Things to Do in Charleston, SC This Summer

Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of the Lowcountry is something you’ll want to take advantage of as many times as you can this summer, whether you live here or are just visiting.

We’ve compiled a list of festivals, events, and activities perfect for the warm weather in Charleston that’ll give you a taste of history, culture, and what the Lowcountry is all about.

 

Charleston Festivals in Summer 2024

Charleston is home to countless festivals during the summer — here’s a list of our favorites!

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The Spoleto Festival

A true celebration of the arts, the annual Spoleto Festival is back in the Holy City from May 22, 2024, to June 9, 2024.

This internationally renowned festival brings together artists from all over the world for a 17-day celebration right here in Charleston. 

You’ll get a taste of live jazz, opera, theater, and dance in beautiful historic venues and outdoor spots. Get a full list of performances and the event schedule here.

 

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

Since sweetgrass basket art originated in Mount Pleasant, it’s no wonder that Charleston celebrates this tradition every year with the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. It honors the history and influence of the Gullah Geechee people with a day dedicated to entertainment, activities, and educational fun for the entire family.

You can find an incredible array of hand-made crafts, art, and jewelry unique to the Lowcountry at this festival on July 27, 2024.

 

Charleston Carifest

As the premier Caribbean Carnival celebration in the Lowcountry, Charleston Carifest honors Caribbean American Heritage Month with a three-day festival filled with delicious food, DJs, live performers, and stunning costumes that celebrate Caribbean culture. 

Taking place from June 13, 2024, to June 16, 2024, the weekend also includes a pineapple eating contest, hat-making, and a street parade right through downtown Charleston.

 

Charleston Summer Events and Activities

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There’s always something fun going on in Charleston. We’ve put together a list of some of the most enjoyable activities you can partake in this summer.

 

First Friday ArtWalks 

Held on the first Friday of each month, the First Friday ArtWalks in Charleston are one of the best ways to experience the Holy City's thriving arts scene.

From 5 pm to 8 pm, the historic streets of downtown Charleston transform into a creative arts space where local galleries, studios, and businesses open their doors. You can explore different art forms, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, all hosted by the Charleston Gallery Association. 

Whether you're an avid art collector or simply appreciate art and want to get out and enjoy the city, this is an ongoing event you’ll definitely want to partake in.

 

Weekend Wine Down

Held rain or shine (or as they like to say, “When it rains, we pour!”), Weekend Wine Down takes place at Deep Water Vineyard every Saturday in the summer from 11:30 am to 4 pm, featuring food trucks, live music, drinks, and wine tastings every hour on the hour.

The event is both dog-friendly and kid-friendly, so go ahead and bring the entire family and enjoy a sip at the vineyard!

 

Cape Romain Milky Way Expedition

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, Coastal Expeditions is something you need to try. The Cape Romain Milky Way Expedition is a spectacular way to enjoy the outdoors while getting a look at the Milky Way galaxy.

The tour starts with a sunset expedition through Cape Romain where you can then set up blankets and enjoy a view of the stars in the pleasant summer evening air. Don’t forget to bring your camera! The views are something you won’t want to forget.

For a full list of outdoor summer activities in the Charleston area, visit Coastal Expeditions’ website.

 

Charleston Fourth of July Fireworks This Year

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Curious about where you can watch Fourth of July fireworks in Charleston? The Lowcountry has several options to choose from.

 

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast

All aboard the USS Yorktown! The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is one of the top destinations for Independence Day fireworks in the Lowcountry.

The Patriots Point 4th of July Blast celebration is located right on the historic aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and includes live music, food trucks from local vendors, and a free fireworks show, all located at the Charleston Harbor. 

 

Isle of Palms Firework Show

Talk about some seriously gorgeous views. The free fireworks display hosted by the City of Isle of Palms takes place right on the beach. The location opens its “doors” at 9 pm — so get there early and secure your spot for one of the most relaxing and stunning views of fireworks in the entire Charleston area.

 

Riverfront Park 4th of July Festival

With the largest fireworks show in the entire Lowcountry, North Charleston’s Independence Day festival is a great option for celebrating July 4th.

The event lasts from 5 pm to 10 pm with live music and a free fireworks show. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs, and snacks to make the most out of this spectacular fireworks display.

 

Let Loose in the Lowcountry

Charleston is a popular destination in the summer. With so much to do, it’s easy to fill up your weekends with a jam-packed schedule of fun activities. 

From relaxing wine walks to delicious food and music festivals, you’ll definitely find plenty to do in the Lowcountry this summer.

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