The Ultimate Guide to the MOJA Arts Festival 

The MOJA Arts Festival is back and bigger than ever before. This year, participating in one of Charleston’s most exciting celebrations of the year is easier than ever before. Follow our guide, and everything you need to build your next Charleston, SC, getaway will fall right into place. For additional help building your Charleston Itinerary, don’t forget to take a look at our complimentary Destination Guide. Full of the Holy City’s best restaurants, attractions, and events, our guide is the key to an unforgettable vacation! 

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MOJA Arts Festival: Charleston, SC

About the MOJA Arts Festival

In Swahili, MOJA means “one.” There isn’t a more fitting name for one of the country’s largest and most well-known celebrations of African-American and Carribean art and culture. The MOJA Arts Festival has graced the streets of Charleston for close to 40 years and is showing no signs of slowing down. The festival is sponsored by Charleston’s office of cultural affairs and takes place all over the city! This year, visitors can enjoy a blend of free and moderately-priced events, including live music, dancing, poetry, ethnic food, and much more! Continue reading to discover all that this one-of-a-kind event has to offer! 

Schedule of Events

The MOJA Arts Festival spans a nearly two-week period, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to participate in the lineup of events. If you want to plot out your trip, the full event calendar is your best friend! From live jazz and literary speakers to dancing at the Raggae block party, there’s something for everyone on this year’s event list. Plan your trip today!


Many of the events are completely free to participate in, which means there is no excuse to leave this festival off of your itinerary! A few select performances, however, come with a small entry fee. For example, the Dock Street Theater hosts a few theatrical performances that require tickets to be purchased at the door. Whether you’re looking to go all out or are partying on a budget, there is fun to be had either way! 

Where to Stay in Downtown Charleston, SC

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Take a look at our Queen Room, for instance. Enjoy two queen-size beds, a fully functioning kitchen, and an atmosphere of blissful relaxation on your stay. Wake up and join us for a complimentary breakfast or end your day with a cocktail in the historic Delaney House each day that you’re here. The ideal Charleston experience is just one click away!

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