Things to Do in Charleston (May 2021)

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Happy May! The weather is beautiful and it’s the perfect chance to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beauty of the Lowcountry. Here are all of the fun, family-friendly events happening around Charleston during the month of May!

Here are some other guides you may find handy!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. 

May Events

Apr
22
Festival Centre Spring Carnival
Enjoy midway fun for the whole family with rides and games for all ages and fair food for every appetite. Event parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $35 on site and discounted online. (See we...
May
1
Giddy Up for CATR
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding’s Giddy Up for CATR fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, May 1st! There are three ways to participate – a Challenge Event, a Golf Cart Raffle, and an Online Silent Auction. These activities directly support ...
May
1
Boone Hall Strawberry Festival
SATURDAY MAY 1 – 10AM-10PM Family Festival side of event will be open 10AM-7PM Festival Rides open all event hours Regular admission and ride ticket prices apply. Meet characters 11:00am-1:00pm= Snow Sisters 3:00pm-5:00pm= Spider Hero and Wonder Wo...
May
1
Season Opening 2021
The aqua park is back and we can’t wait to see you.Join us for our opening weekend today and tomorrow from 12-5pm. Surprise for you: Our aqua park will be equipped with a brand new feature.It’s called Monkey Business and adds a new level ...
May
1
Isle of Palms Music in the Park
Music in the Park is hosted by the City of Isle of Palms at their recreation center. They typically have food trucks. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. More details to come
May
1
Johns Island County Park Concert Series – May 1, 2021
Bring your chairs or blanket and your love of music! Our new concert series at Johns Island County Park is here and we have music to fit everyone’s mood! Presented by Bleecker Law Firm (https://bit.ly/3wRi3NA) Marine Warehouse Center (https://b...
May
1
Loves Paradise
If you’re looking to pARTy for your date night, sign up for our Couples class! Each person paints their own half which will create a complete picture once it’s done! It’s a fun and different way to celebrate you.
May
2
Boone Hall Strawberry Festival
SUNDAY MAY 2 – 12PM-8PM Family Festival side of event and Festival Rides open all hours. Regular admission rates and ride ticket prices apply. Meet Characters 2:00-4:00pm= Mermaid Princess and Cinderella
May
5
Gallery Story Time with Dorchester County Library
Dorchester County Library and Public Works Art Center are thrilled to present the first-ever Gallery Story Time on Wednesday, May 5 beginning at 12:30pm. Children and their caregivers can meet us in the West Gallery for a special mother-themed book r...
May
6
Live Under The Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our spring outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Every Thursday in May, 6pm to 8pm. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend. Beer, wine & nibbles will be available for pu...
May
7
Nature Walk Fridays – BIRD EDITION
Ten people will have the opportunity to join Education Coordinator Kristin Threet for a leisurely walk around the swamp as we search for the parks spring migrants! MASKS ARE REQUIRED. We will cover approximately 1 mile over well-graded gravel paths a...
May
7
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Do you LOVE fossils? Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. F...
May
7
Sounds of Summer: Nautical Wheelers Band
Ah, summer is (almost) here. We’re ready to gather in the Square for another season of good tunes, great food, and family fun. Bring your own chair or blanket (but not your own bottle) – enjoy food and bev from Nexton Square’s fabul...
May
7
Farm Wars-The Farm Awakens!
A long time ago at a farm not so far away… What do you get when a petting zoo owner likes Star Wars and loves acting? You get Farm Wars: The Farm Awakens! Starring Dom Solo, Princess Leia-Egg, Kylo Hen, Obi-Wan ThePony, Pigga The Hutt, Lando Co...
May
8
Mother’s Day Tea at the Farm
Love is spelled M-O-M! Lily Grace Farms is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday May 8th from 11 am to 2 pm! Moms, bring the little ones out for a relaxing day of fun! We’ll start with a tea party of finger sa...
May
8
Seed to Soul Brunch in the Park
Looking for plans for Mother’s Day weekend? We are so excited to announce our 3rd annual Seed to Soul + Online Gift Auction event! This year we are grateful to partner with Charleston Parks Conservancy for a Brunch in the Park (or take out) the...
May
8
May The Horse Be With You @ Crosswind Farm!
