Ticket Packages

Are you starting to plan your sensational visit to Charleston but not quite sure where to begin? We've outlined some itineraries below that will help you discover firsthand the rich history, architecture, beauty and culture of the city!

To purchase tickets for any of these programs, call the Festival Ticket Office at 843-720-1184, or use the suggested tours and events as inspiration and a jumping off point to craft your own marvelous journey. Just be sure to experience the delights of spring as you are welcomed inside some of the city’s most exceptional private houses and gardens during Historic Charleston Foundation's 70th annual Festival of Houses and Gardens!

Antiques & Inspiration: Festival Opening Weekend & Charleston Antiques Show

March 17-19

  • Morning History Walk, Saturday, March 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • East Battery Tour, Saturday, March 18, 2-5 p.m.
  • Broad Street Tour, Sunday, March 19, 2-5 p.m.
  • Three-day ticket to vist the Charleston Antiques Show floor, March 17-19

Join us for one of the most exciting weekends of the year in Charleston! You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in all the action and explore the world of antiques. Set the stage with a wonderful overview of the city’s history on Saturday during an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by an expert guide in the Old & Historic District, then take in how the locals adorn their stunning historic interiors on the East Battery (Saturday) and Broad Street (Sunday) tours of private houses and gardens. Panoramic views of Charleston Harbor enhance the allure of the famed East Battery area, while landmark civic buildings mingle with the French Quarter’s early dwellings on the Broad Street tour route, within the footprint of the old Walled City of Charles Town.  All weekend long, enjoy your three-day pass to peruse (and perhaps purchase!) dazzling items on the Charleston Antiques Show floor.

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

Lowcountry Spirit

March 21-22

  • Morning History Walk, Tuesday, March 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • Anson Street Tour, Tuesday, March 21, 2-5 p.m.
  • Spiritually Yours Celebration Concert at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harbor of History Boat Cruise, Wednesday, March 22, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • East Battery Tour, Wednesday, March 22, 2-5 p.m.

Begin your full day in the Old & Historic District with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by one of Charleston’s most expert guides. You’ll be in the know about Charleston’s rich history and architecture by the time you’re welcomed inside beautiful, private historic houses and gardens during the Anson Street Tour in the afternoon. The charming neighborhood boasts antebellum dwellings largely built between the Great Fire of 1838 and the outbreak of the Civil War. Immediately following the tour, it’s time to sit down, relax, and get inspired by the Spiritually Yours gospel choir at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, c. 1835, located right in the middle of the Ansonborough neighborhood. The following morning, enjoy a panoramic perspective of beautiful Charleston Harbor as you cruise aboard the Carolina Queen, mimosa or Bloody Mary in hand. Top off your grand holiday in the city with a different view of the harbor - from the private houses and gardens overlooking High Battery you’ll visit during the East Battery Tour. 

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

Taste of the Lowcountry

March 22-23

  • Morning History Walk, Wednesday, March 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • East Battery Tour, Wednesday, March 22, 2-5 p.m.
  • Broad Street Tour, Thursday, March 23, 2-5 p.m.
  • Lowcountry Feast at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, Thursday, March 23, 5:15-7 p.m.

Savor the flavors of the Lowcountry! On Wednesday, begin your full day in the Old & Historic District with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by one of Charleston’s most expert guides. You’ll be ready for your afternoon tour of beautiful, private historic houses and gardens during the East Battery Tour. Panoramic views of Charleston Harbor further enhance the allure of this famous street.  Follow it up on Thursday afternoon with another fascinating tour of private houses and gardens on one of Charleston’s most well-known thoroughfares. During the Broad Street Tour, landmark civic buildings mingle with the French Quarter’s early dwellings, all within the footprint of the old Walled City of Charles Town.  No doubt, you’ll work up an appetite for some Down South culinary treats! Enjoy savory Frogmore stew and scrumptious barbecue in the courtyard of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, c. 1820. Relax to live music as you indulge outdoors and cap your evening with a stroll through the historic house.

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

Doin’ the Charleston

March 29-30

  • Morning History Walk, Wednesday, March 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • Meeting Street Tour, Wednesday, March 29, 2-5 p.m.
  • Jazzed Up in the Holy City concert, Wednesday, March 29, 7-9 p.m.
  • King Street Tour, Thursday, March 30, 2-5 p.m.

