Fun Things to do in Summerville & Charleston SC

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May is almost here and the beautiful weather is still here as well. With an average high of 83 and low of 59, May is one of the nicest months to sight see and enjoy the outdoors of Summerville and Charleston!  So… in honor of one of my favorite months, here is a list of fun things to do during the month of May with your families. If you are thinking of relocating to Charleston or relocating to Summerville, let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see  you in our town.

Piccolo Spoleto: May 23-June 8

This festival piggy backs on the famous Spoleto Festival in Charleston and offers a fun venue of events for the family for no charge or very reasonable rates.  You will find block parties with beach music, reggae, and other types of music on weekend nights.  Outdoor craft fairs and demonstrations, professional story tellers, family film fest, Memorial Day concert in Marion Square, and much more is offered.

Spoleto USA: May 23-June 8

Spoleto is the world famous arts festival which is hosted every year by the city of Charleston.  Full of arts, culture and drama, this festival has some of the finest artists in all different fields perform.  The operas this year are going to be Amistad and La Cenerentola. My all time favorite is the Westminster Choir and any of their performances.  I highly recommend you get to one of their concerts!

Middleton Plantation

My children grew up visiting this beautiful plantation every spring with my mother, who is now in her 80’s.  It is a wonderful experience and lots of fun for everyone.  Animals roam the area, beautifully manicured gardens are breathtaking, costumed interpreters portray life during the pre Civil War era.  Last time I visited, Children were $5 and Adults were $25.

Picnic on the Beach:

It’s still a little too chilly to go swimming. (At least for me.) However, the beaches are great for a Saturday picnic, game of handball, and a nice walk.  Isle of Palms is the beach I always recommend, plenty of public beach access and a great family beach.

Sculpture in the South May 17-18

Located in Azalea Park in Summerville, Sculpture in the South is a great exhibition and outdoor arts event that features top scultors from all over the US.  It’s a fun day to spend talking to artists, seeing beautiful sculptures and enjoying the beauty of Azalea Park. I believe there may be a small entrance fee.

Wannamaker Park & Whirlin Waters

The kids will love a day at North CharlestonWannamakerCountyPark!  With over 1,015 acres of beautiful woodlands and wetlands, wonderful bike trails, picnic sites with grills, playgrounds, pedal boats and kayaks and the very popular water park-this is an amazing park!  The water park re-opens May 3rd, so surprise your kids and make a day of it! 🙂

Feed the Ducks:

This seems simple, but if you have small children, this is always a great thing to do with them to help pass the time.  The pond in Gadsden off of Old Postern Road (in downtown Summerville) is a great one with a lot of ducks and geese on most days.

Summerville DREAM Outdoor Concert: May 15 6:30pm

The Summerville DREAM team is hosting a free outdoor concert on Thursday, May 15th on the lawn of downtown Summerville.  I would bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the concert!  The featured musicians are the  Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble.  According to the DREAM website,  “Heritage Aire blends a contemporary musical approach with traditional Celtic music style to create a stunning musical tapestry. The members of Heritage Aire perform on traditional instruments such as the Irish flute, tin whistles, button accordion, and bodhran. They also employ modern instruments like the acoustic guitar and clarinet to achieve their unique sound.”  Sounds fun to me!

As I hear of more things, I’ll make sure to add them, but I hope this is helpful and fun for you in the month ahead.  Let me know about your fun adventures!


3 thoughts on “Fun Things to do in Summerville & Charleston SC

  1. May I suggest that we mention the 3rd Thursday Art Walks on Short Central? What a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Artists, potters, jewelers and other craftsmen come out to make it a fun evening. The music and the refreshments make a trip down the cobblestoned street of Short Central a wonderful way to see historic Summerville.

  2. Excellent suggestion Helen! Thank you for your comment and encouraging us with another great way to spend our time this summer. Another one people have mentioned is the Summerville Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Located across the street from the YMCA, it is a great place to get fresh produce and local items.

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