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
The largest women’s only tennis tournament in the United States. The roster of past champions includes Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, and Serena Williams.
Get a rare glimpse into the art and architecture of several private homes on Kiawah Island. Five homes in the gated community will be open for public viewing, each with their own unique style.
During this three-day festival, take in the beauty and charm of Summerville while enjoying 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, food, children’s activities and more.
Thousands of people will gather for this annual event. The 10K race starts in Mount Pleasant, crosses the Ravenel Bridge and finishes near Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
Louisiana comes to the Lowcountry for a full day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods plus kids’ activities, live music and a crawfish-eating contest. Event is noon to 6 p.m. at James Island County Park.
Take a tour of a elegant 1903 high-style Queen Anne Victorian home near Colonial Lake. This house at 16 Rutledge Ave. is a perfect canvas for local designers to showcase their work.
Explore the city’s historic district in a series of tours showcasing Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.
Small town St. George welcomes visitors to enjoy all things grits. Get ready to eat grits, buy grits, learn how grits are made and even dive into a vat of grits for the Grits Rolling Contest.
Celebrate Southern food, music and libations at Riverfront Park in North Charleston during this two-day music festival.
Come together with other songwriters, artists, and music industry professionals to celebrate and share the love of music in the Lowcountry. Curated events will take place throughout downtown Charleston.
Rides, a petting zoo, acrobatic dog show, a playground and strawberry pie-eating contests are all part of this family friendly event. Plus, there are plenty of strawberries ripe for the pickin‘ in the U-Pick Fields.
This comedy focuses on the annual Miss Firecracker Beauty Contest as Carnelle Scott – a woman with a “reputation” – struggles against all odds and the bizarre and ridiculous characters she encounters to win the crown and replace her tarnished title of “Miss Hot Tamale.” The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St. in Charleston.
Pay tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry at this event with a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.
Enjoy a Meal at These New Restaurants
From the folks that brought you Saltwater Cowboys you’ll be hooked on these contemporary seafood and land dishes in the heart of downtown Charleston. Locals and tourists will enjoy menu items such as She Crab Soup, Oyster Pie, Shrimp ‘N Grits, Cast Iron Bone-In Ribeye and Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
Topsail Restaurant, 440 W Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
In the heart of Shem Creek Topsail serves lobster and other delectable plates sourcing their fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets. Lobster cocktail, lobster-and-grits and lobster deviled eggs, a surf ‘n’ surf platter with shrimp, scallops, crab and lobster are sure to please the local lobster lovers.
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