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Unique Summertime Events in the Lowcountry

It’s summertime in the Lowcountry, the carefree months that we all look forward to. Each year visitors and residents alike take full advantage of the wave of offerings on the calendar here in Summerville, Goose Creek and beyond during the summer and early fall. Whether you prefer to stay close to home or hit the road to explore various corners of the Lowcountry, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season. From patriotic Independence Day activities to foodie events to waterside beach music soirees, take a look at what’s coming up and prepare to dive in to your own summer fun!

Carnes Crossroads Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.
Green Barn
Few things exemplify summer more than plump, vine-ripened tomatoes and other fresh veggies and fruits picked at the peak of perfection. Stock up on the Lowcountry’s bounty of offerings at this popular weekly event!

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Night Walks
June 7 – July 31, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Edisto Beach
Take a trip down to Edisto and join members of the interpretive staff from Edisto Beach State Park for a special program on the life cycle of the amazing loggerhead sea turtle, followed by a walk along the beach in search of sea turtle nests or hatchling activity! $15 per adult and $10 per child (ages 11-15). Advance registration required. Call (843) 869-4430 or click here for additional information.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper
July 16, August 13 and September 10
Mount Pleasant Pier
Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy live beach music while savoring picturesque views of Charleston Harbor. Click here for more details.

Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy & Bess
May 28 – October 9
Gibbes Museum of Art, Downtown Charleston
Explore the visual delights of George Gershwin’s famed opera Porgy & Bess, as interpreted by artists since it’s creation in the 1930s. Click here for a look at the exhibit.

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series
June 24, July 8, August 5, 7:30 pm
James Island County Park
Hey, mon! Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a little calypso, rhythm and blues! Join the Ras Bonghi Reggae All-Stars, Selah Dubb, and Mystic Vibrations for a jammin’ good time at this concert series. Click here for details.

Volvo Car Stadium Summer Concert Series
Daniel Island
August 5 & 6 – Hootie & the Blowfish
August 17 – Train
August 19 – Need to Breathe
September 17 – The Lumineers
To purchase tickets, or for additional information, click here.

Summerville’s Red, White & Blue on the Green
July 4, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Gahagan Park, Summerville
This free event features live entertainment, a kids’ zone with games and prizes, beer garden, food vendors, and a fireworks show! Click here for more information.

Fabulous 4th in the Creek
July 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music from the Dave Landeo Band, kids’ activities, food vendors, a fireworks display and more from. Free admission. No pets, coolers, alcohol or personal fireworks. For more information, click here.

11th Annual Palette & Palate Stroll
July 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Charleston
Stroll through cobblestone streets in the historical French Quarter in downtown Charleston while viewing the latest art exhibits in local galleries and sampling gourmet foods! Tickets are $45 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information, click here.

Moonlight Mixers
July 22, August 19 and September 16, 7 to 11 p.m.
Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, Folly Beach
Shag the night away with DJ Jim Bowers as the sun sets and the ocean tides roll beneath the pier. Cocktails and food available for purchase. Tickets $10 per person. For more information, click here.

Lowcountry Sumer Coin Show
August 5-7
Exchange Park Fairgrounds, Ladson
Dealers, Collectors and the curious from South Carolina and surrounding states gather to buy, sell, trade, look and enjoy coins and related collectibles at this annual event. There will be door prizes every day and a special exhibit area for young folks to learn about coins and the fun of collecting. For more information, click here. 

Charleston Restaurant Week
September 7 – September 18
Various Locations
Be sure to take advantage of one of Charleston’s most anticipated events and enjoy special pricing and offerings at dozens of area restaurants. For details, click here.

Charleston Watersports Fest
September 12-18
Various Locations
Seven days of continuous fun on the water! Featuring competitive sports, recreational sports, instructional lessons, and leisure activities. Over 50 different activities to choose from! Click here for additional information.

Sweet Tea Festival
September 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hutchinson Square, Summerville
This annual festival celebrates the Lowcountry’s favorite beverage and features live music, food, sweet tea and more. For more information, click here. 

Rice Culture Days
September 16-17
Middleton Place Plantation
It’s harvest time on the plantation! Join a costumed interpreter at the rice field overlook for a demonstration of how Carolina Gold rice was harvested. Learn about the complex planting and harvesting processes of rice from field to plate. Click here for additional information.

Fam Jam!
September 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marion Square, Downtown Charleston
Hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Enjoy a variety of playful activities for the whole family. Click here to find out more.

36th Annual Taste of Charleston
September 23-25
Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant
Described on the Boone Hall Plantation website as a “sea of culinary enchantment,” this event will showcase cuisine from more than 50 Charleston area restaurants. Live music and other activities will also be part of the three day program’s lineup. For details, click here.

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