Free Events During Spoleto Festival 2019

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13 May 2019
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The world renowned Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival are only one week away! Since the '70s these two festivals have filled the Holy City with the highest caliber of both established and young artists, musicians, actors, and writers. Over the 17 days of the festival, there will be daily events for various types of performing and visual arts. To attend all of these events can add up, making it difficult to pick the shows you want to see. Thankfully there are dozens of FREE events going on during Spoleto so you can enjoy the excitment and talent without breaking the bank!


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Spoleto Festival USA

Piccolo Spoleto Festival



Sunset Serenade

The Sunset Serenade is the annual kickoff event to celebrate the arts during Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This event is a free outdoor concert featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  Come enjoy the excitment infront of the historic US Customs House.  

Friday May, 24 8:00pm

US Customs House


Midnight Pajama March (The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable)

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable are a wild and electrifying community band from Atlanta. You won't want to miss the dynamic energy and colorful street theater during this downtown performance. 

May 25, 2019 11:00pm

US Customs House


Patriotic Concert (The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable)

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable are back for a second explosive performance. During this parade they will play patriotic tunes to honor our country and those who fought for our freedom.

May 26, 2019 12:00pm

US Customs House


Memorial Day Concert

Come celebrate and salute our armed forces and those who serve our country in a patriotic performance by the combined Charleston and Columbia Community Bands. 

Monday May 27, 2019 3:00pm

Marion Square


Piccolo Spoleto Finale

Bring your friends and family out to the beautiful Hampton Park to dance and sing along to a line-up of local musicians as the incredible Piccolo Spoleto Festival comes to a close. There will be some of the best food trucks at this event as well!

June 8, 2019 5:00pm

Hampton Park

30 Mary Murray Blvd

Charleston, SC 29403



40th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Browse through the creative art of over 80 local artists! This colorful open-air market in Marion Square is a perfect way to spend the day and see the wide array of local talent.

Dates: May 24 – June 8

Monday – Thursday Times: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Friday – Sunday Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Address: Marion Square, King and Calhoun Streets


Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Exhibition

Some of the region's finest craft artisans will be presenting handmade jewelry, gifts, and other one-of-a-kind items for purchase in Wragg Square.

Dates: May 24 – May 27; May 31 – June 2

Wragg Square

Meeting Street, between Charlotte Street & Ashmead Place


Family Day at Marion Square

No matter your age you will be able to discover your hidden talents, create, and play durinig this fun family event in Marion Square! Watch as the younger Piccolo Spoleto fans get to take the spotlight and showcase their dance, music, and artistic talents to the public.

May 25, 2019 10;00am

Marion Square


Sand Sculpting Competition

Piccolo Spoleto brings the fun out to Isle of Palms for the 31st Annual Sand Sculpting Competion! Walk the beach and watch as competitors transform Front Beach into a work of art.

June 1, 2019 9:00am

Front Beach at Isle of Palms


Citywide Visual Art Exhibitions

Visit the Piccolo Spoleto website to see the various free art exhibitions occuring throughout the city covering topics such as recovery, history, and more.

(Varied times and Locations)



Coming to Monuments

Experience the prowess of the Charleston dance community as professional dance companies present short pieces and excerpts for the audience. 

May 26, 2019 1:00pm

Charleston Museum Courtyard

342 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Charleston Dance Showcase

Dance Matters present an interactive contemporary piece that explores the history and conflicted legacy of Confederate memorials. Appropriate for all ages. 

May 26, 2019 3:00pm

Charleston Music Hall

37 John Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Munchkin Radio Plays

The Munchkin Radio Plays are new plays by local playwrights designed to encourage imagination and creativity in children ages 7 to 12. Meet and greet after performance. 

June 5, 2019 1:00pm

Christ Church Parish Hall

2304 North Hwy 17

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466



Piccolo Fiction

Piccolo Fiction will present local and South Carolina authors reading brief short stories in the courtyard of Blue Bicycle Books. This is the longest running event solely devoted to fiction at the festival. Come enjoy the traditions and talent of the Piccolo Fiction community. 

June 1, 2019 5:00pm

Blue Bicycle Books

420 King Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Sundown Poetry Series

Throughout the festival you can enjoy evening poetry recitings by local and award winning poets. Please visit their website to read about the various poets and dates of the events. 

(Dates, Authors, and Times Vary)

Dock Street Theatre Courtyard

135 Church Street

Charleston, SC 29401