The weather in April is perfect for outdoor activities, including festivals, fishing, or taking a stroll on one of the nearby beaches. The popular Charleston farmers market also returns to Marion Square in April.
The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. The race course begins on Saturday April 1st in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard, crosses the majestic Cooper River Bridge and finishes in historic downtown Charleston. Buses will be available to shuttle runners to and from the start and finish lines of the race. The Finish Festival area at the finish line will have entertainment, vendors, food, souvenirs, and refreshments.
Spend the evening at Middleton Place exploring America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens with a glass of wine in hand. Stroll throughout Middleton Place National Historic Landmark and take in the beautiful flora & magnificent views of the Ashley River. Each week brings a new theme and highlights different wines.
The Charleston Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 8 am - 2 pm from April to the end of November in Marion Square. Locals and tourists enjoy strolling through the Charleston Farmers Market, which has been voted "Best Outdoor Event" & "Best Attraction" in Charleston for multiple years in a row. Market goers will find a large selection of produce, plants, herbs, flowers, prepared foods, as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and arts and crafts from local artisans. The market is within walking and biking distance of most downtown hotels, and there are several parking garages within a half mile of Marion Square.
High Water brings musicians from all over the world to the beautiful Riverfront of N. Charleston, creating a musical oasis. With two alternating stages, you can catch all your favorite bands and discover new ones too. The Low Country is a haven for foodies, showcasing the tastiest flavors around. In between shows, stop by The Refuge for a bite to eat from local and regional eateries, or grab a seat in The Porch for a cold, craft brew or cocktail. Plus, learn the ropes on how to shuck and enjoy the perfect oyster during an Oyster Education Class, taught by the bivalve kings of Seaborn Oyster Co. In between sets, stroll through The Market, featuring local craft vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry and leather goods to t-shirts that save the environment, as well as festival and artist merch. The Market hugs the Riverfront, providing a beautiful backdrop for all your shopping adventures.
The 8th Charleston Jazz Festival will be held on April 20-23, 2023. The event draws music-lovers from around the globe to Charleston, SC for a four-day celebration of the Holy City’s jazz heritage. Musical performances feature renowned international headliners Dianne Reeves, Samara Joy, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cindy Blackman Santana and Lowcountry favorites.
Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is back with a full-day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and all around ragin’ Cajun fun! Savor the tastes of authentic Cajun and Creole fare - jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage, and crawfish. Also enjoy Lowcountry favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue. For those who prefer a tamer menu, they’ll serve up ample portions of festival foods like hot dogs, sno cones, and more.
Charleston Cocktail Week is back for its second year during April 24-30, 2023! The festival showcases the award-winning bars and restaurants in the area, bringing locals and travelers together to experience the epicurean masterpieces of Charleston’s renowned chefs, mixologists, and bartenders, all while supporting charity!
The Annual Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival is one of the most popular events of the year. The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor as the backdrop. Participants can enjoy a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, live music, Mount Pleasant Artists Guild art exhibition, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Enjoy delicious seafood offered by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants, along with such treats as kettle corn, funnel cakes, popsicles, shaved ice, ice cream and more.
Firefly Distillery kicks off 2023 with their Sunday Oyster Roasts series from January through March on their four-acre field alongside the Noisette Creek! These ticketed Sunday events will offer all-you-can-eat oysters from Chef Graham Calabria and Lowcountry Oyster Co, local DJs spinning tunes, with Firefly cocktails, Bloody Mary's, beer, and soft drinks available for purchase. Event attendance is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance here.
March is a great time of year for walking or biking in Charleston. The mild temperatures in March make this the perfect time for a bike ride around Sullivan’s Island or a leisurely stroll on Isle of Palms Beach. This is also a great time of year to bike to the middle of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge to catch a beautiful sunset.