Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Charleston, and finally, it’s almost here! In springtime, the city is ablaze with colorful flowers, fragrant blooms (a little pollen, too), sunny skies, mild temperatures and perfect days to stroll the battery, take a walk on the beach or meander through your favorite local park.
Because it’s such a beautiful time of year, events start to pick up as well with many of the area’s biggest events taking place in spring. Here are a few of our picks for top things to do in the Lowcountry in March and April:
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, March 6-9
Charleston is increasingly recognized as a food destination because of our amazing culinary offerings from some of the top restaurants in the country. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival held in Marion Square celebrates all the great things about Lowcountry food and brings in chefs for demonstrations, authors for signings, hosts an artisan market and more. The Culinary Village is where most of the action happens, including the Grand Tasting Tent with 40 food and drink vendors, the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen, and the Outdoor Living + Grilling Area. Ticket prices vary for each event.
Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 20-April 19
A Charleston classic, the Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens lets you inside some of historic downtown’s most glamorous old homes. Step inside these preserved hundred-year old homes to be inspired by their décor and amazing gardens. Choose from tours in various parts of downtown, such as Meeting Street, Church Street, South Battery, etc. All proceeds benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament, March 29-April 6
Here in the Lowcountry we’re lucky to host the Family Circle Cup, a top-notch tennis tournament, which often brings big tennis stars like the Williams sisters to town. The weather is always just perfect for this event, held at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island, where you can enjoy sitting in the sunshine while watching your favorite players try to beat the competition. Enjoy shopping local vendors at the event, as well as sampling local food creations.
Cooper River Bridge Run, April 4
Do you love to be active in the springtime? Then there’s no better event than the famous Cooper River Bridge Run, which takes you across the Ravenel Bridge for a 10K run and walk and gorgeous views to boot. Once you finish this challenging event, head over to the Finish Festival at Marion Square for entertainment, food, souvenirs, refreshments and more.
YMCA Flowertown Festival in Summerville, April 4-6
With several of our communities located in Summerville, including The Ponds, Branch Creek and Cane Bay Plantation, this is one of our favorite Lowcountry events. This annual festival celebrates the colorful blooms that dot the Lowcountry landscape come spring from bright azaleas to white dogwoods and purple wisteria. An arts and crafts event, the Flowertown Festival is located in Azalea Park and along Summerville’s Main Street. You’ll find works from more than 200 jury-selected artists, food samples from local restaurants, rides and activities for kids, and a local farmer’s market. More than 200,000 people attend this popular free event!
Town of Mt Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet, April 27
The hosting of this festival each year officially ushers in shrimp season in the Lowcountry, something we can all be excited about! The traditional Blessing of the Fleet event held at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park & Pier features a boat parade, a blessing of the shrimp and boat fleet, seafood samples from local restaurants, shag dancing, kids activities and an arts and crafts show. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the weather and nosh on some shrimp – fried, grilled, sautéed, boiled… however you like ‘em!
What’s your favorite spring event in the Lowcountry? Tough to pick, isn’t it?
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