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5 Things to Do in Charleston Over Labor Day Weekend

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson, American poet


Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season. Kids head back to school, summer vacations are memories and lazy days of lounging are behind us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have one more incredible weekend in Charleston. It’s a fitting farewell to summer days and a welcoming to the fall season just around the corner.

So if you’re visiting Charleston for Labor Day weekend, here are 5 ways to kiss summer good-bye and wave hello to fall.

1) Spend the day at the beach

It seems after Labor Day passes, it’s tough even for the locals to make time for a beach day even though the weather is still warm. Don’t pass up a chance to lay on the sand, splash in the ocean or eat an ice cream cone while watching the sunset over the water. Be sure to pick up a few seashells to place on your dresser or desk as a daily reminder that summer does indeed come again.

Isle of PalmsCheck out our Charleston Beach Guide for details on each of the area beaches.

2) Attend an event

Charleston’s calendar of events is always busy this time of year. So whether you want to catch a play, visit the farmer’s market or see musket demonstration at Charles Towne Landing, it’s easy to pack the weekend with fun activities. Also, don’t miss the Lowcountry Jazz Festival as award-winning jazz, soul, R&B and pop artists take the stage at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. On Saturday evening, the Charleston Battery soccer team takes on the Rochester Rhinos at the MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

Check out our full Events Calendar to help you plan your Labor Day weekend in Charleston.

3) Eat someplace new

Whether you’re visiting Charleston for the first time or the 10th time, you won’t have any trouble finding an incredible restaurant – everything from barbecue and seafood to burgers and beers. Charleston has established herself as a true culinary destination with world-class cuisine.

Tattooed Moose Duck Club_photo by Julia Heckman

Tattooed Moose Duck Club_photo by Julia Heckman

Need inspiration? We have a list of 20 Charleston area restaurants you just have to try. And find out which Charleston restaurants have been featured on television.

4) Walk the Battery

Simply soak in the beautiful views of Charleston, catch a glimpse of Fort Sumter and admire the stately historic mansions along East Bay Street. Be sure to stop by White Point Garden, a public park on the peninsula. Tip: everyone loves to take a picture on or near the cannons at the park.

5) Jam on the Charleston harbor

Join Charleston Harbor Tours for its Jam on the Water Concert Cruise on Friday night. Enjoy dinner from local food trucks on board selling tasty eats while listening to the funky beats of BYOG.