Come out and let’s have some Crosswind farm wars!!! We’re going to have a dress up party so come in your best attire. We will have themed photo areas, horse rides, zipline, barrel train rides, decoration, food, petting zoo animals, themed music, ...
May
9
Mothers Day Brunch and Paint
Treat Mom to a wonderful experience where she’ll get to create a Nailed It DIY studio project of her choice and enjoy brunch! The following are the brunch options from Foodies by Jeannie: Quiche Lorraine with fresh fruit and a mini muffin, Bana...
May
9
Mothers Day at Magnolia
Join us for Mother’s Day at America’s oldest romantic-style gardens at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Treat Mom to a gourmet picnic and stroll in over 60 acres of gardens on her special day! Mothers receive FREE GARDEN ADMISSION with on...
May
9
Mother’s Day at Palmetto Brewery
Gobble Gobble & Palmetto Brewery celebrate Moms! Bring your mom by for a pint and receive a special Mother’s Day gift!
May
9
Mother’s Day pARTy!
What a great way to celebrate mom by creating this cute Mommy and Me elephant painting. Each person paints one side to make a larger painting when complete. Show your love with loving elephants!
May
9
Mother’s Day Momma Bear
We love this Momma Bear and Baby Bear painting and what a fun way to spend Mother’s Day! We provide all the supplies, the instruction, and the pARTy! Leave the mess with us and enjoy your time! Our artwork is FUN art, not fine art. Must be 14+ ...
May
10
Ask A Naturalist
Please join our park Educators for our next Ask a Naturalist on Monday, May 10th! We will be LIVE on Facebook at noon to chat and answer all of your awesome nature questions. You can submit questions during the live feed or beforehand by emailing edu...
May
11
Women, Wealth & Wine
Women, Wealth and Wine is a Community Event for independent, professional women who want to learn steps to take NOW to be empowered in their finances. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE, register today at www.jennesevilla.com/event What can you expect from Wome...
May
12
Distance Learning Program: A Day in the Life of a Sea Turtle Patient
Join South Carolina Aquarium educators as we discover “A Day in the Life” of a sea turtle patient in our Sea Turtle Care Center™, from rescue to rehabilitation to release! This program is perfect for homeschool families and classrooms a...
May
12
OSCP Virtual Homeschool Experience
Are you a Homeschool or Virtual Family looking for exciting interactive content? Join us for a FREE virtual program! You can register by calling us at 843-899-5200 or emailing [email protected] REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Families will rec...
May
12
Kid’s Night- Featuring Balloon Twisting
Join us for a fun filled kid’s night featuring Balloon Twisting by Luna Balloona! Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal! (Dine in & Take out ONLY)
May
13
Homeschool History Day: Marsh Madness
What’s that smell?  Learn about pluff mud and the creatures who make it their home. Take a marsh walk exploring the Dill Sanctuary and catching fiddler crabs. Homeschool History Days feature one of our field trip classes and an activity. Reservati...
May
13
Mocktail Meetup at Synchronicity
Socialize + Sip on Margarita Mocktails and enjoy a new take on #ThirstyThursday at Synchronicity. Your $5 ticket includes a Sync curated mocktail, lawn games, and a time to mingle with friends. This event is open to everyone and pre-registration is e...
May
13
Paws on The Patio to Benefit Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Animal Society, Burtons Grill and Mount Pleasant Towne Centre have partnered to host Paws on The Patio, the best Yappy Hour around! Guests are invited to bring their four-legged friends to enjoy an exclusive happy hour on the patio at Burt...
May
14
Free Movie in the Park – Grease
Join the Summerville Parks & Recreation Department and REV Federal Credit Union for our second FREE outdoor movie night of the 2021 season! This event is perfect for everyone so grab your blankets and chair and come join us for a showing of the c...
May
15
Tea with SOUL
4th annual “Tea with SOUL” fundraiser Benefitting: Sanctuary of Unborn Life (SOUL) www.sanctuaryofunbornlife.org/events *Tea Luncheon *Encouraging Client Story *Live Painter: Regina Lee *Dance Ministry: New Bethel Sounds of Praise Adult and Judah...
May
16
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...
May
19
Wacky Wednesday
Check our Facebook page before you come. If you wear the secret color of the day, you can get $2 off admission on Wednesdays! Secret color is generally announced on Tuesday evenings
May
19
Postpartum Power Up
Expectant Family Healthy Nutrition Classes: This 12-week nutrition and wellness class designed for new mothers is led by a team of Roper St. Francis dietitians, exercise specialist, physician and social worker. For more information about this program...
May
19
Holy City Farmers Market
