Charleston Insider's Guide > Attractions & Tours > Charleston Festivals
The city of Charleston is home to numerous committees and groups who are dedicated to preserving southern cultural heritage. Many of these organizations hold annual festivals in the area to support a variety of local interests. Throughout the year visitors and Charlestonians alike come together in celebration of national holidays as well as local traditions. Contact the Charleston Visitors Center for a complete listing of local festivals and events.
Holiday Festival of Lights
MOJA Arts Festival
Charleston Maritime Festival
The Charleston Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Southeastern Wildlife Expo
Patriot's Point 4th of July Celebration
Annual Fall Candlelight Tours
Sept 21- Oct 28
147 King St
Every year The Charleston Preservation Society and volunteers organize this event so visitors can experience Charleston's historic districts, homes, and gardens. This fundraiser benefits The Preservation Society and local National Historic Landmarks.
Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens
March 15- April 15
40 East Bay St
The Historic Charleston Foundation in conjunction with 150 historic property owners, offer guided tours of Charleston's most distinguished historical homes and gardens. The festival features events including a lecture series, wine tastings, and oyster roasts.
Boone Hall Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
Boone Hall Plantation
In 2007, Boone Hall will host the 2nd Annual Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. In 2006 the Kansas City Barbecue Society sponsored a cook-off where barbequers competed for ore than $10,000 in cash and prizes. While the fun goes on around Boone Hall, live bluegrass music fills the air and sets the mood for summertime fun.
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
James Island County Park
April 1, 2007
The Lowcountry Cajun Festival brings a piece of New Orleans culture to South Carolina. Louisiana Zydeco music sets the mood for Cajun fun while the festival offers eats including jambalaya, fried crawfish tails, boiled crawfish, red rice, Andouille sausage, alligator, and etouffee. Other festival features include carnival games, craft vendors, and a crawfish eating contest.
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