5 Fun Charleston Events This Summer

In just one month summer will arrive in Charleston, a time to head to the beach, enjoy the sultry evenings with a glass of lemonade and participate in some of the many summertime events held in the Lowcountry. We’ve picked some of our favorite summer events in Charleston. Try an old classic or go for something new this year!

Spoleto Festival USA – The Spoleto Festival is certainly one of the capstone events yearly for the Charleston area. The festival, which this year runs May 23-June 8, brings some of the finest artists from around the world to the Holy City. Enjoy the best of the arts from music and dance to visual arts and theater in this once-a-year spectacle. Some of the highlights for 2014 include Bela Fleck, Westminster Choir, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lucinda Williams.

Piccolo SpoletoPiccolo Spoleto is a bit like Spoleto Festival USA’s little sister with a more localized set of performances held concurrently that branch into other genres like comedy, family programs, poetry, film and even the popular sand sculpting contest at Front Beach on Isle of Palms held June 7.

Local Farmer’s Markets – You can’t go an entire summer in Charleston without a stop at one of our amazing farmer’s markets. Is there anything better than a fresh peach or watermelon from a local farmer? The Charleston Farmer’s Market is quite an event every Saturday mornings at Marion Square with plenty of food, as well as local artists and craftsmen. You’ll also find markets in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville and at Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island. Don’t forget to grab a handful of boiled peanuts!

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival – Love sweetgrass baskets? Here’s the spot to find some new ones for your Charleston home, as well as for gifts. The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival celebrates the Gullah Geechee culture through arts and crafts, live performances, art, films and the largest showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the area. Mark your calendar for June 6 & 7 at Waterfront Memorial Park in Mt. Pleasant.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper – Once a month, Charleston County Parks hosts Shaggin’ on the Cooper at the Mt. Pleasant Pier with live music and plenty of shag dancing, the state dance of South Carolina. On June 14, the Shem Creek Boogie Band will take the stage followed by The Sneakers on July 19. Tickets are $10 in advance.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Charleston in the summer? Share it with us on our Facebook page.

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