early to plan a Spring Escape. Sure, I’m biased, but I think Charleston would be the ideal place for a quick getaway or a week-long excursion. Here is a list of the Top Ten Spring Things to Do in Charleston.

And while you’re in town, if you want to check out any properties, you know who to call!


Charleston Wine & Food Festival

It’s fitting that Charleston, considered by many to be one of this country’s culinary capitals hosts an annual wine and food festival. This year, as in years past, the line-up includes local and guest chefs as well as wine and beer experts and farmers and purveyors. Tickets to this event go fast, so sign up early.

WHEN: February 28 – March 4

Charleston Fashion Week

Admittedly, most people don’t think of Charleston when they think of fashion. But hopefully that will soon change as we’ve got some incredibly talented local and regional designers who will be showing off their wares at Charleston Fashion Week. Held under the tents in Marion Square, this multimedia event features runway shows, on-site and citywide activities, shopping and cool after-parties.

WHEN: March 13 – 17


Volvo Car Open

You don’t have to travel all the way to Paris, London or New York to see the world’s best women tennis players compete. Come to Charleston instead for the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island. Since 1973, the Volvo Car Open has been a pioneer in women’s professional sports creating milestones that over the years have directly influenced the popularity of women’s professional tennis. Among those scheduled to play is Sloane Stephens – the winner of last year’s US Open.

WHEN: March 31 – April 8


Jimmy Buffet @ North Charleston Coliseum

Attention Parrotheads! You don’t have to go all the way to Margaritaville to catch Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. They’ll be playing some of their most popular tunes including, “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” at the North Charleston Coliseum. Get your tickets quickly as Buffet’s “drunken Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll” style (his expression, not mine) is very popular here in the Palmetto State.

WHEN: April 6


Cooper River Bridge Run / Walk

The Cooper River Bridge Run is touted as the best organized and best conducted 10-K race in the world. And, no other race offers you the unparalleled views you get from crossing our beautiful Ravenel Bridge.  The event includes world-class competition and broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year.  Sounds fun, right? Why don’t you join us?

WHEN: April 7


Wynton Marsalis @ Charleston Gaillard Center

Lots of locals are very excited that Wynton Marsalis of New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform here in the Holy City. Marsalis who was born in New Orleans, in 1961 began his classical training on trumpet at age 12. And as anyone who’s heard him play can tell you, he’s one talented musician.

WHEN: April 12


Spoleto Festival USA

Founded in 1977, Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, is one of America’s premier performing arts festivals and it serves as a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (The Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music.

WHEN: May 25 – June 10


Piccolo Spoleto

Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA. 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.
WHEN: May 25 – June 10


Sweet Grass Cultural Arts Festival

This annual event is designed to promote and preserve the Gullah Geechee peoples’ history, heritage, culture and traditions. The Gullah Geechee are the descendants of enslaved Africans of various ethnic groups who live in the Lowcountry region of the Georgia and South Carolina. They developed a creole language, the Gullah language, and a culture rich in African influences that makes them distinctive among African Americans. Festival visitors will find the work of 20+ sweetgrass basket makers and other artwork and crafts available for purchase, basket making demonstrations, and children’s activities.

WHEN: June 2


Paula Poundstone @ Charleston Music Hall

Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. With smart, observational humor and a spontaneous interaction with a crowd that has become the stuff of legend, she swings on stage like a Jazz musician. Without a plan. Without a net. There’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.

WHEN: June 22


(Thank you to all the venues/performers for providing the information to create this calendar)