Bring the family out to the First Flush Festival for entertainment, food and drinks, live music from the Avett Brothers, Stop Light Observations, and more.
Don’t be fooled by the name: this show refers not to the john, the can, or indeed the pot. The “first flush” is the growth of new leaves on tea plants every spring, and, to tell you the truth, we can’t think of a better excuse for a festival than to commemorate good, ol’ honest tea. This is the eighth year that the Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s only tea plantation, will host the First Flush Festival to celebrate the new harvest with a killer musical lineup. This year’s headliners are North Carolina’s darlings the Avett Brothers, and they’ll be preceded by local and regional favorites including Stop Light Observations, Atlas Road Crew, Tyler Boone Band, Luke Cunningham Band, and tons more. Crowds will gather by the sprawling live oaks of beautiful Wadmalaw Island for a day of music, art, and food trucks galore. The festivities will feature two stages plus a kids area, and young’uns eight and under can go free of charge since the day is designed to be fun for the whole family. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY