Top 10 Things to Do in Charleston in June (2019)

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in June 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.

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN JUNE

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.

 

 


1. Sweetgrass Festival

Head to the Mt. Pleasant Memorial waterfront park 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 the date is to be determined, check in for updates here

 

 


2. See a Concert

June brings plenty of concerts to Charleston. Below is a list of performers passing through the city:


3. Take a 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.

 

Charleston Walking Tour

 

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

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

 


4. Party at the Point!

Every Friday in June you can 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.


5. Piccolo Spoleto Festival

May 24- June 9, 2019

The southern offshoot of the international Spoleto festival heads to Charleston through June 9th. 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.

 

 


6. Summer of Harry Potter

June 10, 2019

Come to the Charleston Music Hall June 10th for the opening day of a magical art display. Artwork in the upstairs gallery space will be Harry Potter themed, and you can peruse them in your best wizarding costume as dressing up is encouraged!

The art exhibit will be free to the public and will showcase over 20 artists.

 

 

Keeping with the theme, the Music Hall will also be showing all eight Harry Potter films in a hall transformed into the Wizarding World. Film showings will begin at 7pm and cost $8/person (you can purchase a pass to see all 8 for $50). 


7. Watch a Duck Race

June 1, 2019

Adopt a rubber duck for a good cause and race across Smythe Park Lake in the Charleston Duck Race this year. This event benefits 30 charities and is hosted by the local Rotary club.

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.

To learn more, click here. Below is a video from a previous year so you can get a feel of what it’s all about:

 

 

For other family-friendly events to do in Charleston in June, check out the kids’ section below. 


8. Attend a Rum Festival 

June 22, 2019

Charleston RumFest is a celebration of rum! This festival features 20 global distilleries and special cocktails to go with the food of 15 local chefs.

Tickets can be purchased here for an event full of fun pirate-themed entertainment. The event takes place at Memminger Auditorium at 7pm


9. Watch a Game 

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.

 

 


10. Tourist Discount Pass

Do more for less by planning ahead with the Tourist Discount Pass. With this pass, you can 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. 

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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THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN CHARLESTON IN JUNE

Below is just a short sampling of the many things to do at night in June. Some of our top ten June activities in Charleston are meant for evening hours like the RumFest . Here are a few more ideas for things to do in the evening.

 

 

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


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.

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


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.

Check the website for more information.

 

 


Sunset at Fort Sumter

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.


Jazz on the Harbor

June 7, 2019

Come out to the Charleston Harbor to enjoy some jazz! The open-air concert is hosted by the South Carolina Aquarium and it 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


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN JUNE

As a city, Charleston offers a lot of free activities like attending the walking tours listed in our top ten section above. Just strolling up and down the cobblestone streets and soaking in the historic and unique architecture is free and 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.

 

 


Charleston Carifest

 June 21-23, 2019

In honor of Caribbean American heritage month, partake in the free Charleston Carifest. Three days of activity culminate with a Carnival-style Carifest street parade on Saturday, June 22nd. 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.


Second Sunday on Kings Street

June 9, 2019

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. With plenty to see and do this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

To learn more, click here


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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FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON JUNE

The Holy City is one for all ages! Some of the things we’ve mentioned in this article like enjoying an evening sunset harbor cruise or visiting the Charleston Tea Plantation are activities the whole family can enjoy!

Here are a few more ideas that are family-friendly.


Celebrate Father’s Day!

June 16, 2019

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.

 

 


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!

 

Angel Oak Tree free things to do in charleston

 

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


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.


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