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Gray Line of Charleston September Blog

Posted by admin on August 19, 2014

Evenings in the Historic Charleston Market ~ 08/28, 08/29, 08/30, 09/04, 09/05, 09/06, 09/11, 09/12, 09/13, 09/18, 09/19, 09/20, 09/25, 09/26 & 09/27/2014

The weekly event, designed to showcase local artists as you stroll Charleston’s famous open-air stalls and the shops of Market Street allows visitors to sample wares from food vendors, artisans and designers, from 6:30-10:30 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from March through December.

Friday Evenings ~ 08/29, 09/05, 09/12, 09/19, 09/26

Gray Line of Charleston & Fort Sumter Sunset Cruise COMBO

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 of 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. COMBO Tickets can be purchased from either Gray Line or Fort Sumter Tours.

The rates are reasonable for the top-notch “Sunset at Sumter Cruise”. You will love the value for the rich experience enjoyed. Fort Sumter Tours is the recipient of a 2013 “Certificate of Excellence” awarded by TripAdvisor. And, it is well known that historic Charleston, SC ranked as the # 1 city to visit in the USA and the world by Conde Nast Traveler for the 3rd year in a row!  And, Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards just ranked Charleston, South Carolina #2 in World’s Best Cities…a significant jump from the 7th position in 2013. Plus, Charleston, South Carolina ranked #1, as best City, in the United States and Canada!

Booking online is easy via or simply call Toll-Free 1-800-789-3678 or 843-722-BOAT. Cancellations with refunds accepted up to 24-hours in-advance. Walk-in reservations are welcome … Fort Sumter Tours ‘Sunset Cruise’ boards:  5:00pm, Friday evenings. 5:25pm ~ Departs Dock. 5:45 to 6:45 pm ~ Tour Fort Sumter. 6:45 to 7:30pm ~ Sunset on the Harbor. 7:30pm ~ Tour Ends at Liberty Square, part of the Charleston Maritime Center, on a space available basis. Parking is easy at nearby Aquarium Wharf garage or metered on-street.

 Marry a Maritime Event ~ Charleston Watersports Week & The Water Expo 

 with a delightful Gray Line Charleston Tour of the historic City + a Harbor Tour by SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premiere Cruise Fleet   
when visiting historic Charleston, SC  
this September 2014!

Charleston Watersports Week ~ 09/05/2014 - 09/14/2014

Multiple Venues ~ based at Charleston Maritime Center

Come enjoy 10 days of continuous activities on the Lowcountry's greatest asset, water! Charleston Watersports Week includes businesses, organizations and individuals providing a number of "on the water" options for visitors ready for a get-away vacation. There will be competitive sports, recreational sports, and leisure activities to participate in during the week.

Charleston Watersports Week EXPO ~09/12 - 09/14/2014

The Charleston Maritime Center

A Watersports Activities Business Exposition, featuring: sailing, swimming, kayaking, SUPs, kite boarding, surfing, water skiing/wake boarding, fishing, any and all other water related sports activity or equipment. This will include outfitters, tour/excursion/rental companies, boat/equipment sales and service, instructors, guides and sports leagues/groups both youth and adult. Local colleges, recreation departments and community associations relating to water activities are encouraged to participate for community awareness of their classes and programs.


Both Gray Line Bus Tours and SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet employ licensed, dedicated professionals who complete rigorous, comprehensive training. Most are Charleston natives who have grown up surrounded by the area’s vibrant history and many have been with the company over 10 years. Proudly owned and operated for over 50 years by a local Charleston family with generations of maritime heritage…Gray Line of Charleston partners with SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet giving visitors true value on combination tours! 

Take a journey through Charleston’s 300 years of living history and learn more from the knowledgeable Guides.

