Top Rated Charleston Events This Summer You Won’t Want to Miss


Charleston Events This Summer

Charleston Events This Summer

Summer is approaching, and there has never been a better time to celebrate and bask under the beautiful South Carolina sun. We’ve compiled a list of Charleston events you will not want to miss this season, so grab your sunscreen and sunglasses and explore fun activities that make Charleston a must-visit destination.

Charleston Carifest

Charleston Carifest is a creative and artistic celebration honoring Caribbean American Heritage Month. Experience the region’s unique foods, dance and music. Purchase tickets in advance for $15.00 or at the gate for $20.00. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Saturday, July 1, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Brittle Bank Park

Patriots Point Fourth of July Fireworks Blast

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum holds an annual Fourth of July fireworks show featuring live music and food trucks in one of Charleston's most scenic and patriotic locations.

Beginning at 6:00 PM on July 4, guests can attend a free party at the historic World War II aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Yorktown. The fireworks over picturesque Charleston Harbor begin after sundown. 

Guests should remember parking at Patriots Point will be $20 per vehicle for the day, and visitors are highly encouraged to bring their own seats. This annual celebration is a must-see top-rated Charleston SC event!
July 4, 2023, at Charleston Harbor

Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival

If you love jerk seasoning and Caribbean food, you won’t want to miss the family-friendly Charleston SC event, the Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival. This event highlights Jamaican jerk seasoning and features one of the fiercest and most delicious jerk cook-offs among the Southeast’s top chefs. 

If food-eating contests are more your style, sign up early for the Jerk Wing Eating contest. The contestant that eats the most wings in 30 seconds wins the competition and is crowned the 2023 Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival Jerk Wing King or Queen! 

Make sure to buy your tickets online now! 

Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Riverfront Park

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

Charleston’s annual Sweetgrass Festival in Mount Pleasant offers free admission for those that would like to learn more about the Gullah Geechee people’s culture, history and traditions of the sweetgrass basket art that originated in South Carolina’s Mount Pleasant. 

This annual Charleston SC event allows local basket makers to showcase their talents and will enable tourists the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind crafts. Whether you want to buy crafts, jewelry or art, or learn more about Lowcountry traditions, don’t miss this 18th annual event. 

Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park 

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