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Things to do in Charleston in June

Updated: October 12, 2021

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in June and has been updated for 2018. 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 June. 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.

Sweetgrass Festival - June 2 (kid-friendly)

Head to the Mt. Pleasant Memorial waterfront park on June 2nd to enjoy the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. A celebration of the Gullah People’s history and sweetgrass basket-weaving art, the festival will also include children’s activities, lowcountry foods, arts & crafts vendors, and live entertainment. Admission to the festival is free and it runs from 9am-4pm.

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.

Weekend Wine-Down

Each Saturday, head to Wadmalaw Island for a weekend wine-down at Deep Water Vineyard. Local music and food will be available to go along with your tastings in the tranquil environment of the vineyard. Wine-downs happen from 12pm-4pm on Saturdays.

Sunset at Fort Sumter (kid-friendly)

Soak up the warm summer breeze and experience a unique way to tour Fort Sumter with a sunset tour! Cruises leave the dock at 5pm and return at 7:30pm with a tour of the property in between during the golden hour. For more information and tickets click here.

Party at the Point! (kid-friendly)

Every Friday in June enjoy a fun happy hour concert series at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Families can bring beach chairs, blankets, and their dancing shoes! Food and drinks are available for purchase. For tickets and more information click here.

Piccolo Spoleto Festival - through June 10 (kid-friendly)

The southern offshoot of the international Spoleto festival heads to Charleston through June 10th. 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.

Red, White, and Blue Jean Ball - June 15

Support local veterans and their families by attending the second annual Red, White, and Blue Jean Ball! A night filled with fun, cocktails and food will be available from an array of Charleston’s restaurants at the indoor/outdoor venue. A silent auction will take place in addition to live entertainment.

Celebrate Father’s Day! - June 17

Enjoy a day celebrating Dad! Check local restaurants for brunch and menu specials or take Dad out for a day under the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium where all dads will receive complimentary admission on Father’s Day!

Charleston Carifest - June 21-24 (kid-friendly)

In honor of Caribbean American heritage month, partake in the Charleston Carifest! Four days of activity culminate with a Carnival style Carifest street parade on Saturday, June 23rd. 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 is available on the website! Many Carifest events are free!

Charleston Rum Fest - June 23

ARRRRR!! Join 20 different distilleries for a day of rum fun at the Charleston RumFest. In addition to 35 available cocktails there will be food from 15 different chefs, music, tarot card readings, costume contests, and pirate debauchery! Tickets and more information available on the website. This event is 21+.

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

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 June.  Some of the items we’ve detailed like the Red, White, and Blue Jean Ball and the Charleston Party at the Point take place in the evening. Here are a few more things to do in the evening in June.

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

She Drives Me Crazy - beginning June 12

Enjoy a night out full of 90’s fun with this hilarious musical-comedy. Playing at 34 West, She Drives Me Crazy is a comical marriage of “Friends meets Seinfeld.” Tickets begin at $35.

Catch a Soccer Game! (kid-friendly)

Soccer fan or not, watching the Charleston Battery is a fun evening activity for people of all ages! With a variety of games in the month of June, the team’s stadium on Daniel Island will be full of energy and excitement! Check the website for a full schedule and tickets.

Reggae Nights Summer Concerts

Set in a beautiful setting at James Island County Park, Reggae Nights concert series brings a plethora of both old and new school reggae music to those in attendance. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get ready for a night under the southern stars! Food and beverages are available for purchase.

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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Free activities for all ages are a plenty in the city of Charleston! Some of the items we’ve listed above like Carifest Parade and admission to the Sweetgrass Festival are free. Here are a few more free activities for June.

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

Second Sunday on Kings Street - June 10 (kid-friendly)

Stroll the numerous unique shops on King Street the second Sunday in June and also enjoy food & wine (for purchase), great sales, pop-ups, and product launches. There’s lots to see and do making it a great afternoon for anyone!

Mace Brown Museum

This free Natural History Museum at the College of Charleston houses over 15,000 fossils that have been collected from around the globe. Additionally, the museum houses a world-class exhibit on fossil whales. The museum is open daily (except Wednesdays) from 11am-4pm.

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.

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!

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 fun for the whole family regardless of age! Some of the activities we’ve listed are family-friendly like the Mace Brown Museum and Charleston Battery soccer games. Here are a few more kid-friendly items for the month of June!

Nighttime at the Museum! - June 1

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. Check the website for more information!

Check out Sullivan’s Island!

Take the family to Sullivan’s Island for a day of fun in the sand--beautiful ocean views await! Make sure to also see Fort Moultrie, one of the oldest forts along the eastern seaboard that’s still standing and the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse, one of the most modern lighthouses in the US.

Visit the Angel Oak Tree

Standing at nearly 67 feet tall, the Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be between 400-500 years old! That makes it one of the oldest living things in the United States! Located on Johns Island, the Angel Oak Tree is a must-see!

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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About The Author

Scott Nelson

Scott has led over 2,000 tours of Charleston and has more than 1000 5 star reviews. He started working in museums at the age of 16 (Unsinkable Molly Brown House) and hasn't looked back. He was the Executive Director of Heurich House and on the historic interpretation/ education staff at Mount Vernon, both in Washington DC, for over 6 years. Scott moved to Charleston in 2012 for a job with the Historic Charleston Foundation and began leading tours for Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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