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Mom’s Guide to January: Family Events in Charleston

Moms Guide to January

Welcome to January! This month we are looking forward to starting off the new year with so many fun, family-friendly events going on around Charleston! From a Polar Plunge to Restaurant Week, Jazz Festival, and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, there is something for everyone!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, photographers, birthday parties, and more! Please click on the tabs above to view our family friendly Charleston events by week!

Monday, January 1

Amazing Holiday Train Display at Belmond Charleston Place

Open from November 29, 2017 through January 2, 2018, and located in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place brings the magic and sophistication of the city into the grand lobby with a beautiful display of Christmas trees  The highlight of the festive decorations is a miniature replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train nestled under the hotel’s signature Georgian open arm staircase.

Address: Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., Charleston, 29401
Cost: FREE 

Monday, January 1

Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Plunge

Dress as your favorite Bill Murray character on New Years Day and take the plunge into the cold ocean water on Folly Beach.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes prior to the plunge. Several local restaurants and bars will have cocktail specials and a portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Folly Beach local charities. 

Address: On the beach in front of the Tides Hotel, 1 Center St., Folly Beach
Time: Registration starts at 11 am, plunge will take place at 1 pm

Monday, January 1

1st Day 5k

Start your New Year’s resolution out on the right foot – and left foot – as you take part in the first Race the Landing 5K of 2018.

Address: Meeting place is the parking lot at Charles Towne Landing Historic Site

Time: 8:30 am

Cost: See registration website for prices.

Tuesday, January 2

Animal Forest Toddler Tuesday at Charles Towne Landing

Bring your toddler to the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing for “Toddler Time” and watch their eyes light up when they see the animals! You’ll read a story, talk about animals, and then take a walk to a habitat to actually see what we talked about. This program is designed for ages 2-4. 

Address: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston,  29407

Wednesday, January 3

Awendaw Green Barn Jam

Head out to Awendaw Green for a weekly barn jam, featuring a variety of quality music from local and visiting musicians. The event is BYOB and food will be available for purchase from Wood Fired Pizza and the Roost Bar N’ Grille. 

Address: Awendaw Green, 4853 US-17, Awendaw, 29429
Time: 6 pm
Cost: $5

Friday, January 5

Art Walk

Located along Historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for “First Fridays on Broad” and a variety of other events hosted by the 15 galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques on the Row.

Address: 1 Broad St., Charleston, 29401

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Cost: FREE to browse

Sunday, January 7

Easy Like Sunday Morning at Wild Blue Ropes

Sunday mornings just got a little easier! Enjoy $10 off when you book a Challenge Pass adventure starting at 10 am thru 12 pm on Sundays.

Address: 1595 Highland Avenue, Charleston 29412
Time: 10 pam – 12 pm
Cost: $19 – $35

Saturday, January 13

Charleston Marathon

Complete 26.2 miles while taking in the beautiful sights of downtown Charleston and ending in North Charleston.  Stay for the live entertainment after the race and receive free shrimp and grits and beer (over 21).

Address: Race begins at Joe Riley Stadium, 330 Fishburne St., Charleston 29403.  
Time: 8 am
Cost: Cost varies.  Check here for specific pricing. 

Wednesday January 10 – Sunday, January 21

Charleston Restaurant Week

Get a taste of all the delicious food that Charleston has to offer by enjoying one of the city’s most popular events…Restaurant Week! Many restaurants from around the Charleston area will offer a prix fixe lunch and dinner menu. Check out the website for a full list of participating restaurants.

Address: Various locations

Cost: Various prices

Sunday, January 14

2nd Sunday on King Street

Shop, dine, and walk along King Street, which is closed off to traffic, on the 2nd Sunday of each month! Print this voucher to receive two hours of free parking!

Address: King Street, Downtown Charleston
Time: 1 pm-5 pm
Cost: FREE

Thursday, January 18 – Sunday, January 21

Charleston Jazz Festival

The 4th annual Jazz Festival is a can’t-miss event! This three-day event features some of the area’s top Jazz bands! This year’s roster will also feature Kenny G and Nnenna Freelon,

Address: Various locations around Charleston
Time: Times vary
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here for a complete listing of ticket prices

Thursday, January 18

Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York!

George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein captured New York City’s essence and became the iconic musical voices of their time. The CSO is joining orchestras around the world to celebrate Bernstein’s Centennial this season. They will then join forces with College of Charleston piano professor, Paul Sánchez, to perform Gershwin’s popular jazz classic, Rhapsody in Blue.

Address: Charleston Gaillard Center. 95 Calhoun St. Charleston,  29401
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

Thursday, January 18

Third Thursdays in Summerville

On the Third Thursday of each month, the historic downtown Summerville district throws a party. Hutchinson Square, the park in the center of downtown, becomes an entertainment venue. The pedestrian mall area called Short Central hosts booths and musical entertainment. Local musicians are featured at several locations throughout the downtown. 

Address: 129 South Main Street, Summerville, 29483
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE to browse

Friday, January 19 – Saturday, January 20

Taste of Folly

This two-day celebration of Folly food includes local restaurants selling food and drinks on the street, local vendors, live music, and a children’s area. 

Address: Folly Beach

Saturday, January 20

Weekend Wine-Down, Deep Water Vineyard

Every Saturday Deep Water Vineyard, Charleston’s only vineyard, hosts this fun Weekend Wine-Down where there’s a live musical guest, food available (amazing food truck normally) and their fantastic selection of wines.

Address: Deep Water Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island, 29487
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
 

Wednesday, January 24 – Saturday, January 27

Charleston Wedding Week

Charleston will be teeming with future brides, wedding planners, florists and photographers for a week full of workshops, fashion events, venue tours, trunk shows and more! Come immerse yourself in Charleston’s wedding scene while networking with some of the best in the industry.

Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Wednesday, January 25

Toddler Day: Kitchen Art

Toddler days at The Charleston Museum are designed for children ages 18 months-3 years. Your child will get to have fun with food and create crafts using utensils. 

 Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston 29403
Time: 10 am – 11 am
Cost: $6 for museum members, $9 for non-members

Friday, January 26

39th Annual Charleston Boat Show

This annual happening includes everything from powerboats to small jon boats, skiffs, cruisers, yachts and ski boats. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget.

Address: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, 29418
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $10

Saturday, January 27

7th Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival

Food lovers unite! The 7th annual Charleston Food Truck Festival is the largest of it’s kind in the Southeast so there’s sure to be tasty bites for everyone! There will also be live music and local beers to enjoy.

Address: 4854 O’Hear Ave Charleston
 

Sunday, January 28

35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival with 80,000 pounds of oysters! There will be oyster shucking and eating contests, live music, a children’s area, and a “food court” showcasing a variety of local restaurants. 

Address: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, 29464
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: General admission ticket is $17.50 in advance online, $25 the day of. VIP is $125 through January 27th, $150 the day of.

Wednesday, January 31

Toddler Day: Pajama Day

Wear your pajamas, have milk and cookies, and paint a pillow case! Toddler Day classes are designed for toddlers (18 months – 3 years) and a parent, grandparent, or friend to play and explore in The Charleston Museum. Each program includes four craft projects as well as finger paints, a puppet stage, a sandbox, and more. 

Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston
Time: 10 am – 11 am
Cost: $6 for Museum members, $9 for Non-members. Price includes Museum admittance and the Toddler Day program for one child and one adult.
 

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