June is a great time to see Charleston! The weather is hot and sunny and perfect for visiting the area beaches, where there is always a breeze. There are also a number of annual events in Charleston in June that will give you a taste of the Lowcountry in this beautiful southern city.
One of these is the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. These began May 24 but continue until the finale on June 9. You can check out the link for tickets to specific venues if you would like to enjoy the arts, music, theater, dance, and other events. The finale is not to be missed. It is a great family event at Middleton Plantation. You can walk around and enjoy the gardens, have a picnic on the grass as you listen to the Spoleto Orchestra, and then enjoy the fireworks after dark.
The Sweetgrass Festival is a great event to celebrate the Gullah Geechee cultural heritage. You can purchase these fine handcrafted baskets and also learn about the Gullah Geechee culture. The legacy of the sweetgrass basket makers of Christ Church Parish in Mt. Pleasant was handed down through oral history of the African slaves. The basket making technique can be traced to West Africa and has remained the same all these years. Basket making became a family business in the 1920s. In the 1930s, the first basket stand was placed on Highway 17 and news spread quickly after the first sale. More stands sprang up and the business grew to what it is today. Sweetgrass basket making remains a handmade craft to this day.
The Charleston Farmers Market is available April 13th to December 21st each Saturday from 8am-2pm and select Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival from 9am to 3pm. It is located in the beautiful Marion Square, between King and Meeting Streets at the edge of Calhoun Street in the Upper King Street Design District. The park at Marion Square has long been the center of festive activities and is the perfect tranquil setting for the Charleston Farmers Market. Nestled beneath beautiful trees with plenty of room for families to gather and children to play, the Charleston Farmers Market comes to life and offers an abundance of the freshest local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers. While strolling the Charleston Farmers Market, a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunches are available while listening to a variety of live entertainment. The Farmers Market also offers an amazing assortment of arts and crafts, providing the best selection and most talented local artisans.
The Sound of Charleston is a co-production of Charleston Musical Heritage Productions and The Company Company. Charleston Musical Heritage Productions, LLC. was founded in March of 2010 by Yvonne D. Evans and William K. Perry with the mission of bringing professionally presented, authentic music of Charleston’s heritage to our many visitors to the Lowcountry and to residents as well. The Company Company is a non-profit organization that produces musical and theatrical events which promote personal transformation and benefit the common good. During its lifetime, TCC has entertained an audience of 48,800 people. Last year, 10,100 people enjoyed its productions. William Schlitt and Maida Libkin are the co-founders. You will find styles in a range from Gershwin to Gospel! Click on the link above to order tickets to individual events.
If you are a sports enthusiast, you will not want to miss Riverdogs baseball! The baseball park, affectionately called “The Joe”, named after Mayor Joe Riley, is beautiful and is located right on the Ashley River downtown. This is a fun place to bring the whole family! There is always something fun happening at the Joe!
And if you are looking for a place to stay, a bed and breakfast is the perfect choice! The Governer’s House is a beautiful place to stay located in the heart of downtown, in walking distance to multiple things to do and see and places to eat. Click here to check on availability today!!
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