The return of the MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston

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. 28-Sun., Oct. 8. Here’s what to expect at this year’s event — be sure to keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

About the festival

The annual, 11-day festival will highlight the contributions of African-American and Caribbean cultures to western and world culture, right here in Charleston. Many MOJA events are free to attend, while others can be purchased online.

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

The schedule is broken up into categories including:

  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Theater
  • Community
  • Visual Arts

Scroll through each category to find details on various events.

Plan your experience

The possibilities are endless for the next 11 days. Take a look at a few festival highlights below.

September 28: Explore the free-to-attend Opening Day Parade beginning at Marion Square.

September 29: Dance your waydow to the Reggae Block Party at Brittlebank Park.

September 28-October 8: Paradise Blue” is a drama centered on Detroit’s Club Paradise, a combination jazz club + boarding house that has a lot of conflict.

September 30: Broken Chains and Things” is a theatrical production that explores the story of a grandfather facing a series of tragedies.

October 4: Colour of Music Festival Octet returns to Dock Street Theatre with a classical chamber music performance to honor Charleston-born composer, Edmund Thornton Jenkins.

October 6: Enjoy an evening of poetry and storytelling at the James Island Arts and Cultural Center.

What’s changed?

This marks the first year that Charlton Singleton, two-time Grammy-Award winner, will serve as the newly appointed artistic director.

Sorelle will welcome Chef Karen Akunowicz to the Holy City.
Charleston has educational and celebratory events to commemorate Juneteenth that kick off this weekend.
The authors include Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, and National Book Award nominees and winners.
Proceeds from the event will benefit SC Aquarium Reef Research.
The Town of Summerville is celebrating Iced Tea Day with free sweet tea and tea-inspired dishes and specialty drinks.
Book it to your local library — Charleston County Public Library, Dorchester County Library, and the Berkeley County Library System are all hosting summer reading programs.