Spoleto in Charleston
What even is the Spoleto Festival? It is America's Premier Internationsl Preforming Arts Festival. It last for 17 days and nights at the end of May and beginning of June in Charleston, South Carolina. The festival includes opera, dance, theatre, music. music theatre and visual arts. *A little history: Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 to counterpart the annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The historic city of Charleston was the perfect fit** Learn more about it here!
My dad and I have attended Spoleto for the past 4 years. My dad has always been a lover of the arts and growing up, I always seemed to be the one who got to with him to various exhibits and performances. Over time, I grew to appreciate the experience of the arts as much as he does so now we always try to keep something on our calendars to look forward to. Spoleto is most definitely one of the things we look forward to the most. We started going when I transferred to College of Charleston for school and we fell in love. We have made it a tradition to go back every year (and because it is an excuse to visit Charleston now that I am not living there).
This year we attended 3 events and visited various exhibits because we had a short trip and wanted visit the Charleston area as well.
Before the Spoleto events, since we were in Charleston, we had to visit the beach. The first time my dad ever saw the ocean was at Folly Beach 37 years ago (he's from South Dakota y'all), so we of course had to go there. After an amazing breakfast at Lost Dog Cafe we stuck our toes in the sand. I wore our 'Pine-apple of My Eye' ($18) tank for a summery vibe.
When we got back downtown we visited some arts exhibits, did some King Street shopping (visit us at vestique Charleston, 183 King Street), and later went to our first Spoleto performance! We saw Romeo and Juliet at the Dock Street Theatre. It was preformed by actors from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and was absolutely amazing.
The next morning we went to Charleston Farmer's Market in Marion Square. Artist vendor's from Piccolo Spoleto (a festival featuring Southeastern artists that occurs at the same time as Spoleto USA) were also there. After that, we went to see Chamber Music at the Dock Street Theatre. Y'all I know it sounds boring and I sound like an 80 year old but I actually really love chamber music. The talent it took to write that kind of music and the talent and practice it takes to preform it, completely blows my mind. This is something we do every year (sometimes twice). I would highly recommend. I also love the Dock Street Theatre venue in general. **A little more history: It was America's 1st theatre opening in 1736. Clearly it has had some re-buildings/renovations but it is still home to many of Charleston's finest cultural institutions including Spoleto.** To this performance I wore our adorable 'Vacay Bay Romper' ($38) and got SO many compliments!
After that, we ventured out to Mt. Pleasant because it was getting a little too busy for us downtown. We visited Westbrook Brewery!
That night, we went to the Scottish Ballet's interpretation of A Streetcar Named Desire at Sottile Theatre. It was very interesting and again the talent of the ballet dancers just astounds me. To this I wore this gorgeous floral dress available online and in select stores!
Overall, it was an unforgettable trip. I love Charleston in general, but I love Charleston even more during Spoleto. If you are given the opportunity I would definitely try to experience the Spoleto Festival. Although I only mentioned the few shows we went to, there are always tons of options to choose from (see more of this year's here).