Charleston’s Best Summer Events by Factory at Garco

The summertime is always full of fun events here in Charleston! Surrounded by some of the best restaurants and bar experiences, as well as natural adventures, you can fill your schedule with the best events in Park Circle when you live at Factory at Garco apartments.

Take a look at some of the summer events happening at the Factory:

June 11 | Grab-A-Joe on the go! Residents will be greeted on their way to work at the front entrance of the community with a cup of hot energy to start off the work week

June 22 | Factory Residents Night Out at Southern Roots. Enjoy free appetizers while rocking out to live music at our favorite local BBQ joint! Residents can bring their Factory badges for discounted drinks also!

June 29 | Southern Soiree. Hela your dance fever with a little shag dance lessons. Meet us under the stars for free s’mores by the fire pit to dance the night away sipping free cocktails!

Charleston Events:

June 23 | Charleston Rum Fest at Memminger Auditorium 

Enjoy this event with 20 distilleries, 15 local chefs, a live DJ, games, costumes contests and free rum samples!

Every Wednesday until August, Beach Movie Night

Enjoy Classic movies on the big screen at Folly Beach every Wednesday. Check out the website for times and movie schedule:

4th of July Fest at Riverfront Park 

This event features live music, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors and of course, fireworks! Pack your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the biggest firework show in the Lowcountry.

July 20 | 2018 Charleston Margarita Festival 

This Margarita festival is supposed to be bigger than ever! It’s a sellout event with delicious margs, great food, beer and music at the beautiful waterfront park, Brittlebank Park.

August 26 | SC Reggae Jerk and Wine Festival

Wonderful celebration of Jamaica’s Reggae Music and Jerk Foods paired with wine at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

We hope to see you at some of the exciting events this summer, don’t forget to tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured online!

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Your Guide to Charleston Farmers Markets

Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients or a new piece of artwork, the farmers market is the perfect spot to relax on the weekends near your home at Factory at Garco apartments. Choose from a vibrant selection of local produce, gather freshly picked flowers, or try some eclectic food truck bites. You can stock up on honey, baked goods and locally-produced snacks while you’re there, and it’s always worth the weekly trip to enjoy the sights and familiar faces.

Marion Square Farmers Market (http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/) is open every Saturday, offering unique Charleston artisan crafts and locally sourced produce, baked goods, jewelry and souvenirs. You can always find live music or dancing, as well as a food truck rally to pick up some tasty bites!

North Charleston Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and it’s only a short ride from your home at Seaside Grove! Stroll through Downtown Columbia to find fresh produce, beer & wine, local art, clothing, and handmade crafts vendors, food trucks, and live music performed between 5 to 7 p.m. Grab some friends, including your furry ones, and join your neighbors to have fun in this special part of Charleston!

4 Can’t Miss Spring Events In Charleston, SC

spring events in Charleston

Cork Shuckin Festival

When: 2/10/2018

Located at the Firefly Distillery from 10am-5pm, this Cork Shuckin Festival is an extravaganza you won’t want to miss.

What You’ll Get:

-Local Oyster Buckets & Lowcountry Boil

-Live Music From McKenna Andrews & The Lauren Hall Band

-Craft Beer From Lowtide Brewing

-Food Trucks: Coastal Crust, Chucktown Mobile Seafood, Dave N’ Dubs, El Pincho, Grill Force 1, & Sweet Lulu’s Bakery

Pork & Pearls 2018

When: 2/24/2018

Where: The Grand Lawn at Volvo Car Stadium. 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492

What’s better than oysters & BBQ? You have until February 24th to give an alternative answer, otherwise it’s time to get ready for the 9th annual Pork & Pearls. Not only is it great food and fun, it’s one of the largest fundraisers for the Windwood Family Services, a cause that helps fight against child neglect and abuse in South Carolina. Along with delectable bites, there’s live music, adult libations and a wide array of activities in the kid’s zone.

Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run & Wonderfest

When: 4/6/2018

Where: Hampton Park. 30 Mary Murray Dr., Charleston, SC 29403

Looking for a way to give your kids a chance to burn off some of that never-ending energy? Take them to The Kids Run & Wonderfest, held in Hampton Park the day before the annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Kids up to 13 years of age and families are welcome to partake. Activities like Face Painting, Jump Castles, Petting Zoo, and more are sure to make it a memorable day.

Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk

When: 4/7/2018

Where: Charleston, SC

Averaging 40,000 participants per year, the Cooper River Bridge Run is the 3rd largest 10k in the US. Raising money for 15 donations by runners and fundraising events throughout the year, this marathon is an excellent opportunity to test your physical and mental health while also giving back. World-class competition flocks to Charleston to participate, but that doesn’t mean amateurs aren’t welcome to undertake this run as well. So put on this running shoes and get out there!

