12 #MustDo events in Charleston this spring

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Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park | Photo via @chasriverdogs

If the past few days have been a precursor to the spring weather that will be here soon, we can’t wait. ☀️ With warm Lowcountry weather comes plenty of can’t-miss events, which we have rounded up for you to put on your calendars.

Lip Sync for Lungs | Thurs., Mar. 11 | 7 p.m. | The Bend, 3775 Azalea Dr., North Charleston | $100/vehicle | Come support the American Lung Association in South Carolina. Live-stream tickets are also available. 

Festival of Houses and Gardens | Thurs., March 11-Tues., Aug. 17 | Times + locations vary | Prices vary | Explore some of the country’s most beautiful houses + gardens right here in Charleston. Programming extended through summer.

Mount Pleasant ArtFest | Sat., March 13 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mount Pleasant Towne Center, 1218 Belk Dr. | Free | Various local + regional artists will offer music, dance, and visual art displays and performances. Additionally, there will be a virtual Easter Egg hunt. Food and snacks will be available for purchase.

Volvo Car Open | April 3-11 | Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive | Available to stream | The annual women’s tennis tournament will not host in-person fans but will be available to stream via Tennis Channel

Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s World of Jazz | Sat., April 17 | 5-6:30 p.m. + 8-9:30 p.m. | Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. | $25+ | “Explore the international influence of jazz and the genre’s ability to unite people and cultures from all corners of the globe.”

Safe Sounds at Firefly | Fri., April 17-Sat., June 26 | Shows begin at 7 p.m. | Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | Prices per square vary; tickets here | This outdoor, socially-distant concert series can be enjoyed on Firefly’s lawn via chairs + blankets in a 10 ft. x 10. ft “square”. Pets, coolers + outside food and drink are prohibited.

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival | Sun., April 25 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant | Free | A festival honoring Charleston’s shrimping + fishing industry that includes a boat parade, live music, craft show + more.

Metropolitan Bridal Show Expo | Sun., April 25 | 1-5 p.m. | Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston | $12+ | Future brides can connect with local bridal industry professionals, learn all about wedding planning + find inspiration for their big days. 

North Charleston Arts Fest | Wed., April 28-Sun., May 2 | Times + venues vary; see map here | Free to attend | Major events like the World Art Expo + Children’s Festival will not take place this year. In-person and virtual events will be offered. Participant applications can be found here.

Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season | Tues., May 4-Sun., Sept. 12 | Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. | Prices vary; ticket sales TBA | The RiverDogs are returning to the Joe this spring following MiLB’s 2020 season cancellation + will host a reduced number of in-person fans.

PGA Championship | Thurs., May 20-Sun., May 23 | The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island | Tickets unavailable; broadcast info here | The 2021 golf tournament will host a limited number of in-person spectators + can be streamed on various channels.

Spoleto Festival USA | Fri., May 28-Sun., June 13 | Times + venues vary | Ticket sales TBA | America’s major performing arts festival will return to the Holy City this year bringing diverse attractions. In-person + virtual event lineup will be announced Mon., April 5.

Postponements + cancellations

CharlestonCon | Postponed to Aug. 21, 2021

Cooper River Bridge Run | Postponed to Sept., 25, 2021

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition | Postponed to Feb., 17-20, 2022 

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Parade | Postponed to March 12, 2022

Charleston Bluegrass Festival | Postponed to March 18-19, 2022