Spoleto Festival: Coming of Age Performances in a Timeless City

Embracing the historic and natural charm of the Holy City, the Spoleto Festival has begun another season of renowned live arts performances. In 1977, Charleston was selected as an ideal location to host young and experienced artists of all forms with a passion for originality. Now in its 40th season, Spoleto still honors the original tradition of celebrating the finest arts and has earned international recognition.

Performances of opera, theater, jazz, dance, visual arts and more offer options for a variety of interests. With many shows already receiving notable praise, the difficulty becomes not which show to attend, but rather how many performances one can see during the 17-day festival.

This year’s opera, Porgy and Bess, has been commended as one of the greatest artistic creations ever produced in the Holy City and is surely a must see. The show celebrates the African American community in the South Carolina costal region and is exquisitely performed by a talented cast, lively music and beautiful setting and design.

A sure crowd pleaser, Havana Rakatan, is a lively dance piece featuring salsa, mambo, jazz, cha-cha, rumba and more. Complemented with an eight-piece live band this show energetically explores Cuban history through dance.

With a great deal of the success of the Spoleto Festival credited to the setting of Charleston, it is vital to indulge in the charm of the Holy City while visiting. The Belmond Charleston Place Spoleto Grill Gourmet Package offers luxurious accommodations to enhance your Spoleto Festival USA experience. Indulge in dinner for two in the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill, complimentary breakfast in the hotels Four Diamond Palmetto Café, 20% off festival tickets, and a variety of welcome amenities, for travel now through June 11th, 2016. 


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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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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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