Charleston Memorial Day Weekend Events to Kick Off Summer

Dating back to the Civil War, Memorial Day commemorates brave men and women who have died serving the U.S. A combination of American history, remembrance and summer fun, Memorial Day offers a long weekend to remember sacrifices and unite with loved ones. And Charleston, South Carolina, provides a prime choice for a three-day getaway. In fact, one of the earliest observances of Memorial Day took place in Charleston’s Hampton Park where a group of freed slaves gathered to give thanks in 1865 just weeks after the end of the Civil War. Read on to find Charleston Memorial Day weekend events and where to celebrate.

Charleston Memorial Day Weekend Events for the Family

Spoleto Festival

Find plenty of fun along flag-draped streets during Charleston’s renowned Spoleto Festival, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Running from late May to June, this performing arts festival showcases renowned artists and emerging performers in theater, opera, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.

A feast for the senses, Spoleto Festival features a diverse performance schedule. From Cajun sounds to mellow jazz and hip-hop, Spoleto showcases some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. In addition, stage productions offer everything from the campy sets to international operas and choirs.

Remember the Heroes

Held annually at CrossFit Discovery, this charitable event draws hundreds to compete and raise funds for the Travis Manion Foundation. Each workout is dedicated to those who lost their lives serving in the armed forces. Not only does Remember the Heroes offer an intense workout, but it also benefits a good cause.

Southeast Beard and Mustache Championship

Every year, Holy City Beards hosts the Southeast Beard and Mustache Championship in Charleston. The event welcomes facial-hair enthusaiasts to compete and enjoy dining with the community while supporting local charities.

Charleston-Mt. Pleasant Art Festival

Art lovers can’t miss the chance to view and purchase local works of art at this festival. Visitors receive free admission and get to meet artists and see their creations. Don’t forget to buy a piece to take home and cherish.

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