June Charleston Activities You Don’t Want to Miss


Between the beaches and historic sites, world-class restaurants and shopping galore, Charleston has a lot to offer. With so much constantly going on in this city, it’s easy to miss some of the best Charleston activities when they pop up on the calendar.
For that reason, we decided to share some of our favorite Charleston events that happen in the month of June. Regardless of whether you live here full-time, or are planning to visit, we hope you’ll add some of these suggestions to your itinerary if you’ll be around in the month of June.

Carolina Lady Anglers Fishing for the Cure Tournament – May 31 through June 4

The Carolina Lady Anglers raise funds for breast cancer every year with a Fishing for the Cure Tournament. This year, we are honored to be a Species Sponsor for the event.

This fun, family-friendly tournament is a great way to help an important cause while making many memories along the way. If you’re in the area, we encourage you to grab a fishing rod and sign up!
Each team that participates must select a captain to attend the Captain’s meeting on May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at Charleston Maritime Center. The fish weigh-in is on June 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the same location.
For registrations costs, prize details, and other info, please visit the Carolina Lady Anglers website.
Spoleto Festival USA – Runs through June 11
If you love art, music, and theater, the Spoleto Festival is an event you’ll want to put on your calendar.
Technically this festival started at the end of May, but it’s still in full swing. Live events for this festival will continue on through June 11, so be sure to find a day to enjoy the festival with your family.
Between art galleries, dance shows, theater performances, and more, there’s bound to be something at this festival for every member of your family—kids included!
Check out the Spoleto Festival calendar here.
Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise – June 8, 15, 22, or 29
If you love ocean views and Lowcountry blues, you definitely need to get yourself signed up for a Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise.
This dinner cruise is a wonderful way to experience Charleston while listening to the musical stylings of well-known blues pianist Shrimp City Slim and his band.
On this 2-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy a full all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet with access to a cash bar. Yum!
Find out more about tickets and pricing here. 
Sunset at Fort Sumter – June 9, 16, 23, and 30
Charleston is rich in history. So, if you’re here for a visit or live in town, we highly recommend spending an evening taking a step back in time with a Sunset at Fort Sumter tour.
On this tour, you will interact with period-dressed Civil War historians and learn about the Civil War. Once at the fort, enjoy the rich history provided by the National Park Service Rangers and spectacular views of the city, harbor, and Atlantic Ocean from the top of the fort.
This tour also includes a return cruise where you will relax and take in the spectacular views of the harbor and the marine life while dining on southern BBQ cuisine. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase at the fort and during the cruise.
Advance reservations are recommended. Call 843-722-BOAT to purchase tickets.
Moonlight Mixers – June 16
Moonlight Mixers is a family-friendly event that’s fun for both adults and children. All ages are invited to celebrate the arrival of summertime weather with some shag dancing on the Folly Beach Pier.
During this event, DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with the hottest oldies and beach music. This even runs from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission is $8 per person when tickets are purchased in advanced online. On-site tickets cost $10 per person.
Purchase your ticket now!


Charleston Carifest – June 22, 23, 24, and 25

Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month.
This festival is four days long and is full of food, fun, music, and costumes. When you attend this event, you will instantly be submerged in education and culture.
Join in on the festivities and embrace Unity in Diversity.
Visit the website for more information.

Do you have a favorite Charleston event you attend in June?

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The Spoleto Festival USA

Every spring for the past 37 years, the Spoleto Festival USA comes to Charleston and fills the city with choral, jazz, dance, symphonic, opera, and orchestral performances. This year’s celebration is from May 24–June 9.

According to the website, Spoleto’s mission is to “present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists.”

Spoleto Festival USA presents over 200 artistic premieres each year, including Journey to the West by Chen Shi-Zheng, Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, and The American Clock by Arthur Miller. Artists who made appearances at Spoleto early in their careers include Yo-Yo Ma and the Emerson String Quartet.

Christopher Keene and composer Gian Carlo Menotti founded Spoleto in 1977 as an American version of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Charleston’s rich historic and cultural history made it the perfect location for the Festival.

This year’s Festival promises to please, with Toshio Hosokawas’ opera Matsukaze and the rarely performed Italian operas LeVilli / Mese Mariano. Theater performances include perennial favorites Oedipus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you enjoy dance, you’ll love the tap/hip-hop/street jazz style of Jared Grimes as well as traditional Indian dance by Shantala Shivalingappa and the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía.

Spoleto Festival USA always showcases a variety of music, and this year is no exception. From the West African harmonies of Angelique Kidjo to the Westminster Choir Concerts to singer Rosanne Cash, every taste in music is featured. Other genres include classical, Brazilian, vintage rock, and honky tonk.

Spoleto is also known for its special events. This year, tour exquisite gardens around the city, see the film A Late Quartet and discuss it with Chamber musicians, and marvel at the Spoleto watercolors of Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo.

For more about the current season of Spoleto Festival USA, visit the website and download a brochure.

Catching the Last Bits of The Spoleto Festival 2012

SpoletoWe at the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction absolutely love our city! Charleston has a unique blend of metropolitan and small-town charm, with a healthy dash of the arts thrown in. While Charleston’s arts scene is great year-round, The Spoleto Festival is the pinnacle of all things artistic in the Holy City.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Spoleto Festival USA yet, don’t worry! There are still plenty of opportunities for you to experience this international arts Festival between now and Sunday.

Westminster Choir

The Spoleto Festival’s choir-in-residence will be performing a wide variety of pieces, from Rachmaninoff to contemporary composer Eriks Ešenvalds Friday evening at the Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. Come sit back, relax, and let the choir’s angelic voices wash over you as you begin your weekend. Concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are available here.

Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto

This site-specific art installation is on display at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the corner of Calhoun and St. Phillip Streets. Yamamoto’s intricate works are created entirely of salt, which are a symbol of purity in Japanese culture. Take a break from the mid-day heat and wander through the salt lands of Yamamoto’s mind from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m daily.

Rebirth Brass Band

Dance the night away with New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band in the College of Charleston Cistern this weekend! This jazz, funk, and hip-hop ensemble will be playing shows on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Charleston is absolutely alive this time of year, so even if you don’t attend a performance, be sure to take a stroll downtown and take in the atmosphere! Visit our Facbook page for all the up and coming events in Charleston!