Over the next few days Charleston SC will be flooded by artists and art lovers from around the world for the annual Spoleto Festival (and it’s companion, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival). In its 41st year, the 17-day event celebrates performing arts including opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz, among others. Spoleto performances are sprinkled throughout the Holy City in a lively display of music and dance. If you're planning a trip to Charleston SC between May 25 and June 12, be prepared to be amazed.
While Spoleto is known for showcasing international and world-renowned artists, a lesser known companion event to Spoleto Festival in Charleston is Piccolo Spoleto. Piccolo highlights local artists from the southeast region and incorporates performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts. Even if you have already purchased your Spoleto Festival tickets, Piccolo is created for the art aficionado on a budget, and offers several free events each year. To focus your ears and eyes to more local artists, stop by some of Piccolo's free performances, including:
Fri, May 26, 8:00pm @ US Custom House
Kick off the Piccolo Spoleto festival and enjoy a musical performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Midnight Pajama March
Sat, May 27, 11:00pm-midnight @ US Custom House
For late night fun, come dressed in your favorite PJ's and march alongside The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, Atlanta's colorful street band.
Film Screening: Find Your Groove
Sun, May 28, 5:00pm @ Charleston Music Hall
The documentary-style film showcases the arts through music, looking at genres of American music through the decades and the impact that music has on our lives. The film, which features the Allegro School of Music in Charleston and footage scenes from the city, will be broadcast nationally on PBS after its LA premiere. Enjoy this advanced screening.
Thu, June 1, 9:15am 10:45am & 12:15pm @ Charleston County Public Library
Artist Kristin Ward combines the classic The Ugly Duckling with her own experience in an adoptive world to tell a story of a character who learns that about beauty, finding where they belong, and the power of what’s in the heart.
Allan Park Concert
Fri, June 2, 6:30pm @ Ashley Avenue, between Huger & Congress
Put on your dancing shoes and head out to Jazz in the Park, featuring the Lyndsey Moynihan Jazz Quintet. Make a night of it with local food vendors on hand to serve up dinner, dessert or a snack.
Sand Sculpting Competition
Sat, June 3, 9:00am-1:00pm @ Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms
Come out and enjoy the 29th annual sand sculpting competition. Sign up to build show off your skills and build your own, or walk the beach check out the sand creations. With 6 categories ranging from… fun for the whole family.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival Finale
Sat, June 10, 5:00pm-10:00pm @ Hampton Park
Local and visiting musicians across a range of genres will perform old school classics that will have you dancing all night long.
Whether you've planned your Charleston vacation around the annual Spoleto Festival and are just looking for add-on events to attend, or you've been thinking about a last minute getaway, Piccolo Spoleto free events are a perfect day or night activity. Our luxury vacation rentals downtown are within walking distance to most of the festival events, which means Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto are just a few steps away.