Could it be? Is that sunshine on our faces? As a sure sign warm weather is on its way, true Charlestonians are wearing their flip-flops. We’re ready to embrace all the activities and fun spring has in store here in Charleston. Because the events calendar can get a little overwhelming, here are six you don’t want to miss:
69th annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens – March 19 through April 19 in downtown Charleston. If you’ve ever wanted to explore some of Charleston’s historic homes and gardens, this is your chance. Tour the city’s historic district and get a rare look inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful residences, dating to the 18th century. For a complete tour and event schedule, visit historiccharleston.org. (photo/Historic Charleston Foundation)
Flowertown Festival – March 27-29 in Summerville’s Azalea Park. Celebrate the arrival of spring at this three-day festival consistently ranked one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Town of Summerville will be bursting with color – pink azaleas, purple wisteria and white dogwoods. More than 200 artists from around the country will display their work. Plus there’s food from local restaurants and activities for children. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27-28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29; free admission.
Lowcountry Cajun Festival – March 29 at James Island County Park. Louisiana comes to the Lowcountry at this event celebrating all things Cajun. Enjoy Cajun and Creole fare – jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage and crawfish – along with Zydeco music, kids’ activities and the annual crawfish-eating contest. The festival is noon to 6 p.m.; admission is $15 per person and free for kids 12 and under.
Lowcountry Strawberry Festival – April 16-19 at Boone Hall Plantation. Celebrate the sweet juicy taste of a springtime strawberry as this family friendly festival. Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo, music, strawberry pie-eating contests, acrobatic dogs and the always-popular pig races. Don’t go home empty handed: head to the U-Pick Fields and fill your bucket with strawberries. In fact, go ahead and eat some on the drive home. Hours are 6-10 p.m. April 16 for rides only; 3-11 p.m. April 17; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 18; and noon to 7 p.m. April 19. Admission is $7 ages 12 and up, $5 ages 3-11.
Brew HaHa – April 18 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. It’s all about local craft beer and comedy at the first Brew HaHa. From 5-10 p.m., enjoy tastings from local breweries, live music provided by Awendaw Green, food and comedy shows featuring Dusty Slay and Jason Groce.
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival – April 26 at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., celebrate the launch of the local shrimping season at this annual event. Activities include a boat parade, live music and craft show – all under the backdrop of the Charleston harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
What are your must-do events this spring in Charleston?