Here Is What You Need to Know About Spoleto Festival USA

Piccolo Spoleto is a cultural event that, since 1979, graces Charleston each year. Inspired by The Festival dei Duo Mundo in Spoleto Italy, the United States event similarly celebrates some of the world’s best performing artists. Award-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti founded both festivals and each festival features a wide variety of performances and attractions. Before you start planning your trip to Spoleto Festival USA, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide. Save yourself hours of precious planning time by letting our guide direct you in the direction of Charleston’s best restaurants, attractions, and events.

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Spoleto Festival USA: Everything You Need to Know About Piccolo Spoleto

About Spoleto Festival USA

Every year, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival brings a variety of art exhibitions, musical performances, film screenings, and much more to Charleston, South Carolina. The festival chose Charleston as its location due to the fact that the city mirrors the charm and vitality of Spoleto, Italy. Piccolo Spoleto lasts 17 days in late spring and occupies some of the Holy City’s best theatres, churches, and performing spaces. Learn more about the festival and start planning your trip right now!

Piccolo Spoleto Program Guide

If you happen to be visiting Charleston during the festival, there are an incredible amount of events that offer the perfect way to spice up your vacation. With everything from operas to film screenings, there is something for everyone. Most of the events even offer free admission! Explore the full list of festivities by category:



Festival Traditions

Visual Arts

Theatre and Dance

The full schedule of events is available via the festival’s calendar. It’s never too early to start thinking about your getaway!

Applying for Piccolo Spoleto

Artists, ensembles, and vendors that are interested in being a part of the festival can access the application on Piccolo Spoleto’s website. Thousands of qualified performers apply each year. Anyone that is interested should prepare a thorough proposal and be ready to answer questions that the event coordinators might have about your performance or exhibition. If you have a particular series or venue in mind, these all can be added as part of the application process!

Where to Stay in Downtown Charleston

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For example, our Penthouse Suite offers guest a one-of-a-kind lodging experience at an affordable rate. Embrace the beauty of Charleston from your 600-square-foot rooftop deck and enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning in the historic Delaney House. The perfect getaway is just one click away!

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