Shop our fledgling market for local handmade goods every Wednesday from 4-7PM. The market is held outdoors at Holy City Brewing with views of the Noisette Creek. Vendors rotate weekly to provide shoppers with a tiny but mighty shopping experience.
May
20
Live Under The Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our spring outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Every Thursday in May, 6pm to 8pm. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend. Beer, wine & nibbles will be available for pu...
May
21
Freebie Fridays
All guests who pay admission on Fridays will be automatically entered to win a free gift. Gift giveaway items vary- it can be anything from a gift card, cafe items, books, toys, and more!
May
21
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Do you LOVE fossils? Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. F...
May
22
Charleston Food Truck Festival
Founded by the first trucks to ever roam the streets of Charleston, our festival has grown and evolved over the years to become the largest, most family-friendly, socially distant, safe, and creative food festival in Charleston. 2020 has been a tough...
May
23
Crews Subaru She Tris Events Hobcaw Yacht Club
Join us for the first event of our 2021 season! Our new location for the season opener is the incredible Hobcaw Yacht Club. Located in Mt. Pleasant, SC, the pool swim overlooks the beautiful harbor and the bike and run courses take you through gorgeo...
May
23
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...
May
23
Babies & Brunch
Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center is hosting a special event for just those kids who are 2 AND UNDER. This is a special playtime for caregiver and tot to play, socialize, snack on some yummy items, and have the play center all to themselves! Bizzy Bee wil...
May
24
Last Saturday Vendors Market
We have vendors from cbd products, candles, jewelry, to vintage vinyl. if interested in being vendor, email June at [email protected]
May
26
Wacky Wednesday
Check our Facebook page before you come. If you wear the secret color of the day, you can get $2 off admission on Wednesdays! Secret color is generally announced on Tuesday evenings
May
26
Postpartum Power Up
Expectant Family Healthy Nutrition Classes: This 12-week nutrition and wellness class designed for new mothers is led by a team of Roper St. Francis dietitians, exercise specialist, physician and social worker. For more information about this program...
May
26
Holy City Farmers Market
Shop our fledgling market for local handmade goods every Wednesday from 4-7PM. The market is held outdoors at Holy City Brewing with views of the Noisette Creek. Vendors rotate weekly to provide shoppers with a tiny but mighty shopping experience.
May
27
Nature Walk Fridays
Ten people will have the opportunity to join Education Coordinator Kristin Threet for a leisurely walk around the swamp as we search for the parks spring residents! MASKS ARE REQUIRED. We will cover approximately 1 mile over well-graded gravel paths ...
May
27
Live Under The Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our spring outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Every Thursday in May, 6pm to 8pm. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend. Beer, wine & nibbles will be available for pu...
May
28
That BIG Book Sale Returns
Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library host its 39th annual That BIG Book Sale, May 27-30, 2021, at the Omar Shrine Auditorium. Over 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, sheet music, and m...
May
28
Freebie Fridays
All guests who pay admission on Fridays will be automatically entered to win a free gift. Gift giveaway items vary- it can be anything from a gift card, cafe items, books, toys, and more!
May
28
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Do you LOVE fossils? Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. F...
May
28
Sounds on the Square Concert – Mystic Vibrations
Join the Town of Summerville and REV Federal Credit Union for the second Sounds on the Square Concert of the 2021 series. These shows are sure to have people of any age off their feet and dancing, so mark your calendars and join us on Friday, May 28t...
May
29
That BIG Book Sale Returns
Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library host its 39th annual That BIG Book Sale, May 27-30, 2021, at the Omar Shrine Auditorium. Over 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, sheet music, and m...
May
30
That BIG Book Sale Returns
Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library host its 39th annual That BIG Book Sale, May 27-30, 2021, at the Omar Shrine Auditorium. Over 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, sheet music, and m...
May
30
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...

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