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05/28/2021 to 06/13/2021
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Festivals

Running concurrently with Spoleto Festival USA is its little sister, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  

Started by the City of Charleston in 1979, it focuses on regional and local talent. 

“Little Sis” is all grown up and has blossomed into a beauty in her own right.  Piccolo Spoleto now boasts over 700 performances in the same mediums as Spoleto, plus film, visual arts exhibits, cutting edge comedy, cultural presentations, crafts, poetry readings, open air concerts, community and children’s events.

Performances take place all across the Lowcountry.  Keep an eye peeled because you just might spot the next rising star.  Years ago, a then little-known comic named Amy Schumer performed a small show at Piccolo.

IOP Sand Sculpting Competition

Be sure to check out a favorite Piccolo event, the 32nd Annual Sand Sculpting Competition right here on the Isle of Palms' Front Beach.  It takes place Saturday, June 5th, starting at 9:00 a.m.

You and your crew are invited to sign up, stake out your spot, and create your own masterpiece for a chance to win prizes and island bragging rights.  

They'll award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the following categories:

  • Adults (ages 21 and up);
  • Family (at least one adult & one young adult or child);
  • Young Adults (ages 15 to 20);
  • Children (ages 14 and under);
  • Best Architectural;
  • Most Creative.
They'll also select the big kahuna, "Best in Show."  
You can sign up now on the IOP website or the day of the event.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2021 runs from Friday, May 28th though Sunday, June 13th.