Charleston, SC, transforms into a lively hub of activity during the summer, offering an array of outdoor events for everyone. From the bustling Charleston Farmers Market and Fourth of July Fireworks over the harbor to the Beach Music and Shag Festival, there’s always something exciting happening. Here are the top 10 outdoor events to enjoy this summer:


Charleston Farmers Market

Held every Saturday in Marion Square, the Charleston Farmers Market is a local favorite throughout the summer months. Browse through fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts while enjoying live music and food trucks. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend.


Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display over Charleston Harbor. The festivities at Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown include live music, food vendors, and a stunning view of the fireworks lighting up the sky on July 4th.


Beach Music and Shag Festival

Head to the Isle of Palms in July for this lively festival celebrating the Carolina Shag dance and beach music. Enjoy live bands, dance lessons, and competitions, all set against the beautiful coastal backdrop.


Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series

Held at James Island County Park, this concert series features some of the best reggae bands around. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and groove to the rhythms while enjoying food and beverages available for purchase. Concerts take place on select Fridays throughout June, July, and August.


Charleston Water Week

In mid-August, celebrate Charleston’s aquatic heritage with a week of water-based activities. From sailing and kayaking to paddleboarding and fishing, there’s something for every water enthusiast. Events take place across various waterfront locations.


Movies in the Park

Enjoy free outdoor movie screenings at various parks around Charleston in June, July, and August. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and watch family-friendly films under the stars. It’s a great way to relax and unwind with loved ones.


Moonlight Mixer on Folly Beach

Dance the night away on the Folly Beach Pier at the Moonlight Mixer. These summer events, held monthly in June, July, and August, feature DJ-spun tunes, and refreshments are available for purchase. The ocean breeze and lively atmosphere make for an unforgettable night.


Charleston Outdoor Fest

Held in late June at James Island County Park, this festival celebrates outdoor recreation. Try out kayaking, rock climbing, and paddleboarding, and attend workshops and demonstrations. It’s an adventure-filled day for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.


Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition

Part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, this competition takes place in early June on Isle of Palms. It’s a family-friendly event where you can marvel at intricate sand sculptures. It’s a creative and fun-filled day by the beach.


Charleston Summer Wine Festival

Held in early August at the Charleston Harbor, this event offers a chance to sample a wide variety of wines while enjoying live music and scenic views. It’s a must-visit for wine enthusiasts and a great way to spend a summer evening.


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