On the Gray Line Bus Tour of Historic Charleston, South Carolina, you will:

  • Enjoy great views of the architectural gems that are Charleston’s historic mansions.
  • Glimpse gorgeous walled gardens plus wrought ironwork forged by amazing artisans.
  • Experience the Old Market area and its open-air booths and great shops.
  • Walk where Pirates did in White Point Gardens.
  • Discover an American place of living pre-Revolutionary living history.
  • Step out of the climate-controlled bus onto the famous high Battery Seawall.
  • Gray Line Tour’s 20 to 25-passenger mini-buses are specially designed to access downtown narrow streets. Get close-up views of historic Charleston’s most significant details that larger buses often miss.

Following your Charleston City Tour by Gray Line…you can next spend time at the Charleston Watersports EXPO during Charleston Watersports Week. The majority of the exciting Maritime EXPO interactive displays and events occur at the Charleston Maritime Center…..right where you board for your Charleston Harbor Tour by SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premiere Cruise Fleet. By purchasing the COMBO Package….you can do it all in one day…or break it up…whatever your schedule allows.

SpiritLine Cruises’ entertaining and knowledgeable Tour Guides, licensed by the City of Charleston, will fascinate as you take in the majestic sights and sounds of Historic Charleston, SC from the waterside perspective. You will cruise past notable American landmarks such as Fort Sumter where the first shot of the Civil War was fired and the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier.

COMBO package Advance Reservations suggested. Purchase Tour combo tickets from either vendor. 

Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected] This tour departs every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.  March-November and until 2 p.m. December-February from the Charleston Area Visitors Center Bus Shed located at 375 Meeting Street.

SpiritLine Cruises~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet ~Sightseeing Harbor Tour: 

Toll-Free  800-789-3678 Email: [email protected]

Labor Day Weekend ~ Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday ~ 08/29, 08/30, 08/31 & 09/01/2014

Kick-off Labor Day weekend with a Gray Line Charleston Historic City Tour…a great introduction to a wonderful weekend in historic Charleston. Below are September Events in the downtown Charleston area…park once for your Gray Line Tour and walk to enjoy some of the ‘great eats’ in the below Events or to great Theatre!

Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off ~ 08/30/2014

The #1 shrimp and grits cook-off where you can eat, drink, and be a judge! Highlighting the BEST of Downtown Charleston’s elite local chefs' takes on a Lowcountry classic: Shrimp and Grits. Fifteen chefs will compete to support a good cause (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Animal Society) and bragging rights, while locals can enjoy Food, Drinks, Music, and Tourists can catch a glimpse of what Charleston is REALLY all about! Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $12 for children 12 and under.7pm to10pm.

Charleston Restaurant Week ~ 09/03 – 09/13/2014

Participating Restaurants

The event, executed by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. (GCRA), is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. An unmatched opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus consisting of three items for one price. Times: Friday (9/12); 2:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday (9/13); 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday (9/14); 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Cocktail Class ~ 09/06/2014

The Cocktail Club

The Cocktail Club will kick off football season with a Cocktail Class focused on game day drinks. Starting at noon, participants will learn how to create pre-batch craft cocktails great for football parties and tailgating. The Creative Development Team at The Cocktail Club--Jeremiah Schenzel, Matt Soeder, and Ryan Welliver--will take guests step-by-step through the making of several unique beverages, Guests will be able to enjoy their cocktails while watching the games of the week and snacking on tailgate-friendly bites by Chef Schenzel. The class is $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required by Thursday, September 4. Space is limited.

Captain Blackbeard's Sing-Off Smack down ~ 09/13 & 09/27/2014

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre

A witty, wacky, slapstick mystery where the only solution is to join ranks with dead pirates from Charleston's history in an all-out battle for sing-a-long supremacy. Featuring group karaoke-style sing-a-longs to today's top hits and favorites from the 70s, 80s, & 90s. Fun for families with teens and those suffering from midlife crisis. (Safe for young ears as well.) We can't make you sing … but we will make you laugh! For Adults who like nutty yet intelligent wordplay, families looking for clean but clever comedy, and those interested in Charleston's pirate history and lore.

Le Cabaret de la Symphonies ~ 09/19/2014

Historic Rice Mill

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra put their top hats together to present “Le Cabaret de la Symphonies”. Featuring top-name entertainment, live and silent auctions, plus “extravagant” food and drink in the cabaret atmosphere of the Historic Rice Mill on the Ashley River on September 19th.Vocalist Nicki Canada tops the list of entertainers. Auction items include a week’s vacation in destinations like Taos, New Mexico, Scotland, and the Loire Valley in France, a Rolex watch, and a hot air balloon ride over Winston-Salem, NC. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, plus an open bar. Visitors will enjoy meeting locals. The cost is $150/person, or $1,000 for a table of eight. This lively, fun-filled event will benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. visit

Gray Line Charleston Group & Private Tour Services ~

Gray Line mini-buses provide a comfortable, safe, fun and convenient mode of transportation to and from special events. Gray Line’s fleet of seven air-conditioned and heated vehicles is available for transportation to and from area hotels and attractions, the convention center, churches, reception halls, and even outlying locations, such as Charleston’s historic plantations and beaches.

Gray Line Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off location. Just call ahead to friendly reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour. It’s easy! Take the stress out of the transportation to some of Charleston’s Athletic Events or Major Annual Festivals, such as the below. For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected].

2nd Annual Chucktown Showdown ~ 09/12 & 09/13/2014
Brittlebank Park, Charleston
This SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) race held in downtown Charleston, SC and will travel past the historic Battery on Charleston’s harbor, allowing amazing views. Be prepared for a challenge and some stiff competition and most of all a lot of fun! The event is officially associated with and benefiting Special Olympics.Elite / Long Course: An 8.5 mile course that will start at Brittlebank Park and head out along the Ashley River, passing under historic bridges and beautiful marinas. A great 4 mile option offered, too. You will still enjoy the challenges of a bit of current, but in a much more controlled version.6pm to 9pm Packet Pick Up/Registration and Pre Race Party (Roof Top Bar Marriott).Saturday September 13th 7-8am Late packet Pick up/Registration - 8:30am Pre Race Meeting;9:00am Elite Race Start; 9:30am Recreational Race Start;12:00pm Kids Race;12:30pm Special Olympics Demo Race, evening Awards Ceremony/Lunch; 6pm Post Race Party (Location TBD).

West of the Ashley ~ September 2014
Fall Wine Strolls ~ 09/03, 09/10, 09/17 & 09/24/2014
Middleton Place
Sip and stroll in a different Garden location each week while sampling old and new world wines. The season ends with a Masquerade Wine Stroll Finale on Oct. 29! 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: $20/online, $25/gate.

Major Festivals, September 2014 ~ Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

43rd Annual Scottish Games ~ 09/20/2014

Boone Hall Plantation

The Charleston Scottish Society presents the 48th Annual Scottish Games & Highlands Gathering on Saturday, September 20 from 9am to 5pm.Featuring Children’s Activities, Live Music, Entertainment, Piping & Drumming, Scottish Heavy Athletics, Scottish Country Dancing and Highland Dancing. Make a day of it and enjoy the wares of delicious Food Vendors while watching Border Collie Demonstrations, Irish Hurling and Rugby, Beer Garden and Celtic Nations Tent, Whiskey Tasting and Tartan Ball.

Southern Living Taste of Charleston ~ 09/26/2014 - 09/28/2014

Boone Hall Plantation

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association hosts this 3 day event. Featuring taste-tempting delights by 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants. Serving sample size portions + beer and wine. Specialty and imported Beer Tasting Tent, Live Entertainment, the legendary “Waiters’ Race” and the Children’s Area that includes Acrobatics, Juggling, Dancing, Crafts, Jump Castles and much more. Children 10 and under are free. Rain or Shine.

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