There’s an adage out there that says “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” and while we in the Lowcountry understand the meaning – that the early portion of the month can be somewhat brutal with the close of the month pleasant and merry – we don’t get it: March is customarily an exceptionally clement time to visit Charleston, with a monthly average daytime high of 65ºF / 18ºC and lows of 52ºF / 11ºC! Come and see for yourself!
On the Festival Stage, tastefully starting off the month is the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival: Discover the distinctive flavors of the Lowcountry and uniquely Charleston experiences while interacting with and learning from the country’s best chefs, authors, and beverage professionals: http://charlestonwineandfood.com/
Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week: Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. http://charlestonfashionweek.com/
67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens: Set amid the historic ambiance of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. https://www.historiccharleston.org/Events/Annual-Festival-of-Houses-and-Gardens.aspx
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse: The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s 37th Annual Designer Showhouse at Nº 67 Rutledge Avenue is an antebellum treasure located in Harleston Village. Built in 1852, this elegant home is known for its broad porch with a gray and white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. http://www.csolinc.org/events/designer-showhouse.html
Charleston Antiques Show: Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the annual Charleston Antiques Show is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day deco. https://www.historiccharleston.org/Events/Charleston-Antiques-Show.aspx
And while throughout the month you’ll find a bounty of other events and experiences to keep your appetite for all things Charleston sharp, below are a few of our favorite happenings where you’re almost certain to find us:
Evenings in the Market: The weekly event, designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers, is from 6:30PM – 10:30PM every Friday and Saturday from March through December. http://thecharlestoncitymarket.com/
Second Sunday on King: One our favorite things to do! And it’s fun… and free! Every second Sunday, one of Charleston’s most venerable and beautiful streets says “no” to automobile traffic… and “yes” to pedestrians and pets! Restaurants offer al fresco dining… store owners provide enhanced enticements to shop… and there’s entertainment everywhere! In our books, Second Sunday is a first choice! March 9; http://kingstreetmarketinggroup.com/cppt/
Catch the Leprechaun 5K: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Catch the Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk. This scenic race offers spectacular views of the Cooper River Bridge, USS Yorktown and Charleston Harbor. http://www.catchtheleprechaun5k.com/
10th Annual MardiCrawl on Shem Creek: Visit Shem Creek for a day of “partying with a purpose” at MardiCrawl 2014! Start out by registering/checking in at Red’s Ice House, and “crawl” your way to the partner venues (RB’s, Vickery’s, Water’s Edge, Shem Creek Bar & Grill, and The Shelter) for food & drink specials, games, music and all sorts of fun at Charleston’s premier “Mardi Gras” event! http://dev1.lcparrotheads.org/mardi-crawl/
Walk for Water Charleston: Join thousands of others to Walk for Water on March 22. Water Missions International’s walk symbolizes the trek that millions of women and children walk every day for water that isn’t even clean.
Thousands of people begin the walk with an empty bucket (provided) in Cannon Park, downtown Charleston. The walk weaves its way through beautiful, historic Charleston all the way to the waterfront at White Point Gardens(The Battery).
When participants reach The Battery, they fill their buckets with water and return to Cannon Park. This 3.5 mile walk gives participants a glimpse of what people do all over the world on a daily basis. http://events.watermissions.org/site/TR?fr_id=1040&pg=entry
Family Circle Cup: The Family Circle Cup is the largest women’s tennis tournament in the world, and Family Circle magazine is the longest-running title sponsor of a sporting event in the United States, as well as in all of professional tennis, worldwide.
Every April, Charleston welcomes close to 100,000 spectators and more than 70 world-class, women athletes to participate in the excitement of the Family Circle Cup. Records are broken and memories are made as extraordinary tennis stars take Stadium Court to compete for the coveted Cup.
The event not only offers world-class tennis, but also hosts a wide variety of other activities throughout the week-long tournament. In between matches, attendees can enjoy shopping in the Merchandise Tent or tasting some of the unique Charleston cuisine offered at one of the many dining locations onsite… and visiting the various sponsor booths to enter to win prizes and giveaways galore, or facing off against the fast serve machine to see if you can return a serve like the pros do.
The Family Circle Cup invites you to Charleston to celebrate the event’s 42nd year and become a part of tennis history. http://www.familycirclecup.com/index.html
So “March” on over to Charleston: There’s a lot going on, and, we’d sure enjoy having you visit with us!