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Foundation Matters

Your Guide to the Festival of Houses and Gardens

Posted: October 9, 2022

2023 Festival Dates: March 15 – April 16, 2023


Updated: October 2022

Thank you for your patronage of the Festival of Houses and Gardens, Historic Charleston Foundation’s largest annual educational and fundraising program.  Your ticket purchases supports the preservation, advocacy, and education initiatives of the Foundation. We look forward to seeing new faces and welcoming back the familiar faces of those who have enjoyed the Festival in previous years.

Please bookmark this page or consider printing for future reference. (See Print button at bottom of page).

Ticket Office:

Phone: (843) 722.3405 | Phone lines are open on November 1st between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Phone hours will be extended closer to the beginning of the Festival. Messages are returned within 24 hours.
Email: [email protected]
Location: Inside Shop Historic Charleston at 108 Meeting Street (corner of Meeting and Chalmers) | This ticket office will open on the Monday of the first week of the Festival and remain open for the duration of the Festival. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm daily. TOUR ticketholders pick up maps and tour credentials here. Additional tickets for all events may be purchased here.

Event Information & Locations:

Please be prepared to show your email confirmation for admission. Morning History Walks depart from 108 Meeting Street (Shop Historic Charleston). Check-in for the walk at 9:15 am. Tours depart promptly at 9:30 am and end at 11:30 am. These walking tours provide the perfect background for the afternoon house and garden tours. No interiors are included during the Morning History Walks.

We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottled water.


Please be prepared to show your email confirmation for admission. These lectures take place on the third floor of the Captain Missroon House, HCF’s headquarters located at 40 East Bay Street.


Please be prepared to show your email confirmation for admission. Locations for events in the Live Like a Local category are below:

QUICK REFERENCE – Festival Venues & HCF Locations:



Chartered in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a non-profit advocacy organization advancing the mission of historic preservation. As historic preservation has evolved into more than a movement to simply save historic buildings, the Foundation has broadened its scope into balancing the needs of modern society with protecting the sensitive fabric of the historic district.

Historic Charleston Foundation champions the historic authenticity, cultural character, and livability of the Charleston region through advocacy, stewardship, and community engagement.

Your ticket purchases and donations power our work. THANK YOU.

To learn more about our work, follow Historic Charleston Foundation on Instagram and Facebook, , and explore our website.  The HCF app provides you with a free walking tour of the City plus tours of our two museum houses, the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

40 East Bay Street
PO Box 1120 | Charleston, SC 29402
For inquiries unrelated to the Festival: (843) 723.1623 | [email protected]

29 responses to “Your Guide to the Festival of Houses and Gardens”

  1. Jody Babbits says:

    The information posted makes me want to attend, with my husband. I read most all of the information but I didn’t see the price for the various tours and activities. Nearby accommodations would be helpful as well.
    We live in Hardeeville, S.Carolina just off the 95 exit.

    • Blair Phillips says:

      Please see the PLAN YOUR VISIT link to view accommodations and other activities. Each event has the ticket price in the event description.

  2. Marilou Pierson says:

    I would like to plan a visit for a few days during this time frame. Is there a full listing of all events?

    • Blair Phillips says:

      Please see the Events and Tours section on the website. You may click on the Festival of Houses and Gardens link to view all the activities. Thank you for your interest.

  3. Pamela Rodems says:

    I would like a brochure pertaining to the Festival of Houses and Gardens tour for 2022 so I can plan my trip. Thank you so much.

    • Blair Phillips says:

      Thank you. We will send you one when we receive them from the printer. In the meantime, you may download one from the link here. There is a blue button that says DOWNLOAD 2022 BROCHURE about halfway down the page.

  4. Janet says:

    Many years ago for our anniversary, my husband and I attended a candlelight house and garden tour. It was in September or October, is this the same tour/festival and it has been moved to the spring? We were hoping to come back for it in the fall.

  5. Diane F. says:

    I do not see any “plan your visit” link. Am I just missing it?!

  6. Diane Kulik says:

    Are all the house and garden tours only scheduled for weekends? I am only in Charleston April 4 – 8. I only see walking tours on those dates.

    Thank you!

    • Blair Phillips says:

      Hi Diane,
      Thanks for your question. You may see the events occurring April 4-8, 2022 by viewing individual dates on the Events Calendar. View the Events Calendar by clicking on the Events & Tours link in the left hand column. The calendar will be in the far right column if viewing on a desktop. The events are listed below each date you click.

    • Blair Phillips says:

      There are many events on the calendar April 4 -8, 2022. Please use the Events Calendar to view all the options.

  7. I have failed to locate each event for cost as this shows:
    “Please see the PLAN YOUR VISIT link to view accommodations and other activities. Each event has the ticket price in the event description.”
    Can you help me locate the Foundation’s 75th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens schedule or itinerary?
    Thank You

    • Blair Phillips says:

      You may view all the events by clicking EVENTS & TOURS on the right side of the screen (if viewing on a desktop). From there click on FESTIVAL OF HOUSES & GARDENS right under the photo. We are happy to mail a brochure to you if you would like to email me with your mailing address ([email protected]). You can also download a copy of the brochure here.

  8. Jennye Adams says:

    Please send info about cost of tickets

    • Blair Phillips says:

      All event details are listed here in this link. This is the TOURS & EVENTS section of our website. You may also call the ticket office (843.722.3405) between 10 am and 2 pm EST for assistance. Thank you for your interest.

  9. Susan MacKinney says:

    If anyone has a ticket to the Tour of Gardens for Mar. 25 or April 1 that you would like to sell. I would like to buy it.

  10. April says:

    May i bring my puppy, in a pouch, to the garden tours. She is 8lbs.

  11. Susan Mackinney says:

    I would like to buy a ticket for the April 1 tour if gardens if anyone has an unused ticket

    • Blair Phillips says:

      Hello Susan,

      Please call the ticket office at 843-722-3405. You may be put on a waiting list for tickets when they come available.

      Thank you.
      Blair Phillips

  12. Angel Markin says:

    I just want to confirm that we will be touring inside of the homes or just the outside of the property?

    • Liza Holian says:

      Hello! Thank you for your question. Each tour and each home will be different, but yes. House and Garden Tours do include inside select homes and some homes are only gardens (like our Glorious Garden tours). Please reach out or give us a call if you have specific questions about each tour and what’s included.

  13. Terri says:

    Are the Morning Walking tours sidewalk tours only or is admission to any of the historic homes and gardens included? Same question for the King Street tour.

    • Blair Phillips says:

      MORNING HISTORY WALKS – Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon house and garden tours. No private sites or interiors are included on these walking tours.

      HOUSE TOURS / GLORIOUS GARDEN TOURS – Ticketholders will go inside approximately 7-9 properties for docent led tours inside each property. The number of properties for each tour varies by date. The King Street Tour is one of the House Tours. For more information, please see this link and this link.

      You may also call the Ticket Office (843.722.3405) for more details. Thank you for your interest.

  14. Rachelle Shaw says:

    Do any of the house & garden tours at $75 go inside the houses?

    • Liza Holian says:

      Hello! Yes! Each of the House Tours on the 2023 Festival include interiors, at least 7 on each of the House Tours. Only the Glorious Gardens and Garden Splendor Tours ONLY have gardens.

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