The original concept was the brainchild of Callen McJunkin, owner of the Callen McJunkin Gallery on Hale Street. She pitched the idea to gallery owners Ann Saville, John Augie and Steve Payne as a way to increase foot traffic downtown and make art more accessible. The event launched with just four venues but today has grown to more than two dozen downtown business participants each month. 

With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk celebrates the arts on the third Thursday each month March through December, except in November and June when the event falls on Black Friday and the week of FestivALL, respectively. Specific 2020 dates are below. 

There is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.


  • March 19

  • April 16

  • May 21

  • June 18 (FestivALL)

  • July 16

  • August 20

  • September 17

  • October 15 (FestivFALL)

  • November 27 (Black Friday)

  • December 17