2024

Summer Events Guide

Summer in Charleston has myriad things to see and do—you’ll never run out of new experiences. Events, festivals, and of course—days at the beach await!

Artwalk

Artwalk

When: First Friday of the month except July and January

Where: Downtown Charleston

Immerse yourself in local art at more than 30 galleries during the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk. Taking place on the first Friday of most months, the Artwalk is a fantastic way to meet new people, discover local artists, and find the perfect art piece for your home. Participants have the ability to create their own Artwalk route using the CGA website’s “Charleston Gallery Association Map.” There is no cost of admission to this event.

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Charleston Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 6-November 23, 2024

Where: Marion Square-329 Meeting Street

You will find a variety of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers, as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment, and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans every Saturday at the Market.

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2nd Sunday On King Street

When: Every month on the second Sunday from 12-5 pm

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street

Enjoy exploring Kings 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!

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Weekend Wine Down

When: Every Saturday | 10 am-5 pm

Where: Deep Water Vineyard

Prepare to unwind rain or shine with your friends at Deep Water Vineyards at their weekly Wine-Downs! Sample wines ($15 to taste 6), sip unique drinks (wine slushies, meads, mimosas, and bloody marys!), and enjoy live music and delicious food trucks. Relax on the patio with games (cornhole, swurfer/swing) or explore the farm ((rabbits, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, and a miniature brahma cow!). Leashed dogs & well-behaved kids welcome. See you there!

North Charleston Arts Fest

When: May 1-5, 2024

Where: Various locations in Charleston

The North Charleston Arts Fest explodes with five days of free festivities. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, and activities.  Sway to live music, be captivated by theatrical productions, or marvel at stunning visual arts. The festival brings art to life in a variety of spaces, from libraries and businesses to community centers and parks.  With children’s programs, demonstrations, and more, there’s truly something for everyone to experience the joy of creativity. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate art in all its forms!

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Cheers on the Pier

When: May 9 & 16, 2024 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Wrap up your workday on the Mount Pleasant Pier with live music, craft beer, good friends, and a gorgeous sunset.

No admission fee. Blankets and chairs are welcome, as seating is limited. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Craft beer, made-to-order sandwiches, ice cream, fruit smoothies, and more will be for sale in the River Watch Café and Gift Shop.

53rd Annual Charleston Greek Festival

When: May 10-12, 2024

Where: Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Greek culture at the Charleston Greek Festival! It’s a joyous celebration packed with delicious Greek cuisine, flowing wine, live music, and lively dancing. As the oldest festival in the Charleston area, this event attracts around 35,000 attendees annually. Don’t miss out on the festivities – mark your calendars for a weekend filled with fun and unforgettable memories!

Family Day at Middleton Place

When: May 11, 2024

Where: Middleton Place

Middleton Place is hosting a fun-filled Family Day on May 11th. Immerse yourselves in Lowcountry history through hands-on activities like horse trimming demos, indigo dyeing, and colonial games. Kids can unleash their creativity with wool felting and pottery crafts, while everyone enjoys fascinating demonstrations like Border Collie herding.  Plus, kids aged 13 and under get in FREE!  Learn about Lowcountry history, unleash your inner crafter, and make some unforgettable memories with your family. Don’t miss out on this hands-on adventure!

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Themed and Dining Cruises in Charleston

When: Dates vary in May, June, July and August

Where: CHARLESTON CITY MARINA, 17 LOCKWOOD DRIVE

There’s no better time to explore the historic Charleston area then the summer, and there is no better way to get to know the #1 city than by seeing it from the water. Charleston Harbor Tours and Events offers a variety of unique experiences as you set sail in the Charlston Harbor. Enjoy a nice Sunday brunch, a Wine Down Wednesday, or even a “Blues and BBQ” cruise. These tours vary by date and time, so make sure to check out their website for full details and to purchase your tickets!

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Spoleto Festival USA

When: May 24- June 9, 2024

Where: Various Locations

This annual 17-day event is a celebration of the arts. Hosting over 150 performances, this popular event showcases opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz. With its rich history and commitment to artistic excellence, Spoleto Festival USA continues to captivate audiences and inspire artists, making it a must-see event for arts enthusiasts worldwide.

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Sand Sculpting Contest

When: Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 9:00 a.m.

Calling all sand sculpting enthusiasts! The 34th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition kicks off on Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at 9 am on the Isle of Palms’ Front Beach. This free event welcomes everyone to compete in solo or team categories (children, young adults, families, adults). Show off your creativity, win prizes, and be part of the fun! Register online at www.iop.net or in person at the Isle of Palms Recreation Department. Space is limited – sign up early for a guaranteed free T-shirt!

Marion Square Jam

When: SATURDAY, JUNE 8- SUNDAY, JUNE 9 | 12:00-6:00 PM

Where: MARION SQUARE-329 MEETING STREET

Calling all music lovers and farmers market enthusiasts!  Awendaw Green and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs are teaming up to present the Marion Square Jam, a vibrant celebration of local music. Marion Square transforms into a lively stage for a “Barn Jam” style showcase, featuring six of Charleston’s favorite artists each day.  These captivating 45-minute sets will allow you to discover a diverse range of musical styles that embody the city’s rich creative spirit. Admission is free, so be sure to get their early and secure your spot. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Charleston’s local artists!

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Dancing on the Cooper

When: May 17, June 7, July 19, August 9, 2024

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier

If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. Each month is a specific theme, ranging from beach tunes to classic 80s hits, so be sure to check out the link and plan to dance the night away!

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Wine on the Piazza

When: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, 2024

Where: Edmondston- Alston House

Looking for the perfect Charleston evening? If so, look no further than Wine on the Piazza at the Edmondston Alston House! Those taking part will get to enjoy a glass of wine, spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, and a self-guided tour of this historic Charleston home. Tickets for this relaxing evening start at $30 per person.

4th of July at Patriots Point

When: July 4, 2024

Where: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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.

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Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival

When: Saturday, July 20, 2024

Where: Riverfront Park in North Charleston

Eat, drink, and celebrate Caribbean culture at the 9th Annual Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival! This one-day festival highlights the best in both Caribbean food and music. Festival goers will get to enjoy Caribbean vendors from across the Southeast as the top chefs look to claim the title of Top Jerk Chef 2024!

Sam Hunt Concert

When: July 26, 2024

Where: Credit One Stadium

Sam Hunt is bringing his “Locked Up Tour” to Credit One Stadium on July 26th!  Joined by special guests Russell Dickerson and George Birge, this promises to be an epic night under the Charleston stars. Visit the Credit One Stadium website for official ticket vendors and ticket pricing.

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RiverDogs Minor League Baseball

When: April - September

Where: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

Get the family together, head on over to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and enjoy Charleston’s very own 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, make sure to check out their promotions page to see what special-themed nights they have going on this season. Tickets for the 2023 season are on sale now!

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20th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

When: Jul 27, 2024

Where: Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park - 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd

Celebrate the Gullah Geechee people’s culture, history, and traditions at the 20th Annual Sweetgrass Festival! Festival goers will get to enjoy live entertainment, activities, and the Sweetgrass Basket u0026amp; Craft Show! Admission to this event is free.