Free or Inexpensive Things to do in Charleston & Summerville

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Beach, Shaggin on the Pier, Fresh Shrimp & Grits, Sweet Tea! Summertime is FUN in Charleston & Summerville.  If you have just moved or purchased a home for sale in Summerville, here is a list of free or inexpensive things to do in Charleston & Summerville.

The Beach

Location: Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Kiawah are all wonderful for the family.  You’ll find me with my family at the Isle of Palms!
Dates: All Summer

Riverdogs baseball game
If you are looking for some great fireworks and a fun time for the family, you should check out a baseball game!  The Friday night games always show off a great deal of fireworks!

Location: 360 Fishburne St.Charleston, SC 29403
Tickets: 843-577-3647 General Admission is $5 (3 & under are free) Visit their website.


There are three waterparks in the Charleston area, Whirlin Waters, Splash Zone, and Splash Island that are wonderful.  Visit Charleston County Park & Recreation for prices and learn more. Tuesdays are two for one!

Waterfront Park
Located Downtown, this is a big favorite with children and adults a like.  You will always find children playing in it during the summer days.  Admission is free and fun!

Ravenel Bridge
This is another free thing to do.  Granted, don’t do it in the sweltering heat, but once it cools a bit, it is a fun adventure for older kids and the view at the top is amazing!  Bike it or walk it and have fun.

Firemans Museum
Located in in North Charleston, this museum is very fun for kids with lots of old Fire Trucks and equipment – Adults are $6, children under 13 are FREE!! Click Here to visit their website.

Ft. Moultire
Fort Moultrie is a free fort (donations accepted), unlike Fort Sumter (or rather the boat ride out there) and very fun.  My kids loved how cool (temperature wise) it was in the stone halls and if you like to joke around and sing together, the acoustics are amazing. Have fun and spend a morning enjoying South Carolina’s history.

Folly Beach Moonlight Mixer-Shaggin on the Pier
: Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, During the Summer Months

Time: 7-11pm (All Mixers are on Friday night, rain date the following Saturday)
Tickets: (843) 795-4386 ($10-advance, $8-advance purchase for Charleston residents, $10 at gate if any tickets are available.
This is one of event that ranks as an all time favorite for my daughters.  Dance the night away under the stars and with the ocean sounds! Very fun night. Food and Beverages are sold at the location.

For even more things to do in Charleston, see my latest post on  Fun Ideas to do with Children in Charleston, SC.

If you would like to live closer to Charleston and all of the free and inexpensive things it has to offer, please contact me about homes for sale in Summerville, SC.  I am always happy to help you learn about the Summerville and Charleston area and what homes are available, or will soon be coming available. Contact Foster Smith today!

Easter Events in Summerville & Charleston

Easter is celebrated with lots of events in the Charleston & Summerville area! If you have just moved or purchased a home for sale in Summerville, here is a list of wonderful Easter events happening around the Charleston & Summerville area!Easter Events in Charleston & Summerville, SC

Shark Tooth Egg Hunt

Location: Bowens Island
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 11am-2pm

Contact#: Shark Tooth Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the entire family out to Bowen’s Island for an exciting Easter egg hunt and to enjoy the Lowcountry. Pets are always welcome too! With hundreds of local sharks teeth hidden inside colorful plastic eggs scattered around the island, everyone can join in on the fun.
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 11 AM-2 PM
Tickets: $10/tooth collector

***Tickets for this event will be limited***
Please call 843.795.0330 to reserve your spots.

Easter Egg Hunt at Alhambra Hall (Mount Pleasant)

Location: Alhambra Hall 131 Middle Street Mount Pleasant, SC
Date: Wednesday, April 10th
Time: 11am-1pm

Contact#: Easter Egg Hunt Sign Up for Alhambra Hall

Ready, set, GO! Ages 6 & under are invited to grab their baskets and join us for the cutest Easter egg hunt in the Lowcountry! The egg hunt starts promptly at 11, so don’t be late. We will have other fun activities as well as a photo op with the Easter bunny himself!

**Ages 6 & under! Free!

Easter Egg Hunt at Park West (Mount Pleasant)

Location: Park West Recreation Complex Mount Pleasant, SC
Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 11am-1pm

Contact#: Easter Egg Hunt Sign Up for Alhambra Hall

Ready, set, GO! Ages 6 & under are invited to grab their baskets and join us for the cutest Easter egg hunt in the Lowcountry! The egg hunt starts promptly at 11, so don’t be late. We will have other fun activities as well as a photo op with the Easter bunny himself!

