Charleston has some of the best festivals in the country during the spring, ranging from music festivals to food festivals. To help you sift through the good times in 2023, here are Charleston Guru’s top picks for spring events in Charleston in chronological order.
TOP SPRING EVENTS IN Charleston
Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens
The 75th Festival of Houses and Gardens is Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, April 16, 2023, at various locations around Charleston. Tickets range from $55 to $150.
Through various educational tours and events, you will experience Charlestons’ culture and architecture and learn more about the extensive historical events that have taken place. Attendees can enjoy events such as Food For Thought Luncheon Lectures, Morning History Walks, Glorious Garden Tours, and Garden Splendor Tours, in some of Charleston’s most exclusive private gardens.
Charleston Bluegrass Festival
The Charleston Bluegrass Festival is from Friday to Saturday, March 24-25, 2023, at the Woodlands Nature Reserve. The festival will feature live music from Leftover Salmon, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Keller & The Knees, and more. There will be local food, craft vendors, outdoor activities, and plush camping options.
2023 Walk for Water
The 2023 Walk for Water is Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Riverfront Park. This walk raises awareness and funds for the global water crisis by building safe water solutions for those in need around the world. Registration costs $10 for ages 5-17 and $25 for ages 18 and up.
Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
Enjoy a family friendly weekend at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. The festival will be held Friday to Sunday, March 31-April 2, 2023 and Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, 2023 on the perimeter of Boone Hall Plantation. The festival includes a petting zoo, rides, games, food vendors, fresh strawberries, and live music. Tickets range from $15 – $100.
Cooper River Bridge Run
The annual Cooper River Bridge Run is back and is on Saturday, April 1, 2023. This 10-K race is a great way to see the beautiful views of Charleston. The race starts in Mount Pleasant and goes over the Cooper River Bridge into downtown Charleston. Registration fees range from $60 – $70 depending on when you sign up.
Credit One Charleston Open
The WTA 500 tennis tournament, Credit One Charleston Open will be held from Saturday to Sunday, April 1-9, 2023 at the newly renovated Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island. Only Single Session tickers are available and they range from $10 – $95. And if you are traveling from downtown to the event you can hop on the Daniel Island Ferry to avoid traffic. Daniel Island Ferry tickets.
Charleston Walk for Autism
The Charleston Walk for Autism is Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Hampton Park. Registration is $25. This run raises awareness and funds for the Charleston Walk for Autism organization.
High Water Festival
The High Water Festival is from Saturday to Sunday, April 15-16, 2023, at Riverfront Park. This event will include live music, food vendors, local art, and more! The 2023 headliners are Beck, Rainbow Kitten Suprise, and Wilco. Ticket prices vary from $185-$9,750. All ages are welcome.
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at James Island County Park. The event will include a variety of Cajun and Creole foods, Zydeco music, a crawfish-eating contest, and activities for kids. Tickets are $35 per car when purchased in advance, and $40 at the door. An all-day kids area handstamp is available for $10 which is valid for inflatables and the climbing wall.
Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival
The Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival is Sunday, April 30, 2023, from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Memorial Waterfront Park. This event pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry. There will be a boat parade, live music, craft shows, and a shrimp-eating contest. Admission and activities are free. All ages are welcome.
North Charleston Arts Fest
The North Charleston Arts Fest is Wednesday, May 3, 2023, through Sunday, May 7, 2023. This festival will include a variety of free events throughout North Charleston venues such as libraries, community centers, businesses, and parks. The events offered will include concerts, children’s programs, workshops, readings, exhibitions, public art installations, theatre presentations, and more.
The Children’s Festival is Friday, May 5, 2023, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the CCSD Regional Stadium. Kids will enjoy an exciting day of themed activities, including Music, Arts and Crafts, Games, Inflatables, Performances, and More. This event is for kids in Pre-school-2nd grade. Admission is free.
The Spoleto Festival is from Friday to Sunday May 26, 2023 through June 11, 2023, at various historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces throughout Charleston. This performing arts festival takes place each spring for 17 days and nights. Past performers included the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wood Brothers, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ticket prices vary.
High Tide Music & Arts Festival
The High Tide Music & Arts Festival is Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Riverfront Park. This immersive music and lifestyle festival will feature great live music, art, fashion, and food. Some of the live music performers and DJs include, Duke Dumont, Hayden, James, Disco Lines, Ship Wrek, Charly Jordan, and more. Tickets vary from $69 – $8,500.
This event is 21 and over only.