Things to Do Around Charleston this September

This September, venture out with the family or friends to enjoy the fall weather and take advantage of local community events happening all around Charleston. Below are a few Charleston-area celebrations that we recommend.

  • Cast-Off Fishing Tournaments on the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers: On Sept. 1, head to the Mount Pleasant Pier to take part in a friendly fishing tournament. On Sept. 29, the tournament takes place at Folly Beach Pier.Charleston
  • Wine Down Wednesdays at Old Towne Creek County Park: For a relaxing night out with friends, head to the Old Towne Creek County Park on Sept. 5 and Sept. 9 to enjoy tasty local food, wine, and live music.
  • Charleston Restaurant Week: This year, Charleston Restaurant Week takes place Sept. 5-16 and showcases delicious local fare, from quick bites to fine dining. Come out to taste the local flavors! Charleston Beer Week takes place concurrently from Sept. 7-15, and you won’t want to miss it.
  • MOJA Arts Festival: Taking place from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, the MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. The festival will feature live music, dance, theatre, visual arts galleries, and more. Many of the events are free, making it very family-friendly.

Of course, if you find you need a new or pre-owned vehicle to attend these events, come and visit us at Palmetto Ford.

2018 Ford Shelby Super Snake Arrives With More Power

The Ford Mustang isn’t a lightweight when it comes to performance, but now the Shelby team has outdone themselves. The 2018 Ford Shelby Super Snake arrives with more power than ever before. The team went beyond creating a muscle car and created what very well could become an American legend.

The Super Snake package has been available since 2015, but it’s never featured this kind of performance. A Mustang equipped with the package will boast a minimum of 710 hp. Opting for the top performance upgrade will net drivers more than 800 hp and a 0-to-60-mph of just 3.5 seconds.

The 2018 Ford Shelby Super Snake rolls out on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with an available track suspension and wide-body kit. Brembo® brakes provide the utmost stopping power, and trust us when we say this sports car will need it.

Even without the package, the Ford Shelby Super Snake is a sight to behold. The tuned muscle car bears a striking stare with a front splitter, side sills, and rear spoiler. The performance-themed monster of a muscle car will feature unique serial numbers and a spot in the Official Shelby Registry.2018 Ford Shelby Super Snake It should come as no surprise that the 2018 Ford Shelby Super Snake will see a limited production run.

Of course, we likely won’t see the Super Snake on our dealership lot, but we do have the already powerful and sporty Mustang on our lot for a test drive here at Palmetto Ford.

Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel Comes With Best-In-Class Efficiency

The 2018 Ford F-150 is the latest in a long line of popular, unstoppable pickup trucks from Ford, and now drivers have a new and more efficient option when it comes to engines. With an available 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine under the hood, Ford F-150 owners now have access to all-new power and capability – as well as fuel economy. The Ford F-150 diesel engine was recently rated by the EPA to have a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and a staggering 30 mpg on the highwayPower Stroke diesel.*

 

This fuel rating is possible due to the 2018 Ford F-150’s lightweight aluminum-alloy body construction and a new, smooth-shifting 10-speed SelectShift ® automatic transmission. Additionally, the Power Stroke diesel engine itself is made from aluminum and graphite for a lighter build.

 

The 3.0-liter diesel engine also offers a best-in-class power rating of 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to tow up to 11,400 pounds. The engine shares its technology with the F-Series Super Duty’s new 6.7-liter diesel engine, which makes the Super Duty trucks the most powerful heavy-duty pickup available on the market.

 

Models of the 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine option will begin shipping to dealers in May of this year, so make sure to come out to Palmetto Ford to try them out for yourself.

 

*EPA-estimated.

Celebrate Good Taste at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival

A fun community atmosphere, gourmet food, and a variety of wine samples await you at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. This annual celebration of good taste will take place from February 28 until March 4, 2018, and interested parties can attend more than 21 various events in a packed schedule that was lovingly put together by a passionate group of culinary enthusiasts. Now in its 13th season, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is feeling lucky this year regardless, featuring a steadily growing world-class event.

