The Charleston City Night Market in Charleston, SC is back open this week after a year-long closure. This public market was founded back in 1804. It houses over 300 Market Vendors and 50 Sweetgrass Artists. It has been the cultural heart of Charlesotn since 1807.
In 2016 Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Charleston as the best city in the world. Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles II. No visit to the south is complete without a visit to Charleston. You will definitely want to discover all the southern charm it has to offer for all ages when they visit.
No visit to Charleston is complete without a visit to this iconic market right downtown and convenient to any area of Charleston. Most consider this the heart of Charleston and the lively night market has been greatly missed. This 4 city block market is open daily throughout the year. Locals and tourists alike are excited that once again the market will be filled with night vendors delighted to be back in their familiar marketplace.
This city market is a historic market complex first established in the 1790s. This market is four city blocks long and also architecturally significant. Market Hall is a Greek Revival style building consisting of one raised story resting atop a rusticated open ground-level arcade. The complex is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you are looking for local art this is your place. The night market has over 100 super talented artists onsite. All the artists and craftspeople are 100% local. When you visit you must take home with you one of these 100% locally-made items that scream Charleston. When you view your art at home, you will remember all of the amazing sights and experiences you partook in during your time in this historic city - also known as the Holy City. Locals also like to refer to it as Chucktown. Whatever you call it, it is still the largest handmade market in the southeast.
New entrepreneurs and local artists love this location designed just for them to launch their small business.
According to the Charleston City Market Manager, “Right now, South Carolina has about 400,000 small businesses and Charleston has about 34,000 small business employees,.” Karen Williams. She also remarks that “the night market not only helps vendors, but also the surrounding restaurants and shops.”
The Charleston City Night Market will still be lively and interesting, but due to covid the night market has been scaled down to 80 because of COVID 19. Previously it had up to 150 each night.
So what can one find there? Vendors will have many items such as custom handmade jewelry, one of a kind paintings, handmade and customized koozies, large wooden bowls, southern food and so much more.
No one is more excited than the local vendors themselves. "Although the last year has been incredibly difficult on Charleston's Hospitality Community, we are encouraged by the spring traffic that we are experiencing and the cooperation with safety measures. At Beef Jerky Experience, our goal is to make shopping fun and experiential and we feel we can still accomplish that and keep our guests safe. With over 100+ types of Jerky, Gourmet Popcorn, Peanuts and Chocolates we are excited to share our brand this year!" said Bo Powell, the Manager, aka Beef Jerky Bo.
If you are ready to visit the Charleston City Night Market, do not forget your facemask. Masks are required to visit the Charleston City Market.
The night market currently runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday's and Saturday's.