Posted By Alan Donald @ Dec 30th 2022 8:11am In: Events


Happy 2023

It’s January… the start of 2023! It’s a quieter month, with fewer major holidays, events and festivals than the flurry we experienced in November and December. Nonetheless, in January we celebrate New Year’s Day (1st), National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (9th), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (celebrated on the 18th), the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rabbit (22nd - February 5th), plus some other holidays listed here. We have polar bear plunges on the 1st, oyster roasts and food festivals throughout the month - such as Charleston Restaurant Week (12th-22nd), Taste of Folly (13th-14th) and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival (29th) - plus the Charleston Boat Show (27th-29th). We’ve listed below (with direct links) many weekly and individual events that are taking place across the Lowcountry this month to encourage you to get out there and enjoy yourselves!


Mondays - Saturdays: Blackbird Market, Blackbird Farms & Market, Johns Island
Tuesdays: Colleton Farmers Market, Market Pavilion, Walterboro
Tuesdays - Saturdays: Fields Farm Produce Market, Johns Island
Tuesdays - Sundays*: Live Jazz, Forte Jazz Lounge, downtown Charleston
Wednesdays: Awendaw Green Barn Jams, Sewee Outpost, Awendaw
Wednesdays: Laughway to the Weekend, Theatre 99, downtown Charleston
Wednesdays & Saturdays: Early Morning Bird Walks, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel
Thursdays - Saturdays (from 1/19): Tour & Flight Demonstration, The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw
Fridays (not 1/6): Nature Rx: Forest Bathing Fridays, Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fridays (not 1/13): Fossil Friday, The Charleston Museum, downtown Charleston
Fridays & Saturdays: Take the Funny and Run, Theatre 99
Saturdays: Weekend Wine-Down, Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island
Saturdays: Sea Islands Farmers Market, Charleston Collegiate Campus, Johns Island
Saturdays: Firefly Yoga, Food Trucks and Live Music, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
Sundays: Figure Drawing Sessions, Redux Contemporary Art Center, downtown Charleston
Sundays (not 1/8): Sunday Brunch & Bluegrass Pickin’ Parlor, Commonhouse Aleworks, North Charleston
Sundays: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, The Charleston Pour House, James Island


Several area venues have too many one-off events and activities on their January calendars for us to list in full below, so please follow these links to see more: Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, Charleston County Parks, Charleston Library Society, Forte Jazz Lounge, Music Farm, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Theatre 99, and The Windjammer.

