Summer Festivals, From Spam to Lebowski

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-23T22:19:53Z

Photograph Courtesy Spoleto Festival

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Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina/May 25-June 10

Considered one of the top performing arts festivals, Spoleto was founded in 1977 as a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. Here, you can view performances at about 10 Charleston venues, as well as at the Cistern, an outdoor grassy area at the College of Charleston. See a variety of music, dance, theater and opera -- about 135 events in all -- including "Kepler," an opera about the astronomer and mathematician.

Price: Tickets are for individual performances and run from $15 to $130.