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Everything You Need to Do in Charleston This Summer

Updated On 06/29/2018 at 03:43PM EST Updated On 06/29/2018 at 03:43PM EST
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Monday - Sunday
Jun 4-Jul 15
Various locations
The World Cup only comes around once every four years, and it’s hard not to get swept up in the rest of the world’s footie mania; so what if team USA isn’t competing this time? Pick another country, and start rooting for ‘em at one of the city’s best bars showing the World Cup -- The Alley, Local 616, and Bay Street Biergarten are all solid options.
Cost: However much a beer costs
Friday
Jun 29
Charleston Beer Works
Silent discos are a great way to party without risking having the neighbors call the cops on you. Charleston Beer Works is hosting a ‘90s-themed silent disco, featuring top ‘90s rap, R&B, and pop hits. Best of all, CBW is sponsoring the first 100 headsets for free, so hurry up and snag your headset and get read to bop all night long.
Price: Free
Saturday
Jun 30
Lewis BBQ
It’s hard to believe that John Lewis has only been slinging his signature brisket, pork, and hot guts for two years, but we’re so glad he has. Celebrate this momentous anniversary with a party in NoMo, featuring drink specials, live music, and delicious ‘cue!
Price: Free to attend; pay for food & drink
Sunday
Jul 1
Harold’s Cabin
Harold’s Cabin is celebrating summer with a brewnanza in the backyard of their Westside restaurant. There will be handmade goodies from local artisans, vintage clothing, and of course, the chug-a-lug wagon will be pouring drinks all afternoon. The party goes from 4-8 pm.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Sunday
Jul 1
Warehouse
The food and drink industry is a fickle one, so surviving for five years is quite the feat! Warehouse is celebrating with a new swag release, live music, a DJ, and more fun surprises throughout the night. The party starts at 5pm -- get it?
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Tuesday
Jul 3
Bay Street Biergarten
Bay Street is at it again with a 4th of July-themed trivia night, where players and teams compete for haus cash and trivia glory. Now’s the time to think back to everything you learned in US History class in high school, because you’ll only be a champion if you bleed red, white, and blue.
Price: Free to play!
Tuesday
Jul 3
King Street
Is there anything more American than celebrating Independence Day with a patriotic-themed bar crawl? Your 4th of July-eve tickets get you access to drink specials, a chance to win prizes, a ‘murica bar crawl t-shirt, slap koozies for the first 500 participants, and more. Our forefathers would be proud!
Price: $15-20
Wednesday
Jul 4

Celebrate America’s birthday

Celebrate America’s birthday

Various locations
When it comes to a stellar fireworks, your options for watching the show are varied and unique across the city. You can watch on top of the Yorktown, from the aquarium’s harbor patio, on a  Red, White, and Bluegrass Cruise, at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, or even from the beach! There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate America’s Birthday in the Holy City.
Price: Varies by location
Sunday
Jul 8
Bay Street Biergarten
The only way to make brunch better is to add a killer soundtrack. Bay Street Biergarten is bringing in a DJ to spin tunes for a Justin Timberlake-themed brunch, complete with JT-themed menu, drink specials, and of course, some killer jams.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Sunday
Jul 8
The Alley
You might not have what it takes to get the the actual World Cup, but when it comes to FIFA for the Xbox, you’re a regular Lionel Messi. Grab a partner and prove your soccer skills at the Alley’s FIFA 2018 Xbox tournament, where you’ll have the opportunity to beat actual soccer players from the Charleston Battery team. There are over $490 worth of prizes, so you really have nothing to lose!
Price: $10 per team of 2
Thursday
Jul 12
Voodoo
Voodoo is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Yaaassss Queen bingo with a luau party; there will be over $1,000 in prizes, plus a drag show, drink specials, games, male underwear models, a charity raffle, and more. Grab your feather boa and get ready to for a bingo game you’ll never forget!
Price: Free to play; $1 per extra card
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Charleston Music Hall
Friday
Jul 13
Charleston Music Hall
Grass in the Hall is a monthly summer series at the Charleston Music Hall that features three excellent bluegrass bands. July’s event features Zoe Child, The Lowhills, and Marshgrass Mamas. You’ve never been more excited for banjo music.