Set the stage for your upbeat visit with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by one of Charleston’s most expert guides in the Old & Historic District. You’ll be in the swing regarding Charleston’s rich history and architecture by the time you’re welcomed inside beautiful, private historic houses and gardens during the Meeting Street Tour in the afternoon. This picturesque street boasts a range of architectural styles, from early Georgian residences to later, opulent dwellings in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. In the evening, it’s time to get Jazzed Up with the ten-piece Charlton Singleton Ensemble, led by none other than renowned trumpet-player Charlton Singleton himself! After a lively evening of jazz, you may want to sleep in the following morning so you’ll be refreshed and ready for the fascinating King Street Tour. Enjoy visiting private houses and gardens on the charming residential end of one of Charleston’s oldest streets.

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

Lowcountry Gospel Celebration

April 5-6

  • Harbor of History Boat Cruise, Wednesday, April 5, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Church Street Tour, Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Morning History Walk, Thursday, April 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • South Battery Tour, Thursday, April 6, 2-5 p.m.
  • Plantation Singers Concert, Thursday, April 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Begin your visit to the Port City on Wednesday aboard the Carolina Queen and enjoy a panoramic perspective of beautiful Charleston Harbor as you cruise, mimosa or Bloody Mary in hand. In the evening, one of Charleston’s most romantic neighborhoods beckons. Visit private houses and gardens during the Church Street Tour, showcasing an area where the charming streetscape forms a visible record of Charleston’s history. On Thursday, begin another full day in Charleston with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk in the Old & Historic District led by one of Charleston’s expert guides. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to tour some of the private historic houses and gardens you may have spied from the water during your harbor cruise! The route of the South Battery Tour runs along the harbor and the famed “Charleston Battery.” You will end your trip on a high note at Circular Congregational Church, c. 1892, where the Plantation Singers will treat you to their energetic performances of Gullah spirituals!

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

Easter in the Holy City

April 12-13

  • Morning History Walk, Wednesday, April 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • Wentworth Street Tour, Wednesday, April 12, 2-5 p.m.
  • Glorious Gardens Tour, Thursday, April 13, 2-5 p.m.
  • Oyster Roast at the Aiken-Rhett House with Easter Egg Hunt, Thursday, April 13, 5:15-7 p.m.

Begin your visit to the Holy City in the Old & Historic District with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by one of Charleston’s most expert guides. On your walk, look for the many of the steeples that dominate the skyline! In the afternoon, you’re off to the Wentworth Street Tour, where you’ll tour private houses and gardens and find some of the city’s finest examples of Federal, Regency, Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne architecture. On Thursday, enjoy the beauty and charm of spring in Charleston during the Glorious Gardens Tour, featuring private gardens of all sizes in the city’s historic neighborhoods. In the evening, savor another Charleston delight, oysters! Delectable steamed oysters and other Southern fare will be offered in the courtyard of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, along with live music, an egg hunt and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

 

High Spirits in the Holy City

April 18-19

  • Morning History Walk, Tuesday, April 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:15 a.m.)
  • Charlotte Street Tour, Tuesday, April 18, 2-5 p.m.
  • Spiritually Yours Celebration Concert at First Baptist Church, Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harbor of History Boat Cruise, Wednesday, April 19, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tradd Street Tour, Wednesday, April 19, 2-5 p.m.

On Tuesday, begin your full day in the Old & Historic District with an entertaining and informative Morning History Walk led by one of Charleston’s most expert guides. You’ll be in the know about Charleston’s rich history and architecture by the time you’re welcomed inside beautiful, private historic houses and gardens during the Charlotte Street Tour in the afternoon. Villas once inhabited by the city’s wealthy residents as well as charming Victorian era dwellings stand along the neighborhood’s lovely tree-lined streets. Immediately following the tour, it’s time to sit down, relax, and get inspired by the Spiritually Yours gospel choir in the equally inspiring First Baptist Church, c. 1822. The building was designed by Charlestonian Robert Mills, the first American-born professional architect, who also designed the Washington Monument. The following morning, enjoy a panoramic perspective of beautiful Charleston Harbor as you cruise aboard the Carolina Queen, mimosa or Bloody Mary in hand. Top off your grand holiday with the Tradd Street Tour in the afternoon, featuring one of the city’s earliest streets, said to be named for the first child of European descent born in Charles Town.  

Festival Ticket Office: 843-722-3405

Preserve & Protect

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

Contact Us

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623


2017 Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office: 
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3405
 

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