 Charleston Wine and Food Festival

The guest list for the festival ranges from reputable chefs from all over the world to local favorites, farmers, and experts. There are also a number of difference experiences offered, from the central “Culinary Village,” to dining events at local restaurants, to brunches and beverage workshops, and even educational classes on Charleston cuisine. The festival is also mission-based, which means you can feel good about buying a ticket: 92 cents of every dollar the event makes goes towards funding the festival’s community efforts and giving back.

There are a number of packages for guests who want the full experience of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival (that would include several of us at Palmetto Ford), but you can also just as easily check out the online schedule and buy tickets for the events you want to attend a la carte. The choice is yours.

Check Out the 35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to see 80,000 lb of oysters in the same place, then the 35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the place to be! Now in its 35th year, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the largest in the world. The event features everything from live music to oyster eating contests. Trust us when we say this is an event you don’t want to miss out on!

Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival features Oyster Shucking and Oyster Eating contests of the likes you’ve probably never seen before.

In addition to spectating the contests, attendees will enjoy live music, plenty of wine, a wonderful selection of beers, and a food court that features delicacies from local restaurants—one of Palmetto FordLowcountry Oyster Festival’s favorite features. A children’s area is available for use and ensures that kids can have a fun time at the festival while staying out of harm’s way.

Proceeds from the Lowcountry Oyster Festival will benefit The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston Country Schools Science Materials and Resource Center, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Pay a visit to Boone Hall Plantation on January 28th to enjoy some fresh oysters and support a good cause!

Experience the Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston

One of the best parts of the holiday season is seeing all the beautiful decorations – especially the shimmering lights that are sure to put everyone in a mood of Christmas cheer. The Holiday Festival of Lights, taking place here in Charleston at James Island County Park, was rated by TripAdvisor as “one of the best holiday light shows in the country,” so it’s a can’t-miss light show this season. Round up your loved ones and head out anytime between November 10th and January 1st to see the lights.

Holiday Festival of Lights

 About the Event

Entry is only $20 per vehicle all week for groups of 15 or less, with the admission price increasing depending on the size of your group and whether you go on a weekday or weekend. However, you can get a discount if you bring a donation of canned food or dog/cat food with you Monday-Thursday. Not only that, but seeing the lights aren’t the only thing to do at the Holiday Festival of Lights. A holiday train ride, sand sculpture, carousel, visits with Santa Claus, and even Santa’s Sweet Shoppe all await you at the festival.

The Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston is running now. Come bring out your family and friends for an amazing holiday experience.

Charleston Historic Tours for a Unique View into the City’s Past

Fall is the perfect time to see more than just beautiful foliage. If you’re in the Charleston area, there’s no better time of year to get out and experience the amazing local history and architecture. Until October 29th, the Preservation Society of Charleston offers a variety of tours of the area’s most historically significant and beautiful properties. Here are some of Palmetto Ford’s favorite Charleston historic tours you can check out this fall.

Charleston historic tours

Four for $40

If you’re short on time or cash, these tours are for you. Abbreviated and inexpensive, these are a great option for those who want to quickly learn about the history of an amazing city.

Living History Lunch Lecture

Prefer to eat while you learn? This lecture series combines great food at 82 Queen and engaging presence who will entertain you with stories about Charleston’s past and present while you eat.

Amazing Building of Charleston Walking Tour

If you really want to delve into the architecture of Charleston and how it relates to the history of a nation, be sure to catch one of these tours. This is a great way to spend a wonderful afternoon in Charleston. Just remember to wear your walking shoes!

Discover something new this fall! Check out these awesome Charleston historic tours and you’ll see your city in a whole new light.

 

Don’t Miss the Annual Spoleto Festival

Annual Spoleto FestivalIf you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.

 

The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.

 

This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.