**Ages 6 & under! Free!

Eggstravaganza (Goose Creek)

Location: Devon Forest Field

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2019
Time: 11am-2pm
Contact#: Eggstravaganza Sign Up

An Eggstravaganza is coming to your neighborhood! Giant Egg Hunt, Food truck (Squeals On Wheels), DJ (Outlaw Entertainment), Inflatables, Vendors and more! Register your kids for the Egg Hunt to ensure you have a spot. Three different egg hunts throughout the day for Walking-5th Grade ages.

Easter Celebration Park Circle (North Charleston)

Location: The Current-Park Circle
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 11am-2pm
Contact#: Community Easter Egg Hunt Park Circle

Join us for our annual Community Easter Egg Hunt!!
There will be visits from the Easter Bunny, Games, Hot Dogs, Snow Cones, Fire Trucks, and of course, an Egg Hunt!
Egg Hunts will be conducted in age groups:
Ages 1-4— 12:30 p.m.
Ages 5-8— 12:45 p.m.
Ages 9-12– 1 p.m.

After the hunts, eggs are returned at the return station in exchange for a goodie bag full of treats! Free event for our community!

Easter Egg Hunt at Middleton Plantation

Location: Middleton Plantation 4600 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC
Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10 am
Contact#: Easter Eggstravaganza

Free for Members. Bring a basket for the egg hunts which will take place in the Gardens. Once found, the hard-boiled eggs can be taken to the Stableyards to be dyed. Additionally, children play colonial games, participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Toss, hear classic stories and make Easter crafts.  For details, call 843-571-1266.


If you would like to live closer to Charleston or Summerville and all of the wonderful Easter events it has to offer, please contact me about homes for sale in Summerville, SC.  I am always happy to help you learn about the Summerville and Charleston area and what homes are available, or will soon be coming available. Contact Foster Smith today!

Christmas Events in Summerville, SC 2018

Christmas Events in Summerville, SC

Gingerbread Creation Contest:

The Gingerbread Creation Contest has become a favorite for those participating and those wandering around and looking at them! Let your creative side go and make a fun creation for display around Summerville!  Help decorate the historic downtown Summerville for Christams through the Gingerbread Creation Contest. Sugary creations will be on display throughout Historic Downtown Summerville in November & December.  Prizes will be given for Culinary Professional, Adult, Child, and Group (family, organization, business, club, etc.) categories. Gingerbread Creation Contest Form

The Living Christmas Story

When: December 7-9, 6:30-9pm

Where: Historic Downtown Summerville, Bethany UMC

About: This is down the street from my home in Summerville. Each year we enjoyed visiting this with our children.  The people of Bethany United Methodist Church of Summerville, SC, put on an amazing Living Christmas Story that you can drive through. It is like you stepped back in time to the town of Bethlehem. It is an inspiring time.  Learn More about the The Living Christmas Story.

A Christmas Carol Walking Tour with Tim Lowry

When: December 20-21,2018

Where: Historic Downtown Summerville

About: Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the staples of the Christmas season and now you can hear the Summerville local storyteller, Tim Lowry retell it!  Walk around Historic Downtown Summerville with Lowry and have a great evening of Ebeneezer Scrooge and Christmas Cheer.  Learn More about the Christmas Carol Walking Tour.

Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:15pm

Where: Hutchinson Square, Downtown Summerville in front of Town Hall

About: The annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Hutchinson Square will be on Tuesday, November 27th beginning at 6:15pm. Join the Mayor of the Town of Summerville as he lights up Town Square in Historic Downtown Summerville. In addition to the lighting, musical entertainment, food vendors, and few kids activities will be available starting at 6:15 pm. This event is hosted by the Flowertown Garden Club.

Christmas Parade of Boats 

When: Dec 8 ,2018 5- 8pm

Where: Downtown Charleston

About: If you are already downtown on December 8th, make your way over to the harbor to see the fantastic display of decorated boats floating through the water. It is a spectacular show that will make you feel like a little kid looking at Christmas lights! If you aren’t downtown, maybe you should go! Learn More about the Parade of Boats.

