This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in February, including nighttime, free, as well as family-friendly things to do and activities, update for 2020.
Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston, for even more ideas.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY
For more information on popular tourist attractions in Charleston, make sure to check out our posts:
Some of the items within this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1. See a Concert
A great way to spend a February afternoon in Charleston is to go to a concert! There are several artists stopping in the city this month.
- The Fab Four- Feb. 8
- Tony Bennett - Feb. 11
- Kansas - Feb. 14
- ABBA The Concert - Feb. 21
- Wallows - Feb. 22
- Amy Grant - Feb. 27
- Tommy Emmanuel- Feb. 28
Find all the concerts available in Charleston here.
2. Attend a Sports Event
See what sports events are happening this month. Below the video, we have listed the highlights.
Find all the games you can attend in Charleston here.
3. Enjoy the Theatre
This month there are several great musicals to see in Charleston. You can find all of them here.
Waitress is a touching, newer musical that took Broadway by storm a few years ago. It is about a waitress in a small town who is looking for a way out of her abusive marriage and processes her feelings through baking pies.
Waitress runs February 7 - 9, 2020.
The Color Purple was adapted from an award-winning, bestselling book as well as a Steven Spielberg movie.
The musical is full of jazz, ragtime, and blues numbers and tells the story of an African-American woman in the American South during the 20th century.
The Color Purple runs February 28 - 29, 2020.
And on Thursday, February 20, 2020, you can see the professional dancers of Dancing with the Stars on their live tour stop!
4. Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass
Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.
Read our post comparing the different Charleston tourist discount passes.
Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.
TIP: Our guide to free things to do in Charleston lists a number of activities and events that won't cost you a dime!
For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on things to do in Charleston.
5. See Live Improv
If you're a fan of Saturday Night Live, you've probably heard of Second City improv shows.
After all, some of the best SNL cast members have come from Second City Chicago or Second City Los Angeles.
There will be a Second City show on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Prepare to laugh the evening away with the touring company of The Second City!
6. Southeastern Wildlife Expo
Outdoor enthusiasts will find a number of events at this weekend exposition.
Explore your wild side with art exhibits, conversation education, sporting demonstrations, family events and more.
Find out which exhibitors are here for 2020 and plan your weekend by checking out their website.
7. The Festival of Beers
Pour Taproom presents The Festival of Beers for everyone 21+. The event takes place from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and features a number of great brewers and light bites to enjoy.
Get your tickets for the event here.
Be sure to explore King Street while you're there, which features great shopping places in the historic district.
8. Aiken Rhett House Museum
The Aiken Rhett House Museum is one of the most popular sites in Charleston and is perfect to visit on a cooler day in February.
Sold to the Aiken Family in 1827, this incredibly well-preserved mansion showcases the "changes which occurred in architectural design during the first half of the 19th Century."
This property is not only a landmark in this town but it also gives visitors a unique view of the history of this area and this makes it more than worth a visit.
Read our post on the Aiken Rhett House Museum to learn more.
9. Honor Black History Month
Throughout the month of February Charleston honors its African-American history and culture with a variety of special events and attractions.
From learning about the area's unique Gullah heritage to making sweetgrass baskets, there is no shortage of opportunities to participate in the month-long celebration of black history.
Some of the most popular events include:
- Charleston Museum - Check out the exhibition 'Fossils, Phosphate and Freedmen: Charleston's Post Civil War Mining Boom' explores what happened in the collapsed economy of the South after the emancipation of enslaved people.
- Charles Pinckney National Historic Site (Saturdays at 2 pm through February and March) - Craft demonstrations, cooking, African drumming and story-telling, and other musical performances.
Black History month is also a great time to visit one of the plantations near Charleston to learn more about the hardships that the African-American community had to face.
Boone Hall Plantation, for example, offers tours and live talks about the Gullah black history experience.
10. Take a Sightseeing Tour
We offer three different types of name-your-own-price tours in Charleston. Check out our walking tour schedule here.