Don’t blink because summer is flying by! It’s time for back-to-school shopping, and fall fun is just around the corner. You can beat the heat this August by enjoying some indoor activities or cooling off at one of Charleston’s many beautiful beaches. Or grab at cold one at one of this month’s beer-themed events. No matter how you spend your summer months, Charleston welcomes you with open arms. Happy August, Charleston Travelers!
Summer Fun in Charleston
Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival: Aug. 3-5
The Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival is the official celebration of the Gullah/Geechee nation. This three-day celebration highlights the connection from the Sea Islands to Barbados through music, dance, drama, film, books and crafts.
Next to Normal Musical: Aug. 10-26
This Tony and Pulitzer-winning rock musical highlights the power mental illness has in families. Considered one of the best musicals of the 21st century, “Next to Normal” explores the complexities of a seemingly normal household. As a mother struggles with the crippling effects of bipolar disorder and family trauma, this show pries into the suburban underbelly and dives into a family’s dark secrets. Diana Goodman and her family appear to neighbors as another family on a cookie-cutter block but family tragedies, medication, and doctors visits prioritize the Goodman’s time.
Beer From Here: Aug. 10
Hops and habitats are part of this Carolina-led craft beer experience. Enjoy local brews and local wildlife in one setting. Sip on select beers and enjoy bar refreshments – all part of the all-inclusive ticket purchase.
Shaggin on the Cooper: Aug. 11
Nothing says summer like listening to live music and dancing the night away at the foot of the 1250-foot pier next to Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. It’s the perfect spot to catch cool breezes, beautiful scenery, and views of Charleston harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Beverages are available for purchase on site, and food is available for sale at the Mount Pleasant Pier’s River Watch Café.
Second Sunday on King Street: Aug. 12
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street. This monthly event features new product launches, sales, great food, activities and more.
Lowcountry Cuisine Showcase: Aug. 15
If you love Lowcountry food and drinks and want to experience one of Charleston’s newest event venues, Merchants Hall, check out this cuisine showcase. Taste Lowcountry-themed foods from Charleston caterers Tristan Catering & Events, Salthouse Catering and Duvall Catering & Events while sipping on wine and local beers from Spike by Snyder.
Gay Bingo: Aug. 16
This marquee fundraiser for Palmetto Community Care (formerly Lowcountry AIDS Services) is back on Aug. 16 featuring hostess Patti O’Furniture, a costume contest and more glitter than a Cher concert. This year’s theme is Rainbow, Unicorns & Glitter and costumes are encouraged. Gay Bingo includes six games of bingo, food trucks, prizes for the best costumes and performances by Patti O’Furniture. Winners for each game receive fabulous prize packages, including spa treatments, restaurant gift certificates, fun experiences and much more with prize packages valued between $300-$500.
Ballpark Festival of Beers: Aug. 18
Sample more than 100 American and international ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners and specialty brews at Joe Riley Park.
New Must-Try Dining Hot Spots
120 King St., Charleston
Breakfast served all day! This new hot spot on King Street is servin’ up flapjacks and cocktails all day long. The restaurant’s motto is that every great day starts (or ends) with an amazing breakfast and cocktail. Luckily, you don’t have to wait until Sunday for the perfect brunch at Millers.
252 Coming St., Charleston
The name may be strange but it fits this new seafood restaurant swimmingly. Fish is served completely intact with simple yet innovative preparation. If you are accompanied by non-seafood lovers, there are other delicious meat options to please the whole crowd. Perhaps the most talked about feature of Chubby Fish is the dessert – ice cream that resembles an actual chicken drumstick. You’ll have to see (or eat) it to believe it.
915 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant
Go back in time to a Sunday afternoon in Grandma’s kitchen. Betty’s offers breakfast all day and weekend brunch as well as desserts and milkshakes.