Here’s Why You Need to Attend the Volvo Car Open, Also Known as the Family Circle Cup

tennis player at the family circle cup

Tennis is such an intense sport! Did you know that there’s a 10,200-seat tennis center right here in Charleston? Located on Daniel Island, this gorgeous center has plenty of room for both visitors and locals to join together to watch a match. Every year, the stadium hosts the Volvo Car Open, previously known as the Family Circle Cup. 

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About the Family Circle Cup, Also Known as the Volvo Car Open

Hosted at the Volvo Car Stadium, the Family Circle Cup is now known as the Volvo Car Open. However, you’ll find it is still referred to by both names! Every year, the stands are full of locals and visitors that love the game of tennis. More than 90,000 people pack into the stadium during the week-long event. Fun fact: it is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America! 

When Is the Volvo Car Open?

The Volvo Car Open is hosted every April and lasts for a week. Check the match schedule for the exact dates and times when you’re planning your trip. You can attend every day or choose to get individual passes for the day of your choice! 

More Than Just Tennis

While tennis is the main event, there’s more to do than just watch a match! You’ll definitely want to shop around the Merchandise Tent between matches. If you’re hungry, there’s a variety of dining locations onsite. Make sure you save time to visit the sponsored booths throughout the tournament– there are prizes to win! There’s plenty to keep you busy throughout the entire week of the tournament. 

Getting Tickets

It’s easy to secure tickets to the Volvo Car Open! You can easily purchase tickets online. If you’re only interested in one day of the tournament, we recommend the Single Session Ticket. It will get you into the tournament for one day. If you’re hoping to spend the week or multiple days at the tournament, the Ticket Package is your best bet. 

Who Is Competing?

Because the Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America, some of the best names in tennis travel here to compete. Even Serena and Venus Williams have been here! Who is competing in this year’s tournament? Check out the players

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Here’s Why You Need to Experience the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

wine tasting at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival.

Do you consider yourself a food connoisseur or a wine aficionado? Don’t miss the opportunity to delight your senses at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This annual festival gives you a chance to mingle with culinary celebrities while trying some of the best food and drink in the world. Learn all about the best things to do while you’re in town for this event when you access our complimentary Destination Guide.

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About the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

Every year, locals and visitors alike look forward to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This four-day event brings some of the best chefs and mixologists in the world together to create the highlight of the spring. Attendees must purchase tickets to a variety of events including the famous Culinary Village. You’ll get a chance to meet celebrity chefs, taste incredible dishes, and see behind the scenes like never before.

The Culinary Village

The Culinary Village is the epitome of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Marion Square transforms into a “village” complete with “neighborhoods.” The Culinary Village is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Your ticket will get you into an all-inclusive, five-hour culinary experience. Enjoy tastings, chef demonstrations, live music, and more! The Culinary Village is certainly a must-see during the festival. Eat and drink your way through the square to find your new favorite beverage and indulge in decadent dish after dish.

The Events

Charleston is known for its incredible culinary scene, and everyone in town puts their best foot forward for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Events range from hands-on classes to signature dinners to unique excursions. Each of these events is located downtown, and many are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Attend a barbecue in black-tie attire, learn how to make the perfect cocktail, roll out your own pasta, and more!

The Chefs

Do you dream of meeting your favorite celebrity chef? They might be at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival! Guest chefs join our local Charleston chefs for a variety of events, and many of them will be at the Culinary Village. Check out the chef lineup!

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to purchase to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, but you need to make sure to get them well in advance. Special events are known to sell out within a day of being released, and the Culinary Village tickets sell out soon after. Tickets usually go on sale in October, but the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for their newsletter. That way, you’ll be informed as to when tickets go on sale!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SEWE

Egret landing at Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Do you love wildlife and nature? You have to attend the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition this year! For three days, you can celebrate wildlife and nature through events, socials, fine art, and tons of exhibits. Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages look forward to this special festival all year. You won’t want to miss it! Learn about all the other things to do and see on the Charleston Coast when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, is three days full of incredible events that honor and celebrate the wildlife and nature of our area. We love this festival because it is not only entertaining, it’s educational, too! Have fun while learning about the need to protect our natural environment. 

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to get– you can purchase them all online. If you’re looking to go to the main educational events, you’ll just need a general admission ticket. You can purchase a three-day pass or opt to choose which days you would like to attend the festival. Local tip: Kids under 10 don’t need a ticket to lectures, shows, and demonstrations– they’re free! Adults will need a general admission ticket to attend. 

Educational Events and Exhibits 

Learn something new during your vacation when you attend some of the events at SEWE. From a sheep herding demo to learning how to throw a cast net, you’ll get a true taste of the nature and wildlife in our area. Many of these events show how important all of this is to our fragile ecosystem and the steps we are taking for their conservation. 

There are hundreds of exhibitors that participate in SEWE every year! Check out the full list of exhibitors to see who will be there. 

Special Events

SEWE isn’t just about education– there’s plenty of entertainment, too! Everyone looks forward to the annual oyster roast, and there are plenty of other social events to attend. Find some unique art at the auction, or take your sweetheart on a date to one of the cocktail parties. Check out the events schedule and get your tickets! 

Be a VIP

If you’re coming with a group and want to attend all that the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has to offer, VIP might be the perfect option for you. There are multiple VIP packages to choose from, and packages range from two to 10 badges. Arrive in style with the VIP shuttle, and make use of the VIP Lounge! 

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Things to Do: April

Looking for things to do on the Charleston Coast this April? We’ve gathered some of our favorite local events and activities. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite!

Migratory Bird Walk

April 14 & 21, May 12

Charleston Things to Do Birdwatching (2)
Photo: Instagram user @centerforbirdsofprey

Visit the Center for Birds of Prey for a Migratory Bird Walk with experienced birding guides. Recreational birdwatching is becoming a favorite past time across the country. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera!

Charleston Outdoor Fest

April 21-22

Charleston Things to Do Outdoor Fest
Photo: Instagram user @charlestoncountyparks

April is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors in the Lowcountry. Head to the James Island County Park for a weekend of canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, and more! Enjoy live music and vendors all weekend. And even try your hand at archery or mountain biking with the Try It Pass!

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

April 28

Charleston Things to Do Shaggin on the Cooper
Photo via Facebook: Charleston County Parks & Recreation

Put on your dancing shoes and head over the Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park for an evening of shag dancing and live music. The Carolina Shag is a descendant of the Jitterbug and originated in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. You don’t want to miss this fun-filled evening! 

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

April 29

Charleston Things To Do Blessing of the Fleet
Photo via Facebook: Experience Mt Pleasant

Join locals and visitors alike for the Blessing of the Fleet. Spend the day celebrating the local fishing and shrimping industry. Watch the Boat Parade, enjoy delicious seafood tastings, and participate in a shag dance competition

The Charleston Coast is full of things to do year-round but things really amp up in Spring. What are some of your favorite Lowcountry events and things to do? Let us know in the comments!