For 17 days each year Charleston turns into a national hub for performing arts. Spoleto events including opera, theater, dance, and many different types of music are hosted all over beautiful Downtown Charleston. Spoleto was founded in 1977 and was meant to bring the same passion for the arts that was found in Spoleto, Italy. Charleston’s setting is intimate enough to have that small city charm and still large enough to sell out performances, thus was the perfect fit for Spoleto. Whether you have been wanting to plan a trip to Charleston or are already here, Spoleto is a perfect opportunity to see what Charleston has to offer.
During Spoleto the town truly comes alive. Since there is such a large influx of people coming to enjoy the festival, the streets are never empty. The schedule is jam-packed, but there are down times between scheduled performances. You will not be able to see everything that they have planned on the schedule. Make a plan beforehand of what you don’t want to miss. Then between performances, you are free to explore Charleston. Downtown is best when walking around. Plan on parking the car and walking all day. Parking is hard to come by so if you wish to go further than you want to walk Uber is a good option as they will drop you off at the door. Otherwise, you’ll have to hop around from parking garage to parking garage.
We love Spoleto every year and think it is a great reason to come to Charleston and experience the vibrant culture here!