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2004 Charleston Calendar of Events
Jan 25 21st Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Mt. Pleasant, SC– Imagine…65,000 pounds of oysters! That’s right! Two tractor- trailer loads full of single select oysters will roll into Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday, January 25th for the World’s Largest Oyster Roast sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. Only 10,000 tickets will be sold so get yours early. Advance tickets are $8.00 and will be available from all Charleston Area Applebee’s Restaurants. Tickets at the gate are $10.00 with children 10 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 10am with plenty of free parking inside.
Feb 4-15 Lowcountry Blues Bash 
The Budweiser Lowcountry Blues Bash® is Charleston, South Carolina’s annual celebration of authentic blues music. With ten days of performances in select clubs, restaurants, hotels, and other venues, the Bash boasts some of the most innovative blues festival programming in North America. It’s all there -- from traditional to post-modern, from underappreciated down home veterans to provocative up-and-coming talent, you will find The Budweiser Lowcountry Blues Bash to be delight for blues purists and new fans alike.
Feb 14-16 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Historic sites, beautiful gardens, fabulous beaches, fine restaurants, friendly people - there are countless reasons why Charleston, South Carolina, is such a popular place to visit. People come for family vacations, weekend getaways, honeymoons, group tours, and business conventions, but each February, they have another special reason to visit the Holy City - the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
March 19-21 Spirit of the River  
Summerville - The true "Spirit of the River" can best be experienced from a canoe or kayak as you immerse yourself in these fragile resources. Observe and learn more about the natural beauty and the cultural history of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The weekend will include trips on several of the state's most pristine waterways in and around the ACE Basin. At a Friday evening reception we will focus on responsible use of our rivers and resources. In addition, paddling workshops, equipment displays, entertainment, and other demonstrations will ensure that your day or weekend is full. 
March 20-
April 19
Festival of Houses and Gardens
Explore the interiors and gardens of some of the finest homes in America during the 57th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens March 18 through April 17, 2004. Festival tours feature the interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private houses in 10 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods during the peak of the city's blooming season.
March 26-28 Charleston Spring Plant and Flower Festival
North Charleston Convention Center
Charleston, SC
SC Department of Agriculture 
(803) 734-2210 
March 28 Chef's Feast
North Charleston - "Chefs' Feast unites the local food and hospitality industry under the single cause of ending local hunger. This year, we expect 20 organizations and 700 guests to attend this gala event." Archie D. McRee, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Food Bank
April 1-4 South Carolina In-Water Boat Show  
Mount Pleasant - On the banks of the Ashley River, Brittlebank Park is an ideal location for an In Water Boat Show. With ample in water and land space, this venue provides the show with unlimited expansion potential. In-water exhibits will be displayed at the brand new Bristol Marina facility. Conveniently located in downtown Charleston, the show is easily accessible by foot or car.
April 2-4 Flowertown Festival
This nationally acclaimed festival is South Carolina's largest Arts & Crafts festival and has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. This family-oriented 3-day event is held each spring, set against the backdrop of blooming azaleas in Azalea Park, in the charming and historic town of Summerville, South Carolina, just minutes from Charleston.
April 3 Cooper River Bridge Run 
10K is point to point, from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. THE 7K WALK (about 4.5 Miles) Starts on Coleman Blvd. near the 76 Gas Station by the Patriots Point access road at 8:30 am. See map below, the Walk Start is located just before the Mile 2 point of the 10K Run.
April 4 Charleston Lowcountry Cajun Festival
James Island County Park - Cajun and Creole Culinary Jambalaya, fried crawfish tails, red rice, spicy sausages and more! Come enjoy original Cajun county sounds and Louisiana Zydeco music. 13th Annual Festival
April 5-13 Family Circle Cup
In 1973 Family Circle became the first women's magazine to fully underwrite a professional sporting event, helping to catapult women's tennis into a worldwide sport.
Daniel Island
April 11-13 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival 
This 14th annual event is a full weekend immersed in the history, technique, hands-on experience and FUN of canoeing and kayaking. The Festival will include lectures, on-water classes and demonstrations directed to the novice as well as the experienced paddler. 
May 1-9 North Charleston Arts Festival
The first two weeks in May, The City of North Charleston is host to an annual nine day arts festival featuring a parade, a two day main event, concerts, theatre and a glamorous Grand Finale and Gala.
May 15-16 Sculpture in the South  
Summerville - The sixth annual Sculpture in the South exhibition and sale features more than 20 sculptors juried from across the country, many having national & international recognition and awards (including sculpture in the permanent collection of Buckingham Palace). 
May 17-
August 31
Piccolo Spoleto
The combination of historic Charleston's old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA together produce a unique and impacting synergy for all who come to the city by the sea to experience this magnificent international multi arts festival. But what really adds the ingredient of magic to the mix is Piccolo Spoleto, which provides access to the festival for Every Person, especially children. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival and its 700 events in 17 days, transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto's traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children's activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts, and film.
