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Exciting things to do in Charleston this Spring

Posted by charleston on March 7, 2017

Gray Line Charleston, BLOG March - 2017

 

One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line Charleston provides informative, entertaining bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the world.

Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent.

Several types of COMBO Tour Tickets are available. Examples ~ Charleston City Tour + Charleston Museum. Charleston City Tour + Charleston Mansion. Charleston City Tour + Fort Sumter Boat Tour, to name just a few. Take advantage of COMBO Savings and enjoy 2 top-notch Tours by 2 expert area Tour Operators. Leaving your Charleston visit in the hands of the experts will make for great memories!
Booking online is easy via graylineofcharleston.com. Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email charleston@grayline.com. GrayLineofCharleston.com.

March 2017 brings Spring Weather and is a great time to experience Historic Charleston, SC! ~Interesting Events available throughout the Lowcountry~

Let Gray Line Charleston make “getting to & fro”seamless!

Downtown Historic Charleston, South Carolina
12th Annual ~  Charleston Wine + Food Festival ~ 03/01 – 03/05/2017
Already an alluring destination of fine cuisine, historic Charleston becomes an epicurean wonderland during this gathering of celebrated Chefs, Winemakers, Artisanal Food Entrepreneurs, Authors, Historians and Culinary personalities in the Lowcountry’s capital of world-class cuisine. charlestonwineandfood.com

Celtic Woman ~ Charleston Gaillard Center – 03/11/2017
Multi-platinum international music sensation and 2017 Grammy nominee Celtic Woman presents their captivating new show, Voices of Angels.  The tour showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. Featuring many songs from their Voices of Angels album, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style.  A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert!
http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/5e37e66f-1a33-e611-80d9-a0d3c1fbbce7/celtic-woman.html
Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ~ 03/14 – 03/18/2017
Adrenaline fueled Runway Shows, roving Photographers, up-and-coming-Designers, amazing Models and a See-and-be-Seen Crowd converge for five nights of apparel and attitude under the Tent in Marion Square. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/lexus-charleston-fashion-week~11758/

14th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show ~ 03/17 – 03/19/2017
Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of downtown Charleston, this exhibition is a showcase of English, European and American period decorative arts and fine art. Proceeds benefit the advocacy and preservation programs of Historic Charleston Foundation. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/lexus-charleston-fashion-week~11758/

70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens ~ 03/16 – 04/22/2017
the public rarely views the interior of Charleston’s Museum-quality dwellings, however, this Festival allows visitors to take a peek behind the wrought-iron garden gates and soaring columns and wide piazzas of the peninsula’s most alluring private residences. Closed Easter Sunday. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/70th-annual-festival-of-houses-and-gardens-~8749/        

40th Annual Symphony Designer Showhouse ~ 03/16– 04/15/2017
The magnificent circa 1840 Henry Street House is a beautiful Greek Revival structure just a few steps from historic Charleston harbour. Sporting beautiful decorative plaster ceilings, original moldings and fireplaces, gracious rooms and dramatic double piazzas, the house is a stunning platform for award winning local and national designers. Be sure to shop in our exclusive boutique, lunch in our Café or choose a treasure from our designers’ exquisitely decorated rooms.Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation. Hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday through Saturday and 1-4pm in Sundays. Cafe’ Dining 11:30am – 2pm Monday through Saturday. The Showhouse will be closed Easter Sunday. http://csolinc.org/events/designer-showhouse.html


Three Dog Night ~ Charleston Music Hall ~ 03/25/2017
The Charleston Music Hall presents the Grammy-nominated American Rock Band ~ Three Dog Night. Tickets $49/50 - $69.50. Dinner & Show Option Available for an Additional $32. Doors Open 7pm, Show begins 8pm. http://www.charlestonmusichall.com/

11th Annual Charleston Walk for Water ~ 03/25/2017
Brittlebank Park
Water Missions International walks on behalf of those who walk miles, daily, to collect unsafe drinking water. Raising awareness and shedding light on the global water crisis and to raise funds that support our ongoing effort of transforming lives through safe water solutions.9:00am. http://events.watermissions.org/site/TR/Walk/CharlestonWalkforWater?pg=entry&fr_id=1592

Charlotte Ballet Presents: Sleeping Beauty ~ Gaillard Auditorium ~ 03/25 – 03/26/2017
Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil with a single kiss has delighted audiences for years. Charlotte Ballet’s production features choreography by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, gorgeous costumes, magical sets and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. Take your family on a whimsical journey to an enchanted kingdom, as this beloved childhood story is sure to leave audiences of all ages feeling happily ever after. http://www.gaillardcenter.com/

Bohicket Marina ~ near Freshfields Village, Kiawah & Seabrook Islands
3rd Annual Bohicket Backpack Buddies Bash Chili Cook-Off ~ Bohicket Marina ~ 03/18/2017
Tickets On-Sale at the Ice Cream Boat. 40+ Teams coming together to support ending hunger locally for food insecure children on Johns Island and Wadmalaw. Proceeds will benefit children at the following schools:  Mt. Zion, Angel Oak, & Frierson Elementary and also Haut Gap Middle School with backpack meals provided each Friday for their meals over the weekend. Bohicket Marina between Kiawah & Seabrook Islands. Come On Out & Join Us! Tickets $10. 1:00PM – 4:00PM. http://bohicket.com/events/

