The 20 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals of 2014

Get out and enjoy the summer sun—we've compiled a list of the best ways to enjoy the summer splendor across North America


May 23 – June 8, 2014

Charleston, South Carolina

17 days of world-class performing arts. 153 productions. 45 artistic ensembles. 33 chamber performances. 15 historic venues. 14 countries represented. One festival has it all: Spoleto, one of the world’s premier arts festivals. Founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti in an attempt to create an American counterpart to Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds, the music-heavy festival is now in its 38th season, with more than 200 world or American premieres to its merit—Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams and The American Clock by Arthur Miller, to name a few. This year, take in a performance of Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel or hear the Westminster Choir, the festival's choir-in-residence, take on works by masters such as Brahms and Durufle. Or simply take in the charm of Charleston and listen to world-renowned chamber musicians in the beautiful Dock Street Theatre.

Admission: Tickets start at $15 with packages and discounts available. Visit

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