Things to do in Charleston in June

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Summer has arrived in Charleston. One of the best places to spend a warm June day is at one of the nearby beaches. There are also numerous events to kick off the summer season, including Charleston Pride Parade, Carifest, Dancing on the Cooper and Reggae Nights. 

Pride Parade

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Charleston Pride Parade is like no other. Join crowds of people lining King Street as the Pride Fest parade runs through the heart of downtown Charleston. The parade route goes from Ann Street down King Street to Broad Street, and then to Colonial Lake. The pride parade will be held on June 1. 

Charleston Carifest

Charleston Carifest Events

Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. It is three days of food, fun, music, and costumes submerged in education and culture. This is the creative and artistic expression of Caribbean people. Join in and embrace Unity in Diversity. Carifest starts on Thursday, June 13th with an Opening Reception and an educational symposium, followed by the All White Fete on Friday. Saturday's events feature a Mardi-Gras style Street Parade through the streets of downtown Charleston, leading to the Carnival Village at Brittle Bank Park.

Dancing on the Cooper

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Summertime calls for live music and dancing on the Mount Pleasant Pier! Enjoy an eclectic fusion of soul, rock, and funk hits from Tommy & The Chucktown Players on Friday, June 7th. Let loose, breathe in the harbor breeze, and dance the night away under the stars!

Reggae Nights Summer Concerts

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The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park features traditional old-school roots reggae with a new-school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Advance tickets are $20 per car. Max 15 people per vehicle.  Onsite tickets are $30 per vehicle, if not sold out. Bring your chairs or blanket. It’s Irie. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. on June 21st.; music begins at 8 p.m. Gates close at 10:30 p.m., and concerts end at 11 p.m.

Cool off at one of Charleston's
Beautiful Beaches

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No summertime trip to Charleston is complete without a trip to one of the area’s beautiful beaches. There are five beautiful beaches within a relatively short driving distance from downtown. Each of Charleston’s beaches is different, but they all have stunning views and a relatively calm oceanfront.

Wine on the Piazza

Wine on the Piazza Emdonston-Alston House

Looking for a breathtaking view and a glass of wine? The Edmondston-Alston House is the perfect piazza for a special evening. On June 20th, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston-House, followed by a glass of wine on the second-story piazza overlooking Charleston Harbor.

Turtlefest at Edisto Beach

Turtlefest Edisto Beach

Come celebrate the return of sea turtles to South Carolina. This family-friendly event will feature exhibits, games, arts and crafts, live animals and much more! Turtle Fest will take place June 1st, and the Chamber will hold a Turtle Reveal event at 11am to reveal the  our public art project -Turtle Tide! We have 10 new turtles to unveil!

Battle of Sullivan's
Island Commemoration

Battle at Sullivan's Island Commemoration

Fort Moultrie National Historical Park will commemorate the 248th Anniversary of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island with programs and weapon firing demonstrations on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th. Carolina Day, observed annually in South Carolina, commemorates the successful defeat of British naval and land forces by patriots on June 28, 1776. This was the first decisive victory by the American colonies in their fight for independence, and prevented the British from gaining a foothold into South Carolina for another four years.

Visitors of all ages can experience the American Revolution through the life of a soldier at Fort Moultrie. The park is open 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, and the entrance fee has been waived for Saturday, June 29th. Musket demonstrations will take place on Saturday at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm and on Sunday at 11:00 am. Artillery demonstrations will be on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm and on Sunday at 11:30 am. Special talks will take place on Saturday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and on Sunday at 10:30 am. Patriots and Loyalists will be represented with the 2nd South Carolina Regiment and 33rd Regiment of Foot.

Juneteenth at Middleton Place

Juneteenth at Middleton Place

In 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years would pass before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the last community of enslaved people learned that slavery had been abolished.

The following year, on June 19, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place in Texas.  Within a few years, African Americans in other states celebrated the day, making it an annual tradition. The news of emancipation occurred on different days in communities around the South, and today, Juneteenth is a day for all to celebrate freedom. 

In recognition of this important moment in our nation’s history, Middleton Place will offer half-price general admission to all residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Discounted tickets must be purchased at the Visitors Center with ID.

Evening Ghost Walk

Evening Ghost Walks Charleston

One of the most popular Charleston walking tours, the evening Ghost Walk, will take visitors on a journey to spooky cemeteries and haunted alleyways while learning about Charleston's sordid past. Take The Bulldog Ghost Tour and visit the haunted Old City Jail, or take the Ghost City Tours of Charleston and visit one of Charleston's paranormal hot spots, the Unitarian Church Graveyard.

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