Charleston’s Best Bites During Restaurant Week SC

Every year, we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. Factory residents can discover new flavors throughout Charleston’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.

Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by Factory that you won’t want to miss!

  1. The Community Pizza House – Craft pizza, craft beer, it’s so much to love! Located in the Tanger Outlets, just 8 minutes away from your Factory home, our leasing team just can’t get enough! You and your guest can enjoy lunch for just $20 or dinner for $30 (dessert included). If you ask us, it’s a steal!
  2. Lotus – This is the definition of a classy dinner with convenience! Yummy Vietnamese cuisine is just a 5 minute walk from our beautiful community and will not disappoint! Our leasing consultant Josh recommends the “PHO BO” entrée and it just happens to be an option for the special “3 courses for $20.” Let us know how you like it!
  3. Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse – Can’t decide what you have a taste for? The Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse might be the perfect choice. If you have never been, you have to try out this unique dining experience! Good thing they are less than 10 minutes from your Factory home because you might need a nap instead of dessert! They are offering an ALL YOU CAN EAT special for just $30!

The Factory team will never get tired of expressing how much we love our location! We are just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, so the list goes on and on (66 more to be exact!) You can check out the link below to decide what your favorite options would be! Feel free to share with us! Happy Charleston Restaurant Week from your Factory team!

Top Winter Events in Charleston

Top Winter Events in Charleston

1. Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park | November 10th to January 1st
Named in the “10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America”, this is definitely a favorite of Charleston locals and surrounding areas. Gather your family and friends, as you pay by the car and prepare for 3 miles full of beautiful Christmas lights. You’ll also be able to park and walk through lights, roast marshmallows, meet Santa himself and enjoy mouth-watering treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.

2. 2017 New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise | Sunday, December 31st from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
If you already have plans for Christmas Holidays, don’t forget about New Years! Bring romance to your New Year’s celebration with the SpiritLine Dinner Cruise. Executive Chef, Shawn Eustace will prepare a four course dinner and will be served by attentive wait staff. There will be live music perfect for dancing with your partner or friend on both decks and a champagne toast at midnight.

3. Great Russian Nutcracker Performance at The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center | Saturday, December 9th
Moscow ballet is coming to the North Charleston Coliseum located just 10 minutes from your Factory home! The award-winning artists, over 40 professional dancers, stunning hand-painted sets and hand-made costumes make up the classic Great Russian Nutcracker that everyone will be entertained by.

4. Holiday Parade of Boats | Saturday, December 9th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This event allows people of the Lowcountry to enjoy a parade of boats decorated with colorful lights along the Charleston waterfront. This family friendly event is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition. The party will be catered with a cash bar as well!

There is always something happening nearby the Factory at Garco, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!

5 Fall Events in Park Circle You Don’t Want to Miss!

We are so ready for fall at The Factory! All of the biggest festivals and events in North Charleston happen right here in Park Circle. That’s why we are so excited about our great location, we can get there with just a 5-minute walk!

Nov. 4th: Park Circle will kick off their 5th annual Rockabillaque Festival on Saturday at 11 a.m. Come enjoy an action-packed day of fun to include a classic car and vintage motorcycle show, live music, tattoo competitions, Miss Rockabillaque pin-up contest and more! Our Factory team will also have their big orange tent set up, come say hi! Continue reading

Residents’ Top 7 Restaurants in Park Circle

Ditch the car and walk to happy hour! We are lucky to have such a prime location for the best food spots in North Charleston all under a 10-minute walk from our apartments. Park Circle is a haven for every beer-loving or food-adventurer out there, and we’ve named a list of the Top 7 places residents love to eat! Have you tried one of these spots before?

 

1. Fratellos Italian Tavern (7 min walk)
2. DIG in the Park (6 min walk)
3. LoLa (6 min walk)
4. Lotus (6 min walk)
5. Sesame Burger (9 min walk)
6. Madra Rua (7 min walk)
7. Yobo (6 min walk)

 

Our property is close to a variety of fun places to socialize, meet new people and try some amazing food that Park Circle is famous for.

Come by our offices today and find out how you can live in the most convenient spot in North Charleston!

The Right Way to Celebrate Football Season in Charleston

It’s time to dust off your college football jerseys and freshen up on your trash talking… College football season has arrived! We’re getting ready to kick off this season by highlighting our favorite places to catch the game and the best ways to celebrate your beloved team! Whether you’re a Gamecock, Clemson, or Citadel Bulldogs fan, we have some perfect places for you to spend your game nights:

Where to Watch

There’s nothing like watching a game with fellow fans! Here are a few local spots that bring celebrating to the next level: Continue reading

How to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse in Charleston

Millions of visitors will flood to South Carolina to watch the solar eclipse from all around the nation. The path of totality will pass through Columbia, Greenville and Charleston where there will be one to two minutes of blackout! When the eclipse comes, where will you be?

