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North Charleston Arts Festival

May 2, 2014 – May 10, 2014

Since the first Spoleto Festival in 1978, excitement builds in the city each spring as world class artists fill Charleston with inspiring, uplifting performances. For 17 days and nights, Spoleto Festival USA draws people from around the world to experience the light and beauty of the arts, with renowned artists and emerging performers in disciplines […]

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The South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium

Top 5 Experiences to SEA and Explore at the South Carolina Aquarium Fish and sharks usually come to mind when you think of an aquarium. While you are sure to encounter sharks at the South Carolina Aquarium, here are five undiscovered experiences to enjoy during your next visit. Ring-Tailed Lemurs Take a detour to Madagascar […]

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Spoleto Festival USA 2014

Spoleto Festival USA 2014

May 23, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Since the first Spoleto Festival in 1978, excitement builds in the city each spring as world class artists fill Charleston with inspiring, uplifting performances. For 17 days and nights, Spoleto Festival USA draws people from around the world to experience the light and beauty of the arts, with renowned artists and emerging performers in disciplines […]

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Charleston Tea Rooms

Charleston Tea Rooms

Church Tea Rooms offer a glimpse into how this mannerly city fetes the public through church tea rooms. Many of the receipts, or recipes to those who are from off, have been handed down and improved upon from one generation to the next. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Tea Room, one of the oldest, will be […]

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The Hat Ladies 14th annual Easter Promenade

The Hat Ladies 14th annual Easter Promenade

April 19, 2014 Easter time in our Holy City means it is time for The Hat Ladies to don their stylish Easter bonnets reflecting the charm and tradition of Charleston. Elegantly dressed ladies, gents and children will gather for photos at Marion Square between 11:00 – 11:30 am, and Promenade down historic Meeting, King and Market Streets until half […]

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Matthew Niessner Executive Chef at Halls Chop House

Matthew Niessner Executive Chef at Halls Chop House

What brought you to Charleston? I loved Kiawah, but I was looking for a change. Through friends in the restaurant industry, I was introduced to Mr. Hall, who was opening Halls Chophouse. I came for an interview, and loved the southern charm of Charleston, and was impressed by the high caliber of chefs in the […]

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3rd Annual Charleston Beer Garden at Brittlebank Park

3rd Annual Charleston Beer Garden at Brittlebank Park

May 17, 2014

Charleston’s largest pop-up beer festival, Charleston Beer Garden, returns to Brittlebank Park for the 3rd annual celebration of the suds on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Modernly inspired German biergartens will once again line the shores of the Ashley River, creating the perfect place to kick back with a beer under the shade of the oaks. […]

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Sculpture in the South

Sculpture in the South

May 23 – June 8, 2014

Now anticipating its 16th annual Show & Sale, Sculpture in the South has placed more than two dozen bronze sculptures in the beautiful town of Summerville and offers the only solely-sculpture show on the East Coast. As many as 35 sculptors exhibit annually, showcased in the beautiful 12-acre Azalea Park. Summerville is known as Flower […]

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67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens

67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens

Through April 19, 2014 Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston’s private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s 66th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens […]

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From the Editor: April, May, June 2014

From the Editor: April, May, June 2014

It’s spring in Charleston and the gardens of the Holy City are filled with fragrant, beautiful blooms. There are lots of gardens to visit and enjoy this time of year, along with an almost endless array of outdoor festivals and events. Take your time going through this issue of Charleston Gateway and choose your favorites. […]

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Annual Flowertown Festival

Annual Flowertown Festival

April 4-6, 2014 Take the short drive to beautiful Summerville and enjoy the work of more than 200 artists and crafters from all over the country. Each day of the three-day event features live entertainment, a Children’s Jubilee and, of course, fabulous food! A Taste of Summerville opens one hour after the Festival opens each […]

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3rd Annual Charleston Beer Garden at Brittlebank Park

