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Friday, May 27 – Thursday, June 2

This Week in Charleston
Spoleto Festival 2016 May 27 – June 12
America’s premier performing arts festival is here. See Concierge for info.

“Porgy and Bess” Simulcast Monday
Perhaps the most anticipated performance of Spoleto Festival, “Porgy and Bess” will be broadcast on the big screen right across the street from the Francis Marion Hotel in Marion Square. The classic opera is FREE to the public 7:30 pm
Marion Square

A Tribute to the Emanuel Nine: A Portrait Project Sunday
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, nine artists created a portrait tribute of each of the victims. FREE at The Principle Gallery, 6-8 pm.
125 Meeting Street

Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise Wednesday
Hop onboard the Schooner Pride, a beautiful yacht modeled after the 18th Century merchant schooners that once filled Charleston Harbor. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and 4-5 wines selected by Executive Wines. 2 hour tour 6:30 pm $65
Aquarium Wharf

Check out McLeod Plantation Tuesday – Sunday
Explore the greater Charleston area with a trip to McLeod Plantation! A state park just 10 minutes outside downtown, McLeod is a great place to learn about local culture and lore, and the trail to freedom here in the Lowcountry.
James Island

Swing Dance at Prohibition Wednesdays and Sundays
Take a free swing lesson and then show off your new moves to the music of the V-Tones! Prohibition celebrates the style of the Jazz Age and features specialty cocktails and an eclectic menu designed by Executive Chef Greg Garrison. Starts at 6:30 pm 547 King St

Visit Fort Sumter Ongoing
The site of the outbreak of the Civil War is only a scenic boat ride away! The two hour tour takes you through Charleston harbor and includes an hour on the island, where National Park rangers await to guide you through the fort and museum. Tours depart daily at 9:30, 12:00 and 2:30. Tickets are $19 for adults.
Liberty Square (360 Concord St)

Francis Marion Favorites

There’s always something happening on King!
Charleston is filled with great music, live theatre, and, of course, comedy! There’s no need to venture much further than King Street for nightly entertainment.

Charleston City Music Hall 37 John St
Jazz Music and Swing Dance
Sundays and Wednesdays at Prohibition 7p 547 King St
Mezz At Sermet’s Piano Bar and Restaurant 276 King St
Pure Theatre
Shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 477 King St
Francis Marion Hotel Lobby and Bar Thursday – Fridays, 5-6, 6-9 pm

Concierge Corner

Enjoy suggestions and favorites from our concierges, Lauren and Thomas!

Lauren’s Likes
The retro Parlor Deluxe soda fountain, located mere blocks from us, has a new menu for spring called Counter Classics! Try the fancy comfort food like their tuna salad sandwich or treat yourself with their waffle sundae deluxe. For a lovely fresh dinner, check out the Macintosh, just a few blocks away from the hotel. Favorite mains mix with perennial, local sides to make for flavorful dishes that will linger on your tongue, mind, and heart! Step upstairs afterward to the Cocktail Club for a drink – I highly recommend sharing a signature punch bowl! And for history buffs, don’t forget that the Charleston Museum is right around the corner. The nation’s first museum features a comprehensive history of the city as well as the original natural history museum that has inspired Charlestonians for generations.

Take it from Thomas
Out of all of Charleston’s numerous traditions, the local Farmers Market on Saturdays is the event that has locals and tourists alike buzzing. After a winter hiatus, the Farmers Market is back! You can catch all the action right across the street from the hotel in lovely Marion Square! Browse the stalls for fresh produce, try fresh food and drinks prepared by local vendors and then enjoy some live music under the shade. For delicious regional cuisine served in a casual neighborhood environment, Harleston Village’s new 60 Bull Café is hard to beat. Try the crispy fired flounder with chorizo over grits with a local craft beer.