High Water Festival 2022 Recap

A successful celebration of music, food and liberations

It was a beautiful weekend for the High Water Festival which took place this past weekend, April 23rd-24th, in North Charleston South Carolina at Riverfront Park. The sun was shining and temperatures were right around 80 degrees all day and in the low 70’s at night.

The festival, which attracted a sold out crowd of 15,000 attendees, was a weekend experience of music, food and liberations curated by Shovels & Rope, who are a local Charleston, SC American folk duo composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.

Those in attendance ranged from young to old. And there was plenty to do for all. Many enjoyed a relaxing day lounging on blankets along the riverfront while listen to music from over 20 bands that performed on two stages over the course of the weekend with headliners My Morning Jacket on Saturday night and Jack White closing out the weekend on Sunday night. Other musical acts included Cedric Burnside, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Palm Palm, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sharon Van Etten, Modest Mouse, Caamp, Black Pumas, and Shovels & Rope.

In between performances, many in attendance strolled through The Market, featuring local craft vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry and leather goods to t-shirts that save the environment, as well as festival and artist merch. The Market was situated along the Riverfront providing a beautiful backdrop for shopping.


And everyone enjoyed the culinary experience showcasing the tastiest flavors around. The Refuge was the place for a bite to eat from local and regional eateries and The Porch was a great place to grab a cold brew or cocktail. Plus, there were several Oyster Education Class, taught by the bivalve kings of Seaborn Oyster Co. which provided instruction on how to shuck and enjoy the perfect oyster.


Be sure to check out all the great photo memories below of the 2022 festival. And make sure to subscribe for the High Water Festival mailing list on their website so you can be notified once the festival gets announced for next year. This is certainly an annual festival you don’t want to miss! We had so much fun that we are already planning our return for next year.

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