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Mom’s Guide to May: Family Events in Charleston

Mom's Guide to May: Family Events in Charleston

Welcome to May! The weather is beautiful and there are plenty of fun, family-friendly events going on around Charleston to check out. Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, photographers, birthday parties, and more! Please click on the tabs above to view our family friendly Charleston events by week!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Do you have an event that you would like to see added to our calendar? You can now submit your own event that will be added to our Calendar of Events!

Wednesday, May 2

Wine Down Wednesday

Call the babysitter and head to Old Towne Creek County Park for a date night or fun (and well deserved) evening out with friends. There will also be food trucks and live music to enjoy. 

Address: Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd., Charleston, 29407
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $20 admission includes wine, live music, and a commemorative wine glass

Wednesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 6

North Charleston Arts Fest

Come check out this 35th annual event which features fantastic performances, exhibits, and activities that everyone will enjoy.

Address: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston 29418
Time: Check here for complete schedule 
Cost: Check here for schedule of events and pricing 

Friday, May 4

Art Walk

Head to Broad Street on the first Friday of every month for an art walk that will feature galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques on the row.

Address: Broad St., 1 Broad St., Charleston 29401
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Cost: FREE

Friday, May 5

Arty Block Party-Art Market + Street Dance

Head to North Charleston’s Olde Village on East Montague Avenue for the Arts Fest Arty Block Party, a lively outdoor event combining an art market and street dance! Vendor booths featuring local artists, makers, and arts-related businesses and organizations will line the street. (Currently accepting vendor applications – visit Free face painting, inflatables, circus entertainment by Good Clean Fun, and hands-on art activities will be offered in the Kid’s Zone from 5:00-7:30pm.

Address: North Charleston’s Olde Village on East Montague Avenue
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Cost: FREE!

Saturday, May 5

Lowcountry Shrimp Festival

The Lowcountry Shrimp Festival is a celebration of shrimp and blessing of the fleet at the Robert E. Ashley Boat Landing. There is live music, local shrimp, BBQ, and local artisans and children’s play area. All proceeds from the festival benefit Cape Romain Environmental Education School. 

Address: 1011 Old Cemetary Road, McClellelanville, 29458
Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Saturday, May 5 

Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival

Starting in 2006, the Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrates Latin culture and heritage. The Charleston community can enjoy Hispanic food, dance, and music.

Address: 375 Meeting St., Charleston 29401
Time: 7 pm – 11 pm

Sunday, May 6

Bark for your Brew 

Bring your four-legged friend out to Joe Riley Park for this dog-friendly craft beer tasting presented by Southern Eagle Distributing on Sunday, May 6th from 2pm-4pm.

Sample over 30 craft beers from Southern Eagle Distributing’s craft beer portfolio, enjoy live music and watch funny dog videos with your favorite furry friend!

Address: Joe Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance at Tickets include beer sampling tickets and sampling cup.

Thursday, May 10

Hops & Vines

Enjoy wine, beer, and live music while experiencing the beauty of McLeod Plantation Historic Site. May 10 with Dave Landeo Musician and Dashi food truck

Address: McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: Buy advance tickets for $15, At the gate: $20, if available. Only 350 tickets will be sold for this event.

Friday, May 11

Listen To Your Mother presented by Charleston Storytellers

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a live staged reading, featuring a diverse cast
of women and men sharing their personal stories about motherhood. It’s hilarious and heartwarming. Emotionally intense and profound. Get your tickets now!

Address: The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Road
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 
Cost: Get your tickets here

Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

Charleston Greek Festival

Enjoy Greek food, music, folk dance performances, and tours of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Address: 30 Race Street, Charleston, 29403
Time: Check Charleston Greek Festival for a complete schedule 
Cost: FREE!

Saturday, May 12

Wannamaker Movie Night

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, and join us for a movie night under the stars at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Movie nights are FREE with regular park admission.

Movies begin just after sunset. Movie titles to be announced.

Address: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29406
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Cost: FREE with regular park admission

Saturday, May 12

15th Annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day

This annual run/walk is open to all ages and is hosted by Postpartum Support Charleston. It begins on Daniel Island and ends at the MUSC Health Stadium. The run is followed by music, free food, and plenty of children’s activities. 

Address: MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr., Charleston 29429 
Time: Race begins at 7 am
Cost: Check here for complete list of pricing


Sunday, May 13

2nd Sunday on King Street

Shop, dine, and walk along King Street, which is closed off to traffic, on the 2nd Sunday of each month! Print this voucher to receive two hours of free parking!

Address: King Street, Downtown Charleston
Time: 1 pm-5 pm
Cost: FREE

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day 2018 at Wild Blue Ropes

Mother’s Day at Wild Blue is all about FUN. Over-the-top, laughing-out-loud, family FUN. Come on out an share an adventure with like-minded families. BOOK now and receive a FREE Challenge Pass (Gift with Purchase) for MOM!

Address: Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, 1595 Highland Ave., Charleston, SC 29412

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Celebrate Mother’s Day by cruising the Charleston Harbor while enjoying a delicious brunch and listening to live jazz music. Complimentary mimosas will be provided for all adults!

Address: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant 
Time: Boarding time is 11 am, cruise is 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: Prices vary, check here for complete listing

Wednesday, May 16

Family-friendly Dragtime Cabaret

Presented in partnership with the one and only Brooke Collins, this drag show features a night of glitz, glamour, and humor. Families will love the fun music, beautiful costumes and cozy theater experience! The family-friendly performance is suitable for children of all ages! All children (including infants), regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter. PARENTS: Make note, this production includes loud music. There is no drink minimum at our family-friendly show, but snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Address: Charleston Performing Arts Center, 873 Folly Road
Time: 6 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here.

Thursday, May 17

Third Thursdays in Summerville

On the third Thursday of each month, downtown Summerville becomes a prime spot for live entertainment, special offers from restaurants, shopping, and local music. 

Address: 129 South Main St., Summerville 29483
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Cost: FREE

Thursday, May 17

Yappy Hour

Reward yourself and your pooch after a long day at the office! Bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy live music and beverages at Yappy Hour at the James Island County Park Dog Park. The Yappy Hour series promises great music and fun! Yappy Hour is FREE with regular park admission.

Address: James Island County Park Dog Park, 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston, 29412
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE with park admission

Saturday, May 19

Charleston Beer Garden 2018

Tickets for the 2018 Charleston Beer Garden will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. You’ll want to grab them at the early-bird rate (especially VIP tickets, which always sell out). NEW: You asked, and we listened! The 2018 event will largely focus on bringing you breweries from around North and South Carolina so expect to see plenty of local Charleston breweries plus your favorite beers and ciders from the rest of the Carolinas.

Address: The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

Saturday, May 20

Wishes in Bloom

For the second year, Make-A-Wish South Carolina and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens are partnering to bring you an inspirational evening celebrating the hope, strength and joy a wish creates while raising funds to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Address: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

Tuesday, May 22 – Saturday, May 26

The Atlantic Cup

The Atlantic Cup is returning to Charleston! From May 22nd- 26th, visit Charleston City Marina where the boats will be docked to prepare for the race. You may even get a chance to talk to some the sailors about the race!

Address: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street Charleston

Friday, May 25 – Sunday, June 10

Piccolo Spoleto 

With more than 500 arts and cultural events, Piccolo Spoleto has dozens of inexpensive programs around the area, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, and much more. 

Address: Locales vary, check website for complete listing
Time: Times vary, check website for complete listing
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here for complete listing

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