Sail into summer on Daniel Island!
Summertime has officially arrived on Daniel Island, ushering in the carefree months that we all look forward to – when coastal breezes turn balmy, sunshine beckons, and dolphins playfully dance on Lowcountry waterways. It is a time when the sound of flip flops flopping on beach boardwalks, outdoor concert jams, and the savory scent of burgers on the grill are as sure as the rising tides.
Island residents and visitors traditionally take full advantage of the wave of offerings on the calendar, many of them right here on Daniel Island. When you’re not enjoying one of our local beaches or cruising the creeks on a paddleboard, there are plenty of other ways to ensure the season goes swimmingly. 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!
Daniel Island Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.
In front of Volvo Car Stadium on Seven Farms Drive
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.
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.
Daniel Island Sip, Shop & Support
June 22, 4 to 8 p.m.
Spend the afternoon and early evening meandering along Daniel Island’s town center while enjoying food, drinks, art and shopping – in support of a great cause! Proceeds benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Click here to view the event’s flyer.
Rum Runners Charleston
June 25, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the spirits and flavors of the West Indies. Featuring offerings from 10 chefs and 30 rum distilleries. Click here for additional information.
Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy & Bess
May 28-October 9
Gibbes Museum of Art
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.
U.S. Air Force “Blue Aces Band” Concert
June 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Daniel Island’s Children’s Park
Get into the July 4th spirit a little early and come out to listen to this fantastic band performance, to be held on the Wando River waterfront on Daniel Island. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket! Free.
Volvo Car Stadium Summer Concert Series!
July 1 – Barenaked Ladies
August 5 & 6 – Hootie & the Blowfish
August 17 – Train
August 19 – Need to Breathe
September 17 – The Lumineers
Charleston Battery Summer Soccer
MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island
July 2 – Battery vs. Richmond Kickers
July 6 – Battery vs. Scotland Rangers FC
July 13 – Battery vs. Orlando City B
August 3 – Battery vs. Charlotte Independence
August 13 – Battery vs. FC Montreal
August 27 – Battery vs. Charlotte Independence
September 3 – Battery vs. Rochester Rhinos
Daniel Island’s Independence Weekend Celebration!
July 3 – 4
Etiwan Park, Children’s Park, Pierce Park Pool & Pavilion
Come witness why Daniel Island may very well be the most patriotic town in America! On Sunday, July 3, visit Etiwan Park from 2 to 3 p.m. for “The Kazoobie Show” with Rick Hubbard. Guests are encouraged to take part in decorating golf carts and bikes for the Annual Patriotic Parade at 5 p.m. Plus, throughout the afternoon enjoy face painting, balloon art, water slides, music, frozen treats and more! The not-to-be-missed parade will feature a special performance by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard & Palmetto Percussion – along with a fleet of golf carts, wagons, bikes and walkers that would make Uncle Sam proud. That evening, a free concert by the Charleston Community Band and the Andrew Thielen Big Band Orchestra will be held at Children’s Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Topping it all off will be a spectacular fireworks show at 9!
The next day, July 4, Daniel Island residents and their guests are invited to take part in a poolside celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring games, a DJ, and a cookout at Pierce Park Pool and Pavilion. Also, be sure to check out the new “Field of Honor” on River Landing Drive to view flags of support for military service members. For complete details on all Independence Day weekend festivities, click here.
Stars & Guitars
July 3, 4:30 p.m. (music starts at 6 p.m.)
Boone Hall Plantation
Featuring artists Dustin Lynch, Runaway June, and William Michael Morgan. $25 per person. Click here for details.
Summerville’s Red, White & Blue on the Green
July 4, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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.
11th Annual Palette & Palate Stroll
July 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Daniel Island’s 3rd Annual “Happy Hour 5K Trail Series”
July 21 and August 18
Sprint into fitness fun with this popular, family-friendly 5K event that takes participants along the waterfront on tree-lined trails. Gatherings at local restaurants will be held after the race. To register, click here.
July 22, August 19 and September 16, 7 to 11 p.m.
Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier
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.
Daniel Island Summer Soiree
August 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
Pierce Park Pavilion
Dinner, drinks, dancing and spectacular views of the marsh and Wando River are on the menu for this highly anticipated event. Featuring the East Coast Party Band. Tickets are $30 per person through July 25, after that the price increases to $45 per person. Click here for the event’s flyer.
Charleston Margarita Festival
August 19, 6 p.m.
Charleston Maritime Center
Sample margaritas and vote for your favorite. Sponsored by Charleston City Paper. Click here for details.
Hot Nights & Holy City Dinner
August 27, 6 to 9 p.m.
Middleton Place Pavilion
Pairing summer seasonal beers with summer seasonal dishes! $75 per person. Click here for more information.
Charleston Restaurant Week
September 7 – September 18
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
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.
September 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Charleston’s Marion Square
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
Boone Hall Plantation
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.