Spoleto Festival USA season kicks off with annual auction

The 35th annual Spoleto Festival USA Auction.

Traditionally considered the beginning of the Spoleto Festival USA season, Memminger Auditorium will be transformed into a 1920s-era night spot for its 37th annual auction. Dubbed “A Night at the Charleston Club,” the event will include cocktails, a seated dinner, an exclusive performance by the Joe Clarke Big Band and dancing. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to bid in a live and silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the festival’s orchestra-in-residence. An online auction that runs through Feb. 15 also will be offered; find out more at spoletoauction.com. The auction is black-tie optional, with 1920s-themed attire encouraged. The 39th season of Spoleto Festival USA will run May 22-June 7.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $150 for open seating, $250 for preferred seating

For more info: spoletousa.org or 720-1114