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10 May 2018
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If you were in a beach house Charleston this past weekend, my goodness you had a wide choice of fun things to do.  Whether it was the Party at the Point Friday, Shaggin’ on the Cooper Saturday, the Blessing of the Fleet Sunday, or the Rice Festival, there was a myriad of ways to entertain the folks in your luxury house on Isle of Palms. The neat thing about all of these events, is that they reflect a unique quality or facet of the culture of the Carolina Lowcountry.  The economy was founded on rice centuries ago.  The Shag is the official state dance of South Carolina.  Our local shrimpers and fisherman help bring in some of the sea’s bounty.  You can’t spend a week in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals without eating some fresh seafood at least once.  And the Party at the Point offers one of the best views of historic Charleston Harbor and the beloved Yorktown. There’s another festival coming up that in many ways is the major one of the year, at least in terms of quality, duration, influence and global reach. For the first time ever, the readers of Southern Living magazine have ranked the best festivals in the South. Interesting, Charleston boasts numbers one and two on the list of five. "South's Best Festival" according to the readers of Southern Living magazine are:

  • Spoleto Festival USA
  • Charleston Wine + Food Festival
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Memphis in May International Festival
  • Annual National Shrimp Festival (Gulf Shores, Alabama)

Here’s a link with the scoop.  

Speaking of Spoleto... it's ticket time near your beach house Charleston

If you’re staying in one of our beach rentals Charleston, today marks an important one on the festival calendar.  Spoleto tickets have been available online for some time, as I covered in this blog.  But starting today, May 1st, you may now buy tickets in person at the Spoleto box office.  . There are three ways to purchase tickets: in person, on the phone or online.  Read on for the particulars.

How to buy Spoleto tickets near your beach house Charleston:

The Spoleto box office is located at the beautiful renovated Gaillard Center, at 95 Calhoun Street downtown.  It’s centrally located on the historic peninsula, not far from all of our rental homes South Carolina.   Box office hours are daily from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th (the last day of the festivals). Tickets are also available online at and over the phone at (843) 579-3100.

Don’t forget Piccolo, also happening later this month near your beach house Charleston

Piccolo Spoleto has also just announced its festival lineup.  As usual they announce their performers and schedules much later than their big sister Spoleto does, no doubt because they have so many more events to coordinate and finalize.  Their guide for Piccolo Spoleto 2018 is a whopping 76 pages long. The schedule is available online, and there’s a myriad of great things to choose from.  As usual, it’s a bit of over-choice, but there’s sure to be something for all ages in your Charleston beach house.   Here’s a link to the new Piccolo Festival schedule. Piccolo runs concurrently with Spoleto, and this year it’s Friday, May 25th through Sunday, June 10th.  The City of Charleston runs Piccolo through its Office of Cultural Affairs, located at 75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3800.  It’s open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00. If you’re here in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, you can pick up a printed version of the program guide in their office, at the Gaillard, the Charleston Visitor’s Center, City Gallery, and the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library.  You can also call them at (843) 724-7305 or email them at and they’ll snail mail you one. Here’s the official website with access to all the events: You can search by date or by category -  festival traditions, literary & ideas, music, theatre & dance, or visual arts.  

How to buy Piccolo Spoleto tickets near our beach house rentals Charleston SC:

IN PERSON: Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office (Up to 2 hours before performance) Charleston Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street Open 9:00am-5:00pm daily from Monday, May 1. Payments accepted: major credit cards, cash, check BY PHONE: Ticket Hotline (866) 811-4111 to speak with a salesperson. Major credit cards accepted. Subject to additional fees. ONLINE: 24 Hours a Day at Major credit cards accepted. Subject to additional fee. AT THE EVENT: 30 minutes prior to performance, if tickets remain. Payments accepted: Visa, Discover, MasterCard, cash, check. Spoleto season is a very popular time for our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  A beach house Charleston is an easy drive from Spoleto or Piccolo events  -  most of which take place on the downtown peninsula  -  while also providing you with a beach vacation at the same time.  If you are interested in one of our SC vacation rentals, you’d best call as far in advance as you can for the best selection from our portfolio.  As always, remember that when you are looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, especially a beach house Charleston, just give EP a call.   All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger