Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do I buy tickets?

A: Piccolo Spoleto is operating differently this year. All of our 2021 events are free to attend. Ticket information for Spoleto Festival USA is updated continuously at spoletousa.org; other ticketed events around town are listed on the Arts in Charleston calendar at charlestonarts.org.

Q: What types of events can I expect?

A: We will be hosting a variety of exhibitions and events, with almost all of our performances held outside. Due to the potential for weather, please consult our event pages on social media in case of last minute changes or weather-related rescheduling. Our performances in Charleston’s historic parks in some instances will be processional in nature, with audiences walking from one performance site to the next, enjoying a series of linked vignettes and interludes. Comfortable footwear and water bottles for hydration are recommended. Other performances will be presented in a more traditional single-stage format, with ample room for social distancing in a relaxed concert setting. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy. Programs are anticipated to have durations of approximately one hour, so any elaborate picnic plans and overloaded coolers are likely best left at home until 2022.

Q: How long will each performance last?

A: All programs and performances are planned so that the audience can have a full experience within one hour. Those who chose to stay longer or enjoy repeated segments are welcome to do so, but no events are intended to last more than 90 minutes in total.

Q: Where do I park?

A: For events in the central business district, parking garages are the most convenient option. An online directory is available here. For pop-up events and programs in residential neighborhoods, on-street parking will be available at both metered locations and on blocks marked by residential parking district, with restrictions clearly posted on signs. Given the relatively brief duration of most 2021 Piccolo Spoleto programs, it should be possible to attend within the posted limits for on-street parking. Specific recommendations for parking will be posted on each program’s Facebook event page.

Q: Will there be restrooms?

A: Most of the parks selected for Piccolo Spoleto programs have restroom facilities that will be available to the public. In other instances, accessible port-a-lets and hand sanitizing stations will be on site. Recognizing the limitations of these amenities, we encourage everyone to think ahead and plan accordingly.

Q: Will all events be accessible for all?

A: Patrons with accessibility concerns should call or email the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843-724-7305 or culturalaffairs@charleston-sc.gov. The office is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00 pm.

Q: Are dogs allowed? Do I need to wear a mask? Can we bring beer and wine? Is it cool if I litter? Will it rain?

A: All City of Charleston ordinances and guidelines will apply to Piccolo Spoleto events. Parks protocols are clearly posted on signs and online. We cannot answer every question in an FAQ, and we politely ask that you exercise both personal responsibility and good judgement. Be respectful of your fellow audience members and our participating artists. Be patient as we work in new formats and under different constraints. Most importantly, enjoy yourselves and applaud with reckless abandon – we have missed being together to celebrate the arts and this is our moment to shine!

Q: How to I find out about any changes, updates or weather alternates?

A: Stay linked in to our Social Media accounts, specially our Facebook page, accessible here.