Experience the Piccolo Spoleto Festival

visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, & choral music

Piccolo Spoleto Festival

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings.

 Nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, with the balance offered at affordable ticket prices. The festival runs until June 9.

Piccolo Spoleto was launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, which continues to work closely with an engaged group of volunteers from the Charleston arts community.

Festival Traditions

  • Family Day at Marion Square – Saturday, May 25 – Free, Open to the public
  • Sand Sculpting Competition- Saturday, June 1 – Free, Open to the public
  • Nighttime at the Museum – Friday, June 7 – purchase tickets here

Take a look at other festival events traditions here, which includes a Memorial Day Concert, a Midnight Pajama March, and a Patriotic Parade!

Literary & Ideas

Check out literary and heritage events, Charleston Author Series at Blue Bicycle Books, and Sundown Poetry!


Music events include Festival of Churches & SynagoguesCarolina Queen Harbor Cruises, Charleston Jazz at Dockery’s, and Youth Music Series. Take a look at the complete list of musical events and other musical highlights!

Theatre & Dance

Events include Theater at Queen Street Playhouse, Theater at Cannon Street Arts Center, and Theater at Threshold Rep. Here’s the full list!

Visual Arts

There’s no shortage of events when it comes to the visual arts. The list includes the Juried Art Exhibition, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Exhibition, Art Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition, and citywide exhibitions! You’ll want to take a look at the entire list here!


Event details, information, and video created in partnership with our friends at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival