Charleston SC Events July August 2016

01 Jul 2016

Sol Surfers Surf Camp

July 1 - Aug 19

Enjoy wave at a time! These co-ed day camps are perfect for those kids who love the water and want to learn how to surf. All sessions are 5-day, Monday thru Friday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and completing at 12:30 p.m. each day. Lessons will be held at Folly Beach, to which a shuttle will be provided each day. Shuttle service will leave from Mt. Pleasant (Parrot Surf Shop) each day at 8:00 a.m. and will return at 1:30 p.m.


Charleston Farmers Market

July 2 - Aug 27

Join us every Saturday in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the aisles, where you will enjoy a wide variety of 100+ Local Vendors, including; Farmers & Growers, Sweet & Savory Food Concessions, Artisans & Crafters, Live Music, Fun Activities, Community Groups & So Much More! Family-Friendly & Fun for ALL ages. You are sure to have a great time, whether you are swinging by to grab a quick bite to eat, getting your grocery shopping done for the week or even looking for a gift for that special someone. Bring your favorite picnic blanket and relax while enjoying live music on what we like to call, the largest outdoor dining patio in all of Charleston. 843-724-7309,


North Charleston 4th of July Festival

July 4

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park from 3:30 PM – 9:45 PM. This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry's largest 4th of July fireworks show. The Festival is presented free of charge to the public with all general admission for attendees. Guests attending the Festival are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided. Food trucks, beer and wine stations, and ATMs will be widely available. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain. Beer and wine stations will be set up throughout the park.

 Patriots Point 4th of July Blast

July 4

Enjoy a professional fireworks display and shore side party with a beach music band. This year, two different Flight Deck ticket options are available. For $100, visitors can purchase a VIP ticket. This ticket will include complimentary drinks from a full service bar, a barbecue meal served by the museum’s official caterer TOP SHELF Catering, and access to a special area at the ship’s bow where chairs and tables will be provided. The second ticket package is priced at $35. It will include access to the Flight Deck starting at 6:00 p.m., where food and beverages will be available for purchase and two live bands will provide entertainment. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs. In addition to the Flight Deck options, visitors will also have the option to enjoy the firework display landside. Admission to this area is free; however parking for all guests regardless of ticket package will cost $10 per vehicle. The festival landside will include live music with food and beverages available for purchase. There will also be a jump castle and other activities for kids. Once the sun sets in the Charleston Harbor, the Flight Deck of the Yorktown will offer a front row seat to the fireworks display, which will feature firework shells shot from a barge in the Cooper River. 843-884-2727.

Sea Stars and Stripes

July 4

Spend your Fourth of July at the SC Aquarium for fins, fireworks and fun on the harbor! Watch a spectacular fireworks show from the best view in Charleston, and cool down inside as you explore the Aquarium. This Good Catch event will feature a delicious selection of barbecue and a Lowcountry boil featuring local, sustainable shrimp from Good Catch partners. 843-720-1990,


10th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration

July 4

Join Circa 1886 for an Independence Day celebration from 6-7 p.m. with music, lawn games, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At 7 p.m. the festivities will move inside with libations and a delicious 3-course “Grill Dinner”. After dark, guests head to the cupola with a glass of champagne to watch Charleston’s fireworks. $75 per person. Reservations required. Circa 1886, 843-853-7828.


Sunset at Fort Sumter

July 5 - Oct 14

Experience a waterside view of the historic architectural gem that has been voted "Top City" in the USA by Conde Nast Traveler. Visitors & locals alike will experience an in-depth guided tour of the Fort, with details an analysis by a National Park Service professional. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city, harbor and Atlantic Ocean from the top of the fort. Beer, wine & cocktails are available for purchase to and from the fort. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres will be offered on the return trip. Check website for exact days. 843-722-2628,


Tickled to Death

July 7 - Aug 27

This time it's personal...because the next victim might just be ... you! The Black Fedora Theatre itself is under siege by harried henchman-for-hire tasked with a simple takedown, but as mystery guest after guest becomes murder victim after victim, even they fear they will fall prey to a serial killer with a silly sense of humor before they can understand the real reason they, or you, are here. Featuring the roles for volunteer audience members you've come to expect and a surprise ending that will leave mystery fans ... Tickled to Death! The Black Fedora offers clean comic whodunit shows most evenings, featuring volunteer audience participation and a la carte appetizers, desserts, and drinks. 843-937-6453,


Yappy Hour

July 7 and Aug 4

On select Thursday evenings, Charleston County Parks invites pets and their people to enjoy the popular Yappy Hour series. Yappy Hour features live music and beverages for sale in the off-leash dog park. Best of all, Yappy Hour is free with park admission! Gate admission to James Island County Park is $2 per person or free with the Charleston County Parks Gold Pass. You and your dog can mingle with friends old and new, while enjoying a pet-friendly atmosphere in the park. Beverages, including beer and Coke products, are available for an additional fee. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. The full musical lineup and hours for this year’s Yappy Hour series is as follows: July 7: 4-8 p.m., with Return of the Mac Aug. 4: 4-8 p.m., with Danny May & The Keesh. 843-795-4386,

