July Events Charleston

Ready for an Adventure? Get out and explore a world of culture, imagination, cuisine, and history at events like the 15th Annual Sweetgrass Festival, The Summer of Potter, Bizarre Bazaar, and the Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival.

06.18 – 08.08
Family Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums

Take the family out for a day of experiencing fun and history in Charleston. Families can take part in a guided tour of the Nathaniel Russell House on Tuesdays and the Aiken-Rhett House on Thursdays but the fun doesn’t end there! Activities, historic games and historic toys will also be a part of this special family outing. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-16 and free for children under 6. Tours start every half hour
between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street; Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street.
Visit historiccharleston.org/museums.

06.10 – 08.05
The Summer of Potter

Step into the Wizarding World at Charleston Music Hall with this summer-long event. All eight films will be screened on various dates throughout the summer in the Harry Potter theme decorated Music Hall. A Harry Potter themed art exhibit will also be on display and the bar will be serving Harry Potter themed treats. Feel free to dress up in your Hogwarts House robes or as your favorite character and be on the lookout for prizes, surprises and trivia. Tickets are $8 per film or $50 for a 8-Film Pass. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and each film starts at 7 p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.

Jennifer Wen Ma, Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting Jennifer Wen Ma and her solo exhibition. Her exhibit, inspired by the history of Charleston, is more than just art to look at—it’s an experience. She is collaborating with the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts with performances by students in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music and more. There will also be community dinners to discuss specific issues
Charleston is currently battling. There will also be Luncheons where the public is invited to be a part of the conversation. Bring a bag lunch and join your fellow community members and the artist herself. Free admission. Luncheon is 12:00 p.m–1:00 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street.
Visit halsey.cofc.edu for more information.

Mamma Mia Sing Along

“Mamma Mia, here I go again” with the Summer Sing-Along series at Charleston Music Hall presenting this month’s Mamma Mia. Bring your very own Dynamos and let your inner “Dancing Queen” shine by singing and dancing along to Meryl Streep. Charleston Music Hall offers an add-on dinner option at Vincent Chicco’s or Virginia’s on King for an extra $32. Tickets are $8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7
p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street.
Visit charlestonmusichall.com.

07.10 – 07.11
Merry Makers

Come explore this pop-up market that is hosting local vendors, food and drinks. With up to 50 vendors at the newly renovated South Carolina Society Hall, guests will be able to browse, shop and enjoy a lovely evening all the while enjoying the historic building. The market is free to the public and all proceeds will go to the Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, a local nonprofit providing free civil legal services to low-income residents of the Charleston area. Admission is free. Open 12 p.m–6 p.m. on both days. South Carolina Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street.

Hot in the City: Drinks for a Cause

Do you like brews? Do you like to help preserve historical structures in Charleston? Then this event is for you! Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company is hosting Drayton Hall for a “Fun Fundraiser”—no cover, just beers, fun and fundraising. 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company, 1595 King Street #115. Visit draytonhall.org to RSVP and for more information.

Mount Pleasant Pier’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper series

Get out your dancing shoes because the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series is back. A variety of live music from local bands will be performing and beverages will be available for purchase on site. All ages are welcome to come dance in the open air under the stars. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on site. Gates open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd. Visit ccprc.com.

15th Annual Sweetgrass Festival

Sweetgrass basket art is a prominent attraction in the Charleston area and an art form that originates in the Gullah people’s history, culture and traditions. The Sweetgrass Festival is a way to honor and celebrate this art with entertainment, activities and local basket makers given the opportunity to promote and sell their sweetgrass merchandise to all that join the festivities. Admission is free. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront, 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd. Visit experiencemountpleasant.com for more information.

Reggae Nights Summer Series

Nothing gets you more relaxed on a summer night than the Reggae Nights Summer Concerts. Join the Charleston-based band Well Charged and get ready for good times and great vibes. All are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for the outdoor concert series. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up; free admission for ages 12 and under. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m. James Island County Park. Visit ccprc.com for more information.


Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival

Caribbean food, culture and music—it can’t get much better than that! Bring your family and friends to this year’s 6th annual festival celebrating Caribbean culture and food. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs but, most importantly, bring smiles because you won’t be able to stop having fun at this event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. 6 p.m–11 p.m. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston. Visit chsjerkfest.com for more information.

Charleston Zine Fest 4.0

Come celebrate independent publishers from comic book writers to illustrators and artists. You will be able to meet these creative individuals while shopping and supporting their work. There will be panel discussions and workshops among other events to look forward to. Free admission. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street.

