The MOJA Juried Art Exhibition at City Gallery runs through Oct. 9 | "Procession" (detail) by Robert Maniscalco

Note: Schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check back with MOJA Arts Festival and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs for the latest up-to-date information.

The most up-to-date calendar information can always be found at: MojaFestival.com.

Every day

Juried Art Exhibition, City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St.

More than 40 artists with wide-ranging media are part of this year’s juried exhibition selected by juror Dana Coleman. The opening reception is 5 p.m. Sept. 29.

NEA Big Read

The Charleston County Public Library and MOJA will officially kick off the NEA Big Read for African-born writer Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing on Sept. 29
and will offer community programs and special events through March 2023.

  • 3 p.m. Oct. 4: NEA Big Read Book Discussion on Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Bees Ferry West Ashley Library, 3035 Sanders Rd.
  • 6 p.m., Oct. 5: NEA Big Read Book Discussion. Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.
Photo by John Williams

Sept. 29

6 p.m. MOJA Opening Day Parade

The parade will begin at Marion Square, travel down King Street, through Market Street and end at the U.S. Custom House on East Bay Street.

Sept. 30

6 p.m. to 11 p.m. MOJA Reggae Block Dance,
Brittlebank Park.

Reggae at Brittlebank Park returns to feature the internationally known reggae artist Monsoon as well as South Carolina reggae royalty the Ras Bonghi Reggae Allstars featuring Papa Robbie and Ric Mystic. Food and artwork will be available.
Coolers not permitted. Free. 

7 p.m. Cuba dentro de un piano,
Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez is joined by Rolando Salazar on piano for an intimate evening celebrating the classical musical traditions of Cuba & Spain. Special guests; The Gino Castillo Quartet. Shows also on Oct. 2 and 3.
Tickets are $35-$70.

7 p.m. When I First Remember,
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun St.

This performance uses songs, dialogue, Gullah stories and African drumming to tell the story of how the enslaved people made it over. Tickets are $30. 

Oct. 1

Noon 2nd Annual Gullah MOJA Arts Experience,
Cannon Street Arts Center, 134 Cannon St.

Bring chairs, drums, ancestral tribute items and the entire family for this Gullah/Geechee intergenerational gathering of arts, education, music, dance and culture. Free.

Noon Junior Tennis Round Robin,
Charleston Tennis Center, 19 Farmfield Ave. Free.

1 p.m. Black Biz on the Block,
Philip Simmons Park, 64 Columbus St. 

The event offers a a space for black-owned small businesses to sell their products and services as well as for community members to get various resources. Entertainment provided. Food trucks will be on site.

7 p.m. An Evening of Jazz with Momentum and Da’rrell Ravenell,
Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

MOJA Arts Festival favorites Da’rrell Ravenell & Peace of Mind Band will grace the stage of the historic Dock Street Theatre for an evening of soul-stirring jazz and soul. Charleston Jazz’s own Momentum will open the evening and features the Lowcountry’s most skilled players. Tickets are $25.

7 p.m. When I First Remember,
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun St.

Tickets are $30. 

Oct. 2

3 p.m. When I First Remember,
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun St.

Tickets are $30. 

4 p.m. The Back Home Gospel Hour,
Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.

This show features Howard Brown and the Voices of Deliverance, Minister Mario Dessausure, Elder Javetta Campbell and Rev. Randolph Miller. Tickets are $15 (seniors/students) to $25.

Oct. 3

7 p.m. Lowcountry Voices presents Hymnology II,
a Lowcountry worship experience,
Greater St. Luke AME Church, 78 Gordon St. 

Free.

Oct. 5

9:30 a.m. Harambee Dance Company,
Main Library, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music, presenting it from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. Free. 

Oct. 6

4 p.m. One Love: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Culture,
Enston Homes,  900 King St. 

Presented by The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, the event featuring the sounds of Spiritually Yours, Mystic Vibrations, and Black Diamond Band. Free.

6 p.m. Jazz on King Block Party,
Ann at King Streets.

Enjoy outdoor dining at participating restaurants, shopping at your favorite retailers, and musical performances by Tonya Nicole and Latoya Renea. Tonya Nicole and her expert band of musicians will be paying tribute to two icons of Jazz Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Live painting performance by painter kolpeace. Free.

8 p.m. Harambee Dance Company presents Origin,
Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 7

1 p.m. Gullah storyteller and local historian Theresa Hilliard,
James Island Arts and Cultural Center, 1248 Camp Road.

Gullah storyteller and local historian Theresa Hilliard speaks about her childhood on Edisto Island. Hear how Gullah sounds. Free. 

8 p.m. WonderVerse: The Music of Stevie Wonder,
Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain St.

From the “Classic Albums Period” of the ‘70s into the ‘80s to songs written for other artists Charlton Singleton and Friends will draw from his massive catalog for a night of high energy and sing-a-longs! Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 8

7:30 p.m. Joey Morant – All That Jazz concert,
Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain St.

The inaugural concert features internationally renowned piano virtuoso Danny Mixon with special guest Antoinette Montague, celebrating the life and legacy of Charleston icon Joey Morant. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 9

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. MOJA Finale,
Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd.

Close out the Festival in style at this day-long celebration of Lowcountry culture and Charleston history, culminating in a knock-out mainstage performance! Black Diamond & LaFaye will join forces as The ZD Experience Presents “Simply the Best” a tribute to Tina Turner & “Queen of Soul” a tribute to Aretha Franklin. Free.

1:30 p.m. Metropolitan Opera Singer Edward Washington II,
Unitarian Church, 4 Archdale St. 

Washington will be presenting a program of Spirituals and Art Songs. Free.

3 p.m. Oh Happy Day,
Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Celebrate Charleston’s rich gospel music heritage with the creators of The Sound of Charleston. Tickets are $28 adult; $26 senior; $16 student with ID.


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