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Regional events & local amenities

Whether you’re a history buff or a festival lover, Charleston has something for you. Explore upcoming events and local amenities below—or check out the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau for even more to do.

Regional events

Explore some of our most popular events!

Lowcountry Oyster Festival - A tractor trailer full of the salty mollusks is hauled onto the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation, and the fragrant fog of oysters steamed in wet burlap hangs above the shuck ‘em and slurp ‘em crowd of 10,000+ .

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition – The call of the wild rings loud and true every year when the nation’s largest celebration of wildlife art and the sporting life blows into town with 35,000+ attendees.

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival – Praised by Forbes Traveler as one of the “Top Five” food and wine festivals in the US, this four-day extravaganza celebrates the Charleston area’s nationally recognized culinary scene.

Cooper River Bridge Run – With over 40,000 participants this is one the largest 10K races in North America. Runners cross the cable-stayed Arthur Ravenel Bridge from Mt. Pleasant into downtown Charleston, making this one of the most scenic races anywhere.

Volvo Car Open - Every spring, Daniel Island serves as the backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women's professional tennis. A WTA Premier Event, past champions include some of the biggest names in the history of women's tennis including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus and Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

Spoleto Festival USA – Charleston shines the spotlight on a dazzling array of opera, jazz, theater, orchestral, chamber, contemporary music, literary and visual artists during this internationally renowned 17-day festival.

Craving more events and festivals? Visit the Charleston Convention & Visitor's Bureau website.

Local Amenities

If history is the cornerstone of Charleston’s reputation as a visitor destination, then dining is the mortar.

Recent Recognition and Accolades:
  • In February 2011, The New York Times flatly stated, “Charleston is one of the great eating towns of the American South.”
  • In June 2011, Saveur Magazine wrote, “We've always considered Charleston one of the country's most alluring eating destinations, with an astonishing variety of experiences, from moonlight oyster roasts to candlelight antebellum banquets.”
  • Charleston County boats a long list of James Beard Award-winning chefs and “best new” restaurants.
  • The Beard Foundation named chefs from three different downtown eateries  "Best Chef" in the Southeast three years running.
  • In 2011, a new addition to Charleston’s culinary lineup was not only named “Best New Restaurant in the South” by Southern Living Magazine but also “Best New Restaurant in America” by Bon Appétit.
From traditional Lowcountry favorites like She Crab Soup, Shrimp and Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes to the most elegant continental cuisine, Charleston offers dining variety sure to sate the most sophisticated palate.

Visit the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau for a full list of restaurants, events and other amenities.