charleston arts + culture

From the world-renowned Spoleto Festival and live music venues to the French Quarter Art Walk, Charletson's performing and visual arts offerings are continually recognized for excellence.

Performing + Visual Arts

Area residents choose from a diverse array of live performances held throughout the Charleston region. In addition to nationally recognized performers, community-based musicians, actors and dance troupes regularly take the stage.

The School of the Arts at the College of Charleston adds to this dynamic environment with plays, dance performances, lectures and concerts, including the popular Monday Night Concert Series, the International Piano Series and International Guitar Series.

Charleston Stage Company
Charleston Fine Arts Dealers' Association
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Chaleston Symphony Orchestra League
The Have Nots!
Footlight Players at the Queen Street Playhouse
Charleston Ballet Theatre
Charleston Concert Association
Sottile Theatre

Annual Events

From professional women's tennis at the Family Circle Cup, the Wine & Food Festival in Marion Square, the internationally recognized Spoleto Festival, to the unique Cooper River Bridge Run, there is always something to enjoy year round, either as a spectator or participant.

Moja Festival 
Cooper River Bridge Run
Spoleto Festival
Charleston Food & Wine Festival
Piccolo Spoleto
Southeastern Wildlife Expo
Family Circle Cup Tennis
Festival of Houses and Gardens
Holiday Festival of Lights

Museums + Attractions

There are several museums and cultural sites in Charleston with themes ranging from history to something for the kids. An easy way to introduce yourself to these offerings is to start with downtown Charleston's  Museum Mile - the richest concentration of cultural sites in downtown Charleston.

Stroll the one-mile section of Meeting Street and you will discover six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings, including the Market and City Hall.

South Carolina Aquarium
Charleston Museum
Fort Sumter National Monument
Children's Museum 
Old Exchange Museum and Provost Dungeon 




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