Summerville Christmas Parade

When: December 9, 2018 2pm

Where: Downtown Summerville

About: Come have fun celebrating the Christmas Season with this fun family event. The Summerville Christmas Parade has grown to one of the largest in the state and is a sight to behold! “The mission of the Summerville Christmas Parade is to promote positivity throughout the Town of Summerville while capturing the spirit of the Christmas holiday for all to enjoy. The parade aims to bring the community together as a whole to celebrate the season while representing the local history and traditions. We welcome a diversity of ideas while addressing the parade theme.” Schools, businesses and organizations all are encouraged to participate and support the community. Come join the town! Register for the Summerville Christmas Parade.

Holiday Festival of Lights:

When: November 9,2018-1/1/2019 , starts at 5:30pm.

Where: James Island County Park

About: I’ve written about my experiences and tips for the Festival of Lights in previous years, and I stand by them! If you have children in your life, or even if you don’t, try to get out and see this display! The light show is over three miles long (you drive in your car) and then you can park and walk through beautiful light displays, roast marshmallows, sip hot cocoa and ride the train!   More about the Festival of Lights.

If you don’t live in Summerville yet, but would like to enjoy events like these on a regular basis, please  contact me ! If you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home, the Foster Smith Team can help.

Fall Events near Charleston & Summerville,SC – 2018!

Fall Events in Summerville, SC

Summerville has so much to offer its residents coming up next month and into the fall season! If you own a home in Summerville, make sure you get out and enjoy some of the festivities with your loved ones.

Autumn on the Ashley

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When: October 13 &14, 9am-5pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Cost: Free admission to Art & Craft Fair/ Garden Admission $20 for Adults/$10 for Children/5&under free

Magnolia’s “Autumn on the Ashley” Arts and Craft Fair is back! On Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th, dozens of Lowcountry artisans will feature their handcrafted items for sale from 9 am – 5 pm. Featured items include wood carvings, paintings, textiles, jewelry, photography, natural skincare, lawn art and more.

Magnolia will also be hosting an Autumn plant sale in conjunction with the Craft Fair. Stop by to purchase your favorites, including Fall planted bulbs, Fall blooming Camellia Sasanquas, Winter blooming Camellia Japonicas, ferns and much more.

Attendance to the Craft Fair is free of charge. Attendance to Magnolia Gardens requires basic garden admission. Garden admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

Family Fright Nights at Magnolia Plantation
When: October 19,20,26, &27, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Cost: $10 /person, Children under 6 Free/Members Free

This is a family friendly event full of entertainment for all ages where everyone is encouraged to come in costume! Games, treats, tons of candy, face painting, balloon twisting, hay maze, photo booth, costume contests, pony rides, and a fun house will all be part of the excitement. The popular Mad Scientist Lab is also back again this year and will be sure to fright and delight.

Fright Nights will Feature a milder version of our Spooky Train Ride from 6 – 7:30 pm. After 8:00, the Train Ride will be for the more adventurous at heart.

Pony rides will be Available Oct. 19 & 20 only.
Fun House will be available Oct. 26 & 27 only.

The gates will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes each night.

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

When: Now through October 31st
Where: Boone Hall Plantation
Cost:  $10/person 2 & under are free

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Kids aged 2 and up cost $10/person Mon-Thurs and $12/person Fri-Sunday. In addition to buying pumpkins by the pound, visitors to the Boone Hall patch can play in a corn maze, jump pillow, giant slide tower, petting zoo, hayrides, tire climb & sandpit area, king of the mountain, spider web, rock climbing wall, corn hole toss, playground fun and a goat walk and rabbit enclosure.

Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch

When: 10/6-10/28
Where: Legare Farms, Johns Island
Cost:  $1/person 2 & under are free

For $1 a person (ages two and up) you can peruse pumpkins at Legare Farms every weekend this month. In addition to pumpkin picking head to the farm for a Nature Quest, a hayride, horse rides, and duck races but they are all “pay as you go.” (See prices)  There will be food concessions for sale and a free mini-maze, playground, and barnyard.

Coastal Carolina Fair

When: 10/25-11/4
Where: Coastal Carolina Fair, Ladson SC
Every year the Coastal Carolina Fair sets up for 11 days and treats the Lowcountry to a variety of fair rides, annual exhibits, fine arts & photography, farm animals and commercial & agricultural vendors and of course…Fair Food!

