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The Lowcountry has a myriad of fun festivals that happen in all seasons, all throughout the calendar year near our beach rentals Charleston.  I’m not talking about rare, once in a blue moon thing like the Great American Eclipse.  I’m talking festivals and events that take place year in and year out. Some of the biggies include SEWE, Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, MOJA, Flowertown, the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Festival of Homes and Gardens, just to name a very few.  They are a big draw for people coming to our SC vacation rentals, since they’re convenient to both our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and a Folly Beach house Charleston. Another big festival that normally would be taking place soon is in the news his year.  I’m talking the Taste of Charleston Festival -  the beloved event at Boone Hall Plantation where you can sample your way through Charleston cuisine without leaving one locale.  It was a fun event just across the IOP Connector from your luxury house on Isle of Palms. Sadly, it is not happening this year.  It’s a bit of a shock since it has taken place for the last 36 years.   Normally it would happen around the last weekend in September.  Apparently the powers that be, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, is currently looking for a new venue for next year. Apparently the group is undergoing some reorganization and hopes to tweak the format to be more inclusive of other food options, such as food trucks.  According to Randall Goldman, the GCRA’s chairman, “We want to get some new folks with new energy.  We all feel we need to broaden the scope of the type of restaurants that are reflected." Here’s more on the story from the Post & Courier.  

Rates are dropping on beach rentals Charleston

Prime time for luxury beach house rentals SC ends on Labor Day, so it’s a chance to score some great off-season rates on our rental homes South Carolina. But in the meantime, there’s a trio of quirky/fun things going on if you happen to be in a Charleston beach house this weekend.

Check out giant evening movies and music near our beach rentals Charleston

Check out giant evening movies and music near our beach rentals Charleston


First up, tonight (Friday, August 25th) it’s the last installment of what used to be called Movies in the Park.  They’ve since tweaked the name to “Waterfront Music & Movies”  -  free outdoor movie screenings along with live music at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park in August.  Here are the specs:

  • Music and food available for purchase beginning at 6:30.
  • Live music by All Purpose Remedy.
  • Free showing of “Rogue One,” the Star Wars Anthology, on the big screen, beginning at sunset (between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.), with Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge as a backdrop.
  • Parking and admission are free! You’re encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
  • For your GPS: 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd, Mount Pleasant.
  • More info:

Rogue One


Saturday August 26th is the 14th annual Grape Stomping Festival at Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery (formerly known as Irvin-House Vineyards). It takes place at 6775 Bears Bluff Road in Wadmalaw Island.  The cost is $10 per car in advance, $20 at the gate, and part of the proceeds will be given to Sea Island charities.  There will be food as well as tastings available for purchase… Home Team BBQ, Dave ‘n Dubs, Gidget Gourmet, Rolled Quesadillas and others will provide the food.  Solid Country Gold and McKenna Andrews will provide live music. But the main attraction is the grape stomping contest, inspired by the famous 1956 episode of I Love Lucy.  Teams of two people each (the Stomper and the Swabber) will have three minutes to stomp 20 pounds of fresh muscadine grapes with bare feet.  The one that produces the most juice, wins.  And of course, you are encouraged to dress like Lucille Ball from the iconic TV scene.  In fact, concurrent to the stomping contest will be a Lucy Look-A-Like Contest.

Stomp some grapes near our beach rentals Charleston

Stomp some grapes near our beach rentals Charleston

See above pic for costume and hair ideas. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets but not coolers.  There will be plenty of tastings available, as well as fun for the kids (mechanical shark, jump castle, Paint Pixie face painter).  Gates open at 10:00 a.m.  Here’s the schedule…

10:00 - Gates Open 11:00 - 11:30 - Kids' Stomp 11:30 - 1:00 - Opening Music Act 1:00 - 1st Adult Stomp and Second Music Act kicks off it's first set 2:15 - 2nd Adult Stomp 3:30 - Lucy Look Alike Contest 4:45 - Winners Announced

More info with a link to purchase discounted advance tickets here: Or their Facebook page: Reggae and Jerk


Then on Sunday, it’s the fourth annual installment of a spirited combo festival taking place at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  It promises a zesty combo of tunes, food and bevs as it celebrates Jamaica Day here in the Lowcountry, and benefits some good causes.   Here are the details:

  • A whole day of fun -  noon till 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 27th;
  • Proceeds benefit the Shelton Project for the children of Port Antonio, Jamaica;
  • A jerk recipe cook-off by professional and amateur chefs;
  • Wine tent with tastings and presentations;
  • Live reggae music by Coolie G & Lion Soul Reggae Band, and well as fan favorites The Dubplates;
  • Dominoes, ludo, pepper eating contest & raffle;
  • Advance admission ($25), day of ($35) includes admission to the Plantation & Gardens, a souvenir glass and wine tasting;
  • More info and online ticket ordering:

Magnolia is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston, a pleasant drive from all our beach rentals Charleston. So have a festival-filled weekend…. and remember, when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC, be sure to contact us here at Exclusive Properties.  We have the very best in Isle of Palms luxury rentals. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger