Destination Spotlight | Charleston, South Carolina

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to Charleston soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond at this Southern destination.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival: Sept. 1 and 2
The Lowcountry Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s premiere annual Smooth Jazz event, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2018 in a dynamic new venue – the Charleston Gaillard Center – and with a stellar lineup of superstar artists and up and coming instrumentalists and vocalists. The festival continues its Labor Day weekend tradition, kicking off Saturday, September 1.

 

Charleston Restaurant Week: Sept. 5-16
Restaurant Week is an 11 day celebration at participating restaurants. From fine to casual dining, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. This year, they will partner with Charleston Beer Week. Look for their name on the list of participating restaurants for those that are offering a special brew or pairing to highlight their menu.

Charleston Beer Week: Sept. 7-15
As the nation’s craft beer industry grows exponentially, so has the local Charleston craft beer scene over the last few years. The Holy City now boasts 24 production breweries, three brewpubs, numerous craft beer-focused pubs, restaurants, stores, and a population ever-warming to the idea that beer should not only taste like something, but taste like something delicious.

Black Ink:  A Charleston African-American Book Festival: Sept. 8
A Charleston African-American Book Festival is the city’s first annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area and serves as a platform to support local black writers. Black Ink creates a space for them to sell their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. The event also attracts publishers, book clubs, libraries, and individual readers from the Lowcountry and nationwide.

Blessings: An Evening with René Marie
Vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as a singer, composer, arranger, theatrical performer, and teacher in the span of 2 decades, 11 recordings, and countless stage productions. Guided by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.

MOJA Arts Festiva: Sept. 27- Oct. 7
The streets sway with the captivating rhythm of African music, while the smell of Caribbean cuisine permeates the air during this 10-day celebration of Gullah culture named for the Swahili word meaning “one.”

Summerville Italian Feast: Sept. 30
Experience authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown Summerville’s Hutchinson Square from the Low Country Italian Eateries. Sample as you like and also enjoy a wide variety of imported and local Italian wines. Enjoy the entertainment of local artists celebrating Italian culture and heritage throughout the day.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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