3.6.19 – 3.10.19
Charleston Wine + Food festival
The Wine + Food festival features more than 100 different culinary experiences over five days. On Friday, for International Women’s Day, the festival will celebrate female chefs and restaurateurs. Events include Boss Lady, a tea room experience in Anthropologie; There’s Something About Merry, a wine tasting with pioneer female winemaker Merry Edwards; and Whisky Tango Foxtrot, where women will be in the spotlight behind the bar and the grill. Look for Skirt at the Friday Culinary Village and Blended, where you can find our “Think equal” buttons in honor of International Women’s Day. Ticket prices, times and venues vary per event. Visit charlestonwineandfood.com.
3.6 – 24.19
The Charleston Stage Company presents the sisterhood classic, Steel Magnolias. Set in the late 1980s, this play is a blast from the past including friendship, drama and romance. Let the laughter and tears flow with your gal pals for this take of the Southern classic hit. Ticket prices and times vary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Visit charlestonstage.com.
Trident Literacy Founder’s Day Awards
Trident Literacy Association honors female community leaders at a luncheon for International Women’s Day. This year’s honorees include cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, women’s advocate Jennett Alterman, NAACP president Dot Scott, MUSC’s Dr. Deb Williamson, tennis player Brenda Carter and College of Charleston professor Giovanna De Luca. Tickets are $80. Noon at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road. Visit tridentlit.org.
Family Movie Night at Medway
Enjoy “A Bug’s Life” in the great outdoors during Family Movie Night at Medway hosted by the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Come early for activities and games and enjoy eats from food trucks. Free. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Medway Park and Community Garden, 2069 Medway Road. Visit charlestonparksconservancy.org.
Fashioning Change: IBU at The Gibbes
The Gibbes and Ibu Movement honor International Women’s Day with the launch of the new Ibu Foundation. See a runway show featuring the same dress in 25 different textile traditional from around the world and learn how you can join the Ibu Foundation, which will work to disrupt poverty and fashion change for women everywhere. Tickets are $100, 6 to 8 p.m., Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meet St. Visit ibumovement.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early at The City of North Charleston’s family friendly and wildly popular event, which includes a parade, a kids section and musical performances. Free. Times and venues vary. Visit northcharleston.org.
Spring Street Artisan Market
Discover jewelry, vintage clothing, bakeries, soap and skin care made by local artisans at this market at Tiger Lily Florist. Inside the shop, the Tiger Lily Artists Collective has a newly installed platform to highlight local artists. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tiger Lily Florist, 131 Spring St. Visit Tiger Lily’s Facebook page.
Dancing with the ARK Stars
Get ready to cha-cha! Local figures dance and compete in the hopes of winning the mirror ball trophy at the Dancing with the ARK Stars! The event includes hors-d’oeuvres, a silent auction and open bar. Tickets are $65 at the door. 7 p.m., Eidson Gym, Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Road, Summerville. Visit thearkofsc.org/dancing-with-the-arks-stars/.
The Reckoning in the Park
Love the Grateful Dead? James Island County Park hosts the local tribute band, The Reckoning. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available. Admission is free with $2 park entrance fee. 1 to 5 p.m., James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. Visit www.ccprc.com.
Tank and the Bangas
You won’t want to miss Tank and the Bangas, who meld soul, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B into an original and funky sound. The winners of NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert contest will have every one at Pour House getting down. Tickets are $20, 8 p.m. at Charleston Pour House, 977 Maybank Highway. Visit charlestonpourhouse.com.
3.13.19 – 4.18.19
Festival of Houses and Gardens
The Festival of Houses and Gardens allows you to get a peek inside some of the city’s most beautiful homes and gardens. Daily events include a morning history walk, a tour of the historic district of Charleston led by experienced tour guides; Wine By The Water, a wine tasting with a lovely view of the Charleston harbor; and Indigo Girl: The Colorful Life of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, an in-depth overview of Eliza Pinckney’s life led by award-winning author Natasha Boyd. Tickets, times and venues vary by event. Visit historiccharleston.org.
Seven local designers use textiles from the Charleston Museum’s archive as inspiration to create modern looks for this pop-exhibit and reception. Enjoy beverages and light hors-d’oeuvres. Tickets are $45 to 55. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 14, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Visit charlestonmuseum.org.
Rebel Girls Celebration
Celebrate Women’s History Month by taking your rebel girls and boys to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry on March 16 to meet some of the characters from the book “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls,” which tells the inspiring stories of 100 women from Elizabeth 1 to Serena Williams. Tickets are $15 for non-members. 9 to 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St. Visit explorecml.org.
International Women’s Day Celebration: The ERA’s Unfinished History
Celebrate International Women’s Day with nationally acclaimed author Marjorie Spruill and The ERA’s Unfinished History presented by the League of Women Voters. As the Equal Rights Amendment again stands before the South Carolina General Assembly, Marjorie will speak about historical and cultural challenges to the women’s movement in the South. Lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Town and Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Highway, West Ashley. Visit lwv.charleston.org.
Aretha Franklin Tribute
Respect: Charleston native Christian “Black Diamond” Smalls and her 10-piece band pay tribute to the Queen of Soul and first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are $22, 8 p.m. at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Charleston Fashion Week’s Celebration of Style
The first of three fashion events to be held throughout the year will include curated pop-up shops, a beauty bar and the latest fashion trends. There’s an afterparty. The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay St. Visit charlestonfashionweek.com.
3.27.19 – 4.28.19
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League presents the Designer Showhouse, a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian-style home near Colonial Lake. The home was originally built by William G. Harvey, Charleston’s then-mayor and future governor of South Carolina. Each room has been decorated by local designers. A café and new pop-up shop called SCORE will also be on site for guests to enjoy. Tickets are $20 before March 26 and $25 after. Times vary. 16 Rutledge St. Visit csolinc.org.
Mozart’s final composition and one of the most famous pieces of music ever written is being performed by the Charleston Symphony and the CSO Chorus for a stunning rendition of the music. Tickets vary from $21 and up. 7:30 p.m., The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Visit charlestonsymphony.org.
3.29.19 – 4.27.19
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents College of Charleston student submissions to the gallery. With a wide range of media – paintings, sculptures, and photography – Young Contemporaries exemplifies the strength and diversity of the School of the Arts programs. Free. Times vary, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Visit halsey.cofc.edu.
Charleston Mimosa festival
A celebration of brunch, the mimosa festival has a wide variety of drink options to choose from, a selection of brunch bites and live entertainment. Tickets are $25. 12 – 4 p.m., The Bend, 3775 Azalea Drive, North Charleston. Visit charlestonwinefestivals.com.
Charleston Walk for Water
Raise awareness for those who lack access to clean water. Join with a team or walk solo, but you will not be alone! Registration prices vary. 9 a.m., Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Visit watermissions.org.
3.30 – 4.7.19
Volvo Car Open
The largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America, the Volvo Car Open welcomes thousands of visitors each April. New features this year include a family weekend, a yoga event and a Sunday Gospel Brunch as well as elevated dining offerings. Tickets and times vary. Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. Visit volvocaropen.com.