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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Holy Smokes in the Holy City

When the smokers light up, the aroma is not that of tobacco; it’s that of Charleston’s premier old country barbecue palaces. The Holy City is home to some of the finest BBQ the South has to offer. The only issue you will face when it comes to the cookout style grub is, where to feast? Whether you are shopping on King or strolling through the Market, your nose may catch the home-style smells of several local eateries. Simply put, the only way to choose which BBQ joint is your favorite is to try them all.

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Nick’s Bar-B-Q 288 King Street

Located on Charleston’s famous King Street, Nick’s is known for its quality service, great food and most notably, its cheddar biscuits. So kick back, grab a beer and some riblets, and enjoy the mouthwatering taste of a Southern-style cookout.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Dorothy’s Peach Tea

Starter- Brisket Chili

Main- The Double Decker

Side- Brunswick Stew

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Poogan’s Smokehouse 188 East Bay Street

Recently opened, Poogan’s Smokehouse is slaughtering the naysayers and making quite the name for itself as an elite barbeque establishment. This smokehouse has a more elegant, upscale feel than the classic BBQ atmosphere, but don’t let that fool you; the food is just as messy, fun, and flavorful as any other rib joint.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Bells Two Hearted Ale

Starter- Pimento Cheese & Pate Pickle Board

Main-Pork Belly

Sides- Collard Greens, Lexington Red Slaw

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Smoke BBQ- 487 King Street

This barbeque house may seem small on the outside, but we all know what really matters is what is on the inside. Smoke BBQ is a blast! The atmosphere is exciting and eventful, which is likely due to weekly live music and the entertainment of King Street’s nightlife.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Lagunitas IPA

Starter- Dozen Smoked Wings

Main- Slow Smoked Pork

Side- Brown Butter Mac & Cheese

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Queology Charleston BBQ Team- 32-C North Market Street

Stationed across from Charleston’s famous city market, this seasoned steakhouse features an outdoor patio and most importantly, includes a vast selection of local beers on tap. With more than 10 awards to its name, including 1st place in Pork and 3rd in Ribs at the Berkley Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, Queology is a must hit destination when visiting the Holy City.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Palmetto Amber Ale

Starter- BBQ Pork Tacos

Main- 1/3 Rack of Ribs

Side- Corn on the Cob

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse- 161 East Bay Street

The Southend Brewery & Smokehouse is an incredible three-story venue on the corner of East Bay and Market Streets that brews a variety of eight different beers at a given time, and has the fermentation tanks to prove it! The service is great, and the food is even better so take a break from shopping in the Market, rest your weary legs and grab a flight of Southend’s own micro brews. The perfect pairing for one of the smoked entrees.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Castle Pinckney Pale Ale

Starter- Sweet Onion Hushpuppies

Main- Smoked Half Chicken

Sides- Mashed Potatoes, Smokehouse Slaw

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Belmond Wedding Stories: Sarah and Jeffrey

Charleston, S.C. is a city filled with sweet love stories and romantic charm. So what better location to celebrate a timeless love story than Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic city? A classic venue for couples to create wedding memories that will be cherished for years, Sarah and Jeffrey Wamble decided it was the perfect locale for their wedding celebration.

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Sarah and Jeffrey first spotted each other on Sarah’s 28th birthday in New York City while having drinks after work with friends. They worked at the same large advertising agency in the city but had never met, and fate just happened to bring them to the same bar on the same night. Sarah spotted Jeffrey across the bar and was brave enough to approach him after fighting off some initial nerves. Her move was a success, as Jeffrey offered to buy her a drink, and the two immediately hit it off. The pair says they spent the rest of the night chatting and, “the rest is history!”

Sarah has a long and beloved history with Sullivan’s Island, located just north of Charleston, having visited with her family during the summers since her childhood days. She first brought Jeffrey to the special island in 2010, and it’s where the couple exchanged their first “I love you’s.” Three years later, at the same sandy summer spot, Jeffrey got down on one knee and asked Sarah to be his wife.

Having a special tie to the Holy City, the two chose Belmond Charleston Place to plan their wedding because they believe it is “by far the nicest hotel in downtown Charleston.” They love that it offers the “upscale, premium experience that discerning New Yorkers expect but maintains the historic, Southern charm that makes it distinctly Charleston.”

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The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials at the iconic Riviera Theater at Belmond Charleston Place. Inspired by the floor-to-ceiling murals in the ballroom, they chose a 1920s theme and simple color palette to highlight the true beauty of the theater. The Riviera also has special significance for Sarah’s family, as her father would frequent the theater as a young man on dates.

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Bloom at Belmond Charleston Place created the bride’s gorgeous bouquet featuring an arrangement of hydrangea, freesia and mini calla lilies. Bloom finished the design by wrapping the bouquet in ivory ribbon and material from Sarah’s dress, and pinning it into Sarah’s family Bible for a special, personal touch.

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Catering was also provided by Belmond Charleston Place, and the couple says everyone at their wedding raved about the food. Cocktail hour featured bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed angus beef, shrimp and crawfish cakes and tuna tartare on wonton crisps. After guests had mingled and munched on hors d’oeuvres, dinner was served buffet-style and included a gourmet mac and cheese bar, gumbo with dirty rice, baron of beef with asparagus and custom sliders. The perfect finishing touch to the evening, the gorgeous multi-layered wedding cake was red velvet and carrot with cream cheese filling and buttercream frosting.

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Sarah’s tip for anyone planning a wedding soon? “Don’t stress, and have fun!” Belmond Charleston Place was truly thrilled to host Sarah and Jeffrey’s wedding night and we wish them nothing but abundant love and happiness!

(All photographs courtesy of Todd Surber from King Street Studio)

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