Awesome August Events

Great events? Charleston’s got ‘em! August is rocking with FIVE Live on the Levee concerts at Haddad Riverfront Park. All are free as always, and you don’t want to miss any of them, or you’ll have to wait until next summer! Live on the Levee finishes out its season Friday, Aug. 30 – with fireworks, of course.

Summerfest 2019 is Aug 14-17, 2019

Music, food and fun are on tap at both South Charleston’s Summerfest 2019 and Nitro’s Riverfest 25th Year Celebration. These well-loved festivals get locals dancing in the streets and welcome visitors with a heaping helping of Charleston-area hospitality.

Kathy Mattea guest hosts Mountain Stage Aug 11

Love country music? Come to the Culture Center Aug. 22 for a special screening featuring extended previews of “Country Music, a film by Ken Burns” and “In Tune: A Community of Musicians.” A panel discussion and live music follow the screening. The event is free, but registration is required. The Culture Center also is home to National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, live performance radio broadcast worldwide. Mountain Stage has two shows this month. The Aug. 4 performance features Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, while the Aug. 11 show features Beth Nielsen Chapman and guest host Kathy Mattea. To purchase advance tickets, click here.

Charleston Light Opera Guild presents Shrek the Musical beginning Aug. 2. Tickets are just $25-$30.

Broadway, one of the city’s best loved performance venues/night clubs, is closing its doors. Before moving to another location – details to be announced – the drag queens are throwing one last party with Out with a Bang Bingo, Sunday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm. It’s just $20 to play and there are a bunch of great prize giveaways, plus the chance to give your (final) regards to Broadway.

Party with a purpose Saturday, Aug. 10 at the YWCA Girls Night Out: Tropic Like It’s Hot. This women-only fundraiser supports the YWCA’s Resolve Program with the goal of ending domestic violence. Tickets are $200/person, available at the door, and include parking, food, open bar, including signature cocktails, entertainment for the evening, and the opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items.

History buffs will love the Picnic with Friends Aug. 4 at the Craik-Patton House. This family-friendly event is filled with great food and cherished memories and features living history presentations, including late 18th century firearms of the Revolutionary period. Special activities for children and mountain music by Peddlers Glory are included in the $20/family ticket price. Singles get in for just $10 and couples for only $15.

Jesusfest 2019 takes place Aug. 24 at Haddad Riverfront Park. Local and regional performers, including the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, Maranatha Fellowship, Iron Horse Church Band, The Sycomores and the Pine Ridge Boys provide praise music from 5 to 9 p.m.

These Top 10 events are just a sample of what you’ll find happening in our Hip, Historic city. Check out our events calendar for more.