Spoleto Festival USA 2014

May 23, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Since the first Spoleto Festival in 1978, excitement builds in the city each spring as world class artists fill Charleston with inspiring, uplifting performances. For 17 days and nights, Spoleto Festival USA draws people from around the world to experience the light and beauty of the arts, with renowned artists and emerging performers in disciplines […]

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Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto

May 23 – June 8, 2014

The combination of historic Charleston’s old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival U.S.A. produces a unique and impacting synergy for all who come to experience this magnificent international multi-arts festival. But what really adds the ingredient of magic to the mix is Piccolo Spoleto, which provides access to the festival for every person, especially […]

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Historic Summerville

Historic Summerville

In a world with too many national chain stores and not enough of the independent, mom and pop, boutique stores of days gone by, Summerville, with its small-town values and historic roots, does not disappoint. Only 18 miles from Charleston via I-26 to Exit 199-A or Hwy. 61 past the Gardens, you’ll find the historic […]

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Mt. Pleasant 27th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Mt. Pleasant 27th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

April 27, 2014

Enjoy a boat parade, savory seafood samples, live music, arts & crafts and more at the 27th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival. The event began in 1987 to honor and support local shrimpers and has evolved into one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for seafood lovers. Held at […]

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79th Annual House & Garden Tours

79th Annual House & Garden Tours

April 11 & 12, 2014

Experience the beauty and splendor of spring in Charleston on The Garden Club of Charleston’s th Annual House and Garden Tours. These two walking tours of private homes and gardens will be held on consecutive days, April 11 and 12, from 1-4 pm, in the downtown historic district. A Garden Tea will be offered each […]

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French Quarter Art Walk

May 2, 2014

Charleston’s Historic French Quarter is home to roughly 30 galleries within walking distance of one another. Located within the original walled city and founded by the French Huguenots, the French Quarter has become a national arts destination. Four times a year, on the first Friday of March, May, October and December, the buzz of art […]

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Bird Walks at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Bird Walks at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

8:30 am Every Sunday Take the short drive to Magnolia Plantation this Sunday for a bird watching walk through beautiful Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. There are 254 migratory and year round bird species found at Magnolia Plantation, and bird walks are the best way to see as many of these wondrous creatures as possible. Your […]

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Middleton Place Wine Strolls

Middleton Place Wine Strolls

Beginning March 12 Middleton Place weekly wine strolls, from 6-8 pm each Wednesday beginning March 12th through June 18th, are a treat for wine lovers. Weekly Wine Strolls at Middleton Place began five years ago as a way for visitors to experience Middleton Place in a different light and a different atmosphere. Each week, specially […]

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11th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show

11th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show

March 21-23, 2014 Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the 11th Annual Charleston Antiques Show is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day decor. The Antiques Show is a showcase of English, European, and American period furnishings, decorative arts and fine […]

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From the Editor: January, February, March 2014

From the Editor: January, February, March 2014

Thank you for choosing Historic Charleston as your vacation destination. We are happy to share our love of the Lowcountry and give you a few suggestions to start your exploration of our beautiful area. This time of year, long walks are the perfect way to enjoy a mild winter day. Our gardens are beautiful year-round […]

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Preserving Lowcountry Heritage – Sweetgrass Baskets

Preserving Lowcountry Heritage – Sweetgrass Baskets

Travel along U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant and you will see one of the oldest, most important and most vibrant folk traditions in the United States, the art of making baskets from sweetgrass. Three hundred years ago, African captives sold in to slavery in South Carolina brought their knowledge of growing rice and other […]

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Middleton Place Restaurant 4th Annual Braise & Brew Event

Middleton Place Restaurant 4th Annual Braise & Brew Event

January 26, 2014 Warm up this winter with the Annual Braise & Brew beer dinner at Middleton Place. The event includes a three-hour feast of six braised dishes paired with six winter seasonals from Holy City Brewery. Braise & Brew will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm, Sunday, January 26, in the Pavilion […]

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Charleston Museum Launches Fashion Exhibit Series to Journey Back Through Time