6th Annual Ladybug Release

Experience the amazing event of releasing 200,000 ladybugs into the gardens at Magnolia Plantation. This beautiful displays purpose is to help control the population of other more harmful insects. Not only will you be able to watch the ladybugs being released, but kids get to release their very own group of ladybugs. Exhibits will also be on display, as well as activities and face painting. But it gets better! Come dressed in your best ladybug costume as there will be a costume contest with prizes for the winners! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years old. The event is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with ladybug distribution at 10 a.m. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Visit magnoliaplantation.com.

PUSH—An Event for Mocha Moms

Sister Summit, an organization that provides events that celebrate women of color and their children, is hosting an event for moms. It’s a day to Pause, Unwind, Share and Harness your power (PUSH). Through seminars, a vendor marketplace, games and entertainment—it’s a playdate for moms, FINALLY. Tickets are $10. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Exquis Event Center, North Charleston SC. Visit sistersummit.com for more information.

07.20 – 07.21
All-New Charleston Variety Show

From dancing and comedy skits to pop, rock and country favorites, this show is unlike any other. Charleston producers and entertainers, Brad and Jennifer Moranz have brought together a talented cast for this all-new show that will be performing three shows in two days. You won’t want to miss it! Ticket prices vary. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.

DIY For a Cause with Brides for Breasts

Do you like crafts and DIY activities? Then come to AR Workshop and choose from a variety of wood projects that you can customize, paint and take home with you! All proceeds will go to Brides for Breasts, an organization that has partnered with Keep a Breast Foundation and is focused on breast education, support and seeing an end to breast cancer. Don’t forget to bring your own wine or beer to sip while you enjoy a night out with friends! Prices vary. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. AR Workshop, 280 W. Coleman Blvd. Suite B, Mt. Pleasant. Visit arworkshop.com.

Moonlight Mixer

The summer season is finally here which means the Moonlight Mixer series on Folly Beach is back and better than ever! Enjoy a night out with the family, your significant other or a group of friends as you dance the night away with DJ Jim Bowers. All are welcome to bring chairs but leave your drinks and coolers at home. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on site. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Folly Beach Pier. Visit ccprc.com.

Charleston Margarita Festival

More than 20 margaritas to sample from the best bars and restaurants in Charleston, delicious food, beer and great music—it sounds like a dream. But it’s real and it’s the Charleston Margarita Festival. Grab your
friends and get ready to have a fun–filled night along the waterfront. Get your tickets online before they’re sold out! $55 for Early Admission Tickets or $45 for General Admission. Early Admission is 6 p.m. and General Admission is 7 p.m. Brittlebank Park.
For more information and to buy your tickets visit charlestonmargaritafest.com.

07.26 – 07.27
John’s Island Book Sale

If you like books and you’re on a budget, this is the event for you. Over 10,000 books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale for the low price range of $0.50 to $3. Open to the public. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the 26th and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the 27th. John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org.

Family Movie Day

Want to hang out with Elsa, Dory and Shrek all in one day? Well Charleston, Music Hall’s Family Movie Day is your chance. Charleston Music Hall is hosting three movies in one day for the whole family. The bar will be open for parents and popcorn, snacks, candy and drinks will be served for the kids. Special surprises will be given to those that dress up as their favorite characters from the films, so break out your favorite costumes! Tickets are $8 per film. Frozen will be shown at 12:00 p.m. Finding Nemo will be shown at 3 p.m. Shrek will be shown at 6 p.m. Door will open 30 minutes before each showing. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.

Bizarre Bazaar

Do you like yard sales? Do you like art? Then this Bazaar is for you! Original artwork, prints, posters and more collected over thirty years of exhibitions will be available for purchase. Prices will range from $5 to $5,000 while there will also be a chance for freebies. Like any good yard sale, haggling is encouraged so don’t forget to bring your cash, checks, credit cards and a love of art. Free admission. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street.
Visit halsey.cofc.edu for more information.

2nd Annual Charleston Grand African Ball

The Conscious Connection of Charleston will be hosting the 2nd Annual Charleston Grand African Ball at the Founders Hall. This event will unite Africans from many cultures: Gullah-Geechee natives, Caribbean Africans, Africans in North/South/ Central America and all other Africans from home or abroad. With African themed cuisine, multiple DJs, live entertainment and so much more this event is sure to be a night to remember. Ticket prices vary. 6 p.m -11 p.m. Founders Hall, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Visit chsgrandafricanball.com for more information.