Now that we’ve settled into the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to publish a list of just a few big events coming to the Low Country in 2020.
Charleston Boat Show Friday, Jan. 24, Charleston Area Convention Center. The boat show kicks off Charleston’s boating season and we’re excited! Power boats, ski boats, yachts, marine education and family entertainment make up this popular Low Country event.
Oyster Festival Sunday, Jan. 26, 10-5pm at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast,” this event includes Oyster eating contests, oyster shucking, live music, wine + beer, a children’s area and more!
Charleston Coffee Fest Sunday, Feb. 9, 10-3pm at Lo-Fi Brewing. The coffee culture is emerging in Charleston. Coffee Fest is ready to introduce you to locally owned coffee shops and artisans. Enjoy coffee tastings, latte art, and roasting competitions.
Charleston Stem Festival Saturday, Mar. 7, Exchange Park. Managed by the Citadel STEM Center, this festival is a celebration of the Low Country’s science, technology, math, and engineering community. Over eighty exhibitors will be on site to provide hands-on activities, live performances and interactive demonstrations. Not that this carries any weight, but if you ask my son, this event is “the coolest!”
Woofstock 2020 Saturday, Mar. 7, 11-7pm at Hanahan Amphitheater. If writing a description for this event makes me smile, I can’t wait to see it in person! Animal lovers don’t want to miss this all day family (fur babies included) affair filled with local vendors, food trucks and adoptable dogs. Need I say more?
3rd Annual St Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl on King St. Saturday, Mar. 14, 1-10pm at The Brick. The hottest bars are ready to hook you up with priority entry, drink specials and raffle prizes. The first four hundred people to complete the crawl get a St Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl t’shirt. Be sure to check out the website for updates and ticket information.
Charleston Bluegrass Festival Saturday, Mar. 20-21, Charleston Woodlands. Expect a weekend full of the finest names in bluegrass. The event features camping tips, craft + food vendors and outdoor activities galore! Follow their website and Facebook pages for more information and pricing details.
Cooper River Bridge Run Saturday, April 4, 6-11pm at Arthur Ravenel Bridge. They tell me “it’s not just a race, it’s an experience.” I’ll have to take their word for it, ’cause I don’t run. Unless I’m being chased, then I might run. I can vouch for how beautiful the Arthur Ravenel Bridge is early in the morning and that’s reason enough to crawl out of bed! Shuttle buses will run from 5am-7am before the race (arrive by 6 am to secure your spot) and 10am-1pm after the race. Parents, don’t forget about the Kids Fun Run on Sunday, March 29.
Charleston Outdoor Festival Saturday, April 18, James Island County Park. If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s cheap outdoor entertainment. You’ll find the perfect mix of fun and fitness during Charleston’s Outdoor Festival. Rock climbing, kayaking, archery, canoeing, paddle boarding, live music and much more make up this all day happening. Admission prices are listed on their website. Psst, it costs next to nothing!
Highwater Festival April 18-19 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Their website has a TON of useful information. If celebrating music and food for two days (along the riverfront) is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival Tuesday, May 5, 12am- 11:59pm at Charleston Visitor Center. Come and immerse yourself in authentic Mexican culture. Enjoy a full day of food, dancing and so much more.
Spoleto Festival 2020 May 22 – June 7 Founded in 1977, Spoleto packs Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor venues with artists and upcoming performers. In its 44th season, the Spoleto Festival is America’s premier performing arts festival! Stay tuned for a full blog post on the history of this event. Add it to your “Do Not Miss” list.
Charleston Beer Festival Saturday, May 23, 12-7pm at Riverfront Park N. Charleston. Where can you go to find beer games, food trucks and music all in one place? That’s right. Charleston Beer Festival in N. Charleston! This year’s proceeds will go to support Palmetto Community Care.
This is certainly not a complete list of events. Think of it as a highlight reel. Regardless of your activity level, age or interests, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year! Begin filling your 2020 calendars now. Never a dull moment in the Holy City.