Summer has arrived in the Holy City, and July is the perfect time to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in Charleston’s vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply seeking relaxation, there’s something for everyone in this captivating city. We have put this short list of events in July in Charleston together so you can get started on building the perfect itinerary for a summer visit to Charleston.
When: July 4th, 2023 Where: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant
Join one of the city’s favorite traditions and celebrate the holiday with live music, food trucks, and a fireworks show over the Charleston Harbor. Take in the views of the amazing fireworks display from the grassy area of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum with friends and family in this must-see event. Spend the entire day venturing into the museum and wrapping up the show with the fireworks celebration at 9:20 p.m.
When: July 7, 2023 | 7-10 pm
Where: Folly Beach Pier | 101 E. Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach
After nearly two years of construction, the Folly Beach Pier has reopened, and with it comes the return of the popular Moonlight Mixers event. This event welcomes people of all ages and will feature music and dancing from all genres as families gather and watch the sunset at the beach and enjoy the Charleston evening breeze. Enjoy a night of fun and dancing under the stars!
When: July 9, 2023 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston
Enjoy exploring King Street without traffic! You will find carefully curated artists showing their work on the street, unique food vendors, and other surprises! Enjoy discovering shops you might not have noticed before!
When: Home games throughout July
Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston
Get the family together, head to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and enjoy Charleston’s Minor League Baseball team! From waterfront stadium views to an array of food and drink vendors, a Charleston RiverDogs game makes for the perfect summer night. Also, check out their promotions page to see what special-themed nights they have going on this month. Tickets for the 2023 season are on sale now!
When: July 8 & 9, 2023
Where: Charleston Music Hall | 37 John St., Charleston
Sing and dance along to classic hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s in this spectacular summer show featuring some of the most gifted performers. Whether it’s Neil Diamond or Stevie Wonder, this show highlights some of the greatest songs from each decade. The performance will include more than two dozen hits and has three shows for guests. Tickets are now available for purchase.
When: July 22, 2023 at 8 a.m.
Where: 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston
This annual event in Charleston is fairly new but has quickly become a popular summertime favorite. Starting at the Citadel track, this 5k runs straight through Hampton Park. Watch as families pour in with dogs and strollers to cheer on the runners as they conquer what is known as the “hottest 5k in town!”
When: July 22, 2023
Where: 85 Patriots Point Road, Charleston
Join Charleston’s professional soccer club as they host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this July. Families gather from all over Charleston to cheer on the men with each home game having a specific theme. This “Summer Nights “ theme will feature $3 beer starting at 7:30 pm.
When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am-2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston
You will find a variety of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers, as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live music, and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans every Saturday at the market.
When: July 27, 2023
Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston
Celebrate 250 years of what is now the Charleston Museum with a special exhibit featuring the earliest collections from the museum. In the “Early Days” gallery, items from before the American Revolution to the late twentieth century will be on display. Guests have the opportunity to join Curator of History Chad Stewart for the story of the origin of the Charleston Museum.
When: July 28, 2023
Where: South Carolina Aquarium | 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston
To conclude the JuLIonFish Derby, the South Carolina Aquarium is hosting this 21+ event that includes live music, a silent auction, and lionfish demos and tastings. Try small delights from local restaurants as well as beer and wine. Proceeds from the festival will go to the South Carolina Aquarium Reef Research, which generates awareness about opportunities for a sustainable and balanced ocean.
When: July 30, 2023
Where: Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston
Firefly Distillery is hosting a stellar lineup of concerts that began in May. Firefly’s outdoor venue in Park Circle is bringing big names like Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Fleet Foxes, and Shakey Graves this year. Enjoy American blended whiskey cocktails at the new Bend & Steal Whiskey bar or local food truck fare. All ages are welcome with General Admission and VIP ticket options. Bring blankets, but no dogs, outside food or drink, or chairs. Clear bags only and concerts happen rain or shine. The Distillery closes at 3 p.m. on concert dates.