 

Here are a few other local spots hosting eclipse events:

  1. Isle of Palms will be hosting a viewing party on Front Beach, starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be music, educational events and lots of children’s activities. Pick up your special glasses when you arrive!
  2. Riverdogs Stadium: Meet up at The Joe to hear from special guests from NASA, enjoy some baseball and beer! The gates open at 1p.m. for early entrance to the 2:48 p.m. eclipse viewing and stay for the game! The Charleston Riverdogs will be playing against the Augusta Green Jackets!
  3. Daniel Island MUSC Stadium: Now this should be a huge party! There will be fun for the whole family with live streams of the eclipse, a kid zone, local food, a full bar, live entertainment and much more! There will be an $8 admission for most but military, first responders and anyone under 12 years of age gets in free. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

 

We hope that you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon and will be ready to celebrate in your lovely eclipse glasses this August 21st!

Local Dog-Friendly Activities

There are plenty of options for dog-lovers who want to chase after some fun. Here are a few ideas to show you the best spots for a doggone amazing time!

 

1. Our wonderful location in Park Circle: We are so stoked to be right in the heart of Park Circle! There are areas, parks and restaurant patios that are pet friendly perfect! Almost all of the restaurants on East Montague offer an outdoor patio area so your pets can enjoy some fresh air while you get your grub on.

 

2. Riverfront Park is a wonderful greenspace to take your pup for a walk, as well as the circle itself. It’s also the perfect place for a picnic!

 

3. Paws on the Patio Event: Happy hour with your pup?! Yes please, and it’s for a good cause! Support The Charleston Animal Society at the Paws on the Patio Event! Bring your fury friends and enjoy happy hour on the patio at Burtons Grill. With the purchase of your ticket, you will receive two drink tickets, plus an appetizer buffet. This event is held on the second Thursday of every month. Buy your tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paws-on-the-patio-to-benefit-charleston-animal-society-tickets-33661791324

 

4. Adventure Harbor Tours are a must-do in Charleston, plus they don’t make you leave your pups at home! They offer private boat charters, sunset boat cruises, field trips and other boat tours. Find more info at: https://adventureharbortours.com/

 

5. IOP and Folly Beach are both pet friendly beaches. They are both less than 20 minutes from your Factory home and also offer off-leash hours in the summer and winter months.

 

6. If your pet love is for cats instead, there is a Pounce Cat Café in downtown Charleston. Indulge in wine and pastries while you are around the purrfect company! The coolest thing about this place? They are partnered with the Charleston Animal Society. If you happen to fall in love with one, you can adopt them and take them home!

 

We hope you found some inspiration for the next adventure! Have fun exploring all of the convenient opportunities to enjoy a nice day out with your pet!

Summer Date Night Ideas

It’s time to ditch your routine movie night and bring some adventure into your date nights with exciting specials happening around Factory at Garco this summer! July is full of fun events and deals, so take a look at some of our recommendations and treat your date to something new.

I’m sure we can all agree, it has been HOT! If you would like a chance to get out the July heat AND win over your date, try ice skating! The Carolina Ice Palace is a great place to skate hand-in-hand while keeping cool, and it’s only a 13-minute drive from your place in Park Circle!

What’s better than rolling out of bed and grabbing breakfast with your significant other on a Saturday morning? Junction Kitchen offers a delicious breakfast menu and is only 3 minutes from your Factory apartment! Don’t worry about the time, take a few extra snuggles, they serve breakfast all day! Continue reading

A Factory Fourth of July

Have you made your Fourth of July plans yet? If you live at The Factory, your apartment is just minutes away from some of the most exciting holiday happenings in town!

The City of North Charleston will be hosting its annual Fourth of July Festival to celebrate the nation at Riverfront Park. This event could not be better…or bigger! The festival holds the record for largest Fourth of July firework show in the Lowcountry!

There will be entertainment for the whole family with a DJ and live bands performing throughout the evening, bounce castles, a giant sandbox, plus almost 20 food trucks.

The best part? This nearby event is FREE! Pedal your Factory bike down to the park, or bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets. The event starts on July 4 at 3:00 pm.

Can’t wait to see all of our residents there!

Memorial Day Weekend

Wondering what to do over the long weekend? Your team at The Factory has got you covered with tons of great tips on what to do at your apartment, in Park Circle, and throughout Charleston!

On Friday evening, Factory residents are starting off Memorial Day Weekend with America’s pastime at the Charleston RiverDogs baseball game! The game against the Greenville Drive starts at 7:05 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (or, ‘the Joe’). Factory apartment residents and staff will be there in our orange Factory sunglasses. If you’re going to the game, come say hi! Continue reading

North Charleston Farmers Market

Have plans next Thursday? What about the Thursday after that? If you’re anything like us, we’re pretty sure the answer is yes—and that the plan involves you at the North Charleston Farmers Market.

