Thursday, May 16, 2019
By Ashley  Buck
Monthly Focus: Start of Summer in Charleston

Monthly Focus: Start of Summer in Charleston

Guest Blogger: Holly Ryan


Along with May flowers and warm weather, the month of May brings the unofficial start of summer that many know as, Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day remembers our country’s brave fallen soldiers who have fought for our freedom. Accompanying Memorial Day Weekend are celebrations, honoring our country’s armed forces and the start of the summertime. Memorial Day is traditionally the last Monday of the month, and this year it lands on May 27th. Throughout the month of May, the Charleston area offers many great events leading up to the holiday weekend and the unofficial start to summer. Here’s a list of things to do to soak up the sun and enjoy the month of May!


The North Charleston Arts Festival kicks off the month of May, offering 5 days of rich cultural art forms on a local and a national level. This festival will be held from May 1st through May 5th and will take place in multiple locations throughout the Northern Charleston area, offering music, dance, theatrical performances, photography, literature, and other crafts. The North Charleston Arts Festival offers enticing entertainment for everyone. To download the official event brochure, check out the website!


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, for the 7th annual Cinco de Mayo block party fiesta! The event will take place in West Ashley, and will offer live music and entertainment, including flamethrowers and mixed martial arts professionals. Food and drink specials will also be provided and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good margarita?! Purchase your tickets the block party in advance!


This year marks the 49th Annual Greek Festival for Charleston! From May 10th through May 12th, the Greek Orthodox Church will host Charleston’s 3rd largest festival, raising money for local charity organizations. Have a complete cultural experience having authentic greek food and wine, touring the church, and watching the live entertainment of music and performances. Go to the event website to purchase your tickets now!


If you’re looking for a way to make this Mother’s Day special for your mom, wife, or grandmother, check out the SpiritLine Cruises for Mother’s Day brunch on the Charleston Harbor. The Mother’s Day, May 12th, SpiritLine Cruises special offers music, mimosas, and a yummy brunch on the harbor. What a picture perfect day to celebrate mom!


On May 18th, check out the Charleston Beer Festival, presented by Tabor Mortgage Group! Hosted at Riverfront Park, this event will be in full swing from noon till 7pm. There will be a large selection of craft beer and drink options from 40 breweries, so make sure to go thirsty! The event will also offer food trucks, beer games, music, and vendors. It’s like a carnival for adults! For more specifics on the event, check out the website,!


These events are sure to make this May a memorable one, all while spending time in the beautiful city of Charleston! Enjoy the month of pre-planned festivities, because before you know it, you’ll be firing up your grill and inviting everyone over to celebrate the unofficial start to summer!



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