Friday, May 24-Monday, May 27, 2024

Things to Do This Weekend in Charleston

It’s Memorial Weekend, and whether you’re a local resident or a visitor soaking up the Southern charm, there’s something for everyone this weekend! Charleston offers a delightful smorgasbord of activities to create unforgettable memories. This post is your curated guide to the best things to do in Charleston this weekend, so dive in and start planning your fun-filled Charleston adventure!

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Sunset Serenade

When: Friday, May 24, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Where: U.S. Custom House | 200 East Bay St., Charleston, SC

Head to the steps of the landmark US Custom House for a free concert to launch the 2024 Piccolo Spoleto Festival! The Sunset Serenade will feature the Charleston Symphony under the direction of Artistic Director, Yuriy Bekker and vocalist Kyaunnee Richardson. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy a lively night of music under the stars. Click here for additional Spoleto events.

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The Atlantic Cup

When: Friday, May 24 2024 | 12:00 pm

Where: Charleston Maritime Center | 10 Wharfside St., Charleston, SC

Mark your calendars! The Atlantic Cup, the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to Class40 boats, returns after a six-year hiatus. This year’s competition kicks off May 25th in Charleston, South Carolina and concludes June 7th in Portland, Maine. The course features a stop-over in Newport, Rhode Island, and replaces the traditional inshore series with a double-handed coastal racing format for 2024.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

When: Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 8 am-2 pm

Where: Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston, SC

Stock up on fresh, local goodness and discover handmade treasures this and every Saturday at the Charleston Market! Browse a vibrant array of seasonal produce, blooming plants, fragrant herbs, and stunning cut flowers. Fuel your shopping spree with delicious breakfast and lunch options from local vendors. While you’re there, enjoy live entertainment and find unique keepsakes from talented local artisans. The Market offers a delightful experience for all your senses!

Weekend Wine Down

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Where: Deep Water Vineyard | 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC

Escape to the vineyard for a day of fun, flavor, and community spirit! Sample delicious wines, draft meads, and other libations like beer, mimosas, bloody marys, and refreshing wine slushies (tastings begin at 10 AM). There will also be live music throughout the day by Krystal Halvorson and Willis & Breuner. Grab lunch from one of the food trucks, and don’t forget to browse unique gifts from local vendors while enjoying lawn games and a special blessing from a local clergy member. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of Folds of Honor, a national charity supporting families of fallen and disabled military service members. Reserve your parking spot in advance for just $10 per car (price jumps to $5 per person on the day of the event).

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Back Porch Jams

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 6:30 pm

Where: Firefly Distillery | 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston, SC

Calling all music lovers! Don’t miss Back Porch Jams at Firefly Distillery this Saturday, May 25th featuring The Midnight City, an alternative pop indie band from Charleston! Grab your tickets now at City Paper Tickets. The fun starts at 5:30pm (doors open) with music at 6:30pm. It’s an all-ages event (kids 12 & under are free!), perfect for a night under the stars. Bring your chairs and blankets, but please leave Fido and outside food/drinks at home. Food trucks will be on-site (Rocket Burger & Big Daddy’s Loco) to satisfy your cravings. Remember, the distillery closes at 4pm (last tasting at 3:30pm) and the concert is weather dependent. See you there!
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Grand Opening: Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 10:00 am

Where: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum | 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC

The Medal of Honor Museum located on the USS Yorktown in Charleston reopens its doors on May 25th, 2024 after a major renovation. This national museum tells the stories of America’s heroes, the Medal of Honor recipients. The grand opening celebration features meet-and-greets with Medal of Honor recipients, living history reenactors, and special giveaways. Museum admission grants access to both the Medal of Honor Museum and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

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Brunch Cruise

When: Sunday, May 26, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Where: Charleston Princess-Maritime Center | 11 Isabella St., Unit B. Charleston, SC

Set sail for a delicious brunch aboard the Charleston Princess! Enjoy a gourmet spread of local favorites, narrated harbor highlights, and stunning views of Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, and more. It’s a perfect morning adventure for friends and family.

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Einstein

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 12:00-3:00 pm

Where: Cannon Street Arts Center | 134 Cannon St., Charleston, SC

Calling all culture enthusiasts! Join the vibrant celebration of Gullah Geechee Connecting Wid Da Diaspora! This family-friendly event brings people together to share and celebrate the rich Gullah Geechee culture. Expect a day filled with music, poetry, dance, delicious food, captivating storytelling, and much more! Hosted by the energetic Savannah J from Star 99.7, it promises good vibes and beautiful energy for all. Don’t miss out!

Gullah Geechee

Gullah Geechee Connecting Wid Da Diaspora

When: Sunday, May 26, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Where: Queen Street Playhouse | 20 Queen St., Charleston, SC

Don’t miss the Charleston debut of the award-winning solo play “EINSTEIN” at Queen Street Playhouse! This acclaimed show, running May 26-June 2, takes you inside the mind of a young Albert Einstein on the verge of his groundbreaking discoveries. Veteran actor Jack Fry brings Einstein and other historical figures to life with humor, wit, and humanity. This multimedia experience offers a unique glimpse into the genius and struggles of one of science’s greatest minds.

Memorial Day Concert

When: Monday, May 27, 2024 | 3:00 pm

Where: Hampton Park | 30 Mary Murray Blvd., Charleston, SC

On Monday, May 27th at 3pm, the Charleston Concert Band and Columbia Community Band join forces at Hampton Park for a patriotic performance. This moving program pays tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Bring your folding chair and blanket to soak in a musical celebration of the American spirit.

We hope this list of things to do in Charleston this weekend will get you excited to add some things to your calendar!