Kiawah Island, SC
Archery Lessons ~ Kiawah Island Golf Resort ~ T,R & Saturdays, March 2017
Channel your inner Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen or legolas and learn your skills. Try your luck with stationary targets and moving targets. The Laporte Archery target launcher challenges all of Kiawah’s new Archers. Experience staff of Instructors teaches in a fun and safe way. Minimum age ~ 9 years old. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2pm & 2:30-3:30pm, Saturdays 9-10am. $45/person. Private lessons ~ $60/person. Call 843-768-6001 to reserve a Class. 24-hour cancellation policy. Night Heron Park/Parking. http://www.kiawahresort.com/events

Columbia City Ballet Performs: Swan Lake ~ Kiawah Island ~ 03/14/2017
Come to the Island and enjoy the Classical Ballet Swan Lake with Tchaikovsky’s traditional score. http://www.kiawahisland.org/socialevents/

 

Kiawah Island Cup Beach Race ~ Kiawah Island ~ 03/25/2017
Sandcastle Community Center
Don't miss your chance to watch rare Marsh Tacky horses, South Carolina's official state heritage horse, going head-to-head in a series of sand-spraying, hoof-pounding races to benefit the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF). Proceeds from the event on Saturday, March 25 will help the foundation's important work - improving the quality of life on the Sea Islands. Cheer for your favorite horse from the sidelines as each of the four ticket levels provide a great view of the action. And no matter which horse ultimately triumphs, the real winner will be the Sea Island community. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/kiawah-cup-island-beach-race~11979/?search=&end_date=03/31/2017&category=&start_date=03/01/2017


Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Front Beach Fest ~ Isle of Palms ~ 03/04/2017
Come down to Front Beach on Isle of Palms Saturday, March 4th from 12:00-4:00pm and enjoy an afternoon of beach music, food, and fun. Front Beach Fest will feature beach music from the Carolina Soul Band, followed by a band that has been thrilling audiences for over 50 years, The Tams. After shagging and dancing to some of the best beach music around, stroll down the street and grab a bite to eat from local food vendors or stop by the over 20 vendors of handmande crafts on site. People of all ages are welcome at Front Beach Fest with additional free entertainment including jump castles, face painting, bungee trampoline, balloon and spin artist. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/front-beach-fest~11961/?search=&end_date=03/31/2017&category=&start_date=03/01/2017


Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Rugged Maniac Race ~ Boone Hall Plantation ~ 03/18/2017
Picture this: You arrive at Boone Hall Plantation on March 18th with a carload of your most adventurous friends. As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your group’s coordinated “Avengers-in-bathing-suits” costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but you’re more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage. You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run. You see obstacles in the distance – mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide – and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome! 

Before and after you tackle the course, you’ll get to party with thousands of other Maniacs in our day-long festival where you can ride mechanical bulls, challenge friends to pie-eating and stein-hoisting contests, and dance your butt off to the DJ on the main stage. As if that weren’t awesome enough, you also get a super soft t-shirt, an awesome medal, free photos of you on the course, and a beer (if old enough)! Supports American Cancer Society. https://ruggedmaniac.com/events/southcarolina/

 

North Charleston, South Carolina

Old Village of North Charleston ~ Park Circle ~ 03/11/2017
Come and enjoy the largest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Lowcountry!
The 13th Annual “St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade” is from 12 PM – 6 PM and promises fun for the entire family. The Block Party location is East Montague Avenue between Virginia Avenue and Jenkins Avenue. The celebration will feature live music across three stages, street vending and fare from Olde North Charleston restaurants, additional local food vendors & trucks, the North Charleston Artist Guild, a Kid’s Zone with jump castles and inflatable obstacle course, a fire truck, face painting, as well as the always favorite mechanical bull. http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Special-Events/St-Patrick-s-Day-Block-Party.aspx 

 

Ravenel, South Carolina
Where the Wild Things Run 5K ~ 03/04/2017

​Walkers, joggers, and runners of all ages come explore your wild side on the scenic nature trails at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Caw Caw is actively managed for a variety of wildlife and a favored habitat for rare wildlife, so there is also the chance you may see a "wild thing" or two! An award ceremony with local food and beverages will be held immediately afterward. Fees & Registration - $34. Registration includes one t-shirt. Additional t-shirts may be purchased online or on-site. Packet Pick-Up: March 4, 7-8 a.m. Kids Activities: Keep the kiddos (ages 6-12) entertained and educated while you run. Kids' yoga and other activities will go on throughout the morning including a reading of Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Arehttp://www.ccprc.com/1455/Where-the-Wild-Things-Run-5K

Summerville, SC
Flowertown Festival ~ 03/31 – 04/02/2017
On one 3-day weekend during this season, thousands of Festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts Festivals in the Southeast – The YMCA Flowertown Festival. Azalea Park. Flowertownfestival.org

West of the Ashley
Camellia Walks at Middleton Place ~ 03/02, 03/07, 03/09, 03/11, 03/14, 03/16 - 03/18/2017
Special guided tours focus on Camellias throughout the original gardens, as well as, the ‘new Camellia garden of the 1950’s. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11:00am. $28 includes the Guided Tour plus General Admission. middletonplace.org

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls ~ Middleton Place ~ 03/22, 03/29/2017

Savor fine wines from the great wine producing regions of the world as you experience a specially selected garden room in Middleton Place’s extraordinary landscape. Each Wednesday evening a different garden selection is paired with a regional selection of wines to sample. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Complete the evening at Middleton Place Restaurant, where as a Wine Stroll participant a 10% discount will be granted. For Restaurant Reservations, call 843-266-7477. middletonplace.org

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