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Things to Do in Charleston in February

Updated: December 22, 2023

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.


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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. 



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.



Ice Hockey

South Carolina Stingrays


Citadel Bulldogs

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!

You can find all theatre performances here.

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


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 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:



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.

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you should visit on your trip to Charleston.


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There are a number of other ways to explore Charleston and we have advice on choosing which Charleston Bus Tours, Ghost Tours, and Harbor tours are best.


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About The Author

Scott Nelson

Scott has led over 2,000 tours of Charleston and has more than 1000 5 star reviews. He started working in museums at the age of 16 (Unsinkable Molly Brown House) and hasn't looked back. He was the Executive Director of Heurich House and on the historic interpretation/ education staff at Mount Vernon, both in Washington DC, for over 6 years. Scott moved to Charleston in 2012 for a job with the Historic Charleston Foundation and began leading tours for Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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