With the pandemic mostly in the rearview mirror and barring another unexpected shake-up, Charleston’s busiest weekend will return again the first weekend of April 2023.
The Cooper River Bridge Run and the Flowertown Festival are always two of the biggest draws, but in 2023 they will be joined by the start of the Credit One Charleston Open, a professional women’s tennis tournament at Daniel Island, which begins just before Easter. on April 9.
Cooper River Bridge Run
The largest participation sporting event in South Carolina is the Cooper River Bridge Run.
The 10K event, which could attract more than 40,000 runners and walkers — some in costume — starts at Mount Pleasant, Arthur Ravenel Jr. on the Cooper River. cruises under the bridge’s diamond-shaped towers and ends in downtown Charleston.
It typically fills area hotels and restaurants and provides a large influx of business to Charleston’s tourism-related industries. Register early as spaces fill up.
WHEN: April 1, 2023
WHERE: It starts at Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and ends at Marion Square in Charleston
MORE INFORMATION: 843-856-1949; bridgerun.com
A sure sign that spring has arrived, the 50th annual Flowertown Festival is presented by the Summerville YMCA. Amid pink azaleas, purple wisteria and white dogwoods, the three-day arts and crafts festival features more than 200 juried artists and their work, kids’ rides and activities at the Kids Jubilee/Kids Fest, and food from restaurants and vendors. Taste, Food Truck on Friday and Sunday, and Farmers Market on Saturday. Located in the heart of Summerville in the area of Azalea Park.
It’s spring and the sun’s rays are starting to get a little stronger, so sunscreen is recommended, as well as bug spray and allergy pills. Oh, high heels or dress shoes may look fashionable, but the event covers a lot of ground, so more sensible walking shoes are suggested.
WHEN: March 31-April 2, 2023
WHERE: Azalea Park area, W. 5th South St. and Richardson Avenue along Main Street and W. 6th Street and Joyce Lane, Summerville
PRICE: Free parking and admission
MORE INFORMATION: 843-871-9622,
Credit One Charleston Open
More than 90,000 spectators are expected to attend the Credit One Charleston Open tennis tournament on Daniel Island, where the court is the central attraction and the stands are packed daily. Now in its 22nd year, the tournament held on the island is a regular operation.
Traffic backups and lines are to be expected, but probably won’t bother you. Drinks and food sold on site (no outside food or drinks allowed). Watch some of the world’s best compete on the green clay, where more than 100 athletes will compete in the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America.
WHEN: April 1-9, 2023
WHERE: Credit One Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
MORE INFORMATION: 843-856-7900, creditonecharlestonopen.com
Annual Bee Fair
Normally held the first weekend in April, the Annual Bee Fair will move to Saturday, April 15 in 2023 with a full day of education, entertainment and food. It is also moving after the closing of the Regal Cinebarre Theater in Mount Pleasant. The new location is Brittlebank Park in Charleston.
Local beekeepers and exhibitors are usually on hand to teach about the importance of bees and beekeeping and how you can get involved in saving one of Earth’s greatest pollinators. Look for live honey bees encased in glass, local honey tastings, honey cotton candy and food trucks with menu items that use local honey. Kid-friendly games and face painting will also be found.
WHEN: April 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
WHERE: Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Drive, Charleston
PRICE: Free entry
MORE INFORMATION: charlestonbees.org/bee-expo
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Like the bee festival, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is usually held the first weekend in April, but it wasn’t last year and it won’t be in 2023. It was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus, and now the festival is moving to April 22, 2023, three weeks after the main events.
It’s usually held at James Island County Park and features Creole food and music to bring a little Louisiana to the low country.
Local and regional restaurants, caterers and food trucks offer a generous helping of jambalaya, alligator, etouffee, andouille sausage and crawfish. And of course, a crawfish eating contest could be on the agenda.
For those who want other treats, there’s usually barbecue, hot dogs, snow cones and funnel cakes.
Additional activities include a craft market and carnival games for children. Note: Pets are not allowed at the event and the dog park will be closed.
WHEN: April 22, 2023
WHERE: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive
PRICE: Acceptance had not been determined at the time of publication. In 2022, the cost was $15 per person and is free for ages 12 and under and Gold Pass members.
MORE INFORMATION: 843-795-4386; www.ccprc.com/137/Lowcountry-Cajun-Festival