March is a wonderful time of the year in Charleston. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there are plenty of events, festivals and fun things to do in Charleston.
The annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival takes place early March and features several different events, signature dinners, beverage workshops, guided excursions, and hands-on classes. The 2023 event will again host the culinary village at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Whether you’re a ticket-holding guest or a neighbor hungry for a bite, the festival will serve up something tasty for you.
The City of Isle of Palms brings in spring with Front Beach Fest, a free street festival featuring fun for the whole family, including jump castles, climbing walls, street performers, Vendor village, food trucks, and local restaurants. The afternoon features live beach music from Shem Creek Boogie Band and Ocean Driver Party Band.
The Festival of Houses & Gardens showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, and culture. The series of award-winning tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private house and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century.
The Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest in the state featuring fire trucks, military vehicles, marching bands, dancers, and Charleston’s very own Irish step dancers. The best place to view the parade will be along the sidewalks on King St. Portable bathrooms will be available near the corner of Radcliffe and St. Philip. After the parade, around 11:30 am, Charleston City Hall will raise Ireland’s Tri-Color flag. After the flag raising, visitors can enjoy St. Paddy’s specials at downtown restaurants, bars, and pubs.
The Charleston Spring Antiques Show brings together 30 exhibitors from the United States, England and Europe showcasing the best period to mid-century furniture, traditional and contemporary art and ceramics, jewelry, folk art, oriental rugs, silver, prints and maps, garden and architectural antiques.
The Charleston Bluegrass Festival takes place March 24 & 25, 2023 on the pristine 6,000-acre grounds of the Woodlands Nature Reserve, a hidden gem in the Charleston area. Patrons can expect a weekend of boot stompin' revelry complete with some of the finest names in bluegrass. The event offers plush camping options, local food / craft vendors, and outdoor activities.
The Night Market will return Friday, March 17th, St. Patty’s Weekend. The Night Market is an exciting showcase of more than 100 talented artists and craftspeople. All vendors are 100% local, with 100% locally-made items for sale.
If you are looking for a uniquely Charleston souvenir or piece of artwork, this is the place to be.
During the 2nd Sunday each month a large portion of King Street downtown is closed off to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians and restaurants to occupy the streets from 1 pm - 5 pm, while musicians provide entertainment. Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street!
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.