Charleston Museum Launches Fashion Exhibit Series to Journey Back Through Time

Fashion Flashback 1970s January 18-April 27 The Charleston Museum launches a new fashion exhibition series, Fashion Flashback, in the foyer case of the Historic Textiles Gallery. The series, a journey backwards through time with a decade-by-decade look at clothing styles, begins with an exploration of the 1970s. Fashion Flashback: 1970s, on exhibit January 18-April 27, […]

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Free Gullah Heritage Programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Free Gullah Heritage Programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Celebrate Gullah Heritage! The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site every Saturday at 2 pm during March 2014. The Gullah people of the Lowcountry preserve a culture rich in African elements. Programs range from craft demonstrations […]

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Now in its 32nd year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, attracting 35,000-40,000 attendees annually. In addition to featured artist, Chad Poppleton, SEWE will host approximately 100 artists and over 500 exhibitors from across the country and around the world. A 3-day celebration of nature […]

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Cooper River Bridge Run

Cooper River Bridge Run

The 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 8 am. This is the 37th year for the 10K run/walk. A local tradition that stretches back to 1978, this 10K race draws close to 40,000 participants every year. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education […]

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Annual Flowertown Festival

Annual Flowertown Festival

April 4-6, 2014 Take the short drive to beautiful Summerville and enjoy the work of more than 200 artists and crafters from all over the country. Each day of the three-day event features live entertainment, a Children’s Jubilee and, of course, fabulous food! A Taste of Summerville opens one hour after the Festival opens each […]

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67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens

67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens

March 20-April 19, 2014 Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston’s private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s 67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens […]

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Experience the Drama and Beauty of Southern Art at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Experience the Drama and Beauty of Southern Art at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston January 17-March 23, 2014 This winter, the Gibbes Museum of Art presents two exhibitions: Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection and The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston. Romantic Spirits examines the […]

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A Celebration of Quilts 2014: “A Quilter’s View of Charleston”

A Celebration of Quilts 2014: "A Quilter’s View of Charleston"

February 28 and March 1 10 am to 5 pm Over the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, on Patriots Point, A Quilter’s view of Charleston awaits in the Omar Shrine Temple Convention Center. Featuring over 200 plus judged quilts, vendors, a boutique, silent auction benefiting My Sister’s House, quilt appraisals and convenient free parking, this show […]

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Experience Winter’s Beauty with Camellia Walks at Middleton Place

Experience Winter's Beauty with Camellia Walks at Middleton Place

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, February 13-March 22 Camellias, a southern landscape favorite, show off a blaze of color throughout the winter months. Middleton family history holds that in the year 1786, French botanist Andrè Michaux, gave the Middletons some of the first camellias to be planted in an American garden. Today, Middleton Place has over […]

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The College of Charleston

The College of Charleston

One of the most beautiful and historic college campuses in the United States is located in the heart of the Holy City. Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is the oldest educational institution south of Virginia, and the 13th oldest in the United States. During the colonial period, wealthy families sent their sons abroad […]

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Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will be hosting the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 10:30 am-5 pm. Located on the 700+ acre grounds of historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 […]

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Canvases for Conservation, Now at the South Carolina Aquarium

Canvases for Conservation, Now at the South Carolina Aquarium

Embodying the spirit of wildlife found in South Carolina, The South Carolina Aquarium and Guy Harvey present Canvases for Conservation, an art installation running January 17 through July 2014. The South Carolina Aquarium is honored to be the first aquarium to display Guy Harvey’s artwork to support conservation research and education, ultimately strengthening the shared […]

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The Family Circle Cup

The Family Circle Cup

The 2014 Family Circle Cup will be held March 29-April 6 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Every Spring, the City of Charleston and Daniel Island serve as the backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women’s professional tennis. Since 1973, the Family Circle Cup has been a […]

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2014 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

2014 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 6-9 Food and wine connoisseurs can enlighten both their palates and senses during the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival that runs March 6-9, 2014. Discover the distinctive flavors of the Lowcountry and uniquely Charleston experiences while interacting with and learning from the country’s best chefs, authors and beverage professionals. With over 80 events […]

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