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2020 Festival of Houses and Gardens Ticket Information

Posted: October 30, 2019

We suggest you keep these guidelines handy while visiting Charleston and enjoying the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Helpful links are included so all you have to do is click the hyperlinks.

General Festival Ticket Information:

  1. TOUR ticketholders must pick up TOUR maps and credentials at the Festival ticket office between March 11th and April 18th, 2020. Please present proof of purchase (email confirmation) and a photo ID to receive your TOUR credentials and map. Each person on a TOUR must have valid credentials for admission to tour properties. (To avoid long lines at the ticket office, pick up your TOUR credentials between 9 am and 11 am or after 2 pm. You may pick up on any date.)
  2. Ticketholders to all other events will be asked to present proof of purchase (email confirmation) and a photo ID at the event venue for admission. This includes tickets to Live Like a Local events, Food for Thought Luncheon Lectures, Musical Events and Morning History Walks as well as to Charleston Antiques Show events.
  3. No tickets are mailed. Your email confirmation is your proof of purchase. Please print/save!
  4. All events occur rain or shine.
  5. All ticket sales are final. No cancellations. No refunds. Read our Sales Policy.
  6. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may contact the ticket office prior to April 30, 2020 to activate one of these options:

TOUR Ticketholders – Please Note:

Festival Ticket Office:

Quick Reference – Festival Venues & HCF Locations:

Enhance your visit to Charleston:



HEADQUARTERS | 40 East Bay Street | 843.723.1623

FESTIVAL TICKET OFFICE | 108 Meeting Street (Shop Historic Charleston) | 843.722.3405
Email the ticket office

10 responses to “2020 Festival of Houses and Gardens Ticket Information”

  1. Virginia Diseker says:

    Do the home tour tickets sell out?

    • Holland Williams says:

      Hi Virginia. We do encourage advance purchase of the tours as several of the tours typically sell out ahead of the tour date. Also, typically the Wine by the Water and the Food For Thought events sell out in advance. In fact, six of the Food for Thought lunches are already sold out.

  2. Amy Schoenherr says:

    I am interested in bringing my nine year old daughters in the Spring. Is it one general admission ticket? How much is that? $55?

  3. Dr. Karen L. Amendola says:

    My mom has a pacemaker and is able to walk but is there any extensive climbing required? Will there be a bathroom break during the 3 hours?

    • Holland Williams says:

      Hi Karen. Most of the houses have a few stairs leading to the front door, and most of the tours take place on the first floor of the house. Your mom may opt out of seeing the second floor of any houses featuring first and second floors. The tours are self-paced, so you go at your own leisure. Bathrooms are available at City Hall (corner of Meeting and Broad streets), The Hazel Parker playground on East Bay, the Foundation offices on East Bay, the Nathaniel Russell House on Meeting Street or 108 Meeting Street.

  4. Robert Moushon Jr says:

    My wife and I are visiting a couple on Amelia Island Mar15-17. We will be driving to Charleston the morning of Mar17 to pick up tour tickets for the Tour of Homes for Mar17 and Mar18 tour dates. We have Reservations at Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District for Mar 17 – Mar19. The issue is that the window to pick up the tickets is only 2 hours on Mar17. The drive time from Amelia Island to Charleston is 4.5 hr. Is it possible for the tickets (at least for Mar17) be dropped at Embassy Suites as we do not want to leave at 5:00am ?

    • Holland Williams says:

      Hi Robert. The ticket office is open from 9am – 6pm daily. We recommend that you pick up your tickets between 9 and 11 (or between 2:30 and 6 for a tour the following day) because that is when the lines are shortest at the ticket office. A large number of people coming by an hour before their tour starts may lead to situations where the wait for tickets cuts into the tour time. If I may, I would recommend you leave by 8, park at the Queen Street garage, pick up your tickets across the street from the garage at 108 Meeting Street and grab a bite to eat before the tour either across the street at the Mills House, 82 Queen St. or The Blind Tiger as those will be closet to your tour start. Safe travels, and thank you for coming!

  5. Dawn Vande Moortel says:

    Good morning, my friends and I are looking very forward to attending the Tour of Homes, but I am worried now with the corona virus that the tours may get cancelled, and I am flying from Illinois to attend. Will your organization be making a statement about the tours continuing or possibly being cancelled due to the large numbers of people attending? I appreciate how difficult this situation is for everyone but feel the need to ask so I can take the right action. I also understand how quickly things are changing as far as decisions being made. I look forward to your reply. Thank you very much, Dawn

    • Holland Williams says:

      Hi Dawn. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this fluid situation. As of this time, we are proceeding with the Festival tours and have taken additional measures to protect the health and safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available at every property, we are limiting the group size of those entering the houses, enforcing a “no touch” policy at the houses on tour and have accelerated the cleaning and sanitation schedule of our equipment. Also, we are actively encouraging those who have a cough or feel unwell to follow the CDC’s recommendation to avoid pubic contact. As you noted, this is a fluid situation, and conditions beyond our control may force further adjustments. We appreciate that travelers are concerned and can defer your ticket purchase to 2021 or convert your purchase to a tax-fee donation to support our preservation initiatives. Also, we have lifted our no refunds policy during these unusual circumstances, so you may request a refund. Hope to see you, but certainly understand if your travel plans change.

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