May | Things to Do in Charleston, SC


The sun is out to greet us every day, flowers are in full bloom, and endless Charleston events await us. It’s one of our favorite times of the year. We love farmers markets and outdoor brunch, plus we have a host of events keeping us busy and out enjoying this this beautiful month of May in the Holy City.

Our Favorite Charleston Events

Cars on Kiawah

North Charleston Arts Fest: May 1-5

Concerts, street dances, fine art, photography, film, public art installations, lectures, workshops, antique show, kids’ activities and fireworks finale.

Art Walk: May 3

Visit more than 40 participating galleries during this free evening artwalk. Visit the website for a map

Cars on Kiawah: May 4

Head to the scenic Ocean Park on Kiawah Island to view more than 200 of the region’s top club and collector cars. Free admission. 

Lowcountry Shrimp Festival: May 4

Join the Town of McClellanville for a celebration of shrimp and a blessing of the fleet at the Robert E. Ashley Boat Landing on Jeremy Creek. Live music, local shrimp, frogmore stew, barbecue, hot dogs and beer plus more than 45 local artisans and children’s play area.  

Hops & Vines: May 9 and June 24

This event features live music, beer, wine and a food truck in the beautiful setting of McLeod Plantation Historic Site on James Island. Interpreters also will be at the event to illustrate the storied history of McLeod Plantation.

Greek Festival: May 10-12

Enjoy Greek food, music, folk dance performances, cultural exhibits and tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St. in Charleston.

Charleston Beer Fest: May 18

Charleston Beer Garden

Charleston Beer Fest // Photo by Michael Cyra

Known as Charleston’s largest pop-up beer garden, Riverfront Park in North Charleston will be transformed into an oasis for craft beer lovers. Enjoy beer, food, a homebrewers village, games, live music and more.

Spoleto Festival USA: May 24-June 9

With more than 500 arts and cultural events, Piccolo Spoleto hosts dozens of inexpensive programs around the area, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film.

Piccolo Spoleto: May 24-June 9

With more than 500 arts and cultural events, Piccolo Spoleto hosts dozens of inexpensive programs around the area, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film.

 

Try One of These New Charleston Restaurants

Baker & Brewer, 94 Stuart Street, Charleston

Baker and Brewer // Photo Post and Courier

What do you get when you combine a pizzeria with a brewery? EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing bring you Baker & Brewer! Sip on some brews, chow down on wood fired pizza. You can also choose to get coffee and dessert at this location.

Betty Lou’s Bistro2408 Ashley River Road, Charleston

This quaint new dining location in West Ashley offers fresh, casual food and high-end wine at affordable prices. You can nibble on brussels sprout caesar salad ‘or take a big bite our of Betty Lou’s burger drenched in gruyere cheese, garlic aioli, bacon, and tomato-onion chutney.