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series

July 8 and Aug 5

The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Good Music. Good Vibes. Bring your chairs or blanket. Concerts will be held throughout the summer at James Island County Park. July 8: Selah Dubb; August 5: Mystic Vibrations. Gates open at 7:30p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. 843-795-4386,


Music on the Green

July 8 - Sep 2

Located in the heart of Kiawah Island, Freshfields Village will be kicking off the summer season with their annual Music on the Green summer concert series. This weekly event is held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday evenings until Labor Day Weekend. Beach chairs and blankets are recommended. Music on the Green will be located on the grounds of Freshfields Village, a short 30-minute drive from Downtown Charleston. 2016 Summer Schedule: - July 8, 6-9PM - Hot Sauce - July 15, 6-9PM - Three Sheets Island Band - July 22, 6-9PM - Palmetto Soul - July 29, 6-9PM - Innocent Bystanders - Aug. 5, 6-9PM - Hot Pepper - Aug. 12, 6-9PM - Gracious Day - Aug. 19, 6-9PM - Travis Allison Band - Aug. 26, 6-9PM - Shrimp City Slim - Sept. 2, 6-9PM - The Counts



Creature Feature

July 8, 15, 22, 29

It's not nighttime. It's not scary. And it's not on television. No monsters here - this live Creature Feature just might make you laugh! Meet "Daphne" the opossum as she helps you discover how fascinating the only North American marsupial is. Program starts at 11 am in the outdoor classroom in the Animal Forest.


Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

July 9, 23 and Aug 13, 27

They are alien, strange, and bizarre. They eat what you and I can't. And we find them ugly and scary. But take a closer look at their lives and you might find you should really appreciate them. So let's talk turkey - turkey vulture that is! Join us at the Animal Forest Vulture/Turkey Habitat at 11:30 am and see the beauty behind the beast. Please allow at least 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Animal Forest turkey and vulture habitat. 843-852-4200,


2nd Sunday on King Street

July 10 and Aug 14

Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street! This month features new product launches, lots of great sales, great food, and more. There will be events and activities, shopping, food and wine, and more.


Charleston Spirit Triathlon Series July 10, 31 and Aug 14 Now in its 25th year, the five-race Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series features a .3-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K run. Over 30,000 people have raced in CSTS over the years, and the Charleston Metro Sports Council has named the series as one of the Top 10 Charleston Signature Sport Events. August 9 Championship Race. James Island County Park. 843-795-4386,


Wild Blue Ropes Warrior Camp

July 11 & 25

Much like the show "American Ninja Warriors" there will be several challenge courses set up for the kids to tackle. The Wild Blue Ropes Warrior Camp will run weekly from 9am to 12pm. 4 weekly sessions are available. The program is purposefully designed to help promote physical activity and character strengthening. Besides having a ton of FUN -campers will improve on skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, motor planning, agility, stamina, self awareness & confidence. Camp Sessions are weekly 9am-12pm. July 11-15; July 25-29. 843-225-1555,


Mira Wine EduTasting

July 12, 26

Come experience one of Mira Winery's EduTastings. Unique, one-hour educational tastings, these events expose participants - novice wine drinkers and oenophiles alike - to everything from bud to bottle. EduTastings include tasting of four of Mira's current release wines. Cost is $75/person. Reservations required. 843-952-7013,


Friday Night Boogie Series

July 15

The Mount Pleasant Pier’s popular new Thursday night dance series returns! Ages 21 and up are invited to do some shag dancing on the pier at Thursday Night Boogie. A counterpart to the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series, which is open to all ages on select Saturday nights, Friday Night Boogie is intended for adults ages 21 and up. The Mount Pleasant Pier will be rockin’ with the sounds of DJ Jim Bowers spinning a variety of unforgettable oldies, beach music classics, and line dancing hits. Best of all, the event is held at the foot of the 1250-foot-long pier next to Memorial Waterfront Park, the perfect spot to catch cool breezes, beautiful scenery, and views of Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Beverages will be available for purchase on the pier during Friday Night Boogie, and food will be available for sale in the Mount Pleasant Pier’s River Watch Cafe (not included in ticket price). Gates open at 7 p.m. and music will continue until 11 p.m. Admission to Friday Night Boogie is $10. 843-795-4386,


11th Annual Palette & Palate Stroll

July 15

The 11th Palette & Palate Stroll is dedicated to the appreciation of fine art, delicious culinary creations and philanthropy. This year, 11 local galleries will be paired with some of the best downtown restaurants. The event that raises funds for art education. The event is truly exciting as our attendees get a chance to take a stroll through the historic cobblestone streets and make stops at local galleries where they can view their latest exhibits, mingle with local artists and chefs and taste their gourmet food tastings. We also give them a chance to discover a piece of art that they fall in love with or a new restaurant. It is very intimate. Chefs typically use local products and produce in season and all galleries prepare something special for the event; either it is a display of new works, painting demonstrations or a VIP reception. This year for the first time, the attendees will be invited to a desert after party at the Vendue, Charleston's first art hotel. Participants need to purchase tickets in advance. 5:30 - 7:30pm. $45, 843-345-3275.


