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Jan 20, 2021

New Exhibitions open on January 22nd
at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Gibbes Museum of Art

Gibbes Museum of Art

Two new art exhibitions open at the Gibbes Museum of Art on January 22, 2021. The first exhibit, In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography, is drawn from the Robert Marks Collection. This exhibition
features thirty photographs by renowned 20th century photographers including Stieglitz, Hines, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, George Platt Lynes, and László Moholy-Nagy. Employing a variety of techniques from cropping and zooming, to distortion and framing, photographers explored the human figure for social, performative, voyeuristic, and documentary purposes.

The second exhibit, Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting, features thirty paintings from Williams’s prolific career that spanned more than forty years. A Charleston native and lifelong resident, Williams (American, 1939—2012) earned degrees from the College of Charleston and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His highly personal approach to realist painting emphasized storytelling and was fueled by an interest in portraying subjects that he found on the periphery of the city and along the barrier islands.




Jan 12, 2021

Local Residents Receive Half Off Admission
in January at Middleton Place

Half off admission for local residents at Middleton Place

Middleton Place

As a way to say “thank you,” Middleton Place invites local residents to visit during January and enjoy half-price adult General Admission to the Gardens and Stableyards. For residents of the Tri-County area, the special rate provides an opportunity to bring the family and enjoy a leisurely day in outdoor open spaces. Tickets for the local resident admission special must be purchased at the Visitors Center upon arrival by showing a valid ID verifying a local address.



Jan 11, 2021

Cooper River Bridge
Run 2021 Rescheduled

Cooper River Bridge Run 2021

Cooper River Bridge Run 2021

The March 27, 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run has been rescheduled for September 25, 2021. The race is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns so that participants can enjoy the Bridge Run with all its traditions and feel safe gathering together again in larger crowds.



Dec 01, 2020

CHARLESTON 2020 HOLIDAY EVENTS UPDATE

City of Charleston 2020 Holiday Events Update Charleston, S.C.--This holiday season, the city of Charleston will hold the following holiday events. NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Holiday Parade and Holiday Boat Parade have been cancelled. From December 5, 2020 through December 20, the Charleston Holiday Market in Marion Square will be held Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. COVID protocols will be in place at the markets including additional spacing between vendors, hand washing/sanitizing stations and the requirement that all vendors and patrons wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the events. The markets will feature 36 vendors on Saturdays and 24 vendors on Sundays including farm products, packaged food vendors, artisans and crafters. On Sunday, December 6, a virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on the City of Charleston Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/CityCharleston. On Sunday, December 13, Chanukah in the Square, which is normally held in Marion Square, will take place in a drive-in format at The Bend on Azalea Drive in North Charleston. On Friday, December 18 at 6 p.m. there will be a virtual holiday greeting from the City of Charleston and Mayor John Tecklenburg via the City of Charleston Facebook Page. From now until January 1, 2021, the city is providing 2 hours of free parking downtown with this year’s Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston parking voucher. The voucher can be downloaded here: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28006/2020-Holiday-Parking-Voucher. More details will be provided closer to the date of each event, as appropriate. MEDIA CONTACT: Jack O’Toole, Director of Communications Media Relations/Public Information (843) 518-3228 otoolej@charleston-sc.gov

May 25, 2020

Cypress Gardens reopening
May 26th

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens will reopen on Tuesday May 26th. The playground, the picnic shelter at the playground, and the drinking fountains will remain closed. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online.



May 23, 2020

Charleston Tourist Attractions
Begin Reopening


Charleston Covid19 Reopening

As Charleston begins to reopen, some attractions, museums, tours, and historic sites are also reopening. Be advised that some attractions and sites are limiting the number of visitors, performing temperature checks, and reducing the hours they are open. We advise visiting the attractions website before planning a visit. Below are some of the attractions and tours that have reopened.




Mar 16, 2020

Things to do in Charleston
This Weekend

Pet Fest 2020

Pet Fest 2020

Pets everywhere are getting excited for this year’s Pet Fest in Mount Pleasant! Charleston County Parks invites the community (and their furry friends) to come out for a day of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, contests, adoptable pets, and more at Charleston’s premier pet festival. Pet Fest returns Saturday, March 21 at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Mar 13, 2020

Events Cancelled or Rescheduled
due to the Coronavirus

The follow events have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the Coronavirus:

*North Charleston St. Patrick's Day Block Party and Parade has been cancelled
*Charleston St. Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled
*The Cooper River Bridge Run has been postponed until August 1, 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Things to do in Charleston
This Weekend

The Drayton Houses - A Downtown Historical Walk by the Curators of Drayton Hall

The Drayton Houses - A Downtown Historical Walk by the Curators of Drayton Hall

Join the Curators of Historic Architecture of Drayton Hall for a walk in downtown Charleston to see and discuss the history of the Drayton family in downtown Charleston, SC.

Generations of Draytons lived in both downtown Charleston and at Drayton Hall, many of their homes still stand today. This walking tour of city homes attached to the Drayton family and Drayton Hall’s history will be held on Saturday, March 14.

This tour will meet at the Gazebo in the center of White Point Garden Park at The Battery in Charleston at 10 am and finish at about noon.

$50/ non-member. $40/ member.



Mar 10, 2020

Things to do in Charleston
This Weekend

St. Paddy's Day Block Party & Parade

St. Paddy's Day Block Party & Parade

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Come join the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Lowcountry on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Olde Village of North Charleston. The 17th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade promises fun for the entire family. The Block Party location is East Montague Avenue between Virginia Avenue and Jenkins Avenue, including portions of O’Hear, Chateau and Colie Morse Avenues.

The celebration will feature live music across three stages, street vending and delicious fare from Park Circle restaurants, additional specialty food vendors, charity partner booths, the ever-popular mechanical bull and a Kid’s Zone with fire truck, jump castles, bungee trampoline, face painting and inflatable slide. Patrons are encouraged to rideshare and carpool, parking is very limited!




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