The 29 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals of 2016

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 27 – June 12, 2016

Charleston, SC

17 days of world-class performing arts. More than 150 performances. 33 chamber concerts. 13 historic venues. 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 40th 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 the festival’s first performance of Porgy and Bess or watch the US premier of opera The Little Match Girl. Or simply take in the charm of Charleston and listen to world-renowned chamber musicians in the beautiful Dock Street Theatre.

Admission: Tickets vary according to event. Visit

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