Special Needs Swim Night

July 16

People with special needs and their families are invited to an unforgettable night at Whirlin’ Waters! Enjoy the lazy river, race down the slides and take a dip in the pool. To avoid the line, advanced purchase is recommended. Paid chaperone required for all participants. Advance purchase is recommended. Fee: $9; free for Super Splash Pass holders and ages 2 and under. 843-795-4386,


Cars & Coffee

July 16 and Aug 20

Arrive in your favorite ride for our monthly Cars & Coffee featuring antique, unique, classic and other cool cars. Visit with fellow car enthusiasts while enjoy coffee and breakfast from Java Java. The event will be held the third Saturday each month. 9-11am. Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island, 843-768-7491.


Shaggin’ on the Cooper

July 16 and Aug 13

Get ready for summer – this popular live beach music and shag dance event series returns to the Mount Pleasant Pier. Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with some dancing. Local bands perform live throughout the, and the dance floor is open for all ages. Gates open at 7pm for all events, and tickets are $10 per person. Space is limited, so advance purchase is recommended. 843-795-4386,


IOP Beach Run 5K and 10K Run/Walk

July 16

Start your Saturday with a beautiful run on Front Beach at Isle of Palms. All events are entirely on the flat, wide, hard-packed beach (near low tide) and begin and end behind the Windjammer. Event held rain or shine. Events include: 5K and 10K Run/Walk, 100 yard - 4 and under, 1/2 mile - 5-8 years old, 1 mile - 9-14 years old. 8am.


Keeper's Choice Program

July 16, 30 and Aug 6

A zookeeper's day is never the same - and neither are their programs! The Keeper's Choice program is held twice a month in the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing. Some days the bear will be the star, or it might be the bobcat or otters. You just never know who'll be there until you are. Join us regularly to see how diverse and fun a day in the zoo really is! 843-852-4200,


Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruises

July 17, 31 and Aug 14, 28

Enjoy live jazz music while cruising around the harbor. The David Archer Trio will be playing on the Carolina Queen as you enjoy a gourmet buffet brunch served with fresh brewed coffee, sweet tea and orange juice. Enjoy one free Bloody Mary or Mimosa per ticket! Board 11am, Cruise 11:30-1:30pm. $46.95 per person. The Carolina Queen, 800-344-4483.


Moonlight Mixers

July 22 and Aug 19

The Moonlight Mixers are back! Dance the night away as DJ Jim Bowers plays all of the hottest oldies and beach music classics! Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on-site. Admission is limited, advance purchase is recommended. Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 843-795-4386.


Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series

July 23 and Aug 20

This summer, catch fish, fun and prizes at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers’ tournament series! The Mount Pleasant Pier offers fishing under the shade of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Opened in 2009, the pier is built on pilings from the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge, which have become a haven for many types of fish including red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead. A sight to behold, Folly Beach’s wooden pier stretches out 1045’ into the ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining, and events. Common catches off the Folly pier include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting. Both piers offer everything an expert or a novice needs, including equipment rentals, tackle and frozen bait, plus knowledgeable staff to offer tips. The piers also provide snack bars, gift shops and restrooms. So slap on some sunscreen and head out this summer for some good-spirited competition! Registration is available online. Cast Off Fishing Tournament Schedule: July 23 - Folly Beach Pier; Aug. 20 - Folly Beach Pier.843-588-3474,


Hot Nights & Holy City Dinner

Aug 27

The dog days are approaching and summer produce is abundant - time again for Middleton Place Restaurant and Holy City Brewing to host the 3rd Annual Hot Nights & Holy City Beer Dinner, offering a light fare with summer seasonal brews. Executive Chef Brandon Buck has reached out to regional farmers for their freshest and finest to create his five-course summer dinner. South Carolina’s Manchester Farms quail, North Carolina’s Ashley Farms guinea hen and Heritage Farms pork belly, along with a Carolina shrimp bouillabaisse, will heat up the sultry night. 6-9pm. $85. 843-556-6020.


Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Sept   2 - 4

The 2016 Festival features so many award-winning, genre-crossing jazz-soul-R&B-pop artists that organizers had to add an extra day to the schedule. Jazz superstars Marcus Miller, Richard Elliot, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright will headline the Festival on Labor Day Weekend. Other artists for this year’s festival include Pieces of a Dream, Euge Groove, Sax Pack, Charlton Singleton and the Smooth Jazz Orchestra, BK Jackson, Mike Phillips & Karen Briggs, and Jose Valentino Ruiz. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 843-529-5000.



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