THE 7 BEST WAYS TO ENJOY THE HEAT OF AUGUST
Just because it’s warm doesn’t mean you need to stay inside all summer long. There are plenty of delightful ways to enjoy summer here in the Lowcountry—often taking place in the evening, or in the proximity of water. So put on your hat and head outdoors!
South Carolina Aquarium Shark Week Movie on the Lawn
Fall in love with your favorite classic shark movie all over again during Shark Week at the Aquarium’s Movie on the Lawn! Free to the public, see Jaws on the big screen with the sound of the ocean just beyond your seat. Lawn opens at 7:00pm with the movie beginning at dark. Before the movie starts, interact with roving educators and watch an Aquarium-made 'short' on shark myths. Please bring your own chair or blanket. Snacks, sodas and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets allowed. Donations will be taken at the door to benefit the conservation efforts at the Aquarium.
August 2 | 7:00 – 10:00pm
First Friday on Gallery Row on Historic Broad
Come out and experience Broad Street’s Gallery Row, a mecca of fine art and refreshments in the boutiques, fine art galleries, and bodegas. Participating art galleries include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery, COCO VIVO, Mary Martin Fine Art, UTOPIA, Spencer Galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Lambert Gray Gallery, Galerie on Broad.
Charleston Farmers Market
Peaches, field peas, sweet peppers, corn, blueberries, tomatoes, eggplant, nectarines, okra, peanuts, pears, squash: Just a selection of the reasons to head to the Charleston Farmers Market in August, the peak harvest month! Located in Marion Square, the market is nestled among beautiful trees with plenty of shade for families to gather and children to play. Aside from the area’s freshest produce, you’ll find local shrimp, plants, herbs, and cut flowers. Live entertainment, as well as an assortment of juried arts and crafts by local artisans, make it a cherished Saturday morning tradition.
August 4, 11, 18 & 25 | 8:00am to 2:00pm
Splash Day at Memorial Waterfront Park
Giant water inflatables fill Memorial Waterfront Park for the Town of Mount Pleasant Splash Day. Local camps, residents and visitors are treated to a host of inflatable attractions including a 27-foot Tropical Plunge and a special area for small children. Children must remain supervised by parents, guardians or camp counselors at all times. Free admission and parking, with food and beverages available for purchase.
August 8 | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Second Sunday on King Street
Lined with locally owned shops, King Street has been hailed as one of the best shopping spots in America by U.S. News and World Report. For one Sunday afternoon of every month, cars are re-routed so the street may become a lively pedestrian fair with outdoor dining, live music and special deals offered by the merchants.
August 12 | 1:00–5:00pm
Staright Cinemas at Freshfields Village
Starlight Cinemas returns to Freshfields Village in August, screening top family movie hits on the Village Green, under the stars. Movies, all rated PG, start at 8:30pm. Bring your own blanket and chair. Sponsored by the Town of Seabrook.
August 15 Zookeeper: A group of zoo animals decides to break their code of silence in order to help their head zookeeper to find love after a breakup. 102 min (2011)
August 22 Rango: Rango is an ordinary chameleon that accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless Wild West outpost in desperate need of a new sheriff. Starring Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher. 107 min (2011)
August 29 Dolphin Tale: A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin caught in a crab trap. He champions the dolphin and helps it receive a life-saving prosthetic tail. 113 min (2011)
Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament at Folly Beach Fishing Pier
Not just your typical wooden pier, the landmark that is the Folly Beach Fishing Pier stretches out 1045 feet into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean where the fish are waiting: Common catches off the Folly pier include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting.
The Big Kahuna, one of the fishing highlights of the year, awards prizes for the largest game fish catch in each of the following categories: Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler (60+), and Total Weight of Five Fish. Registration fees for pier tournaments are $12 for ages 13 and up (discount available for Charleston County residents), $9 for ages 3-12, and $14 for King Mackerel.
August 18, 6:00am to 4:00pm