Visit Charleston in March – lucky you!
March is a lucky time to visit Charleston! With the onset of spring, the area offers local festivals, farmers markets, blooming flowers and delicious local cuisine. And, of course, being able to enjoy the luck o’ the Irish in this city is a bonus! It’s beautiful in Charleston this time of year. In fact, according to US News, March is one of the best and most popular times of the year to visit. The weather is mild, yet warm, the magnolias are in bloom and many of the wonderful attractions are in full swing.
Insider tip: Make plans early and schedule mid-week travel which will be less busy than weekend trips!
Charleston certainly knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day justice! If you’re lucky enough to be here for this Irish holiday, Charleston will treat you to a day of music, culture and of course (our favorite) food. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland,” interestingly St. Patrick was actually a native of Britain. Captured by Irish raiders and forced into slavery, the teenage boy was only a visitor to the island of Ireland, and he eventually found a way to escape after six years of servitude. Amazingly, he eventually returned to the island as a Christian missionary and ultimately a bishop. He has been honored as a primary patron saint in Ireland since that time and this lucky holiday is dedicated to his memory.
Since the earliest settlements, South Carolina has been home to a large population of Scots-Irish and their traditions have held a place in our city since the early days. For a traditional and reflective start to this holy holiday, join Mass at 8:00 am at St. Patrick’s Church. This church has a rich history in our community! The cornerstone was actually laid on St. Patrick’s Day in 1838 and it has been functioning in some capacity since that time.
Be sure to catch the annual Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, starting at King and Radcliffe Streets at 10:00 am with Irish step dancers, live music, fire trucks, military units and a sea of green! Known as South Carolina’s “biggest and best” St. Patrick’s Day parade, this event will not disappoint. While you’re here, our Upper King Street culinary tour is a great way to learn more about the area through sampling food and learning historical information and stories from our experienced tour guides. The restaurants featured on the food tour are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative, with a tremendous passion for their craft. This Upper King Street tour is designed to show off some of the best that Charleston has to offer and provide insight into Charleston’s ever-changing culinary scene. Be sure to book ahead for the time you will be here as our tours fill quickly, particularly during this popular time of year.
While St. Patrick’s Day is certainly the highlight holiday of March, here are a few other ideas of things to see and do if you happen to visit the Lowcountry in March. Of course, be sure to join us for one of our culinary tours! Our educated, friendly and experienced tour guides make all the difference as well as our close relationship with many local restaurant owners.
Charleston Food + Wine Festival
This year will be the 15th installment of Charleston Wine + Food. Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, this year’s festival will feature over 100 unique culinary experiences that will fill your belly and feed your soul. For five soul-smackingly good days, Charleston will serve as the backdrop for a gathering of top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe.
Festival of Houses and Gardens
March 11 – April 18
There’s no lovelier time in Charleston than spring – and no better way to experience the city’s charm than our annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. Step inside the private houses and gardens of some of the city’s most stunning properties, learn about Charleston’s distinctive architecture and history, and celebrate our unique culture at luncheons, musical concerts and other Lowcountry lifestyle events. Tours and events vary by day.
Charleston Bluegrass Festival
The Charleston Bluegrass Festival takes place on the pristine 6,000-acre grounds of the Woodlands Nature Reserve, a hidden gem in one of the world’s top destinations, Charleston, South Carolina. Patrons can expect a weekend of revelry, complete with some of the finest names in bluegrass. The event offers plush camping options, local food and craft vendors, and outdoor activities.
Be sure to check the schedule for some of our favorite local theatres:
Any time of year is a good time to visit Charleston, but you can’t beat the experience in the springtime months. We look forward to meeting you! Don’t hesitate to call ahead with questions!