Flowers and chocolates are great but I prefer to shower my loved one with experiences, not things. What Spoleto offerings are perfect for date night?

Your instincts are spot on! Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just a regular Tuesday, Spoleto tickets are a one-of-a-kind gift idea that’s sure to surprise and delight. Below are three different date-night ideas—use these as inspiration and make Spoleto a part of your love story. If you can’t make these exact lineups work, that’s okay! Use them as a starting point and make adjustments to fit your schedule, interests, and budget.

♥ Date Night #1: A Matinee Marvel and the Delectable Dock Street


  • 3:00pm: Scottish Ballet at the Gaillard Center
  • 8:00pm: Romantics Anonymous at Dock Street Theatre

We are big believers in starting date “night” in the middle of the day. A 3:00pm showing of Scottish Ballet‘s “blazing interpretation” (The Observer) of The Crucible kicks things off with plenty of passion and sensual storytelling. Following the Ballet, enjoy an early dinner reservation at a cozy downtown restaurant like Zero Restaurant + Bar or the newly re-opened 167 Raw, but save room for dessert! Romantics Anonymous at the historic Dock Street Theatre serves up some seriously sweet musical theater with a love story that takes place in a chocolate factory!

Romantics Anonymous photo by Steve Tanner

♥ Date Night #2: High-Flying Bewilderment and Midweek Musings 


  • 6:00pm: Machine de Cirque at Memminger Auditorium
  • 9:00pm: Steep Canyon Rangers at the Cistern Yard

Take your date night to the next level with this two-performance Wednesday-night itinerary! Leave your work stress at the office and head to Memminger Auditorium for the high-flying theatrics of Machine de Cirque. This contemporary circus troupe will leave you speechless thanks to their playful, poetic, and perfectly perilous world of breathtaking feats and live music. Following the excitement, grab a drink and bar nibbles before walking the short distance to the College of Charleston Cistern Yard, where you’ll both enjoy a magical evening under the oaks listening to bluegrass masters Steep Canyon Rangers.

Machine de Cirque photo by Emmanuel Burriel

♥ Date Night #3: Passion and a Power Couple


  • 2:00pm: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras at the Gaillard Center
  • 8:30pm: The War and Treaty at the Cistern Yard

Love is definitely in the air—and on stage—with this Sunday itinerary that matches fiery flamenco with passionate southern soul. Start with a matinee showing of the high drama and even faster footwork of Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras. Afterwards, take a romantic stroll downtown to the magnificent Cistern Yard for the Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring husband-and-wife duo The War and Treaty. As the sun sets, take your sweetheart’s hand and dance to the music under dreamy live oaks. Can you think of a better way to round out your Spoleto date night?

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras photo provided

I’m feeling the love. Let’s do it!

Tickets to these—and all—Festival performances are available online at or by phone at 843.579.3100. Remember: these are just suggested itineraries to show you what a Spoleto date night could look like. We encourage you to browse all of the Festival’s offerings and begin your own love story!

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NOTE: The 2020 Festival has been cancelled. For more information, click here.