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25 May 2018
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This holiday weekend officially kicks off peak season for our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  Of course staying in one of our beach rentals Charleston is great any time of the year, but right now they’re super hot.  Hopefully you booked your luxury house on Isle of Palms far enough in advance to get your top choice. Today is also the official kickoff for Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, as I’ve covered in several previous blogs.  A beach house Charleston makes a perfect home base for a Spoleto stay. The festivals bring 17 days of music, opera, theater and dance to the Holy City.  The Spoleto opening ceremonies are taking place at noon today for this, its 42nd year. (Note: this is Piccolo’s 39th year.)

Some highlights near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals...

Friday, May 25, noon   Spoleto USA Opening Ceremonies at Charleston City Hall At the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets downtown.  Musical prelude begins at 11:30 before the ceremony itself starts at 12:00 p.m.  Join the mayor and festival folk as they officially declare the festival open.  Included is a performance excerpt from a surprise guest. FYI if you’re here in a Charleston beach house and are driving downtown on Friday, take note of the following street closures in and around the opening ceremonies:

  • Road closures at Meeting Street & Broad Street and Broad Street & Church Street begin at 9:00 a.m.
  • Road closures at Broad & King, Meeting & Queen, Meeting & Tradd, and Meeting & Chalmers streets begin at 11:45 a.m.
  • Ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. and runs through 1:15 p.m.; the 11:45 a.m. closure points will reopen when ceremony terminates; 9:00 a.m. closures remain until staging and equipment are cleared from roadway.
  • Limited vehicular traffic will be allowed east of the ceremony on Broad Street for business purposes only.
  • The Parking Enforcement Unit will bag meters on Broad in the affected area of the ceremony.
  • Handicapped parking will be allowed at the meter spaces on Broad Street near Church Street or in such designated spaces or public parking garages.

Spoleto fun near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals...

Although tickets go fast for the festival, there are still some available.  You can purchase them online at, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Gaillard Center.   Here’s more on that. Most of the events are on the downtown peninsula, which is convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina. Here’s the full schedule.  The Post & Courier provides daily comprehensive coverage of the festivals and what’s going on all over the Lowcountry.  Read more here.  

There are also a number of events near our isle of Palms luxury rentals that are free and require no tickets.  They include:

Friday, May 25, 8:00pm Sunset Serenade Head to the US Custom House for Piccolo Spoleto's annual festive curtain raiser. This free outdoor concert features the Charleston Symphony Orchestra directed by Principal Pops Conductor Yuriy Becker.  “This year's program features Lowcountry Voices and Pursuit of the Podium conductor, Paul Stoney, and includes popular selections from Bernstein, Copland, and John Williams, along with classical favorites in what promises to be a night to remember.”  Arrive early to get the best seat and enjoy the festivities and libations available for sale. This is a fun concert with music that appeals to all ages staying in our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.   Saturday, May 26, 10:00am-3:00pm Family Day at Marion Square March to the beat of your own drum at this year's Family Day celebration in Marion Square with performances and workshops. The youngest Piccolo fans will enjoy arts and craft activities, hands on workshops, and live performances as they await the cacophonous arrival of The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable. Marion Square is also the location of the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, with over 80 artists displaying their creations.  The Charleston Farmer’s Market will also be going on, so Marion Square will be abuzz with fun. Also, Sunday and Monday there are numerous events connected to Memorial Day.  Some of the Piccolo events are free and convenient to all our SC vacation rentals.  Check out the schedule here.  

This one looks fun….

Sunday, May 27, Noon-1:00pm----Patriotic Concert Patriotic Parade w/ Seed & Feed Marching Abominable US Custom House Concord & East Bay Sts. “Thrilling audiences since 1974, The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable is Atlanta’s wildest community band. Explosive sound and colorful street theater electrify the audiences of this all-volunteer organization. The performers are famous for their high-energy music and fancifully costumed players. Piccolo Spoleto will host this group at two memorable performances at the US Custom House, in addition to their early afternoon performance at Family Day at Marion Square.” Here’s more about Piccolo from Count on 2 News.   So enjoy all the marvels Spoleto has to offer.  And remember to call EP when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  Our luxury beach house rentals SC are the best in the Charleston area and downright festival-worthy.   All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger