Things to do in Charleston in April (2019)

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in April and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston for even more ideas.


This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Charleston throughout April. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Charleston, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


1. Catch a Riverdogs Baseball Game! 

Enjoy an evening with America’s favorite pastime–baseball! The Charleston Riverdogs, the city’s minor league team, kicks off their season in April with plenty of home games throughout the month. Grab your baseball cap and get ready to cheer on the team! It’s an event the whole family can have fun with.

For full schedule and ticketing information click here.

Charleston in April

2. Sip Your Way Through Middleton Place

Every Wednesday in the month of April enjoy strolling through a unique garden at Middleton Place while sipping a variety of wine. Each week the wine comes from a different region of the world. The event lasts from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Online tickets are $25 and can be purchased here; tickets at the door cost $30.

Be sure to check out our post comparing all of the plantation tours Charleston has to offer!

3. Stroll Through the Charleston Farmers Market

beginning April 14, 2019

In April, shop for seasonal produce like asparagus, leafy greens, and beets. What better way to obtain it then buying it directly from the hand that farmed it? In addition to produce, visitors can look forward to packaged food, artisans, craft vendors, and live performers. The Charleston Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 8am-2pm in Marion Square in the heart of historic Charleston.

4. Cooper River Bridge Run

April 6, 2019

Since 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run has provided a world class 10K foot race to participants in an effort to continue the education of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. After the event, runners can enjoy live entertainment and bands. Additionally, a number of food, refreshment, and souvenir vendors will be on hand. To register and for more information click here.



5. Take a Walking Tour

Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you will likely visit as a tourist in city.

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.

6. Charleston Music Hall

Located in the heart of historic Charleston and what was once a passenger station of the South Carolina Railroad, Charleston Music Hall delivers engaging and intimate evenings between artists and audience members. Featuring numerous performances including music, film, and comedy throughout the month there is sure to be something for everyone. Shows and tickets prices vary daily.

7. Visit the Karpeles Manuscript Library

Part of the largest privately owned manuscript and document collection in the world, the Charleston branch is held in a former Methodist church that was built in 1856 and used as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. The library’s current exhibit through April 30th focuses on Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the first efficient telegraph. The library is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-4pm. Admission is free.

8. Festival of Houses and Gardens

through April 18, 2019

Get an inside peek at some of America’s most historic gardens and homes (some dating back to the 18th Century!) with a number of tours highlighting the city’s distinct architecture, culture, history, and gardens. Tours and events vary daily so guests can enjoy a diverse platform. For more information, brochures, and tickets click here.

Charleston in April

9. Lowcountry Cajun Festival

April 7, 2019

Become your own “ragin Cajun” with a full day of fun for the whole family on April 8th at James Island County Park. Activities at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival will include live Zydeco music, a kids carnival, and loads of Cajun and Creole food like jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, crawfish, hot dogs, and sno cones. Enjoy the festival from 12pm-6pm; admission is $15 per person.

10. Dine at Husk

Indulge your palate with an ever-changing menu of classic and locally sourced Southern dishes at Husk Restaurant. Located in a Victorian era home and serving lowcountry creations from James Beard award winning chef, Sean Brock, an evening at Husk will be one to remember. Check the website for hours, sample menus, and reservations.

Below are our sections on things to do in at night, for free, or for families in April.

For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on Things to do in Charleston. 

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Below is just a short sampling of the many things to do at night in April.  There are plenty of activities like sipping wine on Wednesdays at Middleton Place or seeing a show at Charleston Music Hall to enjoy in the evening when you visit The Holy City.

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in Charleston.

See an Improv Show at Theatre 99

Laugh the night away at Charleston’s home for improv comedy, Theatre 99. Voted best theatre company by Charleston City Paper, the improv groups at Theatre 99 feature shows Wednesday-Saturday each week–some shows are available for as little as $5 for admission. Check the calendar as news shows are being added for the month of April!

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

April 27, 2019

Get ready to dance the night away with a variety of music on the Mt. Pleasant Pier! Shaggin’ on the Cooper returns with The Hot Pepper Band on April 27th.

A night for the whole family to get loose and soak up the harbor breeze! Advance admission is $8, $10 at the gate; kids under 3 are free. Gates open at 7pm and music begins at 8pm.

A Murder Mystery – with Manners

Enjoy an evening full of mystery at The Black Fedora Theatre with a viewing of the Church Street Daughters of the Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club. Quite a name for a murder mystery (with manners) show! Audience members can look forward to a lot of interaction, men in dresses, and slight innuendo. An evening filled with a lot of laughter! Check the website for a complete schedule and tickets.

TIP: For many more ideas, be sure to take a look at our post Things to do at Night in Charleston.

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Charleston is a city that offers a lot of free activities like visiting the Charleston Farmers Market or visiting the Charleston branch of the Karpeles Manuscript Library. Just walking around the city and enjoying its unique architecture is enjoyable! Here are a few more free things to do in Charleston.

For even more free activities, see our Guide to Free Things to Do in Charleston.

The Hat Ladies Easter Promenade 

The Hat Ladies is an exclusive society for the ladies of Charleston who love wearing hats and are committed to charity work. Every Easter weekend, the Hat Ladies get together to show off their best headwear and stroll down Broad to East Bay for all to see. It’s completely free to attend and always a fun time if only to admire the intricate hats that the women adorn. 

Learn more about the Hat Ladies and their annual promenade here

The Citadel 

Children will love a visit to South Carolina’s military college, The Citadel, as they will think they are visiting a castle! Established in 1842, the Citadel is now home to nearly 3,500 men and women who takes undergraduate and graduate courses. Stroll around the campus or attend an impressive Friday parade. Check the website for more information.

Charleston in April

Magnolia Cemetery 

Dedicated in 1850, Charleston’s historic Magnolia Cemetery is the final resting place for numerous Confederate Civil War veterans, South Carolina politicians, authors, and poets among others. Wander through unique crypts, mausoleums, and headstones. Be sure not to miss the striking pyramid shaped crypt to WM B Smith, one of the most unusual in the cemetery. The cemetery is open daily from 8am-6pm.

Get Free Tickets with a Tourist Discount Pass

Admittedly, these passes have a cost.  However, if you plan well, you will essentially get several tickets to attractions or tours each day for free. 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.  Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals. 

Visit the Pink House

Located at 17 Chalmers Street in the city’s French Quarter sits Charleston’s oldest house. The Pink House was built between 1694 and 1712 and is still privately owned. In fact, it was on the market in 2017 and sold for roughly one million dollars. While visitors are not allowed inside, it’s definitely worth walking by if you’re in the area! We see this house on our Historic Charleston walking tour!

TIP: Our Guide to Free Things to do in Charleston lists a number of activities and events that won’t cost you a dime!

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Charleston is rich with activities and sights that the whole family can enjoy. We’ve listed some kid-friendly activities for the month of April like enjoying the Lowcountry Cajun Festival, visiting The Citadel, and watching a Riverdogs baseball game. Here are a few more family-friendly activities to enjoy!

For the complete list, visit our Visiting Charleston with Kids master post.

Charleston in AprilSpot the Hat Man!

As you walk around Charleston, keep your eyes peeled for the Charleston Hat Man located at the corner of Broad and Church Streets.

First painted in 1892 to advertise a haberdashery, the Hat Man today can be spotted sporting 16 different hats and 12 different styles. Look closely!

Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run and Wonderfest

April 5, 2019

From 11am-6pm in Hampton Park on April 5th bring the whole family to enjoy the Kids Run and Wonderfest. Three foot races at multiple skill level”s are available in addition to face painting, a petting zoo, jump castles, live music, pony rides, a climbing wall and more! Food will also be available for free (while supplies last) and for purchase. Check the website for registration and more information.

Relax with an Evening Carriage Tour

Take in the beauty and history of Charleston with an evening horse (or mule!) drawn carriage ride by the oldest carriage company in town, Palmetto Carriage Works. On their evening Commercial District tour, listen to fascinating stories about the city’s history, architecture, and historical figures. This tour takes off at 5:45pm and 6pm and is often sold out–booking in advance is recommended. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $12 for children.

TIP: For more ideas of things to do with kids in Charleston, see our post Things to do in Charleston with Kids.

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