1/1: 9th Annual Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Bear Plunge, Beachside at the Tides Hotel, Folly Beach
1/1: Dunleavy’s 2023 Polar Plunge, Sullivans Island
1/1: Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Polar Bear Plunge, Sanctuary Beach, Kiawah Island
1/1: New Years Day Brunch, Coastal Provisions, Isle of Palms
1/1: Polar Plunge Party at BLU, Folly Beach
1/1: First Day Hike, Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island
1/1: New Year’s Day: Museum and historic houses OPEN, multiple venues, downtown Charleston
1/1: Emancipation Proclamation Parade, Burke High School to Gadsdenboro Park, downtown Charleston
1/1: Christmas at Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant
1/1: Visions of Brookgreen, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
1/1: Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens
1/1-2: Treasured Holiday Memories, Brookgreen Gardens
1/1-15: Bo Bartlett: Earthly Matters, The Gibbes Museum of Art, downtown Charleston
1/1-21: Mixed Media, Mixed Emotions Art Show of Charleston County School of the Arts students, Redux Contemporary Art center, downtown Charleston
1/1-2/4: Ice Skating on the Point, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant
1/1-3/5: From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art, The Gibbes Museum of Art
1/1-6/4: America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving and Educating - Part I, The Charleston Museum
1/2-3: Shen Yun: China Before Communism, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
1/4: Photo Walks, Brookgreen Gardens
1/4: Kid Tours: Dino Droppings, The Charleston Museum, downtown Charleston
1/4: The Once and Future Southern Garden, Brookgreen Gardens
1/4, 1/6, 1/13-15, 1/21-22: SC Stingrays home hockey games, North Charleston Coliseum
1/4-28*: StoryTime In The Rabbit Hole, Charleston Library Society, downtown Charleston
1/5, 1/7: CSO Masterworks 4, Charleston Gaillard Center, downtown Charleston
1/6: First Friday BBQ & Bluegrass, Commonhouse Aleworks
1/6: Tim Allen, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
1/6 -8: Charleston Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo, Exchange Park Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall, Ladson
1/7: Yoga at Waterfront Park, Daniel Island
1/7: Tuffy Tiger Live & In Orange, Flowertown Players Theatre, Summerville
1/7: Art in the Park, Graffiti Park, Goose Creek
1/7-8: Roald Dahl’s Matilda Jr., Sottile Theatre, downtown Charleston
1/7, 1/21: Oysters on the Point, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant
1/7-3/31: Collectively Disconnected, Brookgreen Gardens
1/8: MLK Area Worship Service, Emmanuel Baptist Church, James Island
1/8: 2nd Sunday on King Street, downtown Charleston
1/8: Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run and Family Festival, Stoney Field, downtown Charleston
1/8: Save the Light Oyster Roast, Bowen’s Island Restaurant, Folly Beach
1/8: “New Year, New Art”, Charleston Crafts Cooperative gallery, downtown Charleston
1/8: Second Sundays w/ Symone - Drag Brunch!, Commonhouse Aleworks
1/9: Charcoal Drawing: Exploring the Still Life, Redux Contemporary Art Center, downtown Charleston
1/9: January New Members Mingle, Charleston Library Society
1/10: Creative Flow: Yoga in the Gallery, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/10: Unwined with Watercolor, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/11: Afterschool Art Camp: Skill Building & Portfolio Prep, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/12: Awendaw Farmers and Artisans Market, Middleton and Maker Village BBQ, Awendaw
1/12: 250th Anniversary Commemoration of America’s First Museum, The Charleston Museum
1/12: MLK Breakfast Summit, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/12: Charleston Green Drinks: Activism: SC Legislative Preview, Munkle Brewing, North Charleston
1/12: Fela! The Concert, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/12: Music at the Library: Yale Alley Cats - A Cappella Group, Charleston Library Society
1/12-14: Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival, Trident Technical College - Thornley Campus, North Charleston
1/12-22: Charleston Restaurant Week, multiple venues, greater Charleston area
1/12-2/4*: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh, PURE Theatre, Cannon street Arts Center, downtown Charleston
1/13: Lighthouse Inlet Bird Walk, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, Folly Beach
1/13: Paint & Sip Event: Reflection Pond, The Inn at Middleton Place, West Ashley
1/13: Taylor Tomlinson: The Have It All Tour, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
1/13: Nighttime at the Museum 21+, The Charleston Museum
1/13: An Evening of Sade with Tonya Nicole, Forte Jazz Lounge, downtown Charleston
1/13: Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston
1/13-14: Taste of Folly, Center Street, Folly Beach
1/13-2/25: Elizabeth Bick - CONTRAPPOSTO, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, downtown Charleston
1/13-2/25: Jovencio de la Paz - THE ENDS OF RAINBOWS, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
1/14: The PNC Bank Charleston Half Marathon & Shrimp & Grits 5K, Youth Run, from Burke High School, downtown Charleston, to Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
1/14: MLK Jr. Tribute Concert - Stand Up! Resistance, Persistence, and Change, St. Matthew Baptist Church, North Charleston
1/14: Rice and People at Caw Caw, Caw Caw Interpretive Center
1/14: The Charleston Museum’s 250th Birthday Party!, The Charleston Museum
1/14: Off-Road Duathlon, Laurel Hill County Park, Mount Pleasant
1/14: Secrets of the Swamp, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston
1/14: Inclusive Silent Disco, James Island County Park