Price: $15-17
Friday
Jul 13
The Mills House
In collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium, Chef Justin Hunt of The Mills House will serve up a five-course local and sustainably-sourced seafood supper. We’re talking dishes like snapper crudo with preserved lemon, crab garganelli with roasted corn fondue, and more.
Price: $65 with drink pairings; $45 without
Saturday
Jul 14
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goat.sheep.cow north is throwing a fête fromage to celebrate Bastille Day the French way, with lots of cheese, champagne, and good company. They’ll have special small plates, $5 wine pours, personal-sized champagne bottles (with a straw) and French pop music all day long. Bonne Fete Nationale!
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Wednesday
Jul 18
Famulari’s Brewpub
Famulari’s monthly, pop culture-themed trivia is back at it again, this time challenging your knowledge of the world of bumbling super spy Austin Powers. Now’s the time to brush up by rewatching all three movies (yes, even the third one). You’ll have the chance to win one million dollars… aka $175 in house cash.
Price: Free to play; pay for food and drink
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Bay Street BierGarten
Friday
Jul 20
Bay Street Biergarten
BSB’s turned supporting the troops into a party for a great cause. Your $20 ticket includes two free beer tickets, and two entries into a raffle, with all proceeds going to benefit the 9/11 Heroes Run. There will also be heroes (various servicemen and women) onsite, competing to raise the most money. It’s the most fun you’ll have giving to charity!
Price: $20
Friday
Jul 20
Brittlebank Park
The Charleston Margarita festival is back and bigger than ever. There will be plenty of food, music, beer, and of course, margaritas for you to sample. They moved the party to Brittlebank Park this year, so you can enjoy the waterfront view of the Ashley River while you get your tequila on.
Price: $39
Saturday
Jul 21
Holy City Brewing
It’s HCB’s seventh birthday, and it’s their last to be celebrated at their original location before they move up to Park Circle. This year’s party is end-of-the-world-themed, complete with an apocalypse-inspired costume contest, plenty of Holy City Beer (including fan-favorite past brews that haven’t been seen in a while), and a charity dunk tank.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Tuesday
Jul 24
Wine & Design
Get ready for a twist on the traditional art and wine class, with a stain and stencil class. Hone your DIY skills and take home an impressive piece of art that is sure to impress all your future guests, all while sipping on wine and hanging out with friends.
Price: $45
Wednesday
Jul 25
Madra Rua - Park Circle
Are you in need of some fresh wheels? Bike wheels, that is. Stop into Madra Rua Park Circle and get a pint of any New Belgium beer for an entry to win a brand new New Belgium bike. Feeling thirsty yet?
Price: One New Belgium pint = one entry to win
Thursday
Jul 26
Charleston Music Hall
Cinerruption Live’s tagline is “if you’re going to talk during the movie, at least make it funny” -- and what could be funnier than an improv performance from local comedian Jason Groce, offering hilarious real-time commentary to the classic Will Smith alien flick, Independence Day?
Price: $10 per person
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Circa 1886 Restaurant
Thursday
Jul 26
Circa 1886
Charleston has had a long and complex love affair with rum, thanks to its proximity to the Caribbean. Chef Collins of Circa 1886 will celebrate that history with a 50-course menu of Caribbean-inspired dishes with rum pairings.
Price: $117.90 per person
Sunday
Jul 29
Cannon Green
Get ready to detox before you retox with a free ‘80s/Richard Simmons-style aerobics class before you brunch. After class, stick around for Beats + Brunch, for mimosas, brunch plates, and DJ Trevor D spinning your favorite ‘80s tunes.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Thursday
Aug 2
West Ashley Greenway
Ride Bikes hosts its monthly Thursday Night beer ride for all levels of bike riders. There will be a 20-mile ride, followed by refreshments with your fellow riders. Grab your wheels and hit the trails!
Price: Free
Saturday
Aug 4
Charleston Visitor Center and Bus Shed
Charleston Pride is putting the “fun” in “fundraiser” by hosting a crowd-voted cocktail competition, where 12 local bars will be competing to be named the Official Cocktail of Charleston Pride 2018. Tickets include 12 sample tickets, one voting ticket, a souvenir cup and drawstring bag, access to the cash bar, and food trucks.
