The spring season is headed our way, and with it comes a celebration of warm weather, fresh styles and new beginnings. As you can see from our selection of events for this month, each one gives a special salute to the new season and, of course, the cherished traditions that can only be found right here in the Lowcountry.
This week kicks off the 11th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and welcomes locals and tourists alike to celebrate the many flavors of the Lowcountry. Sip, sample and savor impeccable food, wine and other beverages, courtesy of Charleston’s most popular chefs, farmers, sommeliers and culinary experts. See for yourself why Charleston is one of the top food and wine destinations in America!
Head over to Isle of Palms this weekend for an afternoon of local flavors, fun and some of the best beach music around. In fact, the Front Beach Fest will feature music from the winners of the 2015 Carolina Beach Music Award for Rising Star and Song of the Year, Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, as well as the musical stylings of the legendary band, The Tams. With local vendors, jump castles, face painting, karaoke and a balloon artist, there’s plenty of fun for the kids, too!
If you love fashion, then this 5-night celebration is one you won’t want to miss. Head down to Marion Square in Historic Downtown Charleston for the Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week®, showcasing emerging designers and models across the East Coast. With 40 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, the Rock the Runway Model CompetitionTM, interactive entertainment and chic after-parties, you’ll be able to rub elbows with some of the latest and greatest fashionistas in the country.
Keeping with tradition, Charleston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off with a traditional 8 a.m. Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church. Following the church service is the parade down King Street, which has more than 1,000 participants and includes floats, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, fiddlers and loads of local Irish citizens. After the parade, the party moves to City Hall for a flag raising ceremony, live Irish music and traditional Irish fare. Follow the celebration from one site to another and see how the Irish in the Lowcountry ring in this popular holiday.
Hosted at the historic Middleton Place, Easter Eggstravaganza isn’t your average Easter egg hunt. Search for real hard-boiled eggs in the picturesque Gardens and then take your finds to the Stableyards to be dyed. There’s also an Egg Roll, an Egg Toss, Easter crafts and other fun games. This event is free with General Admission for Middleton Place (advance reservations requested). Come celebrate this long-standing spring tradition with other Lowcountry friends and families.