1/14: Stingrays Hockey: Military Appreciation Night + Jersey Auction, North Charleston Coliseum
1/14: Candlelight Tour, Drayton Hall, West Ashley
1/14: Sinatra: Nothing But The Best - Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/14-15: Indigo Girls, Charleston Music Hall
1/14, 1/29: Introductory to Stained Glass - Copper Foil Method, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/15: MLK Ecumenical Service, Charity Missionary Baptist Church, North Charleston
1/15: 19th Annual Wild Dunes Author Series with Mary Alice Monroe, David Baldacci, Kathy Reichs and Deborah Goodrich Royce, Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms
1/15: Ovation Series Concert 3: Schubert Adagio & Rondo and Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2, Sottile Theatre
1/15: Vivian Howard’s Lenoir Book Club: Brian Noyes of Red Truck Bakery, Lenoir, downtown Charleston
1/15: Battle of the Bands, Music Farm, downtown Charleston
1/16: MLK Day Parade, downtown Charleston
1/16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Museum and historic houses OPEN, multiple venues, downtown Charleston
1/16: *Free* The Chill Art Critique, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/18: Ricefields, Fish, and a Woman Naturalist, Brookgreen Gardens
1/18: PechaKucha 41, Charleston Music Hall
1/18: Instrumental Jazz Presents: Shorty Slim, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/19: A Closer Look Curator-Led Tour, The Gibbes Museum of Art, downtown Charleston
1/19: What’s in a Staircase?, Drayton Hall
1/19: Third Thursdays, Historic Downtown Summerville
1/19: Ale and Artifacts Happy Hour, Holy City Brewing
1/19, 1/26: Sirens and Crooners perform the Great American Songbook!, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/19: Owls by Moonlight, The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw
1/20: Candlelight Tour & Madeira Tasting, Edmondston-Alston House, downtown Charleston
1/20: Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/20: Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Charleston Music Hall
1/20-29*: The Last 5 Years, Queen Street Playhouse, downtown Charleston
1/21: Cars & Coffee, Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island
1/21: Candle Meditation Workshop, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/21: Happiness Diet Seminar, Trinity Church, Edisto Island
1/21: Adopt & Shop, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
1/21: Fairy House Festival, Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant
1/21: Masonry Preservation and Research, Drayton Hall, West Ashley
1/21: Sidewalk Saturday, Freshfields Village
1/21: Owl Prowl, Caw Caw Interpretive Center
1/21: Gatsby Orchestra, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/21: Dave Mason, Charleston Music Hall
1/21: Giggly Squad Live, The Riviera Theater, downtown Charleston
1/21-22, 1/28-29, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Historic Dock Street Theatre, downtown Charleston
1/22: Photography Day, The Center for Birds of Prey
1/22: Bring Your Own Shuckers Oyster Roast, Firefly Distillery
1/22: James Gregory: “The Funniest Man in America!”, Charleston Music Hall
1/23: Cemeteries of the Waccamaw Neck, Brookgreen Gardens
1/24: The Real Rainbow Row - Explorations in Charleston’s LGBTQ History, Charleston Library Society
1/25: Virtual Local Paddling Destinations, Online with Charleston County Parks
1/25: Exploring the Joy (and Art) of Writing!, Redux Contemporary Art Center
1/25: Noel Miller: Everything is F#%ked Tour, Charleston Music Hall
1/25: Instrumental Jazz: Giant Steps - The Music of John Coltrane, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/25: The Mitford Affair, Charleston Library Society
1/26: Virtual Tides and Currents, Online via Charleston County Parks
1/26: Special 250th Early Days Gallery Tour, The Charleston Museum
1/26: Below the Belt: Women’s Health Documentary Screening, Charleston Library Society
1/26: Brookgreen 101, Brookgreen Gardens
1/26: Jim Gaffigan: Dark Pale Tour, North Charleston Coliseum
1/27: Complexions Contemporary Ballet - STAR DUST: From Back to David Bowie, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/27: ROCKET PIANO MAN - Billy Joel & Elton John - The Very Best!, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/27-28: Virtual Coastal Navigation, Online via Charleston County Parks
1/27-28: Charleston Youth Company, Sottile Theatre
1/27-29: Charleston Boat Show, Charleston Area Convention Center
1/27-3/4*: Can’t Buy Me Love, 34 West Theater, downtown Charleston
1/28: Holy City Farmers Market, Firefly Distillery
1/28: Charleston Winter Wine Festival, Festival Hall, downtown Charleston
1/28: 2023 Resident Artist, Hayden Wilson: Opening Exhibit and Welcome Reception, The Gallery at Sweetgrass, Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms
1/28: Trevor Wallace: Are You That Guy? Tour, Charleston Music Hall
1/28: North Charleston POPS! Dance Party!, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
1/28: Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/28: The Lightning Thief: TYA Edition, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/28: Stargazing on the Ashley, Drayton Hall
1/28-29: Heather McMahan, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/29: Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant
1/29: Swing Dance Night Featuring Live Music by The Forte Swing Band, Forte Jazz Lounge
1/31: National Geographic Live: Secrets of The Whales with Underwater Photographer, Brian Skerry, Charleston Gaillard Center
1/31: International Piano Series, Sottile Theatre
1/31: Salsa Dance Night, Forte Jazz Lounge

* Event occurs on most, but not all, dates during this period.

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