Fun in Charleston Happening this Month

While Charleston may be known for its grand antebellum mansions and old world sophistication, locals and visitors alike delight in the year round offerings of affordable events. On any given weekend, you are likely to find events that are free and open to the public taking place all over the Holy City. Peruse our list of low cost events happening this month, and be sure to share your experience with us using #BelmondPostcards.

Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk
Held May 6th from 5 – 8pm, stroll through the Holy City’s picturesque French Quarter district and visit more than 40 galleries while sipping refreshments and mingling with the artists

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Second Sunday of King Street
Step right outside Belmond Charleston Place’s doors to enjoy live music, street vendors and more at this local favorite. King Street is closed to vehicular traffic, so grab a coffee or ice cream cone, and plan to stroll be

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival
The eclectic spin-off of the renowned Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo hosts 17 days and nights of events, most of which are free, from May 27 – June 12. More than 500 performing, literary and visual arts events will be presented.

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 Riverdogs Baseball
Batter up at The Joe! Watch a game played by Charleston’s minor league baseball team, The Charleston Riverdogs, at the ballpark named after our esteemed former major, Joseph P. Riley. (Link to Collections post)

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Outdoor Farmer’s Market
Local vendors, farmers and growers, artisans and live musicians are featured at this family-friendly event. Sample tastes from the Lowcountry and socialize with locals every Saturday until 2pm.

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With the exception of Piccolo Festival, most of these events take place year-round. If you get away to Charleston in May, plan to enjoy one of these local favorites next time you visit the Holy City. Contact our concierge for even more recommendations on timely happenings.

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Cupcakes, Donuts and Cookies, Oh My!

Some days that little craving for something sweet just won’t go away. No matter how hard we try to ignore it, we can’t deny a quick sugar fix. Thankfully, Charleston is filled with the very shops you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. So the next time you’re out and about, stop into one of these delicious places to indulge.

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Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

481 King Street, Charleston SC 29403

Made with all homemade, natural ingredients, these one-of-a-kind donuts come in unique flavors that will leave you wanting more. Try The Charleston donut with a bourbon cream filling topped with a toffee glaze and praline crumble. Drop by until 3pm daily, or until they sell out which is typically earlier.

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Café Framboise

159 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401

This quaint French café is serving some seriously sweet treats. They have a stunning array of pastries from fruit tarts and éclairs to croissants, macaroons and more. Just off the beaten path on Market Street, visit here for breakfast or lunch, sit outside and enjoy one of the many decadent French baked goods.

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King Street Cookies

370 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

With more than 30 flavors of cookies, you are bound to find something your taste buds will love. This shop has everything from the basic Chocolate Chip to the Spicy Hot Chocolate plus gluten free options.  Even with the large variety of cookies, one thing remains true; every bite is soft in the center and crispy on the edges. These cookies are so good, you can’t try just one.

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Cupcake DownSouth

433 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

You will always be able to try something new at this scrumptious bakery featuring a wide variety of cupcakes with daily rotating flavors. Now open late night, stop by after a night out for their “After Dark” menu featuring Peach Bellini and Lemon Drop alcohol-infused cupcakes.

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Carmella’s

198 E Bay Street #100, Charleston, SC 29401

The newly opened café and dessert bar is the perfect sit-down spot to enjoy some sweets after a long day. Their menu includes old-school favorites like Italian ice, tiramisu cups and cannoli’s. Try a dessert cocktail or their homemade gelato and you won’t be disappointed.

In Charleston, great food is located on every corner. Don’t miss out on dessert too, with these sugary treats sure to give you a pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing. With so many places to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!

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Top Breathtaking Carolina Sunsets

As Charleston gets warmer and the days grow longer, there isn’t a better way to end the day than with a Holy City sunset. The Lowcountry provides so many great places to take in the beauty of sundown so grab a friend and head to one of these charming spots between 7:30pm and 8:00pm to the catch the last few rays of the day.

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This inviting park is one of the most visited places in Charleston due to its vast history and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll along this park at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views with a waterfront backdrop. Arrive early, bring a picnic and blanket and revel in the beauty of the day’s end.

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Spend the day exploring the Old Village of Mount Pleasant then retreat to the Pitt Street Bridge to experience one of the undisputed, best views of the Lowcountry.  A favorite with locals, the bridge is always filled with people fishing, biking, walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. With tidal flats and salt marshes on your left and the Charleston harbor to your right, this hidden gem will leave you yearning to come back again and again.

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Take a sunset sail on board the Schooner Pride and see the sun slip below the horizon from the harbor. The boat sails around the waters surrounding the peninsula so you will see a marvelous sundown set against church steeples and historic architecture. Help the crew raise and trim the sails or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Visiting the Ravenel Bridge is a must when exploring Charleston. Drive or stroll to the middle of the bridge where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet and take a break on the benches at dusk to experience an unbelievable sunset. Don’t forget your camera! Almost as beautiful as sundown itself, the bridge offers great charm of its own.

A Charleston sunset is unlike any other so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. You’ll be dreaming of it until your next visit to Charleston, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

 

 

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