Summers in South Carolina can be hot, but Charleston always manages to make summers fun, too. Summer trips to Charleston usually involve beaches, cruises, historical tours, brewery tours, great food, and even a ball game. If you’re looking for things to do this summer, fun is not hard to find in Charleston. The hardest part is deciding where to begin.

Here are just a few of our favorite summer activities to get you started:


A trip to Charleston has to include the beach. The city has several of the area’s favorite beaches including Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Edisto Beach. From laid-back Folly Beach to the family-friendly Isle of Palms, each beach has its own unique feel and personality.

Dolphin and Boat Tours

You definitely need to hit the water on your trip. Favorite activities include bottlenose dolphin watching and boat tours around Charleston Harbor. Enjoy cocktails and live music on a romantic sunset cruise… It also makes for the perfect summertime selfie!

Historic Tours

Charleston’s rich history is an attraction all year round. Favorite tours around Charleston include historic homes, plantations, art tours, food tours, and, of course, ghost tours. Get to know the Lowcountry for yourself.

Farmers Markets

You know it is summer when Farmer Markets open. A different market can be found almost every day of the week packed with fresh local seafood, jams, produce, and crafts. A local favorite is the Summer Farmer’s Market every Monday in Freshfields Village.

RiverDogs Baseball

A RiverDogs minor league baseball game is a Lowcountry tradition that’s suitable for the whole family.  Get some boiled peanuts, hot dogs, and dollar beer while you’re at it.

Summer Events in Charleston

Find festivals, concerts, and more all summer long in Charleston.

  • Charleston Carifest, June 18

  • Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series, June 19

  • Andy Grammer: The Art of Joy Tour, June 21

  • Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats + Zach Bryan, June 22

  • Dwight Yoakam with Dalton Davis, June 23

  • Pride Parade, June 25

  • 4th of July Fireworks Blast at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, July 4

  • 4th of July Fireworks at Folly Beach, July 4

  • Vince Gill, July 9

  • Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival, July 16

  • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, July 23

  • Michael Bublé: Higher Tour 2022, August 14

  • SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival, August 27

  • Summer Wine Festival, August 27

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