Summer is here and so are the festivals! Summer in Charleston is the perfect time to soak up the sun and enjoy a walk through some of the most vibrant and family-friendly festivals. Here is your guide for all of the festival fun around Charleston this summer.
Spoleto Festival USA
Check Website for List of Venues
May 26 – June 11
Admission to Performances Varies
If you have an older child or teenager who aspires to be a professional artist, the internationally recognized Spoleto Festival is for you and your family. With an array of performances by both established artists and new performers in dance, jazz music, opera, theater and more, it is one of the more all encompassing performing arts festivals in Charleston.
Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park | 99 Harry Hallman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
Saturday, June 3 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate the Gullah Geechee cultural heritage with this annual festival. Enjoy food from local vendors, shop more than 20 basket makers and other artisans, and take some time to learn about the Gullah culture through the basket making demonstrations and storytelling.
Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival
Brittle Bank Park | 181 Lockwood Drive, Charleston
Saturday, June 24
$10/Adults & Children 12 and Under FREE
Experience the vibrant and colorful Caribbean Carnival costumes at this year’s Carifest Carnival Parade. The parade begins at 4 p.m. from John street and heads to Brittle Bank Park where there will be carnival villages. Enjoy Caribbean food vendors, arts and crafts, and a kiddie zone.
Festivals Within Two Hours of the Charleston Area
South Carolina State Museum | 301 Gervais Street
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
StoryfestSC is the the annual summer reading kick-off event for families. The festival exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story, and fosters an excitement for reading. When you return home to Charleston, you’ll be able to keep the excitement for the festival alive as all South Carolina public libraries participate in this coordinated summer reading program.
Beaufort Water Festival
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park | Bay Street, Beaufort
Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 23
Admission to Events Varies
The 62nd Annual Beaufort Water Festival is one of the longer standing festivals in the area. During the festival, families can enjoy The Parris Island Marine Band and fireworks during the opening ceremony, or visit the Festival Arts & Crafts Market on Saturday. There are numerous expos, tours, and shows that the entire family can enjoy. Be sure to check their website for full details.