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Special Events in Charleston

Charleston Carifest
Founded in 2006 to promote Caribbean culture, the Charleston Carifest is a three-day event that happens every June and features live Reggae and Soca music, a street parade and masquerade, Caribbean cuisine and children's activities.

Palmetto Bugstomp
Organized by the Charleston Folk Association, Palmetto Bugstomp is a street-dance event that is held annually on the second weekend of April and features group dancing, callers and live folk music. 

Charleston Dog Show
Founded in 2004, the Charleston Dog Show is held in May. Featuring 14 different competition classes, the show is open to all breeds, and proceeds benefit several animal rescue operations in the Charleston area. 

Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Bringing Louisiana to the South Carolina coast since 1992, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is held in the spring at James Island County Park and features authentic Cajun food, Zydeco music and activities for children. 

Charleston Brewvival
After the city's ban on high-alcohol-content beverages was lifted, the Charleston Brewvival made its debut in 2010. Sponsored by the Coast Brewing Company and the Charleston Beer Exchange, the Brewvival is held every February and features craft beer and ale samples from the country's best breweries.

Charleston Harvest Fest
Launched in 2002, the Harvest Fest is held on the first weekend of November. Hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, the Harvest Fest is a family friendly event that features plenty of food and drink, local bluegrass music, crafts, demonstrations and activities for children. 

Taste of Charleston
Founded in 1980, Taste of Charleston is hosted by Southern Living Magazine and the Charleston Restaurant Association. The event is held in September and features samples from Charleston's best restaurants, live music, chef competitions and a children's area. 

Beach Music and Shag Festival
Organized by the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of South Carolina, the Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival has been held every August since 2006. The event features live music and dance workshops.

Pet Fest
Launched in 2002, the Charleston Pet Fest is held in April and features adoptable animals, K-9 dock diving and Frisbee contests, K-9 search tactics and rescue demonstrations, veterinary exhibits, and refreshments for canines and humans.

Charleston Race Week
Founded in 1996 by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association, Charleston Race Week is a regatta that is held every April and benefits local youth sailing programs.


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