The best part? The North Charleston Farmers Market happens at Park Circle, so you’re just two minutes away at your Factory apartment! In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables from Joseph Fields Farm, Fields Farm, and Frank Simmons Farm, the market has activities for kids, live music, and a featured food truck every Thursday. Continue reading

Factory Fav: Lotus

An apartment at The Factory puts you right in the center of everything Park Circle has to offer. And considering that Park Circle is one of the hottest spots in the Charleston area, it has a LOT to offer!

With our Factory Favorites series, we’ll tell you about some of our favorite area restaurants, shops, and hangout spots. In this edition, we’re featuring Park Circle’s favorite spot for Vietnamese, Lotus.

Lotus is just a five-minute walk from your apartment at The Factory and it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or drinks! The atmosphere is classy and upscale, but the prices are totally reasonable. You’ll get fresh ingredients in all the delicious Vietnamese classics they prepare, and the cocktail menu is inspired!

We recommend going for dinner and sitting outside to enjoy your meal al fresco!

What’s your favorite restaurant in Park Circle? Let us know on social media!

May Events

spring events in Charleston

April showers bring…May events! From sporting events to food festivals, there’s something everyone can enjoy in the Charleston area this May. Check out some of The Factory team’s favorite upcoming activities:

May 2: RiverDogs Game

It’s baseball season! Buy seam peanuts and crackerjacks and root for Charleston’s home team, the RiverDogs! The team will be playing its first home game of the month against Lakewood. Leaving from your apartment at The Factory, you’ll be at the stadium in under 20 minutes. Continue reading

Get Outside!

With Earth Day this weekend, The Factory wants to take a minute to remind you of some of the incredible parks in our area. With our apartments’ location in Park Circle, it’s no wonder we’re near some of the most beautiful parks, gardens, and outdoor activities in the Charleston area.

If you’ve never visited the Park Circle Butterfly Garden, you are missing out! The butterfly garden is full of beautiful, well-maintained plants that attract tons of gorgeous butterflies. It’s a peaceful spot to enjoy the beauty of nature just a few blocks away from your apartment at The Factory! If the butterflies and plants aren’t enough to reel you in, the Park Circle Butterfly Garden is also home to the North Charleston Farmers Market starting in May! Continue reading

April Events

Spring is in full swing in Park Circle! We are so excited for our first spring at The Factory; we know our apartment residents are too! There’s a lot going on this April both on the property and in the community. Here are some of the April events we’re most looking forward to: Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Celebrations!

While there’s never a shortage of fun activities in Park Circle, the St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and Parade might be the biggest and most fun of all.

Now in its fourteenth year, the celebration on Saturday, March 11 is the largest of its kind in the Lowcountry. The City of North Charleston shuts down East Montague Avenue from Virginia Ave to Jenkins Ave for the parade starting at noon and the party that follows. There will be three stages with all-day live music, food and drink vendors, a kid’s zone, and more. Continue reading

March Calendar

Spring is just around the corner, and with The Factory’s fantastic Park Circle location, your apartment can be just around the corner from your favorite spring events!

While there’s something to do every day in the Charleston area, here are just a few of our favorite upcoming March events: Continue reading

Preferred Employer Program

The Factory offers a discounted move-in rate for members of the armed services, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and employees of some of the largest companies in the Charleston area through our Preferred Employer Program.

As an employee of one of these companies, you will have a combined application and reservation fee of just $99 for your apartment! That’s a savings of more than $200; it’s our way of thanking these employees for choosing to live at The Factory Apartments. Continue reading

Factory Fav: Fratello’s

One of our favorite things about The Factory is its stellar location. Park Circle is one of the most popular and most exciting places in the Charleston region; we’re so excited for our apartment residents to get to know the area!

Park Circle is known for its. One of our favorites is Fratello’s Italian Tavern, located on East Montague Avenue just a few doors down from The Factory Apartments. Continue reading

Taste and Tour: The Factory Open House

Join us at The Factory!

Whether you’ve watched the apartments go up from the beginning or you’ve just spotted them in Park Circle, we want you to come explore what The Factory has to offer.

That’s why we’re hosting a ‘Taste and Tour’ of The Factory on Saturday, February 11. Join our friendly staff and CARES Team anytime from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to enjoy food from Park Circle’s favorite Italian restaurant, Fratello’s, and check out The Factory. Continue reading

February in Park Circle

The Factory’s location in Park Circle is hard to beat. No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something exciting going on in our neighborhood. Of course, having an onsite CARES Team at The Factory to host events also helps! Whether you’re new to the area or a Charleston native, The Factory team wants to help you experience all that Park Circle has to offer this February! Check out some of our top events for the month: Continue reading