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Summer Activities Happening in Charleston

Discover Festivals, Concerts, & Markets

If you’re looking for a summer you won’t soon forget, set your sights on Charleston, South Carolina. Experience Southern charm and hospitality at the King Charles Inn and discover why the town of Charleston has become such a popular destination for summer getaways. With the weather warming up and the days growing longer, now is the perfect time to visit, and downtown Charleston promises a packed calendar of events all summer long.


Stop by Charleston City Market, one of the oldest and most popular public markets in Charleston. Browse the aisles and chat with local vendors as you shop artisan goods, authentic handmade items, and more. Once your bag is filled with goodies, head to Marion Square for the Charleston Farmers Market, held on Saturdays from 8am-2pm. Here you’ll find fresh produce, local crafts, food trucks, and vintage treasures. Depending on when you visit, you might also be able to catch Second Sunday on King Street, a monthly event and local favorite, where blocks of King Street are converted to a pedestrian mall featuring food, wine, shopping, and live music.


What’s summer without a few festivals? Kick up your heels and enjoy the warm weather while exploring a few local festivals downtown. Art lovers flock to the annual Spoleto Festival Charleston, which brings performance art, music, dance, and theater to downtown Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces.

Concerts and Shows

Jam out to your favorite artists this summer at Charleston’s fantastic music venues. Catch some big-name performers at Volvo Car Stadium, including Luke Combs, Sublime with Rome, and Kacey Musgraves. Or, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, catch the summer film screenings at Charleston Music Hall. Head to the Charleston Gaillard Center for live performances, musicals, comedy shows, and benefit concerts, located just down the street from the King Charles Inn. Check out the lineup of events at the North Charleston Coliseum as entertaining performers, dancers, comedians, and musicians fill the stage all summer long.

Taking advantage of these fun summer activities is easy when you stay at King Charles Inn, located just steps from King Street and the best of downtown Charleston. Browse our inviting accommodations or check out our latest offers and promotions.