Charleston May Events

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Charleston May Events Calendar

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Things are already starting to heat up in the Lowcountry and there are an abundance of great events and activities to keep you on the move.

The ever famous International Spoleto Festival USA kicks off at the end of this month! This amazing festival takes place the last week in May and first 2 weeks in June. For specific event listings and additional details, you can visit their website at At valued prices, you can view local artist performances and demonstrations through Piccolo Spoleto. I have mentioned it before and will say it again... the Spoleto Finale is one of my all-time favorite events to attend in Charleston. Of course it may be just me, but I love bringing a picnic lunch, walking the Middleton Gardens and lounging to the Spoleto Orchestra culminating with an impressive fireworks display. It's a great time!

But the fun doesn't stop there! The annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place every year downtown and what a fiesta it is! Grab your sombrero and a margarita and salsa the night away. The fun and entertaining Greek Festival also occurs every May and is filled with authentic Greek food, folk dance, live music and traditional celebrations. And then there's the North Charleston Art Festival full of high quality entertainment, exhibits and programs. The Charleston Tea Plantation also puts on their annual First Flush Festival with local bands, food and of course... tea!

May is the time of year when everyone is itching to get outside and celebrate with festivals and fiestas! And before that scorching summer heat kicks in, it's becomes the best time to get out and experience some of the great Charleston May events! I love this time of year!

There are plenty more May events in the Lowcountry (scroll below for the full list). Here is a list of some ongoing happenings:

Charleston Farmer’s Market
Wine Stroll Wednesdays at Middleton Place
Sound of Charleston
Second Sunday on King Street
Sippin’Saturdays at Irvin-House Vineyards
French Quarter Art Walk
Riverdogs Baseball

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Submit Events for May here.

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Charleston May Events

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Vino-PAW-looza, 5/20/17 
Join us for the premiere of our Vino-PAW-looza event on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for fun in the sun with your friends and family, …

Cinco de Mayo Royale, 5/5/17 
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo while supporting Charleston’s parks. Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production and the Royal American are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Royale happy …

The Rainbow Fish, 5/6/17 
Ballet Academy of Charleston presents the Rainbow Fish, a family-friendly ballet based on the famous story. 39 dancers (ages 4-17) will perform and bring …

Birding by Boat in Stumphole Swamp, 5/13/17 
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a stopover adventure on Lake Marion. Explore a unique lake habitat including "Osprey Village" in …

Migratory Bird Walks on the Atlantic Flyway, 5/20 - 5/27/17 
Each year, spring brings a bounty of migratory birds to the Southeast as they begin the breeding season. Some species will spend the season here in the …

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 5/26 -6/11/2017 
The 38th annual Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit presents the work of more than 80 artists in a free open air venue the entire community can enjoy at …

Piccolo Spoleto Festival - Annual May/June Event 
The combination of historic Charleston’s old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA together produce a unique and impacting synergy for …

Spoleto Festival USA - Annual May/ June Event 
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances …

Gibbes on the Street - Annual May Event 
Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the annual Gibbes on the Street party! …

Charleston Beer Garden - Annual May Event 
Come celebrate summer and grab a pint with your friends at the Charleston Beer Garden. Inspired by the festive biergartens of Germany, Brittlebank Park …

Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival - Annual May Event 
The Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival was founded in 2006 and takes place annually on or near May 5th, a Mexican holiday which is widely celebrated throughout …

North Charleston Art Festival - Annual May Event 
The annual event unlocks our imaginations and gives all residents and visitors the opportunity to experience high quality entertainment, exhibits, and …

Charleston Greek Fest - Annual May Event 
The Charleston Greek Fest is a decades-old tradition of culture and entertainment. Come join us in a celebration of life, music, good food, and friendship! …

Cinco De MaY’All - Annual May Event 
The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary of Mount Pleasant presents the Annual Cinco De MaY’All event, a Cinco De Mayo celebration with a bit of a Southern drawl. …

The Atlantic Cup - Class 40 Grand Prix Kick Off - Annual May Event 
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is the only dedicated Class40 sailing race in the United States. From Charleston, competitors will race …

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A note about our calendar details: ALL information given to us has been listed for your convenience. Please contact the event directly for any additional information that may not have been provided to us. To assure you make plans appropriately, also please be mindful to check dates, hours of operation and fees for any of the listed Charleston events, as these are subject to change without prior notice.

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