Price: $15-20
Monday
Aug 6
Seanachai
Are you really into your car or motorcycle and want to show it off to some fellow automotive enthusiasts? Then head out to Johns Island on the first Monday of each month for Wings and Wheels. The party starts in the Seanachai parking lot, with food and drink specials from Southern General, Seanchai, and Krazy Owls, plus DJ Scott Sain will be bumping the tunes.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
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Charleston Music Hall
Friday
Aug 10
Charleston Music Hall
August’s Grass in the Hall line up features Yeehaw Junction, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, and Dallas Baker & Friends for a night of quality bluegrass. You can also upgrade your ticket for $32 for dinner at Vincent Chicco’s or Virginia’s on King before the show.
Price: $15-17
Saturday
Aug 11
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston Music Hall is celebrating Wes Anderson this summer with screenings of some of his most popular films. On this date they’ll be showing The Grand Budapest Hotel, a hilarious whodunnit murder mystery told in Wes’s signature style.
Price: $8
Sunday
Aug 12
Charleston Music Hall
The tribute bands of two of the greatest musical acts of all time will face off in a musical showdown for the ages at the Charleston Music Hall. It’s like a dueling piano show, but with dueling tribute bands.
Price: $25-35
Sunday
Aug 12
Frothy Beard Brewing
Viola the Bookmobile is a bookstore on wheels that makes a stop at Frothy Beard Brewing every 3rd Friday of the month. Grab a pint and get ready to browse some spines!
Price: Free to browse; pay for any books you want to take home
Wednesday
Aug 22
The Brick
Celebrate man’s best friend with The Brick’s Bark and Booze happy hour, which happens on the 4th Wednesday of every month on their dog-friendly patio. Enjoy hanging with your dog while sipping on $4 happy hour food and drink and $3 Tito’s Vodka cocktails.
Price: Free to attend; pay for food and drink
Sunday
Aug 26
Magnolia Plantation
The SC Reggae Jerk Wine Festival is an annual celebration of Jamaican food, culture, and wine at the beautiful Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in West Ashley. There will also be an arts & crafts marketplace, pepper eating contest, dominoes tournament, jerk taste-off, dance-off, and more!
Price: $15-40
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 1-2
Charleston Gaillard Center
The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, so expect a bigger and better lineup of jazz artists than you’ve ever seen before!
Price: $68-153
Wednesday - Sunday
Sep 5-16
Various
Restaurant week is a prime opportunity for diners to try new restaurants, and/or enjoy a prix fixe meal at an already beloved dining institution. Start planning your meals soon, as reservation book up quickly!
Price: $20-50 prix fixe menus
Souther Friend CHicken Challenge
Souther Friend CHicken Challenge
Saturday
Sep 8
North Charleston Riverfront Park
The Southern Fried Chicken Challenge was established to crown the best maker of fried chicken in Charleston; you can expect a day jam packed with food, music, drink, and fun. Feel free to bring a chair or a blanket, because you might need a nap after all the strenuous judging.
Price: $10-75, plus tasting tickets cost $2 each
Saturday - Saturday
Sep 8-15
Various
Charleston Beer Week is an annual weeklong celebration of all things beer. Charleston boasts over 20 breweries, plus brewpubs, and specialty beer stores, and CBW is chock full of events to celebrate the Holy City’s brew culture.
Price: Varies by vendor
Thursday
Sep 20
The Cedar Room
Back for its fourth year, the Builder Bash is an annual fundraiser hosted by and benefiting Charleston Habitat for Humanity. Attendees will enjoy bites, sips, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment; the attire is listed as “construction couture,” so do with that what you will.
Price: $100-125
Saturday
Sep 22
TBD
The New Gullah Supper Club is the brainchild of Chef Kardea Brown. Chef Kardea prepares her family’s Gullah and Southern recipes with a modern twist, covering everything from appetizers to desserts, and everything in between. The location is disclosed 24 hours before the event to those who’ve purchased a ticket (and if you can’t finish all the delicious food, don’t worry, as there will be takeout boxes available).
Price: $85
Thursday
Sep 27
Charleston Music Hall
World-famous improv troupe The Second City is bringing their “Made in America: Some Assembly Required” tour to the Charleston Music Hall, for a hilarious satirical revue that’ll leave you in stitches.
Price: $35