Around Town: 5 Must-See May Events

May is shaping up to be the month of festivals! From locally known festivals to ones that have garnered nationally recognition, the event calendar for this month is packed to the brim with spring festivities for you to enjoy. We’ve selected a few of our favorites and included some other event options, too – just in case festivals aren’t your cup of tea.

North Charleston Arts Fest – May 1-9

First up is the North Charleston Arts Fest, which starts the first of May and lasts for 9 days. This annual celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, photography, media arts and literature. You’ll be able to explore these artists’ creations, participate in workshops and watch live performances – all while rubbing elbows with some of the best talent around!

7th Annual Charleston Bed Race – May 1

Established in 2010, this local fundraiser is a fun, beneficial event that helps raise money for Camp Happy Days, a free, year-round camp for children with cancer across South Carolina. Hosted at the MUSC Health Stadium, the grand parade of beds begins at noon, with live music, food and fun to follow!

Charleston Spring Greek Festival – May 6-8

This annual celebration of Greek culture is hosted at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and is the perfect way to spend a day – or entire weekend – with your friends and family. Enjoy Greek food, wine, music and dancing all afternoon long. And if you’re active military or a child 12 and under, you get in free. Moms are admitted free on Sunday for Mother’s Day!

Charleston Beer Garden – May 14

Sample hundreds of craft brews at Charleston’s largest pop-up beer garden, hosted at The Grove at Patriots Point. Featuring live music, beer games, over 20 featured breweries, local food and a homebrewers’ village, the proceeds from this event will support Lowcountry AIDS Services in its work helping people living with HIV/AIDS in the greater Charleston area.

Spoleto Festival USA – May 27 – June 12

Featuring performances from renowned and emerging artists across the country, the Spoleto Festival is one of the world’s premier performing arts festivals. This 17-day event takes over the entire Holy City, hosting performances in historical theaters, churches and outdoor spaces. If you weren’t able to snag tickets to Spoleto this time around, be sure to check out Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Hosted during the same 17 days as Spoleto USA, this festival presents high-quality professional work, with a focus on accessibility. In fact, nearly half of the events featured at Piccolo Spoleto are admission free!