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Scarecrows on the Square & Ghostwalk

When: October 13-27-Scarecrow Display on the Town Square in Summerville

Ghostwalk: October 20 6-9pm
Where: Town Square of Summerville
Cost:  Free to see the scarecrows, Order Tickets for Ghostwalk

Come see downtown Summerville dressed up with Scarecrows for the season. On Sat, October 20th, the Junior Service League of Summerville’s Annual Ghostwalk Event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. All are invited to dress up in their costumes and meet in Town Square for an evening of fall family fun! In addition to the walking tours, the event will feature entertainment, hayrides, games and plenty of food vendors including Palmetto Sun Kettle Corn, Kona Ice Charleston, Boxcar Betty’s, Lit’l Red Barn Food Truck, pizza, corn dogs, fries, cotton candy and candy apples in the square!

Fourth of July Events near Summerville, SC 2018

Fourth of July Events & Fireworks Near Summerville, SC2018-Fourth of July Festivities in the Summerville & Charleston area are AMAZING! When you buy a home for sale in Summerville, you’ve got your choice of Fourth of July Events to choose from.

Summerville- Fourth of July on the Green – Fireworks in Summerville, SC
Location: Gahagan Park Sports Complex (515 West Boundary St.)

Date: Wed, July 4  5:30-9pm Fireworks Display at Gahagan

Live Music: National Anthem will be sung at 5:45pm. Midnight City Band will keep event attendees entertained with live music throughout the evening.

Kid’s Activities: Summerville DREAM, along with various community volunteers, are hosting games and hands-on crafts for children in the Kids Zone.

Food Vendors, Music and Fireworks will all be a part of the fun!

For More Information visit Summerville Dream.

Summerville- Red, White & Blue Bash out in Carnes Crossroads – Fireworks in Summerville, SC
Location: Northwood Church 4020 2nd Ave. Summerville, SC

Date: Wed, July 4  6-9pm

Info: If you have a home in Carnes Crossroads, or live in the surrounding area, you might want to head over to the Fourth of July Bash put on by Northwoods Church.  This is a free community event with food trucks, water inflatables and a firework show.

For More Information visit

North Charleston – Riverfront Park -3-9:45 pm

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 9:45 PM. This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.

The Festival is presented free of charge to the public with all general admission for attendees.  Guests attending the Festival are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided.  Food trucks and ATMs will be widely available. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain.

For More Information visit North Charleston Fourth of July Festival.

Goose Creek -Goose Creek Municipal Center 6:30-9:30pm

The City of Goose Creek’s Fourth of July celebration. There will be live music by Soulfish, food vendors, kids’ activities, and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

More Information at The City of Goose Creek.

Fun Activities for Little People in Summerville!

Here are some of the top fun activities that are great for little people in and around Summerville… The younger years are full of wonder and excitement and so many fun times and activities! However, we all know that they can be very exhausting long days as well. Having fun activities for your little people helps everyone to thrive and survive these younger years with smiles on their faces and fun memories to look back on.

Fun Activities for Little Ones in Summerville SC

1. Rolly Pollies – What kid doesn’t love running/jumping and obstacle courses to test their limits? Rolly Pollies is a children’s gym that offers classes for 6 months to 10 year olds as well as open gym play time for reasonable prices.

Rolly Pollies in Summerville, SC

Photo courtesy of Rolly Pollies

2. Gahagan Park  & Laurel Street Park (Saul Alexander Park)- Community Parks are abundant in Summerville, but Gahagan and Laurel Street Park are two of my grandchildren’s favorites! Gahagan Park has a massive structure called Plantation Playground that is full of wooden walkways, overlooks and climbing structures. It is the perfect setting for imaginative play.  Laurel Street Park has plenty of room for kids to run, swing, try tennis ,and play as well as a picnic pavilion that is perfect for having a birthday party or playdate. We’ve celebrated many birthdays here with family and friends over the years.

3.Wannamaker Park Splash Pad (North Charleston) This isn’t techincally in Summerville, but you can get there in 15 mins and enjoy a fun splash pad for hours with your kids! It is reasonably priced ($2/person) and a blast for big and little kids! The Sprinkler is open daily, March 31 – September 30, from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Pack a lunch and snacks and towels and you are set for hours of fun. There are picnic tables/benches around the pad for parents and grandparents to rest and keep an eye on their children.

4. Dorchester County Library The Dorchester County library is a great resource for fun activities for preschool age children as well as older ones. They have circle time for ages 2 & 3 with stories and songs. Family story time for the whole family which is the best for children 5& under. Preschool Story-time is for 3-5 yr olds with stories, songs and crafts. Two other popular programs at the library are Music & Motion and Therapy Dog Time. It is  amazing how children who grow up in the library and going to the library as youngsters are more comfortable using it their whole life. Definitely take advantage of these free programs in our community.

