Spring has arrived, Charleston travelers! You know what that means – sunny days, flowers in full bloom, and oh so many events. Beach days are plentiful and activity options are endless. Take advantage of all the springtime opportunities Charleston has to offer. We’ve compiled some of our favorite things to do this spring, including new popular food and drink spots around town as well as some of the most anticipated April events.
Festivals, Feasts & Fun in Charleston
Grand Easter Buffet and Egg Hunt: April 1
Bring your family and your own Easter basket to the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant for a brunch buffet and Easter egg hunt.
Flowertown Festival: April 6-8
Every spring, thousands of people visit Summerville to see nature’s bounty awash in color, from the hot pink azaleas, to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood while enjoying one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The event features more than 200 jury-selected artists, children’s activities and a farmer’s market.
The Cooper River Bridge Run is the third largest 10K in the United States and one of the largest in the world averaging 40,000 participants. Runners and walkers start in Mount Pleasant, race across the Ravenel Bridge and finish in downtown Charleston.
Lowcountry Cajun Festival: April 8
Bringing Louisiana living to the Lowcountry, the Cajun Festival at James Island County Park is a full-day of music straight from the bayou, plus Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and more. Feast on jambalaya, alligator, etouffee, andouille sausage and, of course, crawfish. Alligator not your favorite? Don’t worry, barbecue, hot dogs and other festival foods are also available.
Plantasia 2018: April 14
Plantasia offers a vast array of unusual and cutting edge plants for sale (as well as tried and true favorites) set among the pastures and live oaks of the beautiful Old Towne Creek County Park in Charleston. This year’s event also features on-site gardening workshops and garden experts and other nonprofit garden organizations will be on hand to answer your horticultural questions.
14th annual Blues by the Sea: April 15
Enjoy a beautiful day of blues music just outside the gates of Kiawah Island. Bring a blanket or chair for this free concert. Coolers are allowed and food and drink will be available for purchase. Enjoy “Ladies Sing the Blues,” featuring the legendary Beverly Guitar Watkins, J.J. Thames & the Violet Revolt, and Eleanor Ellis.
13th annual Historic Charleston Foundation Wine Tastings: April 19
During the Historic Charleston Foundation’s popular Festival of Houses and Gardens, guests can tour many of city’s historic private homes and gardens. Circa 1886 will host two wine and hors d’oeuvres tastings during the tours. Tickets are $45 per person and available at www.historiccharleston.org.
Charleston Farmers Market: Beginning April 14
Join locals every Saturday in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the more than 100 local vendors, including farmers and growers, sweet and savory food concessions, artisans and crafters plus live music and activities. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday. (See our complete list of area farmers markets.)
Joint Base Charleston 2018 Air & Space Expo: April 28
The free public event is set to feature air show headliners, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds will perform expert aerial maneuvers in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and are the first of several expected aerial demonstrations to take place throughout the event. In addition, attendees can get up close and personal with military and commercial air and ground equipment; and experience a variety of entertainment throughout the one-day event.
Grab a Bite at These New Restaurants
Wood & Grain, 778 South Shelmore Blvd. 102, Mount Pleasant
Founded by Chef Patrick Owens in June 2017, Wood & Grain brings a unique culinary concept, marrying wood -fired cooking with the finest seafood. This modern and inviting eatery, centered around open hearth cooking, offers hand-crafted wood-fired pizzas and sophisticated seafood dishes. They pride themselves on using the finest seasonal bounty from regional farms and purveyors. They use simple Lowcountry products but give them a unique global twist to create an unexpected combination of flavors.
The CODfather, Proper Fish & Chips, 4254 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
The CODfather has taken fish & chips to a whole new level. This simple concept has turned into one of the most sought-after meals in Charleston. Acknowledging that beer pairs perfectly with traditional fish & chips, the CODfather offers a BYOB option – even supplying the pint for your libations.
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, 159 Church St. Charleston
“It’s more than a cup of coffee” is the perfect slogan for this progressive coffee shop. The experience you’ll receive at Bitty & Beau’s is unlike any other. While the shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the customers love the products, they really come in for the unique customer service experience. The Wright family has dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including their two youngest children, Bitty and Beau. Offering a plethora of caffeinated options and breakfast bites, this lively shop is a must visit while strolling down Church Street.
Stroll Through Some of Charleston’s Most Beautiful Parks
Visit some of the area’s most beautiful parks for springtime blooms, walking trails and playgrounds.
- Riverfront Park: 1061 Everglades Ave. in North Charleston
- Brittlebank Park: 185 Lockwood Drive in Charleston
- Palmetto Islands County Park: 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant
- Hampton Park: 30 Mary Murray Drive in Charleston
- Azalea Park: 105 W 5th S St. in Summerville