BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Billed as “a celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture,” the festival has been praised as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler. The four-day event infuses home-grown flavor with the most celebrated chefs, culinary professionals and winemakers in the world. The event features numerous events at a variety of locations, though the hub of the festival is Marion Square. The festival benefits scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace.
Where: Various locations around Charleston
Price: Free-$295 for individual events; $575 for a Variety Pass
For more info: www.charlestonwineandfood.com
Grass in the Hall
Awendaw Green will host this bluegrass concert featuring Town Mountain, Cumberland River and Barefoot Movement. The event serves as a special kickoff for the Sweet Grass Music Festival (March 16) and the Charleston Bluegrass Festival (April 6-7).
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
For more info: charlestonmusichall.com
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who made a splash at last year’s Spoleto Festival USA, is currently touring behind his 2012 release “Grand Ukulele.” The artist has redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, and has earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Bach Festival of Charleston
While the name of the third biennial Bach Festival may seem leading, the festivities include works by other composers of the Baroque period. The festival opens with a performance of Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (“The Limbs of Our Jesus”) on Friday, followed by a candlelight show of organ concertos on Saturday. The festival concludes Sunday with a large-scale choral event.
Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.
Price: Free, but donations will be accepted
For more info: www.bachfestivalofcharleston.org