June | Things to Do in Charleston, SC

Charleston is loaded with sightseeing opportunities and outdoor activities that will make this summer unforgettable. This month the temperature will start to heat up in the Holy City, but not to worry! Stay cool by dipping into the Atlantic Ocean at one of Charleston’s beaches or cool down with a cold beer at some of our favorite local breweries. The summer months always have a way of flying by, let’s enjoy them while we can. Happy June, Charleston Travelers!

Our Favorite Charleston Events

Art Walk: June 1

Located along historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for First Fridays on Broad. Browse the 15 galleries, shops and boutiques along Gallery Row and end the evening with dinner or drinks at a nearby restaurant.

Nighttime at the Museum: June 1

Nighttime at the Museum

Nighttime at the Museum / Photo by Charleston Museum

Celebrate the end of the school year with the Charleston Museum’s annual Nighttime at the Museum and discover how history comes to life. Nighttime at the Museum features costumed re-enactors, special displays, a scavenger hunt, crafts and demonstrations. The lights will be low, so bring your flashlight. Food and beverages are included in the ticket price. Nighttime at the Museum is appropriate for all ages.

13th annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival: June 2

A day of activities, demonstrations and entertainment provide a family fun environment designed to interpret, promote, engage, entertain and expose festival attendees to Gullah history, culture and heritage through handmade arts/crafts and sweetgrass basket making demonstrations by Henrietta Snype. Admission and parking is free. No pets, skateboards or alcohol.

Spoleto Festival USA: through June 10

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. In its 42nd season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.

Party in the Park: June 5

103.5 WEZL and the Town of Mount Pleasant are kicking off summer at the 2018 Party in the Park. The free summer concert series returns to Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park every Tuesday in June. Musical entertainment is 6-9 p.m. with food and beer available for purchase.

Red White & Blue Jean Ball: June 15

Join Palmetto Warrior Connection for the second annual Red, White & Blue Jean Ball, benefiting local veterans and their families. Mix and mingle at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing while sipping a drink and enjoying an array of signature dishes from renowned Charleston restaurants. As the night progresses, you’ll enjoy live entertainment under the stars and will have the opportunity to bid on an array of fantastic silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Palmetto Warrior Connection, a Lowcountry nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local veterans succeed in their transition from military to civilian life and beyond.

Jazz on the Harbor: June 15

Jazz up your Friday night plans with an open-air concert overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Sway along to the melodies of jazz music as you stroll through the aquarium’s galleries. Sustainably-sourced small plates from Good Catch partners and a beer and wine bar also provided with the all-inclusive ticket.

Lowcountry Boil on Morris Island: June 17

Lowcountry Boil Recipe - Frogmore StewYou haven’t lived till you’ve tried this Southern Favorite – corn, potatoes, sausage and shrimp combined in one large pot for a delicious beach treat. Explore the island, swim, or relax on the sand while dinner is prepared. Trip leaves from Folly Beach and lasts about two and half hours.

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival: June 21-23

Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. It is four days of food, fun, music, and costumes submerged in education and culture.

Charleston Rum Festival: June 23

Enjoy unlimited tastings from 16 chefs while sipping one of 35 cocktails and listening to Steel drum music followed by beats from DJ Natty Heavy. Don’t miss the Bacardi Bat Cave, the Blue Chair Bay Dance Floor and the wildest photo booth in town featuring the Kraken monster.

For more great Charleston area events, visit our Events Calendar, updated daily!

Cool Off With a Beer

Spend an afternoon in Charleston’s Brewery District, sampling a seasonal ale or a Belgian brew at one of these local breweries:

Revelry Brewing

Revelry Brewing/photo by Jay Wayne Productions (1)_sm

Revelry Brewing: 10 Conroy St., Charleston

Edmund’s Oast: 1505 King St., Charleston

Tradesman Brewing: 1647 King St., Charleston

Munkle Brewing Company: 1513 Meeting St., Charleston

Cooper River Brewing: 2201-B Mechanic St., Charleston

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

Surprise Dad with a day of adventure at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Course. Instead of buying another tie or #1 Dad mug, do something the family will never forget. Dads visit for free on Father’s Day.

Wild Blue Ropes - Team BuildingWhat better gift for a Charleston lovin’ Dad besides an engraved personalized oyster knife? Charleston Shucker Company has created the perfect gift for every occasion. Dad will love the knife and everyone else will love the endless oyster nights that follow.

Take your Dad on a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium located directly on the Charleston Harbor. Dad’s get in free on Father’s day – enjoy a day of interactive fun and quality time with Dad.