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January | Things to Do in Charleston, SC

By Bailey Laskowski

Happy New Year, Charleston! We can’t believe 2018 is upon us … but that just means another year of food, fun and adventure in Charleston awaits us with open arms. We have plenty to look forward to this year, so book your flight, pack your bags and plan the most exciting Charleston vacation yet. We hope you have a wonderful year!

Events to kick off the New Year


New Year’s Day Oyster Roast at Blu: Jan. 1

Following the Folly Beach Polar Plunge, enjoy all-you-can eat oysters, barbecue, hoppin’ johns and collard greens on the oceanfront deck along with live music and drink specials.

Holiday Pub Crawl: Through Jan. 7

Bring your friends and family on a holiday adventure to celebrate local food, flavor and fun as a guide takes your group to several pubs and taverns, sharing the stories and legends of Charleston’s unique culture and history along the way. Sip on favorite beverages and enjoy complimentary appetizers and holiday treats, while taking in the backdrop of the beautifully decorated city.

Awendaw Green Barn Jam: Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Head out to Awendaw Green for a weekly barn jam, featuring a variety of local and visiting musicians. The event is BYOB, and food will be available for purchase from Wood Fired Pizza and the Roost Bar N’ Grille. Pets on a leash are welcome, along with guests of all ages. If you arrive early you may even get a chance to play some disc golf at Sewee Outpost.

Art Walk: Jan. 5

Located along Historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for First Fridays on Broad with events and activities hosted by the 15 galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques on the Row.

Ovation Concert Series: Jan. 7

Chamber Music Charleston’s acclaimed Ovation Concert Series continues with Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim joining CMC violinist Frances Hsieh, violists Ben and Jenny Weiss and cellist Timothy O’Malley in a program of music including Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No.2, Op.87

Charleston Restaurant Week: Jan. 10-21

Ten days of local restaurant deals and specials, celebrating Charleston and its various cuisine. Hundreds of restaurants participate in this much-anticipated event. Pick your favorite places or try something new!

Gerswhin & Bernstein Take New York: Jan. 18

George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein captured New York City’s essence and became the iconic musical voices of their time. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is joining orchestras around the world to celebrate Bernstein’s centennial this season with his Overture to Candide, West Side Story Suite No. 1, and Symphonic Dances.

Charleston Jazz Festival: Jan. 18-21

The fourth annual Charleston Jazz Festival takes over downtown Charleston with performances by many of the world’s best known jazz musicians. From legends of jazz to emerging artists, to Charleston’s most celebrated home-grown talent, artists of the Charleston Jazz Festival perform a wide range of styles including swing, salsa, blues, Brazilian, the American songbook and more.

Taste of Folly: Jan. 20

Center Street on Folly Beach transforms into four blocks of food and fun. Bring the whole family to enjoy activities and carnival games, including a mechanical shark.

“The Giver” by Charleston Stage: Jan. 20-21

One of the most beloved young adult novels from recent years, “The Giver” tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a perfect world — free of poverty, crime, war and strife. When he is given the prestigious role as this utopian society’s Receiver of Memory, he discovers all his society had to give up to achieve this conflict-free world.

Charleston Wedding Week: Jan. 24-27

Come say “I do” at Charleston Wedding Week, featuring a dynamicCharleston Wedding Week series of workshops, signature experiences, bridal fashion shows and parties for brides- and grooms-to-be.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival: Jan. 28

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and food court showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants.

For those New Year’s Resolutions …

Reverb Yoga Studio: Reverb Charleston provides yoga-inspired practices to stretch and strengthen the body as well as stress-management techniques to calm the mind. Choose from a variety of classes at this King Street yoga studio and start your year off on the right foot.

Charleston runningUpcoming Runs:

Clean Eating Spots

Dellz Uptown: 511 Rutledge Ave. A popular vegan and vegetarian cafe serving creative and delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dellz offers many healthy tasty options that will leave you feeling fresh and energized.

Beech in Charleston, SC


Beech: 315 King St. Beech prides itself on offering great food with healthy benefits, so expect to see fruit, fish, rice, and vegetables on the menu — all sourced sustainably, and locally and organically when possible.