18 Things to Do in June in Charleston

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in June including free family-friendly things to do and activities, update for 2020.

Be sure to check out our master post on things to do in Charleston at any time of the year for even more ideas.

 

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TOP 18 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN JUNE

For more information on popular tourist attractions in Charleston, make sure to check out our posts: 

Some of the items within this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


1. See a Concert

Charleston has a lively music scene. Just take a look at StubHub’s list concerts you can see this month!

Below we list the highlights in June.

 

 

Find all the concerts available in Charleston here.


2. Attend a Sports Event

In June, you can see a minor league baseball game or a professional soccer match. Going to a sports event is a family-friendly outing.

Some baseball games take place in the early evening, making it a great way to spend your night in Charleston.

See what other sports events are happening this month.

 

 

Baseball

Charleston Riverdogs

Soccer

Charleston Battery

Find all the games you can attend in Charleston here.


3. Take a Sightseeing Tour

We offer three different name-your-own-price tours in Charleston. See our walking tour schedule here.

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you should visit on your trip to Charleston.

 

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There are a number of other ways to explore Charleston and we have advice on choosing which Charleston Bus Tours, Ghost Tours, and Harbor tours are best.


4. Piccolo Spoleto Festival

The southern offshoot of the international Spoleto festival heads to Charleston starting May 22 through June 7, 2020.

 

 

Days packed with live music, visual arts, theatre, dance, and children’s programs make it fun for people of all ages!

For a full schedule, tickets, and much more information click here.


5. Celebrate Father’s Day 

June 21, 2020, is Father’s Day. Charleston has a number of activities that dads of any age will enjoy!

For example, look into taking a cruise of Charleston Harbor.

You can choose from sightseeing cruises, sunset cruises and cruises with food and drink.

 

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Another way to spend the day with dad is to visit historic Fort Sumter.

To get to this historic island, you must take a boat ride there. Read about Fort Sumter cruises here.


6. Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass

Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   

 Read our post comparing the different Charleston tourist discount passes

 

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 Here are a few of the activities included:

  • Charleston Speedboat Adventures | $79
  • Palmetto Carriage Works Tours | $28
  • Haunted Charleston Walking Tours | $30
  • Nathaniel Russell House Museum | $12
  • Aiken Rhett House Museum | $12
  • Charleston Tea Plantation | $12
  • Gray Line City Bus Tour | $24
  • Charleston Harbor Tour | $29
  • Boone Hall Plantation | $24
  • McLeod Plantation | $15
  • Fort Sumter Tour | $24

You can learn more about this service by reading our post about Charleston tourist passes.


7. Stroll Along the Battery 

In June, White Point Garden Park at the Battery will be in bloom and absolutely gorgeous.

The Battery is a coastal peninsula in Charleston that gets its name from a civil-war-era defense artillery battery that was placed there.

 

 

The beautiful homes in this area are a must-see. Not only are the houses gorgeous, but the harbor view is breathtaking. 

Read our post on Rainbow Row to learn more about beautiful historic houses.


8. Take a Food Tour 

Try some delicious southern cuisine on one of Charleston’s popular food tours

These food tours will introduce you to classic dishes including grits, collard greens, various fried treats, and sweet tea.

 

 

If you’d like to make your own food tasting experience in the city, make sure to read our post about the best lowcountry foods to try in Charleston.


9. Enjoy the Theatre

In June, there are a few shows you can see. You can find all of them here.

For an evening of wacky fun, you can see Scary Mommy Live! on June 26, 2020.

 

 

Check these top performance venues in Charleston to see what else is playing this month.

See what is playing this June in Charleston.


10. Go to the Beach

Nothing says summer like a day at the beach! Folly Beach is located on Folly Island that can be reached downtown Charleston by car in just 20-minutes.

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beach, or choose from one of the many seaside restaurants or bars for a meal.

 

 

Located just a 15-minute drive from the heart of the Historic District of Charleston, Isle of Palms is also a great place for families to visit!

Read more about Charleston’s beaches here.


11. Take a Carriage Ride

See Charleston at night in a unique experience on a nighttime carriage ride.

They offer daytime tours as well if you prefer, and we have a whole list of Charleston carriage tours here.

 

 


12. Party at The Point

Every Friday in June from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. you can enjoy a fun happy hour concert series at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (map).

This family-friendly event is on the beach at the resort, and there’ll be live music and plenty of food and drinks.

 

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Bring beach chairs, blankets, and their dancing shoes! For tickets and more information click here.


13. Nighttime at the Museum

History comes alive during the annual Nighttime at the Museum at the Charleston Museum. 

The event features historical re-enactors, special displays and crafts, and exciting scavenger hunt among other things.

 

 
 

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price. The 2020 date has yet to be announced keep checking the official website.


14. Jazz on the Harbor

On Friday, June 5, 2020, come out to the Charleston Harbor to enjoy some jazz!

The open-air concert is hosted by the South Carolina Aquarium and is a great way to enjoy music while exploring the exhibits.

Keep yourself fueled with small plates from The Atlantic Room, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, Grace & Grit, and others.

Beer & wine are included in the ticket price, which you can purchase here


15. Charleston Carifest

In honor of Caribbean American heritage month, partake in the free Charleston Carifest from June 18 – 21, 2020.

There will be a Carnival-style Carifest street parade on Saturday, June 20, starting at 4:00 pm from King and John Street. 

Additionally, festival-goers can enjoy a party in the park with reggae music, dancers, Caribbean food, games, and costumes.

More information and a schedule of events are available on the website


16. Watch a Duck Race

Adopt a rubber duck for a good cause and race across Smythe Park Lake in the Charleston Duck Race this year.

This annual event benefits 30 charities and is hosted by the local Rotary club. In 2020, it takes place on June 6.

 

 

The first 7 ducks win prizes but everyone’s a winner at this event when you come to cheer on the ducks and enjoy the kickoff concert for the “Sounds of Summer” concert series. 

The event is free and geared towards everyone with activities for all ages.

Check out other family-friendly events to do in Charleston this month from our post on Things to do in Charleston with Kids.


17. Reggae Nights Summer Concerts

Set in a beautiful setting at James Island County Park, the Reggae Nights concert series is a chilled out way to pass an evening in Charleston.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get ready for a night under the southern stars!

In 2020, you can go on June 5th and 26th. Food and beverages are available for purchase.


18. Walk the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge

Opened in 2005, the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge connects downtown Charleston with Mt. Pleasant.

Offering stunning views of the harbor, the bridge also features a pedestrian path that is 2.5 miles (4 km). If a five miles round trip seems like too much just walk halfway and turn around!

 

 

Walking over the bridge is free to do. See our post on Free Things to do in Charleston for other activities and events that won’t cost you a dime!

 


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