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Festivals and Events in Folly Beach

No matter the time of year, there is a lot to celebrate on Folly from the Taste of Folly Beach, Folly Palooza, Sea and Sand Festival, Folly Gras, etc... Make time to stay and experience all Folly has to offer.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Charleston (and Folly Beach) During Spoleto Festival

Every May and June since 1977, Charleston has opened its doors to welcome one of the leading arts performance festivals in the World. And this year is no exception. From May 24-June 9, the Holy City will host Spoleto 2019.

Dock Street Theatre - One of many venues hosting Spoleto events in Charleston.
Dock Street Theatre - One of many venues hosting Spoleto events in Charleston.


During these 17 magical days and nights, Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces will be the backdrop for creative and one of a kind performances by renowned and emerging artists in theater, dance, opera, and music.

Why should you go?

1. Spoleto is internationally recognized as America’s premier performance arts festival. So, for two weeks, you have access to a rich and diverse lineup of premiers and artists. Past performers and premiers include Yo Yo Ma and Joshua Bell to plays by Tennessee Williams and Authur Miller.

2. Intimate, historical, and beautiful venues. From the 210-year-old Dock Street Theater to the new Gaillard Center, the setting of Charleston provides charming performance locations in a walkable, stunning city.

3. Arts of the highest caliber. Spoleto’s focus has always been to present unusual and innovative performance opportunities for established and budding artists. This year you’ll find jazz performances from the Carla Bley Trio to a big opera production called “Salome” by Richard Strauss to “One Thousand and One Nights” by Caracalla Dance Theater. Click to see the video highlight.

Caracalla Dance Theatre: One Thousand and One Nights
Caracalla Dance Theatre: One Thousand and One Nights at Spoleto Festival USA June 7 - 9, 2019 Charleston Gaillard Center https://spoletousa.org/events/one-thousand-and-one-nights/ US Premiere Extraordinary tales from ancient lands "An unprecedented joy" - Dance Europe A grand palace, a murderous sultan, and a clever new bride: these are the first ingredients for a spectacular retelling of One Thousand and One Nights.


Spoleto offers hundreds of performances, so there is something for everyone. Be sure to plan and get tickets early: Spoleto 2019 Schedule

4. The city itself… There’s a reason why Charleston continues to be ranked the No. 1 city in the US by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Its vibrant culture, rich history, balmy coastal location, gorgeously restored architecture, and friendly locals make it one of America’s best travel destinations. Add in the fabulous restaurants, and you can’t go wrong.

5. The beach is so close… So, you have an international arts festival, the incredible backdrop of Charleston, its history and food - what more could you want? Well, you may choose to add some relaxation to your trip, so consider staying on Folly Beach, just 10 miles south of Charleston. This funky town boasts plenty of beachy bars and restaurants and six miles of sandy beach. Our town home at Water’s Edge provides stunning views of the Folly River and is within walking distance of everything.


Right now our town home has open weeks for Spoleto Festival. Contact us to book direct for our best rates.

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Folly Beach Festivals & Events 2019


Folly is funky, is fun, and it has no shortage of reasons for a festival.  For real. Where else do they have a Bill Murray look-a-like competition and then race wildly into the freezing Atlantic ocean - in January?  Exactly!

And since the locals enjoy many of these festivals during the "off season," you should consider making your vacation plans accordingly (see Visit Folly in the Off Season).  Our townhome is just one block from all Center Street festivities.

Enjoy this calendar of events along with videos from past festivals:

Folly Gras 2018 Highlight Video
Uploaded by Visit Folly on 2018-02-20.

FOLLY GRAS
February 23, 2019

A week long, beach-wide Mardi Gras style celebration complete with live music, food and craft vendors, and a Folly Gras parade and an all day street party.


SEA & SAND FESTIVAL
September 21, 2019

The longest running annual event on Folly Beach, Sea & Sand is a weekend affair with something for everyone including Miss Sea & Sand Pageant, a street festival, and a competition in the sand.


Follypalooza!!
Founded in 2007 by DJ Rich, a Folly Beach resident and business owner, Follypalooza has successfully raised over $50,000 for over 35 Folly locals with cancer and other medial ailments. To raise money, Follypalooza hosts an annual cancer benefit via a street festival on Folly Beach, SC.

FOLLYPALOOZA
October 12, 2019

A cancer benefit that raises money for Folly Beach residents who are receiving cancer treatments, this street festival features live music, an art competition, an auction & carnival atmosphere.


Folly Jazz Festival Official Sponsor Video 2016
Nov. 5 & 6th, 2016 SAVE THE DATE 3rd "Folly Jazz Festival" Sunday evenings of Jazz on The Edge evolved into the first ever Folly Jazz Festival ..

THE FOLLY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fall 2019

Celebrate the music that has been a part of Folly Beach since the Big Bands played on The Pier in the 40’s. Visit where Gershwin wrote Porgy & Bess and enjoy lots of free musical events.


CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 2020

Santa parades through the streets of his favorite beach town. During the parade, knock-out some of your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show at the Community Center.


Folly's Flip Flop Drop
A comprehensive look at local, statewide and national news events is provided by the News 2 Morning Team, along with updates on sports and the weather forecast.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FLIP-FLOP DROP
December 31, 2020

Drop a ball on New Year’s Eve? Not on Folly. Gather on Center Street to watch the giant pair of glittery flip-flops descend to mark the stroke of midnight. 


2016 Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge
2016 Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge Folly Beach, South Carolina

BILL MURRAY POLAR PLUNGE
January 1, 2020

Attendees start the New Year with a plunge into the (not so) cold Atlantic while dressed as their favorite Bill character. We are told that Bill Murray enjoys Charleston and Folly Beach and there is always a chance of a sighting.


Taste Of Folly 2016
Our Annual Taste of Folly Festival is a delicious way to spend a day. Taste of Folly 2016 video provided by Sea Island Media!

TASTE OF FOLLY
January 2020

A two day celebration of Folly food including local restaurants selling food and drinks on the street, local vendors, live music, kids’ area and silent auction.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

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Folly Gras 2019

Folly Gras 2018 Highlight Video
Uploaded by Visit Folly on 2018-02-20.


Saturday, February 23rd - A Folly Gras tradition, the annual parade will kick-off at 11 am, entering from West Ashley and exiting on East Hudson. Dressed in their Folly Gras finest, folks from all over the Low Country take to Center Street to spread Folly Gras cheer.

Festivities include: Dozens of arts, crafts and fashion vendors, live music, free kids’ activities, and, of course, lots of delicious food and drinks.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


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Celebrate the Magic of December in Charleston


Celebrate the Magic of December in Charleston! | Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals | Book Direct by Owner | Florida
Whether it's a Christmas performance, holiday market, or beautiful lights, Charleston offers many ways for the whole family to celebrate the 2018 season. Here's just a sample... The Holiday Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park The James Island County Park Festival of Lights is a memory-making event for the whole family.



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


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Taste of Folly

Folly loves a good festival, and each year in January, the "Edge of America" will host the Taste of Folly. Over the past several years, many new restaurants have opened on the island, and each one will be showcasing its unique cuisine.


TASTE OF FOLLY: JAN 18-19, 2019 | Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals | Book Direct by Owner | Florida
Folly loves a good festival, and starting on Friday, Jan 18, the "Edge of America" will host the Taste of Folly. Over the past several years, many new restaura



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


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