If you think Charleston's famed Piccolo Spoleto Festival, May 28-June 13, isn't family friendly, think again. The monthlong festivities are chock full of events with the entire family in mind. Here's a sampling but for more information, check out their Web site.
P.S. Did we mention all of these events are free?
When/Where: 8-9:30 p.m. May 28 at the US Custom House, Concord & Markets Sts., Downtown Charleston
Info: This annual outdoor Piccolo Spoleto pops concert features the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra conducted by Donald Portnoy, and soloist Nancy Lefter, mezzo soprano. The orchestra is comprised of graduating music majors from area universities, their college music professors along with some of Charleston’s finest professional, classic musicians. Program includes favorite works by American Composers, including Aaron Copland, John Williams, William Schumann and Duke Ellington
The Circus and the Pipe Organ
When/Where: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Downtown Charleston
Info: This fanciful program is a L'Organo Special Event for the Children's Festival which will be taking place directly across the street in Marion Square.
Charleston Farmers Festival Market
When/Where: From 10AM – 4PM May 28, May 30, June 4, June 6 and June 11 and from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 29, June 5 and June 12 Marion Square at the corner of King & Calhoun Sts., Downtown Charleston
Info: Fresh produce, juried arts and crafts, plus live entertainment.
Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Patriotic Concert
Info: From 12-12:30 p.m. May 29 in Marion Square, Corner of King & Calhoun Sts., Downtown Charleston
Piccolo Spoleto Children`s Festival:
"Carnival of the Animals"
When/Where: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29 in Marion Square, Corner of King & Calhoun Sts., Downtown Charleston
Info: Featuring Carnival of the Animals, children of all ages delight in varied live entertainment, face-painting, arts and crafts and more!
Piccolo Beach Music Bash
When/Where: 7-11 p.m. June 4 at the US Custom House, Concord & Markets Sts., Downtown Charleston
Info: Local beach bands bring the sounds and flavors of the Lowcountry to life
Sand Sculpting Competition
When/Where: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 5 at Isle of Palms, Front Beach, 1 14th Ave., Isle of Palms
Info: Piccolo Spoleto’s Sand Sculpting Competition is the perfect way to show appreciation for art and the environment. See what creative minds and talented hands can do with the shaping and sculpting of sand!
Bluegrass on the Green
When/Where: Noon to 4 p.m. June 6 in Marion Square, Corner of King & Calhoun Sts., Downtown Charleston
Info: Bluegrass on the Green is a local homegrown music festival that promotes local and regional folk and Bluegrass music. The event occurs in the heart of Charleston in Marion Square and will feature vendors and fun for the whole family.
Want more great ideas on what to do with your family in the Lowcountry? Check out LowcountryChild.com