The Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens scheduled through April 18 has been canceled due to the recommendations regarding public assembly and the Coronavirus/COVID – 19 pandemic.

As you can imagine, it takes many, many months of planning and resources to produce these events and it is with heavy hearts following the state of emergency declarations at both the federal and state levels, that the Charleston Historical Foundation has currently suspended all events. We hope to see you at next year’s Festival in March of 2021.

Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston’s private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s 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 and culture. These tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century.

Charleston has been renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden.” The Festival is set during the peak of the city’s blooming season, and tours feature seven to ten properties each day in one of eleven neighborhoods, dating from the American colonial period, through the antebellum and Victorian eras, to early 20th century. Beautiful architecture and lush gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston, which has consistently been named among the ten most courteous and friendly cities in America.

Typically visitors would experience exciting special events are planned throughout the Festival. Food for Thought events where guests enjoy an educational talk, light lunch, and a brief guided walk or experience that relates to the day’s topic. Topics range from “Charleston Irish: From Sullivan’s Island” to “The Joe,” to “How the Best Biscuits You Ever Had Came to Be,” and more fascinating talks by local historians and experts.

Special musical concerts are one of the most popular special events.

Or experience Lowcountry charm with Live Like a Local events. From “Morning Photography Walkabout” to “Rosé and Roses in the Garden” to “Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over the Top Pots,” these fun events will give you a true taste of Charleston life.

The Festival of Houses and Gardens is the Historic Charleston Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year. It provides critical funding to carry out HCF important mission as champions of Charleston’s architectural heritage and cultural character through advocacy, preservation stewardship and education.

For more information about these and all of the exciting events planned for Historical Charleston Foundation, call 843-722-3405 or visit