Arts, Culture & Entertainment in Charleston/Downtown

Cobblestone, sand and water provide endless opportunities.

Famous golf courses, top-rated tennis courts, pristine beaches, monumental battleships and beautifully preserved architecture barely scratches the surface of attractions in Charleston. You can be as adventurous or as tame as you like. Best of all, our mild climate means you can enjoy most of our sights year-round.

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Charleston Carifest

A traditional Caribbean Carnival celebration during Caribbean American Heritage Month offering fun & exciting family friendly events, music, food, and more!

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Robert Lange Studios

Voted Best Art Gallery 4 years in a row by the Charleston City Paper. RLS Represents the very best in emerging and mid career artists with a focus on contemporary realism.

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Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre and Shoppe

Live comedy theatre in a cozy setting – clean comic whodunit shows, volunteer audience participation, a la carte appetizers, drinks, & desserts. At downtown City Market.

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2nd Sunday on King

On the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1-5pm, King Street is closed to all vehicular traffic to celebrate the best shopping, dining & services the region has to offer. Join us!

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68th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens

March 16-April 24. View American architecture & arts in approx.150 of Charleston’s grandest, private homes & gardens. Georgian & antebellum periods & into early 20th century.

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Anglin Smith Fine Art

A gallery for contemporary realism and color. Featuring works by painter Betty Anglin Smith & her triplets, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Shannon Smith Hughes, Tripp Smith & others.

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Atrium Art Gallery

"Charleston's Most Exciting Art Space" - contemporary, abstract, landscape, realism, Lowcountry and black & white photography from local, national and worldwide artists.

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Brad and Jennifer Moranz Present

Bringing their Broadway experience to Charleston, Brad and Jennifer Moranz create spectacular musical variety shows for the whole family presented throughout the year.

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Chamber Music Charleston

Chamber Music Charleston presents concerts of exceptional artistic quality in the historic homes, theatres and churches of the Lowcountry.

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Charleston Antiques Show

English, European & American period furnishings, fine art, vintage jewelry & silver, from the 17th to 20th centuries. Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation.

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Charleston Gallery Association

Charleston Gallery Association with over 40 art galleries in the greater Charleston area. Visit our website for a printable map and a link to all galleries and art offerings.

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Charleston International Film Festival

Unique film experience exploring all genre through features, documentaries, shorts & animations created by local, national & international filmmakers. Free workshops and more!

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Charleston Jazz

Swing by JAC's Charleston Jazz House, visit charlestonjazz.com for Jazz Around Town, or catch a Charleston Jazz Orchestra performance, Charleston's own resident big-band!

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Charleston's professional, world-class symphony, performing from September-May. With Masterworks, Chamber Music, and Pops Series, there is something for every musical taste!

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Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival

March 11-12. Enjoy some of the best national and local storytellers as they delight audiences with stories that transport you to another place and time. Presented by CCPL.

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Charleston Wine + Food

Lauded as one of the country's premier culinary experiences, Charleston Wine + Food celebrates 12 years of incredible taste March 1 - 5, 2017.

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Dog & Horse Fine Art

Offering extensive inventory, commissioned portraits and art advisory services to build collections of 19th – 21st century art for clients. US and European artists on view.

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Edward Dare Gallery

Visit this gallery for works that celebrate the colorful tapestry of the southern coastal culture including crashing waves, lush marshes, wildlife & sensitive portraits.

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Grand Bohemian Gallery

The Grand Bohemian Gallery, located within the luxury hotels of The Kessler Collection, is one of the most eclectic and visually stimulating art galleries in the nation.

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Gullah Tours

Gullah Tours explores the places, history and stories that are relevant to the varied contributions made by black Charlestonians. $18 per person. Reservations suggested.

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Helena Fox Fine Art, LLC

Peruse nationally and internationally acclaimed representational art including Southern Master, West Fraser, wildlife bronze sculptor, Kent Ullberg and goldsmith Sarah Amos.

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Lowcountry Artists

The oldest artist-owned and operated gallery in Charleston. This large gallery features lowcountry-themed fine art and hosts artist receptions every first Friday, 5-8pm.

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Meyer Vogl Gallery

Contemporary fine art gallery in Charleston’s French Quarter. Featuring paintings by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl, we also exhibit works by nationally recognized guest artists.

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Mitchell Hill

A contemporary gallery & interior design firm, featuring original artworks by 30+ artists as well as high-end furniture & accessories. Located on upper King Street.

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Paint This Town

Do you art party? Make history with family & friends. Order up a round, paint this town's most alluring locations, and create a unique memento! No experience needed.

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Palmetto Crescent Parlour

Located downtown on Archdale St., the luxurious Palmetto Crescent Parlour offers weekend performances by Kellar O’Neil, a master illusionist known as “The Southern Charmer.”

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival

700 events in 17 days transforming Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Exhibits, music, dance, theatre, crafts, film and more.

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PURE Theatre

PURE Theatre continues its reign as Charleston’s go-to for the best in contemporary theater. We feel confident saying that a night at PURE is always a sure thing.

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Que d'Keys Dueling Piano Bar

Downtown's only Dueling Piano Bar and guaranteed to have you on your feet dancing, singing and laughing with your friends. Open Thursday-Saturday. See Facebook for show times.

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Redux Contemporary Art Center

Charleston’s hub for contemporary art, featuring three galleries, 40 artist studios, classroom, print shop, darkroom, photo studio, outreach & special events hosted regularly.

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Sites & Insights Tours, Inc.

Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours.

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Feb 12-14, 2016. The largest wildlife art & sporting life event of its kind. A 3-day celebration showcasing 500 artists & exhibitors, wildlife experts, guides and more.

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Spencer Art Gallery I & II

On Gallery Row in the historic French Quarter, over 500 works of contemporary fine art by over 50 artists are shown salon style. View the art, meet attending artist, browse.

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Spoleto Festival USA

May 25-June 10, 2018. Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston's theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music.

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The Charleston Music Hall

Boasting the best acoustics in town, the Music Hall is a listening room: an intimate theatre in which the audience and the artist can interact on a more personal level.

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The Footlight Players

Longest running theater (86 yrs) in the City of Charleston. This year: The Wedding Singer, An Act of God, The Addams Family, Annie, Vanya and Sonia and Singin’ In The Rain.

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The George Gallery

The George Gallery represents local and nationally recognized contemporary artists. The gallery specializes in abstract and non-objective paintings.

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The Sophia Institute

The Sophia Institute is a center of learning that provides lectures and retreats that foster the deepening of wisdom, for a more just, sustainable, and conscious world.

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Theater 99

No scripts! All improv! SC's only professional improv theatre is guaranteed to make you laugh. Each high energy show is based on audience suggestion. In-house bar.

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Upstairs at Midtown

A unique private event venue found in the exciting Upper King Street "Design District" of Downtown Charleston. One of the oldest buildings north of Calhoun St., Circa 1760's.

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Woolfe Street Playhouse

Woolfe Street is an example of adaptive reuse of a historic warehouse. Built in 1914, the building has been transformed into a facility for performance art and special events.

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