April 21-22, 2018

Riverfront Park
N. Charleston, SC

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Join us in celebrating the best of Southern cuisine and culture with local chefs collaborating on their favorite dishes for a unique, family-style dining experience at High Water. At Pass the Peas, fans will enjoy locally crafted libations, artfully prepared and hand-selected food, as well as wines from Reeve Wines. This curated brunch series will have you breaking bread with Charleston’s finest in culinary arts.


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The Refuge returns for High Water 2018! This shaded retreat features offerings from Ghost Pines, Mother Rosé, Four Roses, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Blue Chair Bay Rum, and Charleston Mix. You can grab a drink, grab a bite to eat from local and regional eateries, or shop from a selection of handmade goods. Click below for full details on participating artisans, food trucks, & more!

We’re thrilled to bring back our kickoff party the Low Tide Social for a celebration of all things Charleston supported by Pabst Blue Ribbon! Join us for a low country boil from The Smoking Pot, fresh oysters courtesy of Seaborn Oyster Company, and delectable desserts, in addition to specialty cocktails crafted by some of Charleston’s most celebrated bartenders. Last but not least, expect a night of live music featuring some very special guests — all curated by Shovels & Rope.


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The Porch is back, but has a whole new feel thanks to our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company! In between shows take some time to relax in this shaded lounge stocked with vintage furniture & great brews. This year The Porch is featuring 6 craft beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company so that you can whet your whistle in style & in the shade!

Calling all oyster lovers (or those who want to be)! Seaborn Oyster Co. is bringing High Water Festival attendees four exclusive oyster education classes, teaching you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Charleston’s favorite bivalve! The one-hour class will introduce the basics of oysters and oyster-farming and will provide students with the skills and insight needed to shuck and enjoy oysters on their own.


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Amenities Include:

  • Access to all stages
  • Access to all food and bars (separately priced)
  • NOTE: General Admission Weekend Passes will be sold at each price level until that allotment is gone, at which time the price will move to the next price level. There is no difference in the tiers; it’s simply an incentive to purchase sooner rather than later.

Level 1: $119.50+fees

Level 2: $139.50+fees

Level 3: $159.50+fees


Amenities Include:

  • Priority entrance lane into the festival

  • Premium main stage viewing area

  • Free reserved parking near festival grounds

  • Exclusive lounge/hang area

  • Exclusive restroom trailers

  • Access to exclusive bar

  • Commemorative gift package


Amenities Include:

  • Locally crafted libations, artfully prepared and hand-selected food, as well as wines paired from around the world
  • NOTE: Pass the Peas tickets are now open to the public!



Amenities Include:

  • A meal of traditional low country boil prepared by The Smoking Pot

  • Fresh oysters from Seaborn Oyster Company *

  • Specialty cocktails by local guest bartenders *

  • Exclusive access to live music performances by curated by Shovels & Rope: Garage Cuban Band and Shrimp Records Family Band + special guests

  • Early access to High Water 2018 festival merchandise
  • NOTE: Low Tide Social tickets are available as an add-on during your festival pass purchasing process.

  • * = Available for an additional charge


Amenities Include:

  • Shuck and taste a dozen oysters from Seaborn Oyster Co.


Can’t swing a ticket to High Water this year? You’re in luck: we’re offering limited opportunities to earn a weekend pass by doing some good for the community!


Every March, Water Mission hosts its biggest fundraiser and advocacy event of the year – the Walk for Water.   Over 4,000 participants carry buckets of dirty water through the streets of Charleston to represent the walk that over a billion people make every day just to collect dirty water.  This year we’re hoping to see over 5,000 people walk with us on Saturday, March 17th.

In 2017, we had our most successful walk ever!  To make this possible, we had an incredible team of over 300 volunteers that supported every area of the Walk from setting up tents and tables in the early hours of the morning, to guiding over 2,000 cars into various parking lots, to distributing over 4,000 buckets, and even just giving our participants high fives and fist bumps to get them excited.  Our volunteers really made it happen.  

This year, we also have the opportunity to receive funding from the Cooper River Bridge Run. Whether you’re working one of the expo booths to raise awareness of Water Mission or handing out water to thirsty runners on the course, there are lots of fun ways to engage in this classic Charleston event.

Click the link below to view our available shifts and register to become a volunteer for the 2018 Walk for Water or Cooper River Bridge Run. Be sure to select the events that say “High Water Shift” to secure your spot in the ticket earning program. Together, we will create awesome events that help transform lives around the world!




Green Heart Buddy

Green Heart Buddies commit to one of our school garden programs and volunteer with participating students once a week for 12-week program. They are urban farmers, teachers and mentors for our students and our community.  They do not need any prior gardening experience, just a passion for the Green Heart Project’s mission and an eagerness to give back to their community.  Green Heart Buddies commit to 10-12 hours per semester.

Green Heart Crop Mob

The Green Heart Project Crop Mob is our community of volunteers that ensure our gardens classrooms are cared for and successful.  They can expect to plant, seed, prune, mulch, water, weed and take part in garden-based projects to ensure our gardens and outdoor classrooms are program-ready.  Crop Mob Members dedicate 10-12 hours per semester, working at our various garden sites. 




Cleanup events – Help protect your local creeks and rivers by removing trash and debris.

Oyster restoration – Help restore the integrity of our marshes by prepping bags of shell and building reefs.

Education events – Help inspire good stewardship and conservation of your waterways.

Outreach events – Help raise awareness in your community about the issues facing our waterways.


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Nonprofit Partners

Charleston Waterkeeper is an on-the-water defender working to protect Charleston’s waterways from pollution. Part scientist, part teacher, and part lawyer we are an independent community supported voice for clean, healthy local waterways. We work to protect and restore Charleston’s harbor, rivers, and tidal creeks. With a unique and effective boots-on-the-water approach our goal is to protect the public’s right to clean, healthy waterways for fishing and swimming.

Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for communities in need around the world.

The Green Heart Project is a Charleston-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds garden-based experiential learning projects and farm-to-school programs to educate students, connect people and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food.


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