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Hello, Summer: Top 5 Events for Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC
Hello, Summer: Top 5 Events for Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC
Meagan Moore

Kicking off the summer in Charleston SC for Memorial Day Weekend? Celebrate the men and women of our armed forces with live music, healthy competition, and fun for the whole family (even the four-legged family member is welcome)! With events every day throughout the holiday weekend, Charleston is the perfect place to get away for #MDW - whether you're downtown or on the beach. Here are the Top 5 Events for Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC:

Outdoor Music

Friday, May 26, 6-9 PM, at Freshfields Village

Make your way to Kiawah Island for big boats and live music from Java - a high-energy band, playing your favorite hits from across the decades. Barrier Island Marine will have their boats on display.

Fitness For A Cause

Saturday, May 27, at CrossFit Discovery on Daniel Island

Get your sweat on and give your Memorial Day a little extra meaning with Remember the Heroes, a fitness-focused event, supporting the Travis Marion Foundation. Participants register to complete in CrossFit workouts, each inspired by a specific war hero.

Go For The Beard Gold

Friday through Sunday, May 26-28, at the Music Farm

Looking for something a little different? Compete, or come out and cheer on, your favorite facial hair at 8th Annual Beard & Mustache Championships. The weekend-long event kicks off at the pre-party on Friday night at the Tattooed Moose on Johns Island, moves downtown to Home Team on Saturday afternoon for the fierce competition, and wraps up at the farewell brunch Sunday morning. A percentage of ticket sales goes to Lowcountry Women with Wings and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Fun For All

10 AM, Saturday, May 27, at Marion Square (Downtown Charleston)

Piccolo Spoleto Festival's annual Family Day is happening again this year. In addition to the Charleston Farmers Market (which occurs every Saturday), Marion Square will host the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, as well as arts & crafts, and dancing for the whole family. Things kick up a notch with a performance by Atlanta's "wildest community band", the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable. The day culminates in an evening concert of show tunes and Broadway favorites along with some free patriotic music to honor the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

All-American Monday

Monday, May 29, Gates open at 6 PM, first pitch at 7:05,  at Joe Riley Stadium

Head to Joe Riley Stadium (lovingly nicknamed, "The Joe") to watch your Charleston RiverDogs take on the the West Virginia Power this Memorial Day. It also marks the beginning of "Monday Dog Days," where man's best friend gets in free and their humans can enjoy $1 beers and $1 hot dogs. As part of "Dogs With a Cause," the RiverDogs and Blackbaud, will share the spotlight with a local nonprofit each Monday home game!... Pets for Vets!


With all of this and more, Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC offers countless events and activities for the whole family. Whether you're staying at the beach or in downtown Charleston, you'll find yourself in the middle of it all! If you want to explore Charleston outside of these events, have a look at our FREE Discover Charleston guide.

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