May 22 Air Expo
Charleston Air Force Base is the place to see the pride and power of America’s military aircraft in action during Air Expo 2004 This FREE event will  feature multiple performances by top aerial demonstration acts and numerous military aircraft on display. Scheduled are the Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team, The Golden Knights Parachute  Team, Patty Wagstaff Aeorbatics, F-104 Starfighter civilian owned Jet Team and much more
May 28-
June 13
Spoleto Festival USA 
An appreciation for cultural heritage had become ingrained in Charlestonians. It was this quality—combined with the old-fashioned charm, beauty, and intimacy of the Historic District—that proved decisive when Gian Carlo Menotti chose to establish Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. The festival has in its turn been a boon to both the city’s culture and its preservation efforts. Since the festival began in 1977, more than $500 million of public and private money has been invested in the preservation and revitalization of the city’s center. “Charleston is now more beautiful than at any time in its history,” according to Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. In addition, the influx of artists and visitors from around the world for the festival has sparked an increased interest in the arts on the local level. Each year since 1979, while Spoleto Festival USA is being held, Piccolo Spoleto Festival hosts artists from the Charleston area, with dozens of events presented throughout the city.
June 28 Carolina Day
On the 28th of June 1776 the battle of Sullivan's Island was the first victory of the Patriot cause. A sizeable British fleet and army had been drubbed in a decisive way and British pride was seriously wounded. Word was rushed to Congress in Philadelphia by a single horse-borne messenger in a manner reminiscent of the battle of Marathon. The importance to American morale cannot be overstated; as news spread throughout the nation, there was rejoicing everywhere.
Sept 7 Kiawah Island Triathlon 
1.5 Kilometer swim, 45 Kilometer Bike, 10 Kilometer Run. Race entries will be limited to 400 participants. 
Sept 16 - 
Oct 23
Fall Candlelight Tours of Homes and Gardens 
Step back in time and experience the allure, tradition and history of Charleston in the annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. These are self-paced, self-guided walking tours with volunteer guides stationed in each house or garden; on average, eight to ten sites are included in each tour, which vary in architectural styles and periods. All tours are in historic
districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sept 18 Scottish Games and Highland Gathering  
Mount Pleasant - On the third Saturday in September, as we have for many years, we will bring Boone Hall Plantation, just across the Cooper River from Charleston, to life with the sights and sounds of the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. Over the years, we have added a variety of things to better the experience and the enjoyment, including bleacher style seating for the viewing of the heavy athletics, the border collie demonstrations, the 20 plus piping bands, the mass bands, and the many other activities on the field. We do it for charity, for the Scottish Society of Charleston, Inc., and for the many people and Scottish friends who seek to gather their clans and to enjoy the full day of wonderment. Each year, we strive to bring more and better Scottish and Celtic entertainment in the form of musicians and dancers to enrich the experience and we think that we have succeeded. 
Sept 25-
Oct 5
Moja Arts Festival
2003 marks Charleston's 20th annual MOJA Arts Festival, a Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events last autumn, (for the third consecutive year), the 2003 MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. The upcoming festival is scheduled for Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, October 5th, 2003. Nearly half of MOJA's events are admission-free and the remainder are offered at very modest ticket prices, ranging from $5 - $20. MOJA Festival, The City of Charleston, 2003
Oct 2 Isle of Palms Connector Run/Walk 
12th Annual - IOP Connector Run and Walk for the Child A 10K Run and 5K Run and Walk Event. Proceeds Benefit the Local Prevention of Child Abuse and other Child Related Charities
Oct 10 Taste of Charleston  
Mount Pleasant -  The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association proudly announces that the 23rd Annual “Taste of Charleston” will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2004. This year’s event will be held at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC and will begin at 11:00am and run until 5:00pm. This premiere food event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association and supported by the Town of Mt. Pleasant. Admission is $8.00 for advance tickets, available from all Charleston area Applebee’s Restaurants and from the Association office. Tickets purchased at the gate are $10.00 with children 10 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. This year’s “Taste” will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center. To date, the Restaurant Association has donated over $450,000 to local charities.
Oct 23 Race for the Cure 
Daniel Island - Komen Foundation Affiliates raise funds through various means, including Komen Race for the Cure® events. Up to seventy-five percent of the net proceeds remains in the low-country to fund education, screening, and treatment programs.  A minimum of twenty-five percent is contributed directly to the Komen Foundation's Grant Fund. These monies serve as each Affiliate's contribution to breast cancer research.
Fall Battle of Secessionville
Reenactment at beautiful Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC.
Nov 6-9 Isle of Palms Tennis Invitational
Wild Dunes Resort - Last year's tournament was a resounding success. It added three former ATP Tour players to its already strong field. Headlining in 2002 was Grand Slam champion Johan Kriek, who teamed with former ATP tour player Bill Barber in an electrifying semi-finals doubles match against former top 20-player Tim Wilkison and local favorite Will Bull from Myrtle Beach.
Nov 14 Charleston Cup Race
The Plantation at Stono Ferry
Nov 14 -
Jan 4
Holiday Festival of Lights
James Island - A simply spectacular drive through James Island Park with every mile filled with breathtaking Holiday Light exhibits. The Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour. Park the car and take in all the new and exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer.
Nov 28 Lowcountry ABATE Toy Run
North Charleston - It began in the 1970s with the roar of a few dozen motorcycles. Now, over a quarter-century later on Nov. 28, thousands of bikes will thunder through the area on the 26th Annual Lowcountry ABATE Toy Run for The Salvation Army, bringing cash and truckloads of toys so the less fortunate might have a happy and joyous Christmas season.
Nov 19-20 Miss South Carolina USA Pageant  
North Charleston - Our program is an excellent vehicle for young ladies, who are recognized as the elite women of today and tomorrow. We are extremely proud of our program and invite you to join us for this prestigious event. 
Continuing -
Jan 4
Holiday Festival of Lights
James Island - A simply spectacular drive through James Island Park with every mile filled with breathtaking Holiday Light exhibits. The Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour. Park the car and take in all the new and exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer.
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