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March 2020 was the last time King Street restaurants pulled dining tables out into the street and retailers rolled clothing racks onto the sidewalk for Second Sundays on King. Now, after 18 months, one of the city’s most beloved events is gearing up for a return.

This weekend, Second Sunday makes its 2021 return.

Susan Lucas, president of the Charleston Peninsula Preservation Trust (CPPT), announced plans last week to bring back King Street’s Second Sunday this month.

Yep, that means Second Sunday will resume to its pre-pandemic schedule this Sunday, shutting down King Street from Calhoun to Queen streets once a month between 12-5 p.m., allowing pedestrians to stroll the streets, shop local boutiques and dine at King Street’s eateries.

“We’re very excited to re-start 2nd Sunday,” said Lucas in a press release. “It’s been sorely missed by the downtown retail and dining establishments and the thousands of local and regional visitors who come to stroll, shop, dine and enjoy Charleston’s ‘Main Street’ on a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only afternoon.”

Considered a favorite local event, Second Sunday can attract crowds from 12,000-18,000 people in normal times, according to organizers. And, this October, Second Sunday, which began in 2010, will celebrate its 11th anniversary.

“It’s the most popular and most regularly attended event on the peninsula,” said Karl Krull, vice president and director of operations for CPPT. “More than 1.5 million guests have patronized Second Sunday since its inception. We can’t wait to get it rolling again.”

For more information, visit shop2ndsunday.com.