The return of the MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston, SC

Here’s what to expect at this year’s event.

Aerial view of Marion Square in Charleston, SC

Head to Marion Square for the Opening Day Parade before it travels down King Street. |

Photo by @walkablecharleston

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It’s almost time for the return of the MOJA Arts Festival, set to be held this Thurs., Sept. 29-Sun., Oct. 9. Here’s what to expect at this years event — be sure to keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

About the festival

Through a series of free and ticketed programs, the annual, 11-day festival will highlight the contributions of African-American and Caribbean cultures to western and world culture, right here in Charleston.

The event is directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the MOJA Planning Committee, featuring a selection of visual arts programs, traditional crafts + storytelling, and educational outreach workshops.

The schedule is broken up into seven categories:

  • Dance
  • Health and Recreation
  • Literary
  • Music
  • Heritage and Community
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Scroll through each category to find details on various events.

Plan your experience

The possibilities are endless for the next 11 days.

Expect a performance from North Charleston-based choral organization Lowcountry Voices, Gullah storytelling with Theresa Hilliard, and Black Biz on the Block, a Black-owned small business market. Take a look at a few more festival highlights below.

🥁 September 29: Explore the free-to-attend Opening Day Parade beginning at Marion Square.

🎨 September 29-October 9: View paintings, sculptures, and photography from SC-based artists at the City Gallery during the Juried Art Exhibition.

🎭 October 6: Expect entertainment from Tonya Nicole + Latoya Renea between Ann and King streets at the Jazz on King Block Party. Bonus: Check out a live painting performance from visual artist and live soul painter kolpeace.

🎤 October 7: Calling all Stevie Wonder fans: Grab your ticket for WONDERVERSE: The Music of Stevie Wonder to enjoy a performance of the artist’s classic hits.

What’s changed?

Last year, the 2021 festival was presented in an alternative format with no paid events + offered virtually the year prior. Check out the festival history pre-pandemic.

We’re excited to see what this year’s event holds.

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