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Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season each December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering free, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the community to enjoy together.  Virtual Offerings to be Announced.

Chanukah in the Square: Sunday, November 28 at 4:00pm

*Family-friendly, Free, and No RSVP Required* Join us for the 14th annual Chanukah in the Square extravaganza, sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the City of Charleston. MORE INFO


Tree Lighting: Thursday, December 2 from 5:00-6:00pm, Marion Square

Please join Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg for the official Marion Square Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00pm. The event, which is part of Illumination Charleston, an inaugural holiday celebration hosted in partnership between Explore Charleston, Southern Living and Historic Charleston Foundation, will begin with a musical performance by Charleston Symphony Brass leading up to the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to Thursday’s event, Illumination Charleston has introduced enhanced holiday décor, including displays in Marion Square, the Cistern Yard, Liberty Square, the Charleston Visitor Center and along King Street, which complement the city’s annual Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston programming.

To learn more about Illumination Charleston, please visit https://www.illuminationcharleston.com/.


Holiday Parade: Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:30pm

Come join the City of Charleston for this fun, high energy parade which will commence on Broad Street at Rutledge, travel North on Meeting Street, and conclude on Calhoun Street at Meeting Street. Participants include musical ensembles, clubs and organizations.


Charleston Holiday Market in Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 from 9:00am-2:00pm

Head out to Marion Square for all of the Holiday Markets in December! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season plus additional Holiday vendors, live music and so much more!!!


Holiday Magic Musical Pop-Up: December 11 at 5:00pm, Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Come hear the sounding joy of some of Charleston’s favorite musicians at this free program of intimate performances to celebrate the holiday season. The V-Tones of Charleston, Cameron Handel, Lauren Hall, and Joel Hamilton will fill the air with music at this family-friendly event with performances inside the Best Friend Train Museum and outdoors in the Camden Shed Alley. Mask requested inside. Social distancing encouraged.


Holiday Parade of Boats: December 11, 2021 at 5:30pm, Charleston Harbor

Join our lowcountry tradition at the Holiday Parade of boats. This display of lighted and festive boats proceeds from the Cooper River, through the Charleston Harbor and into the Ashley River. This is a family-friendly event is sure to become a holiday tradition for everyone. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade (application information below).


Happy New Year, Charleston!: Friday, December 31 from 5:00-10:00pm, Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street

Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors at this family-friendly, non-alcohol event. We will have live music and entertainment as the evening progresses.


156th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Parade: Saturday, January 1, 2021 at 11:00am

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced that 2020 Olympic Silver Medalist Raven Saunders will be the Grand Marshal for the 156th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Parade in Charleston set for Saturday, January 1, 2022. MORE INFO


Enjoy 2 free hours of parking this holiday season from November 15, 2021 through January 1, 2022 in participating garages downtown Charleston!

AEP5 Briefings on Capitol Hill

Americans for the Arts recently did a series of AEP5 briefings on Capitol Hill. These included an arts advocacy “fly-in” day—six AEP5 study partners from key Congressional Districts and states traveled to Washington, made a presentation about the importance of the arts in their communities, and met with their legislators. Here are just a few of those important presentations:

Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

Ben Folds, Recording Artist

Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows and film screenings.

Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, with the balance offered at affordable ticket prices.

MOJA Arts Festival

MOJA Arts Festival

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group, and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy.

City Gallery

City Gallery

The City Gallery at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a tangible resource and reliable venue for displaying the finest contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists, stimulating discussion and dialogue among audiences. In the process, in this dynamic visual arts venue, those who visit the City Gallery will be educated, enlightened and inspired by their experiences in this cultural space.

The City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, S.C., visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

Founded in 1989 with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the Charleston Farmers Market is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department and Special Events Committee.

The Charleston Farmers Market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters, live performers and community groups and activities. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. Attracting locals and tourists alike, the CFM is the community connection, bringing together people from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond. Whether you are a local that frequents the CFM or a tourist visiting for the weekend, we have something for you to enjoy.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

April 9- November 26, 2016
Marion Square, Downtown Charleston

The Charleston Farmers Market is available each Saturday from 8am-2pm in the beautiful Marion Square, between King and Meeting Streets at the edge of Calhoun Street in the Upper King Street Design District. The park at Marion Square has long been the center of festive activities and is the perfect tranquil setting for the Farmers Market. Nestled beneath beautiful trees with plenty of room for families to gather and children to play, the Farmers Market comes to life each Saturday morning and offers an abundance of the freshest local produce, shrimp, plants, herbs and cut flowers. While strolling the Charleston Farmers Market, a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunches are available while listening to a variety of live entertainment. The Farmers Market also offers an amazing assortment of juried arts and crafts, providing the best selection and most talented local artisans.  Visit www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com.

2015 Vendor Manual

Ongoing Applications:

2016 Performer Application

2016 Not-for-Profit Application

 

City Gallery at Waterfront Park

City Gallery at Waterfront Park: Call for Exhibition Proposals

City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau Street ● (843) 958-6484 ● CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov
Admission: Free
Hours of Operation: Tues. – Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. & Sun. 12pm-5pm

Features work by the finest contemporary artists from the Lowcountry and the Southeastern United States in 6-8 exhibitions each year.  Visit www.CityGalleryatWaterfrontPark.com for more information.

Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Piccolo Spoleto Festival

May 22 – June 7, 2020

Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, its parent festival, and its 500 events in 17 days transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto’s traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film.  Visit www.piccolospoleto.com.

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