5.Bee City Zoo We might not have a full zoo in Summerville, but this little zoo is perfect for a few hours of adventure with your children! They have all kinds of unique and rare animals like wallabies and coatimundis to farm animals like horses and donkeys and chickens. It is located in Cottageville and is a hands on zoo that is very interactive and educational.

If you own a home in Summerville you can enjoy these fun activities with their little people most of the year! If you want to buy a home for sale in Summerville so you can do these fun things and much more, let me know!


Family Fun Events in Summerville & Charleston, SC

Upcoming Events in Summerville & Charleston, SC

Looking for fun events coming up in February and March in the area? Here is a one stop place to find some of the best events in Summerville and Charleston that are full of fun with something for everyone!

Third Thursdays:

When: February 15, March 15, April 19th

Where: Hutchinson Square, Downtown Summerville

Time: 5:30 -8:30 pm, Rain or Shine

Many people buy real estate in Summerville or move to Summerville just to enjoy the historic downtown area that Summerville offers and to be a part of a small town community. Third Thursday is the perfect venue to enjoy the downtown shops and restaurants of Summerville and meet your neighbors.

All of the Summerville businesses are open late and open to shoppers to come in and browse.  With more than 20 drinking and dining establishments in walking distance, there are plenty of options to choose from, many running specials on Third Thursdays.

As you stroll through town, listen to live local musicians and enjoy being a part of small town Summerville life and support local businesses.

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Charleston STEM Festival:

When: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 10-3 pm

Where: Brittlebank Park, Charleston SC

Time: 10-3 pm

The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. The 5th annual festival will be highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals. This exciting event will take place on February 3, 2018 from 10am-3pm at Brittlebank Park in Charleston, SC and will feature over 80 exhibitors, activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment. After the festival, Partner Events will occur throughout the year in the Lowcountry. Check out STEM Linx to learn about STEM events in the Lowcountry and statewide!

Southeast Wildlife Exposition

When: Feb 16-18, 2018

Where: Downtown Charleston

 Cost: Adult Tickets are $25, but children 10 and under are free. Find out more.

About: “The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition was established in 1982; the first Exposition was in February 1983. Since then, SEWE has grown from 100 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees to the largest event of its kind in the nation. Today, an average of 40,000 attendees come to see more than 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from around the world.

Its continued mission: to contribute to the local economy while promoting wildlife and nature conservation and preservation has grown in size and impact each year, making SEWE invaluable to all of South Carolina’s resources.”

I have been attending the SEWE for years and brought our children when they were young. They have a great variety of exhibits going so you can choose kid friendly ones if you have little ones with you. Things like Raptor demonstrations, Sheep & Duck herding, Reptiles, Retriever Dog Demonstrations and more.

Spring Bird Walks

When: Thursday, March 1

Time: 8:30-10:30 am

Where: Sawmill Branch Trail, 900 Crosscreek Drive

About:  Join Audubon South Carolina for Spring Bird Walks on the Sawmill Branch Trail. This seven-mile walking and biking trail stretching throughout Summerville offers several great birding locations. It is also one of the best places in Summerville to see the beautiful Painted Bunting!

For this program, we meet at the southern end of the trail at the Oakbrook YMCA off of Old Trolley Road (street address is 900 Crosscreek Dr, Summerville, SC 29485). Meet our naturalist in the gravel parking area next to the soccer fields near the beginning of the trail. Walks are FREE and occur from 8:30-10:30 a.m. No registration is required. A limited number of binoculars will be available for use.

Bird Walk on Sawmill Branch

Free Dance Lessons – Summerville Shag Club:

When: Monday, Feb 5th. (Happens Every Monday )

Time: 7pm

Where: 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville SC

About: Every Monday night at 7pm the Summerville Shag Club offers free shag lessons at the Summerville Country Club Candelite Pavilion. No partner is required, just come and learn how to do the most popular dance in the state! If you are new to Summerville, this is a great way to get out and meet people and learn a popular dance loved by young and old. This Monday, February 5th, there will be free hot dogs, chili and chips! Find out More.

Summerville Shag Club

If you don’t live in Summerville yet, but would like to enjoy events like these on a regular basis, please  contact me ! If you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home, the Foster Smith Team can help.