Maybe you鈥檝e heard mumblings of Charleston for聽its聽good old fashioned southern hospitality. Or maybe you had a friend who visited on a bachelorette party聽and came back raving about that good time at the rooftop bar聽Stars. Or 鈥 no shame here 鈥 perhaps you just want to check out the city where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tied the knot. Heck, maybe you just wanna book a springtime getaway that doesn鈥檛 break your wallet. So whether you want to聽grab聽that聽cool winter Airbnb with your gals or split a hotel with your boo, we鈥檙e sharing our favorite Chucktown highlights.


1. The聽Charleston Wine + Food Festival聽will electrify your taste buds. This March 2-6 event will have you drooling left and right in the culinary vortex of 鈥淭he Holy City.鈥 Lick your lips for Lowcountry favorites from the Southern grand dame Magnolias to the charcuterie lover鈥檚 dream聽Artisan Meat Share, a beloved local butcher and sandwich shop.

Hailed by Forbes Traveler as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the country, this three-day edible paradise brings together more than 160 chefs and authors from Charleston and across the country, with more than 50 food and wine themed events. Be prepared to sip on an聽heirloom tomato Bloody Mary with blue cheese stuffed olives that you鈥檒l dream about聽at every booze-soaked brunch in the years to come.

2.Palmetto Brewing Co. will provide you with endless flights of happiness. Okay maybe not endless. But this local brewery has tantalizing beer flights to please any beer drinker. Play cornhole or people watch on the patio over low-key happy hour brewskis, or grab a comfy bar stool indoors while sipping on some of their new spring releases, like the聽Huger Street IPA聽(7.2% ABV and a clean, crisp, citrusy wheat India Pale Ale) or Colonel Rathbun鈥檚 Farmhouse Ale (7.8% ABV and brewed with local Brickyard Point Farms Hachiya persimmons and pink peppercorn).


Palmetto has聽also become one of Charleston鈥檚 most charming and unconventional music venues where all the events are free. Enjoy a聽Friday Night Loading Dock Concert, which is consistently packed in no small part to聽Awendaw Green, a local talent booker. He聽brings in bands from across the Southeast to play sets from 6-10pm while Charleston food truck favorites park curbside. For something more laid back, try Open Mic Night on Tuesdays in the tasting room from 4-7pm with top-notch local talent, or聽Unplugged at Palmetto on Saturday from 4-6pm (also in the tasting room), which features acoustic sets from diverse regional acts.

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3.聽Charleston Fashion Week聽spotlights unique and up-and-coming talent.聽March 15-19, Charleston will become home to an incredible week of style-driven events.聽Showcasing emerging designer talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week is quickly becoming one of the premier fashion weeks in North America, without the fuss and drama you might get from trying to check out more exclusive events like New York Fashion Week.

Designers to be on the lookout for: Jamie Morrison, JD Noble and Ricky Lindsay. What makes this week even cooler? Held under the tents in the city鈥檚 central Marion Square, the five-night celebration offers more than 30 runway shows. Presented by Charleston magazine, the events聽will also be rounded out with snazzy post-show parties and interactive entertainment.


4.聽Historic Charleston Foundation鈥檚 69th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardenswill bring your Pinterest board dreams to life. This March 16-April 24, get ready for some seriously gorgeous floral delights with a dose of fascinating history. Set amid the cultural and historical vibe of the city鈥檚 neighborhoods, this series of award-winning tours will give you an inside look into聽Charleston鈥檚 distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.

Going on during the peak of the area鈥檚 blooming season, tours feature seven to 10 properties each day in one of 11 neighborhoods, dating from the American colonial period through the antebellum and Victoria eras, to the early 20th century. You鈥檒l get a rare glimpse inside the private houses and gardens of some of America鈥檚 most beautiful and historic residences. Trust us, you鈥檒l leave so inspired that you鈥檒l be ready to tackle that garden of your own, even if it鈥檚 just an indoor garden for your apartment.


5.聽Garden + Gun JUBILEEis the kind of thing 鈥淗art of Dixie鈥 dreams are made of. Step aside, Bluebell. Made in the South Weekend (December 1-4, 2016) is well worth making Charleston a stop on your winter bucket list. 2016 will be the fourth year of聽Garden +聽Gun鈥檚 annual JUBLIEE: Made in the South Weekend, a celebration for the magazine鈥檚 readers that offers a slew of exciting experiences (the glossy is based in Charleston). What鈥檚 in store for you? Matchless experiences with the best of G&G鈥s sporting, food, music, literature, lifestyle and art coverage brought to life with special dinners, entertainment and a variety of live events.


6. Animal lovers will adore the聽Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. You don鈥檛 get much cuter than this. Dock dogs, artists and exhibitors from around the globe come together for this classic Charleston gathering that鈥檚 been around for over 30 years. Next February 17-19, 2017 enjoy this large exhibition of wildlife, which also promotes conservation, preservation and education.

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(Photos via聽Artisan Meat Share,聽Palmetto Brewing, Getty)